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Liberal Arts School Meetings Spring 2018

Liberal Arts Chair Meetings Spring 2018




Biodesign Challenge 2018

Tuesday 6, 1-2pm: First meeting of the semester

Join Biodesign Challenge 2018, a contest offering FIT students the opportunity to envision the future of biotechnology.

Students around the world will spend the Spring 2017 semester en2018 visioning how cells, microbes, and other living things can remake products, enhance processes, and address challenges in our made world. Competition themes include architecture, water, food, materials, energy, and medicine.

On June 21st and 22nd, 2018, 30 student teams from 30 universities around the world will gather at the Biodesign Challenge Summit (BDC) in New York City. One FIT team will be selected to compete at the Summit.

Check out AlgiKnit.com for the FIT winning team of the first Biodesign Challenge Summit in 2016, and went on to win National Geographic’s Chasing Genius Award in September 2017!

Please share with your students!
Contact: Theanne Schiros

Location: Feldman Center, Room C615


Poetry Out Loud NYC Regionals

Thursday 8, 6-8pm

Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation competition that encourages high school students to explore literature and master public speaking, will be held at FIT for the fifth consecutive year. ECS Chairperson and Professor Amy Lemmon will be one of the judge.

Location: Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Center

Jennifer Baumgardner, Maintaining Healthy Professional Relationships

Tuesday 13, 7pm

This program will be moderated by Dr. Melissa Tombro, Associate Professor, English and Communication Studies.  The topic for the evening will be on how to maintain healthy, professional relationships. A panel of FIT students will provide their insights as young working professionals.  The program will conclude with a Q&A, led by Dr. Tombro, with Jennifer and the student panelists. Sponsored by FIT Security Advisory Committee and Campus Anti-violence Education Group.

Contact: Melissa Tombro

Location: Haft Theatre, Feldman Center


Fashion History Timeline

Tuesday 13, 6pm

Dean Patrick Knisley, Professors Justine De Young and Lourdes Font cordially invite you to join the public launch event for the Fashion History Timeline, a digital hub for fashion research and platform for student and faculty writing about fashion. Speakers include President Brown, VP Olivia, Dr. Valerie Steele, De Young and six FIT undergraduate and graduate students.

The Fashion History Timeline is an open-access source for fashion history knowledge, featuring objects and artworks from over 100 museums and libraries that span the globe. The timeline website offers well-researched, accessibly written entries on specific artworks, garments and films, as well as an illustrated fashion dictionary. Started as a pilot project by art history faculty and students in the fall of 2015, the timeline aims to be an important contribution to public knowledge about the history of fashion and seeks to serve as a constantly growing and evolving resource not only for students and faculty, but also for the wider world of those interested in fashion and dress history – from the Renaissance scholar to the simply curious.

RSVP by February 2 at fitnyc.edu/FashionTimeline

Location: Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Center

Primary Sources in Costume/Textile History and Design

Primary Sources for Theatrical Costume Design: Staging the Glass Menagerie (1944) in Shanghai

Tuesday 27, 11-12pm

Professor Elizabeth Hope Clancy in Film and Media Studies is a renowned theatrical costume designer. Professor Clancy will discuss her design for the Glass Menagerie, a play by Tennessee Williams staged in Shanghai, China.

Professor Clancy holds a B.A. in Theatre from The College of William and Mary and an M.F.A. in design from The Yale School of Drama. She created "Culture & Clothing"a fashion theory and history course at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers and "Principles of Costume for Filmmakers" for film students at FIT.

Please RSVP to Professor Kyunghee Pyun: kyunghee_pyun@fitnyc.edu

Location: Pomerantz Center, Room D211


Screening Series

"Somewhere in the Middle" (2015), 90 minutes.
Director Lanre Olabisi in person 

Tuesday 27, 6:30-8:30pm

Four lovers find themselves caught in a tangle of intersecting relationships in this engaging, New York set romantic drama that explores the ripple effects of love and obsession.  Developed through a year-long improvisational process and alternating between three different perspectives, Somewhere in the Middle centers on a once-happy couple, whose marriage spirals into a series of emotionally messy affairs. 

Lanre Olabisi is a writer/director whose two feature films August the First and Somewhere in the Middle have been screened in over 70 film festivals combined including the SXSW Film Festival.  He has been nominated for a IFP Gotham Award and a Black Reel Award.  Both of his films are distributed by Film Movement and they can be found on Netflix and Amazon. Lanre has received grants from the Jerome Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the Urban Artists Initiative. He currently teaches directing, screenwriting and acting for the camera at the New York Film Academy.

