Fertile Crescent Program Directors



JUDITH K. BRODSKY

Distinguished Professor Emerita, Department of Visual Arts, Rutgers University; Founding Director of the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions; co-founder and co-director of the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art; and a facilitator of The Feminist Art Project
Creator and curator of The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society

Biography:

Judith K. Brodsky is Distinguished Professor Emerita, Department of Visual Arts, Rutgers University; Founding Director of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper renamed the Brodsky Center in her honor; co-founder and co-director of the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art; and a facilitator of The Feminist Art Project, a national program to promote recognition of women artists. Brodsky is founder and former chair of the international print festival, Philagrafika, which takes place in Philadelphia; past national president of ArtTable, the College Art Association, and the Women's Caucus for Art; a former dean and former associate provost as well as former chair of the art department at the Rutgers campus at Newark. She was a contributor to the first comprehensive history of the American women's movement in art, called The Power of Feminist Art. An exhibition she organized and curated called 100 New Jersey Artists Make Prints, recently traveled throughout the United States as well as to Middle East, and Africa venues. Brodsky presently serves on the boards of the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the International Print Center New York. A printmaker and artist, Brodsky's work is in the permanent collections of over 100 museums and corporations.

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DR. FERRIS OLIN

Professor emerita at Rutgers University and the co-founder and co-director (with Judith K. Brodsky) of Rutgers Institute for Women and Art and The Feminist Art Project
Creator and curator of The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society

Biography:

Ferris Olin holds a BA from Douglass College 1970, an MLS 1972, an MA 1975,  and PhD in Art History 1998, as well as a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies 1988, all Rutgers University. She is a professor emerita at Rutgers University and the co-founder and co-director (with Judith K. Brodsky) of Rutgers Institute for Women and Art and The Feminist Art Project, an international effort to make visible the impact of women on culture. She also established the Miriam Schapiro Archives on Women Artists as well as the Margery Somers Foster Center, a resource center focused on documenting women’s leadership in the public arena, and served as associate director of the Institute for Research on Women and earlier, as director of the Art Library.  She is curator with Judith K. Brodsky of the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series at Rutgers founded in 1971 by Joan Snyder.  Recent publications include Stepping out of the beaten path: Feminism and the Visual Arts, SIGNS, A Journal of Women in Culture and Society 2008; Eccentric Bodies: The Body as Site for the Imprint of Age, Race, and Identity, exhibition catalogue 2007, (both with co-author Brodsky). With Brodsky, Olin created the Women Artists Archive National Directory (WAAND), a digital directory to archives of the papers of women artists active in the US since 1945.  Among the exhibitions she and Brodsky have curated in recent years are a 50-year retrospective of Faith Ringgold’s work, 2009 and How American Women Artists Invented Postmodernism, 1970-1975 in 2005. Olin was vice president of the College Art Association 20024-2005. Recent awards include the Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012 and the College Art Association Committee on Women’s Annual Recognition Award (now known as Distinguished Feminist Award) 2008.

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Institute for Women and Art Staff



ILANA CLOUD

Personal/Artist Assistant, Judith K. Brodsky & Ferris Olin
Part-time staff at the Institute for Women and Art
Fertile Crescent Website Design and website administrator

Biography:

Ilana Cloud (born in Ottawa, Canada, 1989) graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with a BFA in 2011, concentrating on Painting and Printmaking. Her work has been shown in Frenchtown, NJ and in New Brunswick, NJ. Ilana has volunteered/worked for The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ and the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions in New Brunswick, NJ. In January 2011, she assisted Master Printmaker Ron Pokrasso, for the Monoprintathon, where 20 New Jersey Artists each created 40 monoprints for the Capital Health hospital in Hopewell, NJ. Last year, one of her prints was selected to be held in the Print Collection at Rutgers and her work was selected for the annual Window Art for Highland Park event in Highland Park, NJ. Ilana ran the 2011 booth for the IWA at the Affordable Art Fair in New York and for the past two years, she has staffed booths for the IWA at the College Art Association's Annual Conference in New York and Los Angeles. Currently, Ilana is working as a personal/artist assistant for Judith K. Brodsky and Ferris Olin and is a part-time employee for the Institute for Women and Art.

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RUBAB HASSAN

Student Staff at the Institute for Women and Art
Fertile Crescent Assistant Curator, Fertile Cresecent bibliographer, and Friends of The Fertile Crescent coordinator

Biography:

Rubab Hassan (born in 1991, Karachi, Pakistan) will graduate from Rutgers University in 2013 as a member of the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. She is a double major in Middle Eastern Studies and English, with an emphasis on post-colonial literature. Her area of expertise is literature of the Middle East and its diasporas. She was an assistant to the curators of the Fertile Crescent project and helped to develop the bibliography. She also worked as a docent at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, was a research assistant for the Aresty Research Center where she worked on a project pertaining to United States foreign policy, political Islam and media representations, with a particular focus on Iran and Saudi Arabia. Rubab has received several awards, including the Simon and Schuster Diversity Scholarship, the Rutgers 2011 Academic Excellence Award and the Rodkin Scholarship. Rubab is president of Oxfam Rutgers, a local chapter of Oxfam International, a nonprofit humanitarian organization.

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NICOLE IANUZELLI

Manager of Programs & Exhibits at The Institute For Women and Art and The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series
Registrar, Douglass Library exhibitions' preparator

Biography:

Nicole Ianuzelli (born 1981, Somerville, NJ) earned her AA in Visual Arts at Middlesex County College in 2003 and her BFA in studio art with a concentration in painting in 2006 from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She received the Excellence in Art Award at Middlesex County College in 2003 and the Ben & Evelyn Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Painting at Rutgers University in 2006. Since 2007, she has been a member of the staff at the Rutgers University Institute for Women and Art and The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, mounting exhibitions, designing publicity materials, and working on projects including Fertile Crescent.

