The Presenters

Neil Baldwin headshot Neil Baldwin, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Montclair State University, is a widely-published cultural historian and literary critic who has been immersed in the life and works of William Carlos Williams for many years. Baldwin’s doctoral dissertation from SUNY/Buffalo, a descriptive catalog of Williams’ manuscripts and letters at SUNY/Buffalo and Yale’s Beinecke Library, was published by G. K. Hall in 1978; his definitive biography, To All Gentleness: William Carlos Williams, The Doctor-Poet, was published by Atheneum in 1984 and reissued in paperback by InPrint Editions in 2008 in celebration of the one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of Williams’ birth.  Dr. Baldwin’s web site is


Adrienne Baxter Bell, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Art History at Marymount Manhattan College and Director of its College Honors Program. Her scholarship centers on intersections among American art, psychology, and spirituality. She curated the exhibition “George Inness and the Visionary Landscape” for the National Academy Museum, authored a book of the same name (George Braziller, 2003) and edited George Inness: Writing and Reflections on Art and Philosophy (2007). Recent publications include a chapter in Nancy Siegel’s The Cultured Canvas: New Perspectives on American Landscape Painting (University of New Hampshire Press, 2011) and a new introduction to Meyer Schapiro’s landmark collection of Selected Papers in Modern Art (George Braziller, 2011).


James Bloom headshot James D. Bloom, Ph.D., has taught English at Muhlenberg College since 1982. His publications include:Hollywood Intellect (Rowan and Littlefield, 2009), Gravity Fails (Praeger, 2003), The Literary Bent (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997), Left Letters (Columbia University Press, 1992) and The Stock of Available Reality (Bucknell University Press, 1984), along with shorter work in scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers such as the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer.  Bloom began his undergraduate studies at Columbia and completed them at Bennington. He earned an MA in literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a PhD in English from Rutgers/New Brunswick. Bloom has also worked in publishing and retail bookselling.  


Perdita Buchan, a free lance writer, graduated from Radcliffe College (Harvard University) with a BA in English.  She has worked in publishing in New York and London and held a fellowship in creative writing from The Bunting (now Radcliffe) Institute of Harvard University.  She has published two novels.  Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Ladies' Home Journal, Fiction Network, House Beautiful, The New York Times, Harvard Magazine and New Jersey Monthly, among other publications.   Her book Utopia, New Jersey was a 2008  New Jersey Council For The Humanties honor book.  


Hugh Curnutt headshotHugh Curnutt, Ph.D., studies and teaches media history and criticism with a focus on critical theory and cultural studies. His current research explores the media industry's growing reliance on participatory cultures and the corresponding intersections between production and consumption that result from this institutional realignment.  Dr. Curnutt has published essays in a variety of journals and anthologies including Media, Culture & Society, Television & New Media, Communication Quarterly, and Film and Television Stardom.  


Louis Masur

Louis P. Masur, Ph.D., is Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. He has published many books and articles including Lincoln's Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union (Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press, 2012), The Civil War: A Concise History (Oxford University Press, 2011), The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph that Shocked America (Bloomsbury Press, 2008), and Rites of Execution: Capital Punishment and the Transformation of American Culture, 1776-1865 (Oxford University Press, 1989).  He is the author of Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen's American Vision (2009), and is co-editor with Christopher Phillips of the forthcoming work Talk About A Dream: The Essential Interviews of Bruce Springsteen, both with Bloomsbury Press.


Richard Veit headshotRichard Veit, Ph. D., Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Monmouth University, is the author of the award-winning book Digging New Jersey’s Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State (2002), and co-author of New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones: History in the Landscape (2008) and New Jersey: A History of the Garden State (2012), all published by Rutgers University Press.  His research interests include the archaeology of Native-Americans in the colonial period, Dutch-American farmsteads, early American gravemarkers, and early American industries. He is currently studying Joseph Bonaparte’s New Jersey estate, Point Breeze, and planning a study of the North American Phalanx.