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Co-directors + Board

Co-Directors:

Beth E. Notar, Associate Professor of Anthropology, is interested in the intersection between the cultural and the material. She is the author of Displacing Desire: Travel and Popular Culture in China, which explores the relationship between representations in popular culture (movies and martial arts novels), tourism, and transformations of place in Dali, Yunnan, southwest China. Recently, she has been writing about car consumption, mobility and urban space in China – the world’s fastest growing car market. While fluent in Mandarin, she is currently learning Burmese and conducting research with students on mobility and modernity in Yangon, Myanmar (formerly Rangoon, Burma). 

Mitchell Polin, Associate Professor of Theater and Dance, is a playwright and director whose work explores the link between performance and media theory to the development contemporary approaches to narrative. This work has resulted in a particular emphasis on the applications of the ‘remix’ in performance.  He received his Masters in Performance Studies from New York University in 1998 and joined the Trinity faculty in 2001.  In addition to teaching a broad range of courses in theater and comparative media studies, he is a regular contributor to the InterArts Gateway Program.  His current research investigates the impact of interactive sound and video technologies on narrative and sign structures in performance and has been presented locally, nationally, and internationally.



Advisory Board

Rasha Ahmed, Economics

Vince Tomasso, Classics



 Program Coordinator

Melinda McKeown

melinda.mckeown@trincoll.edu