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LEIGH AYNA J. PASSAMANO

Project Assistant, Institute for Women and Art
Curatorial Assistant for The Fertile Crescent and assistant production manager ofThe Fertile Crescent catalog

Biography:

Leigh-Ayna J. Passamano (born 1987, Livingston, NJ) Leigh-Ayna completed her undergraduate studies at Pace University with a double major in Art History and Theater Arts with a concentration in costuming in 2009. She received a master’s degree in the Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies Program, Art History Department, Rutgers University in 2011. Her thesis research focused on the preservation of memories and experiences of survivors of atrocities, such as the Holocaust and 9/11. She has worked at the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art since 2009. Her research has been published in the exhibition catalog, Passion in Venice: Crivelli to Tintoretto and Veronese, ed. Catherine Puglisi and William Barcham, (Giles Ltd, 2011). At Pace University she won several awards including the Writing Enhanced Course Program Writing Achievement Award, 2008; and the Fine Arts Department Award for the Highest Academic Achievement in Art History, 2009. In 2008 she was inducted in to the Alpha Chi National Honors Society and the Dyson Society of Fellows at Pace University in 2009. Passamano has been the Curatorial Assistant for The Fertile Crescent and assistant production manager of the catalog.

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NICOLE SARDONE

Personal/Appraisal assistant for Judy Brodsky and Ferris Olin
Part-time staff at the Institute for Women and Art
Assistant on The Fertile Crescent Project

Biography:

Nicole Sardone (born 1987, Edison) has a BFA in Visual Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She is a painter who has exhibited work in New Brunswick and Woodbridge, New Jersey. Sardone is an assistant to the Fertile Crescent Project, working with Judith K. Brodsky and Ferris Olin. In addition, she works with a fine art appraiser as a research assistant; and formerly interned with Knoedler & Company in New York City.

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CONNIE TELL

Deputy Director of the Institute for Women and Art

Biography:

Connie Tell is the Deputy Director for the Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers University. She has been an arts administrator for over 25 years, working with private and non-profit arts organizations and institutions. Additionally, Tell is a working artist. She received her BFA from University of Massachusetts and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Tell makes conceptually driven artwork in a variety of mediums on topics of gender and identity, DNA, and personal and cultural history. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Mexico, garnering reviews and awards.

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Additional Planning Team Members



EVELYN KIM ADAMS

Archive and Presevation Department, New Brunswick Public Library and Rutgers University's Special Collections and Archives
Coordinator of New Brunswick Public Library exhibition and teen workshop

Biography:

Evelyn Kim Adams has a BA in Liberal Arts/Philosophy, Physiology, and Psycology; MA in Human Behavior and Library Science, and is ABD in Cultural Anthropology and Human Ecology. She was named after the architectural firm of McKim Mead and White where her grandfather was an architect. She studied at Parsons School of Design before matriculating at Shimer College’s program at Oxford University. Her master’s thesis title was A Preliminary Study of Enculturation and Acculturation among the Toba Batak of North Sumatra, Indonesia. This included fieldwork in North Sumatra on Samosir Island on Lake Toba (Danau Toba). Following the completion of her first master’s degree, she began work on a doctorate at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Her degree work was interspersed with consulting work in Southeast Asia. Concurrently, she went to work on Wall Street for an international commodity brokerage house. After raising a family, she pursued a new degree in Library Science, received and began working in archives and preservation at the New Brunswick Free Public Library and the Rutgers University Special Collections and Archives.



FAWZIA AFZAL-KHAN

Professor of English and Director of Women and Gender Studies, Montclair State University
Performing in Scheharezade Goes West,speaking at Fashing the Cultural Impact of Islamic Diaspora, and a Fertile Crescent Advisor

Biography:

Fawzia Afzal-Kh has a BA in English, French and Music from Kinnaird College date, a Diplome Superieure in French from the Alliance Française, an MA in English from Government College, all three in Lahore; and a PhD in English Literature from Tufts University. She is University Distinguished Scholar, Professor of English and Director of Women and Gender Studies, Montclair State University, New Jersey. She has authored A Critical Stage: The Role of Secular Alternative Theatre in Pakistan, 2005, Seagull Press, India; and Lahore with Love: Growing Up With Girlfriends, Pakistani-Style. A Memoir. Syracuse University Press, 2010. Reprinted by the author, 2011, insanity ink publications. She edited The Pre-Occupation of Postcolonial Studies, co-editor (with Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks), 2000, Duke University Press and Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out ed.2005,  Interlink BOOKS.  In addition, Afzal-Khan has published over 30 essays and articles since 2001 in journals in the United States and Pakistan. Fourteen of her poems have appeared over the last decade including publication of "Amazing Grace" in The Norton Anthology: Language for a New Century, eds:  Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal and Ravi  Shankar, W.W. Norton, 2008. Her performance, Scheherazade Goes West was performed at The Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University, during Fertile Crescent. In 2011, she received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to make a trailer for Bridging Cultures Through Film, a documentary film on Pakistani Women Singers. 

