Faculty and Staff Footnotes

April–May 2013

Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes
Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs
Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes

  • Eugene Callahan, lecturer in economics, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to attend a summer workshop on the history of political economy at Duke University.
  • Donna Dennis, professor of art and design (sculpture), received the Sixth Annual Artists’ Legacy Foundation Award 2012. This award, established in 2007, provides an unrestricted $25,000 award to one artist each year in order to encourage his or her ongoing creative pursuits.
  • Suzanne Farrin, associate professor of music (composition) and director of the Conservatory of Music, was one of the composers chosen as an ICElab collaborator for next season. Out of 500 applications, six projects were selected. Farrin’s project is an opera on the love poetry of Michelangelo. An aria from the opera was performed at Mostly Mozart last summer.
  • Joseph Ferry, professor of music (studio production), had his debut novel Connected win 2nd Place in the general fiction category at the San Francisco Book Festival.
  • Ryan Homsey, lecturer in music (studio composition), and the Minnesota Ballet were awarded a Live Music for Dance Minnesota grant. The Minnesota Ballet will commission Homsey to write a 20-minute, multimovement work for string quartet and live electronics that will premiere October 2013 at the DECC Symphony Hall in Duluth, Minnesota. The work is underwritten by the American Composers Forum’s Live Music for Dance Minnesota program in partnership with NewMusicUSA, with funds provided by the McKnight Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
  • Sharon Horvath, associate professor of art and design (painting/drawing), has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for the 2013–14 academic year, during which she will be traveling to India. Horvath is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.
  • Steven Lubin, professor of music (piano), was awarded an Honorary Membership by the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Society for “lifelong services to the liberal arts and sciences.” Lubin will be in attendance at his alma mater to receive the award at Harvard’s commencement exercise on May 30. Additionally, the Bronx Council on the Arts announced that Lubin is a recipient of a 2013 BRIO award, for a Chopin recording. The award includes a cash prize and a performance opportunity.
  • James McElwaine, professor of music (studio composition), was presented with the Senator Emeritus Award on May 3 at the University Faculty Senate Plenary dinner in Syracuse, N.Y. This award honors those who have achieved a reputation for outstanding service to the statewide Senate, in several capacities, over 10 or more years. McElwaine is the seventh recipient of this award, which was instituted in 2002.
  • Rosalind Newman, visiting assistant professor of dance, received the Hong Kong Dance Alliance Award 2012 for the production of Maze, a work she co-created and co-choreographed. This work for 11 dancers premiered in Hong Kong in June 2012 and was presented in March 2013 in China at the Guangdong Dance Festival.
  • Brooke Singer, associate professor of new media, will be in residence at the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP), one of the largest international residency centers in Finland, during July and August.
  • Robert Swainston, lecturer in art and design (printmaking), received a research fellowship from Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium and an Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art in New York this past year.
  • Sarah Warren, assistant professor of art history, has received a James Renwick Senior Smithsonian Fellowship for September 2013–June 2014. Warren’s project, “Craft between Modernism and Counterculture: Rhinebeck and the Studio Craft Movement,” is an examination of the connections between the studio craft movement, vanguard art, and intentional communities in the Hudson Valley during the 1970s and ’80s.

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Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs

  • Karen Baird, associate professor of political science, presented “Women’s Rights, Women’s Health, Women’s Lives” at the Forum on Human Rights at Home and Abroad at Osilas Gallery, Concordia College, in Bronxville, N.Y., on March 21. At the Western Political Science Association (WPSA) conference, held March 27–30 in Hollywood, Calif., Baird presented a paper, “Agendas and Disadvantaged Populations: A Theoretical Framework,” chaired the panel “Theorizing Intersectionality,” and served as a discussant on the panel “Global and Comparative Perspectives on Intersectionality.”
  • Darcy Gervasio, reference and instruction librarian, presented a paper at the LACUNY 2013 Institute, “Libraries, Information, and the Right to the City,” on April 5. Darcy and her co-authors, Ari Ress (NYU) and Angie Ecklund (Hunter College), presented “Library Research for the 99%: Reaching out to the Occupy Wall Street Movement.” The paper and conference proceedings will be published in Urban Library Journal. Gervasio and her colleagues look forward to sharing this research with a wider audience this summer when they present a poster session, “Research for the 99%: Bringing Academic Research to Occupy Wall Street,” at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, Ill., on June 29.
  • Stuart Isacoff, lecturer in music, was a judge in the American Pianists Association classical fellowship competition in Indianapolis, which just concluded, awarding a prize valued at $100,000. In April, Isacoff moderated a panel with composer Michael Harrison, cellist Maya Beiser, and filmmaker Bill Morrison at the NY Institute of Technology Auditorium on Broadway. He also gave a lecture on his book Temperament at the Newburyport (Mass.) Literary Festival in April. In May, Isacoff gave a lecture-recital on his book A Natural History of the Piano, a master class at the University of Washington in Seattle, and a lecture-recital at Oregon State University.
  • George Kraemer, professor of environmental studies and biology, recently presented four papers in collaboration with University of Connecticut colleagues at three conferences:
    • Bait worm packaging as a conduit for organism introductions: research and outreach lead to policy considerations (18th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, Ontario, Canada)
    • Comparison of LED and fluorescent lighting in the culture of wild and green mutant strains of Gracilaria tikvahiae (Northeast Algal Society Annual Meeting, Mystic, Conn.)
    • Nutrient bioextraction via seaweed aquaculture in Long Island Sound and the urbanized Bronx River estuaries (Long Island Sound Research Conference, Port Jefferson, N.Y.)
    • Opportunities and challenges for the developing seaweed culture industry in New England (Northeast Algal Society Annual Meeting, Mystic, Conn.)

