NEPCA Conference Program

 

NORTHEAST POPULAR CULTURE/AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION

 

Friday, Oct. 23 – Saturday, Oct. 24   Queensborough Community College

 

Please note that this program is not the final version of papers actually delivered at the conference.  College and University administrators or others wishing to verify papers actually delivered should consult the version that will be distributed at the conference in October and cross check that version with the list of participants that will be posted on this website in November.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

 

Registration, 4-6 PM, Student Union

 

SESSION I: 4:30 – 6:30 pm

 

Panel 1:  New York / New England

Location: Medical Arts MC 21

Chair:  Megan Elias, Queensborough Community College

 

  • “Private Parts in Public Spaces: Interracial Sex in the Streets and on the Sidewalks of Early New York City”

            Thomas Beal, SUNY Oneonta

  • “The Transformation of Mary Rogers: Reconstruction the Identity of a Working Class Woman in 1840s New York”

Mark Bernhardt, Jackson State University

  • “Picturing Henry David Thoreau in the Twenty-First Century”

Mark Sullivan, Villanova University

 

 

Panel 2: New Approaches to Sex Studies

Location: Medical Arts MC 28

Chair:  Virginia Cowen, Queensborough Community College

 

  • “After the 'Sex Wars Debate': New Possibilities for Gender Expression and Critical Feminist Discourse”

Anika Stafford, Independent Scholar

  • “Why Not Queer Literature?”

Megan George, SUNY Fredonia

  • Unstonewalling Stonewall: Analyzing LGBT Book Awards from the American Library Association”

Sara M. Rofofsky Marcus, Queensborough Community College

 

 

Panel 3: Student Publication, Pop Culture Intervention

Location: Medical Arts MC 29

Chair:  Carol-Ann Farkas, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

 

  • “People’s Writing in First-Year Composition”

Octavia Davis, St. John’s University

  • “Printing Our Own Money: The Role of the Publication Committee in the Formation of Subcultural Capital”

Joel Kuszai, Queensborough Community College

·   “No Diff That Makes a Diff”

         Bill Marsh, Queensborough Community College

 

 

Panel 4: Philosophy

Location: Medical Arts MC 30

Chair: Susan Jacobowitz, Queensborough Community College

 

·   “God is Dead, God is Sidney Crosby (or Lebron James): The Team Franchise Player as the Embodiment of Friedrich Nietzsche's ‘Will to Power’ and the ‘Higher Man’”

         Elena Chou, York University

·   The Daily Show and Television News: Marking Messages in the Medium”

         Gerald Erion, Medaille University

·   “Batman and Godwin: Deciding Who Lives and Who Dies”

         Tim Madigan, St. John Fisher College

 

 

Panel 5:  War and Culture

Location: Medical Arts MC 31

Chair:  David K. Vaughan, Air Force Institute of Technology

 

  • “Ways of Remembering: A Comparison of Civil War and World War II Commemoration”

Keith Muchowski, New York City Institute of Technology

  • “Any time you're Lambeth way, Any Evening, Any Day You'll Find us all Doing the Lambeth Walk: The Long Complicated Dynamics of the Adventure Story, 1860-2009”

Rose Ethel Althaus Meza, Nassau Community College

  • “The Atomic Bomb in 1950s Cinema: To Boom or Bust?”

            Edward R. Schmidke, Hiram College

 

 

Panel 6: Ethnicity and Identity in Art and Film

Location: Medical Arts MC 33

Chair:  Monica Berger, New York City College of Technology

 

·   Coisa Ruim as Gothic Cinema: Folkloric Hauntings and the Portuguese Abhuman

         Juan Ramos, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

·   “Learning From Tijuana: Teaching Experimental Ethnic Arts in the Classroom”

         Tony Ruiz, University of Colorado

·   “Intercultural Performance Conjunto as a Traditional Narrative of Disidentification

         Yurkia Tamura, Rutgers University

 

 

Panel 7: Religion and Visions of “The End”

Location: Medical Arts MC 41

Chair:  June-Ann Greeley, Sacred Heart University

 

·   “Apocalypse After 9/11”

         James Aston and John Walliss, Liverpool Hope University

·   “A New Look at the End Times: Christian Scare Films of the 1970s”

         Kurt Morris, University of Massachusetts at Boston

·   “Life after Death in Jewish Scriptures: Ancient Israelite and Acadian Documents and Customs”

         Itah Sneh, John Jay College

 

