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Saturday, October 15 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Moral Responsibility of the Storyteller

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We're back with this panel for a second year! Books are banned and movies are rated with the understanding that information, ideas, and narratives are occasionally dangerous. What responsibility, if any, do storytellers have to their audiences? Is it hubris to assume a narrative can influence people at all? Join us for discussion, friendly disagreement, and potential descent into an ethical quagmire from which we may not emerge unscathed.

Moderators
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Leslie Datsis

Leslie Datsis’s work focuses on how stories contribute to community building. She has been hosting story circles at conferences all over the country since 2013, and her newest project Story Circle DC is a year long experiment with story circles in the Washington, DC area. Leslie has been an active member of the YouTube community since 2007 with projects like One Time Stories and lesliefoundhergrail and now serves the community as the Audience... Read More →

Speakers
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M.T. Anderson

M.T. Anderson has written stories for adults, picture books for children, adventure novels for young readers, and several books for older readers (both teens and adults). His satirical book Feed was a Finalist for the National Book Award and was the winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize. The first volume of his Octavian Nothing saga won the National Book Award and the Boston Globe / Horn Book Prize. Both the first and second volumes of that... Read More →
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Leslie Carrara-Rudolph

Leslie Carrara-Rudolph is an Emmy-nominated multifaceted entertainer/artist/puppeteer best known for performing Abby Cadabby on Sesame Street. She has received an UNIMA Citation of Excellence and two Jim Henson Foundation Grants for her stage show "Wake Up Your Weird" which premiered Off-Broadway and has written and created several shows that champion the arts. Her latest podcast, featuring all her original characters, ”Lolly's... Read More →
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Sydney Freeland

Sydney Freeland is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker. Her debut feature film, Drunktown’s Finest, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win a number of awards, including the Grand Jury Prize and HBO Outstanding First Feature awards at LA Outfest 2014, as well as a GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Feature. In 2016, she directed the web series Her Story, which was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Short Form... Read More →
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Max Temkin

Max Temkin is a designer from Chicago, Il. His clients include Barack Obama, Jonathan Coulton, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He makes the games Cards Against Humanity, Secret Hitler, and Humans vs. Zombies. Max hosts a weekly podcast with NYT-Bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss at UnattendedConsequences.com.


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ballroom A