Dec23 Guest Speaker

Jordan Minor is an entertainment and technology journalist. For years he was senior editor at Geek.com, and he is currently an editor on the Apps and Gaming team at PCMag. He has also written freelance articles for multiple prominent gaming outlets, including Kotaku, The A.V. Club, Paste magazine, 148Apps, and The Escapist. He lives in New York City. Check his links here: https://linktr.ee/jordanwminor...

Matthew Farber, Ed.D. is an associate professor of educational technology at the University of Northern Colorado, where he co-directs the Gaming SEL Lab. His research is at the intersection of games and social and emotional learning. His latest book is Gaming SEL: Games as Transformational to Social and Emotional Learning....

Half Italian, half British and passionate about Japanese music, Kanako Hime has 13 years of experience on stage as a singer, mainly of anime music but also original tracks in Japanese. On her TikTok account she shares fun and educational videos on the famous anime and manga “Jojo's Bizarre Adventure”. Her live performances are a mix of music, singing and dancing, but mostly lots of energy. Her TikTok account is dedicated to the famous anime and manga "Jojo's Bizarre Adventure" by author Hirohiko Araki. Her videos and both fun and educational; in a short time span, she gained a large international following that appreciate the light hearted content and learning videos the tiktokker creates. She has many years of experience on stage as a singer, actress and dancer, winning prises such...

Patrick W. Galbraith is an Associate Professor in the School of International Communication at Senshū University in Tokyo. After earning a PhD in Information Studies from the University of Tokyo, he went on to earn a second PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University. His recent publications include Otaku and the Struggle for Imagination in Japan (Duke University Press, 2019), Erotic Comics in Japan: An Introduction to Eromanga (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) and The Ethics of Affect: Lines and Life in a Tokyo Neighborhood (Stockholm University Press, 2021).   You can check out his books on Amazon...

Benjamin Taitz is a registered psychological associate in California working in clinical and forensic psychology. He is currently a psychology doctoral candidate at California Southern University working on his dissertation examining the effectiveness of Geek Therapy in building rapport and therapeutic engagement with clients. He is also the co-host of two podcasts: Mental Health Quest, a podcast dedicated to de-stigmatizing mental health and explaining mental health conditions and treatments; and My Hero Therapy, a podcast looking at the psychology of the My Hero Academia anime and exploring how we can be heroes in real life....

Dr. Hassler is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist hailing from Buffalo, NY. She is trained in multiple therapy modalities, specifically Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Hassler received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Medaille College in December of 2018; however, has been treating patients since 2013 in various settings such as schools, psychiatric hospitals, private practices, and state and private agencies for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her focus is mainly on treating children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma; however, does work with adults struggling with similar disorders as well as personality disorders. Dr. Hassler identifies herself as a full-time geek whose heart has been claimed by all things Batman. In addition,...

Gamma Rae is a lawyer by day, a cosplayer by night, a geek always, and a Strawhat Pirate on the weekends. She has been cosplaying since 2018 after attending her first comic con where she discovered her passion for cosplaying. Her proudest achievement as a Cosplayer is when she won Best Innovation: Beginner for the 2022 Crunchyroll Hime’s Cosplay Cup with my Yamato cosplay. Rae has a serious addiction to anime and manga which is where she gets most of her cosplay inspirations. When it comes to cosplaying she doesn't box herself into cosplaying just certain characters. She has so much fun cosplaying the various characters she gets inspired by and adding her own black girl magic twist to the...

Davis Madole is a content creator, aspiring writer, and filmmaker. Davis is the owner of the YouTube channel "TitanGoji" where he writes and uploads video essays on tokusatsu and anime with a deep love for Japanese pop culture....

Andrea Horbinski holds a PhD in modern Japanese history with a designated emphasis in new media from the University of California, Berkeley. Her book manuscript, “Manga’s Global Century,” is a history of Japanese comics from 1905-1989. She has discussed anime, manga, fandom, and Japanese history at conventions and conferences on five continents, and her articles have appeared in Transformative Works and Cultures, Convergence, Internet Histories, and Mechademia. She serves as the submissions editor for Mechademia: Second Arc and can be found tweeting as @horbinski....

Meg is a fan fiction writer from the east coast. She discovered fan fiction over 20 years ago after looking up spoilers about an episode of Smackdown and has been writing ever since. She has dabbled in many fandoms, but right now is focused on writing fan fiction for My Hero Academia. When she is writing, Meg enjoys baking, crafts, chasing around her toddler, annoying my husband, and pole dancing....