Symposium Session

Conference Details

20th Anniversary Faculty Day Conference

Student Center
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Continental Breakfast

9:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Ⓢ State Lounge, 5th Floor

Celebrating Faculty Day: A Conversation

Keynote – 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Ⓢ State Lounge, 5th Floor

Since the inception of Faculty Day two decades ago, the office of the Associate Provost for Faculty and Administration has been closely involved in the planning of each year’s conference. In this opening session Eric Steinberg (Associate Provost, 1989-2003), Jerry Mirotznik (Associate Provost, 2003-2014) and Matthew Moore (Associate Provost, 2014-present) will briefly share their perspectives on Faculty Day and then join in a discussion with all present about the past, present and future of the conference.

Refreshment Lounge
Available All Day!
Ⓢ State Lounge, 5th Floor
Check your e-mail, double-check your presentation, grab a snack and chat with your colleagues.

Session 1 – 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Music in Motion: Sound Theories and Cinema Horror
Ⓐ Alumni, 4th Floor
Moderator: Foster Hirsch, Film

  • John Beatty, Film, "Val Lewton and The Sounds of Terror"
  • Bruce MacIntyre, Conservatory of Music, “Melodies That Haunt in Val Lewton’s Horror Films:  Exploring the Nature of Their Eerie Effects”
  • Aaron Kozbelt, Psychology, “Musical Innovation Against the Biological Grain? Rising and Falling Intervals in Arnold Schoenberg’s Vocal Music”

Of our five senses, the ears are sensitive to noises and musical tones in ever changing ways that can be intriguing, fascinating, and even haunting, especially for film- and concert-goers. These presentations explore how the sounds and melodies in producer Val Lewton's acclaimed horror movies and the melodic tendencies in Schoenberg's vocal music can move us in unexpected and powerful ways.

Flipping Over General Education with Team Based Learning
Ⓙ Jefferson-Williams, 4th Floor
Moderator: Graciela Elizalde-Utnick, School Psychology, Counseling, and Leadership

  • Dmitry Brogun, Biology, “TBL Implementation in Science Courses for Non-Science Majors”
  • Jennifer Ball, Art, “Straight Talk about TBL in the Humanities: What Will Improve and What Won’t in Your Classes”
  • Michael Goyette, Classics, “What Would Socrates Say about Team-Based Learning?”

How to engage students in applying knowledge to think critically about real world problems. This panel is in memory of the Biology Department chairperson, Dan Eshel.

Sharing the Wealth: A Conversation on Writing for the Broader Public
Ⓜ Maroney-Leddy, 4th Floor
Moderator: MJ Robinson, Television and Radio

  • Richard Greenwald, Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, “Public Engagement: On Being Heard in a Crowded World”
  • Corey Robin, Political Science, “Getting Started: Public Writing in 3 Easy Steps”
  • Paul Moses, English and Journalism, “A Matter of Style: Differences between Writing for Academic and General-Interest Readers”

Faculty members have considerable expertise to share with the public, but are sometimes uncertain of how to publish in general-interest media. This panel will discuss avenues to do that.

A Call to Improve Black and Latino Student Success: Enhancing Student Faculty Interaction
Ⓞ Occidental, 5th Floor

  • Trina Lynn Yearwood, Accreditation Manager, School of Education
  • Haroon Kharem, Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education
  • Larry Patterson, Academic Student Support Manger, School of Education 

In this interactive and creative session, presenters will share success stories from their experiences with the Urban Community Teachers (UCT) Project and the Black and Latino Male Initiative (BLMI).

12:00 to 1:15 p.m.

Luncheon and Roundtable Discussions
Ⓓ Gold, 6th Floor

Gallery and Academic Posters
Ⓡ Maroon, 6th Floor

The Brooklyn Listening Project
12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
Ⓖ Grog, 5th Floor
Facilitator: Joseph Entin, English and American Studies

Visit the Brooklyn Listening Project’s recording booth to share your Brooklyn life-experiences or record an interview with another faculty member! Digital recordings of the interviews will be archived at the Brooklyn College Library.

Session 2 – 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.

Exhibitionism: Art and the Process of Exhibition Design
Ⓐ Alumni, 4th Floor
Moderator: Maria Conelli, Dean, School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts

  • Patricia Cronin, Art, “Shrine For Girls: Feminist Politics at the Venice Biennale”
  • Malka Simon and Christopher Richards, Art, “The Art of Interdisciplinary Exhibition”

Panelists will highlight the ways in which exhibition design and installation can educate viewers about complex political and sociological ideas through works of art and material culture. 

A Pedagogy of Empathy: Helping Students to Care
Ⓙ Jefferson-Williams, 4th Floor
Moderator: April Bedford, Dean, School of Education

  • Roni Natov, English, “Teaching Empathy Through Children's Literature”
  • Aditya Nihalani, Student, “Emotions and the Practice of Medicine”
  • Karel Rose, Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education and English, “Empathy: Back to the Greeks”

Can we teach empathy?  Acknowledging the centrality of empathy in our complicated and volatile world, we will explore the pedagogical imperative and opportunities for teaching empathy in our diverse classrooms.  We defend this ancient value in our modern world and explore how deficits in empathy imperil a democratic society. We will suggest some of the strategies for developing the emotional competence that honors generosity and moral development.