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KAREN ALEXANDER

Dean of Junior and Senior Year Programs at Douglass Residential College
Fertile Crescent liason to Douglass College

Biography:

Karen Alexander (born Louisville, KY) holds master’s degrees in English and Philosophy from the University of Louisville in 1997 and 1999 and earned a PhD in English from the University of London in 2005. She is Dean of Junior and Senior Year Programs at Douglass Residential College and an affiliate faculty member of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, both at Rutgers University. She is responsible for developing programs to involve students in collaborative, project-based, experiential learning that encompasses local and global awareness. Student engagement with leadership, social justice, media and technology, and environmental stewardship are also priorities for her office. For seven years prior to joining Douglass, she served as Senior Editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, in which capacity she worked with scholars in a variety of disciplines from around the world. She is a co-founder of Films for the Feminist Classroom, an online, open-access resource that strives to enhance the use of media texts in teaching. Her interests include the technology-driven changes taking place in higher education and academic publishing as well as experimental writing, documentary film, and feminist art. She co-edited War and Terror: Feminist Perspectives (University of Chicago Press, 2008) with Mary Hawkesworth.



OUSSEINA ALIDOU

Associate Professor, Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures, and Director of the Center for African Studies at Rutgers University
Moderator and organizer of the panel: Fashioning The Cultural Impact of Islamic Diaspora

Biography:

Ousseina Alidou is associate professor, Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures, and director of the Center for African Studies at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on the study of women’s discourses and literacy practices in Afro-Islamic societies; African women’s agency; African women’s literatures; and the politics of cultural production in Francophone Muslim African countries. Her book, Engaging Modernity: Muslim Women and the Politics of Agency in Postcolonial Niger (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005),a runner-up for The ASA 2007 Women's Caucus Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize explores women’s agency through the contributions of women to religious and secular education, public politics and the performing arts. Other publications include Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Africa, Co-edited with Ahmed Sikainga (Trenton: Africa World Press, 2006); A Thousand Flowers: Social Struggles Against Structural Adjustment in African Universities, Co-edited with Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2000). In 2006 Professor Alidou was awarded the Rutgers University Board of Trustees Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence "in recognition of her significant contributions in the areas of linguistics, literature and culture and gender studies, particularly her highly innovative interpretations of Islam relating to women and of new individual and collective social practices in Africa."



KELLY BAUM

Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Princeton Art Museum
Fertile Crescent Catalog Essayist, curator, and Fertile Crescent liason with the Princeton University Art Museum
Speaking at the Symposium: The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society in the Middle East Diaspora

Biography:

Kelly Baum received a BA in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA and PhD from the University of Delaware in 2005. She is the Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Princeton University Art Museum. From 2002 - 2007, she was assistant curator of contemporary art at the Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin; from 2008 - 2010, she was the Locks Curatorial Fellow for Contemporary Art at the Princeton University Art Museum. Her exhibitions include Carol Bove, 2006; Jedediah Caesar, 2007; The Sirens’ Song, 2007; Transactions, 2007, all at the Blanton Museum; Nobody's Property: Art, Land, Space, 2000-2010, Princeton University Arts Museum, 2010 and Doug Aitken: migration (empire), 2010., both at Princeton University Art Museum. In addition to the essay in this volume, she has also published essays in October, Art Journal, The Drama Review, and PUAM's Record. She manages the Sarah Lee Elson, Class of 1984, International Artist in Residence Program and serves as curatorial advisor to the University’s campus art committee.  Kelly recently received a Curatorial Research Fellowship from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in support of her 2013 exhibition New Jersey as Nonsite.

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MICHELE BENJAMIN

Creator of the New York based design company: gothamdiner.com
Fertile Crescent Website designer

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Michele Benjamin (born 1964, Middletown, New York) received her BA in Art History from Arizona State University 1988, followed by web design studies at Parsons School of Design, New York 2001.  She is a New York based web designer working with educational and community-based partnerships that promote professional and women artists. Her company, gothamdiner.com opened in 2011. Her inspiration comes from New York City arts and cultural institutions, travel, and her appreciation for modern and contemporary design.  She has created websites and print collateral in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art 2003 - present, Arizona State University 2001 - present, and Rutgers University Institute for Women and Art (IWA) for which she designed the Fertile Crescent website, 2011 - 2012.

 

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DEREK BERMEL

American composer, clarinetist and conductor

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Derek Bermel (born 1967, New York) is an American composer, clarinetist and conductor whose music blends various facets of world music, funk and jazz with largely classical performing forces and musical vocabulary. He is the recipient of various awards including a Guggenheim Fellowshipand the prestigious Rome Prize awarded to American artists for a year-long residency in Rome, Italy. Bermel earned his B.A. at Yale University and later studied at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with William Bolcom and William Albright. His interest in a wide range of musical cultures sent him to Jerusalem to study ethnomusicology with André Hajdu, Bulgaria to investigate Thracian folk style with Nikola Iliev, Brazil to learn caxixi with Julio Góes, and to Ghana to study Lobi xylophone with Ngmen Baaru. Bermel served a three-year residency with the American Composers Orchestra from 2006 – 2009, and currently serves on the ACO board. He also served as composer-in-residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra from 2009 – 1012. He is artist-in-residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, where he currently lives and works. He first came into the national spotlight with works like Natural Selection, a series of animal portraits for baritone and ensemble, and Voices, a concerto for clarinet and orchestra which he wrote for himself to perform. The piece was premiered by the American Composers Orchestra under the baton of the composer/conductor Tan Dun and has since been performed by many other ensembles and conductors, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of composer/conductor John Adams. Other important works include his Migration Series, a piece for jazz band and orchestra that draws on impressions of Jacob Lawrence's set of 60 paintings by the same name depicting the mass movement of African-Americans from the South to the North at the beginning of the 20th century and Soul Garden, a viola solo accompanied by string quintet that utilizes quarter-tones and slides to emulate the vocal effects of a gospel singer.

