Faculty and Staff Footnotes

January 2012

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

Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes

  • Lenora Champagne, professor of theatre and performance, will be on the Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster for the next five years. This will allow her to be engaged in a variety of projects in host countries.
  • Rachel Dickstein, visiting assistant professor of theatre and performance and artistic director of Ripe Time, will be the 2012 artist in residence at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Manhattan.
  • John Gitlitz, associate professor of political science, received the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. award from the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Committee on Human Rights at a celebration, “Looking Back, Moving Forward,” held on January 11. Gitlitz was recognized for his service as co-president and then president of the Hispanic Resource Center in Mamaroneck.
  • Stuart Isacoff, lecturer in music and dance, was a visiting fellow in residence during January at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
  • Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, professor of political science, has been nominated for the 2011–12 Ruby Award of the Soroptimist International of the Americas.
  • Laura Kaminsky, professor of music (composition), has been awarded a commission for a new musical work by the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Inc. Kaminsky is also artistic director of Symphony Space in New York City and currently serves on the board of directors of Chamber Music America. Her new work is written for the St. Petersburg (Russia) Chamber Philharmonic.
  • Warren Lehrer, professor of art+design (graphic design), received a grant from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs to make a series of video animations based on voices from his Crossing the BLVD project. Lehrer also received a commission from the Queens Symphony Orchestra to compose expressionist titles/visuals for 1001 Voices: A Symphony for Queens (libretto by Judith Sloan and music by Frank London, lecturer in music). Lehrer is working on the animation, which will be performed in real time at the debut, with Purchase graduate Brandon Campbell. The new symphony will premiere on April 29 at Colden Auditorium, Queens College, Kupferberg Center for the Arts.
  • Alan Michelson, assistant professor of art+design (painting/drawing), received a $20,000 grant from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation as part of the its 2011/2012 Artist Fellowships.
  • Jennifer Uleman, associate professor of philosophy, was appointed to a two-year term (2012–14) on the American Philosophical Association’s Eastern Division Program Committee.

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Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs

  • Jan Factor, professor of biology, and 11 students completed the first offering of the study-abroad course, Coral Reef Biology and Ecology, in Roatan, Honduras, during the winter intersession. Eight students became certified scuba divers during the program, and all used scuba to learn about the ecology of the Meso-American reef, as well as the fishes, invertebrates, turtles, and dolphins that inhabit the reef. The program culminated in research projects carried out underwater.
  • Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, lecturer in art history (School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education), and Habiba Boumlik, lecturer in French (School of Humanities), hosted a poetry salon, “Women of a Certain Page,” on November 6 to celebrate three exceptional poets and their recent publications: Meredith Trede (Field Theory, Stephen F. Austin State University Press), Cathy Wald (Distant, Burned-Out Stars, Finishing Line Press), and Ann Cefola (St. Agnes Pink-Slipped, Kattywumpus Press). Proceeds from this salon were donated to Hope’s Door, a northern Westchester nonprofit that serves victims of domestic violence. This was their first salon. If you would like to join and/or propose a future salon, please contact Gersh-Nesic at beth.gersh-nesic@purchase.edu.
  • Darcy Gervasio, reference and instruction librarian, presented at the American Library Association’s midwinter conference in Dallas, Texas, on January 21. Her presentation on the virtual and physical aspects of text message reference was part of the panel “Hot Topics in Electronic Reference Services.”
  • David Gluck, assistant professor of music (studio composition), presented “Rhythms of the Game: Raising Your Performance Level” at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and at the University of Texas, Austin. The multimedia presentation was based on topics in his recent book, Rhythms of the Game: The Link Between Musical and Athletic Performance (July 2011), co-written with his colleague, Robert Thompson, associate professor of arts management, and his former student and New York Yankee, Bernie Williams.
  • Stuart Isacoff, lecturer in music and dance, presented two lecture-recitals on the history of the piano at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on January 11 and 18 in collaboration with the museum’s curator of musical instruments, J. Kenneth Moore.
  • Susan G. Letcher, assistant professor of environmental studies, was invited to participate in a research coordination network meeting at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica on February 24–26. The topics of this meeting, coordinated by Steven Whitfield and sponsored by the National Science Foundation, were environmental contaminants and long-term change in tropical forests.
  • Gaura Narayan, visiting assistant professor of literature, presented a paper on “Hastings, Burke, and a Deferred Denouement” at the annual conference of the South Asian Literary Association in Seattle on January 4–5.
  • Edward Pomerantz, associate professor of dramatic writing/screenwriting and a Fulbright specialist, was invited to give master classes in playwriting and writing for television at the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art+design (sculpture), presented “Audacity and Innovation Across Cultures” to Wolff Olins, an international design and brand consultancy, in January.
  • Jennifer Uleman, associate professor of philosophy, served as commentator on “Love’s Peculiar Appeal” by Ingrid Albrecht at the first biannual conference of the North American Kant Society at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign on June 3, 2011. Uleman also served as a mentor at the American Philosophical Association’s first mentoring workshop for women in philosophy, held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, on June 19–21. She also delivered “This is What Democracy IS Like,” an invited multimedia presentation on Occupy Wall Street, at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, on Nov. 3. Uleman organized and presented at “Thinking Occupation: Philosophers Respond to Occupy Wall Street,” a special session at the American Philosophical Association’s eastern division meeting in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 28. The title of her presentation was “The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants: Thinking Occupy Wall Street.” Another presentation, “No King and No Torture: Kant on Law and Suicide,” was given at the New York/New Jersey Early Modern Philosophy Research Seminar at John Jay College (CUNY) on Sept. 14, at the New York City Workshop on Early Modern Philosophy at Fordham University on Nov. 20, and to the Department of Philosophy at SUNY Binghamton on Dec. 8.
  • Mary Alice Williams, assistant professor of journalism, moderated a panel on January 26 at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism for the New York Press Club on political websites and campaign coverage. The panelists were Maggie Haberman from Politico.com, Vivian Schiller from NBCnews.com, and Joe Ruffalo from ABCnews.com. On February 24, Williams will be the moderator at “The Women at the United States Supreme Court,” a panel discussion to be held at the Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. Chief Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will be one of the esteemed panelists.
  • Chuck Workman, visiting associate professor of film, was invited this past fall to speak at Hamilton College’s longstanding program, the F.I.L.M. Series (Forum on Image and Language in Motion). His 2010 documentary about experimental film, Visionaries, was presented along with his 1986 Academy Award–winning short, Precious Images, at the Kirner-Johnson Auditorium.