 

 

 

Panel 8: Politics and Culture

Location: Medical Arts M 140

Chair:  Amy Traver, Queensborough Community College

 

  • “Running for President and Making the Worst of the Media: Alfred E. Smith, Richard M. Nixon, and John McCain”

            Peter Bales, Queensborough Community College

  • “Beer and Politics: Bavaria, 1848”

Jeffrey Gaab, Farmingdale State College

  • “Byron Clark, YMCA Camp Abnaki and the Progressive Era in Vermont”

            Andrew Liptak, Norwich University

 

 

Panel 9:  Illness Discourses and Modern Capitalist Societies

Location:  Oakland Room

Chair:  Alicia Sinclair, Queensborough Community College

 

  • “Are We Addicted to the Discourse of Addiction?”

Ron Bishop, Drexel University

  • “Discourses on Human Organ Transplantation in the 1960s”

David Alan Rego, Independent Scholar

  • “Disability and Capitalism in Selected Novels by Juan José Millás

Candace Skibba, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

 

Panel 10: Film Writers and Directors

Location: Oakland Loggia

Chair:  Michael T. Schuyler, College of Staten Island

 

  • “Thanks for Playing: Women Directors and the Academy Awards”

            John Luchetti, University at Buffalo

  • “From ‘Jump Cut’ to ‘Dissolve’: How Does the Study of Film Engage 21st Century Writers?”

            Karen Offitzer, St. John’s University

  • “‘I’m A Man!  Nobody’s Perfect!’: Masculine Anxiety in the Films of Billy Wilder”

Carl Nabonsky, University at Albany

Maria C. Lizzi, SUNY New Paltz

 

 

Wine and Cheese Reception, 6-8, Student Union

 

SPECIAL EVENT: Poetry Reading by QCC students, 7-8, Oakland Room.  Event part of the Queensborough Celebration of Faculty & Student Creative Writing Conference, also being held on the QCC campus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

 

Registration and Coffee, 8-8:30, Student Union

 

SESSION II: 8:30 – 10:00am

 

Panel 11: Fashion and Body Image

Location: Medical Arts MC 21

Chair: Joe Hancock, Drexel University

 

  • “From a Daughter of the Republic to Femme Fatale: Reading the Memoirs of Lale Belkis

            Rustum Ertug Altinay, New York University

  • “Introducing the Incomparable Hildegarde: The Sexuality, Style, and Image of a Forgotten Cultural Icon”

Monica S. Gallamore, Marquette University

  • “Sonia Braga as a Sex Symbol in both North American and Brazilian Cultures”

Benjamin Legg, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

 

 

Panel 12: Sex and Sexuality

Location: Medical Arts MC 28

Chair:  Tim Hagopian, Worcester State College

 

  • “The Gay Science:  Authenticity and the Reevaluation of Medical Knowledge about AIDS in The New York Native, 1986-1987”

David Palmer, University of North Carolina

  • “Re(dis)locating Queer Urban Territories”

Elia Eliev, Geneva University of Art and Design

  • “Polish Lesbianism: Sexual Identity Without a Lesbian Community”

Eva Kowalska, Graduate School of Social Research, Warsaw

  • “Why Women Don’t Say What They Want Sexually and Men Do: A Consideration of Sexual Arousal and Desire”

            Robert Scott Stewart, Cape Breton University

 

 

Panel 13: TV Detectives

Location: Medical Arts MC 29

Chair: Jean Murley, Queensborough Community College

 

  • “Rewriting the Season Finale - "If You Don't Like It, Rewrite it": The Zacklash in Bones' Season Three Finale”

            Mary Kirby-Diaz, Farmingdale State College

  • Kolchak and America's Cultural Anxieties in the 1970s”

Scott Korman, Independent Scholar

  • “Watching the Detectives: Female Fans of Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Special Victims Unit and the Question of Audience Reception”

            Margaret Tally, Empire State College

 

Panel 14: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”: Baseball and American Culture

Location: Medical Arts MC 30

Chair: Rob Weir, Smith College


  • "The Role of the Pittsburgh Crawfords as a Means of Self-Help in Inner City Pittsburgh, 1931-1937"

Kevin Kaufmann, Loyola University of Chicago

  • "From ESPN to RSNs: When Baseball on TV Was No Longer Free"

Tanya Lovejoy, Southern Illinois University

  • "Some Assembly Required: The (New) Great American Ballpark and the American Obsession with Authenticity"