 

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LESLIE BURGER

Director, Princeton Public Library
Fertile Crescent liason with the Princeton Public Library

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Leslie Burger earned her undergraduate degree at Southern Connecticut State University, a MLS from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s in Organizational Behavior from the University of Hartford.  She is Executive Director, Princeton Public Library and has been a member of the Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society Planning Team.  She is firmly committed to the critical role libraries play in furthering democracy and fostering civic engagement and has been instrumental in forming community collaborations with other non-profits in the Princeton area that have brought hundreds of artists, musicians, authors, filmmakers, and others to the library and other community venues for public programs.  She was a member of the Art Committee that selected artist works for permanent installation in the new Princeton Public Library.  Her honors and awards include YWCA Princeton Tribute to Women Award, Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce Community Leader of the Year award, New York Times Librarian of the Year award, Princeton Rotary Community Service Award,  Outstanding Alumna Awards from the University of Maryland and Southern Connecticut State University.   Burger served as president of the American Library Association, the oldest and largest library association in the world, in 2006-2007 as well as president of the Connecticut and New Jersey Library Associations.

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ABENA BUSIA

Graduate Professor at Rutgers University, co-director of the Women Writing Africa Project
Advisor to the Fertile Crescent project and organizer of several Rutgers University courses relating to the Fertile Crescent

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Abena Busia (born in Accra) she spent her childhood in Ghana, Holland and Mexico, before her family settled in Oxford, England. She received a BA in English Language and Literature at St. Anne's College, Oxford, 1976, and a DPhil in Social Anthropology (Race Relations) at St. Antony's College, 1984. Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies and Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature as well as the Associate Director of the Center for African Studies at Rutgers University, where she has taught since 1981, she is the past president of the African Literature Association; a founding board member and past director of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora; a founding board member and past programs committee chair of the African Women’s Development Fund; and the current Interim President of AWDF-USA. She co-directed and co-edited, with Tuzyline Jita Allan, and Florence Howe of the Feminist Press, Women Writing Africa, a multi-volume, continent wide twenty-year project of cultural reconstruction which aims to illuminate for a broad public the history and culture, long neglected of African women. She was associate editor of the West Africa and Sahel and North African volumes in which she helped translate the poetry from a range of African languages, including Berber and Arabic, into English. She is the author of two volumes of poetry, Testimonies of Exile (Africa World Press 1990) and Traces of a Life (Ayebia Books 2008).

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EMILY CROLL

Director of the The College of New Jersey Art Gallery
Fertile Crescent liason with The College of New Jersey Art Gallery

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Emily Croll has been director of the TCNJ Art Gallery and the Sarnoff Museum since July 2011. During this time she has curated exhibitions on contemporary Chinese art, data visualization, the drawings of Raymond Pettibon, and an exhibition of modern and contemporary Indian painting. Croll has more than 25 years of museum experience, including serving as senior administrative officer of The Barnes Foundation, director of Morven Museum and Garden, and director of the Historical Society of Princeton. From 2008 - 2011, she was curator and academic liaison for art and artifacts at Bryn Mawr College, where she curated a collection of more than 50,000 art, archaeological, and anthropological artifacts and taught a graduate museum studies course.

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JILL DOLAN

Annan Professor in English. Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts. Director, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Fertile Crescent advisor and speaking with Fawzia Afzal Khan after her performance Scheherazade Goes West

Biography:

Jill Dolan (born Pittsburgh, PA) received her BS degree in communications from Boston University and her PhD in performance studies from New York University in 1988. She is the Annan Professor in English and Professor of Theater at Princeton University, where she also directs the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of many books and essays, among them, The Feminist Spectator as Critic, 1989, reissued in a 2012 anniversary edition with a new introduction; Utopia in Performance, 2005; and Theatre & Sexuality, 2010.  She is the editor of A Menopausal Gentleman:  The Solo Performances of Peggy Shaw (2011).  She won the 2011 Outstanding Teacher Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and a 2011 lifetime achievement award from the Women and Theatre Program.  Dolan is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre and of the National Theatre Conference in the United States.  She writes The Feminist Spectator blog at www.thefeministspectator.com, for which she won the 2010-2011 George Jean Nathan Award for dramatic criticism.  Her research addresses feminist, lesbian, and Jewish women’s performance, theatre, and film.

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ILENE DUBE

Freelance Writer; The Artful Blogger, Princeton, NJ
Chair of Fertile Crescent Exhibition Committee and Fertile Crescent liason with the West Windsor Arts Council

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Ilene Dube (born February 17, 1954) received her Bachelor's degree in psychology and media studies at SUNY Buffalo, 1975, and master's degree in human resources counseling at the University of Bridgeport, Conn., in 1988.  Known as The Artful Blogger she writes about art for Princeton area publications. The Artful Blogger is a weekly feature of WHYY’s Newsworks.org. In nearly two decades at The Princeton Packet (1993-2010), first as Lifestyle, then as  TIMEOFF editor Dube consistently won first place awards for best section and writing from the New Jersey Press Association and Suburban Newspapers of America. She continues to freelance for U.S. 1 Newspaper and other publications, works in public relations at the Michener Art Museum and as communications consultant for D&R Greenway. Dube has curated exhibitions at the Arts Council of Princeton, Historical Society of Princeton, Roosevelt Arts Project, Gallery Verde, and West Windsor Arts Council, where she was founding chair of the exhibitions committee and past president of the board of directors. As an artist she has exhibited at the Monmouth Museum; the Ellarslie Open at Ellarslie, the City Museum of Trenton; in the Mercer County Artists Juried Exhibitions, Grounds For Sculpture, Plainsboro Library and Arts Council of Princeton.