  • Steve Lambert, assistant professor of new media, represented the Center for Artistic Activism, a nonprofit that he co-directs, at the roundtable “Experiments in Extra-Institutional Education,” held at the CUNY Graduate Center on April 11. Recently, Lambert launched Actipedia.org, a collaborative project of the Center for Artistic Activism and the Yes Lab. Actipedia is an open-access, user-generated database of creative activism. He also led a workshop with the Center for Artistic Activism in Nairobi, Kenya, with health care advocates from Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Uganda.
  • Susanne Markgren, digital services Librarian, presented “Starting Small and Partnering Up: Collaboration and Mentoring in Publishing” on April 26 at Publish or Perish, the 42nd Annual Continuing Education Conference of the Academic and Special Libraries Division, Nassau County Library Association, at Long Island University in Brookville, N.Y.
  • James McElwaine, professor of music, Keith Landa, director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center (TLTC), and Paul Thayer, TLTC instructional designer and lecturer in new media, have been invited to present on May 22 at the 22nd Annual Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT 2013), to be held at SUNY-IT in Utica, N.Y. The presentation will be on “Gestural Melody: New Learning Tools for Musical Composition,” for which they received a 2012 Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG).
  • Shaka McGlotten, associate professor of media, society, and the arts, gave four public lectures this spring:
    • On February at Grinnell College, he discussed the smartphone hook-up app Grindr and the ways men use it for purposes other than sex in “On Not Hooking Up.”
    • Also in February, at “Abriendo Brecha/Opening a Path X,” the 10th Anniversary Activist Scholarship Conference held at the University of Texas, Austin, McGlotten presented a hybrid collaboration with Israeli composer Amit Gilutz on the ways gay rights are used in Israel to divert attention from human rights abuses against Palestinians, a concept called “pinkwashing.”
    • In March, McGlotten presented his new project, “The Political Aesthetics of Drag,” at Bowdoin College.
    • In April, McGlotten and Gilutz presented another version of their collaboration at the “Homonationalism and Pinkwashing” conference at the CUNY Graduate Center in April.

