Founded in 2012, the Center for Media and Destiny is an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity, as designated by the United States Internal Revenue Service. The IRS designation was on January 27, 2013.

The Center is a very small organization that is just beginning to develop its website, programs, and activities. If you are interested in supporting or working with the Center, please contact us.


Barry Vacker

Founder and President, Center for Media and Destiny

Associate Professor, Dept. of Media Studies and Production

Temple University




Jarice Hanson, Amherst

Professor, Department of Communication

The University of Massachusetts-Amherst



Angela Cirucci, Philadelphia

Assistant Professor

Kutztown University

• Social media theorist




Yoni Van Den Eede, Brussels

Ph.D. fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders

Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences

Free University of Brussels (VUB)

• Marshall McLuhan and media ecology

Olivia Antsis, Philadelphia

Director, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

MFA, University of the Arts, 2005

• Photographer and video artist




Osei Alleyne, Philadelphia

PhD student

Department of Anthropology

The University of Pennsylvania

• Media anthropologist, theorist of science-fiction and human destiny.


Stacey Sullivan, Philadelphia

MA, Temple University, 2011

• Media and science, eco-architecture





Christina Betz, Philadelphia

BA, Temple University, 2016

• Cosmic media theory, Land Art








Geneveive Gillespie, Coopersburg, PA

BA, Temple University, 2013

Genevieve co-authored CMAD related papers, presented on several international panels, and curated the End of the World art exhibit in 2012. Currently, she is pursuing her Irish music career with Poor Man's Gambit. We hope the cosmos is generous to her and her band.



Agreen Wang, Shanghai

MA, Temple University, 2011

Agreen co-authored CMAD papers and was part of the panel at the McLuhan conference in Brussels. Currently, she is working in Shanghai for an educational organization. We hope the cosmos treats her well and that she makes it back soon for some fajitas at Cantina in Philly.



Barry Vacker, President

Gail Bower, Treasurer

Stacey Sullivan, Secretary


Barry Vacker, Associate Professor, Temple University (PhD, University of Texas at Austin)

Jarice Hanson, Professor, The University of Massachusetts-Amherst (PhD, Northwestern University)

Gail Bower, President, Bower & Co. Consulting LLC.

Eventually, we will add more advisors to our Board of Directors.


Morgen Cheshire, ESQ. LLC (Philadelphia)

• The Center offers much thanks and gratitude for all the expertise and ethusiasm shared by Morgen in handling the legal issues involved in setting up our nonprofit. Here is a great story in the Philadlephia Inquirer about Morgen's law firm for nonprofits.