Michael Meloy, Loyola College of Maryland

 

Panel 15:  World Literature

Location: Medical Arts MC 31

Chair: Robert Niemi, St. Michael’s College

 

  • Touba and the Meaning of Night: The Mystical Path of the Eternal Feminine”

June-Ann Greeley, Sacred Heart University

  • “Strangers and Gender: A Brief Study of Identity in Trumpet: A Novel

Meg Holland, University of Pennsylvania

  • “Strokes of Genius:  Gareth Hinds’ Adaptation of King Lear and Other Classics”

Lance Eaton, North Shore Community College/Salem State College

 

 

Panel 16: Race and Racism in American Culture

Location: Medical Arts MC 33

Chair: Sally Hirsh-Dickinson, Colby-Sawyer College

 

  • “Everything the White Man Says is True: Race and Law in American Popular Film”

            Cynthia Bond, John Marshall School of Law

  • “We Have Emerged: The New Nisei and the Reshaping of a Community Within the Internment Camps”

Darryl E. Graham, Pima County Community College

·   “Racial Humor, Black Laughter, and Whiteface in Dave Chapelle's Chapelle Show (2003)”

         Maryanne Pia Rey Hipolito Laurico, Queens University

 

 

Panel 17: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend I

Location: Medical Arts MC 41

Chair: Michael A. Torregrossa, The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages

 

  • “How a Young Man’s Invention Became the Inspiration for American Popular Science Fiction”

Joseph Rainone, Independent Scholar

  • “The Limits of Watchmen (1986-87)”

Geoff Klock, Borough of Manhattan Community College

  • “Searching for the Well of Surcease: Ethical Choices in Sherri Tepper’s The Gate to Women’s Country (1988)”

Marlene San Miguel Groner, Farmingdale State College

 

Panel 18:  History and Uses of the Past

Location: Medical Arts M 140

Chair:  Howard Wach, Bronx Community College

 

  • “The Anthropologist and the Hopi: Academic Perpetuation of the Mystical Native Image”

            Brian de Ruyter, Swansea University

  • “History in the New Republic: John Filson's Kentucke

            Paula Kopacz, Eastern Kentucky University

  • Socrate (R. Rosselini, 1970): An Approachable Socrates in an Unpretentious Athens”

            Francisco Salvador Ventura, University of Granada

            Joao Mascarenhas Mateus, University of Coimbra

 

 

Panel 19:  Cultural Imaginings of Individual and Public Health

Location: Oakland Room

Chair: Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences-Boston

 

  • “Future Tense:  Avian Flu and the Engineering of Immanent Threat”

Gloria Kim, University of Rochester

  • “Social Trends and the Rise of New Diseases”

Virginia S. Cowen, Queensborough Community College

  • “National Health Promotion in a Local Voice:  Public Health Murals in Oaxaca, Mexico”

Rebecca Howes-Mischel, New York University

 

 

Panel 20:  Cinema and National Identity

Location:  Oakland Loggia

Chair:  Cynthia Miller, Emerson College

 

  • “Transforming Gender/Transforming Immigration History in Hester Street (1975)”

            Peter Catapano, New York City College of Technology

  • “Films of Ritwik Ghatak: The Search for Postcolonial Bengali Cultural Identity”

            Erin O’Donnell, East Stroudsburg State University

  • “From Present to Past:  Historical Models in National Socialist Cinema”

            Tom Saunders, University of Victoria

·         Nollywood’s Challenge: Restructuring Sociological Perceptions of Diasporic Black Life Through Film”

Sharron Greaves, Nyack College

 

 

SESSION III: 10:30 AM – 12:00 pm

 

Panel 21:  Humor

Location:  Medical Arts 21

Chair:  Michael T. Schuyler, College of Staten Island

 

  • “The Jew in the Joke: Jewish Comics and The Aristocrats Film”

Evan Cooper, Farmingdale State College

  • “The Catskills: Where Comedy Went to School”

Joseph Dorinson, Long Island University

  • “‘Laughing at the Frozen Rain’: Steely Dan and Anti-Representational Humor”

Jeffrey Cain, Sacred Heart University

 

 

Panel 22: Cultural Portrayals of the Human Body

Location: Medical Arts MC 28

Chair:  Megan Elias, Queensborough Community College

 

  • “Extreme Body Modification”

            Afife Idil Akin, Stony Brook University

  • Gymbodied: Stardom and Sex Appeal in a New Surface Culture”

