Ammiel Alcalay ( Classical, Middle Eastern & Asian Languages )

Ammiel AlcalayAmmiel Alcalay

Professor Ammiel Alcalay is a poet, translator, critic and scholar; he teaches in the department of Classical, Middle Eastern & Asian Languages & Cultures at Queens College and is a member of the faculties of Comparative Literature, English, and Medieval Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has taught a wide range of courses at Queens and is the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award; he was also given an Innovative Teaching Award to develop his course Images of the Middle East which he has taught in both Media Studies and CMAL.

His latest work, from the warring factions (Beyond Baroque, 2002), is a book length poem dedicated to the Bosnian town of Srebrenica. Poetry, Politics & Translation: American Isolation and the Middle East, a lecture given at Cornell, was published in 2003 by Palm Press. His other books include After Jews and Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 1993), the cairo noteboooks(Singing Horse Press, 1993), and Memories of Our Future: Selected Essays, 1982-1999 (City Lights, 1999). He has also translated widely, including Sarajevo Blues (City Lights, 1998) and Nine Alexandrias (City Lights 2003) by the Bosnian poet Semezdin Mehmedinovic , and Keys to the Garden: New Israeli Writing(City Lights, 1996). Current projects include translation of a Hebrew novel, Outcast, by Shimon Ballas, and two books of essays, Politics & Imagination, and Landscapes: a little history. He has been a regular contributor to the Village Voice and his poetry, prose, reviews, critical articles and translations have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the New Yorker, Time Magazine, al-Ahram, The New Republic, Grand Street, Conjunctions, Sulfur, The Nation, and various other publications in the United States and abroad. His writings on film have appeared in AfterImage.

Prof. Alcalay has been involved as an activist on many domestic and international issues and is on the advisory board of a range of non-profit organizations promoting cultural awareness of different parts of the world (these include ArtEast and Archipelago in New York; Beyond Baroque and the Levantine Center in Los Angeles; Preservation of Sound Archives at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, and the International Forum on Bosnia in Sarajevo).

Iliana Alcántar (Hispanic Languages & Literatures)

Iliana Alcántar

Iliana Alcántar specializes on Mexican literary and cultural studies. Her current research and developing book manuscript deal with revisions of gender and representation in contemporary Mexican literature, film, and performance art. Using literature as a point of departure, she demonstrates how women’s writing and feminism provide mechanisms that subsequently afford women possibilities for self-representation in film and performance art, allowing them to articulate a critique of patriarchy, nationalism, and modernity.

Zoe Beloff ( Media Studies)

Zoe BeloffZoe Beloff

Zoe Beloff is a Professor of Media Studies and co-ordinator of the Film Studies Program at Queens College. She teaches courses in video, sound and art.

She received her an MA in painting and art history from Edinburgh University and an MFA in film production from Columbia University. Her work and an artist and filmmaker has been featured in international exhibitions and screenings; venues include the Whitney Museum of American Art,Site Santa Fe, the
M HKA museum in Antwerp, and the Pompidou Center in Paris. Christine Burgin Gallery has published several artist books and prints with her.

Zoe works with a wide range of media including film, projection performance, installation and drawing. She considers herself a medium, an interface between the living and the dead, the real and the imaginary. Each project aims to connect thepresent to past so that it might illuminate the future in new ways .Her most recent project is “The Days of the Commune” a film and installation based on the play by Bertolt Brecht.

She has been awarded fellowships from Guggenheim Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Radcliffe Institute at Harvard and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

For further information on her work see: www.zoebeloff.com

Jonathan Buchsbaum ( Media Studies )

Jonathan BuchsbaumJonathan Buchsbaum

Professor of Media Studies and is also a member of the Film Studies Certificate Program doctoral faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center . Educated at the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., Economics), Harvard University (M.Ed.) and New York University (M.A., Ph.D., Cinema Studies), Professor Buchsbaum teaches “Principles of Sound and Image,” “African Americans in Film and Television,” “Styles of Cinema,” and “Latin American Cinema.” His publishing concentrates on political filmmaking, in the United States , Latin America , and France . His doctoral dissertation, Cinema Engagé: Film in the Popular Front , was published by the University of Illinois Press in 1988. His most recent book is Cinema Sandinista: Filmmaking in Revolutionary Nicaragua , 1979-1990 ( University of Texas Press , 2003). His current research focuses on the government support system for cinema in France, and its relation to the liberalizing pressures of the European Union and the World Trade Organization.

