Distinguished Visiting Speakers 2016-17

Distinguished Visiting Speakers 2016-17


The Ethics and Techniques of Photographing Sports and Politics

November 16, 2016


VPAC’s Kurland Lecture Hall, Room LA 181

From the Olympics to the presidential campaign trail, a special presentation by professional photojournalists Mark Terrill and Robert Hanashiro

Faculty Grant Recipient: David Blumenkrantz



Digital Journalism that Reaches the Country and the World

December 1, 2016


Armer Theater

While journalist are working on new platforms, through social media and under changing expectations, opportunities to reach new and larger audiences are developing constantly. Curtis Brainard will discuss the landscape in the U.S. and abroad. Brainard is the director of digital operations at Scientific American and the current President of the World Federation of Science Journalists.  

Faculty Grant Recipient: Gretchen  Macchiarella



From Sinope to CSUN

Feb. 17-March 3 2016 (Official opening Feb. 17 at 6:00pm)

CSUN Art Galleries West Gallery

“From Sinope to CSUN” is a collaboration between CSUN Professor Owen Doonan and artist Sven Anderson, a leading acoustical artist based in Dublin Ireland.  The exhibition will be a multimedia representation of spaces and experiential abstract narratives relating to Doonan’s excavation site of Sinop kale in Turkey.  The acoustical experience will be based on field recordings made by Doonan and Anderson in collaboration with Sinopale, a local artists collective based in Sinop.  The installation in Northridge will form the basis for a similar installation at the Explorers Club in New York and we foresee comprising the basis of an eventual permanent installation at the archaeological site.

Faculty Grant Recipient: Owen Doonan



Masterclass with David Russell, Classical Guitarist

February 20, 2017

11:00am- 2:00pm

Cypress Recital Hall

David Russell, the Grammy Award-Winning classical guitarist, will hold a master class on performance. The students performing  will be from the Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music in Classical Guitar Performance programs.

Faculty Grant Recipient: Steven Thachuk



Gender, Migration, Memory, and Human Rights—The Documentary Film Journalism of Marcela Zamora

March 10, 2017 (tentative)

2:00pm (tentative)

Whitsett Room (tentative)

Salvadoran filmmaker and journalist Marcela Zamora will talk about how issues of gender, migration, memory, and human rights are portrayed in her films and are relevant to the contemporary reality of El Salvador. “Zamora does documentary film journalism, long-form visual narratives,” writes Alberto Arce for the New York Times.

Faculty Grant Recipient: José-Luis Benevides



Living & Sustaining a Creative Life: The Artist as Culture Producer 

April 13, 2017


CSUN Art Galleries

The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life is a collection of essays by 40 visual artists. The book describes how artists extend their practices outside of their studios. All of these contributors have impactful, artistic activities as change agents in their communities. Their first-hand stories show the general public how contemporary artists of the 21st century add to creative economies through their out-of-the-box thinking while also generously contributing to the well-being of others. Although there is a misconception that artists are invisible and hidden, the truth is that they furnish measurable and innovative outcomes at the front lines of education, the non-profit sector, and corporate environments.

The Art Department is presenting a book signing and panel discussion of The Artist as Culture Producer with it’s editor, Sharon Louden and Hrag Vartanian, Co-Founder of Hyperallergic. The book will be available for purchase.

Faculty Grant Recipient:  Samantha Fields



Speculative Futures of Race: A Symposium

Friday, April 14th, 2017


Various venues on CSUN campus.

Speculative Futures of Race is a one-day symposium addressing imaginative futurist approaches to critical issues around race. Drawing from theory and practice, art and activism, this symposium focuses on all that falls under the monikers of Afrofuturism, Arabfuturism, Latinofuturism, Indigenous Futurism, Afrosurrealism and Astroblackness, including radical ontologies of becoming, posthumanism, and performance. Speakers, panelists, and artists come together to explore how speculation about our collective futures affect racial identity, global citizenship, politics, art, and ecological networks. The symposium draws perspectives from critical communication studies and media studies, gender and sexuality studies, critical race theory, postcolonial theory, African-American studies, philosophy, music, art, activism, and literature.

Faculty Grant Recipient: Pavithra Prasad



The Imitative Real: Recalibrating Drag, Artificial Intelligence, and the Asian American Body

April 19, 2017

Time to be determined

Location to be determined

This talk rereads Alan Turing’s test for artificial intelligence by way of Asian American gendered drag, and introduces my concept of the “imitative real.” As a feminist formulation, “the imitative real” rearticulates how the “artificial” is a space of play that oscillates between binaristic logics into possibilities of digital transgression. 

Faculty Grant Recipient: Ben Attias



Guest Artist Recital: Jonah Sirota, viola

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Cypress Recital Hall

Violist Jonah Sirota presents a program of works for solo viola and viola with piano accompaniment commissioned by him, including a world premiere by CSUN faculty member A.J. McCaffrey.

Faculty Grant Recipient: A.J. McCaffrey





Funds provided by the Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program and the Mike Curb College of California State University, Northridge

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