Archive for December, 2010

Writing Tutors available still this week!

December 16, 2010

If you need them the Writing Tutors are still keeping hours in the library – lines have formed, so get there early and check their hours on the door of Meier Bernstein for changes in their schedules due to exams.


Earn and Learn this summer!

December 16, 2010

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If you are still trying to decide what to do this summer, consider a paid academic research placement. Graduate and some professional schools favor students who have had research experience in the discipline the student is pursuing, the more the better. Doing research with faculty mentors can lead to better letters of recommendation and better insights into how to choose the right graduate program. While this can include working with a Brooklyn College faculty member, doing research at another site as an undergraduate can improve your chances for getting into the best graduate and professional programs.


Fortunately, to recruit students to their graduate schools, many excellent universities offer the opportunity to do research with a faculty member over the summer. These programs typically pay you a stipend, as much as $4000-5000 for the summer, and typically provide funding for housing and travel as well. The shortest ones are 6 weeks and the longest around 10 weeks.


Each year, the NIH MARC program at BC creates a searchable database of many summer externships, posted at: You can search by school (pull down menu) or by discipline (search box). If you type in “National Science Foundation”, you will get the url for a site at where you can also search all the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate programs as many are not included in our database. If you are in the sciences and some social sciences, check that link out as well.


Please note that we do not have any more information about these programs than what appears here. Do not contact us about any specific program’s information. You have to contact the program through the contact person or info listed and do your own searching. If a link is broken, email and we will try to fix any broken links.


Some tips on using this resource to best advantage:


  • Start as soon as you can, as many of the most competitive programs have deadlines in January and February. You will need letters of recommendation and faculty may not be around during the winter break, so we recommend you check with the professors you would be asking to find out whether they can write you a letter if you need them before next semester. There are plenty of options for later applications as well, but most are no later than March or April.


  • Most applications request a transcript, letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose (to explain your interest in the field, describe prior research experience, and explain your academic goals in the field; it’s not a personal history, despite being sometimes called a “personal statement”). If you have never written one of these, the url links to one of the many websites with tips on writing the personal statement. We suggest you always have someone experienced read your statement before you submit it.


  • To use the database, type in the name of an academic discipline or subdiscipline or a specific school, and hit “submit” to see what matches your interests. The majority of these opportunities are in the sciences. Search on the discipline or topic of interest. It helps to start with broader search terms and work down to more specific ones. Try several means of searching. The descriptions provided by the programs are used and these are not standardized.


  • In areas outside of science, try searching on terms like “humanities” or “arts”. There are fewer of these, but there are some great programs in the database for non-sciences and social sciences.


  • There has also been an increase in programs specifically for students interested in medicine (search “medicine”, “premed”, “dental”). However, if a program says it is for students interested in “research degrees” or Ph.D’s, students who have medical interests will be screened out, so consider this as you choose where to apply.


  • The placements in the database are mostly academic or governmental. If you want a business or professional internship, you should contact the Magner Center.


  • Some listings indicate they are primarily for “under-represented” students, but this term is being broadened, so it can include students who are the first in their families to go to college, or from low-income circumstances, or with disabilities, so be sure to read  carefully what students are eligible to apply for each. It never hurts to email to ask if you are eligible.


  • There are programs for students at all undergraduate levels, including freshmen. Some programs have minimum gpas or other considerations. These are listed with each entry. If nothing appears, the information we had did not include this information, and you should check with the program.


We have had many students do these summer externships and have had wonderful experiences that have expanded their horizons and improved their credentials at the same time they have earned a stipend that pays more than many summer jobs. We would like more Brooklyn College undergraduates to have this experience. Good luck!

Planet of Slums Press Release-Opening December 16, 6-8pm

December 12, 2010

Juana Valdes will be in a show opening December 16, 2010 from 6-8 pm at 3rd Streaming in SOHO @ 10 Green Street on the second floor.


Third Streaming, LLC

10 greene street, 2nd floor new york, ny 10013 | t. 646-370-3877 |

da Centotto: Closing Party, New Centotto Programming, Variable Anthropomorphologies

December 7, 2010


4 dicembre MMX

Salve a tutti,

Centotto has a few very special announcements for you, two of which are also speciated in programmatic and/or representational terms.

1. Closing party for Marksmen and the Palimpsests: 17 December 2010, 7-10pm

To properly conclude this exhibit so tightly bound to stratified structures and material trickeries, several exhibitional layers will be added for the closing party. One of those will be an informal discussion with the featured artists, John Avelluto and Josh Willis, whose individually rendered and collaborative palimpsests will be open to your direct inquiry. Another element will be a screening (or multiple screenings) of a recent film — a deeply palimpsestic one, if I may — by Shona Masarin, featuring a soundtrack by Andrew Hurst. The film is called "Intimate Machine" (2010, super 8mm & 16mm, color, variable duration).

