Food For Thought: John Wihbey, Laurel Leff & Michelle Borkin

Artist Talk, Conversation, Presentation

Food For Thought: John Wihbey, Laurel Leff & Michelle Borkin

Wed, Sep 27, 2017 12:00 pm-1:00 pm 217 Ryder Hall Free and Open to the Public
Artist Talk, Conversation, Presentation Wed, Sep 27, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm 217 Ryder Hall Free and Open to the Public

Join faculty colleagues to discuss topical issues in arts, media and design. The first session this semester will feature Assistant Professor of Journalism, John Wihbey, Associate Professor of Journalism, Laurel Leff & Assistant Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science Michelle Borkin presenting the findings from their research project, “U.S. Immigration Policy, Then and Now.” Their research explores U.S. immigration policy during the 1930’s & 40’s and this panel discussion explores how this history is relevant in looking at the post-9/11 Bush-Obama-Trump policies.

Enjoy local food and conversation to inform and inspire interdisciplinary scholarship and creative activities at the nexus of research and practice.

Lunch will be Served

This colloquium series aims to nurture the intellectual community of CAMD faculty and is curated this year by Associate Professor of Architecture, Cammy Brothers and Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Meryl Alper. 


217 Ryder Hall

360 Huntington Avenue
Boston , MA 02115

John Wihbey

Assistant Professor of Journalism

John Wihbey is an assistant professor of journalism and new media at Northeastern University, where he serves as the faculty graduate programs advisor, an instructor in the Media Innovation program, and a faculty affiliate with the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. He is currently writing a book (MIT Press) about the future of news in a networked world. He is on the advisory board of Project Information Literacy.

Previously, he was a lecturer at Boston University and an assistant director at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, where he helped found and oversee the Journalist’s Resource project. Supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Knight Foundation, that project has played a leading role in bridging the worlds of social science and news media. Under a Stanton Foundation grant, he recently co-led a project investigating patterns of state-level financial disclosure and government transparency issues. Currently, he is working on research relating to the reinvention of local television for the digital age, and a project examining patterns of foundation funding for the nonprofit news sector.

Laurel Leff

Associate Professor of Journalism

aurel Leff is an Associate Professor of Journalism at Northeastern University. She was formerly a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and The Miami Herald and an editor with American Lawyer Media Inc. and The Hartford Courant. She teaches undergraduate courses in news writing, media law, magazine writing and legal reporting, and graduate courses in reporting, nonfiction writing and the First Amendment. Leff is also the Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies at Northeastern University, and the associate director of Northeastern’s Jewish Studies Program in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Her book, Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper was published by Cambridge University Press in 2005. Buried by The Times was selected as the best media history book by the American Journalism Historians Association and the best history book by ForeWard Magazine. Professor Leff has spoken frequently on the topic at historical societies, museums, synagogues, associations and universities.

Her other scholarly publications include: “Jewish Victims in a Wartime Frame: A Press Portrait of the Nuremberg Trial,” chapter in Gerald Herman, Debra Kaufman, James Ross and David Phillips, ed., From the Protocols of Zion to Holocaust Denial Trials: Challenging The Media, the Law and The Academy, London: Vallentine Mitchell (2006); “News of the Holocaust: Why FDR Didn’t Tell and the Press Didn’t Ask,” Hakirah: A Journal of Jewish and Ethnic Studies, 2(2006: 31–62; “‘Liberated by the Yanks’: The Holocaust as An American Story in Postwar News Articles,” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 40 (Fall, 2003: 407–30); as well as several book reviews. She is currently researching the response of American elites to pleas to rescue European Jews during the 1930s and 1940s.

Michelle Borkin

Assistant Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science

Professor Michelle Borkin works on the development of novel visualization techniques and tools to enable new insights and discoveries in data. She works across disciplines to bring together computer scientists, doctors, and astronomers to collaborate on new analysis and visualization techniques, and cross-fertilize techniques across disciplines. Her research resulted in the development of novel computer assisted diagnostics in cardiology, scalable visualization solutions for large network data sets, and novel astrophysical visualization tools and discoveries. Her main research interests include information and scientific visualization, hierarchical and multidimensional data representations, network visualization, visualization cognition, user interface design, human computer interaction (HCI), and evaluation methodologies.

Prior to joining Northeastern, Professor Borkin was a postdoctoral research fellow in computer science at the University of British Columbia, as well as an associate in computer science at Harvard and research fellow at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. She received her PhD in Applied Physics at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) in 2014. She’s also earned an MS in Applied Physics and a BA in Astronomy and Astrophysics & Physics from Harvard University. She was previously a National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellow, a National Defense Science and Engineering graduate (NDSEG) fellow, and a TED fellow.