You Call that a Book? Publishing in the 21st Century
Ⓜ Maroney-Leddy, 4th Floor
Moderator: Beth Evans, Library

  • Scott Dexter, Computer and Information Science, “Dual-Edition Publication, or, How to Work with Forward-Thinking Publishers”
  • Jeremy Porter, Sociology and Children and Youth Studies, “The Journal of Maps: Making Spatially-Centered Visual Resources the Publication Focus”
  • Miguel Macias, Television and Radio, “Hours Behind Each Minute: The Research Involved in Documentary Making”
  • Miriam Deutch, Library, “Publishing Alternative Textbooks”
  • Judith Wild, Library, “Academic Works: CUNY's Institutional Repository”

The venues and processes for scholarly publication have been changing—and diversifying—rapidly. This panel will explore some of the new possibilities appearing on the publishing landscape.

Redefining “Normal”: Who are the Students of Brooklyn College?
Ⓞ Occidental, 5th Floor
Moderator: James Davis, English

  • Gail Horowitz, Chemistry, “Student Success in STEM: Why Social Class Matters”
  • Irene Sosa, Television and Radio, “I Too am First-Generation”
  • Jocelyn Wills, History, “BC's First-Generation College Students: American Dreams and Realities”
  • Alan Aja, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, “Reducing Stereotype Threat in the BC Classroom: The Myth of Black/Latino Cognitive Inferiority”

What kinds of knowledge and experience do BC students bring to our classrooms? Does this matter? How does it impact our teaching?

Session 3 – 2:45 to 4:00 p.m.

Cancer Crossroads: Prevention, Progression, and Precision Medicine
Ⓐ Alumni, 4th Floor
Moderator: Anjana Saxena, Biology  

  • Mara Schvarzstein, Biology, “Mechanisms of Accurate Chromosome Inheritance in Meiosis and Cancer”
  • Xinyin Jiang, Health and Nutrition Sciences, “Dual Role of Methyl Nutrients in Cancer Prevention and Progression”
  • Guillermo Gerona-Navarro, Chemistry, “Chemical Probes Targeting Polycomb Group of Proteins Gene Repression: A Strategy to Develop Novel Epigenetic Cancer Therapies?”
  • Maria Contel, Chemistry, “Unconventional Metallodrugs as Potential Chemotherapeutics: Novel Approaches”
  • Ryan Murelli, Chemistry, “7-Hydroxytropolones as ‘Privileged’ Therapeutic Targets for Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry Studies”

There is no single magic bullet against cancer. This panel will explore some innovative ideas to understand genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of cancer to feature some tactics for Cancer Prevention and/or Personalized Medicine. In addition, unusual potential chemotherapeutics and selective delivery of chemotherapy drugs will also be highlighted.

Fostering a Collaborative Culture for Student Success
Ⓙ Jefferson-Williams, 4th Floor
Moderator: Maria Scharrón del Rio, School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership

  • Charles Edwards, School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership, “Collaboration: Conceptual and Theoretical Framework”
  • Paul McCabe, School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership, “Inter-Departmental Collaboration at Brooklyn College”
  • Harold Golubtchik, School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership, “Supporting Collaboration in K-12 Settings: Students as Future Collaborators”

Let us go beyond the buzzword or flavor of the day that collaboration has become. Achieving the problem-solving benefits found in collaborative cultures may require sustained commitment, intentionality and accountability.

The Presidential Election Few Predicted: How Did We Get Where We Are Now?
Ⓜ Maroney-Leddy, 4th Floor
Moderator:  Prudence Cumberbatch, Africana Studies

  • Alan Aja, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, “Election 2016 and the Myth of the Latin@ Vote”
  • Katie Rose Hejtmanek, Anthropology and Archaeology, “I Know Women! But I Love Women More! Gender, Race and the 2016 Presidential Election”
  • Alex Vitale, Sociology, “Criminal Justice and the Presidential Race”
  • James Davis, English, “Presidential Politics and Public Higher Education”

Given how unprecedented this presidential race has been on so many levels, let's go beyond the slogans to examine the implications and viability of the candidates’ positions.

Crossing Languages and Cultures: From English to Chinese and Back Again
Ⓞ Occidental, 5th Floor
Moderator: Yonggang Huang, Modern Languages and Literatures

  • Taofa Xu, Modern Languages and Literatures, “Mirror Reflection: Word Order of Chinese and English”
  • Binyamin Aberbach, Walter Gordon, Students, “Our Experiences in Learning the Chinese Language”
  • Len Fox, English and ESL, “Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages”
  • Luoyi Cai, Jian Ting Li, Xiaoxia Liu , Students, “Our Experiences in Learning the English Language and American Culture”

The panelists will discuss the experiences of native English speaking students learning the Chinese language and of Chinese American immigrant students learning the English language and American culture and customs.