Spring 2014 Brown Bag Series

Please join us in the Mildred & Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall (Music Building) on Fridays from 12:30-1:30PM for these upcoming Brown Bag Series presentations. Feel free to bring your lunch and relax! Visitors coming to the Brown Bag Series are able to obtain a day pass from the information booth at Paul Loser Hall and can park in the visitor lots on campus.

Life as a Professional Production Designer
Presented by Blythe R.D. Quinlan, Boardwalk Empire

January 31st, 2014Boardwalk Empire

Hosted by the Department of Communication Studies

Blythe R.D. Quinlan is a set designer for theatre, film and TV. Recent theatre credits include The Wheel (Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago), Coriolanus, Wallenstein (The Shakespeare Theatre, DC); Antony and Cleopatra (Hartford Stage); The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, Venus in Fur (The Studio Theatre, DC), Cure at Troy (Seattle Repertory Theatre), and Iphegenia 2.0 (Signature Theatre, NYC).  Television credits include Smash, PanAm, Boardwalk Empire, and The Good Wife. Film Credits include The Tempest, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Julie and Julia, Sex and the City, Arthur, I Don’t Know How She Does It. Blythe has a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA from Yale School of Drama.

Curtain of Water: Cuba (Inside the Documentary)

Presented by Filmmaker Joe Guerriero

February 7th, 2014Curtain of Water

In Curtain of Water, award winning professional photographer Joe Guerriero sets out to make sense of the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba. Through conversations with people from all walks of life, in and outside of Cuba, he tries to shed light on the political and human sides of this conflict. Join us for a full screening of Curtain of Water, followed by a Q&A and discussion with filmmaker Joe Guerriero. Curtain of Water is his first feature documentary film.

Inside Independent Filmmaking

Presented by Matthew Lawrence

February 14th, 2014Matt Lawrence
Hosted by the Department of Communication Studies

Matthew Lawrence, TCNJ Department of Communication Studies alum and professor at Monmouth University, will discuss his first feature, “Two Pints Lighter,” and his experiences as an independent producer. A selection from the film will be screened during the Brown Bag presentation, and a screening of the complete film will take place later that day at 3:30pm in the Kendall Screening Room.

Art as an Agent in Public Space: Dia Art Foundation

Presented by Kelly Kivland, Assistant Curator at Dia Art Foundation

February 21st, 2014

Hosted by the International Sculpture Center ISConnects Series

Kelly Kivland will speak on Dia Art Foundation’s history of supporting work in public space—with specific focus on Walter De Maria’s Earth Room, New York City; Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, Utah; Joseph Beuys’ 7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks), New York City; and Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument, the Bronx, New York. Dia was founded in 1974 to help artists achieve visionary projects that might not otherwise be realized because of scale or scope. Many of Dia’s early, major projects were sited outside the museum or gallery. Today, Dia is a constellation of sites, from the iconic permanent, site-specific artworks and installations in New York, the American West and Germany; to an exhibition program that has commissioned dozens of breakthrough projects; to the realization of the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton; and finally to the vast galleries of Dia:Beacon. This Brown Bag is hosted by the International Sculpture Center’s ISConnects Series, a collaborative effort between the International Sculpture Center and other world-renowned organizations. Launched in 2011, ISConnects explores the unique perspectives on sculpture in the contemporary art world. Together, the ISC and its partner organizations offer intimate and accessible programming that addresses cutting-edge, timely trends in sculpture through lively and insightful discourse.

If you are planning to join us for this Brown Bag presentation, the International Sculpture Center kindly requests that you register for this free event at the registration link: http://sculpture.gostorego.com/isc-events/isconnects/public-space.html.

Plants: They Whisper, Talk, and Even Move
Presented by Dr. Roger P. Hangarter, Chancellor’s Professor of Biology, Indiana University

February 28th, 2014Roger Hangarter
Hosted by the Center for the Arts and co-sponsored by the School of Science

As a group, plants are among the slowest forms of life. With barely perceptible movements, plants merit little notice for most humans. With humanity moving at an ever-increasing pace, we are becoming further removed from the rhythms of plants. As a consequence, the appreciation of the importance of plants is receding in our collective consciousness to the point that, for many people plants are regarded as little more than ornamental objects. In this presentation, Hangarter will use time-lapse technology to demonstrate the remarkable dynamics of plant life and how keenly plants perceive and respond to their environment throughout their lives. Examples from his sLowlife exhibit will be shown and a new exhibit, The Living Canvas, will also be introduced. The Living Canvas is the result of an art and science collaboration in which light is used to control the position of chloroplasts in the cells of live leaves to produce clear and recognizable images embedded within the live leaf structure. The sense of intrigue and mystery revealed in these works is meant to enhance our awareness of plant life and, hopefully, will provide a deeper appreciation of our relationship to plants and our environment.