Kartik Nair, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  • “Bodies, Popular Culture, and Regional Identity: Regional Erotic Postcard Dialectics”

Stephane Valognes, Universite de Caen

 

 

Panel 23:  Television

Location: Medical Arts MC 29

Chair:  Bruce Cohen, Worcester State College

 

  • “Old Witches and Young Bitches: The Focus of Disruptive Behavior in Soap Operas”

            Roberta Brody, Queens College

            Kim Kaiman, Independent Scholar

  • “Back to the Future, Forward to the Past: The Enduring Fascination or Irwin Allen's Television Series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

            Sharon Reeves, Queensborough Community College

  • “Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and the Changing Media Landscape of the 1950s”

            Ethan de Seife, Hofstra University

 

 

Panel 24: Sports and Cultural Identity

Location: Medical Arts MC 30
Chair: Simon Davis, Bronx Community College

 

  • “Fan owned English football clubs: Democratising Popular Culture?”

Steve Greenfield & Guy Osborn, University of Westminster

  • "Sport, Biography, and Fratriarchy in the Mid-Twentieth Century"
  • Jeffrey Montez de Oca, Franklin and Marshall College
    “Hunting for Identity at Cabela’s

Brian Anse Patrick, University of Toledo

 

 

Panel 25: Detective Fiction

Location: Medical Arts MC 31

Chair:  Ellen Higgins, Independent Scholar

 

  • “Blue and Gold Detectives: Social Context in the Novels of Henning Mankell, Maj Sjowall, and Per Wahloo

John Athanasourelis, Bronx Community College

  • “Genre-Blending and Dorothy L. Sayers' Wimsey-Vane Books”

Suzie Remilien, Long Island University

  • “The Sidekick in Detective Stories as the Hero's Other Self”

Frank Salamone, Iona College

·         “The Original CSI: NY – Anna Katherine Green”

Ellen Higgins, Independent Scholar

 

 

Panel 26:  East Asian Popular Cultures

Location: Medical Arts MC 33

Chair: Tim Hagopian, Worcester State College

                                                

  • “He Got Game: The Commodification, Mythologization, and Mummification of Bruce Lee's Star Image”

            Se Young Kim, Ohio University

  • “Korean Wave Hits Asian Shores: An Analysis of the Current Status of Korean Pop Culture in Asia”

            Chiaoning Su, Temple University

  • “A Lone Journey in Cities: Ephemerality and Liminality of Kimsooja's A Needle Woman

            Nogin Chung, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

 

 

Panel 27:  Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend II

Location: Medical Arts MC 41

Chair: Marlene San Miguel Groner, Farmingdale State College

 

  • “America’s First Arthurian-Inspired Superhero: Quality Comics’ Merlin the Magician (1940-42)

Michael A. Torregrossa, The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages

  • “Who’s Afraid of the Beowulf? The Anglo-Saxon Hero as a Modern Movie Monster”

John Sexton, Bridgewater State College

  • “Rebooting an American Myth: Nurturing Males in the 2009 Star Trek Film”

April Selley, Union College

 

 

Panel 28:   Religion

Location: Medical Arts M 140

Chair:  June-Ann Greeley, Sacred Heart University

 

·   “Outfitting the Mystical Body, 1940s-1960s”

         Sally Dwyer-McNulty, Marist College

·   “Selling the Sizzle: Balancing Innovation and Authenticity in the Packaged Pilgrimage Market”

         Hillary Kaell, Harvard University

  • “’I Find Her One of the Fair Saints’:  The Friendship of A. Bronson Alcott and Mary Baker Eddy”

Lisa Stepanski, Emmanuel College

 

 

 

 

Panel 29: Hitting Rock Bottom: How Popular Culture (Mis)represents Addiction and Mental Illness

Location: Oakland Room

Chair:  Virginia Cowen, Queensborough Community College

 

  • “Not-So-Sober Reality: Intervention Television from a Social Psychology Perspective”

Stacie Spencer, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

  • “Sick Curiosity: The Ethics of Watching Reality Medical Television Shows”

Dien Ho, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

  • “Whatever Happened to Repression?: Publicizing, Commodifying, and Debasing the Illness Experience on Reality TV”

Carol-Ann Farkas, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

 

 

Panel 30: The Workings of the Film Industry

Location: Oakland Loggia

Chair:  Cynthia Miller, Emerson College

 

  • “Return to Little Hollywood”

