Featured Presenters and Special Guests

Plenary and Keynote Speakers:

  • Elizabeth Cohen (Acoustician, Cohen Acoustical)
  • Michael Kramer (Historian, Northwestern University, author of The Republic of Rock)
  • Graeme Boone (Musicologist, Ohio State, editor of Understanding Rock)
  • Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead drummer)
  • Dennis McNally (Grateful Dead publicist/biographer, author of On Highway 61 and A Long Strange Trip)
  • Roger McNamee (technology investor and founding member of rock band Moonalice)
  • Nicholas Meriwether (UC Santa Cruz, Grateful Dead Archivist, editor of Studying the Dead)
  • Ron Wickersham (founder, Alembic, engineer, instrument designer)

Featured Speakers:

  • Peter Albin (Big Brother and the Holding Company)
  • Kay Alexander (independent scholar)
  • Marc Allan (Red Light Management)
  • Helen Baldovinos (First Fusion and Grateful Dead orchestration project)
  • Jaime Baldovinos (Independent Scholar)
  • Amir Bar-Lev (director, upcoming Grateful Dead biographical film)
  • John Perry Barlow (tentative, Grateful Dead lyricist)
  • Jay Blakesberg (photographer, author of Jam)
  • Alex Blavatnik (Executive Producer, Grateful Dead biographical film)
  • Richard Biffle (Poster Artist)
  • David Browne (contributing editor, Rolling Stone and author of forthcoming Grateful Dead biography, So Many Roads)
  • Elizabeth Cline (Journalist, author, Overdressed, the Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion)
  • Lee Conklin (poster artist)
  • Christian Crumlish (CloudOn, Inc.)
  • Ken Dornstein (Producer, Happy Valley and upcoming GD biographical film)
  • Benjy Eisen (journalist, co author of forthcoming Bill Kreutzmann autobiography)
  • David Gans (Musician, journalist, host of the Grateful Dead Hour)
  • Carolyn Adams Garcia (author, Merry Prankster, Rex Foundation)
  • Trixie Garcia  (Band family member, Rex Foundation, jerrygarcia.com)
  • Doug Gertner (author, The Grateful Dad)
  • Pete Grant (multi-instrumentalist, session musician on Aoxomoxoa)
  • Wavy Gravy (philanthropist, SEVA Foundation, Camp Winnarainbow)
  • Gary Houston (Poster artist)
  • Glenn Allen Howard (Founder, American Musical Heritage Foundation www.recordmuseum.org)
  • Blair Jackson (Journalist, author of Garcia: An American Life and Grateful Dead Gear)
  • Jesse Jarnow (journalist, DJ, musician, author of forthcoming Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America)
  • Kimball Jones  (International Culinary School, Art Institute of California, Groth Vineyards)
  • Henry Kaiser (Guitarist, ethnomusicologist, marine scientist)
  • Jacaeber Kastor (Gallerist, Psychedelic Solution Gallery, coauthor, The Art of the Fillmore)
  • Justin Lane (sociologist, McREL International)
  • Peter Lavezzoli  (Drummer, author, The Dawn of Indian Music in the West)
  • David Lemieux (Grateful Dead Vault Archivist and GD Legacy Manager)
  • Mark Lipson (Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Policy Advisor, US Secretary of Agriculture's Office)
  • John Lyons (Poster Art expert, coauthor)
  • James McCallister  (Novelist, author, Fellow Traveler)
  • Quincy McCrary (Department of Anthropology, San Jose State University)
  • Rosie McGee (Photographer, band family member, author of Dancing with the Dead)
  • Susana Millman (Photographer, Grateful Dead Productions)
  • Bob Minkin (Photographer, author, Live Dead: The Photography of Bob Minkin)
  • Peter McQuaid (independent consultant)
  • Stanley Mouse (Poster Artist)
  • Sandy Pearlman (music producer, author, Blue Oyster Cult lyricist)
  • Ed Perlstein (Photographer)
  • Mark Pinkus (President, Rhino Entertainment)
  • Ellen Quigley (independent scholar)
  • Mark Rodriguez (poet, artist, author of 27 New Poems)
  • Hanna Sawka (artist, filmmaker)
  • Moaya Scheiman (Crisp Bakeshop, Sonoma)
  • Bob Scowcroft (Organic Farming Research Foundation, ret.)
  • Ray Sewell (Chef Chez Ray, former Grateful Dead chef)
  • Chris Shaw (Poster Artist)
  • Steve Silberman (Journalist, coauthor of Skeleton Key: A Dictionary for Deadheads)
  • Mark Silverman (Critical Mass, web designer, jerrygarcia.com)
  • Rhoney Stanley (Band family member, author, Owsley and Me: My LSD Family)
  • Eric Thompson (bluegrass and roots musician extraordinaire, early collaborator of Jerry Garcia's)
  • Kevin Weinberg (Chef, Walnut Creek Yacht Club)
  • Ron Wickersham (founder, Alembic, instrument designer)
  • Charlie Winton (publisher, Counterpoint Press)

