An International Conference
October 8-10, 1999
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Speakers and Moderators  J - Z  [A - I]

Andrew Jakubowicz is Professor of Sociology at The University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He has been a consultant to the Australian government on new media and the cultural industries. He has also produced Making Multicultural Australia - A Multimedia Documentary. Currently, he coordinates international development in humanities and the social sciences at UTS. 

Henry Jenkins is Ann Fetter Friedlaender Professor of Humanities and Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program. He has published widely on contemporary media. His books include a study of movie comedy in the 1930s and Textual Poachers, an influential account of media audiences. His latest publication is The Children's Culture Reader

Eithne Johnson teaches media and popular culture at Wellesley College. Her essays have addressed Lifetime cable television for women, the Christian media industry and the home video market, and pornography for women. Her dissertation examines the emergence of sexually explicit imagery at the intersection of the sexual and communications revolutions.

Steve Jones is author of six books, including Doing Internet Research, CyberSociety and Virtual Culture. He is co-editor of New Media & Society, an international journal of research on new media, technology and culture and edits New Media Cultures, a series of books on culture and technology for Sage Publications, as well as Digital Formations, a series of books about digital culture, for Peter Lang Publishing. Jones is Professor and Head of the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, Chicago. 

Christina Joseph is Instructor in Cultural Anthropology and Research Associate at the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on religion and culture, feminist theory and transnational cultural studies. She is currently co-directing a research project examining the links between ethnicity, technology and popular culture in the American South.

Elaine Kamarck is a Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government where she directs the research program, Visions of Governance for the 21st Century, and is faculty adviser to the Innovations in American Government Awards program. As senior policy adviser to Vice President Gore, Kamarck was creator and manager of the Clinton Administration's National Performance Review (NPR), also known as the Reinventing Government project. Kamarck worked on the Clinton Administration's welfare reform task force, the Community Empowerment Board, the Olympics task force and the vice president's Airline Safety and Security Commission. Prior to joining the administration, she was a founder of and senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. She was also a columnist for Newsday and the Los Angeles Times. She taught at Barnard College (1989), Bryn Mawr College (1988-1990), Georgetown University (1985-1987), and the Graduate School of Political Management (1987-1988). Early in her career, she was director of special projects for the Carter-Mondale presidential campaign and a staff member at the Democratic National Committee.

Robert Kanigel is Professor of Science Writing at MIT. He is the author of Apprentice to Genius: The Making of a Scientific Dynasty, The One Best Way: Frederick Winslow Taylor and the Enigma of Efficiency, The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan. He is a freelance writer and author of almost 400 articles, essays, and reviews in publications such as New York Times Magazine, New York Times Book Review, The Sciences, Wilson Quarterly, Psychology Today, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times.

Anandam Kavoori is Associate Professor of Telecommunications at the College of Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of Georgia. His research interests and publications are in transnational cultural studies, television news, technology and culture, tourism and media ethnography. He is currently co-directing a research project examining the links between ethnicity, technology and popular culture in the American South.

Julia "Evergreen" Keefer is an Associate Professor at NYU, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Online Education, a founding member of the World Association for Online Education, and a writer/performance artist/kinesiologist/kickboxer/ex-professional wrestler. She is an "organic" professor with a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to education. 

Tom Kemper received his Masters in Critical Studies from the USC School of Cinema-Television. He has worked in both film development and game design, and now teaches  film history and theory courses at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica. 

Haydn Kernal is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at MIT. She conducts research in human-computer interaction, psychological processing of media, and attitudes towards new technology.

Philip S. Khoury is Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science and a Professor of History at MIT. A political and social historian, he is the author of Syria and the French Mandate: The Politics of Arab Nationalism, 1920-1945 (1987), which won the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association, and Urban Notables and Arab Nationalism: The Politics of Damascus, 1860-1920 (1983). He is also co-editor of Tribes and State Formation in the Middle East (1990) and The Modern Middle East: A Reader (1993). Dean Khoury is past president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America. 

