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Keynote Speakers

Jennie Rose Halperin

Jennie Rose Halperin is the Communications Manager at Creative Commons. Before joining Creative Commons, Jennie worked for Safari Books Online/O’Reilly Media as the Product Engagement Manager where she managed community marketing and test-driven product growth. She was previously at Mozilla on the Community Building Team. Jennie earned her masters degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 and her BA in American Studies from Barnard College in 2010.


Justin Peters

Justin Peters is the author of The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet. He has written for Slate since 2005, on topics as diverse as crime, drones, and the media; he is is a contributing editor at the Columbia Journalism Review. Mr. Peters has written and produced several one-man shows and ensemble pieces, including How to Tape Things off the Radio.


Jennifer Anderson

Jennifer Anderson, Associate Professor of History, holds a PhD in Atlantic and Early American History from New York University. She is the author of Mahogany: The Costs of Luxury in Early America (Harvard Univ. Press, 2012) about the social and environmental history of the tropical timber trade in the 18th century. She has received many awards and fellowships, including the 2016 Murrin Prize and the Society of American Historians’ Nevins Prize. She headed the research team for the Emmy-nominated documentary, “Traces of the Trade,” about the New England slave trade and in 2013 curated an exhibition about Sylvester Manor, a 17th century plantation in New York. Her new research focuses on reinterpreting the complex human and environmental history of Long Island within the broader Atlantic context. Strongly committed to public history, she serves as a historical consultant at numerous historic sites and museums.


Emily Gover

Emily Gover has worked in the New York ed tech space for almost 5 years. A former academic and public librarian, she is currently the Director of Content Marketing at Flocabulary, a K-12 organization that uses educational hip-hop to boost achievement. Previously, she spent four years writing curriculum, assessments and content for She has been published in The Huffington Post, School Library Journal and Getting Smart, and has spoken about ed tech at SXSWedu and multiple state conferences. She is a proud Stony Brook (BA ’09) and UAlbany (MS ’10) alumna. Go Seawolves!


Elyse Graham

Elyse Graham is at work on her second book, a history of the English language in New York City, which is under contract with Oxford University Press. Her first book, The Republic of Games, is under contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press.


Sung-Gheel (Gil) Jang

Sung-Gheel Jang is the director of Geospatial Center, and the faculty director of the Advanced Graduate Certificate of Geospatial Science and Minor in Geospatial Science (GSS). As a certified GIS Professional (GISP), Dr. Jang teaches both fundamental and applied topics in geospatial sciences/geographic information systems (GIS) including digital cartography, geospatial narratives, GIS design and application I & II, GIS database and design, GIS project management, and geospatial science for the coastal zone.

Kevin McDonnell

Kevin McDonnell is a Research Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Stony Brook University in 2001 and 2003, respectively. In 1998 he graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in both Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Stony Brook University, where he was also a Fellow of the Honors College. During his graduate studies he was awarded both a University Graduate Council Fellowship and a GAANN Fellowship (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need). His research interests include information visualization, visual analytics, geometric modeling and user interfaces.


Claudia McGivney

Claudia McGivney is the Head of Academic Engagement at Stony Brook University. Previously, she served as the First Year Experience Coordinator at Dowling College in Oakdale, NY. She also worked as a reference librarian at Dowling College and at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. She has also been an adjunct librarian in Special Collections and Hofstra University, a Reference Secretary at C.W. Post Library in Brookville, NY, and a Library Assistant at Touro College School of Health Sciences in Bay Shore, NY. Claudia holds a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from Long Island University, C.W. Post, a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Hofstra University, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Literacy at Hofstra University.


Brian Sweeting

Brian Sweeting is a content strategist for stories about learning and technology. He’s develops and promotes media exploring the latest developments in new learning applications and content platforms. He’s fascinated by the constantly changing ways in which we create, access, and share digital information and what that means for our future.



Darren Chase

Darren Chase is the Head of the Center for Scholarly Communication, University Libraries, and provides instruction, expertise and information on a range of topics, including: research data, open access, scholarly publishing, and open educational resources.

Recent initiatives of the Center for Scholarly Communication include the Stony Brook University Open Access Scholarly Repository, Academic Commons.


Laura Costello

Laura Costello is the Head of Research and Emerging Technologies at Stony Brook University Libraries. She formerly served as the head of library materials and acquisitions at EdLab, a design and development unit of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin and BA in English literature from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include data and demand driven strategies for acquisitions and other library management decisions, emerging technologies in libraries, education technology, and designing digital and physical library learning spaces.


Kathleen Kasten

Kathleen Kasten is Head of Humanities & Social Sciences at Stony Brook University Libraries. She holds a PhD and MA in French from the University of Pennsylvania, an MLS from Queens College, and a BA in French and Spanish, minor in History, from Stony Brook University Honors College. Kathleen has presented and published on material culture in early modern France. Her research interests include text mining, material culture studies, history of the book, and reading practices in the Humanities and Social Sciences.


Clara Tran

Clara Tran is the Science Librarian at Stony Brook University. She is the liaison to the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Biology, and the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program. Her research interests include bibliometrics, data information literacy, open access, and scholarly communication.