Lacey Torge is the Humanities and Social Science Liaison Librarian at Tri-County Technical College in upstate South Carolina. She is also an early 20th century cultural historian, having earned her Master’s degree and done her doctoral research (M.Phil., ABD) from New York University’s interdisciplinary Department of Performance Studies. As an advocate working on behalf of community college students specifically, she bridges an unusual cross section of interests, including American historical popular entertainments, early 20th century avant-garde performance, and theories of spectatorship and affect alongside the fundamentals of visual, media, and digital literacy education and progressive instructional design theories and methods.
Torge has taught courses in popular culture theory and history; aesthetics; art and social responsibility; arts research methodology; and others at NYU, the New School for Social Research, Anderson University, and pre-college courses at Williams College. She has presented papers around the globe, including at the annual conferences for the American Studies Association, Popular Culture Association, Australasian Drama Studies Association, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Nineteenth Century Studies Association, in addition to smaller colloquia. She worked as a Reference Associate at Bobst Library at NYU and as Outreach Librarian and Digital Services Librarian at Anderson County Public Library in South Carolina. She has served as a private research consultant as well as a contractor for projects at the Museum of the City of New York and Nash Productions in Hollywood. In addition to organizing academic conferences, Lacey worked on comics programming for Dragoncon and helped to launch the Electric City Comic-con(Anderson, SC). She currently serves on the board for Library Juice Press and is currently working on a book on the role of libraries in art literacy education.