  • Ted Piltzecker, associate professor of music (studio composition), has been leading students from Woodlands High School this spring in the Great Potential Program. The focus has been on the rudiments of composition and technology and has involved two interns from the studio composition program—Eli Wolf-Christensen and Sean McVerry—along with Woodlands faculty Scott Castle and Jonathan Lewis and program director Gregoriann Rollins. In June, Piltzecker will perform, teach, and premiere new work at the China Conservatory in Beijing and at the China Conservatory in Wuhan with marimbist Jianpeng Feng.
  • Pamela Prather, assistant professor of acting, was selected to be a presenter at the national Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) conference in Minneapolis this summer.
  • Michael Puryear, associate professor of art and design (sculpture), presented a lecture on his work in the Grand Salon of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery on April 28 as part of the James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist Series 2013. He also gave a public presentation on April 27 at the Center for Creative Woodworking in Rockville, Md., as part of the series.
  • Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art and design (sculpture), and Ghana ThinkTank gave artist talks in April at the California Institute of the Arts (April 18); University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts (April 20); and Border Project with Ghana ThinkTank and USC in Yuma, Ariz., and San Luis, Mexico (April 21–22).
  • Marie Sciangula, assistant director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, Kim Detterbeck, art librarian, and Nicole LaMoreaux (librarian at LIM College and FIT) presented their paper “Off the Cuff: How Fashion Bloggers Find and Use Information” as a part of the panel “Fashion Blogs from Creation to Preservation” at the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) annual conference on April 28 in Pasadena, Calif., presenting alongside Ari Seth Cohen (blogger, author, and filmmaker) and Lisa Ryan (reference and instruction librarian, LIM College).
  • Rachel Simon, lecturer in gender studies, gave talks, readings, and workshops in April for National Poetry Month at the Bronxville Public Library, Larchmont Public Library, Falmouth Library (Falmouth, Mass.), Joel Barlow High School (Ridgefield, Conn.), Scarsdale JCC, and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival.
  • Brooke Singer, associate professor of new media, participated on the panel “Making Art with Food in Mind” at the 2013 Just Food Conference in New York City.
  • Carol Walker, professor emerita of dance, and Stephanie Tooman and Kevin Wynn, associate professors of dance, were hosted in March by the Beijing Dance Academy as guest faculty in residence in the Modern Dance Center in Beijing, China. Walker gave six presentations on American modern dance history and contemporary dance to all the students, faculty, staff, and invited guests, and taught Improvisation to the level-one students and conducted seminar/workshops with the faculty. Tooman taught Graham technique to all the students and phrases of Graham repertory to level two. Wynn taught the Kevin Wynn technique to all the students and modern partnering to level three. On their final night, they produced an informal showing of the work that had been accomplished during the two weeks, with all the students in the Modern Dance Center performing.
  • Sarah Warren, assistant professor of art history, delivered a paper, “Liberating the Italian Colony on the Neva: Italian Futurism and the Cultural Politics of the Late Russian Empire,” on May 15 at Alternative Modernisms, an international, interdisciplinary conference in Cardiff, Wales.