Yet another as-yet unconfirmed layer on the evening might be a brief disquisition on new contexts in which the subjunctive verbal mood is, rather than syntactically optional, grammatically mandatory. These categories may include: any statements made about Julian Assange’s activities, intentions, whereabouts and ‘coffee preferences’; declarations regarding North Korea’s stability and/or alleged ‘population’; and reports on the leaders of any and all nations and their health, ailments and ‘favorite dance moves.’ Another proposed category for mandatory subjunctive referencing is anything thought or uttered in the vicinity of a space heater.

Again, and fittingly enough, said disquisition may or may not take place. I’m not even sure who proposed it, after all, nor if it might be of entertainment value for any of you.

2. New Centotto Programming: Portfolio x Appunti, to be inaugurated January 2011
Many of you are already familiar with simposio exhibits and interstizio shows and events, the two primary structures undergirding Centotto programming. I am now proud to announce a third structure, portfolio x appunti (meaning ‘portfolio by way of notes’), which will lie in the procedural middleground of its Centotto programming counterparts through a streamlining of conceptual and lexical components and an attenuation of the artist roster while maintaining, nonetheless, a semantic buttress of obligatory written elements. In other words, these shows will generally focus on one artist whose exhibited portfolio, as here intended, will be variably mediated by a 5-tiered framework of specific visual and written appunti, ‘notes,’ as follows:

Appunti primari: exhibit
Appunti secondari: 5-line statement #1 – concepts, contexts
Appunti terziari: 5-line statement #2 – materials, process
Appunti ulteriori: 5 lists – 5 visual artists, 5 visual artworks, 5 artworks heard, 5 artworks read, 5 places or spaces
Appunti fotografati: 5 studio shots

Several of the requisite appunti are left somewhat vague to encourage individual interpretation. As such, each participating artist will also lead, upon the opening of the exhibit, an informal gallery talk to detail and discuss various aspects of the responses provided.

The artist whose exhibit and profile will inaugurate the portfolio x appunti programming is Zane Wilson. The opening will take place in the latter weeks of January in the now very near year of 2011.

3. Next Centotto Simposio Exhibit: Ruminations Anthropocentric, or Conchogenies Anthropo-Archival

Most simply, this next Centotto simposio exhibit is conceived as an inquiry into the artistic representation of human forms. The artists involved have been asked to participate because their works confront quite directly – and among the five of them, in readily distinguishable ways – the very deep, perhaps even deeply necessary tradition of such representational norms. The artists’ creation or selection of exhibited works, as well as their variable written contributions, will hinge upon their personal interpretations of a selected set of anthropomorphological, let’s say, themes and readings. The etymological nuances of ‘monsters,’ by the way, will not be irrelevant.

Featured artists: Jim Herbert, Thomas Micchelli, Matthew Miller, Don Pablo Pedro, Adam Simon

reading assignments:
1. "Shells," a chapter from The Poetics of Space, by Gaston Bachelard.
2. A series of interrelatable passages and quotes from works by Max Beckmann, Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, Jean-Luc Nancy, Tom Morton and Gaston Bachelard.

More details regarding this simposio exhibit (read: many, many more details) will be sent along anon. For now, please note that the opening of this exhibit will take place about a month after the above-mentioned portfolio x appunti exhibit, i.e. in the latter weeks of February in the by-then very present year of 2011.

Having made all these special and speciated announcements, I now wonder if ‘statements regarding opening dates for Centotto exhibits’ might rank as a mandatorially subjunctive category all their own.

They very well might. And that’s very much the point.

But the following information is firmly declarative:

The closing party for Marksmen and the Palimpsests will take place on 17 December 2010, 7-10pm.

Creative layers by Avelluto, Willis, Hurst, Masarin.

Afterparty at The Narrows.

See you then. And then.

And now, allora,



n.b. I apologize for the very short message this time. If you can’t forgive me, feel free to unsubscribe by sending me a message that reads ‘unforgiven.’

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Art Award Announcement

December 7, 2010


Discover the Museum Inside the Library

Explore the Library’s Internationally Recognized Artworks

Which work of art in the library inspires you? Students may respond to any work of art in the library in writing, art, music or film. An undergraduate and graduate winner will be selected by a panel of judges. Each will receive a $500 award.

For more information, go to the library’s website and click on Art Collection, or visit

Art Award Rules

1. The prize is open to all Brooklyn College undergraduate and graduate students who possess a valid ID. The prize is $500 for the undergraduate winner and $500 for the graduate winner.

2. The student’s name, telephone number, address, e-mail, and the artist and the title of the work of art in the library he or she is responding to must be attached to his or her submission. Joint submissions should include this information for each person. If a joint entry is awarded, the prize money will be divided equally among the persons listed on the information sheet attached to the submitted entry.

3. Each person may submit only one entry.

4. Submissions may be presented in any medium: Essays, poems, short stories, musical compositions, photography and artwork (still or moving) are welcome.

5. The submission should be sent electronically to Professor Miriam Deutch, Works on canvas/paper, sculptures or other media should be brought to 412 Library on Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

6. All entries must be received by Jan. 31, 2011.

7. Works will be judged by a panel of judges, including two faculty members from the Library as well as faculty members from the departments of Art, Music and English.

