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Keynote Speakers for the 2013 Conference
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Conference Keynote Speakers

President’s Program & Reception
Sunday, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Franklin Toker, author of Fallingwater Rising, which chronicles the unusual collaboration between Franklin Lloyd Wright and Edgar J. Kaufmann, to build this amazing structure.  No one but Dr. Toker could provide us with this compelling saga of the most famous private house in the world and the dramatic personal story of the fascinating people who built and used it.  A dessert reception will follow the presentation.

All-Conference Dinner
Tuesday, 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

This prestigious conference event includes the Pre-Dinner Social, the presentation of PaLA’s Distinguished Service Award and features a keynote presentation by acclaimed author, Andre Dubus III.  He is the author of a collection of short fiction, The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, and the novels Bluesman, and New York Times bestsellers, House of Sand and Fog and The Garden of Last Days. His memoir, Townie, published in 2011 has been included on many "Top Ten Non-Fiction Book" lists.  His new book, Dirty Love, is to be published in the fall of 2013.  An evening with this talented, engaging author is sure to be a highlight for conference attendees.

Closing Luncheon
Wednesday, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

This final conference event will feature Carl Kurlander, a screenwriter ("St. Elmo's Fire") and TV writer/producer ("Saved By the Bell")  Kurlander will discuss his serendipitous journey home to Pittsburgh to teach at the University of Pittsburgh for what he thought would be a one year Hollywood sabbatical, but instead which has led to the formation of a non-profit, Steeltown Entertainment Project, which has played a significant role in developing a thriving entertainment industry in Southwestern Pennsylvania, as well as pioneering an innovative youth and media program which uses digital media to empower the lives of young people. Kurlander is also the producer of "A Shot That Saved the World", an award-winning film about how Jonas Salk and his team at the University of Pittsburgh developed the first polio vaccine, featuring a rare film interview with Bill Gates, which will be broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel in October. That film inspired "Take a Shot at Changing the World", a viral video contest which has engaged hundreds of students from over 60 schools in Southwestern Pennsylvania to create videos about how Pittsburgh has changed the world and what they would do to make a difference in their own communities. Kurlander will discuss the vital role librarians have played in this initiative, and how he believes digital media presents unique and powerful opportunities to change students, libraries, and the world.


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