Monthly Archives: November 2009

James Shulman – President of ARTstor (post by Sarah Goetz)

James Shulman

James Shulman went to Yale for graduate school and his PhD. During his 9 years at the Mellon Foundation before joining ARTstor, he “participated in the construction of large databases, wrote about educational policy issues and the missions of not-for-profit institutions, and worked in a range of research, administrative, and investment capacities.” He joined the Foundation in 1994 as a member of the research staff and from 1997-2002 he was the Financial and Administrative Officer, working on internal budgeting and management of the Foundation’s endowment. His published works include The Shape of the River: Long-term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions (Princeton University Press, 1998) with William G. Bowen and Derek Bok, The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values (Princeton University Press, 2001) with William Bowen and the introduction to Robert K. Merton’s The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity: A Study in Historical Semantics and the Sociology of Science (published by Princeton University Press, 2003).. His dissertation in Renaissance Studies at Yale received the John Addison Porter Prize and is the basis of The Pale Cast of Thought: Hesitation and Decision in the Renaissance Epic (University of Delaware Press, 1998).

ARTstor In an age where internet and digital databases are the gathering point for many copyright debates, Jstor and ARTstor are striving to strike a balance between accessibility and accountability. Founded by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation in the late 1990s, ARTstor sought to harness the potential of digitization for making culturally important images more readily available to institutions of higher learning. In an interview with the Coalition for Networked Information, Shulman likened ARTstor to a special collections library where whole curated bodies of research and primary sources are available for digital search. ARTstor makes sources available for scholars and students while being sure not to violate the trust of artists, museums, and other image providers. Due to the flexible nature of a digital database for art, ARTstor has moved beyond simple slide-show capabilities to Quicktime, 3D, and other media files, which can be harnessed for educational use with an Offline Image Viewer. “Initial content in ARTstor is focused on images that have been a vital part of the teaching and research in art, art history, and architecture for decades. However, ARTstor also offers the opportunity to open up typically siloed collections—to make an institution’s own special collections more broadly available and for individual researchers and students to add their own digital images. These scenarios broaden the scope of ARTstor beyond just “art” and create an interdisciplinary base of digital images for research and teaching across the institution.” Like any image database, ARTstor faces the challenge of trying to make images searchable through words, thus one of their priorities is to use a “controlled vocabulary” using things like the Union List of Artist’s Names and the Art and Architecture Thesaurus for standards of cataloguing.


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Mary Choteborsky by Nanjie Caihua

Mary Choteborsky

Mary Choteborsky was a guest speaker for a Duke University course. The following blog was posted by Nanjie Caihua.

Mary Choteborsky

Ms. Choteborsky graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2003.[1] While excelling in her busy academic life, she was also on the school’s Ski Racing Team for the last three years of her college experience.[2] She started her work at Crown Publishing Group in 2005, and was promoted to the position of Associate Publishing Manager/Associate Editor in the summer of 2008.[3]

As associate publishing manager, Ms. Choteborsky works closely with the Publisher, to help strategize on short-term and long-term list management, balancing, and positioning. As an editor, her work covers a wide range of nonfiction including current affairs, social commentary, memoirs, sports, practical nonfiction, and business.[4] In fact, she was the editor of the New York Times bestsellers The Green Book by Elizabeth Rogers, The Beckham Experiment by Grant Wahl, and In the President’s Secret Service by Ronald Kessler.

Besides her position as manager and editor, she sits on panels at events that promote and market environmentally friendly publishing. She was one of panelists at the webcast initiative titled “Successful ‘Green’ Publishing: Production Marketing and Beyond” co-hosted by Publishers Weekly and Green Press in February 2009.  The free webcast discussed “not only how a publisher can reduce environmental impacts but how using fewer resources can be part of a marketing strategy and support all areas of a publishing program.”[4]


Crown Publishing Group is now a subsidiary of Random House, the world’s largest book publisher. Crown includes many imprints such as Crown Books, Crown Business, and Three Rivers Press to name a few.

The original company was called Outlet Book Company and was founded in 1933 by American entrepreneurs Nat Wartels and Bob Simon. The Outlet Book Company’s Crown Books operated as an independent company until 1988 when it was purchased by Random House.

In 1998, Random House was bought by the transnational media corporation Bertelsman AG based in Germany.

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J. Courtney Sullivan by Lauren Holland

J. Courtney SullivanJ. Courtney Sullivan was a guest speaker in the Duke University Making Media Course in the Fall of 2009.  This post was prepared by Lauren Holland in preparation for the visit.

J. Courtney Sullivan is a driven young woman who embraces her passionate spirit and uses her writing talents to channel and express her allegiance to women everywhere.  Ms. Sullivan is a graduate from Smith College, a private, women’s, liberal arts college located in Northampton, Massachusetts.  During her time at Smith, Ms. Sullivan studied gender issues and was involved in women’s groups on campus.

Ms. Sullivan has been writing stories since kindergarten, where she knew from that point on that she wanted to be a writer.  Her interest in women’s studies and identification as a feminist began in high school, with her role model being her working mother as well as an influential teacher from school.  During this time, Sullivan developed an enthusiasm toward many notable books related to women’s movements and women’s value in society such as “The Feminine Mystique,” “Backlash,” and “The Beauty Myth.”

