Malcolm Turvey

Malcolm Turvey holds the Sol Gittleman Professorship in Film and Media Studies and is a professor in the department of Art and Art History. He received his Ph.D. in cinema studies from New York University in 2002 and has been an editor of the journal October since 2001. He works primarily in the areas of film theory, the philosophy of film, avant-garde film, and film and modernism; he is the author of two books: Doubting Vision: Film and the Revelationist Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2008) and The Filming of Modern Life: European Avant-Garde Film of the 1920s (MIT Press, 2011). He is also co-editor of Wittgenstein, Theory, and the Arts (Routledge, 2001) and Camera Obscura/Camera Lucida: Essays in Honor of Annette Michelson (University of Amsterdam Press, 2003).

Turvey is currently finishing a book titled Play Time: Jacques Tati and Comedic Modernism, which explores the reasons why many avant-garde artists in the early 20th century were drawn to the films of Chaplin, Keaton, and other prominent film comedians. The book then examines how the great French filmmaker Jacques Tati synthesized avant-garde aesthetics with the popular tradition of comedian comedy in his post-WWII films. Turvey also recently edited an issue of October on "The Return to Classical Film Theory." His next book project, tentatively titled Mad Men and Modernism, is about the serialization of modernist conventions in Mad Men and other TV shows such as Jacques Rivette's Oui 1.

Leslie Goldberg
Internship Administrator

Leslie Goldberg holds a B.S. in psychology from Tufts University and an M.S. in mass communications from Boston University, where she ran the College of Communication Writing Center for two years. Goldberg has been teaching and advising students in the communication fields for more than 25 years. At Tufts, she manages the FMS internship program, teaches classes and advises senior projects.

Goldberg also runs her own communications consulting company, Blue Sun Communications, which she founded in 1991. She specializes in writing and managing a wide range of corporate communications materials, including annual reports, newsletters, Web pages, and corporate capabilities brochures. Clients include Biogen, Children’s Hospital, Emerson Hospital, McLean Hospital, Tufts University, and the Boston Museum of Science.

In addition to writing, consulting, and teaching at Tufts, Goldberg coaches business writing skills to professionals in the workplace. Her strong ties to the media community in Boston give her unique insights into internship and professional opportunities for students.

Courtney McDermott
Program Administrator

Courtney McDermott holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame and a BA in English from Mount Holyoke College. At Tufts, she ensures that the administrative side of FMS is aligned with the program’s academic and programmatic planning.

In addition to her work at Tufts, she also teaches in the online Master’s in Writing program at Southern New Hampshire University. Her debut collection of short stories, How They Spend Their Sundays (Whitepoint Press, 2013) was nominated for The Story Prize and the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her book was inspired by her time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho.

Before joining Tufts, McDermott worked as the Membership Engagement Coordinator at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Natalie Minik
Technical Support Specialist

Natalie Minik holds an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University as well as a BFA in Photography and an ABJ in Journalism from the University of Georgia. After graduating from Duke, she was the 2013-2014 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow through the Center for Documentary Studies. At the FMS, she assists students with their technical equipment needs, organizes equipment pickup, and holds workshops on understanding lens-based tools for artistic practice.

Before joining Tufts, she was the Production Coordinator at Cambridge Community Television where she worked with community members and interns to create media content for Cambridge.