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Ellen Grabiner is an Associate Professor in the Communications Department who brings her love of media and all things visual to her passion for creating environments where people learn. Her scholarly work explores an interstitial space: between art and philosophy, between high and low culture, between seeing and saying, between doing and undergoing. Her article, "The Heideggerian Disruptions of Zippy the Pinhead," was published in the May/June 2011 issue of the journal, Philosophy Now and her recently completed book, "I See You: The Shifting Paradigms of James Cameron's Avatar," is due out in the Spring of 2012.
She currently teaches Visual Communication, Digital Imaging, Design for the World Wide Web, and co-teaches the capstone course in the Communications Department, Studio Five. With Suzanne Leonard of the English Department, Dr. Grabiner co-directs the minor in Cinema and Media Studies, and teaches The Critical Lens: An Introduction to Film and Media Theory.
Ph.d. in Visual Culture
Union Institute and University
M.A. in Education
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
B.A. in Fine Arts
State University of New York at Albany