Location: Pomerantz Center, D207




10th Annual Student Reading

Thursday 15, 5-6:30pm

Our annual Essay Contest winners as well as an array of students from our creative writing classes will be sharing their work.

Contact: Melissa Tombro

Location: Dubinsky 8th floor Alcove


Screening Series

"Grrls on GIrls II: Bonded", 66 minutes.
Curator Jane Harris and directors Barbara Hammer, Katrina del Mar, Jill Reiter and Viva Ruiz in person

Tuesday 20, 6:30-8:30pm

Grrls on Girls II: Bonded is the second installment in a series curated by Jane Ursula Harris that celebrates the transgressive, DIY feminism of riot grrl culture through the work of women filmmakers. The works in this program bring together queer, campy takes on female bonding that are saturated with raunchy sex and erotic revenge.  

 Jane Ursula Harris is a Brooklyn-based freelance curator and writer who has contributed to various publications from Art in America, Bookforum, and The Paris Review to The Believer, the Village Voice, Huffington Post, and Time Out New York. She has also contributed essays to various catalogues such as Participant Inc.'s M Lamar (forthcoming - 2018); Hatje Cantz's Examples to Follow: Expeditions in Aesthetics and Sustainability (2010); Phaidon's Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing (2005), Universe-Rizzoli's Curve: The Female Nude Now (2004), and Twin Palms' Anthony Goicolea (2003). Ms. Harris is a member of the art history faculty at School of Visual Arts, and is currently at work on the book, After: The Role of the Copy in Modern Art.

Location: Pomerantz Center, D207




Poet Phillis Levin

Tuesday 3, 5-6pm, followed by book signing.

List of titles on Penguin Random House

Order exam copies from Penguin Random House ($3 fee per book).

Contact: Amy Lemmon

Location: Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Center

Director Evan Jackson Leong, Snakehead


Tuesday 10, 6:30-8:30pm

Find out more about Snakehead on Kickstarter and on YouTube
View an interview about Linsanity

Contact: Jean Amato

Location: Pomerantz Center, D207

Author Siri Hustvedt

ARTSpeak Series

Wednesday 11, 5-6pm

Simon & Schuster publisher page
Simon & Schuster desk copies

Contact: Julia Jacquette (Fine Arts)

Location: Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Center


Screening Series

"Snakehead" (2017), 90 minutes.
Director Evan Jackson Leong in person

Tuesday 10, 6:30-8:30pm

Snakehead (2017) is a culmination of over 9 years of research, writing, and development. Inspired by true events and based in New York's Chinatown, this independent feature film explores the underworld of international human smuggling. It follows the anti-hero, Sister Tse as she rises to one of the most sought after human smugglers in FBI history. The film explores the reality of the modern US immigrant through the lens of the Chinatown underworld. The screening will also feature a clip form Snakehead Saga a documentary on the making of Snakehead by Davey Chin

Evan Jackson Leong is a 6th generation Chinese American director and documentary filmmaker. Leong is known for his documentary Linsanity (2013) about Jeremy Lin, which chronicled the rise of NBA player Jeremy Lin and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. He has directed the documentaries 1040: Christianity in the New Asia (2010) and short BLT Genesis (2002) He got his start on the set of director Justin Lin's Better Luck Tomorrow.

Location: Pomerantz Center, D207




Feminist Art Activists Guerilla Girls

ARTSpeak Series

Wednesday 2, 6-8pm

Find out more about Guerilla Girls and ARTSpeak.

Contacts: Jeri Zulli (ECS) and Julia Jacquette (Fine Arts)

Location: Haft Theatre, Feldman Center



Tuesday, February 13
Tuesday, March 13
Tuesday, April 10
Tuesday, May 8

All meetings are held Tuesdays (1 – 2) in Room D207

Please try to send any curriculum items to be discussed at these meetings at least a week or two in advance for the Dean's review either via email or hard copy.


Thursday, February 1
Thursday, February 15
Thursday, March 1
Thursday, March 15
Thursday, April 5
Thursday, April 19
Thursday, May 3
Thursday, May 17

All meetings are held Thursdays (10.30 – 12) in Room B623