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Save the Dates: Filling Station Announces its Fifth Season for Fall 2017

Filling Station: A Faculty Research Presentation

Fall 2017 Lineup

Pirooz Kalayeh (Visual and Performing Arts): September 29, 12-12:50 pm, in 8-200

Artist and author Pirooz Kalayeh is an Assistant Professor in Cinema Studies for the Visual and Performing Arts Department. His films include Shoplifting From American Apparel, The Human War, Brad Warner's Hardcore Zen, and Zombie Bounty Hunter M.D. His novel The Whopper Strategies details an advertising executive's journey to package Enlightenment in a Box. His fifth feature Ctrl Alt Del is currently in post-production with ILIKENIRVANA Productions. His bi-monthly podcast with Brad Warner is Once Again Zen. He blogs at Shikow.​ For his presentation, Pirooz will discuss the making of The Human War and show slides and clips from the film.


Elizabeth Johnston (English/Philosophy): November 17, 12-12:50 pm, in 8-200

An Associate Professor of English at MCC, Elizabeth Johnston received her PhD in 18th Century British Literature from West Virginia University and has been teaching college writing and literature for twenty years. Her work on Medusa has appeared in The Altantic, Yellow Medicine Review, and the collections Bad Girls And Transgressive Women In Popular Film And Television (Palgrave 2017) (Palgrave 2017) and Women Versed In Myth (MacFarland 2016). For her Filling Station presentation, Elizabeth will "trace the various representations of the iconic figure of Medusa from her origins in Greco-Roman myth, through the reclamation of Medusa's narrative by second- and third-wave feminist poets, to the re-appropriation of her story by late 20th and 21st century film, advertisement, and gaming culture. Representations of Medusa in popular culture evidence a backlash against feminist gains." Johnston will also point to "the ways in which powerful women like Hilary Clinton have historically been aligned with the monstrous female icon to dismiss and/or vilify their authority."


Christopher Kumar (Engineering Science and Physics): December 01, 12-12:50 pm, in 8-200

Christopher Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Science and Physics Department, where he also serves as Department Chair. He received his MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester (2008). He also holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Burma (1992) and a BS in Biomechanics from the University of Rochester (2003). According to Christopher, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology is continuously evolving from military applications, to various industries, to that enjoyed by backyard enthusiasts. As a result, "The UAV industry expects to bring in over $90 billion by 2020. Job growth in this area is projected to be extensive for the next ten years." Christopher's Filling Station presentation will focus on how MCC's Engineering Science and Physics Department has been preparing their students through extracurricular exposure to UAV-based methods.

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