Fall 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.


The Accidental Entrepreneur: Adventures in the Arts, Sports, and Community Development

Presented by Taneshia Nash-Laird

September 12, 2014

Hosted by Kim Pearson, School of the Arts and Communication 

Taneshia Nash Laird’s expertise in strategic communications, business development, and community economic development is enhanced by her exceptionally large Rolodex, amassed via her jobs in the arts and entertainment, economic development/government, nonprofit leadership, and real estate development. She is a published co-author of a critically acclaimed book and her honors include The Network Journal Magazine’s 40 Under Forty and a nomination by then NJ Gov. Corzine to the New Jersey Urban Enterprise Zone Authority Board (she was state Senate confirmed).

Born and raised in suburban White Plains, NY, she now proudly represents two ‘hoods: Trenton, NJ where she was first a city official as Trenton’s director of economic development and then headed the city’s business improvement district; and the historic New York City neighborhood of Harlem where she co-owns MIST Harlem, a $21 million cultural entertainment center co-founded by her late husband Roland Laird, who also served as CEO.

Taneshia is CEO and sole owner of Legacy Business Advisors, a strategic communications and business development consultancy which leverages relationships and expertise to make things happen for its clients. Taneshia is CEO and majority owner of LMCK Partners – a company originally founded by her late husband in 2011 with two of his college classmates – which focuses on fostering public-private partnerships for community economic development, particularly job creation and retention.

Taneshia earned a BBA from Baruch College and is pursuing her MS in Strategic Communications at Columbia University.


Social Art Practice: Collaborating With Communities Via George Mason University’s Floating Lab Collective

Presented by Sue Wrbican of George Mason University

September 19, 2014

Hosted by Anita Allyn, Department Art and Art History

The Floating Lab Collective is a group ScreamersInNYCof artists working collaboratively on social research through public and media art projects in Washington DC, as well as nationally and internationally. They experiment with the aesthetics of direct action in crafting responses to specific places, communities, issues and circumstances. FLC artists move across visual art, performance, new media, and publications to engage and integrate such social topics as housing, the environment, migration, labor and urban mobility. One of FLC’s most important tools is a converted taco truck– a Floating Museum– that circulates projects among different neighborhoods, communities and regions.

FL Collective was started in 2007 in partnership with Provisions Library, an arts and social change research and development center at George Mason University. To date, over 50 groundbreaking community projects have been produced in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, New York City, Mexico City, Detroit (MI), Louisville (KY), Medellin (Colombia) and Port of Spain (Trinidad). Through Provisions, FLC has been funded by The Creative Communities Initiative, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Virginia Museum, George Mason University and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.


Ethnomusicologist and Accordion Player Marion Jacobson

September 26, 2014

Hosted by Bob McMahan, Department of Music

Marion Jacobson is an ethnomusicologist, author and educator who has written hundreds of reviews and features of live concerts and events of all the major world music traditions from Indian ragas to Cajun/Zydeco to klezmer for the Washington Post, Stereo Review, and dozens of music magazines and blogs.  While reviewing a Klezmatics concert, Marion was so blown away by what she heard that she decided to study ethnomusicology at New York University in 2003. Riding the roller coaster of the klezmer revival, she learned Yiddish tunes on the violin and accordion at KlezKamp and interviewed hundreds of klezmer players, young and old, following them to festivals in Europe. It was at KlezKamp that she heard the Workmen’s Circle (Arbeter Ring) Chorus and ended up writing her dissertation on the lost world of the Jewish labor choruses. Along the way, Marion learned to speak, read and write the mame-loshen at Columbia University/YIVO’s summer program in Yiddish.

Since earning her PhD in music, Marion has taught music history and world music at NYU, SUNY New Paltz, and the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. As an arts activist and folklorist, she was one of the founders of American Women Composers, Inc., a pioneering organization devoted to presenting and supporting the works of women composers. She began digging for the fossilized remains of lost American accordion cultures in New York City. Grants from the American Philosophical Society and the Mellon Foundation allowed her to continue excavations in the vibrant accordion centers of Houston, San Antonio, the Twin Cities, and the San Francisco Bay Area, leading to Squeeze This: A Cultural History of the Accordion, the first comprehensive scholarly book on the piano accordion, published by University of Illinois Press.Marion has been invited to appear as a guest on WNYC’s Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), the Bob Herbert Show on XM/Sirius Radio. She currently works as a freelance writer and itinerant professor, teaching courses in music and English as a Second Language at Seton Hall, Hudson County College, and Ramapo College.


