The New School Continuing Education

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Joseph Salvatore, MFA, The New School; founding editor, LIT, the journal of the New School Writing Program; co-founder, Tongue and Groove reading series; has taught at Parsons and Marblehead Writers' World; work produced and published in Atelier Abroad, H.A.T., Mesh, Omnivore, Open City, and Soundings East.

Hélio San Miguel, PhD in Philosophy and MFA in Film Direction and Production from NYU. Helio is the editor of World Film Locations: Mumbai (2012), and has contributed to World Film Locations: Madrid, The Cinema of Latin America, and Tierra en Trance. Writer and director of Blindness, a 32-minute fiction film selected in over thirty festivals including New Filmmakers New York and the European Film Festival. Co-writer of Ike's Place, a political thriller about an unprecedented crisis unfolding on Election Day. Research and academic interests: film and media theory and aesthetics; Indian, Latin American and silent cinema; and history of Western European and American cinema.

Barbara Sarapata, MA TESOL, Hunter College-CUNY; certified by the Royal Society of Arts and the U. of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate as an ESL/EFL teacher trainer; has trained teachers and taught ESL/EFL in Brazil and the U.S.

Dina Schapiro, MPS, Pratt Institute; psychotherapist of art therapy in private practice; certified in tuberculosis prevention and harm reduction training; clients include Housing Works' adult day care for homeless people with AIDS in East New York; adjunct professor, Pratt Inst.; has written for Losing Time, Pratt's creative arts therapy journal.

Mort Scharfman, MFA, Pratt Institute; screenwriter and television writer and director; has worked for Warner Bros., Paramount, and Columbia; winner of three Emmy Awards for teleplays and sitcoms; formerly taught at UCLA and NYU; most recent credit is writer-director of the short comedy film Photo Finish, a Big Apple Film Festival nominee.

George Schaub, BA, Columbia University; editorial director of Shutterbug magazine and; has been reporting on digital photography since its inception; author of more than 20 books on photography; work has appeared in the New York Times, Travel and Leisure, Men's Journal, and other trade and technical magazines.

Joel Schlemowitz, BS, Ithaca College; filmmaker; experimental shorts screened at MoMA, Whitney Museum, Anthology Film Archives, and Chicago, Ann Arbor, London, and Sydney film festivals; Moving Images won a silver plaque at Chicago festival and honorable mentions at Thaw 02 and NY Short Film Expo; Reverie was shown on the Sundance Channel.

Ariel Schrag, BA, Columbia U.; author of four graphic novels, Awkward, Definition, Potential, and Likewise; writes for the HBO series How to Make It in America;former writer for the Showtime series The L Word.

Shira Schuster, MA; PhD candidate in clinical psychology at New School for Social Research; recipient of the University and Dean's Fellowships from The New School; clinical and research interests include adult psychopathology, substance abuse, pregnancy and birth, end-of-life psychotherapy, and trauma.

Candy Schulman, MA, NYU; writer of personal essays, humor, Op-Ed, memoir, travel, food, and publishing articles in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Newsweek, Travel & Leisure, Glamour, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune,,, Anthologies include Lost and Found: Stories from New York. Writing Faculty, The Chautauqua Institution, for ten years. Former New York Correspondent, Writer’s Digest.

Chiz Schultz, produced the two-hour PBS biography Paul Robeson: Here I Stand; executive producer of A Soldier’s Story (nominated for three Academy Awards), A Raisin in the Sun with Danny Glover, and three independent features, including Ganja and Hess. In post-production of a PBS documentary on Lorraine Hansberry and in pre-production for a feature starring Kiefer and Donald Sutherland.

 Joan Schuman, MFA, San Jose State U.; independent NPR documentary and feature producer since 1986; sound and radio artist since 1993, commissioned for festivals and radio networks in Canada, Australia, England, Germany, France, and the U.S

Earl L. Scott, JD, Columbia University; practicing attorney; adjunct professor of law, Bronx Community College; former assistant U.S. attorney, Southern District of NY.

Jennifer Scott, MA and doctoral studies, University of Michigan; conducted field research in the Caribbean and West Africa; research interests include ethnography, identity, dress, material and visual culture, narrative, and gender.

Samuel B. Seigle, AM, Harvard; studied at the American Academy in Rome; teaches classics as a member of the Literature, Language and Writing faculty, Sarah Lawrence College; former president and current censor of the New York Classical Club.

