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“Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.”  


~Oprah Winfrey


Central Program Contacts

(2015 - 2016)

Contact us with questions & ideas, or if you’d like to participate in KCC Reads...


Coordinator of KCC Reads:

Maureen Fadem

 ext. 5236


 Maureen Fadem



As Program Coordinator for KCC Reads, Maureen is responsible for managing or arranging support for all its pieces—events, the book selection process, as well as providing support to classes in their work on the book. She also convenes the KCC Reads Cohort, the group that governs the program. Please contact Maureen with any questions, issues, ideas or suggestions relevant to the KCC Reads program.


Library Liaison:

  Wendy Chu

 ext. 4672



 Wendy Chu



As Library Liaison for KCC Reads, Wendy helps faculty and students locate relevant resources in the Kingsborough Library and other libraries. In general, she supports the current year's book selection and the KCC Reads Program by putting together a comprehensive bibliography on the annual book, conducting workshops, and serving as a point person in the library for students and faculty conducting research on the book. Please contact Wendy if you have questions or need help.



Winter Reading Group:

Martha Cummings

 ext.  6611


  Martha Cummings



Martha facilitates the Winter Reading Group. Members of our faculty, staff and student body read and discuss the four books on the “short list” for consideration as next year’s text. This group makes recommendations to the full cohort based on their in-depth knowledge of the books. Any member of our community is welcome to participate. Contact Martha with questions regarding this program or if you would like to participate. (Note: This year while Prof. Cummings is on sabbatical, Prof. Fadem will lead the 2015 Winter Reading Group.)



Art Liaison:

Madeline Sorel

ext. 5718



Madeline Sorel



Madeline works with students each semester in producing artwork created in connection with the KCC Reads book. Their illustrations become part of the media supporting the program, are included in the student journal, and, our annual conference features a student art exhibit showcasing the work of KCC students from various art classes. Please contact Madeline if you would like your students' work to be part of the art exhibit and other programs.



Theatre & Performance Liaison:

Paul Ricciardi

ext. 5541


Paul Ricciardi


Paul works with students each semester in creating and producing dramatic and other performance work in connection with the KCC Reads book. This work is presented as part of the annual conference and published in the journal Paideia. Paul also works with students in the research and creation of dramaturgical & historical exhibitions on plays produced by the Theatre Arts Program and selected in collaboration with KCC Reads. Please contact Paul if you would like to involve your students in the theatre arts work happening in conjunction with KCC Reads. 


Video , Poetry &  Multimedia Liaison:


D.L. Anderson

ext. 4836







As Video and Multimedia Liaison for KCC Reads, DL works with her students on video, film and multimedia projects in connection with our roundtables events, with the annual conference, and other events throughout the year. She is always open to collaborating with other faculty or staff on such projects. Creative multimedia projects are an excellent way to engage and interest students in the KCC Reads book and inspire critical thinking and analysis, and for students to document and demonstrate learning outcomes. Please contact DL if you have questions, need help op or have an idea for a multimedia collaboration.


Central Program Support

(2015 - 2016)

With special thanks to...


Program Assistants: 

Robert Gutenmakher


Jamila Wallace 



KCC Reads Program Assistants work with the program coordinator to support and advance KCC Reads activities and initiatives. They attend cohort meetings and meetings of sub-committees and take minutes; they work with program liaisons and cohort members in the planning, organizing and running of events; they help create and distribute promotional materials and help with photocopying; they coordinate (by email, phone or in-person) program details with appropriate staff, faculty and students; and help run events "the day of." The program and our school at large are most thankful to Robert and Jamila for their time and their excellent work all year! 



Program Photographers:


Farin Kautz









Honors graduate Farin Kautz is the gifted photographer who photographs our annual conference in May, and other events, many of which are published in the KCC Reads student journal, Paideia. The program and our school at large are most thankful to Farin for his time and excellent photographic work all year -- especially the tireless effort in photographing every session and all parts of our annual student conference and keynote talk!

Former photographer, honors graduate Dimitri Foster, took all of the photographs of the Bruno Lucchesi statue, Reading the Paper (1978) – located in the first floor hallway of the "M" Building. His photos are scattered throughout our website and featured in various program media, such as the logo at the top of this webpage. The program thanks Dimitri for all his good work! (Note: All photographs of the Lucchesi statue, here and in any KCC Reads media, are the copyright of Dimitri Foster.)


Media & Graphics:

Irina Pistsov

ext. 5029





Our former honors student, now a member of the KCC staff, Irina is responsible for all graphics and other media supporting KCC Reads. She creates new graphics for the book as well as the logos and graphics representing the program that are scattered across the website. She also creates all media for our events: flyers; the book poster; the conference program; the bookmarks, etc. as well as designing our journal, Paideia. The program and our campus community thank Irina for all her hard work and all the excellent materials!



Administrative Support:

Robert Schacter

ext. 4836



 Helen-Margaret Nasser

ext. 4954




Robert Schacter 

Helen Nasser



Key members of the Office of the Associate Provost, Robert and Helen are invaluable resources to KCC Reads. They manage details regarding the set-up of program events through the year, contribute helpfully at administrative and program meetings, take personal ownership for events or parts thereof, and are constant advisors to the program coordinator. Robert and Helen's work is very much appreciated – across campus and, most especially, with regard to the administration of KCC Reads.



We are grateful to the many students, faculty and staff who have helped develop teaching materials and volunteered the support without which our common reading program would not be sustainable. A very special acknowledgement is due all those members of our campus who’ve made KCC Reads the program it has become, through tireless devotion over a decade: former program coordinator, Lea Fridman, and long-time supporters of KCC Reads: Xiaoting Wu, Linda Pierce, Aparajita De, JoAnne Meyers, Enid Stubin, as well as the many members of our community who’ve run programs or helped with pieces of the program, contributing time, creativity, energy and labor to its life—Matthew Gartner, Janice Farley, Mandy Fraley, Linda Holman, Matthew Gregory, Julie Torrant, Catherine Granton, Renee Mizrahi, Tom Lavazzi, Michael Rosson, Gabrielle Kahn, Lillian Rosenberg and Dimitri Foster, among many others. Please take a moment and check out the current cohort supporting us, comprised of faculty, staff and (now) students.

Finally, we would like to pay homage to our KCC Reads mascot, the Bruno Lucchesi sculpture located on the first floor of the M Building, Reading the Paper (1978). We have adopted this beautiful sculpture of a woman reading because she symbolizes the reading culture so important to a program like KCC Reads; because she embodies the joy of reading; and, because she is Kingsborough’s very own art piece. (On the sculptor’s website, our statue is called simply "Reading": )

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