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  • Lenora Champagne, professor of theatre and performance, published “On Belief” in PAJ, a Journal of Performance and Art, issue 100, vol. 34, no. 1, January 2012.
  • James Daly, associate professor of biology, and his Japanese colleague Takashi Aoki have published the chapter “Pasteurellosis and Other Diseases” in Fish Diseases and Disorders, vol. 3: Viral, Bacterial and Fungal Infection, second edition, 2011.
  • Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, lecturer in art history (School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education), published “Transformations and Revelations: An Interview with Poet Ann Cefola on Translating Hélène Sanguinetti’s Poetry” in WomenArts Quarterly Journal, vol. 2, issue 1 (Winter 2012), 7-10. The journal is published by Vivace Press at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis, as an initiative of the Women in the Arts organization.
  • Chrys Ingraham, professor of sociology, has contributed a book chapter, “Unnatural Acts: Regulating Heterosexuality,” in Sociology Alterazioni. Introduzione alle sociologie delle omosessualità, Mimesis, Milan, 2012.
  • Warren Lehrer, professor of art+design (graphic design), recently completed an illuminated novel, A Life In Books: the Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley, which was profiled in the December 29 issue of The Atlantic.
  • Susan G. Letcher, assistant professor of environmental studies, published “Life history traits of lianas during tropical forest succession” with Robin L. Chazdon in the journal Biotropica.
  • Shaka McGlotten, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, will present his paper “Zombie Porn: Necropolitics, Sex, and Queer Sociality” in February at the 19th annual Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference at American University in Washington, D.C., and at the Sexual Cultures Conference at Brunel University in London in April.
  • Verónica Perera, assistant professor of sociology, has published “Body and Emotions in the Making of Latin American Feminisms” in Gendered Perspectives on International Development, vol. 300, January 2012.
  • Edward Pomerantz, associate professor of dramatic writing/screenwriting, has a new book out, Dancing on Quicksand: The Collected Plays of Edward Pomerantz and an Original Screenplay, Zip Publishing/The Educational Publisher, June 2011.
  • Jennifer Uleman, associate professor of philosophy, published “Dispatch from Occupy Wall Street” in The Feminist Wire, Oct. 17, 2011.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Lenora Champagne, professor of theatre and performance, is performing a new solo, “Memory’s Storehouse,” as part of Tiny Lights, a collaborative performance with Lizzie Olesker, at The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn on January 13–29. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council. On Jan. 24, Champagne read her essay on belief from PAF 100 at a panel discussion, held at Location One in SoHo in celebration of the 100th anniversary of PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art.
  • School of Art+Design faculty members Donna Dennis, Kate Gilmore, Sharon Horvath, and Murray Zimiles are currently exhibiting at the National Academy Museum in New York City as part of The Annual: 2012, on view from January 25 to April 29. Sharon Horvath also has work in two other group exhibitions: Ground Truth: Mapping the Senses/Charting Experience at the Housatonic Museum of Art, Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, Conn. (Jan. 13–Feb. 1); and Mic: Check (Occupy) at Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Jan. 7–Feb. 26).
  • Julia Elsas, lecturer in art+design (printmaking), is currently exhibiting prints in American Impressions 2012 at William Patterson University in New Jersey, January 30–March 9 (opening Feb. 5); Current Trends in Print at the Isabella Cannon Gallery, Elon University, N.C., February 6–April 10 (opening Feb. 6); and Corporealities: An Exhibition on Embodiment at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan, February 17–April (opening Feb. 17).
  • Joseph Ferry, associate professor of music (studio production), will be performing with his ska band in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Sedona, Ariz., on Feb. 21–26.
