• Tome Bradley standing in a group of people.  Tom & Ethel Bradley Center banner.
  • violinist
  • student shooting a film
  • communication studies performance ensemble
  • tv monitors
  • art building
  • Four female Spanish dancers with fans

Faculty & Research

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 

Christina Fernandez, Artist Lecture 

April 6, 2017 (Thursday)
AC 300 (Purple Crit Room)

Christina Fernandez announcement

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


MCCAMC RSCA Awards for Fall 2017

Release Time Awards

  • David Blumenkrantz—“One of Us: Documenting and Advocating on Behalf of the Homeless Population of Los Angeles”
  • Jose Luis Benavides—“Border Voices”
  • Melissa Brough—“Low Income Parents’ Strategies to Promote Digital Learning”
  • Aimee Carillo Rowe—“Settler Colonialism and Cultural Studies”
  • Jinah Kim—“Unruly Dead Across the TransPacific”
  • Mario Ontiveros—“The Great Wall of Los Angeles: Judith F. Baca’s Experiments in Collaboration and Concrete”
  • Melissa Wall—“Journalism in Digital Spaces”

Travel Support Awards

  • David Grewe—“The Club Nobody Wants to Belong To”
  • Julia Heinen—“Promoting the Art of the Clarinet Worldwide”
  • Andrew Surmani—“Inclusion of Music Industry Studies in the K-12 Music Curriculum”

MCCAMC RSCA Awards for Fall 2016

Reassigned Time:
  • Ben Attias (Communication Studies). “Appropriation as Argumentation in Electronic Dance Music Cultures."
  • David Blumenkrantz (Journalism). "Humanizing Homelessness: Portraits and Personal Stories."
  • Amy Carrillo-Rowe (Communication Studies). “Queer Xicana: Performance, Affect, and the Sacred."
  • A.J. McCaffrey (Music). Here Come the Waterworks for viola, piano, and electronics.
  • Ali Monchick (Music). “'Undertones of Overtones’: Paul Hindemith and Proto-Spectralism,” a chapter for the Oxford Handbook of Spectral Music
  • J’aime Morrison (Theatre). “Choreographing in the Curl: Dance, Movement and Evolutions in Surfing Style." 
Travel Support Awards
  • Julia Heinen. “All that Jazz!” A solo recital of American works for the Clarinet at the 6th European Clarinet Festival.
  • Lynette Henderson. Interdisciplinary Collaboration at Moneague College, Jamaica.
  • Melissa Wall. “Syrian Refugees in Canada: The Role of Media in their Integration."

MCCAMC RSCA Awards for Spring 2016

Reassigned Time

  • Melissa Brough, Comm Studies. Youth, Power, and Participation: Forging Participatory Public Culture in the Digital Age
  • Pasty Cox, Art. Urban Rebutia at Long Beach Museum of Art.
  • Jinah Kim, Comm Studies. Postcolonial Grief and the Afterlives of the Pacific Wars in the Americas. 
  • A.J. McCaffrey, Music. Doppelgänger for two pianos.
  • Alexandra Monchik, Music. Designing a Research Methods Course for the Graduate Student in Music Performance.
  • Jessica Retis, Journalism. The Handbook of Diasporas, Media and Culture. 
  • John Whitener, Music. Music Teacher Training and Public School Music Teaching in Mongolia and China. 

Travel Support Awards

  • Marcy DeVeaux, Journalism. Oral Histories of the Great Migration into New England.
  • Julia Heinen, Music. The Black and Silver Screen: Hidden Gems from Hollywood.
  • Liviu Marinescu, Music. International Musicology Symposium and Masterclasses
  • Jeanine Minge, Comm Studies. Implementing the Cultural Archive Project with the Floating Doctors and the Ngabe Tribe in Panama.
  • Melissa Wall, Journalism. Communication Practices and the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

MCCAMC RSCA Awards for Fall 2015

  • Ron Borczon, Music, "Music Therapy: A Fieldwork Primer”
  • Eric Edson, CTVA, “More Story Solutions: 16 Plot Forms for Creating Great Heroes”
  • Gina Giotta, Comm Studies, “Author(iz)ing the Gase: Fashion Blogging, Media Authorship, and the Boyfriend Photographer”
  • Ah-jeong Kim, Theatre,  “A New World Theatre Textbook by Rutledge”
  • Jeanine Minge, Comm Studies, “The Cultural Archive Project: The Ngabe Tribe and the Floating Doctors”
  • J’aime Morrison, Theatre,  “Written in Dust: Translating the Words of John Fante’s Ask the Dust into Dance”
  • Mario Ontiveros, Art,  “Beyond Reflection: Unflinching Criticality and the Transformation of Self-Portraiture”
  • Aimee Carrillo Rowe, Comm Studies, Queer Xicana: Performance, Affect, and the Sacred”
  • Larry Stoffel, Music, “CSUN Wind Ensemble CD’s Projects”
  • Scott Sturgeon, CTVA, “Bushed, a Half-Hour Comedy Pilot for Premium Cable”
  • Steve Thachuck, Music, "Annotated Works Catalogue of Reginald Smith Brindle (section of Book)”
  • Melissa Wall, Journalism, “Citizen and Mobile Journalisms: Reimagining the Field”

MCCAMC RSCA Awards for Spring 2015

  • Patsy Cox, Art, 3D Software for Printing Art
  • Owen Doonan, Art, Publications related to the Sinop (Turkey) Regional archaeological Project
  • Mario Ontiveros, Art, The Great Wall Institute of Los Angeles at CSUN's University Art Gallery
  • Christian Tedeschi, Art, Telegaph-Tin Can Transmissions: 10 years in the making
  • Meiquin Wang, Art, Urbanization and Contemporary Chinese Art
  • Bernardo Attias, Communication Studies, Cultural Hybridity and Commercial Opportunity: The Politics of Location in Electronic Dance Music Culture
  • Jose Luis Benavides, Journalism, "Spanish-Language Newspapers," bibiiographic article for publication in Oxford University's Press's Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies
  • Ron Borsczon, Music, Investigation, classification and analyzation of images generated from a specific music program in order to find constants within the images based upon the style and instrumentation of the music
  • Julie Heinen, Music, Something Borrowed, Something New (a broadranging series of performance for piano and clarient)
  • Dmitry Rachmonov, Music, Something Borrowed, Something New (a broadranging series of performance for piano and clarient)
  • LIviu Marinescu,  Music, Bent: A Composition for Piano and Electronics, Followed by an International Concert Tour and Recording
  • Alexandra Monchick, Music, "Achtung, Aufnahme!!! and the Elegy to silent Film"
  • Steve Thachuk, Music, Engraving & Publishing Recently Discovered Guitar Works of Reginald Smith Brundk

CSUN RSCA Awards for 2014-15

  • Patsy Cox
    Project Title -- Printing and its potential applications for artists

  • Scott Sturgeon
    Project Title -- 
    Exiled In The Land of the Free: A History of Oren Lyons and the Iroquois

  • Melissa Wall
    Project Title -- 
    The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Mapping Communication Needs