Peter Conolly-Smith ( History )

Peter Conolly-SmithPeter Conolly-Smith

Peter Conolly-Smith is a member of the History department at Queens College. He has a Ph.D. from Yale University and is the author of Translating America (2004) as well as numerous articles and book chapters on nineteenth and twentieth-century culture, history, literature, drama, and film. He teaches HIST- 370, “Film & History”.

Julian Cornell (Media Studies, Coordinator Film Studies Program)

Julian CornellJulian Cornell

Julian Cornell is a Lecturer in Media Studies at Queens College – CUNY, where he teaches Film Genres, National Cinemas and Film Analysis. He is the Director of the Honors Internship Program in Media Studies and the Coordinator of the Film Studies Program. His primary research and teaching areas are American, Scandinavian and Japanese cinema and genre cinema, including disaster movies, science fiction, children’s films, animation and documentary. His work on children’s films, apocalyptic disaster movies and bad taste has been published in collections and journals and he has written for Vice.com and the film analysis Website ScreenPrism.com. His most recent project is an exploration of media narratives and social media responses to mass shootings and the mythology of gun violence in American society.

Prof. Cornell has taught Film at New York University in the Tisch School of the Arts, and Media at the Gallatin School For Individualized Study. He has also taught Film Studies and Screenwriting at Wesleyan University as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Prior to teaching, he worked in Scheduling and Network Programming at HBO and Cinemax, and in independent film production.

He received his B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan University, an M.A. in Film and Television from the University of California, Los Angeles and his PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University.

Álvaro Fernández (Hispanic Languages & Literatures)

Álvaro Fernández

Álvaro Fernández specializes in contemporary Spanish literature and cinema, focused on narratives of an uncomfortable historical past. He is also interested in didactics of writing and in cross-readings between Latin America and Spain. Currently he is working on Spanish narrative between 1989 and 1992 as well as on memory sites in Buenos Aires. He is author of articles on Juan Marsé, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Javier Marías, and books on didactics of writing and reading.

JV Fuqua

JV Fuqua

Fuqua has a Ph.D. in Cultural and Critical Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies at Queens College. Her articles have been published in journals such as Cultural Studies and The Journal of Television and New Media. Other writings have appeared in anthologies and through electronic academic sources such as In Media Res. Her first monograph, Health Matters: Television and Medical Media is under contract and forthcoming from Duke University Press. Her second monograph examines the culture and economy of disaster in two American cities: New York and New Orleans. Her teaching interests include television theory, history, and analysis; documentary film and video; queer media; cultural and feminist media theory. Fuqua serves on the board of the international feminist media collective, “Console-ing Passions.”

Dr. JV Fuqua inside installation artist Takashi Horisaki’s “Social Dress New Orleans — 730 Days After.” Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City. 2007.


Nora Glickman ( Hispanic Languages & Literatures )

Nora GlickmanNora Glickman

Nora Glickman is a professor at Queens College and at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she teaches courses on comparative and Latin American literature, Hispanic cinema, Jewish studies, theatre and translation. She received her M.A. in Spanish Literature at Columbia University and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at N.Y.U. She  is a playwright and short story writer, a critic and a translator.

Her  carreer combines teaching with creative writing, criticism and translation. Her critical work (articles, chapters in anthologies, book and film reviews, interviews, encyclopedias and dictionaries) has appeared in national and international journals. Her short stories and plays have been produced in several countries in Spanish French and English, and published in a number of North and South American anthologies. Four of her plays are gathered in her Antologia bilingue/ Bilingual anthology. Her play Suburban News  received the Jerome Award and was performed at the Theatre for the New City in New York. Dr. Glickman is President of the Association of Professors of Yiddish, and has been Associate Editor of Modern Jewish Studiesl/Yiddish since 1998. She is a Member of the Board of Directors of  the Latin American Jewish Studies Association, and co-editor of the semi-annual LAJSA Bulletin. She is Second Vice president of the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and the Sciences, where she coordinates the Junior Faculty Colloquia. Her participation at the University Theatres has resulted in her plays productions by a number of universities including Smith College, Cornell, Barnard, Lieges, Mexico, and The Hebrew University. She was the recipient of numerous PSC-CUNY Awards and of the President’s Award for Innovative Teaching at Queens College.

Amy Herzog ( Media Studies)

Amy HerzogAmy Herzog

Amy Herzog is a media historian whose research spans a broad range of interdisciplinary subjects, including film, philosophy, popular music, urban history, pornography, gentrification, parasites, amusement parks, and dioramas. She is Associate Professor of Media Studies at Queens College and Coordinator of the Film Studies Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has also taught as Visiting Associate Professor at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.

