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Scholarly Snapshots — January 2020

A round of scholarly activities by faculty, staff and students in the School of the Arts and Communication.

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Jason Alejandro moderated the panel discussion, “Emerging Global Practices,” for AIGA (The Professional Association for Design) and the Type Directors Club. The event, held in October 2019, featured conversations with recent design graduates about designing across cultural borders.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Interactive Multimedia Warren Buckleitner organized the Dust or Magic Conference, where he hosted visionaries from around the world in Fall 2019.

Dean of the School of the Arts and Communication Maurice Hall read to kindergarteners at the Foundation Academy in December 2019.

Hall wrote the chapter, “Black Male Authority as Oxymoron: Exploring Tensions and Intersectional Identities in the Academy” in the book, Between Complacency and Doom: Enacting Critical Principles in Higher Education Administration by J. Brower and W. B. Myers (Eds) and published by Lexington Books. 

Hall also presented his paper, Addressing Student Activism: Practical and Theoretical Implications for Higher Education, and served on the panel, Talking, Praying and Holding our Breath: Surviving Raising Black Boys, at the National Communication Association Conference Baltimore, Maryland in fall 2019.

Assistant Professor of Art History Hetty Joyce wrote the article “Jan van Eyck’s AΛC IXH XAN: Art and Eros at the Court of Philip the Good,” which was published in the Winter 2020 issue of Notes in the History of Art (Vol. 39/No. 2).

Director of the TCNJ Art Gallery and Sarnoff Collection Margaret Pezalla-Granlund’s installation, Circulation, is on view at the Abington Art Center through February 22. Her work was inspired by the art and rare book collections of Lessing J. Rosenwald, who built Alverthorpe, the building that now houses the Abington Art Center. Rosenwald shared his collections — by loaning works, by inviting researchers to Alverthorpe, and, ultimately, by donating everything to accessible, public collections. All of the images in Circulation come from the digitized online collections of the Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art, a 21st century strategy of sharing and distribution. In Circulation, the tables (inspired by the design of the study tables in Rosenwald’s library) are sites of production, reproduction, and distribution. 

Associate Professor of Journalism and Professional Writing Kim Pearson’s Writing for Interactive Multimedia class had a classroom visit from Brian Evans of TrentonDaily in October 2019.

Chair of the Department of Interactive Multimedia Teresa Nakra presented at the joint conference of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction and the College Music Society in Fall 2019.

Assistant Professor of Interactive Multimedia Josh Fishburn has an article in editing phase for The Computer Games Journal and a chapter in the forthcoming Signal Culture Cookbook Volume 2.

Conference presenters
Josh Fishburn, Yifeng Hu, and Deanna Amarosa

Fishburn and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies Yifeng Hu presented “‘Fresh Start’: Process and Educational Impact of Creating an Interactive Video Game With Narrative Immersion to Educate First Year College Students about Mindful Drinking” with Deanna Amarosa, a junior public health/communication studies double major with a health communication specialization, at The CUNY Games Conference 6.0 on January 16. Students Katie La Capria, Miles Cuminsky, Olivia Knutson are also involved in the project. Nina Navazio, a junior interactive multimedia and English double major, also presented her paper, “Liberating the Liberal Arts: How Playing Video Games for my English Classes Changed my College Experience” at the conference. 

Work by Marchelo Vera

Assistant Professor of Art & Art History Marchelo Vera was one of 365 designers and artists invited to participate in the Emirates International Poster Festival (EIPF) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Curated by Arafat Al-Naim and its international organizing committee, the exhibition showcases the work of leading designers from 74 countries hosted by The Culture and Science Association. Vera’s work converges around traditional printmaking techniques and digital media and was a part of Dubai Design Week in November 2019. With over 75,000 annual visitors, it is considered the most significant contemporary creative festival in the Middle East.

Professor of Rhetorical Theory Gary C. Woodward, who will retire from TCNJ at the end of the Spring 2020 semester, is halfway through a book project entitled The Sonic Imperative: Sound in the Age of Screens. The book argues for the primacy of hearing as the first sense. Among the eleven chapters are discussions of language acquisition, sound recording, practical acoustics, the “sound-centric” person, and noise pollution. It is scheduled to be published by Lexington Books in 2021.


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