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Brown Bag Series

Please join us in the Mildred & Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall (Music Building) on Fridays from 12:30-1:30PM for these upcoming Brown Bag Series presentations. Feel free to bring your lunch and relax! Visitors coming to the Brown Bag Series are able to obtain a day pass from the information booth at Paul Loser Hall and can park in the visitor lots on campus. For a list of all previous Brown Bag presenters, please click here. 

Jeannie_Howe_125_GBCAJeannie Howe, Executive Director of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance

September 11, 2015

Hosted by TCNJ Center for the Arts

Leading the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), Ms. Howe is responsible for convening the region’s cultural community by connecting artists and organizations to one another and to vital resources, as well as advocating for the strategic needs of the sector. Prior to joining the GBCA, Ms. Howe was founder and president of BayCliff Associates and provided management and fundraising consultation for various nonprofit clients including Everyman Theatre in Baltimore for whom she led a successful $17.7 million capital campaign. Her career has included leadership positions with a range of nonprofit organizations including the Alley Theatre, Baltimore Reads, and The Marrow Foundation (now Be the Match Foundation). Ms. Howe was president of the Everyman Theatre Board of Directors and has held many volunteer positions in the community. She received a M.A. in Theatre from Miami University in Ohio and a B.A. in Theatre from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

BalcuVoices of Participatory Medicine: Can We Improve the Healthcare System?

Presented by Ileana Balcu

September 18, 2015

Hosted by Communication Studies and The School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science

We have an opportunity to make healthcare more—better results with lower costs. Some patients and doctors are already making a difference in the way they approach their healthcare:

  1. Patients actively participate in health care decisions and drive their healthcare plan: they learn all about all options and they weigh them against their own values.
  2. Patients get valuable information from other patients – patient communities can be incubators of valuable information
  3. The doctor/patient partnership in which each side deeply respects the other are conducive to better healthcare results, and deep satisfaction on both sides.

In this lecture, a series of patient and doctor stories will be used to illustrate the power of patient engagement and participatory medicine.

Ileana Balcu is a program manager for IT systems in the health care industry. In 2003 she lost a baby to preeclampsia (hypertension in pregnancy) and then learned about the power of patient communities through the Preeclampsia Foundation. She served as the Director of IT for them. After her second successful pregnancy, she felt a deep desire to help the doctors and nurses that took care of her to deliver better care. She found her peers in the Society for Participatory Medicine where she served as Communications Lead and Board Member at Large. She is passionate about IT, healthcare improvement, e-patients and teamwork.

keller_ClarkeThe Limits of Guitar: Relationships Between Musicians and Audience

Presented by Ed Keller

September 25, 2015

Hosted by Music

The guitar is a uniquely ubiquitous instrument. In many ways both acoustic and electric guitars have been nexus points, valves, vectors, for the production of a planetary scale set of structures of feeling and affect across the past century. This aspect of the instrument is recognizable in many cultures- and certainly in the technologized world, the guitar is absolutely central to the sensibility and aesthetic of everyone who hears music. The guitar is also a test platform for innovation that has merged very old materials sciences with cutting edge science and tech, and responded very dynamically to musicians’ interests and demands.  By asking what the ‘Limits of Guitar’ might be we are also asking what new relationships might be possible between musician and audience, between designer and manufacturer, between coder and player; what new economic relationships could evolve when we look at the way music is increasingly gamified- and ultimately, perhaps even the role that the guitar could play in the pattern recognition used by today’s AI algorithms. If planetary music is a set of slowly shifting tectonic plates, then the guitar has been a fault line- and sometimes an earthquake- across those fields.

Ed Keller is the Director of the Center for Transformative Media at The New School, and Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design.  Designer, professor, writer, musician and multimedia artist.  Prior to joining Parsons, he taught at Columbia Univ. GSAPP [1998-2010] and SCIArc [2004-09].   With Carla Leitao he co-founded AUM Studio, an architecture and new media firm that has produced residential projects, competitions, and new media installations in Europe and the US.   His work and writing has appeared widely, in venues including Punctum, Praxis, ANY,  AD,  Arquine,  Leonardo Electronic Almanac,  Architecture,  Precis,  Wired,  Metropolis,  Assemblage, Ottagono, and Progressive Architecture.  He has spoken on architecture, film, technology and ecology internationally.  Current research seminars at Parsons include Post-Planetary Design  and The Radical Future of Guitar.  Ed has been an avid rockclimber for over 30 years.

What Art Historians Do When They Aren’t Teaching

October 2, 2015

Hosted by Art & Art History

LaughtonUncovering the Context in the Classical (Music): Why did they write it and why should we care?

October 16, 2015 

Hosted by TCNJ Center for the Arts

John Laughton and Tomoko Kanamaru will be performing Brahms, Debussy, and Milhaud. Discussing who, where, and when each of the works was conceived and how they relate to the ideas and events that were shaping Europe in the late 19th and early 20th Century.