Academic Panelists:

  • Rebecca Adams (Gerontology program. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, coeditor of Deadhead Social Science)
  • Giancarlo Aquilanti (Music Theory Program. Stanford University)
  • Melvin Backstrom (Musicology, McGill University)
  • Susan Balter-Reitz (Montana State University, Billings, Director of e-Learning)
  • Barry Barnes (Department of Marketing. Nova Southeastern University, author of Everything I Know About Business I Learned from the Grateful Dead)
  • Dominic Bellone (School of International Service, American University)
  • Jeremy Berg (Librarian, University of North Texas)
  • Frank Boyer, State University of New York, Art and Art History)
  • Gary Burnett (Florida State University, Dept. of Information Studies)
  • Scott Carlson (librarian, Rice University)
  • Beth Carroll (Department of English and Writing Center, Appalachian State University)
  • Mike Daley (Music Department, York University)
  • Natalie Dollar (Oregon state University- Cascades, Department of Speech Communication)
  • Michael Dolgushkin (librarian, California State Library, co-author of Deadbase)
  • Philip Eliasoph (Fairfield University, Art History Department, author, Colleen Browning, the Magic of Realism)
  • Brian Felix (Dept. of Music, University of North Carolina at Asheville)
  • Hannah Gunderman (Department of Geography, University of Wyoming)
  • John Hausman (University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music)
  • Pyra Inthiar (Lindenwood University, Department of English)
  • Lucas Johnston (Wake Forest College, Department of Religious and Environmental Studies)
  • Stanley Krippner (Saybrook Institute, author of The Voice of Rolling Thunder)
  • Justin Lane (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Institute for Social Capital)
  • Heather Laurel (Music Theory, City College of New York)
  • Leora Lawton (UC Berkeley, Dept. of Sociology)
  • H. Marshall Leicester, (UC Santa Cruz Dept. of Literature, early musical collaborator of Jerry Garcia)
  • Chaone Mallory (Villanova University, Department of Philosophy)
  • David Malvinni (Santa Barbara Community College, author of Grateful Dead and the Art of Rock Improvisation)
  • Mark Mattson (Dept. of Psychology, Fordham University)
  • Dard Neumann (Dept. of Music, UC Santa Cruz)
  • Shaugn O’Donnell (Dept. of Music, The City College, CUNY)
  • Ulf Olsson (Literature, Stockholm University)
  • Michael Parrish (College of Science, San Jose State)
  • Peter Richardson, (San Francisco State, author of No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead)
  • Pitman Potter (University of British Columbia, author, The Gospel and the Grateful Dead)
  • Timothy Ray (West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Department of English)\
  • Irene Reti (University of California, Santa Cruz Library)
  • Eric Silverman (Wheelock College, Department of Anthropology and Human Development)
  • Alan Soldofsky (Dept. of English and Comparative Literature, San Jose State)
  • Stanley Spector (Modesto Junior College, Department of Philosophy)
  • Varun Soni (Dean of Religious Life, University of Southern California)
  • David Sonnenberg (College of Social Science, UC Santa Cruz)
  • Bob Trudeau (emeritus professor of Political Science, Provincetown College)
  • Rob Weiner (culture and performing arts librarian, Texas Tech University. Editor, Perspectives on the Grateful Dead)
  • Jay Williams (Managing Editor, Critical Inquiry, University of Chicago)
  • Brent Wood (University of Toronto Mississauga, Department of English)