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New York's National Associate(s)

FRANK DA CRUZ – New York City/The Bronx          [email protected]
After stints in the Army, as a musician and as a taxi driver in the 1960s and 70s, Frank got a B.A. and M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University.  He led the Kermit Software project for many years and wrote books on the Kermit protocol, as well as the history of computing at Columbia.  In 2012 he retired to the Bronx, becoming a devotee of the borough and photographing its many delights, including New Deal projects. Frank maintains an excellent website dedicated to New Deal sites in New York City: https://www.kermitproject.org/newdeal/

SUSAN DEMASI – Long Island, New York          [email protected]
Sue Rubenstein DeMasi is a librarian at Suffolk County Community College in New York, as well as a screenwriter, playwright, and freelance journalist. She began her love affair with the New Deal while researching her book on Henry Alsberg, director of the WPA’s Federal Writer’s Project. She has written for The New York TimesCHOICE Magazine, and other publications. Sue covers social justice issues and labor union history for her union’s award-winning publication, The Word.

MARK RICE  – New York           [email protected]
Mark Rice is professor of American Studies at St. John Fisher University in Rochester, NY. He is the author of Through the Lens of the City: NEA Photography Surveys of the 1970s (2005) and Dean Worcester’s Fantasy Islands: Photography, Film, and the Colonial Philippines (2014). As a historian of American photography, particularly photography that has connections to the federal government, his initial interest in the New Deal came through the FSA photography record. In recent years, he has become increasingly interested in place-based humanities focusing in particular on Rochester, New York. One of his current projects has students working with GIS to map WPA sites in and around Rochester, seeking to uncover patterns of funding priorities in a region undergoing significant demographic shifts during the 1930s.

SARA RUTKOWSKI  – New York          [email protected]
Sara Rutkowski is an English professor at the City University of New York: Kingsborough Community College. Her research focuses on the writers of the Federal Writers Project (FWP), and in particular how the fieldwork they undertook for the FWP has had a lasting impact on American literature and culture. She is the author of Literary Legacies of the Federal Writers’ Project: Voices of the Depression in the American Postwar Era (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), and is currently at work on an edited collection of essays that showcases a range of new research and scholarship on the FWP.

ANNIE SEGAN – New York City          [email protected]
Annie Rothstein Segan is a personal historian and independent scholar whose work has been honored at the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. She is the daughter of Arthur Rothstein (1915-85), the first photographer hired by the Historical Section of the Resettlement/Farm Security Administration. The 170,000 photographs taken by Rothstein and other FSA photographers are a comprehensive portrait of America during the Great Depression. Rothstein was dedicated to the use of documentary photography to foster social change and, in that spirit, Dr. Segan searches out opportunities to present his work. Visit www.ArthurRothstein.org for more information.

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