PollockNew Careers in Public Health and Health Communication Alumni Panel

October 23, 2015

Hosted by Communication Studies, Co-Sponsored by Public Health Communication Club

In this lecture, four key alumni authors of different chapters in Dr. John Pollock’s latest book, “Journalism and Human Rights: How Demographics Drive Media Coverage” (Routledge), co-authored with 28 TCNJ students, will discuss how they learned to write publishable work as undergraduates as well as the opportunities they have found in health communication/public health after graduating from TCNJ. The TCNJ alumni include: Kelsey Zink ’14, enrolled in the Master’s in Public Health (MPH) program at George Washington U; Jordan Kohn ’14, enrolled in the MPH program at Johns Hopkins; Kyle Bauer ’15, employed at McCann Torre Lazur, a major advertising firm; and James Etheridge ’15, employed at both McCann Global Health and enrolled in the MPH program at Columbia. All of the alumni accompanied Dr. Pollock on internships he organized in Durban, South Africa, in the summers of either 2013 and 2014, helping students learn how South Africans fight gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS.

In “Journalism and Human Rights: How Demographics Drive Media Coverage” (Routledge, 2015) media sociologist and communication studies professor Pollock and co-authors compare cross-national coverage of human trafficking, HIV/AIDS treatment, water handling/contamination, child labor; and US cross-city reporting on same-sex marriage, detainee rights at Guantanamo, immigration reform, and post-traumatic stress, illuminating the critical role of variations in both female empowerment and “vulnerability” demographic measures.

MarinoPress Play: Inside the Music and Art of Video Games

Presented by Gerard Marino and Cecil Kim

October 30, 2015

Hosted by Music 

Gerard Marino is most noted as the principal composer of Sony PlayStation’s God of War series of games, the first of which won the Interactive Academy Award for Best Score, as well as the Game Audio Network Guild’s “Music Of The Year” Award. Marino’s orchestral suite of his GOD OF WAR themes has been performed live by world-class orchestras to sold-out crowds on 6 continents including the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. In this Brown Bag lecture series, Mr. Marino will discuss his compositional process for writing music for video games and media and how this differs from other genres.  He will also talk about interactive scoring and include examples of looping and vertical interactivity.  Mr. Marino will also guest conduct The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble in their concert the same evening – you don’t want to miss Pixel Music!

The Music and Culture of Tajikistan: Haydar Tavakkalov

November 6, 2015 

Hosted by Music

The November 6 Brown Bag will be a pre-concert lecture/demonstration presented by Visiting Artist Scholar Haydar Tavvakalov.  Professor Tavvakalov comes to us from the mountainous eastern region of Tajikistan known as Badakhshan, where he teaches at Khorog university and is a master musician of the music of the Pamiri people. The concert will follow later in the day, at 8:00pm in the Mayo Concert Hall.

Haikes_portraitLinked Lives: Strategies for Interdisciplinary Projects in the Digital Humanities

Presented by Dr. Belinda Haikes

November 13, 2015

Hosted by Communication Studies

Dr. Belinda Haikes is a designer, artist and researcher with a passion for technology, the environment, and how we interact with both on a daily basis. She will speak about her collaborative project linked lives that is comprised of a team that includes a digital humanities practitioner, a scientist and herself, a visual designer. The goal of the project is to solve the persistent problem of contaminants in the soil of Philadelphia neighborhoods. She will speak about how the project will create a synergistic approach to the problem through each the discipline to transform the communities. And additionally, how each discipline provides opportunities to strengthen the project, to provide funding opportunities and create connections that attempt to solve the problem sustainably.

Haikes is a conceptually driven interdisciplinary artist, designer, and writer whose work examines digital and social relationships. Her work has been included in exhibitions and screenings at the Bronx World Film Cycle, Lightworks (UK), New Museum’s Flash: Light Festival, Pilottone (NY), and The Billboard Art Project (VA). Most recently, she was awarded third place in Radius 250 (VA) in 2013, and named a Digital Graffiti Award Finalist in 2012.

In addition to her teaching, Haikes currently serves as Director for the AIGA Philadelphia SPACE Gallery. She holds a PhD in Media, Art, and Text from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Most recently, Haikes held the position of Assistant Professor of Interactive Design at West Chester University, and has previously taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Virginia Commonwealth University. Haikes was born in South Africa, raised in Canada, and currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.

FishburnWho Makes Games?

Presented by Josh Fishburn

November 20, 2015

Hosted by Interactive Multimedia

Joshua Fishburn is a new media artist, game designer, and educator. His work has been shown at Plus Gallery in Denver, FILE 2008 and 2009 in São Paulo, Brazil, 8-Bit Game People in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Prospectives ’09 in Reno, Nevada, at the UW-Whitewater’s Play Expo, at the 2012 and 2013 Games+Learning+Society Conference’s Art Exhibition, and at the Blank Arcade exhibition at DiGRA 2014. He holds an MFA in Electronic Media Arts Design and an MA in Digital Media Studies from the University of Denver, as well as a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His previous teaching experience includes the University of Denver, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Spring 2015 Brown Bag Series

Computer-Mediated Communication: Exploring the Interpersonal Problems and Benefits of Online Interactions

Presented by Dr. Andrew High, University of Iowa

February 6, 2015

Hosted by Communication Studies

Dr. Andrew High focuses his research on interpersonal communication and computer-mediated communication. In this lecture, he will talk about computer-mediated communication and how online channels improve, worsen, or otherwise alter the processes of interpersonal communication.

