Faculty and Staff Footnotes

October 2013

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

Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes

  • Chrys Ingraham, professor of sociology, has joined the editorial board of the Italian series Liminalia (Kaplan Publishing: Turin), producing scholarly works in “marginal, intersectional, and interstitial” social theory.
  • Steve Lambert, assistant professor of new media, was named one of the Top Ten Deserving Data Visionaries by Dazed Digital, the online edition of the London-based Dazed & Confused Magazine.
  • Keith Landa, director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, is a co-principal investigator on a SUNY Innovative Instructional Technology Grant (IITG), “Cross-Cultural Experiential Learning Evaluation Project.” The project is developing an ePortfolio-based Toolkit for assessing the impact of various formats of international education on student intercultural competency.
  • Karen Singer-Freeman and Linda Bastone, associate professors of psychology, are the project directors for the Association of American Colleges Bringing Theory to Practice Category II Grant to fund “Social Action Learning Communities for Transfer Students” ($20,000). Singer-Freeman is also a co-investigator on L. Dierker’s NSF TUES grant ($599,993), “Passion-Driven Statistics: A multidisciplinary, project-based, supportive model for statistical reasoning and application – Phase II Proposal.”
  • Jeffrey Taylor, assistant professor in arts management, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Rye Arts Center, where he will also chair the center’s Gallery Committee. Taylor recently served as auctioneer at the center’s fundraising auction, “Painters on Location.”
  • Robert Thompson, associate professor of arts management, was appointed this past May as a music producer and supervisor for the newly opened Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Calif. He will co-produce four new shows with executive director Lou Moore for the center’s 2013–14 inaugural season, including Baseball Swing, produced in conjunction with the National Baseball Hall of Fame (April 4–6, 2014).

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Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs

  • David Bassuk, professor of acting, was invited to participate in the Future of Storytelling conference, a one-day gathering of technology, media, and communications visionaries, on Oct. 3 in New York City. Conference topics included immersive theatre, game dynamics, and transmedia storytelling, as well as innovative design in filmmaking, publishing, and performance, with a focus on the technologies that are shaping the way we tell stories. Bassuk facilitated three panel discussions with Felix Barrett, artistic director of the UK Punchdrunk Theatre (Sleep No More).
  • Lenora Champagne, professor of theatre and performance, presented excerpts from her new work-in-progress, I.C. (I See), at Dixon Place in New York City on Sept. 24.
  • Laura Chmielewski, associate professor of history, chaired the panel “Bringing Slavery to Practice at Historic Sites” at the annual meeting of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, held in St. Louis this past July. She also delivered a public lecture, “Religious Tensions in Early America,” at St. Paul’s National Historic Site in New Rochelle, N.Y., in August.
  • Meagan Curtis, assistant professor of psychology, wrote two papers presented in August at the biannual conference of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition. Curtis presented “The Evolution of Music: Evidence for Sexual Selection,” and Purchase alumnus and co-author Richard Warren presented “The Effects of Intonation Accuracy on Perceived Vocal Performance Quality.” Warren received a student award for his presentation. Curtis was also selected as a panelist for the Early Career Session, in which she provided career advice for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
  • Geoffrey Field, professor of history, will comment on three papers about the British cultural memory of the Second World War at the North American Conference on British Studies Annual Meeting, to be held Nov. 8–10 in Portland, Ore.
  • Steve Lambert, assistant professor of new media, and Purchase alumnus Stephen Duncombe ran a School for Creative Activism weekend workshop for a group of immigration activists in Texas on Sept. 13–15 as part of their Center for Artistic Activism. On Sept. 21, Lambert presented on Creative Activism for the fellows at the Humanity in Action New York Conference. And on Sept. 26–27, he presented on the connection between emotion, politics, and the arts at the Social Design/Public Action international symposium at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria.
  • Keith Landa, director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, presented two papers at the SUNY STC 2013 Services in the Cloud: To the Cloud and Beyond conference, held on June 18–20 at Lake Placid: Mahoodle in the “SUNY Nebula” and Web Meeting Tools in the “SUNY Nebula” (K. Landa and S. May, 2013).
  • Warren Lehrer, professor of art and design (graphic design), was a keynote speaker at the NY Art Book Fair Conference at PS1/MoMA on Sept. 21, where he presented A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley.
  • Susan Letcher, assistant professor of environmental studies, was a featured speaker at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy membership event on Oct. 20 in Pawling, N.Y.
  • Cynthia Lin, assistant professor of art and design (painting/drawing), will be presenting a lecture on her work and participating in an all-day symposium, Drawing Connections, on Nov. 2 at Brown University in Providence, R.I.
  • Peter Ohring, associate professor of mathematics/computer science and new media, and Errol McKinson (Sullivan County Community College) presented “Data Builds Bridges” in a workshop on Oct. 11 at the SUNY STEM Conference in Albany.
  • Ted Piltzecker, associate professor of music (studio composition), will participate in the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 14–15.
  • Jason Pine, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, gave an invited lecture, “Methlabs, Alchemy and the Matter of Life,” at the 4 Field Colloquium held by the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan on Oct. 11.
  • Lorraine Plourde, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, presented a paper, “The Optron: Light, Noise, and Design Noir in Tokyo,” on Oct. 18 at the Association for Japanese Literary Studies annual conference, held at the University of Chicago.
  • Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art and design (sculpture), ran a Participatory Action Research workshop with the New School for Social Research and No Longer Empty in September and was a participant in the Practical Utopias: Brioni Summit 2013, held in Croatia. Practical Utopias was a four-day summit of artists, designers, peacekeepers, performers, conflict managers, riot instigators, facilitators, TV broadcasters, educators, activists, and theorists.
  • Karen Singer-Freeman and Linda Bastone, associate professors of psychology, presented “Collect, Select, and Reflect: E-Portfolios Enhance Summer Research Program for Community College Students” in a workshop on Oct. 11 at the SUNY STEM Conference in Albany.
  • Jeffrey Taylor, assistant professor of arts management, was chosen to participate in a Kress Foundation study program at the 2013 Summer Teachers Institute in Technical Art History (STITAH) at Yale University in July. The weeklong course trained art historians in the techniques of artwork forensics, making use of the Yale University Art Gallery’s renowned collection.
  • Robert Thompson, associate professor of arts management, was invited in July by U2 lead singer Bono to join a new think tank in London to discuss ways in which music and music education can be used as a tool for political conflict resolution, as part of a new initiative by the singer and philanthropist. In August, he attended the Edinburgh Festival at the invitation of the National Theatre of Scotland, Creative Scotland, and Double M Arts & Events. Thompson worked on and produced several concerts and events as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and participated on a panel that focused on new models of music entrepreneurship in Europe.
  • Hakan Topal, assistant professor of new media and art and design (graphic design), was one of the conference organizers for the Talk Turkey Conference: Re-thinking Life Since Gezi at the New School for Social Research, Oct. 4–5. Topal was the moderator for the panel “Occupy Solidarity and its Global Consequences,” with speakers Michael Hardt (Duke University), Jeffrey Goldfarb (The New School), and Despina Lalaki (New York University). His post-conference interview of Michael Hardt was published online in the New School’s journal Public Seminar and in Birgun, a daily newspaper in Turkey. Topal also participated in the Radio Materiality project organized by Viviana Checchia and Anna Santomauro for the Athens Biennial. He is currently an organizer of the upcoming Amber New Media Arts Conference, where he will be moderating a panel, “Urban Media: Counter Agency, Counter Spectacle,” with Geert Lovink, Otekilerin Postasi, and Daniil Vasiliev.

