Return of the Musk Ox
Helen Strong, Public Affairs Director
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2014 Press (links will be added throughout March):
Comcast (Video - Interview with EFF Founder Flo Stone)
Ambassador Woolsey will be discussing The Lithium Revolution.
Ambassador R. James Woolsey, a former Director of Central Intelligence, chairs the board of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and is a Venture Partner with Lux Capital Management. Woolsey also currently chairs the Strategic Advisory Group of the Washington, D.C. private equity fund, Paladin Capital Group, and the Advisory Board of the Opportunities Development Group, and he is Of Counsel to the Washington, D.C. office of the Boston-based law firm, Goodwin Procter. In the above capacities he specializes in a range of alternative energy and security issues. Mr. Woolsey previously served in the U.S. Government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations. From July 2002 to March 2008 Mr. Woolsey was a Vice President and officer of Booz Allen Hamilton, and then a Venture Partner with VantagePoint Venture Partners until January 2011. He was also previously a partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, DC, now Goodwin Procter, where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation, arbitration, and mediation. During his 12 years of government service, in addition to heading the CIA and the Intelligence Community, Mr. Woolsey was: Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna, 1989-1991; Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977-1979; and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970-1973. He was also appointed by the President to serve on a part-time basis in Geneva, Switzerland, 1983-1986, as Delegate at Large to the U.S.-Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST). As an officer in the U.S. Army, he was an adviser on the U.S. Delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I), Helsinki and Vienna, 1969-1970. Ambassador Woolsey currently serves on a range of government, corporate, and non-profit advisory boards and chairs several, including the Advisory Boards of the Clean Fuels Foundation and the New Uses Council, and he is a Trustee of the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments. Previously he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents of The Smithsonian Institution, and a trustee of Stanford University. He has also been a member of The National Commission on Terrorism, 1999-2000; The Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management (Packard Commission), 1985 (Scowcroft Commission), 1983. Ambassador Woolsey has served in the past as a member of boards of directors of a number of publicly and privately held companies, generally in fields related to technology and security, including Martin Marietta; British Aerospace, Inc.; Fairchild Industries; and Yurie Systems, Inc. In 2009, he was the Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and in 2010-11 he was a Senior Fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Ambassador Woolsey was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attended Tulsa public schools, graduating from Tulsa Central High School. He received his B.A. degree from Stanford University (1963, With Great Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa), an M.A. from Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar 1963-1965), and an LL.B from Yale Law School (1968, Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal).
Zoljargal will be discussing Singer from Taiga.
Batbileg was born in 1983 in Mongolia. He studied at the University of Film Art and majored in film directing and cameraman. His father Zoljargal Gombo is a well-known writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker. Batbileg, coming from filmmakers’ family, has worked for their production company “Namuun Zet” and made several TV programs and documentaries. His film “A day of Amarbat” was selected to screen as part of the Mountain Film Festival in 2006. In 2007, his documentary “Five fingers of a hand” was awarded the Grand Prize of Watch Doc Festival. In 2011, “Singer from Taiga,” one of his latest films was selected for The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.
Bowermaster will be discussing On the Edge, Antarctica 3D.
A six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council and award-winning writer and filmmaker Bowermaster's ten-year-long OCEANS 8 project took him and his teams around the world by sea kayak during the past ten years, on expeditions ranging from the Aleutian Islands to Vietnam, French Polynesia to Chile/Argentina/Bolivia, Gabon to Croatia and Tasmania to Antarctica. Seeing the world from the seat of a sea kayak has given Bowermaster a one-of-a-kind look at both the health of the planet's ocean and the lives of the nearly four billion people around the globe who depend on them. His eight-part film series documenting the OCEANS 8 project has shown in 150 countries on the National Geographic Channel. Recently named one of a dozen Ocean Heroes by the National Geographic Society, Jon’s website and blog (Notes from Sea Level, www.jonbowermaster.com) continues his reporting on the world’s coastlines, the people who live along them and issues of importance to anyone interested in and concerned about the planet’s one ocean. Author of twelve books, Jon’s most recent are "Descending the Dragon" about his travels in Vietnam published by National Geographic Books and “Wildebeest in a Rainstorm,” a collection of profiles of our most intriguing conservationists and explorers and published by Menasha Ridge Press. His companion book to the Jacques Perrin/DisneyNature film “Oceans” was published alongside the premiere of the film on Earth Day 2010. Jon’s most recent documentaries are “Terra Antarctica, Rediscovering the Seventh Continent,” “What Would Darwin Think? Man v. Nature in the Galapagos” and the prize-winning “SoLa, Louisiana Water Stories.” His most recent film -- “Dear Governor Cuomo” -- looks at the controversy surrounding fracking in New York State. Jon’s next film, due in Spring 2014, is the first 3D film to be shot in Antarctica. “On the Edge, Antarctica 3D” begins distribution through museums and science institutions around the globe beginning Spring 2014. Bowermaster lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Das will be discussing Roaming Wild.
Angelica Das is associate director at the Center for Media & Social Impact, where she promotes strategies for socially engaged-media making. Angelica programs and directs the annual Media That Matters conference on cutting-edge practices in strategic design for social issue media. She co-produces the American University Human Rights Film Series, and regularly speaks on social impact documentary at festivals and conferences including IDFA and the Full Frame Documentary Festival. Angelica is a juror for local and national competitions including Justice Matters at Filmfest DC, the DCCAH Media Artist Fellowship Program and the IDA Wolper Student Documentary Award. A true global citizen, Angelica has roots in Poland and India and continues to explore the world through documentary filmmaking.
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