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  • Noah Breuer, lecturer in art and design (printmaking), had an article about his work in conjunction with the Gowanus Studios Printshop posted by Alison Dell in Printeresting on April 1.
  • Jonathan Callahan, lecturer in college writing, has a new collection of short stories, The Consummation of Dirk (Starcherone Books, April 2013), which won the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction.
  • Jon Gordon, lecturer in music (jazz studies), has a self-published memoir, For Sue, which has received extensive praise. Chimbarazu Press is now planning to publish it under the title For Susan in 2013. Before self-publishing For Sue, Gordon had taken Theresa Benaquist’s course in memoir writing at Purchase.
  • Steve Lambert, assistant professor of new media, had his work Capitalism Works For Me! True/False featured on the cover of SocialText (Vol. 31, No. 1 114, Spring 2013), an academic journal on critical theory and political practice. This work, which was exhibited at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, was also reviewed positively in the April issue of Sculpture. Also in April, Lambert’s work Invisible was profiled in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.
  • Shaka McGlotten, associate professor of media, society, and the arts, has several recent and forthcoming publications:
  • Jeanine Meyer, professor of mathematics/computer science and new media, had an article, “Moving Pictures,” published in the April issue of JsMag for JavaScript professionals and will have “Fade In and Fade Out" published in the May issue.
  • John Lehr, assistant professor of art and design (photography), had his recent exhibition, Low Relief (Kate Werble Gallery, New York, N.Y., Feb. 22–March 23), reviewed by Michael Wilson in the May issue of Artforum.
  • Cynthia Lin, assistant professor of art and design (painting/drawing), had her recent work in the exhibition Borderline: Depictions of Skin (Garis & Hahn, New York, N.Y., March 28–April 7) reviewed by Susan Silas in the online newsletter Hyperallergic: “Finding Empathy in the Confines of Our Skin.”
  • Francine Rubin, associate director of the Learning Center, has a poem, “Reverie,” appearing in the current issue of Switchback. Rubin’s poetry is also forthcoming in Border Crossing.
  • Paul Siegel, assistant professor of psychology, and Richard Warren, a 2012 Purchase graduate and former senior project mentee of Siegel’s, published an article in the April 1 issue of Emotion (Vol. 13, No. 2, 338-344), a flagship journal of the American Psychological Association. The study found that an immediate effect of subliminal stimuli on reducing avoidance of a live tarantula by spider-phobic individuals was maintained one year later. An effect of that duration by nonconscious stimuli has not been reported before.
  • Jeffrey Taylor, assistant professor of arts management, had his research on a highly controversial painting depicting “blood libel” and the possible attribution to the famous Hungarian painter Mihály Munkácsy featured in an article in the April 2013 edition of the Art Newspaper: “Was Hungarian star artist an anti-Semite? Row over whether “blood libel” painting is by Mihaly Munkacsy.” (Available by subscription: www.theartnewspaper.com/issues)
  • Joanne Kivela Tillotson, associate professor of biology, and colleague Stephanie McCann had the second edition of Anatomy Flashcards released on April 2 by Kaplan Publishing.
  • Sarah Warren, assistant professor of art history, had her new book, Mikhail Larionov and the Cultural Politics of Late Imperial Russia, published on April 10 by Ashgate Press.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Shemeem Burney Abbas, associate professor of political science, was a consultant for the documentary film From the Melody Queen to the Muslim Madonna, a history of Pakistan through its female singers from 1947 to the present. This film is being produced for the National Endowment for the Humanities by Fawzia-Afzal Khan, director of gender studies at Montclair University. (Use the password “Madonna” to watch the trailer on Vimeo.)
  • Glenda Davenport, administrative assistant in the UUP chapter office, performed locally in April with the jazz duo Hiroshi Yamazaki and Bill Crow at Red Hat on the River in Irvington, with the Michael Friedman Trio and Bill Crow at Elements in White Plains, and with the Hiroshi Yamazaki Trio at the Watercolor Café in Larchmont.
  • Donna Dennis, professor of art and design (sculpture), has a solo exhibition, Donna Dennis: Coney Island Maze, opening at the Neuberger Museum of Art on June 7 and on view through October 13.
  • Johannes DeYoung, lecturer in art and design, has a short video, Ego Loser, in the project space at Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York City, concurrent with the Joshua Marsh exhibition As If, on view March 29–May 4.
  • Joseph Ferry, professor of music (studio production), released Connected, the first CD on his new label, Ferry LLC. The CD, which features reggae legend Rita Marley, is a companion release to his book of the same title. Ferry will be touring as bassist with studio production alumus Joey Ray’s band at the Beanrunner Café in Peekskill and the National Hotel in Montgomery, N.Y.; at a special benefit for the Parkinson’s Foundation, hosted by Michael J. Fox; and in Los Angeles this July.
  • Karen Guancione, lecturer in art and design (printmaking), is on the production team of the chamber opera Cuatro Corridos, which earned rave reviews for its May 8 world premiere at the University of California, San Diego.
  • Jean Freebury, lecturer in dance, staged Merce Cunningham’s 1989 August Pace as a “MinEvent” for the 92nd Street Y/Harkness Dance Center’s “Fridays at Noon” on April 5. The three duets were performed by Conservatory of Dance students Oliver Greene-Cramer, Ariel Dorsey, Zachary Enquist, Lieneke Matte, Jessica Miller, Matthew Perez, and Kenna Tuski.
  • Christine Hiebert, associate professor of art and design, had a solo exhibition, Space for the Mark: New Drawings by Christine Hiebert, at Gallery Joe in Philadelphia, Penn. (March 16–April 27), accompanied by an online catalog with essay by Lilly Wei. Her work was also in two group exhibitions: Time on our Hands: Selections of Work by 2013 VCCA Fellows at Kutztown University’s Eckhaus Gallery in Kutztown, Penn. (March 28–April 28); and Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Artists at Hafnarborg, the Hafnarfjördur Centre of Culture and Fine Art in Iceland (May 18–June 23), traveling from the Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University (Sept. 12, 2012– Jan. 13, 2013; online catalog). In April, her work was included in the presentation at the Margarete Roeder gallery booth at Art Cologne and this month with Gallery Joe at artMRKT San Francisco.
