National keynote speakers will join fresh local leaders from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise to help focus the power of ideas on shaping Dallas’ future. What does the next century look like for Dallas as a physical city? A cultural city? An innovative city? A political city? An educated city? The Dallas Festival of Ideas not only invites, but urges community participation, as a passionate, informed, and united citizenry can and must shape the city of the future.
The Physical City
Panelist: Maria Loveland Schneider
Sustainable Development Resources
Panelist: Arturo Del Castillo
Senior Urban Designer, citydesign studio
The Cultural City
Keynote speaker: Luis Alberto Urrea
Mexican American poet, novelist and essayist
Moderator: George Getschow
Writer in Residence, University of North Texas
The Innovative City
The Political City
Panelist: Lee Cullum
Host of CEO, KERA
The Educated City
Moderator: Dr. Dan Russ
Professor, Gordon College
Dual Keynote: Dr. Claudia Allums
Director, Louise and Donald Cowan Center for Education
Panelist: Onyema Nweze
Reading Instructional Coach, Dallas ISD
How Can Dallas Attract
& Retain Its Local Talent?
Moderator: Zannie Voss
Zannie Giraud Voss Ph.D., (IAE Graduate School of Management, Aix-en-Provence, France) is Chair and Professor of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship in the Meadows School of the Arts and the Cox School of Business at SMU as well as Director of the National Center for Arts Research. Prior to joining the SMU faculty, she was a professor in the Department of Theater Studies and an adjunct professor in management in the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where she also served as producing director of Theater Previews at Duke, a professional theater company dedicated to the development and co-production of new works.
Panelist: Michelle Gibson
Michelle relocated to Dallas from New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Her work oozes with a passion and longing while igniting her students and audiences to the heart beat she brought with her from the Deep South. Like many of those who move and migrate here from different homelands, she remains steadfast in her pursuit of remaining authentic to her roots while keeping her heart open to being received by the place where she now resides.
Panelist: Jamal Mohamed
Jamal Mohamed was born in Lebanon, reared in Chicago and has been a humble and gracious teacher throughout the city and as a professor of music at SMU for over 30 years. A world-class percussionist, often unseen orchestrating behind the musical accompaniment of both students and talent from various cultures around the globe, Mohamed represents those quiet trailblazers whose art is life and is a gift to everyone who experiences it. Read more.
Panelist: Will Richey
Will Richey is an award winning spoken word artist, teacher and creative director who has been recognized by his alma mater, The University of Dallas, for his efforts in guiding people of various cultures, creeds and backgrounds towards Emotional Literacy. His personal journey and discovery of his own his own roots in Louisiana and Puerto Rico have led him to cultivate professional experiences of strength, healing and hope in finding common ground.
Panelist: David Lozano
David Lozano graduated from Jesuit High school and poured himself into theater in the pursuit of “truth-telling”. As artistic creative director of Cara Mia Theater Company, he has dedicated his life to connecting the Latino and Hispanic people with the rest of Dallas through the telling of their stories, historias that had previously gone untold. Read more.
CEO of TDJ Enterprises, founder and chief architect of MegaFest, and Senior Pastor of The Potter’s House.
Bishop Jakes will close the Festival at the Dallas City Performance Hall with a message of community and compassion. The Closing Remarks by Dr. Larry Allums will start at 6:00pm followed by Bishop Jakes at 6:15pm. All attendees to be seated by 6:00pm.