Beth Harris and Steven Zucker, Khan Academy Deans of Art and History and Co-founders of SmartHistory.org, share the ways in which their work demystifies traditional representations of images, widens access to art, and uses technology to reform art history education.
Beth is Dean of Art and History at the Khan Academy. Before joining the Khan Academy, she was the first person to hold the position of Director of Digital Learning at The Museum of Modern Art, where she started MoMA Courses Online and co-produced educational videos, websites and apps. Before joining MoMA, Beth was Associate Professor and Director of Distance Learning at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She received her Master's degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and her Doctorate in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Anya Kamenetz writes about the future of education. In 2011, Learning, Freedom and the Web and The Edupunks’ Guide were published as free ebooks by the Mozilla and Gates Foundation respectively. Anya also penned Generation Debt which dealt with youth economics and politics. Her book DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education investigated innovations to address the crises in cost, access, and quality in higher education. She was named a 2010 Game Changer in Education by the Huffington Post and received 2009 and 2010 National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association.
Steven is Dean of Art and History at Khan Academy and creator of Smarthistory.org, a site which won the 2012 award for open courseware excellence from the Open Courseware Consortium. In 2012, Steven – in conjunction with Khan Academy’s Dr. Beth Harris – produced 90 videos for the Google Art Project. He has also chaired the Art History Departments at Pratt Institute and at Fashion Institute of Technology (where was dean of the School of Graduate Studies) and served as a member of the The Art Consortium, an international think tank dedicated to shaping the future of art museums. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.