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DMACC to Celebrate 'The Art of Imagination' at ciLive! 11

Posted 3/2/2020

Free event set for March 9-13 at the DMACC West Des Moines Campus
Embrace the art of imagination! The 11th annual Celebrate! Innovation Live – also known as ciLive! 11 – is coming up March 9-13 at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) West Des Moines Campus.
Each year, ciLive! brings some of the brightest minds and creative thinkers to Central Iowa. The event is free and open to the public.

The theme of ciLive! 11 is “The Art of Imagination,” and speakers will include a panel of cast members from the cult-classic film “Napoleon Dynamite,” an Academy Award-winning costume designer, a visual effects supervisor for Marvel Studios, two Discovery Channel program hosts, a NASA project chief and many more.

“This year’s ciLive! theme focuses on the power of imagination and how it can lead to remarkable innovation and achievement,” said ciLive! founder and DMACC West Campus Provost Dr. Anthony Paustian. “From science and the arts to business and technology, imagination helps lead us forward in so many ways. Our ciLive! 11 speakers represent that creative diversity.”

The ciLive! 11 schedule is as follows:

Monday, March 9

  • 12:10 p.m., keynote speaker: Nick Overton, a professional gamer and entertainer who graduated from the DMACC West Campus and who lives and works in Des Moines.

Tuesday, March 10

  • 12:10 p.m., keynote speaker: Adam Carroll, an internationally recognized financial literacy expert, author, filmmaker and speaker.
  • 1 p.m., free “Napoleon Dynamite” film screening: Students and community members are invited to enjoy a FREE screening of the cult-classic film “Napoleon Dynamite.”

Wednesday, March 11

  • 9:30 a.m., keynote speaker: Dr. Alan Stern​, a planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant and author who led NASA’s New Horizons mission to the Pluto system and the Kuiper Belt.
  • 11 a.m., keynote speaker: Ken Schmidt, a marketing guru and key player in Harley Davidson’s comeback in the 1980s.
  • 12:15 p.m., unveiling event: Learn more about the new Virtual Learning Lab (VLL) at the Microsoft Datacenter Learning Academy on the DMACC West Campus.
  • 1 p.m., keynote speaker: Geoffrey Notkin, host of the award-winning television adventure series “Meteorite Men” on Discovery Channel.
  • 2:30 p.m., keynote speaker: Ruth Carter, winner of the 2019 Academy Award for Best Costume Design for her work on the film “Black Panther.”
  • 5 p.m., concert: The Cerny Brothers
  • 6 p.m., keynote speaker: Mårten Larsson, a Visual Effects Supervisor for Marvel Studios.

Thursday, March 12

  • 9:30 a.m., keynote speaker: Miles Nielsen, a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Rockford, Ill., who has followed in the footsteps of his father, Rick Nielsen, the lead guitarist, backing vocalist and primary songwriter of the rock band Cheap Trick.
  • 11 a.m., keynote speaker: Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA, and host of “Out of Egypt” on Discovery Channel.
  • 1 p.m., keynote speaker: Jeffrey Morris, writer, director, production designer and founder of FutureDude Entertainment.
  • 2:30 p.m., featured panel: "Napoleon Dynamite” cast members
    o   Jon Heder, actor who played Napoleon
    o   Efren Ramirez, actor who played Pedro
    o   Jon Gries, actor who played Uncle Rico
    Visit to learn more and view the ciLive! 11 schedule online.

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