Herzog is the author of Dreams of Difference, Songs of the Same: The Musical Moment in Film(University of Minnesota Press, 2010) and co-editor, with Carol Vernallis and John Richardson, of The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media (Oxford, 2013). Her writing has appeared in several collections and journals, and she has presented her work at numerous venues including the Guggenheim Museum of New York, the New Museum, Dixon Place, New York Academy of Medicine, and the Coney Island Museum. Her most recent research project explores the history of peep show arcades in Times Square, New York.

Madeline Hunt-Ehlich (Media Studies)

Madeleine Hunt EhrlichMadeleine Hunt Ehrlich is a filmmaker and a born and raised New Yorker whose work explores themes of physicality and female subjectivity. Her work has been featured in Essence Magazine, Art Forum, Studio Museum’s Studio Magazine, ARC Magazine, BOMBLOG, and Guernica Magazine, Small Axe journal among others. She is the recipient of a 2015 TFI – ESPN Future Filmmaker Award and a 2014 Princess Grace Award. Her work has been recognized by the National Magazine (ELLIE) Awards and has received grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as well as National Black Programming Consortium. Madeleine has a degree in Film and Photography from Hampshire College and has an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University.

David Andrew Jones ( French )

David Andrew Jones

Assistant Professor of French, Chair of the Department of European Languages and Literatures. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin , Madison . His research interests include twentieth-century novels, theater and film; literary theory (especially feminism and queer theory); the relationship of identity and subjectivity to language. He has published articles on Jean Genet and Jean Cocteau.

Robert E. Kapsis ( Sociology and Film Studies )

Robert Kapsis

Professor of Sociology and Film Studies at Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and teaches courses on mass communication and popular culture, sociology of the movies, the American gangster film, New York in the Movies, and on Hitchcock and his legacy. He is also on the faculty of the Film Studies Certificate Program, Graduate Center (CUNY), and has taught courses on film at New School University . He is author of Hitchcock: The Making of a Reputation (University of Chicago Press, 1992) and “Alfred Hitchcock: A Profile,” American National Biography , ed. John A. Garraty (Oxford University Press, 1999); he also was the Executive Producer of “Multimedia Hitchcock,” a public computer kiosk that the Museum of Modern Art displayed from April 1999 to May 2001 as part of a celebration of the Hitchcock centenary. Kapsis has appeared in two television documentaries on Hitchcock (including “Dial ‘H’ For Hitchcock,” narrated by Kevin Spacey) and consulted on a third one produced for the BBC. Kapsis’s work on Hitchcock has been the subject of articles and reviews appearing in The New York Times , The Sunday New York Times , Newsday , Entertainment Weekly , Time Out , Wired News , and CUNY Matters . He is co-editor of Clint Eastwood: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi, 1999) and Woody Allen: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi, forthcoming, 2006).

Andrea Flores Khalil ( Comparative Literature )

Andrea KhalilAndrea Khalil

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Queens College, and on the faculty of the PhD Program in French at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Primary Concentrations

Literature and Film from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt, Postcolonial studies, Twentieth Century French Literature, modern painting of North Africa and Middle East.


North African Cinema in a Global Context: Through the Lens of Diaspora. London: Routledge, 2008.

The Arab Avant-Garde: Experiments in North African Art and Literature. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2003.

Selected Articles

  • “Abdelkebir Khatibi”, Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East . Thomson Gale Publishers, 2007.
  • “Women, Gender and Women’s Fiction Writers: North Africa,” Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Brill Academic Publishers, 2007.
  • “A Writing in Points: Autobiography and the Poetics of the Tattoo”, The Journal of North African Studies, Frank Cass Publishers, Volume 8, No. 2, summer 2003.
  • “Another Image of Tunisia: A Film Short Trilogy by Moncef Dhouib” in The Journal of North African Studies, Frank Cass Publishers, volume 7, number 2, summer 2002.
  • “Images that Come out at Night: Moncef Dhouib” in CELAAN Journal “Centre d’Etudes des Littératures et des Arts d’Afrique du Nord” special issue “Cinéma Maghrébin/Maghrebian Cinema” vol.1, n.1, summer 2002.
  • “Affect and Ruin in Assia Djebar’s ”Vaste est la prison” in ALIF journal of Comparative Poetics, volume 20, “The Hybrid Literary Text: Arab Creative Authors Writing in Foreign Languages”. Cairo, Egypt. Spring 2000.
  • “The Myth of the False: Ramses Younan and post-structuralism avant la lettre”, in The Arab Studies Journal, “Language and Culture in the Arab World”, Washington DC, winter 2000.
  • “The Suture: Tahar Ben Jelloun’s La Prière de l’absent”, in LittéRéalité “Diaspora Maghrébine”, University of York, Toronto Winter 2000.
  • “Returning and the Body in Abdelwahab Meddeb’s Talismano” in Itineraires, volume 27, “Nouvelles approaches des texts littéraires maghrébins ou migrants”. Paris: Harmattan, fall 1999.
  • Translation of “Sociologie et Identité en Egypte et au Maroc: Le travail de deuil de la colonisation”, by Alain Roussillon, for Cambridge History of Social Sciences. Issue: “The Internationalization of the Social Sciences”, 1998.