            Stephen B. Armstrong, Dixie State College of Utah

  • “’Marty, Let's Work Together as Agents’: Rescuing the Reputation of Ishtar

            Colin Helb, Elizabethtown College

  • “Henry Jamison ‘Jam’ Handy (1886 – 1983) and the Jam Handy Organization”

            Brian Oakes, Kean University

 

 

Lunch, 12-1:30 PM, Student Union

 

 

SESSION IV: 1:30 – 3:00 PM

 

Panel 31: Children and Teens

Location: Medical Arts MC 21

Chair:  Amy Traver, Queensborough Community College

 

  • “Writing the Rules for Mothering: The Construction of Motherhood through Online Debates over Male Infant Circumcision”

Beth Anne Cook-Cornell, Wentworth Institute of Technology

  • La Quinceanera - A Heteronormative Moment during the Sexualization of Young Mexican Women in the U.S.”

Caitlin O’Neill Gutierrez, University College of London

  • “’In Trouble’: The Media’s Portrayal of Teen Pregnancy”

Susie A. Skarl, University of NevadaLas Vegas

  • “The Choice Made for You: Abortion's Representational Lacuna in Corporate Television”

Ruth Osorio, San Francisco State University

 

 

Panel 32: Sexual Identity in Film and Literature

Location: Medical Arts MC 28

Chair:  John Talbird, Queensborough Community College

 

  • “The Pitcher and the Catcher: Performing Identity in The Crying Game

Laura Felschow, University at Buffalo

  • “Masculine Game(s) in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Make Me a Supermodel

Mo Parales, New York University

  • “Legacy and Redemption: Sadomasochism and Psychological (W)holeness in in Gayle Jones's CorRegidora

Clarence W. Tweedy III, University of Mary Washington

 

 

Panel 33: Science and Technology

Location: Medical Arts MC 29

Chair: Amos St. Germain, Wentworth Institute of Technology

 

·   “The Folk’s on You (Tube): American Folk and Popular Music in the New Millennium”

         Christopher Gleason, Wentworth Institute of Technology

·   "Please Stand By: 75 Years of Technical Difficulties"

         Helen York, University of Maine

·   "New Science, New Nature: the Wilderness Movement in the Popular Presses, 1850-1900"

         Dale Potts, University of Maine

·   "Neo-paganism Creeps into Modern Technology."

         Joseph Santacroce, Wentworth Institute of Technology

 

 

Panel 34:  Celebrities and Entertainment

Location: Medical Arts MC 30

Chair:  Peter C. Holloran, Worcester State College

 

  • “Undoing Disney's Damage: Steps Toward Equity in Children's Entertainment”

            Ellyn Lem, University of Wisconsin-Waukesha

  • “Sharon Tate: Death of a Sixties Sex Goddess (And the End of the Sixties?)”

            Kathleen Banks Nutter, Stony Brook University

  • “Trump International and the Branding of Tara Conner”

            Michael T. Schuyler, College of Staten Island

 

Panel 35:  American Literature

Location: Medical Arts MC 31

Chair:  Mark Madigan, Nazareth College

 

  • “The Fat Man, the Thin Man and the Black Bird: Dashiell Hammett on the Radio in the Forties”

James R. Belpido, Becker College

  • “A Literary Debt: The Twilight Saga's Connections to Jane Eyre”

Lisa Martin, University of Wisconsin-Baraboo

  • “Selfless Husband Turned Selfish Killer: The Case of Mr. Johnson in Ann Petry's ‘Like A Winding Sheet’”

Rose De Angelis, Marist College

 

 

Panel 36: Irish America

Location: Medical Arts MC 33

Chair:  Margaret Wiley, Colby-Sawyer College

 

·   “The Irish Bridget, 1840-1930: Behind the Stereotype”

         Margaret Lynch-Brennan, Independent Scholar

·   “Carrying the Cross and the Shamrock: The Famine Generation's Fear of Assimilation”

         Zuhal Palabiyik, Istanbul University

·   “Miniaturizing Irishness: Kathy Centracchio’s ‘Charming Irish Cottage’”

         Maggie Williams, William Paterson University

 

 

Panel 37:  Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend III

Location: Medical Arts MC 41

Chair: April Selley, Union College

 

  • “Mr. Tompkins, the Philadelphia Experiment, and Land of the Lost (1974-77): Parallel Universes, Closed Universes, and the Dangers of Interdimensional Travel”

Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State University

  • “Narratives of Credulity and Disappointment: Histories of Magic and Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (2004)”

Jenny Abeles, University of Hartford

  • “‘I Won’t Feel a Thing’:  Invulnerable Male Superheroes Made Emotional through Internet-Broadcasted Song in Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008)”

Derek S.McGrath, Stony Brook University

  • “The Road to Hell is Paved in D20s: Evangelical Christianity and Fantasy Role Playing Games”

John Walliss, Liverpool Hope University

 

 

Panel 38:  Cartoons, Comics and Graphic Novels

Location: Medical Arts M 140

Chair:  Dien Ho, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

 

  • “’You just got zoned’:  Tim and Eric's Awesome Satire”

            Thomas Britt, George Mason University

  • “Coming of Age on the Page: Graphic Depictions of Adolescence”

Susan Jacobowitz, Queensborough Community College

  • “Truthiness Stranger Than Fiction: Stephen Colbert, Barack Obama, Spiderman, and the Real World-Super Hero Crossover”

Laura Perna, Independent Scholar

 

 

Panel 39: Literature, Television, and Rock Band Depictions of Illness

Location: Oakland Room

Chair:  Stacie Spencer, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

 

  • “Reflective Narratives: Rx for Health Care Providers”

Mary Bodwell, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences-Boston

  • “Crazy for your Viewing Pleasure:  Depictions of Mental Disorder and Dysfunction on Television”

Joan Dupres, Queensborough Community College

  • "How Television Portrays Health Care Providers: Dr. Kildare to Scrubs"

Christine Parkhurst, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences-Boston

  • “Autism and the Uses of Irony:  Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and They Might be Giants’ “Four of Two”

Julia Rodas, Bronx Community College

 

 

Panel 40: Finding the “Truth” in Film

Location:  Oakland Loggia

Chair: Cynthia Miller, Emerson College

 

  • Redacted: on some considerations towards the aesthetical dispositif and its relation to Truth and History”

            Philippe Mathieu, Universite de Montreal

  • “Merging Genres with the Help of Harvey Milk”

            Barbara Roos, Grand Valley State University

  • “The Roots of Kong”

            Andrea Siegel, CUNY Graduate Center

 

 

 

SPECIAL PLENARY SESSION, 3:00-5:00 PM,   Oakland Room


“Murder and Mayhem in Queens - Panel Discussion and Book Signing with Queens Noir Authors”

Location: Oakland Room
Moderator:  Jillian Abbott 

Panelists: Alan Gordon, K. J. A. Wishnia, Patricia King and Joseph Guglielmelli

Authors with stories in Queens Noir, an anthology containing twenty original crime stories set in Queens County, the largest NYC borough, will discuss their stories and other works contributing to contemporary popular culture.

Jillian Abbott, a resident of Bayside and a journalist and award-winning short story writer, is author of the Morgan Blake thrillers and at work on a new mystery series; Alan Gordon, a resident of Queens’ second oldest co-op and a lawyer with the Legal Aid Society, is author of the Fool’s Guild Mysteries, including The Moneylender of Toulouse and The Lark's Lament; K. J. A. Wishnia, who teaches literature and writing at Suffolk Community College, once taught at Queens College, CUNY, and created the mystery series featuring the Equadorian-American PI, Filomena  Buscarsela, which debuted with 23 Shades of Black; Patricia King, author of the world-wide best-selling Never Work for a Jerk series, has published her first novel City of Silver: A Mystery under the name Annamaria Alfieri (Minotaur Books); Joseph Guglielmelli, an attorney and former co-owner of the Black Orchid Bookstore, a New York institution, won the 2008 Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for “Buckner's Error” in Queens Noir.

Queens Noir, an anthology that contains twenty original crime stories, is set in Queens county, the largest NYC borough, and home to two beaches, two airports, Aqueduct Racetrack, and three elevated train structures.  Focused on different neighborhoods, including Bayside, the stories show the ethnically diverse nature of this “borough of immigrants,” consisting of 2.2 million residents, forty-eight percent of whom are foreign-born. In fifty-plus distinct neighborhoods with 140 different languages spoken, residents include Chinese, Koreans, Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Guyanese, Jamaicans, Haitians, Trinidadians, Colombians, Ecuadorians, Dominicans, Mexicans, Filipinos, and Greeks.

