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Speakers Series 2009–2010

Catching and Pitching the True Story: Entrepreneurial Writing and Producing
Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m.
Lyceum Theatre, 901 S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus

Howard Burkons, TV writer/producer and game developer, has been aproducer and Writers Guild of America member for more than 20 years, having written, produced and executive produced television movies, comedy pilots, reality programming, documentaries and feature films. His credits include the award-winning television movie The Ron Clark Storystarring Matthew Perry; John Q for New Line Cinema starring Denzel Washington; and Highway Heartbreaker for CBS. Burkons also has an extensive background in computer games and as a Blue Sky Creative Development Consultant for Electronic Arts.

Intellectual Property and the Arts
Feb, 2, 2010, 4 p.m.
Lyceum Theatre, 901 S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus

Attorney Ira M. Schwartz of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacey is an authority on intellectual property law, including copyright, trademark, trade secret, computer and Internet law, and intellectual property litigation. His practice further includes domain name disputes, counseling clients on social media issues, blogging issues, and the related areas of business defamation, unfair competition, drafting and enforcement of confidentiality agreements and restrictive covenants, and rights of privacy and publicity. He has represented many international clients in their intellectual property matters. In addition, he counsels both existing enterprises and startups on all aspects of commercializing new creative and technological products. Mr. Schwartz earned a B.A. from the College of Arts and Sciences and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1982. He received his J.D. from Washington College of Law at American University in 1985.

Creativity and Innovation across Design and the Arts
March 1, 2010, 4 p.m.
Lyceum Theatre, 901 S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus

Leni Schwendinger is a world-renowned lighting designer, artist, filmmaker and entrepreneur of Light Projects LTD. Her work is displayed all around the globe in public and architectural spaces. Among many other honors and awards, Schwendinger has been named the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. Read more about Schwendinger at:

Achieving Creative Potential Through Cultural Development
April 6, 2010, 4 p.m.
Lyceum Theatre, 901 S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus

Arlene Goldbard is a prolific writer, social activist and consultant whose focus is the intersection of culture, politics and spirituality. Ms. Goldbard has addressed many academic and community audiences in the U.S. and Europe on topics ranging from the ethics of community arts practice to the development of integral organizations. She has provided advice and counsel to hundreds of community-based organizations, independent media groups, public and private funders and policymakers, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Independent Television Service and dozens of others. Ms. Goldbard's most recent book, New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development, was published by New Village Press in November 2006. She is also co-author of Community, Culture and Globalization, an international anthology published by the Rockefeller Foundation; and Clarity, a novel. Her essays have been published in In Motion Magazine, Art in America, Theatre, Tikkun, and many other journals. Born in New York, Ms. Goldbard grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. After extended sojourns in Sacramento, Washington DC, Baltimore, Mendocino County and Seattle, she and her husband now reside in Kansas City, Missouri. She is currently focusing on two main projects: a campaign to create cultural recovery for the U.S., including a "new WPA" for artists; and a film about Rabbi Arthur Waskow. She serves as President of the Board of Directors of The Shalom Center. (For info and to read her blog, visit

This event is made possible by the ASU Herberger Institute School of Theatre and Film through a generous grant from the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City and our co-sponsors: ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, ASU Herberger Institute School of Art, ASU Herberger Institute School of Music, ASU W.P. Carey School of Business and the ASU School of Public Affairs.