Edited Volume

  • Editor of Special Issue of The Journal of North African Studies (Volume 12, No. 3, September, 2007): “Through the Lens of Diaspora: North African Cinema in a Global Context”. Author of article: “The Myth of Masculinity in the Films of Merzak Allouache”, (30pp); Author of Introduction.
Xiaoping Lin ( Art )

Xiaoping Lin

Associate Professor of Art, received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1993. Professor Lin teaches courses on Asian art and cinema. He has published numerous critical essays on contemporary Chinese art and film in Third Text ( London ) and other academic journals; a recent article titled “Jia Zhangke’s Cinematic Trilogy: A Journey across the Ruins of Post-Mao China,” has appeared in Sheldon Lu and Emilie Yeh (eds.), Chinese-Language Film: Historiography, Poetics, Politics ( University of Hawai’i Press , February 2005).

Richard Maxwell ( Media Studies )

Richard MaxwellRichard Maxwell

Professor and Chair of Media Studies. Richard Maxwell is a political economist of media. His research begins at the intersection of politics and economics to analyze the global media, their social and cultural impact, and the policies that regulate their reach and operations. He has published widely on a range of topics, from television in Spain’s democratic transition to Hollywood’s international dominance, from media politics in the post 9-11 era to how big political economic forces work in the mundane routines of daily life and culture.

His writing on media and cultural consumption draws attention to the specter of living life under ever expanding governmental and commercial surveillance. And his current work on the environmental impact of media focuses on the environmental harms caused by media, information technologies, and electronics.

Maxwell received his BA in Communication and Visual Arts from the University of California at San Diego and his MA and PhD in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin. He has previously taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University.

Richard McCoy ( English )

Richard McCoy

Professor of English and Director, Honors in the Humanities Program. Stanford B.A., 1968; UC, Berkeley Ph.D., 1975.

Alterations of State: Sacred Kingship in the English ReFormation ( Columbia University Press, 2002); The Rites of Knighthood: Literature and Politics of Elizabethan Chivalry (University of California Press, 1989).

Shakespeare and Film

Current Project:
“Faith in Shakespeare” detailing the links between shifts in ideas of communion in Reformation theology, what Coleridge calls “poetic faith,” and the experience of performance in Shakespeare’s plays.

Eugenia Paulicelli ( Italian )

Eugenia PaulicelliEugenia Paulicelli

Eugenia Paulicelli holds a Laurea in English and Literary Semiotics from the University of Bari, Italy and a PhD in Italian from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs at Queens College and is a member of the Doctoral Faculty in the Department of Comparative Literature as well as Women’s Studies at the Cuny Graduate Center. At the Graduate center she is the co-director of the interdisciplinary concentration in “Fashion Studies.”

She is author of Fashion under Fascism. Beyond the Black Shirt. (Oxford and New York: 2004) Parola e imagine. Sentieri della scrittura in Leonardo, Marino, Foscolo, Calvino (Florence:1996), a collection of poems entitled Dimore (Dwellings), (Ragusa:1996), and co-author with Augusto Ponzio and Mariagrazia Tundo of Lo spreco dei significanti. L’eros, la morte, la scrittura (Bari:1983); She has edited the following volumes: Moda e Moderno. Dal Medioevo al Rinascimento (Rome: 2006); and with Hazel Clark The Fabric of Cultures. Fashion, Identity, Globalization (Routledge: 2008). She has also written more than fifty articles and book chapters on critical theory, fashion, art, film, women’s studies and Italian novelists and poets.

Her forthcoming book is entitled Fashioning the Self: Writing and Dress in Early Modern Italy.