Upon graduation from Smith, Sullivan moved to Manhattan where she took a position writing for Allure.  She is now a Brooklyn-based writer who serves on the advisory board of Girls Write Now, is in the editorial department of the New York Times, and has had work appear in numerous publications such as New York Magazine, Elle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, the New York Observer, and the essay anthology “The Secret Currency of Love.”

Sullivan’s debut novel Commencement revolves around four women and their journey through the elite Smith College, into their “freshman year of life” and beyond.  Reviews rave that the novel is, “Written with radiant style and a wicked sense of humor, Commencement not only captures the intensity of college friendships and first loves, but also explores with great candor the complicated and contradictory landscape facing young women today.”  While embracing the contradictions of her feminist beliefs and romantic fantasies, Sullivan continues to impress and educate the literary community and all who read her writing.


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Kate Torgovnick by Callie Seaman

Kate Torgovnick Kate Torgovnick

Kate Torgovnick is a writer, freelance journalist, and author of the new book CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders. She was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, but moved to New York City to attend Barnard College. At Barnard, Kate majored in sociology and honed her writing skills as the editor and chief of the Barnard Bulletin. Upon graduation she worked at Jane magazine, where she began as an assistant to the magazine’s editor Jane Pratt. She quickly worked her way up and soon became an associate editor until 2006, when she decided to take a leave of absence to start a new project. That project would become her first book Cheer!, which offers an insiders view into the world of cheerleading.

As a freelance journalist, Kate has written for The New York Times and Page Six Magazine, including an article titled “Beauty Tools Plucked From Produce Aisles”. Her witty work can also be found in many other publications including, but not limited to,, Newsweek, New York Magazine, Glamour, The New York Daily News, Good Housekeeping, and Radar Online. Kate is also the current pop culture and news editor for, an entertaining and successful online magazine dedicated to celebrity gossip, entertainment, fashion, news, and life advice for women in their 20’s and 30’s.

Kate is also a contributor to the group blog Crucial Minutiae, which is a hilarious and clever blog dedicated to “the small things around us.”[1] Kate’s column “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” will be appearing on Mondays for the next several months. In addition, Crucial Minutiae also features Kate’s Cheer! Blog.

During her down time, Kate enjoys swimming, watching documentary films, and attending concerts in New York City. She lives by the motto “The truth is always stranger than fiction,” and advises new writers to “Get over this idea of “finding your voice.” You don’t find it—it just is. Just write things the way you want to write them.”[2] For more information about Kate and the new book CHEER! you can visit her website

Works Cited

“About the Author.” Cheer! ZEITGEIST. Web. 23 Sept. 2009. <;.

“Kate Torgovnick.” Ed. Arianna Huffington. Web. 24 Sept. 2009.

Torgovnick, Kate. “Beauty Tools Plucked From Produce Aisles.” Fashion and Style. The New York Times, 24 Dec. 2008. Web. 23 Sept. 2009. <;.

Torgovnick, Kate. “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up.” Crucial Minutiae. Web. 24 Sept. 2009. <;.

[1] Torgovnick, Kate. “About Us.” Crucial Minutiae. Web. 24 Sept. 2009.



[2] “Kate Torgovnick Revealed.” Simon & Schuster/CBS. Web. 24 Sept. 2009.


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Lizz Torgovnick: Event Planner

This blogging event planned by Michael BergenLizzTorgovnick

If you want funny anecdotes about the formative years of this week’s guest, you would do better to contact her mother, who just happens to be our professor.  My concern with Lizz Torgovnick, however, is her professional career.  She began, like us, as a student at Duke University where she graduated with a B.A. in Visual Arts and Art History in 2004.[1] Inspired by her mother’s research on World War II, Lizz completed two photography projects, “Warbooks” and “Evidence,” to contribute to Marianna Torgovnick’s 2005 book The War Complex.  According to the acknowledgements, Lizz also suggested the title.[2]


Torgovnick received a Benenson Award in 2004 to study the visual evidence of war, a project which took her to Spain and France to study artifacts, artwork, and even graffiti pertaining to their history of civil dissent.[3] Lizz began working with Paint the Town Red, a part of the Global Events Group which helps coordinate and plan events for large corporations, as their office assistant in 2005.  Her determination to expand the company’s website and branding of the Team Building department led the company to promote her to the role of Production Coordinator in the summer of 2007.  Torgovnick’s new position includes supporting Team Building, producing events, and experiential marketing programs.[4]


Lizz Torgovnick is reportedly the best sister on the planet and a “darn good editor” as well.[5] Lizz married John Lomanto on June 7 of this year.  Those hoping to send late wedding gifts should consider Williams-Sonoma, where the couple was registered.[6]



[2] Torgovnick, Marianna (2005). The War Complex: World War II in Our Time. University of Chicago Press, p. 148.



[5] Torgovnick, Kate (2008). Cheer!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders. Touchstone, p. 355.


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