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*Note: Due to Spring Break, there will be no Brown Bag lectures held on Friday, March 7th or March 14th.


The Exciting Field of Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication
Presented by Tom Hipper

March 21st, 2014
Hosted by the Department of Communication Studies

When a disaster strikes, effective communication with the public is a necessity. Accurate, timely, and credible information can reduce fear and uncertainty, save lives, and facilitate recovery. But being first and being right isn’t easy, and failure to do both often leads to a loss of credibility from which it can be very difficult to recover. Fortunately, the field of Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) tells us a great deal about how to successfully communicate with the public when the stakes are highest.

Tom Hipper, TCNJ, Penn State, and Johns Hopkins alumnus, currently Public Health Planner at the Center for Public Health Readiness & Communication, Drexel University, will discuss the core principles of CERC, including how audiences perceive and react to risk messages, and the important role of communication before, during, and following a disaster. He will also review communication efforts from recent disasters and discuss the future of the field, including how new tools such as social media will impact how we communicate with the general public during disasters.

Styles Advancing Graffiti’s Evolution
Presented by Will “KASSO” Condry

March 28th, 2014Will Kasso Condry
Hosted by the Department of Art & Art History

Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, art was a creative outlet that manifested itself early on for Will “KASSO” Condry. He first noticed graffiti art at the age of 7 when graffiti artists from North Jersey and New York were creating murals for local businesses in Trenton. At age 11, he watched the legendary battle between LA graffiti writers HEX and SLICK on television and realized what he wanted to do. Today, KASSO is primarily known for his unique portraits and vivid aerosol based murals. He is a pioneering force in the Trenton art scene. Along with community arts non-profit organization, ALBUS CAVUS, KASSO continues to promote and produce graffiti inspired art throughout the city and tri-state area.

The Life and Music of Charles Mingus
Presented by Gene Santoro, Writer for the NY Times and Rolling Stone Magazine

April 4th, 2014Gene Santoro
Hosted by the Department of Music

Gene Santoro has authored several books, including “Myself When I Am Real: The Life and Music of Charles Mingus.” He has been a columnist for the Nation and the New York Daily News. His writing on subjects from pop culture to military and American history has appeared in numerous essay collections and publications like the New York Times, Washington Post, the New Yorker, New York, the Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Discover, the Village Voice, Chamber Music, and World War II.

This Brown Bag Series lecture is held in conjunction with the Department of Music’s day-long symposium “The Resurrection of Charles Mingus’ Epitaph,” a series of events and a performance examining the music of Charles Mingus. Events include a lecture by author and critic Gene Santoro (11:30am), a panel discussion with Lewis Porter, Michael Conklin and Gene Santoro (5:30pm),  and a concert of selections from Epitaph and other Mingus works, performed by the TCNJ Jazz Ensemble led by Gary Fienberg and featuring Lewis Porter, piano (8:00pm; ticketed event).

The Evolution of Opera
Presented by Boheme Opera NJ

April 11th, 2014boheme_opera_60yk
Hosted by Boheme Opera NJ

Boheme Opera NJ is pleased to offer an informational walk through the evolution of opera and development of its various voice types. Vintage CD samples will be heard, along with live performances of arias demonstrating stylistic changes in writing for the voice.  After a lunch break, Boheme plans to host a workshop focusing on vocal styles, interacting with vocal students from TCNJ’s Music Department and Boheme Opera’s roster.

*Note: There will be no Brown Bag lecture held on Friday, April 18th

Learning Interaction Design from the Real World
Presented by Anh Dang, Lead Experience Strategist at the NY Times

April 25th, 2014Ahn Dang

Hosted by the Department of Interactive Multimedia

Against the backdrop of increasingly complex online experiences, Ms. Dang will discuss how to draw inspiration from the real world to craft delightful digital experiences through thoughtful designs, meaningful interactions, and a li’l bit of magic.


  • Russian Folk Goup "Zolotoj Plyos"

  • Dr. Warren Buckleitner: Making Digital Magic

  • Jeffry Cudlin: Imposters, Interlocutors, and Dilettantes

  • Boheme Opera NJ: Excerpts from "Don Pasquale" & "Faust"

  • TCNJ Orchestra Performs Stephen Gorbos's "Bounce"