Developing an Interdisciplinary "New Media Studies" Major

By: Kristen Morgan Morgan   David Pellegrini  

Now in its fourth year, the interdisciplinary New Media Studies major at Eastern Connecticut State University is unique among the CT state university system. We will describe the challenges in the initial development of the program, Board of Regents approval, assessment, and continued refining of the major. We will also highlight solutions for the success of one of the most vibrant and fastest-growing majors on campus.

"Media Education", " Training"
Media Literacies
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Prof. Kristen Morgan Morgan

Eastern Connecticut State University, United States
Connecticut, United States

Kristen Morgan designs scenery and projected media for live performance. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Performing Arts at Eastern Connecticut State University. Teaching areas include Scenography and Emergent Media. Professional work includes projects for Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, Soho Rep (NYC), The Piano Store (NYC), Richard Foreman's Ontological-Hysteric Theater (NYC), New York University, Columbia University, ESPN Winter and Summer X Games, Perrier, Stanford University, and Radio City Music Hall. Kristen worked for many years in New York with Hotopp Associates and CPR-Group. Prior to teaching at Eastern, she taught Scenic Technology in the Department of Theatre and Cinema at Virginia Tech. She is also a longtime collaborator with The Gravity Project/Juniata Visiting Artist Collective and Washington, D.C. area-based The Hub Theatre.

Dr. David Pellegrini

-, -, Eastern Connecticut State University, United States
Connecticut, United States

David Pellegrini is Professor of Theatre History, Theory and Criticism, and has been teaching and directing productions for the Theatre and New Media Studies programs at Eastern Connecticut State University for the past eighteen years. He has published articles and performance reviews in Adaptation: The Journal for Literature On Screen Studies, Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, Theatre Survey and Text and Presentation; served as the Book Review Editor for the New England Theatre Journal and has presented numerous papers at the American Society for Theatre Research, Comparative Drama, Modernist Studies, and Film and Literature conferences. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.A. in Drama from San Francisco State University.