Symposiums and Panel Discussions

Conference Details

16th Annual Faculty Day Conference

Student Center
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

9:30 – 10 a.m.

Kick-Off / Breakfast

State Lounge, fifth floor

9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Gallery and Academic Posters

Maroon Room, sixth floor

  • Presenters available to discuss their work during the luncheon period from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m.

10 – 11:15 a.m. — Symposium Session I

Obama's Presidency: Success or Failure?

How are President Obama and his administration seen by diverse groups within the United States?
Jefferson-Williams Lounge, fourth floor

  • Moderator: Len Fox, English
  • Alan Aja, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, "Obama and the Resurgence of Culture of Poverty Theory in Political Rhetoric and Public Policy"
  • Robert Cherry, Economics, "Obama's Inadequate Approach to Disadvantaged Youth Problems"
  • Ravi Ragbir, New Sanctuary Coalition, "Immigration Reform and the New Santuary Movement"

What Is Environmental Studies and Where Does It Fit in the Academy?

How is environmental studies related to such diverse academic disciplines as earth sciences, health and nutrition sciences, and philosophy?
Maroney-Leddy Lounge, fourth floor

  • Moderator: Greg S. Boutis, Physics
  • Wayne Powell, Earth and Environmental Sciences, "Earth Science & Environmental Studies"
  • Jean Grassman, Health and Nutrition Sciences, "Health and Nutrition Sciences & Environmental Studies"
  • Michael Menser, Philosophy, "Philosophy and Environmental Studies"

Business Schools Within the Academy: Milking the Cash Cow or Legitimizing the Stepchild

Where are business schools now in the long march to legitimacy?
Alumni Lounge, fourth floor

  • Moderator: Willie Hopkins, Dean, School of Business
  • Mitchell Langbert,  Finance and Business Management, "Why the Business Faculty Is Better at Liberal Arts Than the Liberal Arts Faculty"
  • Matthew Moore, Philosophy, "Why the Eye Needs the Hand (and Vice Versa)"
  • Jocelyn Wills, History, "Step Child, What Step Child?: The Corporate Corruption of Higher Education in Historical Perspective"

10:30 – 11 a.m. — Mini-session I

Sound, Movement and the Construction of Ecstasy in Sufi Religious Ritual in Conjunction With Education

  • Christine Free, Conservatory of Music

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. — Symposium Session II

Science Under Scrutiny: There's the Truth and Then There's the Edited Truth... But Is It Fraud?

Recently it has been argued that "common but questionable" research practices are widespread in the behavioral sciences -- but do they really pose a serious threat to scientific inquiry and the search for truths?
Jefferson-Williams Lounge, fourth floor

  • Moderator: Margaret-Ellen Pipe, Psychology
  • Sean Haley, Health and Nutrition Sciences, "Power, Truth and Vulnerability"
  • Curtis Hardin, Psychology, "Scientific Truth Is Dead! Long Live Scientific Truth!"
  • R. Glen Hass, Psychology, "Scientific Truth: It's a Psychological Concept"

Global Music in East Flatbush: The H. Wiley Hitchcock Institute and Brooklyn-based Teaching and Learning

How can academic research institutes housed on campus affect what goes on in Brooklyn College classrooms and how has the Hitchcock Institute's research on Brooklyn music enhanced student learning?
Maroney-Leddy Lounge, fourth floor

  • Moderator: Maria Conelli, Dean, School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts
  • Ray Allen, Conservatory of Music
  • Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Conservatory of Music
  • Jeff Taylor, Conservatory of Music

eDucation: Using Technology in the Classroom

How does technology enhance learning in the classroom?
Alumni Lounge, fourth floor

  • Moderator: Graciela Elizalde-Utnick, School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership
  • Tiphanie Gonzalez, School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership, "Using Mixed Reality as a Teaching Tool"
  • Sharon O'Connor-Petruso and Barbara Rosenfeld, Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education, "Rudeness in the Classroom and Public Spaces Revisited: College Students' Perceptions of Appropriate Use of E-communications"
  • Hanna Haydar, Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education, "Learn Bops and Learn-to-teach Bops: Online Learning Systems for Childhood Mathematics Teachers"

Noon – 12:30 p.m. — Mini-session II

An Artist's Talk on Work With Anthony McCall

  • David Grubbs, Conservatory of Music

12:45 – 2:15 p.m.

Luncheon and Roundtable Discussions

Gold Room, sixth floor

Gallery and Academic Posters

Maroon Room, sixth floor

  • Presenters available to discuss their work during the luncheon period from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. 

2:15 – 3:30 p.m. — Symposium Session III

Occupy Wall Street: From Different Viewpoints

How does the Occupy Wall Street movement shed light on current U.S. society?
Jefferson-Williams Lounge, fourth floor  

  • Moderator: David Troyansky, History
  • Gunja SenGupta, History, "Occupy Wall Street as Participatory Democracy"
  • Sally Bermanzohn, Political Science, "Occupy Wall Street: Organizing From a Racial Justice Framework"
  • Alex Vitale, Sociology, "Managing Defiance: The Policing of the Occupy Wall Street Movement"

With the Best of Intentions: How College and Career Readiness Can Re-shape K–16+

What role do the Common Core Learning Standards, Pathways, College Now and our Early Colleges play in developing and implementing a collective transformation at Brooklyn College and with our school and community partners?
Maroney-Leddy Lounge, fourth floor  

  • Moderator: Deborah Shanley, Dean, School of Education
  • Nick Mazzarella, Principal, Brooklyn College Academy
  • David Genovese, Assistant Principal, Brooklyn College Academy
  • Mark Kobrak, Chemistry
  • Robert Oliva, Director, Magner Center for Career Development and Internships
  • Pieranna Pieroni, Director, College Now

What Does the Future Hold for Students of the African Diaspora?

What are the indicators of success for black students?
Alumni Lounge, fourth floor  

  • Moderator: Tamara Mose Brown, Sociology
  • Trina Yearwood, Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education, "Levels of Engagement of Successful Black Students at CUNY"
  • Eugena Griffin, Psychology, "An Overview of Psychosocial Stress That Impacts the Psyche, Motivation, and Self-actualization Among the Black Community"
  • Haroon Kharem, Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education, "Sankofa: African American Male Teachers Returning to Their Communities"

2:15 – 2:45 p.m. — Mini-session III

Robot Musicians and Electronic Instruments

  • Douglas Geers, Conservatory of Music

3:45 p.m.

Awards Ceremony


  • Featuring the Faculty Day Choir directed by first-year faculty member James Bowyer, Conservatory of Music.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Food and Wine Reception