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SUSAN E. FALCIANI

Adjunct Librarian at Raritan Valley Community College
New Brunswick Public Library invited curator for the complementary Fertile Crescent exhibition

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Susan E.  Falciani (born 1978, Camden, NJ) received her BA in History from The College of William and Mary in 2000, and her Master’s in Library and Information Science from Rutgers in 2011. Prior to beginning a career in librarianship, she spent ten years in the antiquarian book and auction gallery world. Her appreciation for history, art, and rare objects have led to a strong interest in the exhibition aspects of libraries; not just their capacity to showcase their own treasures, but to offer venues for cultural and educational interaction for their communities.

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JAINE HERMANN

Public Programming Librarian at the Princeton Public Library

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Janie Hermann received a dual degree in education from Queen’s University in 1989 and her MLIS degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1996. Since 2007, she has been the Public Programming Librarian at the Princeton Public Library. From 1998- 2007, she was the Technology Training Librarian at the Library. She planned and coordinated technology for the community of Princeton supervising the Technology Training Center. Before coming to Princeton she was the Reference/Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Earlier she was the Children’s Literature Web Strategist at the National Library of Canada. She is a librarian with a focus on public service with an emphasis on quality programs and events that contribute to lifelong learning. Hermann oversees the library's 15 member cross-departmental programming team that executes 1,500+ programs per year for people of all ages from birth to retirement years. Since 2003, she has also had her own consulting firm, called JH Library Consulting. She leads focus groups, assists with strategic planning and delivers staff training on a variety of topics.

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DEBORAH HUTTON

Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art HIstory at The College of New Jersey

Biography:

Deborah Hutton is an associate professor, Department of Art and Art History, The College of New Jersey.  She teaches a broad range of undergraduate courses on the history of Asian and Islamic art. Her research explores the intersections between visual culture, identity formation, and intercultural exchange at the Muslim courts of India from the late 16th through early 20th centuries. She looks at a range of media, from painting and architecture to photography, asking how these objects helped shape what it meant to be the member of a particularly courtly community, including shared ideas about political power, gender, and religious identity. Her first book, Art of the Court of Bijapur(Indiana University Press, 2006), won the American Institute of Indian Studies Edward Cameron Dimock Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities. Her most recent book is Raja Deen Dayal:  Artist-Photographer in 19th century India, co-authored wqith Deepali Dewan, 2012.  
  Hutton  is also the co-editor with Rebecca Brown of Asian Art: An Anthology (2006) and Blackwell Companion to Asian Art (2011). Her work has appeared in History of Photography, Archives of Asian Art, Encyclopaedia of Islam, Encyclopædia Iranica, and Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. She is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, New Jersey Council for the Humanities, College Art Association, and The American Institute of Indian Studies.

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AMANEY JAMAL

Associate Professor of Politics at Princeton University; director of the Workshop on Arab Political Development
Fertile Crescent Advisor

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Amaney Jamal (born 1970, Oakland) earned her bachelor’s degree in politics at University of California/Los Angeles in 1993 and her PhD in political science from the University of Michigan. She is associate professor of Politics at Princeton University, and directs the Workshop on Arab Political Development. Jamal's research focuses on democratization and the politics of civic engagement in the Arab world including Muslim and Arab Americans. Jamal’s first book, Barriers to Democracy won the Best Book Award in Comparative Democratization at the American Political Science Association in 2008; it explores the role of civic associations in promoting democratic effects in the Arab World. Other books include Race and Arab Americans after 9/11, an edited volume with Nadine Naber, University of Michigan, 2008, which looks at the patterns and influences of Arab American racialization processes; Citizenship and Crisis: Arab Detroit after 9-11 with co-authors, Russell Sage, 2009; and Of Empires and Citizens: Authoritarian Durability in the Arab World, Princeton University Press, 2012. Jamal is a principal investigator of the "Arab Barometer Project," winner of the Best Dataset in the field of Comparative Politics: Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award (2010); co-PI of the "Detroit Arab American Study," aand Senior Advisor on the Pew Research Center Projects focusing on Islam in America (2006) and Global Islam, (2010). In 2005, Jamal was named a Carnegie Scholar.

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MICHAEL JOSEPH

Librarian, Rutgers University Libraries SC&I Adjunct Faculty
Organizer of the Book Arts Symposium

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Michael Joseph (born May 8, 1952, Brooklyn, New York) received his B.A. (1973) and an M.A. (1975) in English Literature from the University of Hartford, and an MLS from Columbia University (1985). Joseph has been a rare book librarian at the Rutgers University Libraries since 1991. Since 1995 he has been the director of the New Jersey Book Arts Symposium, one of the earliest North American conferences having a strong commitment to the study and significance of artists' books. Among the many exhibitions he has curated and for which he has written catalog essays are three exhibitions on topics concerned with art, gender and society:  A Portable, Constant Obsession: The Book Art of Karen Guancione (New Brunswick: Special Collections and University Archives, 2012); Material Translations (Princeton: Arts Council of Princeton,  2010), and Suellen Glashausser and Her Circles. (New Brunswick: Special Collections and University Archives, 2007). In 2010, he edited a special issue of the Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries, The Artists’ Books of Suellen Glashausser: (LXIV 2008 [2010]). He has also collaborated with many artists in the creation of books of poetry and fiction with a continuing focus on gender and art. Among his books are  For Constance (a collaboration with the artist/printer, Alberto Casiraghy) 2004, Contes de Fees (collaboration with artist, Valerie Hammond) 2008, The Real Story of Puss in Boots (collaboration with artists Henry Charles and Sarah Stengle) 2009, Useless Tools: For Every Anxious Occasion (collaboration with artist, Sarah Stengle), 2011; Lost Light (collaboration with artist/printer Barbara Henry and composer Herb Rothgarber) 2011.

