Pittsburgh “Cinematic Smalltalk: The 1926 Morden-Clark Expedition Across Central Asia”

University of Pittsburgh, Film and Media Studies Program, April 21st from 5:30 – 7:00pm in CL407. Read more details.

University of Iowa (online) “The Foreign Body of Adventure: The Explorers Club, Cinema, and Counter-History”

Spring 2022 Cinematic Arts Departmental Speaker Series, University of Iowa, February 25th from 3:30-5:00pm on Zoom.


Michigan State University (online) “A Different Story: Cinema in the Women’s Reformatory”

Michigan State University Broad Museum, in conjunction with a fall 2021 exhibit on incarceration, October, 15, 2021.

University of Chicago (online) “The Dialectics of Adventure: Film at the Explorers Club”

Site/Seeing Conference, Department of Cinema and Media
Studies, University of Chicago, April 23, 2021


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (online) “Film as Historical Memory: Re-Evaluating the Visual Legacy of the 1920s Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial”

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Postcolonial Film Conference, online, October 16, 2020.

Domitor (online) “Fieldwork as Filmwork: The Parallel Histories of Expeditions and Cinema”

Domitor, online conference, Nov. 16-21, 2020.

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Hungary “Exploitation Ethnographic Film and Medieval Cartographic Imagination”

Central European University, Budapest, November 18, 2019.

Germany “Medieval Media Studies: Dreams, Spectacle, and the Digital Imaginary”

Ludwig-Uhland-Institut für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen, October 21, 2019.

Los Angeles “Cinema in Extremis: Mount Everest and the Poetics of Monumentality”

Getty Scholar Year Symposium: MONUMENTALITY, The Getty, May 7-8, 2019.

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Seattle “Filming Everest: Expeditionary Cinema Sponsored by the Royal Geographic Society in the 1920s”

SCMS, Seattle, March, 2019.

Los Angeles “Vertiginous Cinema: Films of Mount Everest in the 1920s”

“Finding One’s Place: Photography and Its Many Dimensions” Symposium, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and California Museum of Photography | University of California, Riverside,
February 1-2, 2019.


Rochester “Looking Out and Looking In: Prison Communities Through the
Prism of Film”

University of Rochester, Carceral Logics Speaker Series, 2018- 19, Rochester, October 24, 2018.

Toronto “In Marco Polo’s Footsteps: The Enigma of Expedition Cinema”

Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, March 14-18, 2018.


Carcerial Fantasies Book Signing

On September 8th, 2016 at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, colleagues, friends and family were greeted by author and professor Alison Griffiths at the book signing for her latest work, Carceral Fantasies: Cinema and Prison in Early Twentieth-Century America (Columbia University Press, 2016)

Carceral Fantasies explores the little-known history of how cinema found a home in the U.S. penitentiary system and how the prison emerged as a setting and narrative trope in modern cinema. Opening remarks were made by Dr. Aldemaro Romero Jr., the newly appointed Dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and David Birdsell, Dean of the Baruch College School of Public and International Affairs. Baruch College President Mitchel Wallerstein was in attendance as well as many colleagues, family, and friends of the author.

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