 

 

 

 

 

NEPCA Executive Meeting, 3-4 PM, Oakland Loggia

 

 

 

 

NEPCA GUIDE TO BAYSIDE

 

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

 

From Upstate New York

 

Take I-87 (New York State Thruway) Southbound

Take Palisades Parkway Southbound (Exit 13S).  Proceed 18 miles.

Take I-95 Northbound to George Washington Bridge.  Cross bridge and proceed 7 miles.

Take I-295 Southbound (bear right at fork) to Throgs Neck Bridge.  Proceed 4 miles.

Take Cross Island Parkway (Exit 8) Southbound.  Proceed 3 miles.

Take Route 25A Westbound (Exit 31W; Northern Boulevard).  Proceed about 4 blocks.

Turn Left at Springfield Boulevard.  Proceed about 1 mile.

Turn Left at 56th Avenue.  Proceed about one block.

Main campus entrance is on the Left.

 

From Central and Western New England

 

Take I-84 Westbound

Take I-684 Southbound (Exit 20). 

At White Plains, I-684 becomes the Hutchinson River Parkway.  Continue Southbound.

Take I-95 Southbound (Exit 4S).  Proceed 2 miles.

Take I-695 Southbound (bear left at fork) to Throgs Neck Bridge.  Proceed 1.5 miles.

Merge onto I-295.  Cross Throgs Neck Bridge.

Take Cross Island Parkway (Exit 8) Southbound.  Proceed 3 miles.

Take Route 25A Westbound (Exit 31W; Northern Boulevard).  Proceed about 4 blocks.

Turn Left at Springfield Boulevard.  Proceed about 1 mile.

Turn Left at 56th Avenue.  Proceed about one block.

Main campus entrance is on the Left.

 

From Southern and Eastern New England

 

Take I-95 Southbound.

Take I-695 Southbound (bear left at fork) to Throgs Neck Bridge.  Proceed 1.5 miles.

Merge onto I-295.  Cross Throgs Neck Bridge.

Take Cross Island Parkway (Exit 8) Southbound.  Proceed 3 miles.

Take Route 25A Westbound (Exit 31W; Northern Boulevard).  Proceed about 4 blocks.

Turn Left at Springfield Boulevard.  Proceed about 1 mile.

Turn Left at 56th Avenue.  Proceed about one block.

Main campus entrance is on the Left.

 

From New Jersey and Points South and West

 

Take I-95 to the George Washington Bridge.  Cross bridge and proceed 7 miles.

Take I-295 Southbound (bear right at fork) to Throgs Neck Bridge.  Proceed 4 miles.

Take Cross Island Parkway (Exit 8) Southbound.  Proceed 3 miles.

Take Route 25A Westbound (Exit 31W; Northern Boulevard).  Proceed about 4 blocks.

Turn Left at Springfield Boulevard.  Proceed about 1 mile.

Turn Left at 56th Avenue.  Proceed about one block.

Main campus entrance is on the Left.

 

From Long Island

 

Take I-495 Westbound

Take Exit 29 toward Springfield Boulevard                                                   

Proceed straight to go onto Horace Harding Expressway Northbound.                               

Turn Right onto Springfield Boulevard.                                                 

Turn Right onto 56th Avenue.                                                                                    

Main campus entrance is on the Left.

 

SUBWAY/BUS DIRECTIONS FROM MANHATTAN

 

Take the 7 Train at 42nd Street heading toward Main St./Queens

 

Get off at Main Street in Flushing

 

When you get off the train follow the signs to the Q27 Bus.  Once you walk above ground, the Q27 is just around the corner to the left.  Take the Q27 Bus heading towards Cambria Heights

 

The Q27 Bus stops right on QCC’s campus.  The bus will drop you off close to the bookstore on 56th Ave.  You will be on the bus for about 30 minutes.

 

Once you get off the bus, you are going to follow the path diagonally to your left and up the hill.  The Medical Arts Building is on the other side of campus.

 

COMMUTER RAIL DIRECTIONS FROM MANHATTAN:

 

Another option if coming from Manhattan is to take the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) from Penn Station.  Take the Port Washington Line to Bayside.  It takes about 25 minutes to get to Bayside Station from Penn Station. 

 

It is about a 20-30 min. walk from Bayside Station to the QCC campus.  Once you get off the train, walk up the ramp.  Once you get to the street (Bell Blvd), turn to your right to walk up Bell Blvd. Then, turn left onto Northern Blvd.  Once you pass the Burger King, turn right onto 223rd St. (on the corner of the Burger King).  223rd St. turns into Cloverdale.  Follow Cloverdale past the pond and up the hill.  The campus will be on your right. 