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STANLEY N. KATZ

Director for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
Fertile Crescent liason with Princeton University and moderator for the panel: The Middle East: Gender and Politics

Biography:

Stanley Katz (born 1934, Chicago) graduated from Harvard University in 1955,received his PhD from Harvard in 1961 in British and American history, and attended Harvard Law School in 1969-70. He was president of the American Council of Learned Societies from1986 - 1997. Formerly Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor of the History of American Law and Liberty at Princeton University, Katz is a specialist on American legal and constitutional history, and on philanthropy and non-profit institutions. His recent research focuses upon the relationship of civil society and constitutionalism to democracy, and upon the relationship of the United States to the international human rights regime. He is a prolific author and scholar. Among recent major projects, he was the editor in chief of the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History, 2009; and the editor of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the United States Supreme Court(Cambridge University Press, 2010). He has served as President of the Organization of American Historians and the American Society for Legal History, as Vice President of the Research Division of the American Historical Association, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Newberry Library, and Chair of the American Council of Learned Societies/Social Science Research Council Working Group on Cuba. Katz is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the annual Fellows Award from Phi Beta Kappa in 2010 and the National Humanities Medal (awarded by Pres. Obama) in 2011. He has honorary degrees from several universities. Katz is the Director for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University.

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NANCY MAGUIRE

Associate Director of Exhbitions at the Stedman Gallery, Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts

Biography:

Nancy Maguire received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She is associate director of exhibitions at the Stedman Gallery, Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, where she has curated many exhibitions and organized many community outreach projects.

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ALAMIN MAZRUI

Professor of Sociolinguistics and Literature, Chair of the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures, Rutgers University
Fertile Crescent liason with AMESALL

Biography:

Alamin Mazrui (born 1948, Lamu) holds a BS and MA from Rutgers University and a PhD in Linguistics from Stanford University in 1980. He is professor of Sociolinguistics and Literature and Chair of the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures at Rutgers University. In the 1980s Alamin Mazrui was detained, as were a number of intellectuals regarded as critical of the government of Kenya's second president, Daniel Arap Moi. After his 1984 release, Mazrui went into exile in the United States. Sample books include Debating the African Condition: Volume 1: Race, Gender and Culture Conflict and Debating the African Condition: Volume 2: Governance and Leadership (both with Willy Mutunga); The Power of Babel: Language and Governance in the African Experience (with Ali Mazrui) (1998); and Swahili beyond the Boundaries: Literature, Language and Identity, 2007). Mazrui is a Swahili poet and playwright. Kilio cha Haki (Cry for Justice), has been staged in East Africa, including at the Kenya National Theater. His collection of poems, Chembe cha Moyo (Arrow in My Heart), 1988 composed while he was a political prisoner at Kamiti Maximum Prison, and his recent award-winning play, Sudana (co-authored with Kimani Njogu) which explores the theme of pan-Africanism in a neo-colonial context, have been subjects of wide critical acclaim.

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ANNE MCKEOWN

Artist; Master Papermaker at the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Rutgers University
Fertile Crescent East Brunswick Public Library Curator and West Windsor Arts Center exhibition organizer

Biography:

Anne Q McKeown (born 1950, New York City) holds a BS from Skidmore College 1992 and an MFA in Painting and Printmaking, Yale University School of Art 1995. Master Papermaker, Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, McKeown has worked in collaboration with nationally and internationally recognized artists as well as local New Jersey artists to create multiples of work in hand made paper. McKeown has had three solo exhibitions of her paintings, prints and paper art at SOHO 20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, 2008, 2009, 2011; with other solo exhibitions at the University of Dallas, Irving, Texas 2010; Johnson & Johnson Headquarters, New Brunswick, 2007; 55 Mercer Gallery 2005; and with Lamia Ink!, Gallerie 141, Nagoya, Japan, 2003. She has exhibited in group shows nationally from New York to Hawaii, and internationally in Japan, Belgium, Sweden, Canada and Cuba. McKeown has researched papermaking in Egypt, Turkey, and Syria and was a Fulbright Alternate for a Research Grant in Turkey, 2012. She is on the board of directors of Hand Papermaking Magazine.. She has given many lectures including at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa 2007, and had residencies at the BAU Institute, Otranto, Italy 2010; Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Ireland, 2003; and Awagami Paper Factory, Shikoku, Japan 2007.

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JEFF NATHANSON

Executive Director, Arts Council of Princeton, NJ
Fertile Crescent liason with the Arts Council of Princeton

Biography:

Jeff Nathanson (born 1955, Los Angeles, CA) received a BA degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, 1977 and a graduate certificate in nonprofit administration and fundraising at the Indiana University School of Philanthropy, 1990. Nathanson is an arts management professional who has balanced his career between visual arts, curatorial practice, nonprofit arts management, and music. He became executive director of the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) in 2005. Earlier, Nathanson was executive director of the Richmond Art Center in Richmond, CA, 1991 - 2000; and president/executive director of the International Sculpture Center (publisher ofSculpture Magazine), 2000 - 2003. Nathanson has served as a consultant, organized exhibitions, served as an exhibition juror, given lectures, and contributed catalogue essays for a number of institutions and public entities including the Princeton University Art Museum, the town of Princeton, the Princeton Public Library, Rhode Island School of Design, the Oakland Museum, and the San Francisco Art Institute among others.  The Arts Council of Princeton, under Nathanson’s leadership, has been recognized by the NJ State Council on the Arts with its Citation of Excellence and was designated a Major Arts Organization for the state. Nathanson has received NJ Governor’s Award for Leadership in Arts Education, the NJ Art Educators John Pappas Award, and the Contra Costa County Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts.