Matthew Kirschenbaum is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Kentucky, where he teaches New Media Studies, Informatics, and Contemporary Literature. He divides his time between critical writing about digital culture and new media, and applied research in humanities computing, with a particular interest in digital images. Kirschenbaum is also the Technical Editor of the electronic William Blake Archive

Andreas Kitzmann is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Karlstad, Sweden, where he teaches for the Department of Media and Communications. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from McGill University, Montreal,  where he wrote a dissertation entitled The Melancholic Hypertext: The Fate of the Writer in the Tangential Narrative.

Tina Klein is Assistant Professor of Literature at MIT where she teaches courses in American literature and culture, Asian American literature, and film. Her dissertation, Cold War Orientalism: Muscials, Travel Narratvies and Middlebrow Culture in Postwar America, explores popular perceptions of Asia in relation to US foreign policy.  

Susan Kretchmer is a writer, a magazine editor for a publishing company, and a student at The Johns Hopkins University.  From 1986 to the present, she has been active in scholarly research, publishing, and professional organizations in Communication. Her current research explores the historical, social, and cultural relationship between communication and technology in popular media, law and public policy, and social change. 

Kurt Lancaster is a Visiting Lecturer in Literature at MIT and the author of Warlocks and Warpdrive: Contemporary Fantasy Entertainments with Interactive and Virtual Environments. He holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from NYU, has directed one-act plays off-off Broadway, and has taught in the NYU Department of Drama. His writing has appeared in Performing Arts Journal, Modern Drama, Journal of Popular Culture, The Christian Science Monitor, and Foundation.

Michael Leja is Associate Professor of Art History at MIT. His research interests include the history of modernist painting and sculpture, particularly in the United States, in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the theories and methods of historical interpretation of visual artifacts. He received the Charles C. Eldredge Prize from the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art in 1996, for his book, Reframing Abstract Expressionism: Subjectivity and Painting in the 1940s (1993).  

Steven Lerman holds the Class of 1922 Professorship at MIT and is the Director of the Center for Educational Computing Initiatives. This interdepartmental research center undertakes research into the uses of communication and computation technologies in all forms of learning and teaching. Prof. Lerman directed MIT's Project Athena, a joint academic/industry initiative that produced MIT's distributed computing environment for educational uses, from the Project's inception in 1983 until 1988. He is Chairman of the MIT Faculty. 

David Lugowski recently completed a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies at New York University and teaches in the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT. His dissertation research centered on the representation of gay and lesbian identities in 1930s American cinema.

John Maeda is Sony Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Computer Science from MIT and moved to Japan to study Art and Design at Tsukuba University where he received his Doctorate in Design Studies. Most recently, he was awarded the 1999 Art Director's Club Gold Medal for his new media work Tap, Type, Write and the 1999 DaimlerChrysler Design Prize for his body of work from 1990 to the present.

Marlene Manoff is Associate Head of the MIT Humanities Library. She has written about the politics of building library collections and the impact of electronic technology on scholarly research.

Martin Marks is a Senior Lecturer in Music at MIT. He is the author of Music and the Silent Film (1997) and is currently at work on his second book entitled Music of the Early Sound Film. In addition, he has supervised the restoration of accompaniments for many silent films and frequently performs these scores in the Boston area and elsewhere. 

Alan McKee lectures in Communications at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. His research addresses questions of social justice through culture. He has published in Cultural Studies, Screen, The UTS Review, International Journal of Cultural Studies, and Media International Australia. He is the editor of Continuium: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies.

Richard Menke will receive his Ph.D. in English from Stanford University in January 2000. His dissertation, Victorian Interiors, examines methods of embodying subjectivity in 19-century fiction. Last year his article on thermodynamics and Martin Amis's Time's Arrow, published in Modern Fiction Studies, was awarded the Bruns Essay Prize by the Society for Literature and Science. 

Priscilla Coit Murphy is a Ph.D. candidate in media history in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interest is in books as a mass medium, particularly non-fiction and news-making books that have prompted public debate. She has worked in book publishing, academic administration, and public affairs event planning, and holds degrees from Swarthmore College and American University. 

Angela Ndalianis teaches cinema and new media in the Cinema Studies Program at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research explores the overlaps among such media as film, computer games, comic books and theme park attractions. She is also concerned with aesthetic links that connect media across different eras - an area explored in her thesis, which examines connections between 17th century baroque art and contemporary media. 

