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Conference Speakers

Will Hermes is the author of Love Goes To Buildings On Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever (Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Faber & Faber, 2011), an acclaimed history of the New York City music scene in the 1970s. A senior critic for Rolling Stone and a longtime contributor to NPR’s “All Things Considered,” his work appears periodically in The New York Times; he has also written for the Village Voice, Slate, The Believer, GQ, Salon, Minneapolis City Pages, the Windy City Times, and other publications. He co-edited SPIN: 20 Years of Alternative Music (Crown/Three Rivers, 2006) with Sia Michel, and his writing has been included in the Da Capo Best Music Writing series.

Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick  is currently the Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association. Her most recent book is Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (NYU Press, 2011).

Dr. Alex Reid is an Associate Professor and Director of Composition and Teaching Fellows at the University at Buffalo where he studies digital rhetoric. He is the author of The Two Virtuals: New Media and Composition and the co-editor of Design Discourse: Composing and Revising Professional Writing Programs.  He blogs at Digital Digs (

Dr. Harry Denny is an Associate Professor of English at St. John’s U. in New York City.  Through St. John's Institute for Writing Studies, he directs writing centers on its Queens and Staten Island campuses, and teaches and does research on composition and writing center studies.

  Elizabeth Albert is an Assistant Professor at St. Johns University where she teaches in the Institute for Core Studies and the Department of Fine Arts. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally and are in the collections of the Butler Institute, the Naples Art Museum, and the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage, and Construction. She has received fellowships from the NEA/ Mid-Atlantic Arts Council, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc., and the MacDowell Colony.

Dr. Paul Schacht is Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at SUNY Geneseo, where he is also Project Director of Digital Thoreau, a scholarly and public resource designed to help readers follow the manuscript history of "Walden," understand the text in context, and engage in conversation with the text and each other. He is the co-author of "English Majors Practicing Criticism: A Digital Approach," a case study of collaborative digital pedagogy that won a 2010 Community Contribution Award from NITLE, the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. He has also published essays on technology and civic engagement in the classroom, on collaborative writing using wikis, and on Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, and Mark Twain. His first foray into digital humanities was an online writing guide for Geneseo students, still on the web at

Dr. Matthew K. Gold is Associate Professor of English at New York City College of Technology and the CUNY Graduate Center. He also serves as Director of the CUNY Academic Commons and as Co-Director of the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative.

Dr. Hugh J. Silverman is Program Director of the Art and Philosophy Advanced Graduate Certificate at Stony Brook U. He has published extensively on the themes of continental philosophy, aesthetics, cultural, art, and literary theory.


Carol McGorry is a Professor of English at Suffolk Community College, Brentwood, NY, working in creative non-fiction. Her photographic projects are part of her multi-media approach, combining photography, writing and fiber arts. She travels regularly to the Shetland Islands for her research and to teach workshops on visual thinking and the creative arts. At Suffolk, she teaches Humanities courses that include exploring creative impulses through photography.

  Dr. Michael Boecherer is Assistant Professor of English at SCCC's Eastern. He serves as editor-in-chief and webmaster for This Rough Magic (, an online, academic journal dedicated to teaching Medieval and Renaissance literature. During the summers of 2001 and 2002, he worked for Globe Research at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and the Blackfriar’s Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia. He has given numerous papers and talks on Shakespearean drama and performance; performance theory continues to play a role in how he teaches.
  Dr. Gertrude Postl is Professor of Philosophy and former Coordinator of the Women's Studies Program at the Ammerman Campus of SCCC. She is the author of several works on gender, postmodernism and critical philosophy.

Martha Kinney is Assistant Professor of history at the Grant Campus of SCCC. She is ABD at Pennsylvania State University.  Professor Kinney has presented on German religious history, as well as on teaching practices and pedagogy.

  Kevin McCoy is Professor of Library Technical Services at SCCC’s Ammerman Campus. He has a M.L.S. from Queens College; a M.S. in Technological Systems Management from Stony Brook University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in History from Stony Brook University. Kevin is a Suffolk NYCLU Board member and chairs Suffolk County Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee.
  Susan DeMasi is a Professor of Library Services at SCCC's Grant Campus.
  Bruce Seger is an Instructor of Library Services at SCCC's Grant Campus. He has also been a member of the Graduate Education Department at the University of Bridgeport since 2005, where he has taught, CyberEthics and School Law and New Technologies For Learning. Mr. Seger possesses an economics degree, a Juris Doctorate, and master’s degrees in Instructional Technology and Library and Information Science.

Mary Ann Miller, M.L.S., recently retired as the Head Librarian of SCCC's Eastern Campus. She actively participated in the design of the Montaukett Learning Resource Center, a nationally recognized library facility that houses the campus library and academic skills center. As strong proponents of the information commons concept, Professor Miller and representatives from JCJ Architecture explored trends in academic library design in their paper “Library as Place,” Georgia Conference on Information Literacy (2009).  Professor Miller also explored current library design as part of a panel presentation for ACRL/NY (2011).

  Claudia McGivney is Assistant Professor/Reference Librarian at Dowling College.  She holds an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Hofstra University and an M.S.L.I.S. from Long Island University. She currently oversees Government Information and Serials, as well as frequently teaching information instruction at Dowling College Library.  Her recent research interests include anime and graphic novels in education, collection development, emerging technology, online learning and poetry.

Dr. William F. Burns is Associate Professor of English at the Ammerman campus of SCCC.  His research interests include grounded theory and digital rhetoric.

Brandi So is a PhD student at Stony Brook U.  She is one of the first teachers of online classes in the Women's and Gender Studies Program. She is currently working on a grant for an open content-website model for SBU’s Department of English.

  Kimberly Cox is a PhD student at Stony Brook U.  She is one of the first teachers of online classes in the Women's and Gender Studies Program.