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ALBERT GABRIEL NIGRIN

Media Artist; Executive Director of the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, Inc.
Fertile Crescent liason with the NJ Film Festival

Biography:

Albert Gabriel Nigrin (born 1958, Charlottesville) holds a BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton 1976, an MA in French literature, Rutgers University, 1983 and an MFA in Visual Arts/Film, Rutgers University 1986. He is the Executive Director of the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, Inc., which presents the bi-annual New Jersey Film Festival and the New Jersey International Film Festival. He is also a Cinema Studies Lecturer at Rutgers University. Nigrin is an award-winning experimental media artist. His films/videos were screened as part of Big as Life: An American History of 8mm Filmmaking Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2001; Enter The Screen: Experimental Film Program, Changzhou, China, 2004; Floating Images: Experimental Film Program, Shanghai, China, 200,, Toronto Images Film Festival, 2006. Nigrin was a 1986 and 2002 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Media Arts Fellowship winner and has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts/American Film Institute Mid-Atlantic Media Arts Fellowship Program 1988 and 1989 and the Ford Foundation, 1990.

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[Albert Gabriel Nigrin Portrait]
Photo credit: Irene Fizer



ANDREIA PINTO-CORREIA

Composer
Performing in Songs of the Fertile Crescentand The Alter-Ego of an Arab-American Assimiliationalist
Fertile Crescent Guest Coordinator

Biography:

Andreia Pinto-Correia (born 1971, Lisbon) studied at the Academia de Amadores de Música. She came to the United States to study at the New England Conservatory where she is currently a teaching fellow. Her music includes influences from Iberian folk traditions —particularly Arab-Andalusian poetic forms. Described by The New York Times as an “aural fabric,” her music was profiled in the prestigious literary magazine Jornal de Letras: “the music of Andreia Pinto-Correia has been a major contribution to the dissemination of Portugal’s culture and language, perhaps a contribution larger than could ever be imagined. ” 2010, Manuela Paraíso. Recent performances include the a premiere by the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Osmo Vänskä, 2012, a work commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, 2011, a European premiere with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, 2011, a composer residency with chamber orchestra OrchestrUtópica at Centro Cultural de Belém, 2011, and the premiere of Variações sobre temas populares by the Borromeo String Quartet, 2010. She has received numerous commissions including the European Union Presidency, 2008,Tanglewood Music Center Festival, 2010, and Companhia  Ópera do Castelo/ Drumming GP for an Opera with libretto by acclaimed West African writer Ondjaki, 2013, as well as honors and awards—the Toru Takemitsu Award, Japan Society 2008; Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship 2009; Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies-Aspen Music Festival Fellowship, 2011, MacDowell Colony Residency, 2011 and several ASCAPLUS and NEC Merit Awards, 2006-2012. She collaborates with her father at theCentro de Tradições Populares Portuguesas, University of Lisbon, on a catalogue of ethnomusicology fieldwork.

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[Andreia Pinto-Correia Portrait]
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CYRIL READE

Associate Professor of Art History in the Fine Arts Department at Rutgers-Camden and Director of The Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts

Biography:

Cyril Reade earned a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester. He is Associate Professor of Art History in the Fine Arts Department at Rutgers-Camden and is Director of The Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts. He published Mendelssohn to Mendelsohn: Visual Case Studies of Jewish Life in Berlin with Peter Lang in 2007. His historical interests focus on German-Jewish cultural life in the long nineteenth century, including its identification with its Middle Eastern origins. His interests in modern and contemporary culture include monuments and memorials, gender and sexual identity, museums and the shaping of cultural values. His most recent curatorial work is an exhibition of the art books of Scott McCarney that explore the relation between the manipulation of the book and its homoerotic content, Reversing the Catastrophe of Fixed Meaning held at Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester NY. Other curatorial projects include How Good are Your Dwelling Places for Toronto’s Koffler Gallery that presented the work of Rita Bakacs, Susan Lakin, Ross Racine, and Allen Topolski, exploring the relation between the notion of home and the construction of identity.

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NIDA SAJID

Lecturer/Assistant Professor, Department of African, Middle-Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL), Rutgers University
Organizer and speaker at the panel: Fashioning the Cultural Impact of the Islamic Diasporaand performing at the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University

Biography:

Nida Sajid (born August 29, New Delhi) received a BA in Spanish Language and Literature (2000), an MA/MPhil in Linguistics and English, (2004) at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and her PhD in Comparative Literature from Western University, Canada (2011). She is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in the Department of African, Middle-Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL) at Rutgers University. She previously taught in the Global Asia Studies program, University of Toronto, Canada. Her areas of research comprise postcolonial theory, gender studies, South Asian history, Hindi and Urdu literatures, and South Asian popular culture including research on minor literary traditions in postcolonial locations to revisionist readings of canonical European texts. She has published in journals like the Feminist Review and The Journal of Hindu Studies. At present, she is editing an anthology on the representations of Zenana fashion in film and literature. This volume traces the historical trajectory of the production, circulation, and consumption of Muslim femininity and fashion from the early-modern period to the era of postnational globalization revealing the heterogeneities of Muslim women’s lives and the hegemonic impulses behind the construction of their identity as “invisible” women in patriarchal societies.

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KAREN SMALL

Associate Director of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers University

Biography:

Karen Small received her Bachelors degree from Indiana University and Masters of Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. She is the Associate Director of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She oversees community outreach programs which link Rutgers with the community through public lectures, cultural events, and conferences and symposia. Small is the director of the annual Rutgers Jewish Film Festival now entering its thirteenth year. She oversees the Herbert and Leonard Littman Families Holocaust Resource Center and its Holocaust education mission. Karen cultivates community partnerships and organizes leadership development programs, such as the New Jersey Jewish Leadership Forum. Before coming to Rutgers in 1998, Karen Small was a Program Director at the JCC of Greater Philadelphia and previously worked as a planning associate for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. She has received a great deal of recognition for innovative programs including many grants and awards for her work in the area of Jewish education and Holocaust education. Small currently serves on the board of Rutgers Hillel and was appointed by Governor Corzine to the New Jersey Israel Commission.