MM Serra, MA, NYU; executive director of Film-Makers' Cooperative, world's largest archive of independent media; filmmaker, curator, and media program organizer; her latest film, Darling International, was screened at Sundance 2000 and the Berlin Film Festival.

Susan B. Shapiro, MA, NYU; journalist; has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Nation, the Los Angeles Times,, The Daily Beast, the Village Voice, Psychology Today, and many more; edited the anthology Food for the Soul; and is the author of Five Men Who Broke My Heart, Lighting Up, Secrets of a Fix-Up Fanatic, Only as Good as Your Word, Speed Shrinking, Overexposed, and co-author of Unhooked and The Bosnia List.

Michael R. Sheehy, PhD in Tibetan and Buddhist studies; teaches religious studies at Eugene Lang College; senior editor of Tibetan literary research, Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center; executive director, Jonang Foundation; has taught at City College of New York and Manhattanville College; specializes in Tibetan language, philosophy, and cultural studies.

Fa-Tai Shieh, PhD candidate studying urban agriculture in the U.S. at NYU.

Alexandra Shelley, MFA, Columbia University School of the Arts; associate editorial director, Bridge Works Publishing; fiction published in Nimrod and Confrontation; winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize and a Fulbright grant; teaches at Yale University.

Jessie Sholl, MFA, The New School; her stories have appeared in several journals, including Other Voices, CutBank, Lit, and Fiction;co-edited the literary nonfiction anthology Travelers' Tales: Prague and the Czech Republic.

Marina Shron, MFA, NYU; award-winning playwright and screenwriter; recipient of James Thurber, Jerome, and NYFA Fellowships in playwriting and a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for research in Russia and Germany; her screenplay X-tina was selected for the Rising Star Award in Screenwriting at the Canada International Film Festival; her short films have aired on PBS and in screenings at festivals around the world; winner of an Accolade Award in 2011,a Creative Spirit Award for Creativity/Originality in 2010, and the Best Short Film Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2000; current projects include Buddha's Little Finger (Rohfilm, in preproduction) and Canticles, commissioned by the Princess Grace Foundation and Go East Productions; teaches screenwriting at The New School and Montclair State U.

Patricia Simko, PhD, NYU; supervisor and training analyst, Training and Research Institute for Self Psychology; psychologist in private practice; former NY State assistant attorney general; author of Promised Lands: Vol. III.

Fiore Sireci, PhD in Enlightenment Studies and Literature, U. of Edinburgh; as a Fulbright scholar in Argentina, taught 17th century British literature and English teaching methodology; author of Regarding Love and Art, a biography of Mary Tebbetts Wolfe; research and teaching interests include 17th- and 18th-century British politics, woman's writing, and Enlightenment philosophy.

Clarissa Slesar, MA, PhD candidate in clinical psychology, The New School for Social Research; research assistant, Visual Perception Lab; teaching fellow and teaching assistant since 2005; university dissertation fellow, 2008 and 2010, The New School for Social Research; pre-doctoral psychology intern, Fordham University Counseling and Psychological Services.

Andrew F. Smith, MA, U. of California, Riverside; editor of Reaktion Books' Edible series; editor-in chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America; author of 19 books, including Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War; Eating History: 30 Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine; and Potato: A Global History; author of300 articles published in academic journals, magazines, and newspapers; website at

Jacqueline B. Smith, MA, Columbia U. Teachers College; co-author of Wordflo: Your Personal English Organizer; freelance materials writer for Scholastic and Scotts-Foresman; adjunct professor, SVA.

Laura S. Smith, MA, MPhil, Columbia U.; Fulbright Scholar; Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellow; has traveled and studied extensively in South Asia; currently conducting dissertation research on the Madhyamaka philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism; working on a translation from Tibetan of Ocean of Reason.

Maya Montañez Smukler, ABD, UCLA; co-editor-in-chief, Mediascape, UCLA's online media studies journal; currently conducting dissertation research on women directors in 1970s Hollywood.

Suzanne Snider, MFA, Columbia U, nonfiction; recipient of fellowships at Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, and Ucross Foundation Center; recipient of Schlesinger Library Grant from the Radcliffe Institute; has contributed essays to artists' monographs (Danica Phelps' Everyday Life and Clare Rojas' Hope Springs Eternal); frequent contributor to The Believer and publications including The Washington Post, The Guardian, Triple Canopy, and Legal Affairs; curator of weekly nonfiction series, TRUE STORY; co-founder of the Oral History Round Table; consultant and lead interviewer for the Prison Public Memory Project; teaches nonfiction writing, documentary experiments, oral history, and song hunting courses in NYC.

