Down the Rabbit Hole: A Panel
Join us for an engaging panel discussion at Books & Books to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's beloved classic.
Frank Palmeri, Ph.D., Professor of English and Classics at the University of Miami
Frank Palmeri has published on comparative literary studies of the 18th and 19th centuries; satire in narrative and graphic forms; conjectural history and the history of social thought; animal studies; and the novels of Thomas Pynchon. In addition to being comparative, his work is interdisciplinary—calling on the critical methods of history, visual studies, and philosophy. His most recent book, State of Nature, Stages of Society: Enlightenment Conjectural History and the Origins of Modern Social Thought, is forthcoming in Columbia University Press’s Series in Political Thought/Political History. His current project is Satire and the Public Sphere: Caricature, Novels, and Politics in England, 1790-1910. Prof. Palmeri is an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Philosophy.
Laura Grashow-Rywell, PSY.D, Pediatric Psychologist
Dr. Laura Grashow-Rywell is a licensed child clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment and assessment of children and adolescents, family therapy and parent guidance. Dr. Grashow-Rywell works on issues such as depression, anxiety, anger management and social skills. Additionally she works with children and their families on emotional issues stemming from divorce, difficult relationships, and learning difficulties. Dr. Grashow-Rywell takes a comprehensive approach by working closely with parents, family members and school staff. Before entering private practice, she completed her internship in Newark, New Jersey at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, trained at Bellevue Hospital, NYU's Pediatric Oncology Department and trained and worked in the Pediatric Department of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Grashow-Rywell's background also includes teaching early childhood and elementary school, and the position of guidance counselor for grades K-8. Dr. Grashow-Rywell is a member of the American Psychological Association.
Victoria Row-Traster, Theater Arts Educator
Victoria Row-Traster is a consultant for Miami Theater Center, supporting the company’s Teaching Artist Ensemble and developing a Collaborative Planning model. Prior to this, Victoria worked for 4 seasons at the Royal National Theatre, London, member of the Primary and Early Years Program developing and delivering arts curriculum that aims to introduce students to theatre through top-quality productions. Victoria also worked for five seasons at The New Victory Theater, New York, as Curriculum and Publications Manager, leading the development and creation of the New Vic School Tool™ resource guides. Her teaching experience ranges from early years through to university level, and her focus as a teaching artist is mainly on assisting schools and teachers to bridge the gap between the academic aspects of a piece of theatre and art form it is exploring. Victoria received a Master’s Degree in Educational Theatre from New York University and a Post Graduate Certification in Education, Drama and English from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England.
Betsy Wise, Owner and Chief Creative Officer, Wise Branding Group
Betsy has, herself, felt a little bit like Alice. Navigating a circuitous and unconventional career, she’s encountered an occasional White Rabbit, Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts along her professional path. She trained as an actor at Circle in the Square in New York, and later toured as a stand-up comedian for ten years. That was only after realizing she wasn't passionate about her initial chosen profession – as a commercial litigator. These experiences, along with the parenting she enjoyed from her adolescent psychiatrist father and LCSW, PhD mother will serve Betsy well as she and the panelists explore the complexities of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Currently, Betsy serves part-time as a Director of Verbal identity at Interbrand, NY. Before that she led recruitment efforts for all of Verizon Communications' businesses at TMP Worldwide. Today, she runs her own branding and advertising consultancy, Wise Branding Group, where she helps businesses large and small find their strategic heart, and express it creatively, economically and effectively.