Contact Information
516.323.3249
mforstrom@molloy.edu

Courses Taught At Molloy
Experiences in Communication
Experience in Corporate Communications
Experiences in Media Literacy
Media, Culture, and Society
Public Speaking for Business

Areas of Expertise
Visual culture, media, marketing, management, advertising

Education
University of Westminster – London, UK

  • Doctoral Researcher – Visual Culture (In Progress)

New York University – New York, NY (2011)

  • Professional CertificateMiddle Eastern Languages: Arabic (2011)

University of Westminster – London, UK

  • Master of the Arts – Visual Culture (2007)

Pace University, Pleasantville, NY

  • Professional Certificate – International Marketing Management (2006)

Northeastern University, Boston, MA

  • Bachelor of Science – English (2003)

Presentations
Metamorphosis of Islamic Art Exhibition Space: Two Permanent Reinstallation Case Studies. Museum Metamorphoses: The Adaptable and Changing Museum Leicester University, Leicester, UK November 2013.

Invited Speaker. Text Panels in Exhibitions/Reinstallations of Islamic Arts. National Museum of the American Indian-Smithsonian Institution. Washington, DC, September 2013.

Media Representations and Museum Exhibitions of Islam and Muslim Peoples: Connections and Importance, Archbishop Desmond Tutu for War and Peace Studies and the Centre for the Applied Study of Muslims and Islam in the UK:  Representations of Religions in the Media: Multidisciplinary Approaches Conference. Liverpool Hope University, UK, July 2013.

Invited Speaker. Text Panels in Exhibitions that Represent Islam and Muslim Peoples. Wertheim Study Talk, New York Public Library. New York, NY. July 2013.

The Public Image and Museum Exhibitions of Islam and Muslim Peoples: Relationship, Connections and Importance, International Visual Sociology Association: The Public Image. Goldsmiths College, London, UK. July 2013.

Graduate Scholar Awardee- Representations of Muslim peoples and Islam in Two Western Museum Exhibitions, Religion and Spirituality in Society: Third International Conference. State University of Arizona, Tempe, AZ. March 2013.

The construction of identity and difference at the Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam exhibition at the British Museum, Inter-Disciplinary.Net: 6th Global Conference – Multiculturalism, Conflict and Belonging. Mansfield College, Oxford University, UK. September 2012.

Three exhibitions of Muslims/Islam in New York City cultural institutions in 2011, International Visual Sociology Association: Re-visualizing the City Conference. St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY. July 2012.

Remembrance of 9/11 at Three New York City Cultural Institutions, English Graduate Student Association Conference: Memory Remains. Northeastern University, Boston, MA. March 2012.

Professional Experience
Curator, Film Programming – Alwan for the Arts
New York, NY: March 2010- Present

Screenplay Analyst, Fish and Richardson
Boston, MA:  June 2002- August 2003

Memberships
American Alliance of Museums
Museums Association (UK)
International Council of Museums
National Association for Interpretation
Museum of the Moving Image
Guggenheim
Museum of Modern Art
The New Museum of Contemporary Art
Historians of Islamic Art Association
International Visual Sociology Association
Institute of American Maghrib Studies
Scandinavian- American Foundation
City Lore