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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Thursday, April 12 • 2:00pm - 3:10pm
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In a country increasingly at odds with itself, the burden of explaining Americans to each other often falls on reporters and placemakers. In this peer-to-peer seminar, veterans in the field reveal how they understand their own work, limitations, and achievements.

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Jessica Luck

Editor, C-Ville Weekly
Jessica Luck is the Editor-in-Chief of C-VILLE Weekly, which produces the area's local weekly newspaper, as well as seven magazine titles.

Speakers
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Deborah Fallows

Author, Contributing Writer, Dreaming in Chinese, The Atlantic
Deborah Fallows is the author of two books that report on the people, culture, and values in the communities of two different countries, China and the U.S.  The first, Dreaming in Chinese, is based on 4 years of living and working in China. The newly-released Our Towns: A 100,0... Read More →
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Roben Farzad

Host, Author, Full Disclosure on NPR One
Roben Farzad is the host of Full Disclosure on NPR One, contributor to PBS NewsHour and author of Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami (Penguin Berkley \ 2017).
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Miriam Gordon-Stewart

Artistic Director and Cofounder, Victory Hall Opera
Australian soprano Miriam Gordon-Stewart has gained recognition across four continents for her powerful instrument and dramatic vulnerability, specializing in the repertoire of Wagner and Strauss. She has performed over 40 leading roles at major opera houses including the Sydney... Read More →
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Enjoli Moon

Founder & Creative Director, Assistant Film Curator, Afrikana Film Festival, ICA @ VCU
Enjoli Moon specializes in creating platforms for filmmakers of color so that they may share their stories with world. She is the founder and creative director of the Afrikana Independent Film Fest and currently serves as the asst film curator, at the Institute for Contemporary A... Read More →
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Michael Orlove

Director, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works + Artist Communities + International Activities, National Endowment for the Arts
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Anne Helen Petersen

Western Correspondent, BuzzFeed News
Anne Helen Petersen is a Features Writer at BuzzFeed, currently serving as BuzzFeed News' Western Correspondent, covering culture in the Mountain West. She grew up in rural Idaho and has lived in small towns all over the United States, from Putney, VT to Walla Walla, WA. Her most... Read More →
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Ben Speggen

Erie Reader, Contributing Editor
At the Erie Reader, Erie’s independent alternative publication, he currently serves as a Contributing Editor. There, he authors in-depth features and occasional op-eds amongst other things, covering Erie’s political scene to urban development to innovation and more. Ben’s b... Read More →

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Nathan Moore

General Manager, WTJU 91.1 FM

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C-Ville Weekly

C-VILLE Weekly is a free newspaper with a weekly circulation of 23,000 copies distributed in Charlottesville and its surrounding counties. In addition, we publish seven magazines throughout the year: Abode, a monthly home and landscape magazine; C-BIZ, a quarterly business public... Read More →
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University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

The University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciencesis the largest of the University of Virginia's ten schools. Consisting of both a graduate and an undergraduate program, the College comprises the liberal artsand humanities section of the University... Read More →


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