Monthly Archives: January 2020

Isaac Asimov Centennial Meetup at City Tech on Jan. 4, 2020

The Isaac Asimov Centennial Meetup was held on January 4, 2020 at the New York City College of Technology in downtown Brooklyn, New York. Our Guest of Honor was Sheila Williams, Hugo-award winning editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. Other panelists were: Noted filk musician Erwin S. (Filthy Pierre) Strauss, author of the SF Convention Calendar in Asimov's magazine, and E. Everett Evans “Big Heart” Award winner. Andrew Porter, Hugo-award winning editor of the fanzines and semi-prozines Algol, Starship, S.F. Weekly, and Science Fiction Chronicle, and Fan Guest of Honor at ConFiction, the 1990 World Science Fiction Convention. Olga Miroshnychenko, biochemist and adjunct professor at City Tech. The moderator was Flash Sheridan. The videos of the panel discussion and Q&A are available on YouTube, embedded below. Ms Williams and the organizers suggest the following hashtags: #Asimovs, #CityTechSF, and #Asimov100.

Photo by Ludmilla Genkin.

City Tech biochemistry adjunct instructor Olga Miroshnychenko and her husband, computer programmer Flash Sheridan organized an afternoon event at City Tech to celebrate the centennial of Isaac Asimov’s birthday. Event details, videos, and audio recordings are included below.

This meetup celebrated the hundredth birthday of the science and science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. It took place on Saturday January 4th at 2pm, at the New York City College of Technology (home of Science Fiction at City Tech), in room A105 in the Academic Building, 285 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Our thanks to City Tech for hosting us, and to Professor Jason Ellis and Dean Justin Vazquez-Poritz for their support.

Our Guest of Honor was Sheila Williams, Hugo-award winning editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. Other panelists were:


Click here for audio files from the event.

Call for Applicants, City of Print: New York and the Periodical Press, Deadline Mar. 1, 2020

Brooklyn and Manhattan BridgesMark Noonan, my colleague in the English Department at City Tech, is running an NEH Summer Institute on the topic, “City of Print: New York and the Periodical Press.” I’ll be contributing to the Digital Methods Workshop on Wednesday, June 24 with my experience working on the City Tech Science Fiction Collection and using digital tools to make archival materials available to students and researchers. See the link below for all the sessions and apply to join us in Brooklyn!

City of Print: New York and the Periodical Press

(June 21 – July 3, 2020)

New York City College of Technology-CUNY will host a two-week NEH Summer Institute for college and university faculty in the summer of 2020 (June 21 – July 3).

For more information visit:

Applications to participate will be accepted via our online application system until March 1, 2020.

The Institute will focus on periodicals, place, and the history of publishing in New York.  As an institute participant, you will take part in discussions led by cultural historians, archivists, and experts in the fields of American literature, art and urban history, and periodical studies; participate in hands-on sessions in the periodicals collection of the New-York Historical Society; visit sites important to the rise of New York’s periodical press, such as Newspaper Row, Gramercy Park, the New York Seaport, the East Village, and the Algonquin Hotel; and attend Digital Humanities workshops.

You will also be asked to read a rich body of scholarship and consider new interdisciplinary approaches for researching and teaching periodicals that take into account the important site of their production, as well as relevant cultural, technological, aesthetic, and historical considerations. Sessions will be held across New York City including New York City College of Technology, the Brooklyn Historical Society, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Pace University, and the New-York Historical Society.

We encourage applicants from any field who are interested in the subject matter. Scholars and teachers specializing in periodical studies, journalism, urban history, art history, American studies, literature, and/or cultural studies will find the Institute especially attractive.

Independent scholars, scholars engaged in museum work or full-time graduate studies are also urged to apply.