Anne Deane Berman, PhD


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"Excellent literature, art, music, and theater especially from the sci-fi and fantasy realms leads to discovery, the self and externally, enhances critical and design thinking, innovation, fosters empathy and serves as a foundation in unlocking the mysteries of the world in which we live in order to solve global thematic issues, including water, energy, climate, oceans, urbanization, transport, science and technology, among others."

                                  -Dr. Steven Lee Berman, Co-Founder, DIGIVATIONS


DIGIVATIONS CAMP DEMIGOD INSTITUTE (Leavenworth & Olympia, WA) is a fully immersive international summer innovation and literary overnight camp based on the Institute's unique NASA award winning STEM+ARTS+MOVEMENT curriculum. It is a blend of world building through innovation, role playing, and speculative fiction. The Overnight Camp's location and environment brings Percy Jackson and the Olympian Series as well as Fandoms to life (featuring a Mash-Up of Percy Jackson, Dr. Who, Steampunk, Harry Potter, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, Divergent, and more) through quests in rustic demigod cabins, traversing through the beaches, trails, and clay cliffs.  


DIGIVATIONS' career development programming enables advanced high school, college students and professionals to receive mentorship and leadership training from the INSTITUTE's network of global academics, business leaders, artists and innovative entrepreneurs who facilitate life long learning, professional development and career opportunities. Camp Demigod's world-class Directors, Advisors and Faculty each have between 20-30 years of distinguished service and subject matter expertise in their respective fields: creative writing, design thinking, film, humanities (ancient civilizations, anthropology, ethnographics, mythology, languages, among others), innovation, martial arts, music, STEM, and theatre/theatrical combat.  www.campdemigod.org 

Biography

Anne Deane Berman, PhD is a composer, former university faculty/senior administrator, and entrepreneur with special interests in creating interdisciplinary educational non-profits, university granting programs and new degree programs which foster innovation through the intersection of the humanities and sciences.  Programs are attractive to external funding sources and engender collaboration with faculty and K-22/graduate students.  She is the Co-Founder, Vice President and Faculty of an international educational 501(c)(3)  federal non-profit based in Peshastin/Leavenworth, WA and a BC Canadian corporation located in Vancouver, BC.  She works with her husband Dr. Steven Berman to create the curriculum, publications, events, electronic platforms; international student/staff recruitment, retention and development;  and budgeting for both Canadian and US operations including the Institute’s 16 acre Mountain View Lodge, home to the summer overnight programs. 

DIGIVATIONS is a creative enterprise with community-focused experiences centered on its NASA award winning STEM+ARTS+MOVEMENT innovative pedagogy.   The essence of the Camps & Programs is that the Co-Founders integrate their significant academic, artistic, design thinking, engineering, technology industry and business experience into a fully interactive environment in a manner where students’ interests serve as a core foundation.  Students learn about art, humanities incorporating studies of Ancient Greece, other cultures and mythologies including languages and literature, music, and science and technology domains. Innovation areas encompass Advanced Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Astro-Biology, Astro-Physics, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Commercial Space Exploration, Genetics, Intelligent Infrastructure and Transportation, Quantum Physics, and beyond. These fields are brought to life by utilizing specific books and media series which youth embrace (Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Dr. Who, Steampunk, etc.) along with design thinking and narrative methodologies.  Students collaborate on creating artistic and innovative works ranging from short stories, skits, multi-media works, music and plays; innovations, as well as prototypes. The Programs and Camps also incorporate learning about the world including a focus on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.   

Dr. Berman’s research in Virtual Reality and Sensor Technologies coordinates sound synthesis and acoustic composition with interactive environments designed to express historical events, scientific visualization, cultural and social phenomena.   She collaborates as a researcher/composer with engineers, artists, and choreographers from University of California, Santa Barbara, UCLA, University of British Columbia and Iowa State University and her non-profit DIGIVATIONS.  Works have been installed/performed in more than 75 venues in over a dozen countries and for radio and TV (SIGGRAPH, IEE Conference: Germany, International Human Computer Interface Conference: Las Vegas, World Internet Conference: Madrid, Goteborg Museum of Art: Sweden, International Super Computing).  Her works are distributed on CD and DVD (Innova, Nuema and MIT Press record labels).  Her compositions are celebrated in various publications, books and journals (i.e. Digital Storytelling: A Creator's Guide to Interactive Entertainment, Focal Press). She has produced televised live concerts, including a nationally televised tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by The Philadelphia Orchestra through A&E Television Network. 

Dr. Berman's Undergraduate and Graduate teaching demonstrates breadth and depth of knowledge and integration of scholarship into course work: Introduction to Music, Music Theory Sequence, Composition, Digital Audio, Interdisciplinary Studies in Media Arts and Technology, New Media and Society,  and Survey of 20th Century Music.  Dr. Berman oversees 5-10 faculty each summer who are uniquely talented in working with K-22 students in fields which include the arts (film, music, theatre, visual art), literature (creative, play and script writing) and humanities (anthropology, ethnographics, Greek and Roman mythology, along with the myths and fables emanating from the Middle Ages, linguistics, and Futurism), Innovation (design thinking, science (biology, biomimicry, genetics, sustainability, rocketry), technology (analog and digital games and programming, cognitive analytics (singularity), intelligent infrastructure and transportation and engineering) and theatrical combat and martial arts.  She provides assistance to students in understanding the value and relevance of the subject matter, both within the discipline and in a broader context.  


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