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JOAN WALLACH SCOTT

Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ
Fertile Crescent advisor and liason with the Institute for Advanced Study

Biography:

Joan Wallach Scott (born 1941, Brooklyn, NY) graduated from Brandeis University in 1962 and received a PhD in history from the University of Wisconsin in 1969. She is Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.  Scott works on questions related to the treatment of Muslim minority populations in Western Europe, especially France.  Her book on this subject is The Politics of the Veil, Princeton University Press, 2007. In addition to her work in French history, she has published a number of books and articles on the history and theory of feminism.  The classic work is Gender and the Politics of History, Columbia University Press, 1988 and 1999 and the most recent is The Fantasy of Feminist History, Duke University Press, 2011.  Professor Scott has been awarded honorary degrees from Harvard, Wisconsin, SUNY Stony Brook, the University of Bergen (Norway) and Brown.

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[Joan Scott Portrait]
Photo credit: Brigitte Grignet



ANDREA SMITH

Publicist, founder of Andrea Smith Public Relations
Publicist and media contact for The Fertile Crescent project

Biography:

Andrea Smith is a veteran publicist who for 25 years has implemented strategic publicity and marketing campaigns to raise visibility of organizations and individuals in the arts, entertainment, and publishing. In 2011 she started her own publicity firm, Andrea Smith Public Relations, serving clients that range from emerging artists to leading publishers of art books, to non-profit organizations in the arts. Previously, she served as Director of Communications at Aperture Foundation for nine years, a world leading non-profit arts institution dedicated to advancing photography, where she worked in close collaboration with Aperture’s renowned roster of artists to create customized media campaigns to publicize their work through artist monographs published by Aperture, and supporting exhibitions and events. Before that, she worked at MTV: Music Television for 13 years where she was a member of the publicity team that helped make MTV a brand name. Ms. Smith is also a board member and marketing director for L.E.A.D Uganda, an educational leadership program that locates vulnerable youth in Africa with innate talents and trains them to be leaders. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from Fordham University, New York. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner, photographer, Stephen Shames.



KATHERINE A. SOMERS

Curator, Bernstein Gallery, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Fertile Crescent advisor and liason with the Bernstein Gallery

Biography:

Katherine A. Somers (born 1952, Doylestown) received her BA degree from George Washington University in 1981 and her MA in art history from Rutgers University in 1994.  She has been an independent consultant in the fine arts since 1995 and is currently curator for the Bernstein Gallery at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University since 2003. She has also been a consultant to the Princeton University Art Museum in Campus Arts, and continues to consult for the borough of Princeton on public art starting in 2008. Somers was the director for the Sculpture Project and Fine Art Exhibition Program at the gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb’s corporate headquarters in Lawrenceville, NJ, from 2000 - 2006. She has been a consultant to other corporate and public collections and has acted as a consultant to artists’ estates. Her work has included art historical research, cataloguing, restoration and development for exhibition, internet auctions, and book publications. Her writing has included an essay in Daily Bread, an artist’s book by Lisa Salamandra, published by Cheminements Editions, 2009, as well as numerous exhibition catalog introductions for artists and art groups including Amy Oliver, Hetty Baiz, Jim Perry and the art group MOVIS.

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FARIDEH TEHRANI

Middle Eastern Studies Librarian, Rutgers University Libraries
Fertile Crescent advisor

Biography:

Farideh Tehrani (born 1940, Shiraz, Iran) received a BA degree in history from Pahlavi University, Shiraz, Iran in 1968, her MLIS degree from the Pratt Institute 1976, and her Doctor of Library Science from Columbia University 1986. She is the Middle Eastern Studies librarian at the Rutgers University Libraries. She is president of the Shiraz University Association (SUA) in North America—an alumni/faculty association, established in 2001 with over 1,000 alumni in North America. Tehrani is the project advisor for Bridging Cultures Poetry of the Muslim World project, funded by an NEH Grant awarded to the City Lore in collaboration with Poets House, New York City. It is a three year long national initiative across six states to develop and implement the publication, Poetic Voices of the Muslim World 2012-14. She also published Library Space and Market Place: Library Messages Beyond the Border, co-authored with Myoung Wilson, edited by Trine Kolderup Flaten, IFLA Publication 120/121, published by K.G. Saur, Munich, 2006.

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YAEL ZERUBAVEL

Professor of Jewish Studies and History, Founding Director of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers University

Biography:
Yael Zerubavel received her BA Degree from Tel Aviv University, and PhD degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is Professor of Jewish Studies and History, and the founding Director of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers University. A leading expert on the study of Israeli memory and national culture, Zerubavel is the author of Recovered Roots: Collective Memory and the Making of Israeli National Tradition (University of Chicago Press, 1995), which won the 1996 Salo Baron Prize of the American Academy for Jewish Research, and numerous articles on memory and identity, Israeli culture, war and trauma, Israeli literature and film, and the Jewish immigrant experience. Recent publications include Memory, the Rebirth of the Native, and the Hebrew Bedouin’ Identity, Social Research 75:1 (Spring 2008); and The Desert and the Settlement as Symbolic Landscapes in Modern Israeli Culture, Jewish Topographies Visions of Space, Traditions of Place, edited by Julia Brauch, Anna Lipphardt, and Alexandra Nocke. Heritage, Culture and Identity Series. London and Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2008. Since 2000, Yael Zerubavel as been a visiting fellow at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, the Institute for Advanced Studies, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, the Ben-Gurion Research Center at Ben-Gurion University, and the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

 

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