In addition, with Amy Winter, Elizabeth Lowe and Julia Sharp, she originated and co-curated the exhibition “The fabric of Cultures. Fashion, Identity, Globalization” (held at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College in spring 2006 and at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco in spring 2008. She is the co-founder of a “Fashion Studies Group” based at the Cuny Graduate Center.

Her interdisciplinary courses on cinema, literature and history, gender, nationalism, fashion and identity, draw on literature, critical theory and film.

David Richter ( English )

David Richter

David H. Richter is professor of English at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center; he has taught here since 1970.  He is the author of Fable’s End and The Progress of Romance, and editor of Ideology and Form in Eighteenth-Century Literature, The Critical Tradition, and Falling into Theory.  He teaches courses on Film and Literature in the English Department, most recently “Jane [Austen] and Henry [James] in Hollywood.”

His publications on film include “Your Cheatin’ Art: Double Dealing in Cinematic Narrative,” and “Keeping Company in Hollywood: Toward an Ethics of the Non-fiction Film,” both in the journal Narrative. His recent presentations include “Late Reconfiguration: or, Who Is Keyser Söze—and Who Cares?”;  “Postmodern Pastiche: Jane Austen in Manhattan and A Cock and Bull Story”; and “Visual Allegoresis and Social Tensions in Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice (2005).”

Julia Sneeringer ( History )
Rebecca Taleghani (Classical, Middle Eastern, and Asian Languages and Cultures)

R. Shareah TaleghaniR. Shareah Taleghani

Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies and Arabic
Queens Hall, Room 245D
Phone: 718-997-5570
PhD, New York University, 2009

Professor Taleghani’s research focuses on modern Arabic literature and Middle Eastern cultural studies. Her research interests include the relationships between cultural production, aesthetics and political resistance, narrative theory and human rights discourse, and translation studies. She is currently working on a book manuscript about contemporary prison literature and human rights in Syria.

Prof. Taleghani teaches modern Arabic literature in translation, images of the Middle East (with a focus on The 1001 Nights), advanced Arabic reading, Islamic civilization and literature, and a new literature and film class on dissidence and revolution in the Middle East.

Selected Publications
“‘Axising Iran’: The Politics of Domestication and Cultural Translation” in Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora in the Americas, University of Michigan, 2013.

“The Cocoons of Language: Torture, Voice, Event” in Human Rights, Suffering, and Aesthetics in Political Prison Literature, Lexington, 2012.​​

Noah Tsika (Media Studies)

Noah TsikaNoah Tsika
Associate Professor

AB, Dartmouth College
MA, New York University
PhD, New York University

Noah Tsika is a media critic and historian. His work explores the politics of representation in both commercial and noncommercial media, emphasizing race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and nationality. He has conducted field research in West Africa and the United States, focusing on the production, distribution, and reception of Nollywood films. His research on the internet combines queer theory, digital media theory, and online ethnography, examining some of the emergent conditions of circulation for global queer cinema. He is the author of six books: Cinematic Independence: Constructing the Big Screen in Nigeria, Screening the Police: Film and Law Enforcement in the United States, Gods and Monsters: A Queer Film ClassicNollywood Stars: Media and Migration in West Africa and the DiasporaPink 2.0: Encoding Queer Cinema on the Internet, and Traumatic Imprints: Cinema, Military Psychiatry, and the Aftermath of War. His writings appear in journals including African Studies Quarterly, The Journal of African Cultural StudiesBlack Camera, The Velvet Light-TrapWSQPorn Studies, and Paradoxa. He is the editor of a special issue of Black Camera on the marginalization of African media studies. He is a contributing editor of Africa is a Country and a contributor to The Huffington Post. 

Bobby Wintermute (History)

Bobby Wintermute

Professor Bobby Wintermute received his B.A. degree from Montclair State University in 1991, his M.A. degree from East Stroudsburg University in 1997, and his Ph.D. from Temple University in 2006. He is the author of Public Health and the U.S. Military: A History of The Army Medical Department, 1818-1917 (Routledge, 2010) and is currently at work on a survey history of race and gender issues in American military history. He has received grants from the U.S. Army Center of Military History, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Rockefeller Archive Center, and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, where he was scholar-in-residence in 2004. Dr. Wintermute is also director of the Queens College Veteran Alumni project, a student-based oral history outreach initiative aimed at preserving the memory of veterans from the borough of Queens. He currently co-hosts the podcast series “New Books in Military History” at http://newbooksinmilitaryhistory.com

Associated Faculty

Alexander Davis (Media Studies)

Alexander Davis

Andrea DeFelice (Media Studies)

Andrea DeFeliceAndrea DeFelice

Andrea DeFelice is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Media Studies at Queens College, and Digital Arts Faculty at Pratt Institute. She’s a visual artist with focus in new media art sculpture and video installation. For more information on her individual works, exhibitions and teaching, visit her website.

