By combining multimedia technology with riveting storytelling, historian and University of Richmond president, Ed Ayers is changing the way millions of students, educators, and researchers experience history. On his public radio show and podcast BackStory, Ed and his co-hosts drill down to the historic roots of contemporary headlines and deliver nationally syndicated brain candy for anyone who appreciates passionate, intelligent, and irreverent thought. The author of ten books on the American South, Ed has been a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist. An equally accomplished classroom teacher, he has been honored by Carnegie Foundation and continues to teach a class for U of R freshmen... Read More t

Mike Henry graduated from The Collegiate School and Washington & Lee University before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy. There, he met Seth MacFarlane who invited him to write for his animated series Family Guy. In his six seasons on Family Guy, Mike created and voiced characters Cleveland, Herbert, Bruce, Consuela, and more. In 2009 Mike developed Family Guy spin-off series, The Cleveland Show which he continues as executive producer while continuing to voice his much-loved Family Guy characters... Read More t

Dr. Frank Gupton is chair of VCU’s Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering and director of its Institute for Engineering in Medicine. His 30-year career has focused on the development of innovative chemical processes with pharmaceutical and agricultural applications. His work predicts a future where medications will be custom-formulated to match individual patients’ needs and manufactured on demand. These chemical processes have practical applications ranging from space travel to military use to treating AIDS on a global scale... Read More t