May 2008

Contributors:

Suzanne Farrell, Editor,
Liberal Studies

Suzanne Farrell

Suzanne Farrell is a second year Liberal Studies student and an editor of canon. She and editor Justin Wolf converted the magazine from a print publication to its current online format. Suzanne’s master’s thesis is a memory quest informed by psychology, neuroscience, literature, and memoirs. After graduating from the NSSR, Suzanne plans to attend the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She founded and hosts a salon for writers in the NYC area.
Carlos Figueroa, Political Science

Carlos Figueroa, Political Science

Carlos Figueroa is finishing his Ph.D in Political Science at the New School for Social Research.  His scholarly interests range from U.S. political history, comparative religion, and legal theory to literary criticism, and the history of ideas.  But he finds reading and writing fiction, humor and philosophical meditations his ‘closet’ passions. Enjoys experimenting with cooking, drinking wine, and continues to be a life-long Mets fan! Dedicates these meditations to his beautiful wife Lucía, who personifies what it means to love.
Brian Jefferson, Political Science

Brian Jefferson, Political Science

Brian Jefferson is a Ph.D student at the NSSR in the Department of Political Science. His main research interests are power-analytics, political violence, and Nietzscheanism.
Angela Jones, Sociology

Angela Jones, Sociology

Angela Jones is a Ph.D student in the Sociology Department of the New School for Social Research. She is currently an adjunct lecturer of Sociology within the City University of New York, teaching undergraduate courses at both Baruch and York Colleges. Angela is also working on her dissertation, entitled “The Niagara Movement 1905-1910: Intellectual Networks, Social Change, & the Making of Black Publics.” Her research interests are expansive. While her dissertation speaks to the existing sociological literature on social change, intellectuals, African American historiography, and publics, she also conducts research in gender and queer studies. When Angela is not teaching, writing her dissertation, conducting ethnography, or reading, she also enjoys watching the game and drinking a Miller Lite.
Ellen Killoran, Liberal Studies

Ellen Killoran, Liberal Studies

Ellen is a Liberal Studies MA candidate. When she is not jockeying for the attention of pop culture icons, she enjoys watching Top Chef; typing; and discrediting the Drake Equation. She is an associate producer for the upcoming documentary “My Mother’s Beauty Cream.”
Robin Lester, SociologyRobin Lester, Sociology Robin Lester will be receiving her MA in Sociology in May 2008. Her studies have focused on ethnography, urban sociology and the sociology of class. Currently, she writes the popular Clinton Hill Blog and was recently hired as the Communications Manager at Project for Public Spaces.
Israel Loeb, Psychology

Israel Loeb

I am currently a student in the Masters program in Psychology at the NSSR. My goal is to get a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. Humanity and the study of the human journey has always been my passion. My writing is an extension of that passion.
Shaun Nanavati, Psychology

Shaun Nanavati, Psychology

Shaun Nanavati has been telling stories all his life. He was formerly the editor of The Catalyst while an undergraduate at Bucknell, where he was influenced profoundly by the beats Ginsberg, Kerouac, Gary Snyder, and Paul Bowles. Chasing the ghost of Jack Kerouac, he spent five psychonautically-inspired years in Boulder where he was a journalist for The Boulder Weekly. He is now a graduate student in Psychology at the New School and can be occasionally found sharing adventures from his youth at coffee shops and pubs throughout the West Village.
Steve Newman, Psychology

Steve Newman, Psychology

Steve Newman is in his third semester of the Psychology grad program at the NSSR. Father of two; grandfather of two; he holds that it is the journey that counts – the destination is the same for all. A wounded healer – “if you haven’t been in the mud, how do you know how to get it off?” Believes that most things in life are transitory illusions and the only thing that has real value is love. You find it – work like hell to grow it and keep it!
Serdar Paktin, Liberal Studies

Serdar Paktin, Liberal Studies

Serdar Paktin is a first year grad student in the Liberal Studies Department at the NSSR. He is a Fulbright Scholar from Turkey, the country. He was produced by a military family and has graduated from a military high school. He—not me—continued to the Air Force Academy until he said: I’m done. Now, he is academically interested in phenomenology, linguistics, religion and media—and tries to figure out “the dynamics of meaning giving.” I don’t know why I am talking about myself as a third person I am also a journalist and a translator. A Ph.D? Why not!
K. Jody Rucks, Liberal Studies

K. Jody Rucks, Liberal Studies

K. Jody Rucks, a first year Liberal Studies student, is an avant-garde auteur and poet. His artistic work is a fusion of his interests in philosophy and social change. He has written, directed, and produced several short films, and has written three feature length screenplays, in addition to over 40 poems and short stories.
Roy Scranton, Liberal Studies

Roy Scranton, Liberal Studies

Roy Scranton is working on his MA in Liberal Studies, after having spent the last ten years hitchhiking, protesting, flipping eggs, and serving in the U.S. Army. Stories and poems of his have been published in various places. He is currently writing a novel about the Iraq War.
Justin Wolf, Editor, Liberal Studies
Justin Wolf
Justin is currently writing his thesis about his experiences teaching in the Boston juvenile justice system, which he plans to turn into a full memoir and publish in the coming years. His supremely talented wife (also a writer) informs him that he’s “too loyal to everything that happened.” He concurs, yet still finds it difficult to choose what stays and what goes. After all, working in a juvenile “prison” yields many worthwhile stories.

Justin would like to thank his canon co-editor Suzanne Farrell for all her encouragement and creativity.