8. The judges’ decision is final.

9. The awards will be announced in March 2011.

Basic Design Exhibition

December 6, 2010

From Professor Janet Carlile:

The exhibition of student work from Basic Design courses taught at Brooklyn College highlights the faculty’s shared purpose in teaching the vital components inherent to two-dimensional picture making. Professors Ginger Levant, Andrew Lenaghan, Mario Naves, Adam Thompson and Josh Willis, each of whom is a practicing and exhibiting artist, have juried the pieces with an eye toward both quality and pedagogy. The exhibition has been installed thematically based upon issues common to all courses-among them, perspective, value, pattern and color-and culminates in a series of studies from Old Master paintings. Utilizing technologies both old (acrylic paint) and new (the computer), Brooklyn College students have created a rich array of skilled, nuanced and, in some cases, eye-popping works of art. The exhibition is located in the Boylan Hall 5th Floor Gallery 5410 and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until this Friday.

Guidelines for getting Recommendation Letters

December 1, 2010

Some faculty in the Art Department have put together a set of guidelines for asking for recommendation letters.  We hope you find this helpful!

Guidelines for Recommendation Letters

As faculty we get the same questions asked about recommendation letters every semester, so this document is an attempt to answer those questions in advance and to help you prepare for what is expected through the recommendation process.

1. Who do I ask to write for me?

-you should really have received an A in the class(es); other candidates will be getting letters in classes where they received A’s.  If you do not have any A’s or for some other reason wish to get a recommendation from a professor from whom you received a B, then you should be well aware that this recommendation will not be as strong.

-if you are applying to graduate school, you should get letters primarily from the professors in the area in which you wish to concentrate.  (i.e. don’t ask an Ancient  specialist and a Medievalist to recommend you for a program where you stated that you will major in Contemporary).  If you need three recommendations, then of course one recommender might be outside the area.

-it is ideal to have taken more than one course with your recommender and/or to know them through another activity in school.  The better your professor knows you, the better they’ll be able to write for you.

-if you are taking a class with someone for the first time, they may be hesitant to recommend you if they have not seen your final work yet. Talk to the professor about this as you may be able to hand in a paper early for them to evaluate, but do not expect them to write for you in this instance.

2. When should I ask?

-IN ADVANCE!  If you know that you are applying to graduate school, even if you aren’t sure where yet, go line up your recommenders now.  In general, you should be asking at a bare minimum of two weeks in advance. Sometimes you find out about something last minute, but in most cases you should have time to ask several weeks prior to the due date.

-As soon as you are able, get recommendation forms and/or emails from the schools for e-recs out to your recommenders.

-If you are taking a course and you do very well, ask the professor at the end of the semester if they would write for you in the future – even if you don’t know if you apply to grad school – it’s a way of starting that relationship with them. ‘I’m thinking of applying for grad school next year in this area – can I come talk to you about it sometime?’

3. What does the professor need to write the rec?

-a draft of your statement for the project/grad school/internship

-a CV/resume

-very helpful if you want to remind the professor of past work, though most of us have your work on file  – some professors require you to give them the papers they graded with comments (see attached)

-pass on the information about the school/program to which you are applying so that we can tailor the letter

-necessary forms, addresses, etc. Note that if it is an e-recommendation, please give us the address where we can snail mail a rec in case we run into technical difficulties!

-self-addressed stamped envelopes if it has to go to you to be filed with the application (or some way of easily returning it to you quickly)

-a careful list of all deadlines

4. Do we like reminders?

-yes, polite reminders are helpful – we have a lot going on!

Below is a sample request form used by Professor Kilroy. Feel free to approach faculty already armed with these answers.  Note that each professor handles recommendations differently though and you should always check to see what they need for your letter.

request sheet for letters of Recommendation


Year in School:

Undergraduate Major(s) and Minor(s):

Graduate Specialization:

M.A. Thesis Title:

Contact Information in case I need to reach you:

I. Please list the courses that you took with me (course title, number, quarter/semester). Also, note the grade you received in each course.

1. 3. 5.
2. 4. 6.

II. If you wrote any papers for my courses, please provide information below about what you wrote, as well as the grade you received.

III. Please send me your updated curriculum vitae.

IV. Please send me a copy of your transcript(s).

V. Please list the languages that can read, speak, and/or write.

1. 2. 3.

V. What are you applying for? Please make a list of all the places to which you are sending an application. Include in your list the date by which you need the letter of recommendation and the manner in which I will need to submit it (hardcopy, e-letter, etc.). If you need hardcopies of letters, please make sure to give me pre-addressed and stamped envelopes. Also, if there are any forms that I need to fill out, indicate that there is an accompanying form here and then attach the form.

V. Briefly tell me about your future aspirations. In other words, explain to me why you are applying for those items listed above, and why they are of interest to you.

VI. Why do you feel that I am the “most qualified” person to be writing this letter on your behalf?

VII. What points would you like me to emphasize in my letter?

VIII. If there is any other information that will help me in writing a letter, please include it