Gregor Sokol, MA, The New School and Warsaw U.; anthropologist; teaching fellow, The New School for Social Research; currently completing dissertation on the medicalization of moods in post-socialist Poland.

Victoria Somogyi, BA, Harvard; M.Arch, Columbia; ELT Certificate, The New School; has taught ESL at Parsons and LaGuardia Community College and is currently doing graduate work in linguistics at CUNY. She has published and presented on women's writing, digital gaming, and design.

Avron Soyer, MA, Cornell U.; painter; student of Isaac Soyer and Stefan Hirsch; many solo and group shows; represented in several collections.

Katia Spiegelman Lief, MFA, CCNY; author of Soul Catcher and Peculiar Politics pseudonymous author, as Kate Pepper, of best-selling suspense novels; has taught fiction writing at The New School since 1995.

Warren E. Spielberg, PhD, Adelphi U.; postdoctoral work at NYU; research centers on male development, African-American males, and trauma; post-9/11 consultant to NY Fire Dept.; American Psychological Association Practitioner of the Year, 2003; consultant, Peace Now Dialogue Project, involving Israeli and Palestinian youth; three-time recipient of New School Distinguished Faculty Award.

Michele Spirn, MFA, The New School; award-winning author of more than 40 children's books, including the Know-Nothing series, The Bridges in London,a retelling of The Nutcracker, All Washed Up, Racing Against the Light, and a biography of Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Allison Splaun, PhD, The New School for Social Research; author of The Congruence of Parents' and Their Children's Representations of Their Relationship.

Laura E. Stephens, MA, The New School for Social Research; University Scholar, 2004-2005; teaching fellow, 2009-2010, 2010-2011.

Jeffrey Stern, BFA, Philadelphia College of Art; picture editor, The Human Language Series; supervising sound editor, The Kings of Comedy and A Walk on the Moon; dialogue editor, Silence of the Lambs, New York Stories, Do the Right Thing, Goodfellas, and Short Cuts;editor, The Untouchables; supervising foley editor, Chicago.

Mark Stolzenberg, BA, Brooklyn College; actor; star of Luggage of the Gods; principal in Tom Selleck's Her Alibi; stand-in for Robin Williams in The Fisher King; regular cast member of The Robert Klein Television Show; principal in MTV videos and commercials; currently producing a feature film.

Karsten Struhl, MA, U. of Miami; ABD, NYU: has taught at The New School for more than 30 years; also teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY and Adelphi U.; co-edited Philosophy Now, Ethics in Perspective, and, more recently, The Philosophical Quest: A Cross-Cultural Reader;has published articles in various journals and anthologies on topics including human nature, war and terrorism, democracy, and global ethics.

Paula Stuttman, MFA, NYU; fine artist; has exhibited at Naked Duck, HOTdog, Trans Hudson, Site Simpatico, Rosenberg Gallery, Washington Square East, Loyola U., 1935 Gallery, 11th Hour Gallery, Centro de Difusión del IPBA, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; lectures at MoMA, the Guggenheim, and the Jewish Museum.

Herbert L. Sussman, PhD, Harvard U.; author of Victorian Masculinities: Manhood and Masculine Poetics in Early Victorian Literature and Victorians and the Machine: The Literary Response to Technology; has taught at Northeastern U. and UC-Berkeley.

Adam Swart, MA, Teachers College, Columbia U.; BS, Skidmore College; exhibiting artist, art educator, and art historian, Education Dept., Rubin Museum of Art; lecturer, Himalayan art and culture, Eugene Lang College; returned Peace Corps volunteer, Nepal; visiting faculty, Kathmandu U. School of Fine Arts; artist-in-residence, Kathmandu Contemporary Art Centre.

Kathleen Sweeney, MA Interdisciplinary Arts, San Francisco State U., BA French Literature, NYU, is a Media Artist, Author (Maiden USA) who has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Media Alliance and has been artist in residence in arts education projects at DIA:Beacon, Reel Grrls, Girls Inc., etc. Her video art has screened internationally and a recent screenplay was shortlisted at the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab. Advisory Board member, GirlsWriteNow. Recent publications on pop culture, social change and social media: Women and Hollywood, Afterimage, Publishing Perspectives. Client projects include book trailers (Random House), editorial and web clips.

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