Scholarly & Educational Presentations

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Open Studios at Governors Island, May 28 – 29 & June 25, 2016

  • Description: Over 10,000 visitors opening weekend, this event connects the public with artists-in-residency; to learn more about their creative process and works that have been under development since March. Artists presented painting, sketch, new media, writing, theater, dance and performance art projects, many of which are inspired by artists’ time on the island.
  • Role: Artist-in-Residence, presenting artist 

Summer Institute, Learning Communities Presentation, City Tech, June 1, 2016

  • Description: Invited by Estela Rojas, Learning Communities Director, New York City College of Technology to present shared First Year Learning Community project ideas to summer institute participants.
  • Role: Invited Presenter

 Teach@CUNY Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, Open Digital Pedagogy: A Game-Based Workshop with City Tech’s OpenLab Team, May 1, 2016

  • Abstract: Part of the Technology in the Classroom Series, this assignment-generating game is designed to equip participants with tools for thinking about and enacting open digital pedagogies, inspired by the OpenLab.
  • Role: Presenter with Charlie Edwards, Jody R. Rosen, Destry Sibley, Bree Zuckerman

Ways of Seeing Learning Community, Exhibition of Student Work, Ursula C. Schwerin Library, May 2016-August 2016

  • Description: A presentation of student work and photographs of students and their work was presented in an exhibition at the Ursula C. Schwerin Library. Sourcing inspiration from Tom Phillips’s altered text, A Humument, COMD 1100 and ENG 1101 teamed up in the Ways of Seeing: Adventure with Image & Text Learning Community in Fall 2015 to curate a project that integrates both words and visuals. Like Phillips, students found inexpensive used books to transform into new creative work.
  • Role: Photographer, designer, installer

13th Annual Poster Session of Faculty and Student Research, City Tech City Tech as a Living Laboratory: Five Years of Innovation in General Education, Open Digital Pedagogy, Assessment, and Place-Based Learning”, November 19, 2015

  • Description: The Annual City Tech Poster Session exhibits the research of faculty and students. On behalf of the OpenLab we presented the OpenLab poster to students, faculty and staff.
  • Role: Panelist/Presenter – Jill Belli, Sandra Cheng, Tammie Cummings, Mary Sue Donsky, Charlie Edwards, Karen Goodlad, Richard Hanley, Genevieve Hitchings, Anne Leonard, Jonas Reitz, Jody Rosen, and Jenna Spevack

 12th Annual Poster Session of Faculty and Student Research, City Tech
“A Community of Thought: Research and the OpenLab” November 20, 2014

  • Description: The Annual City Tech Poster Session exhibits the research of faculty and students. On behalf of the OpenLab we presented the OpenLab poster to students, faculty and staff.
  • Role: Panelist/Presenter with Jill Belli, Charlie Edwards, M. Genevieve Hitchings, Jonas Reitz, and Jody R. Rosen. 

Scholars Exchange, Jenna Spevack, Creative Media, InsideOUT House: A Binaural Installation, September 30, 2014

  • Description: The Office of Sponsored Programs presentation by 2014 PSC CUNY Research Awardees at the Faculty Commons. I presented my research and culminating exhibition currently on view at BRIC Biennial.
  • Role: Invited Presenter

 Maple Street School, Summer Camp Workshop, August 2014

  • Description: I was recommended by Nicole J. Caruth, Founder and Director of With Food in Mind to present a workshop for summer campers at Maple Street School in Brooklyn. “CRUNCH, SLURP, SIZZLE: Cross-sensory explorations with food.” Influenced by audio recordings of the sounds of different foods, such as carrots, soup, popcorn, grilled cheese, campers will be encouraged to explore the “synesthetic” relationships between what they hear, taste, feel and see using a range of creative materials.”
  • Role: Invited Artist
  • Documentation: Email from Director | Photo

With Food in Mind Workshop, Smack Mellon Gallery, “Grow a Salad in Your Apartment with Jenna Spevack”, June 21, 2014

  • Description: In association with With Food in Mind and curator Nicole J. Caruth, this workshop will feature sculptures presented in the current exhibition and a hands-on demonstration about growing and cooking with microgreens.
  • Role: Presenter/Participating Artist

 Emerging Learning Design Conference, Montclair State University, “Open Digital Pedagogy: Creating a Game-Based Workshop”, May 30, 2014

  • Abstract: How can the classroom change to incorporate new technologies for student learning? Recent years have seen an explosion in freely-available online tools and services for teaching. At NYC College of Technology, CUNY, we developed a digital platform using open source software: the City Tech OpenLab .
  • Role: Presenter with Maura Smale, Jody Rosen, Charlie Edwards

CUE Conference, LaGuardia Community College, “Extending the Community of Learners at a Commuter College: City Tech’s OpenLab”, May 2, 2014