 

You can also take a taxi from Bayside Station, or use Kelly’s Car Service, which is right there when you come up the ramp from the train.  Their phone number is (718) 229-6161.  The fare is $6 per person for the car service.

 

 

AIRPORTS AND TAXIS

 

Queens is the home of New York City’s two major airports, La Guardia and John F. Kennedy International.  The airports are not well served by public transportation, so the best way to get from the airport to your hotel or the QCC campus is by taxi.  For more information on taxis:

 

Passenger Information: New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/tlc/html/passenger/taxicab_rate.shtml

 

 

HOTELS


 

Walking Distance from QCC

Adria Hotel and Conference Center
222-17 Northern Boulevard
Bayside, NY 11361
718-631-5900

Ramada Inn
220-33 Northern Boulevard
Bayside, NY 11361
718-631-4900

Anchor Inn
215-34 Northern Boulevard
Bayside, NY 11361
718-428-8000

Other Nearby Hotels

The Andrew
75 North Station Plaza
Great Neck, NY  110221
516-482-2900
Half block to Great Neck rail station, 30 minutes to Manhattan

Inn at Great Neck
30 Cutter Mill Road
Great Neck, NY  11021
516-773-2000
Two blocks to Great Neck rail station, 30 minutes to Manhattan

Holiday Inn-Laguardia Airport
37-10 114th Street
Corona, NY 11368

718-651-2100
15 minute drive to QCC

Mariott Laguardia Airport
102-05 Ditmars Boulevard
East Elmhurst, New York 11369
 
718-565-8900
15 minute drive to QCC

Crowne Plaza Hotel Laguardia Airport
104-04 Ditmars Boulevard
East Elmhurst, NY 11369

718-457-6300
15 minute drive to QCC

 

RESTAURANTS

 

The Bayside area (particularly Northern & Bell Boulevards) boasts a wide range of restaurants; suggestions follow.  Conference-goers interested in traveling outside of the immediate neighborhood might also enjoy the Indian restaurants of Jackson Heights, the Korean, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese restaurants of Flushing, and the Greek restaurants of Astoria.

 

Avli

38-31 Bell Boulevard

718.224.7575

Greek fare

 

Bourbon Street

40-12 Bell Boulevard

718.224.2200

www.bourbonstreetny.com

Pub fare

 

Cascarino’s

39-17 Bell Boulevard

718.229.7433

www.cascarionos.com

Italian fare, pizza

 

Dae Dong Bayside Restaurant

220-15 Northern Blvd
Bayside, NY 11361

(718) 224-1191

Korean fare

 

Donovan’s Grill & Tavern

214-16 41st Avenue (off of Bell Boulevard)

718.423.5353

www.donovansbayside.com

Burgers, steaks, American fare

 

Erawan Seafood and Steak

213-41 29th Avenue (off of Bell Boulevard)

http://www.erawan-seafoodandsteak.com/directions.html

718.229.1620

Seafood and steak

 

Fino Wine & Tapas

39-13 Bell Boulevard

718.229.1330

www.finowinetapas.com

Wine bar, European fare

 

Giardino’s

44-37 Douglaston Parkway (off of Northern Boulevard)

718.428.1090

Italian fare

 

Il Bacco

253-08 Northern Boulevard

718.224.7657

Italian fare

 

Jackson Hole Diner

35-01 Bell Boulevard

718.281.0330

Burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads

 

Martha’s Country Bakery

41-06 Bell Boulevard

718.225.5200

www.marthascountrybakery.com

Baked goods

 

Northern Manor

251-15 Northern Boulevard

718.281-1500

Cantonese fare, dim sum

 

Okinawa

39-28 Bell Boulevard

718.224.5622

Japanese steak house & sushi

 

Papazzio

39-38 Bell Bouevard

718.229.1962

www.papazzio.com

Italian fare

 

Press 195

40-11 Bell Boulevard

www.press195.com

Panini sandwiches, extensive beer menu

 

Thai Eatery

242-03 Northern Blvd.

http://thai-eatery.com/_wsn/page2.html

718.224.8666

Thai fare

 

Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse

39-40 Bell Boulevard

718.229.1100

www.unclejacks.com

American fare

 

This guide was prepared by Emily Bodoh, Virginia Cowen, Amy Traver, and Mark D. Van Ells

 

 

 

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