News About President Starr
- Pacific Standard: What Makes a Poem Really Pop, November 30, 2017
- Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr to be Inaugurated Saturday, October 12, 2017
- Black Enterprise: Pomona College Selects Starr as its New President, January 25, 2017
- Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Pomona College Names G. Gabrielle Starr President, December 11, 2016
- Tallahassee Democrat: Lincoln Grad Makes History with California College Presidency Appointment, December 9, 2016
- Los Angeles Times: Pomona College’s New President Will Be the First Woman and African American to Lead the Campus, December 8, 2016
- Southern California News Group: Pomona College Picks NYU Dean as New President, December 8, 2016
- NPR: Can Neuroscience Help Us Understand Art? February 19, 2016
Inauguration of President G. Gabrielle Starr
Pomona College, October 14, 2017
“We must yield respect, and walk a humble path forward, recalling that we are on the paths we walk because others stepped before us; let us choose our own steps wisely as we seek our Pomona together.”
2017 Convocation: Pomona Now
Pomona College, August 29, 2017
"Let us together make Pomona Now our shelter, our home, our field, our worlds. Let us make our words count. Let us open wide our fields and minds, so that Pomona Now will be stronger, better and wiser, together."
Introducing G. Gabrielle Starr, 10th President of Pomona College
Pomona College, December 8, 2016
“In fact, what Pomona does is give access to the true inheritance of humankind. Whether it's our history, culture, our sense of inquiry, innovation, our search for knowledge that is fundamentally unquenchable... It’s a path that we walk together toward the future we will make for ourselves. And it is the right one. That's why I'm honored, in fact to be here, and to be Pomona's 10th president.”
Debate: Can Neuroscience Help Us Understand Art?
NYU Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness, December 23, 2015
“When I say I’m engaging in cognitive neuroscience of aesthetics, it means something quite particular... we combine behavioral investigation with various forms of neuroimaging, from fMRI to EEG, and also looking at neuromuscular responses, cortical excitability, it’s a range of things that go on the brain.”
Neither Immersion nor Distraction: How We Engage the Arts
Why the Humanities Conference – Kent State University, July 9, 2015
“I want to talk about how we can approach the arts using a combination of tools. I think criticism is the best way to learn about the arts themselves. But, to learn more about how the arts move us and the function of the arts or the role the arts may play…neuroscience and criticism together make a very powerful combination.”
Selected Scholarly Work
- Feeling Beauty: The Sister Arts and the Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013 (paperback 2015), Finalist for the Christian Gauss Award of Phi Beta Kappa
- Lyric Generations: Poetry and the Novel in the Long Eighteenth Century, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004 (paperback 2015)
Selected Articles, Essays and Book Chapters
- “Motion in Stevens and Frost.” The Wallace Stevens Journal 41:1 (2017): 90-92.
- “Aesthetics and Impossible Embodiment: Stevens, Imagery and Disorientation.” The Wallace Stevens Journal 39:2 (2015): 157-81.
- “Art Reaches Within: Aesthetic Experience, the Self and the Default Mode Network.” Frontiers in Neuroscience 7:258 (2013).
- “Aesthetics and Taste: The Beautiful, the Sublime, and Beyond in the Eighteenth Century.” A Companion to British Literature: Volume III: Long Eighteenth-Century Literature 1660-1837, London: Blackwell (2014): 258-76.
- “Personalized Visual Aesthetics.” Proceedings of SPIE: Quality of Experience: Cognition, Emotion and Aesthetics 9014 (2014).
- “Evolved Reading and the Science(s) of Literary Study.” Critical Inquiry (Winter 2012): 418-25.
- “The Brain on Art: Intense Aesthetic Experience Activates the Default Mode Network.” Frontiers of Human Neuroscience 6:66 (2012).