  • Derek Greten-Harrison, visiting affiliate artist in music (voice/opera studies), produced the debut album of Etherea Vocal Ensemble, the all-treble classical chamber group he founded and directs. The CD, Ceremony of Carols, was released on the Delos label in November 2011 to critical acclaim and commercial success, earning a rave review from Opera News magazine, debuting at #3 on the iTunes classical chart, and placing near the top of the Billboard Traditional Classical chart for six straight weeks. A second album is already in the works, to be released later this year.
  • Tommy Hartung, lecturer in art+design (sculpture), is currently exhibiting his video and sculpture work in collaboration with Uri Aran at White Flag Projects in Saint Louis, Mo., through February 18.
  • Genevieve Hyacinthe, assistant professor of art history, performed in a West African ballet in Conakry, Guinea, with Troupe Youssouf Koumbassa in January. Her trip was made possible with support from the SUNY Faculty Diversity Fellowship award program. Hyacinthe has been immersed in the study, analysis, and performance of West African ballet and performance, particularly Malian styles, for more than a decade, as part of her ongoing research in West African and Afro-Atlantic performance art. This was her first research and practice trip to Guinea. Her research during the winter break will be implemented in the classroom and as part of her writing on Afro-Atlantic contemporary art practices in New York City during the 1980s. Her teacher, Youssouf Koumbassa, was one of the first Guinean ballet artists to come to the U.S. Upon his arrival in New York City in the mid-1980s, he became a critical performance artist and teacher in lower Manhattan. Koumbassa continues to teach in New York City and Conakry.
  • Warren Lehrer, professor of art+design (graphic design), will debut a short animated video, Globalization: preventing the sameness of the world, the newest manifestation of his Crossing the BLVD project. The video manifesto, which will officially be released online on Feb. 7, features the voice and words of Eugene Hütz, leader of the gypsy-punk-cabaret band Gogol Bordello. The video is animated by Lehrer and Brandon Campbell, a former student and Purchase graduate. Lehrer’s multimedia exhibition, Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America, was on view this past fall at the Tyler Art Gallery, SUNY Oswego. The Crossing the BLVD exhibit, book (W.W. Norton), and performance launched the yearlong, campuswide theme, “Telling Tales: The Arts and Discovery,” which included workshops and lectures by Lehrer and his wife and partner, Judith Sloan. This is the 14th site in the exhibit’s national tour. Previous sites include museums and galleries at Ohio State University, the University of Maine, University of Tennessee, University of Memphis, Maryland Institute College of Art, Weber State University (Utah), New York University, Queens College, Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester), and the Neuberger Museum of Art.
  • Alan Michelson, assistant professor of art+design (painting/drawing), has three upcoming exhibitions: the Eitelijorg Fellows Exhibition at the Eitelijorg Museum in Indianapolis; the 18th Biennale of Sydney: All Our Relations in Sydney, Australia; and Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City (June 26–Oct. 21, 2012).
  • Rich Nassisi, associate dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Alexis Silver, assistant professor of sociology, appeared on the nationally syndicated television program Teen Kids News on January 14. They were interviewed for a featured segment on plagiarism, produced by Purchase alumna Kristen Kamsler (’11), which aired in New York on Channel 5.
  • Edward Pomerantz, associate professor of dramatic writing/screenwriting, had his play, Electra: The Rewrite, performed on January 30 at Theatre for the New City, New York, N.Y.
  • Sarah Walker, lecturer in art+design, is exhibiting paintings and drawings in a solo show, EYEFINGER, at the Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco, Calif., from February 2 to March 10. She will give an artist talk during the opening reception on Feb. 4.

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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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