Virginia Nightingale is Associate Professor, School of Communication and Media at the University of Western Sydney Nepean, Australia, and the author of Studying Audiences (1996). She is currently involved in a collaborative research project with the Australian Broadcasting Authority to investigate children's experiences of media regulation and a Nepean funded project about children and television advertising. Her research centers on the media interests and viewing perspectives of niche audiences.  

James Paradis is Professor of Victorian Cultural Studies in Science and Technical Communication at MIT and Head of the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies. His publications include T.H. Huxley: Man's Place in Nature (1978), Victorian Science and Victorian Values: Literary Perspectives (1984), Evolution and Ethics (1989) and Textual Dynamic of the Professions (1991).  

Peter C. Perdue is Head of the History Faculty at MIT. He is the author of Exhausting the Earth: State and Peasant in Hunan 1500-1850 A.D. (1987), and articles on Asian cultures and social and economic history. He is a recipient of the 1988 Edgerton Award, the James A. Levitan Prize, and is a past holder of the Ford International Career Development Chair. His current research examines the Chinese conquest of Central Asia from 1680 to 1760. He is the director of The Longbow Project, an on-line archive of materials relating to Chinese history and culture. 

Mark Pesce is Professor of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Southern California. He is the co-creator of VRML. Pesce is the co-recipient of Meckler's Market Impact Award for Virtual Reality, and was recently named one of Network Computing's Most Influential People in Networking. During their 1996 competition, Mr. Pesce received an Honorable Mention from the Ars Electronica Foundation for WebEarth, which creates a fully-interactive real-time model of the planet from space, on the desktop.

Adam Clayton Powell III is vice president/technology and programs at The Freedom Forum, supervising forums and programs on information technologies and new media for journalists, media managers, educators, policy makers and researchers. He was director of technology studies and programs at The Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University from 1994 to 1996 after having served as a consultant and lecturer from 1985 to 1994.

He was an executive producer at Quincy Jones Entertainment, where he produced Jesse Jackson's weekly television series in 1990-1991. He has also served as vice president of news and information programming at National Public Radio, a manager of network radio and television news for CBS News, and news director of all-news WINS in New York. Powell is the co-author of Lethargy '96: How the Media Covered a Listless Campaign.


Shankar Raman is Assistant Professor of Literature at MIT. He received his degrees in Literature/Film and Electrical Engineering, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English. He teaches courses in Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, poetry, and theories of literature. He is working on his first book, tentatively titled Looking East: ‘India' and the Renaissance

Mitchel Resnick is Professor of Epistemology and Learning at the MIT Media Laboratory. In his research, he studies the role of technologies and media in thinking and learning, and develops new computational tools and toys that help people (particularly children) learn new things in new ways. He is the author of Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams and the co-founder of the Computer Clubhouse, a network of after-school learning centers for youth. 

Liz Rogers teaches journalism, English, and film at Central Piedmont CC. This summer she had a professional externship with the New Media division at the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina. Her recent paper credits include presentations and/or workshops for the Council of English Instructors, the International Conference in Literature and the Visual Arts, and the American Culture/Popular Cultural Association of the South. She holds a Masters in Mass Communication from Bowling Green State University, a Masters in Counseling from Indiana University, and a Bachelors in Journalism and History from Indiana University. 

Jeffrey Ruoff is a film/video historian and documentary producer at Middlebury College in Vermont. Family Programming, his study of the public television documentary An American Family, is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press. He is currently working on a book on travelogues and the travel aesthetic in cinema. 

Warren Sack is a software designer and media theorist currently finishing his Ph.D. at the MIT Media Laboratory. 

Nicholas Sammond is a Ph.D. candidate in the Communication Department at the University of California, San Diego. His most recent publications are "Manufacturing the American Child," in the Spring 1999 issue of Continuum, and "What You Are, I Wouldn't Eat: Ethnicity, Whiteness, and Performing "The Jew" in Hollywood's Golden Age, with Chandra Mukerji (forthcoming). 

Eric Schaefer is Assistant Professor of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College. His book Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!: A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959 has just been published by Duke University Press, and he is currently writing a history of sexploitation films.