  • Abstract: It can be challenging for commuter students to find and sustain connections with one another, faculty, and their own learning. OpenLab — a digital platform for students, faculty, and staff — provides a space for the City Tech community to work together, experiment, and innovate. This panel will discuss use of the OpenLab to enhance and extend learning on campus and beyond.
  • Role: Presenter with Maura Smale, Jody Rosen, Karen Goodlad, Jonas Reitz, Anna Matthews

ADGA OpenLab + ePortfolios Workshop, “Introducing the OpenLab and using ePortfolios in the classroom”, February 21, 2014

  • Description: Introduced OpenLab and use of ePortfolios to faculty in ADGA Department.
  • Role: Presenter

ADGA Winter Boot Camp Presentation, City Tech, OpenLab ePortfolios Student Learning & Assessment” January 23, 2014

  • Description: This presentation for ADGA faculty focused on pedagogical practice of using ePortfolios for student learning & assessment, student research & documentation, student self/peer assessment, and as a department tool for student advisement, senior portfolio preparation. I also presented a proposal to implement ePortfolio in key ADGA foundation courses.
  • Role: Presenter

CUNY IT Conference 2013,Open Digital Pedagogy: A Game-based Workshop with the OpenLab Team”, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, December 5, 2013

  • Abstract: An online space that students, faculty and staff use for coursework, clubs, portfolios and projects, the OpenLab has been a game-changer at City Tech. We’ll share compelling pedagogical examples on the OpenLab from several disciplines and engage participants through a game-based activity. Developed to address the challenges of introducing faculty to new technologies, this activity will equip attendees with tools for implementing open digital pedagogies in their own practices.
  • Role: Facilitator/Presenter

11th Annual Poster Session of Faculty and Student Research, City Tech
“Open Pedagogies on the OpenLab” November 21, 2013

  • Description: The Annual City Tech Poster Session exhibits the research of faculty and students. On behalf of the OpenLab we presented the OpenLab poster to students, faculty and staff.
  • Role: Panelist/Presenter with Maura Smale, Jody Rosen, Charlie Edwards

Ninth Annual CUE Conference, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, “Open Digital Pedagogy: A Game-Based Workshop with City Tech’s OpenLab Team”, May 10, 2013

  • Abstract: This presentation examines how faculty learn new techniques to enhance student learning by presenting examples of the pedagogy from OpenLab, an open digital platform for teaching, learning, and collaboration that was launched in Fall 2011. The presentation will engage participants through a game-based activity that will equip them with tools for thinking about open digital pedagogy in their own practice.
  • Role: Presenter with Jody Rosen, Maura Smale, Charlie Edwards, Bree Zuckerman, Andrew McKinney, Scott Henkle, Kamili Posey, Libby Clarke

Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) & The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design (CUISD), “Understanding Urban Sustainability: One Block at a Time”, The Cooper Union, February 23, 2013

  • Description: I was invited, as an artist, to attend a convening on February 23, 2013 at The Cooper Union- “Understanding Urban Sustainability: One Block at a Time“ – organized by Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) & the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design (CUISD) to share progress and give input on the SUSTAIN project. SUSTAIN presents an opportunity to create and lead innovative sustainability solutions at the block scale. FABnyc has asked me to propose a public art project focused on behavior change toward sustainability.
  • Role: Invited Participant

City College OpenLab Presentation, “Introducing the OpenLab”, February 21, 2013

  • Description: With OpenLab colleagues, presented OpenLab to faculty and staff of The City College of New York, Media & Communication Arts Department, Professor Nancy R. Tag,
Program Director. The presentation was attended by faculty and staff from various disciplines in order to learn more about the design and development of the OpenLab platform as a model for their MA in Branding + Integrated Communications Program.
  • Role: Presenter

College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference 2013, “MetaMentors: Hybrid Practices” Panel, Hilton, New York City, February 14, 12:30 PM–2:00 PM

  • Description/Abstract: As the lines between analog and digital practice blur with the ease of use and availability, artists merge traditional and digital techniques as tools in making work and participating in a larger and more flexible arena of artistic production. In transforming the platforms, which they operate on today, artists are not easily categorized. This panel will bring artists and activists, traditional and online publishers, and other cultural producers, to discuss the shift in positions in artistic practice.
  • Session Chairs: Vesna Pavlovic, Vanderbilt University Department of Art, Niku Kashef, California State University, Northridge
  • Session Panelists: Yvette Brackman, Independent Artist, Samantha Fields, California State University, Northridge, Hope Ginsburg, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts, Max Schumann, Printed Matter, Inc, Jenna Spevack, New York City College of Technology, City University of New York
  • Role: Panelist

ADGA Faculty Workshop, City Tech, Designing Effective Digital Projects for ADV1100, January 23, 2013

  • Description: This workshop was mandatory for all faculty teaching ADV1100. It focused on the discussion of course goals and outcomes, foundation principles and skills, and pedagogical practices. There was also a hands-on session to aid ADV1100 faculty with the design and implementation of assignments to connect foundation design principles with digital practices. ADV1100 faculty were asked to bring a copy of their favorite assignment to present.
  • Role: Presenter