Frank Migliorelli, Director of Digital Experience at the New York Public Library

October 3, 2014

Hosted by Chris Ault, Interactive Multimedia

Frank Migliorelli is an award-winning interaction designer specializing in media-rich software and exhibit development. With a portfolio that includes children’s projects, corporate websites, and media enhanced installations around the world, he has been a creative and innovative leader in interactive media design for a wide range of educational, institutional and corporate clients.


Film Screening and Discussion: The Trenaissance: A Better Way for the Capital

October 17, 2014

Hosted by Susan Ryan, Department of Communication Studies

Although Trenton was once a thriving industrial city, since the 1970’s it has witnessed a significant economic decline that has impacted the people living there. Today, the media portrays this distressed city in a negative light and focuses on the poverty and crime rather than those working to revitalize this city. The Trenaissance: A Better Way for the Capital focuses on individuals, communities and organizations that are striving to make positive changes within the city of Trenton.


Art and Creativity Transforming Trenton

Presented by Mr. Lauren Otis, Founding Director of Artwork Trenton’s Art All Day

October 24, 2014

Hosted by Greg Thielker, Department Art and Art HistoryLauren_Otis

For years the news emerging out of Trenton has appeared to be unremittingly bad. But something curious happened to this negative narrative – it got hijacked by a group of dedicated artists. While state officials, a large segment of the public, and the media focused on mismanagement and crime in Trenton, poor education and lack of economic opportunity, the city blossomed as a center of urban art and creativity. A vibrant and growing creative scene has taken hold in the city, transforming Trenton into an arts destination featuring funky and offbeat events, from Art All Night and Art All Day, to Windows of Soul, the Jersey Fresh Jam, the Trenton African-American Cultural Festival, the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market, and more.

Simply put, the arts provide nourishment to neglected and depressed communities. Visual, economic, visceral, and spiritual nourishment that helps rejuvenate them. Cities, large and small, throughout the United States and across the globe now recognize this. As a participant in Trenton’s arts-driven revival, Lauren Otis has witnessed firsthand art and creativity as transformative forces within urban communities, bonding those communities and reopening connections with their neighbors. Mr. Otis will draw on his personal experience to describe how Trenton got to where it is today, what the future holds, and what lessons can be learned.


On Becoming a Multi-Disciplinary Artist: The Sustainability Question

Presented by Mr. Aaron Cromie, TCNJ Graduate and Performing Artist

October 31, 2014

Hosted by Suzanne Hickman, Department of Music

Aaron is a Philadelphia based, multidisciplinary theatre artist who has collaborated as performer, designer, director, writer and musician with several companies including Arden Theatre Company, The Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Mum Puppettheatre, The Studio Theatre, Wilma Theater, Lantern Theater, and Shakespeare Theatre among others. He has toured nationally with Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story and am a graduate of The College of New Jersey and The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.


A Visual Voyage: Exploring the Media and Styles of Award Winning Children’s Book Illustrators Exhibition Lecture

November 7, 2014

Hosted by Emily Croll, TCNJ Art Gallery  


Overcoming Inequality in Health Care Access: The Contribution of Health Communication

Presented by Dr. K. Viswanath, Harvard School of Public Health

November 14, 2014

Hosted by John Pollock, Department of Communication Studies

Dr. K. Viswanath is a Professor of Health Communication in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and in the McGraw-Patterson Center for Population Sciences at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). His work draws from literatures in communication science, social epidemiology, and social and health behavior sciences, and focuses on translational communication science to influence public health policy and practice. His primary research is in documenting the relationship between communication inequalities, poverty and health disparities, and knowledge translation through community-based research to address health disparities. His research is supported by funding from private and public agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


The Guitar in Ensemble: Making Music Together

Presented by Michael Newman

November 21st, 2014

Hosted by the School of the Arts and Communication

  • 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"