Jane Shattuc is Associate Professor in Film Studies at Emerson College. She is the author of Television, Tabloids and Tears: Fassbinder and Popular Culture and The Talking Cure: Women and Daytime Talk Shows and the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology, Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture. She is currently completing a book which uses cultural studies methodologies to investigate production practices in the contemporary entertainment industry.

Doug Sery is Acqisitions Editor for The MIT Press. He is responsible for, among other areas, the Leonardo book series on art, science and technology and books on New Media.

David Sholle is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Mass Communication at Miami University (Ohio), where he teaches classes in media production, critical theory and technology and culture. He is working on a book about cultural and critical approaches to the study of the information society. 

Irving Singer is Professor of Philosophy at MIT. He recently completed the last volume of a trilogy entitled Meaning in Life. This third volume, The Harmony of Nature and Spirit, was published during the fall of 1996 together with a new edition (including a new preface) of the first volume, The Creation of Value. The second volume, The Pursuit of Love, was published in 1994. Singer is also the author of Reality Transformed: Film as Meaning and Technique (1998). 

Janet Sonenberg is Associate Professor and Director of Theater Arts at MIT. She is the author of The Actor Speaks (1996) and is currently collaborating with Arthur Roberts on a book about the evocation of imagination in both acting techniques and the psychotherapeutic process. 

Paul Starr is Professor of Politics at Princeton University and the editor of The American Prospect. His books include The Logic of Health Care Reform and The Social Transformation of American Medicine, which won the Pulitzer, Bancroft, C. Wright Mills and James Hamilton Prizes. 

Bob Stein is founder of the Voyager Company. For thirteen years, he led the development of over 325 titles in The Criterion Collection, a series of definitive films on videodisc, and more than 75 CD ROM titles, including the CD Companion to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and the Voyager edition of Macbeth. His new company, Night Kitchen, Inc., is currently developing authoring tools for the next generation of electronic publishing.

Bob Stepno, Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Public Information at Emerson College, has been a writer and editor for newspapers, special-interest magazines and software companies. He began editing copy at the nation's oldest continuously-published newspaper in 1969 -- and 25 years later performed similar duties at one of the first Web news sites. He is a Ph.D. Candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill. His research interests include journalism history as well as the use of the Internet by news organizations, individuals and communities. 

Gene Bernard Suarez is currently finishing a dissertation at Stanford University on the place of the interview in the arts and humanities. 

Charles Tashiro is Director of the New Literacy Project at the Annenberg Center for Communication of the University of Southern California. He produced and designed the interactive CD-ROM, Blood Cinema, in addition to numerous other interactive, film and video project. A former producer for the Voyager Company's Criterion Collection, he teaches new media theory and production in USC's School of Cinema-Television. His book, Pretty Pictures: Production Design and the History Film,  was published last year. 

Maria Tatar is the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard where she teaches courses in  German cultural studies, folklore, and children's literature. She is the author of Classic Fairy Tales, The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales, Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood, and Lustmord: Sexual Murder in Weimar Germany. She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She is currently at work on a study of the Bluebeard story. 

Daniel Thorburn is completing his Ph.D. in early modern history at UC, Berkeley. He teaches history and social science at National University in California. 

David Thorburn is Professor of Literature and Director of the Communications Forum at MIT. He is the author of Conrad's Romanticism and many articles on media and culture and was the general editor of the book series Media and Popular Culture.

Trysh Travis is an Assistant Professor of English in Dedman College of Southern Methodist University. She specializes in twentieth-century literary history and print culture. Her dissertation, Reading Matters: Bookmen, 'Serious' Readers, and the Rise of Mass Culture, 1930-1965, was completed in the American Studies Program at Yale. 

Edward Baron Turk is a Professor of French and Film Studies at MIT. He is the author of Baroque Fiction-Making and Child of Paradise: Marcel Carne and the Golden Age of French Cinema, which won a prize from the Theatre Library Association. He is the assistant film editor for The French Review. His new book, Hollywood Diva: A Biography of Jeanette MacDonald, was recently published by the University of California Press. 

Sherry Turkle is Professor of the Sociology of Science in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and the author of The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit and Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet

Cathrine Turner recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in American Studies and now teaches American literature at College Misericordia in Dallas, Pennsylvania. 