City College’s CUNY-wide participatory forum, “Navigating the Sea of Instructional Technology”, City College, January 12, 2013

  • Description: City College’s CUNY-wide participatory forum, presented by The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, for those involved with training, implementing and planning instructional technology. Via a series of discussions, problem-solving group work, breakout sessions and presentations, participants engaged in open dialogue with their colleagues about the issues related to instructional technology.
  • Role: Participant on behalf of OpenLab/A Living Laboratory Title V Grant

CUNY IT Conference 2012, “Connecting and Collaborating on the City Tech OpenLab”, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, November 30, 2012

  • Description/Abstract: The OpenLab and Its Community: Fostering a Place to Learn, Work and Share. City Tech’s OpenLab is an open source digital platform for teaching, learning and collaboration for students, faculty and staff to use for courses, projects, clubs, and portfolios. Built by and for the City Tech community using BuddyPress and WordPress softwares, the OpenLab is a thriving online space. This presentation highlights best practices in managing, maintaining and expanding the OpenLab, and showcases how its use extends the classroom, conference room and student lounge into the virtual realm.
  • Role: Panelist/Presenter

10th Annual Poster Session of Faculty and Student Research, City Tech, “Connecting and Collaborating on the OpenLab,” November 15, 2012

  • Description: The Annual City Tech Poster Session exhibits the research of faculty and students. On behalf of the OpenLab we presented the OpenLab poster to students, faculty and staff.
  • Role: Panelist/Presenter

“Grow a Salad in Your Apartment” with Jenna Spevack and Cathy Erway, 3rd Ward Brooklyn, August, 11, 2012

  • Description: In this joint farming and cooking workshop, organized by With Food in Mind, participants learn how to grow microgreens in their homes.
  • Role: Presenter

Arugula, Arugula” at Greening the City, Weeksville Heritage Center, The Laundromat Project / With Food in Mind, August 4, 2012

  • Description: Organized by The Laundromat Project and hosted by Weeksville Heritage Society, “Greening the City” provides underserved communities with resources to “go green,” while also creating an open forum for artists, farmers, food and environmental activists. Artist Jenna Spevack will teach children how to make mini farms from a simple combination of arugula seeds, soil, and recycled containers. Alongside Spevack will be community chef Melissa Danielle, demonstrating how to harvest and use arugula in a delicious and healthy dish.
  • Role: Presenter

CUNY IT Conference 2011, Connecting and Collaborating on the City Tech OpenLab”, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, December 1, 2011

  • Description/Abstract: The OpenLab is a digital platform for teaching, learning, and collaboration for students, faculty, and staff at NYC College of Technology. This roundtable will focus discussion on the design and building of the OpenLab and its support structure. The team will share case studies and lessons learned in our first semester, and highlight future plans to continue to foster connections and strengthen the intellectual and social life of the City Tech community.
  • Role: Panelist/Presenter

9th Annual Poster Session of Faculty and Student Research, City Tech
“Introducing the OpenLab: A Collaborative Space for Faculty, Students, and Staff,” November 17, 2011

  • Description: Presented the OpenLab poster to students, faculty and staff.
  • Role: Panelist/Presenter

Flatbush Farmshare, “Plastic Albatross”, Flatbush Reformed Church, August 24, 2011.

  • Description: As part of this on-going research/ecological design/art project I was invited to present materials at this community event. Plastic Albatross is a community eco-media project to educate Brooklynites about toxic chemicals in everyday products and encourage sustainable, plastic-free living. [ plasticalbatross.org ]
  • Role: Presenter

Please refer to 2016 Promotion PARSE for documentation of above activities.

 

2009 Studio Visit / Artist Talk
Drew University, Art and Art History Students
Presenting Artist
2009 Artist and Curator Talk and Podcast
Hendershot Gallery, NYC
Panelist/Presenting Artist
2009 Second Life Podcast
Brooklyn is Watching: brooklyniswatching.com
Panelist/Blogger/Guest Artist
2008 Visiting Artists Talk
Hungarian Multicultural Center, Budapest, Hungary
Speaker/Presenting Artist
2002-2008 Foundation Interactive Design
Parsons School of Design, NYC
Visiting Artist/Critic
2004 White Rooms Artist Talk
White Columns, NYC
Speaker/Presenting Artist
2004 A Funny Feeling of Weightlessness Artist Talk
Dowling College, Oakdale, NY
Speaker/Presenting Artist
2003 International Visiting Artist Lecture
Battenbang School of Art, Battenbang, Cambodia
Visiting Artist/Critic
2002 Animas “Meet-the-Artist”
Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Speaker/Presenting Artist
2001 Prototype Artist Talk
Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY
Speaker/Presenting Artist
2000 Collaboration – Artists on Collaboration
Longwood Arts Gallery, NYC
Panelist