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Many UCSB professors will be speaking from various departments, such as Craig Montell (Professor in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology), Doug McCauley (Professor in Ecology, Evolution, & Marine Biology), Ken Hiltner (Professor in English), Ken Sterling (Lecturer in Technology Management Program), Kum-Kum Bhavnani (Professor in Sociology), Richard Appelbaum (Professor in Sociology & Global Studies), and Robert Kennedy (Professor in Linguistics).
Other speakers include Lilly Tam, an Education PhD student at UCSB, and Matthew Luhn, the original storyteller at Pixar.