Guest Speakers 2015



Assistant Professor and Researcher Delft University of Technology
Nico Tillie is assistant professor and researcher in landscape architecture and sustainable development at Delft University of Technology on the Faculty of Architecture and the built environment. He has lectured in numerous places across the world and is completing a doctorate (PhD) in livable low carbon cities, focused on integrating sustainable development and resilience planning into the overall planning process.
Nico also works for the City of Rotterdam where he has worked on various projects ranging from planting schemes, the Museumpark, greenplans, urban metabolism and citywide, densification, adaptation and mitigation plans. At the moment he is City leader and EU representative of the World Council on City Data in Toronto, the global registry for ISO37120 on city indicators, where he links international and local city data to challenges in cities for informed decision making. He is a senior fellow of the global cities institute of the University of Toronto and representative of the German Marshall Fund in Washington DC.
Nico Tillie (1972) holds two Msc. degrees in plant breeding & genetics as well as in landscape architecture from Wageningen University. He is a freelance writer on planting and gardens for garden magazines and is chairman of Visitor Garden, Foundation friends of Rock Garden Ber Slangen.


Alexandra Moltke Isles grew up in New York where her father was a permanent member of the Danish Mission to the United Nations and her mother was an editor at VOGUE. As a child she hated school but always had her nose in a book. Growing up as a U.N. brat honed her sensitivity to injustice and a theme running through all her work is social justice and dignity for the outsider. Her historical documentaries are as notable for the memorable personalities interviewed as they are for the richness of the archival material. Isles' passion for research was developed during her years as a Researcher and then Assistant Curator at New York's Museum of Radio & Television, now the Paley Center of Media. Her previous films are The Power of Conscience: The Danish Resistance and Rescue of the Jews (1995); Scandalize My Name (1999) about the blacklisting of African-American performers during the Red Scare; Porraimos: Europe's Gypsies in the Holocaust (2002); The Healing Gardens of New York (2007); and Hidden Treasures: Stories from a Great Museum (2011)

IVY MEEROPOL, Writer/Director presenting: Indian Point

Ivy Meeropol is a producer and director of an array of acclaimed documentary feature films and television series.
Meeropol recently directed and produced an hour-long episode for CNN’s docu-series Death Row Stories, executive produced by Alex Gibney and Robert Redford.  She has directed numerous short films for The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.  In 2013, Meeropol was a Sundance Institute Fellow, and was awarded grants from the Sundance Documentary Fund, The NY State Council for the Arts, and The MacArthur Foundation.
Meeropol’s documentary series The Hill premiered on The Sundance Channel in 2007 and received an IDA (International Documentary Association) nomination for best series.  In 2007, Meeropol also directed the feature length documentary All About Abe, the story of Abe Pollin – sports impresario extraordinaire - and in 2003, she produced and directed the documentary film Heir to An Execution, which explored the legacy of her grandparents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.  Heir to An Execution had its world premiere at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, had its broadcast premiere on HBO and is presently in wide distribution on HBO Home Video/DVD.  
Meeropol spent five years as a speechwriter and legislative aide for U.S. Representative Harry Johnston before starting her career as a journalist, publishing articles in the New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, Premiere, Nest, Paper, Black Book Magazine, and Provincetown Arts Magazine, where she was also the Fiction Editor.  Ivy Meeropol lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, production designer Thomas Ambrose, and their two children.

JANE STEUERWALD presenting: A selection of short films from the 34rd Black Maria Film Festival

NJ City University film and video Professor Jane Steuerwald, is the Executive Director of the Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium - Black Maria Film Festival.  As an undergraduate and graduate she studied art, film, photo, and video at Syracuse University.  Her MFA in film production is from Bard College.  Steuerwald’s films have been exhibited at MoMA, the National Gallery of Art, Anthology Film Archives, Millennium Film, Athens International Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, and other notable venues across the country.  She is the founder/director/curator of the Urban Image Showcase, a collective of emerging media artists based at the Media Arts Department of NJ City University, exhibiting film and video in arts venues throughout New Jersey.  She served as the chair of the Media Arts Department for seventeen years.  Steuerwald was a long-time member of the Board of Trustees of the Edison Media Arts Consortium prior to becoming the Executive Director.


Chair, Department of American Studies, Kenyon University.
Peter Rutkoff chairs the Department of American Studies at Kenyon University in Ohio. He is the author of recent non-fiction works that examine African-American art and culture, as well as two novels, most recently Irish Eyes. He is a regular summer visitor to Cooperstown, which is also the setting of his book of short stores, Cooperstown Chronicles.

WILLIAM KLEINERT, Director & Executive Producer, presenting: Project Ice

William Kleinert is a committed environmentalist, avid student of history and a 40-year veteran of the media business, with in-depth experience across traditional and new technology platforms, content creation and distribution channels. His media production, marketing, sales, management, executive, news and consulting experience spans three continents and fifteen countries, including employment with ABC Television, Time-Life Broadcast, USA TODAY/Gannett New Media and for the past 15 years in his current capacity at Tillinghast Reid WorldWide, LLC.
William is the producer, director and/or writer of six documentaries, including, “Aaron Copland: The Composer Conducts” and the three-part “Saving The Environment” series, as well as 600 television commercials, dozens of corporate and association productions and music videos. International consulting clients have included USAID, the United States Department of State, Soros Foundation, United States Telecom Association, Press Now (Netherlands) and the Swedish-Helsinki Committee for Human Rights.
Kleinert earned a Master of Science in Radio-Television-Film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University (NY). He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Political Science from The College of Wooster (OH). Additionally, William earned a diploma in German Language at the Goethe Institut, Staufen-I’m-Breisgau, Germany.
He is a graduate of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies Senior Newspaper Management Program, St. Petersburg (FL). Kleinert has taught graduate level media management courses in Switzerland, Russia, Central Asia and the Balkans. William Kleinert is a graduate of Leadership Detroit and served on the Media Working Group at the United States Institute for Peace, an organization created by the United States Congress.

KATHRYN PASTERNAK presenting: Doeville

Kathryn Pasternak is a veteran of wildlife and conservation films and recipient of two National Emmy Awards, spending some sixteen years at National Geographic Television working on high-end television programs for international distribution. Since 2007, she’s been producing media independently both as a freelancer and small business owner. Today, her company, Pasternak Media LLC, produces documentary, wildlife and conservation media for clients including: National Geographic Channels, Discovery Networks, Animal Planet US and International, Smithsonian Networks, Wildlife Conservation Network, International Wildlife Film Festival, Claiborne/ Ortenberg Foundation, JWM Productions, Aquavision, S.A.Marvela Media, S.A., and Painted Dog Conservation.

Pasternak is also writing a book for focal Press titled, “Wildlife and Environmental Filmmaking: Making Films that Change the Way We See the World.”  The book will be published in 2016.