Hiatus Ahoy

I’ll be taking a short break from updating the site, as I prepare to move from Wisconsin to New York next week to begin life as a professor at Brooklyn College. Plans for the move itself have been fraught with difficulty – more than I had expected, but things are (finally) beginning to come together. Boxes are being packed, loose ends squared away, and I’m test-dosing the cats with tranquilizers to see how they’ll handle the 16-hour drive.
Once I’m in NYC, I’ll be hitting the ground running. I’m teaching two classes in the fall: one intro-to-TV-production class, and another called “The Broadcast News Process.” The latter should be fun, as I’ve set it up to revolve around two key questions – do you really want to work in the corporate media? If not, how can you find/make the opportunities to be a working journalist without having to turn off your brain and/or sell your soul?
In addition to this, I’ll be directing the Broadcast Journalism degree at BC; serving on the City University of New York’s Journalism Discipline Council (housed in the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism); and will be representing my colleagues on BC’s Faculty Council. It also looks like I’ll have a graduate assistant to help with the preparation of my book manuscript, which is due to Routledge next June.
In October, I’ll be making a trip to Hudson, NY to the free103point9 Wave Farm to participate in a Transmission Arts Colloquium. According to the organizers, this gathering is designed to inspire “rich…conversation about experimental practices using the electromagnetic spectrum including works created for broadcast, installation/exhibition, performance, as well as networked project[s] and tools.”
Furthermore, the Colloquium “will be focused on several themes which will inform a forthcoming publication….We also plan to make audio recordings available to the public on the transmission art archive [and] creat[e] valuable scholarship in support of, as well as questioning, efforts to establish the genre. This convening may also be a launching pad for a future annual conference.”
I’ve been hankering to visit the Wave Farm for years, and am very excited to have been invited to participate in this event. Something tells me the next ten years of life are going to be quite different from the last decade. Let the adventure begin.