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interACTIONS Spring 2014

Founding Dean Xavier Costa invites the entire CAMD community to interACTIONS, a PechaKucha-style event featuring short presentations from students and faculty about their work.


Tracy Strain – Media and Screen Studies
Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project – a trans-media work in progress which tells the story of one woman’s journey to fight injustice with her words—on stage and off.

Ian Carlson – Art + Design 

Janos Stone – Art + Design
The first easy software, Second Life and third dimension technology

Antonio Ocampo-Guzman – Theatre
Practicing what I preach – Reflections on the experience of returning to the stage after many years, to perform the role of Friar Laurence in a production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet for Actors Shakespeare Project in Fall 2013.

Rachael MacAskill, Yael Urbach and Pablo Hernandez Basulto – Theatre

Brooke Foucault Welles – Communication Studies
Networks and Opportunity: Exploring Networked Resources Among Low-Income, Minority Youth

Kathryn Waxman – Communication Studies

Paul Murray, Robert Beecher and Kiril Geshev – Game Design
Lifelike (working title): A bitter intern, in hopes of clinching a once-in-a-lifetime networking opportunity, climbs her way through the increasingly confusing and otherworldly Ethereal Eclectics corporate office building–home of the world’s premiere trans-dimensional outsourcing agency. She’s got a meeting with the CEO, but will she be able to make it to his top-floor office in time? …or alive? Lifelike is an in-development, turn-based strategy role-playing game with a focus on meaningful, but unintrusive narrative.

Josh Gross – Game Design

Nick Daniloff – Journalism
Chechnya’s Secret War Time diplomacy

Alexa Mills – Journalism
Discusses her Globe Article on Rev. Laura Ahart

Lucy Maulsby – Architecture
Modern Italy: the legacy of Fascism in the making of modern Italy
The research I conducted over the summer advanced my book project on Fascist Party headquarters (case del fascio).  These buildings functioned as the primary interface between the party and ordinary citizens and remain a distinctive feature of cities, towns and villages in Italy and in the former colonies of North and East Africa. My research positions party headquarters in the context of the social and cultural aims of the National Fascist Party and contemporary architectural debates with the aim of clarifying their role in Mussolini’s claim to be a force of progressive change. This serves as a foundation not only to explore the multiple intersections between Fascist politics and modernist design, but also to probe the continuities between inter- and post-war Italian modernism. Indeed, many of the figures involved in the design of these buildings became the leading voices in the reconstruction of Italian cities and architectural polemics in the post-war period.  As a result, one of the fundamental questions that this study seeks to address is how and to what extent do attitudes toward architectural design formed in the final years of the Fascist regime reappear—however cleansed of their political content—in the postwar period?

Susan Asai – Music
Sounding Our Way Home: Japanese American Music Making and the Politics of Identity.
This tallk is about the intent and scope of my book which narrates the ways music making is a performance of social, cultural, and political identification for Japanese Americans in the United States. This historiographical inquiry explores the role of music in expressing a Japanese American identity in a social and political landscape that continues to challenge their Americaness. The music making of three successive generations reveals shifting loyalties and identities as each generation copes with their circumstances and desire to be a part of the national fabric.

Matt Keim – Music
From Concept to Concert: The Evolution of a Piece of Music
Often, the writing of music is viewed as some magical mix of inspiration and ability.  Composers like Mozart and Beethoven are brought to mind, composing music in their heads and jotting it down by candlelight in a fit of inspiration.  A lot of the time though, it’s just a lot of work.  Start with a small idea, add a whole heap of drafts, multiply by peer reviews and experienced guidance, and you end up with a stack of paper covered in notes.  This stack of paper isn’t even music, not yet.  It still needs to be edited and formatted, read and re-read, and finally, performed.  This presentation provides a description of this process as it occurs at Northeastern, and shows how important the opportunities provided to student composers are to their education.

Check out interACTIONS Fall 2013.


8:30 AM – Coffee and Pastries

Faculty & Student Presentations
Open to all students, faculty and staff

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM


10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

College Assembly
Open to faculty and staff

11:00 AM – 12:30PM
(Lunch will be served)