PROGRAM | Keynote Speakers

Jesse Stommel | May 22

A picture of Jesse Stommel..Jesse is Executive Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at University of Mary Washington. He is also Co-founder of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Hybrid Pedagogy: an open-access journal of learning, teaching, and technology. He has a PhD from University of Colorado Boulder.

Jesse is a documentary filmmaker and teaches courses about pedagogy, film, and new media. Jesse experiments relentlessly with learning interfaces, both digital and analog, and his research focuses on higher education pedagogy, critical digital pedagogy, and assessment. He’s got a rascal pup, Emily, two clever cats, Loki and Odin, and a badass daughter, Hazel. He’s online at and on Twitter @Jessifer.

Jesse’s recent co-authored publication, An Urgency of Teachers: The Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy, can be found at .

Sarah Dupont | May 24

Sarah Dupont is the Aboriginal Engagement Librarian at the University of British Columbia Library, which is located on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Of settler-Canadian and Métis heritage, she is from Lheidli T’enneh traditional territory, otherwise known as Prince George, B.C., where she earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern B.C. Sarah earned a Masters of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta and was formerly the Community Engagement Librarian (Aboriginal Services) with the Edmonton Public Library.

Sarah’s role is shared between the Xwi7xwa Library, where her work includes providing reference and instruction services, programming, and outreach with the campus’s Indigenous community, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC), where her Aboriginal Engagement role includes programs such as Indigitization and the annual Aboriginal (Un)History Month exhibition. In addition to her full-time role with UBC Library, Sarah also serves the UBC iSchool as the First Nations Curriculum Coordinator and as a co-instructor of the LIBR 569a: Information Practice and Protocol in Support of Indigenous Initiatives course.

Sarah is the convenor of the First Nations Interest Group of the B.C. Library Association, Chair of the Indigenous Knowledge Standing Committee for the Council of Pacific and Prairie University Libraries (COPPUL), and a recent addition to the National Heritage Digitization Strategy’s Steering Committee. Sarah is on twitter at @dupontsarah.