David Urban has a Masters in Media Management, is working on his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Music and Theater, Hannover Institute for Journalism and Communication Research, Germany. He also works as a consultant for German consumer good manufacturers, retailers and media companies. 

William Uricchio is professor of film, television and new media studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Beginning in September 2000, he will join the Comparative Media Studies faculty at MIT. His research centers on media forms and practices from a historical perspective. His recent work has attempted to restore a temporal dimension to the camera obscura, using this as a way to open up tensions in the term's rhetorical deployment and consequently in media identity. He has authored, co-authored, and co-edited several books, including Die Anfnge des Deutschen Fernsehens (Niemeyer), The Many Lives of Batman (Routledge), Reframing Culture (Princeton), The Nickel Madness (California), and is completing projects on the early western (Smithsonian), cyberhistory (BFI), and television in the Third Reich (Cambridge).

Angela Dalle Vacche is a Professor in the Film Studies Program at Emory University. She is the author of The Body in The Mirror: Shapes of History in Italian Cinema and Cinema and Painting: How Art is Used in Film. She is currently working on The Silent Sex: Divas and Italian Women 1900-1922 and In and Out: Classical Film Theory and Art History

Phiroze Vasunia is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Southern California. He is the author of a forthcoming book, The Gift of the Nile, and has research interests in classical Greek and Latin literature, ancient literacy, and colonial studies. 

Christopher Vaughan is Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Media at Rutgers University. He holds a Ph.D. in history from UC, Berkeley, and his experience as a journalist includes domestic service for the Associated Press, Gannett and the Miami Herald and international reporting from Asia, Central America and the Caribbean. His primary research interest is in mediated discourses between the peoples of the United States and the developing world. 

Cristina Venegas is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. Her dissertation is titled Digital Dilemma: New Media Relations in Contemporary Cuba. She teaches in Los Angeles, Cuba and Norway. 

Ingrid Volkmer is Professor of Media at the University of Augsburg, Germany, Guest Professor at the University of Innsbruck, and lectures at the New School for Social Research, New York. She is Director of the international project Global Media Generations 2000 and has published in the U.S. and in Germany. Her book about CNN, News in the Global Sphere, has just been published by the University of Luton Press. 

Christine Walley is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at MIT.

Peter Walsh was educated at Oberlin College and Harvard  and is currently Director of Information and New Technology at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College; Chairman of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Art Commission; and a contributing writer to Museums Magazine. He also serves as a consultant to a variety of organizations including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Dartmouth College. He speaks and publishes regularly on such issues as intellectual property, art and politics, and the effects of new technology on visual culture. 

William B. Warner is Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of books and articles on the eigteenth century novel (Reading Clarissa) and Enlightenment print media culture (Licensing Entertainment), as well as essays on twentieth century media. He is currently a member of the Transcriptions Project, a research and teaching initiative centered on Web based computing. 

Jim Wehmeyer works on a production and research team responsible for developing on-line exhibits and other electronic outreach materials for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. He taught media studies at Fort Lewis College for most of the 1990s, and received his Ph.D. in the same subject from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Nicholas Wey-Gomez does research in colonial Spanish-American and Spanish Golden Age literature. In the colonial field his work has dealt primarily with the cultural presuppositions and discursive practices by which European travelers to the New World during the Age of Discovery formulated their relationship to native peoples. His interests include medieval history and culture, early colonial Carribbean history and anthropology, and the history of Western science. He is working on a book titled The Machine of the World: Scholastic Cosmography and the 'Place' of Native People in the Early Caribbean Colonial Encounter.  

Federico Windhausen is a Ph.D. candidate in Cinema Studies at New York University. His areas of interest include American avant-garde film and video art.

Eric Zimmerman is a game designer, artist, and academic.  Recent projects include the award-winning computer game BLiX, the interactive paper book, Life in the Garden, PUSH, a large-scale game installation in Artists Space NYC, and directing RE:PLAY, a conference and book about digital gaming. Eric teaches in New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program and in the Digital Design Program at Parsons School of Design. He has published and lectured extensively on the design and culture of play and games. 

[Speakers A - I]

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