  • Ryan Homsey, lecturer in music (studio composition), had his recent work for solo violin, The Abandoned Valley, performed by Adrianna Mateo on April 27 at the American Museum of Natural History during the Expressions of Beauty: Sights and Sounds festival. His Rounding the Apse for string quartet was performed by members of Quiet City at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City on April 5. Homsey’s work for two violins, Partner Sequence, was selected by Access Contemporary Music for recording during their Weekly Reading Session this past March. The Deconstructive Theatre Project’s multimedia play, The Orpheus Variations, for which Homsey wrote original music, will be remounted at the HERE Arts Center in New York City this June.
  • Sharon Horvath, associate professor of art and design (painting/drawing), has work in the group exhibition Elective Affinities, Paintings and Prints, on view May 9–June 6 at Van Deb Editions in New York City.
  • Jared Kirby, lecturer in physical education (fencing and stage combat), is the fight director for the Folding Chair Classical Theatre’s production of Hamlet, currently playing at the Access Theatre in New York City. He is also the fight director for the Purchase Stage Combat Club’s production of Aggressive Negotiations, a compilation of fight scenes ranging from Shakespeare to the Princess Bride. It ran at the end of April at Purchase and the beginning of May in New York City. On May 19, he will conduct a demonstration of classical fencing for the Leonia Arbor Day celebration, followed by two workshops in New York City during the Spanish Martial Arts weekend (May 24–26) and the French Small-Sword Academy (May 27–June 1). This summer, Kirby will be fight-directing productions of Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), King Lear, and Three Musketeers, and then teaching at the Art of Combat NYC Intensive in July. He also continues to teach Combat for Stage and Screen every Friday night in New York City.
  • Julian Kreimer, assistant professor of art and design (painting/drawing), curated the exhibition Part of the Story, on view March 20–May 12 at the Lower East Side Printshop in New York City.
  • Steve Lambert, assistant professor of new media, had work exhibited at the Dallas Art Fair (April 12–14) and ArtPadSF 2013 (May 16–19) with the Charlie James Gallery.
  • Steven Lubin, professor of music (piano), toured East Asia this past winter with the Taipei Symphony, performing a Mozart concerto; he also performed in a solo recital in Tokyo. More recently and locally, he performed an all-Mozart concert with violinist Stephanie Chase at Bargemusic and a concerto in New York with the Cosm Orchestra. In May and June, Lubin will be performing in a series at the Greenville Church in Scarsdale, in two concerts: a solo and a chamber performance.
  • Doug Munro, professor of music (jazz studies), has been working on a new CD that honors the music of his great uncle Harry Warren. When completed, the CD will include 17 arrangements from the Harry Warren songbook. Munro’s group, Le Pompe Attack, will be the core band for the project, supported by several guest artists, including Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo, Ken Peplowski, and Bill Nixon.
  • Janine Polak, assistant professor of art and design and the communications, events, and special projects manager for the School of Art+Design, had a solo exhibition, Shoulder Touch, at Sardine in Brooklyn, April 13–May 12.
  • Pamela Prather, assistant professor of acting, served as vocal and dialect coach in Houston at the Tony Award–winning Alley Theatre’s production of The Elephant Man, directed by Gregory Boyd.
  • Rachel Owens, assistant professor of art and design, curated the exhibition Collider at Zieher Smith Gallery, on view April 26–May 24. The show features the work of Tommy Hartung, lecturer in art and design, and Owens, among others.
  • Edward Pomerantz, associate professor of screenwriting, premiered La Comida, a short film that he wrote and directed, at the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey (April 29–May 5).
  • Michael Puryear, associate professor of art and design (sculpture), is included in the group exhibition Furniture with Soul II, which opens on May 31 at Gallery Naga in Boston. The exhibition is based on the book Furniture with Soul, by David Savage.
  • Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art and design, and Ghana ThinkTank were included in the group exhibition Between Bodies at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts (April 20–May 11).
  • Brooke Singer, associate professor of new media, presented work on April 18 in the Artistic Research Science Fair event, part of the Art in the Long View series at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Singer exhibited photography from her Sites Unseen series at the University of Connecticut’s Contemporary Art Galleries, in Gatsby Revisited in the Age of the One Percent, March 13–April 19. On June 15, she will present a performance in conjunction with the exhibition Strange Invitation, organized by Franklin Street Works Gallery in Stamford, Conn.
  • Robert Swainston, lecturer in art and design (printmaking), is included in several group exhibitions this spring: Do It (Outside), Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, N.Y. (May 12–Aug. 4); Lithography: Here & Now, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York, N.Y. (April 12–May 9); and Brooklyn Prints, St. Joseph College, Brooklyn, N.Y. (March 12–May 1).
  • Mary Alice Williams, assistant professor of journalism, was a contributing interviewer in the six-part miniseries The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us, produced by National Geographic. The series premiered on April 14 on the National Geographic channel.
  • Murray Zimiles, professor of art and design (printmaking), will have a solo exhibition of recent paintings and pastels, Movement and Light, at the Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown, Mass., on view August 16–September 8.

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Many of the above activities are supported by funds for faculty development generously provided by Eugene and Emily Grant, and by the Purchase College Foundation.

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