ISConnects: Social Sculpting: Art Shapes Life Shapes Room

Presented by Chloë Bass

February 13, 2015

Co-Sponsored by International Sculpture Center, Hosted by Art & Art History

Join artist Chloë Bass as she explores the idea of social sculpture. Originally coined by artist Joseph Beuys, social sculpture is a way of structuring art’s ability to transform society. Part lecture, part participatory performance, this event will ask its audience to restructure their own immediate environment by shifting relationships between action and observation as a way to explore a room.

Chloë Bass is a conceptual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She focuses on the co-creation of performances, situations, installations, and publications, all dedicated to deep questioning of the everyday. Her upcoming project, The Book of Everyday Instruction, is an investigation into one-on-one social interaction. Other recent projects have included The Department of Local Affairs (a project on how we build place through behavior), and The Bureau of Self-Recognition(how what we do shapes who we are). Chloë was the 2014 Bed-Stuy Create Change Resident for the Laundromat Project and the 2014 Honorary Fellow in Utopian Practice for Culture Push. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Neuberger Museum, the James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center, Momenta Art, and Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. Her recent writing has been published in Art in America and Hyperallergic. Chloë has guest lectured at various institutions, including the Queens Museum of Art, Parsons School of Design, Sotheby’s Institute, and Brooklyn College CUNY. You can learn more at

Launched in 2011 with support from the Johnson Art and Education Foundation, ISConnects explores unique perspectives on sculpture in the contemporary art world. Programming includes special access to traveling exhibitions, conversations with artists, panels, networking events and tours. Together, the ISC and collaborating organizations offer accessible programming that addresses trends in sculpture. ISConnects is made possible by support from Johnson Art and Education Foundation, New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tim Wisniewski, Chief Data Officer for the City of Philadelphia

February 20, 2015

Hosted by Interactive Multimedia 

Tim Wisniewski is the Chief Data Officer for the City of Philadelphia, where he works with City departments to enhance open government and civic engagement by publishing government data online. Previously, Tim served as the Director of Civic Technology, where he managed projects that connect citizens to government, like the Philly311 Mobile App and Before joining the Administration in January 2012, Tim was the Executive Director of the Frankford Special Services District, where he led efforts to revitalize the Frankford Avenue Business Corridor through public safety and beautification projects. As President of the 24th Police District Advisory Council, he also helped to form Somerset Neighbors, a civic association in Kensington. A Philadelphia native, Tim is a graduate of Richmond, the American International University in London. This event is sponsored by the Interactive Multimedia department.

Inside Katrina Ballads

Presented by Composer Ted Hearne, University of Southern California

March 6, 2015

Hosted by Music

Ted Hearne is a composer, performer, singer, and bandleader, who draws on a wide breadth of musical and artistic influences to create intense, personal, and multi-dimensional works. Hearne’s Katrina Ballads, a modern-day oratorio with a primary source libretto, was awarded the 2009 Gaudeamus Prize and the recording, on New Amsterdam Records, was named one of the best classical albums of 2010 by several publications including The Washington Post.

Ted Hearne will be speaking in conjunction with Katrina Ballads, an interdisciplinary week-long series of events sponsored by the School of the Arts and Communication and Department of Music revolving around the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Katrina Ballads joins together disciplines including music, education, communication studies, and the humanities and will include musical performances, film screening, lectures, and a day-long symposium by leaders in the arts and social justice. For more information, please click here.

MAGNIFICAT Early Music Ensemble: Singing the Song of Songs

April 10, 2015 

Hosted by Music

The British vocal ensemble MAGNIFICAT was formed in 1991 to explore the rich diversity of choral music from the last five centuries. The ensemble specializes in the restoration and performance of neglected choral masterpieces from the Renaissance and Baroque eras. Dr. Philip Cave, TCNJ’s adjunct professor of vocal music, is the founder and conductor of the ensemble, and leads their presentation, including performances of a variety of musical settings of texts from the biblical love-song: the Song of Songs, or the Song of Solomon.

Philip Adams: Public and Private Art

April 24, 2014

Co-Sponsored by Kappa Pi International Art Fraternity, Hosted by Art & Art History 

Phillip Adams has worked nationally and internationally for over 10 years in public art, while maintaining a studio practice throughout these years. The symbiotic nature of these two experiences have challenged and inspired each of these directions. Based out of Philadelphia, PA, Adams received his BFA from the University of Georgia and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. He has exhibited his work in Philadelphia at Seraphin Gallery, Arcadia University, Moore College of Art, University of Pennsylvania, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Tiger Strikes Asteroid (founding member), and Bridgette Mayer Gallery. Adams’ work has also been included in exhibitions throughout the United States.

His public art includes “Passage of Time” and “This is Where We Play” in Trenton, NJ, both commissioned by The Trenton Mural Arts Program, The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Wyeth Corporation, and Isles, Inc.

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