Spotlight: Roya Mahdavi Movahed

Roya Mahdavi Movahed is a Greenhouse Studios SFA Graduate Research Assistant.


My name is Roya Mahdavi Movahed and I am pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media & Design.  I have been in the field of visual communications for several years working as a visual designer and multimedia specialist.  Before coming to Greenhouse Studios, I worked for five years in multimedia and worked for two years as a visual designer for a prominent telecommunication company in Iran, called MTNIrancell. In 2013, I was awarded first place at the Iranian Visual Arts Festival.

My research focuses on the impact of motion and static visual elements on social media.  During my time at UConn, I will be focusing on User Experience Design and examining the aesthetic, psychological, and sociological aspects of digital product design.  I am a highly motivated, creative, and conscientious professional who is eager to learn the principles of digital arts, so I am able to achieve more effective methods of communication.  My personal passion as designer is to enhance visual literacy by creating effective designs.

Can’t find me at Greenhouse Studios? I’m at the gym!

Spotlight: Jin Liu

Jin Liu is a Greenhouse Studios SFA Graduate Research Assistant.


My name is Jin Liu and I’m a first year DMD graduate student from China.  I’m pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media & Design with a concentration in Game Design. Before attending UConn, I went to Beijing Film Academy in China and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Media Art. There, I was a vice minister of the Rights and Interests Department in the Student Union. I was responsible for planning a number of university-level activities, and participated in the design of the university’s online lost-and-found system.  I’m looking forward to joining the fencing club and Rainbow Center.

As an international student in the United States, I look forward to the collision of cultures and new adventures.  It is my hope that I can explore different ways of thinking and various ways to solve problems.  I’m looking forward to working with people from other majors to create wonderful works.  It is my goal to help generate creative ideas and offer practical help for Greenhouse Studios projects, as well as collaborate with my colleagues, learning from each other’s strengths.

While I like to participate in various activities, I also enjoy time alone.  I am still young, so I have plenty of time to try new and interesting things, while exploring the wonderful connection between people.

To see some of my work, visit my website or visit my youtube channel.

Examining Land-Grant Universities’ Colonial History

Land Grab CT LogoThe project team of “Land Grab CT,” an interactive website produced by UConn’s Greenhouse Studios in conjunction with the Native American Cultural Programs (NACP) and Native American and Indigenous Students Association (NAISA), will facilitate two engaging events during the second week of October for Indigenous Peoples’ Week:

The NACP and NAISA will host Tristan Ahtone and Bobby Lee, creators of the Land Grab U project,  as keynote speakers, which will be held virtually via Zoom on Thursday, October 14th, 2021 at 4pm.

The Encounters Series will facilitate a dialogue titled Encounters: Land Grab CT: A Dialogue on UConn’s Colonial History, which will be held virtually via Zoom on Friday, October 15th, 2021 at 12-2pm. Registration will be capped at 40 participants.

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Remote Access to Archives and Special Collections

Organized by members of Greenhouse Studios at the University of Connecticut and Northeastern University Library, the conference series “Remote Access to Archives and Special Collections” took place over five Fridays from October 16th to November 20th, 2020. Each session included an organizer and was headlined by a speaker or group of panelists. The organizer of each session created the format for the session, set the agenda, gave an overview of the session at the beginning, and coordinated with the speaker. The speaker of each session gave opening remarks to frame the conversation and highlight themes for that particular session. Each session was attended by at least 40 participants from a wide range of collecting institutions.

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As a part of the Sourcery project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this conference series often touched on the potential use of Sourcery as a way to fulfill remote requests for archives and special collections. In this way, the series partly acted as community outreach for the Sourcery project. In addition, the events were envisioned as a series of workshops where members of the archives and special collections communities could communicate about current and future practices in regards to remote access. As with everything during this time period, the ongoing COVID-19 crisis was a substantial part of the discussions, as it affects and will continue to affect institutions in myriad ways. The Sourcery team has used these conversations to inform the next phase of the Sourcery project. The questions and concerns raised during the sessions have been integral in the way that we are currently constructing an Institutional version of the Sourcery app.

One result of this conference is a white paper titled “Remote Access to Archives and Special Collections”, by Wes Hamrick, Kimberly Kennedy, and Garrett McComas. The paper includes summaries of the conference sessions, keynote speeches, as well as discussions of broader issues on the subject of remote access. The Sourcery team looks forward to continuing conversations with archivists and other information professionals as we navigate the development of the project.

