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 Candidate – Visual Culture (In Progress)
  • Thesis: On Meanings in Museum Text Panels about Islamic Art: Case Studies

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, Cinema Studies and History (2003)


INVITED PRESENTATIONS:

“Text Panels in Exhibition/Reinstallations of Islamic Arts and their Relationship to the Mass Media”, The Innovation Edge Conference-International Forum, Roundtable Discussion, American Alliance of Museums. Seattle Convention Center, Seattle, Washington, May 2014.

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

“Text Panels in Exhibitions that Represent Islam and Muslim Peoples”, Wertheim Study Talk, New York Public Library. New York, NY. July 2013. (Interview: http://www.nypl.org/blog/2013/07/15/meet-scholar-melissa-forstrom)


CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

“Erasure of States and Border in Islamic Art Reinstallations”, World History Theory and Practice: States, Border, and Migration Conference. History Department. St. John’s University, New York, NY, May 2014.

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

President’s Travel Grant Awardee- “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. (Link: http://religioninsociety.com/conference-archives/2013-conference/2013-awardees)

“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


COMMUNITY SERVICE, ACTIVITIES AND AWARDS:

President’s Travel Grant Award, International Visual Sociology Association, July 2013

Graduate Scholar Awardee, Religion and Society Conference, March 2013

Researcher in Residence. New York Public Library’s Wertheim Study, January 2013- Present

Visiting Student, New York University,  September 2012- September 2013

Mentor, iMentor Program, December 2008- December 2009

Class Representative, University of Westminster,  September 2006-May 2007

Volunteer, Writing Center, Pace University, Fall 2005

Tutor, America Reads, Northeastern University, September 1998- June 2000

Outstanding Tutor Award, America Reads, Northeastern University, June 1999

Rotary International Scholar, Esch, The Netherlands, Summer 1997