S.F. Bay Area Study Away Program Faculty

Peter d’Agostino, Faculty Director
Roula Seikaly, Internship Coordinator

FMA Study Away Program

Nora M. Alter, Director   Alison Crouse, Associate Director


Peter d’Agostino is Professor of Film and Media Arts, Center for the Arts
at Temple University. His pioneering photography, video and new media projects have been exhibited internationally in the form of installations, performances, telecommunication events and broadcast productions.
Major exhibitions of his work include: Whitney Biennial, New York; Sao Paulo Bienal, Brazil, and Kwangju Biennial, Korea. His works are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Kunsthaus, Zurich, Foundation La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain, and is distributed by Electronic
Arts Intermix, NY.

Professor d’Agostino has been affiliated with numerous S.F. Bay Area and California organizations from the 1970s to the present. His work has been featured in the following related exhibitions. State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, co-organized by the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive and as a nationally touring exhibition organized by Independent Curators International (ICI) in 2011-14; Under the Big Black Sun: California Art, 1974-81, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, 2011-12; California Video, The Getty Center, Los Angeles, 2008; and, Space-Time-Sound: Conceptual Art in the San
Francisco Bay Area- the 1970s
, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,

D’Agostino is a three-time Fulbright Scholar (Brazil, 1996; Australia, 2003; Italy, 2006). He is the recipient of a Leonardo Art & Climate Change project award 2010, and has been awarded grants and fellowships from:
the National Endowment for the Arts, Japan Foundation, Onassis Foundation, Pew Trusts, and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was an artist-in-residence at the TV Lab / WNET, New York, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy, as well as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois, and the Art / Sci Center, University of California, Los Angeles.

His books include: Transmission: toward a post-television cultureThe Un/Necessary Image, and TeleGuide-including a Proposal for QUBE.
He is also a contributor to Illuminating Video, and Theories and Documents
of Contemporary Art
. Recent publications featuring his work include:
Art & Electronic Media, Video Art, New Media in Art, and Digital Art.

More at peterdagostino.com  Contact: pda@temple.edu

Roula Seikaly received MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts, and her BA in Art History and Museum Studies from Oberlin College. Roula’s professional activities include critical writing for outlets including KQED, SF Arts Quarterly, Art Practical, SF Camerawork Journal and Moholy Ground Projects. As a curator, she works primarily with emerging photographers and new media artists to realize their first books and exhibitions. She has curated exhibitions at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, CCA Wattis Center for Contemporary Arts, and will debut a collaborative exhibition addressing the history of alternative arts institutions in the Bay Area in 2015.

Roula has advised students at the University of Arizona and California College of the Arts, and thoroughly enjoys helping students identify creative challenges, and meeting their academic and personal goals.  Roula spent her junior year of college at Oxford University as a study abroad student. Her coursework included English art history (18th-20th centuries), English history and literature, and critical theory. She is a strong advocate of students spending time away from their home institution in order to experience the world from varied perspectives.


Nora M. Alter received her PhD in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Alter is author of Vietnam Protest Theatre:       The Television War on Stage (Indiana University Press), Projecting History: Non-Fiction German Film (University of Michigan Press) and Chris Marker (University of Illinois Press) and co-editor with Lutz Koepnick of Sound Matters: Essays on the Acoustics of Modern German Culture (Berghahn Books). She has published more than fifty essays on a broad range of topics including film and media studies, German and European studies, cultural and visual studies and contemporary art.

Professor Alter has been awarded year-long research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Howard Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2005, she was awarded the DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies. From 2008 to 2010 she was elected president of the Coalition of Women in German. She currently serves on the editorial board of The German Quarterly. She is completing a new book on the international essay film and has begun research on a new study devoted to sound. Her teaching and research have been focused on cultural and visual studies of the twentieth century and twenty-first century from a comparative perspective. Learn more about Professor Alter’s publications at her website.

Contact: nalter@temple.edu


Alison Crouse received her MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, and her BFA in Photography from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Alison’s creative work aims to personalize the experiences of abstract struggle. Her current documentary production, My Cells are Red Bananas, follows eight-year-old Sakaiyah and her battle with sickle cell anemia. The film seeks to promote discussion, to raise awareness about the life-threatening disease, and to implement fun and creative strategies in an effort to educate youth and their families.

Having traveled extensively for school, work, and pleasure, Alison is motivated by the power of artistic and cultural exchanges. She is passionate about the potential for study away programs to expand the educational possibilities of students through intellectual engagement embedded within experiential opportunities.

Contact: crousea@temple.edu

Alison Crouse
Study Away Program
Film & Media Arts Department
Annenberg Hall, Room 14 F (Lower Level)
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122

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  • Nora M. Alter
  • Director
  • FMA Study Away
  • Alison Crouse
  • Associate Program Director
  • FMA Study Away
  • Room 14F Annenberg Hall
  • (Lower Level)
  • 215-204-5910
  • crousea@temple.edu