View and download “Remote Access to Archives and Special Collections” here.

Spotlight: Lauren Harland

Lauren Harland is a Greenhouse Studios Undergraduate Research Assistant.


Lauren HarlandMy name is Lauren Harland and I am a sophomore undergraduate student at the University of Connecticut. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media & Design with a concentration in Business Strategies. Before attending UConn, I went to Averill Park High School just outside of Albany, NY. There, I was an editor of the school newspaper, the vice president of my class, and heavily involved in the art department. In my first year at UConn I joined the marketing team for UConn’s Human Rights Symposium. Next semester, I hope to join the American Sign Language and Paws & Claws clubs. Continue reading

By Our Love: Exposing Paradox in Political Tribalism

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The creators of “By Our Love,” an animated short video produced by Greenhouse Studios, will facilitate a dialogue in partnership with the Encounters Series, titled “Paradox in Political Tribalism,” which will be held virtually via Zoom on February 4, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Released on January 22nd, “By Our Love” is a thought-provoking animated short set to professor of music Earl MacDonald’s jazz ensemble arrangement of the hymn, “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love.” MacDonald’s single, also titled “By Our Love,” is now available on all major music streaming platforms through the label Outside in Music. 

The nine-minute-long animation features several biblical quotations representing commonly accepted Judeo-Christian virtues, alongside imagery conceptualized by Cora Lynn Deibler, professor of illustration, to raise questions about the state of contemporary Christianity and its relationship to the polarized political climate currently dividing the United States. Production team members included illustrator Hal Tedeschi and animators Carly Wanner-Hyde & Miles Waterbury. The animation was produced by Greenhouse Studios Design Technologists Tom Lee and Brooke Foti Gemmell

The team’s goal of aligning emotionally powerful, musical moments with equally potent imagery led to the creation of images and text prompts which interact with the music, to enhance, reinforce, and expand the ideas set forth in the music. Produced over the last ten months as a completely virtual collaboration, the animation features work by student artists and serves as a springboard for thoughtful contemplation, discussion, dialogue, and commentary.

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Rather than the common panel discussion with the standard audience question and answer period, “Paradox in Political Tribalism,” will foster a more audience-inclusive dialogue using individual breakout rooms to encourage and reflect upon group discussions about the ideas which arise from the music and their relationship to contemporary Christianity. This dialogue will be open to all members of the UConn community and is capped at 50 participants. Participants can register here.

Spotlight: Alyssa McDonald

Alyssa McDonald is a Greenhouse Studios SFA Graduate Research Assistant.


My Name is Alyssa McDonald and I am a first-year graduate Student at the University of Connecticut.  I am pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media and Design.  Before attending UConn, I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and worked in the fine art photography industry for four years.
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Spotlight: Kenia Rodriguez

Kenia Rodriguez is a Greenhouse Studios CLAS Graduate Fellow


My name is Kenia Rodriguez and I am a second year MA/PhD track student in English at the University of Connecticut (UConn). In May 2019, I earned my  Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from California State University, Northridge. I am an HSI Pathways/Mellon Student Fellow who hopes to become a professor of children’s literature. I am a first generation college student and the first member of my entire family tree to pursue a graduate education. My research interests stem from my adolescent experiences with young adult literature (YA) and include contemporary American YA literature written by Latina authors, as well as relationships among gender, race, and citizenship.

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Spotlight: Lauren Cronan

Lauren Cronan is a Greenhouse Studios SFA Graduate Research Assistant.


My name is Lauren Cronan and I am a first-year graduate student at the University of Connecticut. I’m pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media and Design with a focus on digital culture, learning & advocacy. Before relocating to Hartford, I contributed service, design, programming and instruction in academic and public libraries in Richmond, Virginia. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography & Filmmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCUarts).

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Spotlight: Luisa Fernanda Arrieta Fernandez

Luisa Fernanda Arrieta Fernandez is a Greenhouse Studios CLAS Graduate Fellow


Luisa ArrietaI’ve always liked museums. But not in the contemplative way most of you might imagine. I like museums in the way a child likes his favorite truck; she looks at it, touches it owning every part of it, and pulls it apart over and over again. I like to separate every part of a museum understanding the ways it represents everything and everyone, except people who look like me. I am an Afro-Colombian woman, born and raised in the Caribbean city of Cartagena, port of entry of the slave trade in Hispanic America. Therefore, my relationship with museums and my research about them are influenced by national and global structures of power that establish a hierarchy of humanity based on race.

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