Contact: Andrea.Defelice@qc.cuny.edu

Thomas Grochowski (Media Studies)

Thomas Grachowski

Thomas Grochowski (MFA Brooklyn College, PhD New York University) has taught at Queens College since 1996.  His research interests include: issues of gender and race in media (both theoretical and historical), documentary film, and new media.  He has published work on media and the O.J. Simpson case in the scholarly journals Television and New Media and International Journal of Cultural Studies. Recent publications include contributions to anthologies about the Marx Brothers, Sex and the City, and Routledge’s Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film.  His most recent piece, on Woody Allen, was published in the anthology Jews and Sex.  Courses he has taught at Queens College include: Media Criticism. History of Cinema, History of Broadcasting, Television Theory/Criticism, Film Theory, and Popular Music, Technology, and Society.  He has also taught at Brooklyn College, John Jay College, Hunter College, and Seton Hall University.  His is currently Assistant Professor of English at Saint Joseph’s College, Long Island, where he is developing the recently approved minor in film and media studies; every summer since 2001, he has taught his popular MEDST 381W course, Rock and Roll Films.

John Matturri (Philosophy)

John Matturi

John Matturri did graduate work in Cinema Studies at NYU and in Philosophy at CUNY Graduate Center. His philosophical interests center on philosophy of art, philosophy of mind, the metaphysics of fiction, and cognitive science approaches to depiction. He written on avant-garde film, photography, performance art, and the cultural context of gravestone and memorial landscape design. The film courses he has taught have included, Persons and Objects / Space and Time, The Horror Film, The City in Film, Childhood, Adolescence and Young Adulthood in Film, Films of the Sixties, and The Films of Martin Scorsese.

In the 1980s, he presented para-cinematic slide performances under the general name Circles of Confusion and performed improvised projections with and as part of musical works by John Zorn. He studied photography with Lisette Model and Ken Heyman and currently exhibits his photographs at The Phatory, NYC. His photographs, along with an interview segment, appeared in the documentary film “Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis”. He recently spent three months photographing Venice on a three-month Emily Harvey Foundation artist’s residency and returned to Venice for a second residency in the Fall of 2009. He has worked as a photographer or cinematographer for a number of filmmakers, including Jack Smith and Stuart Sherman, and as a writer for Godfrey Reggio. As a performer he has worked with Richard Foreman’s Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, Ken Jacobs’ New York Apparition Theatre, Stuart Sherman’s Spectacles, Michael Kirby’s Structuralist Workshop, and William Niederkorn’s The True Comedy Theatre, and in a number of films.

Juan Monroy (Media Studies)

Juan Monroy

Juan Monroy

Juan Monroy has taught courses on introductory film, film history, media theory, broadcasting history, and the economics of the television industry at Queens College, New York University, Fordham University Lincoln Center, the New School, and Marymount Manhattan College.

His research interests include television history, political economy of television, and media and globalization. His dissertation is a study of how the United States employed television to promote economic development as an anti-communist project in Latin America during the 1960s, following the Cuban Revolution. The recipient of research fellowships from the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Center of Media and Culture at NYU, and the University of Georgia’s Peabody Awards Lamdin Kay Visiting Research Fellowship.

Prof. Monroy earned his bachelors degree in Film Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his masters degree in Cinema Studies at NYU. He is currently working on his doctorate at NYU, also in Cinema Studies.

Richard Vetere (Media Studies)

Richard Vetere

Richard Vetere’s feature film screenwriting credits include The Third Miracle, produced by Francis Ford Coppola starring Ed Harris and Anne Heche. He wrote the screenplay adaptation of his own novel published by Simon & Schuster. He wrote the stage adaptation of his play The Marriage Fool and the movie stars Walter Mathau and Carol Burnett. He wrote the stage adapatation of his own play How to Go Out On a Date in Queens starring Jason Alexander and wrote the movie Vigilante. He has worked as Story Editor for network TV series on ABC and CBS, Disney and Touchstone and George Clooney and Warner Brothers. He has eleven published plays with Dramatic Publishing. Vetere is a Pulitzer nominated and Chicago Humanities guest as a playwright and is currently producing and writing a short film You & Me.