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  • Meagan Curtis and Stephen Flusberg, assistant professors of psychology, are co-authors of the chapter “Cognition and Language” in Psychology in the Fastlane, an online introductory psychology textbook published by ByPass Publishing/Kendall Hunt Publishing. Curtis and C. Reeves have a new chapter, “Sensation and Perception,” appearing in the same publication.
  • Judith Dupré, lecturer in liberal studies, will have an updated and revised edition of her 1996 book, Skyscrapers: A History of the World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings, released by Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers on November 5. This new edition of her bestseller has 15 new essays.
  • Geoffrey Field, professor of history, will have the paperback edition of his book Blood, Sweat and Toil: Remaking the British Working Class 1939–45 (Oxford University Press), winner of the 2012 Morris D. Forkosch Prize, released on Dec. 1.
  • Keith Landa, director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, was one of the co-chairs of the SUNY FACT2 e-Portfolio task group, and co-author of the final report: Murphy, E., Widdall C., Wozniak N., Landa K., Conyers G., Roche C., Klesenski-Rispoli D., Travers N., Tjoe E., Das J., Howd E., Halada G., & Frank L. (2013). Final Report from ePortfolio Task Group. 05/22: SUNY.
  • Warren Lehrer, professor of art and design (graphic design), had his new book A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley released on Oct. 15 by Goff Books, a new imprint of Oro Editions. Events surrounding the release include a book signing on Oct. 11 at the AIGA National Conference in Minneapolis, and a performance and book signing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Institute of Boston on Oct. 24. Closer to home, it was launched with a “sold-out” performance and book signing at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC on Nov. 1. Later this month, performance and book signings will bring Lehrer to several venues in California and to the Miami Book Fair on Nov. 23.
  • Catherine Lewis, associate professor of creative writing, had her new book Thrice Told Tales: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice released in August (Simon and Schuster: Atheneum Books for Young Readers). Lewis also had a short story published in the journal Bellevue Literary Review and an essay in Creative Nonfiction + Art.
  • Kathleen McCormick, professor of literature and pedagogy, has had two pieces of creative nonfiction recently accepted for publication: “In the Backseat of a Mustang Convertible on Memorial Day in the Rain,” by Superstition Review, and “Virginity: The Bible, the Beatles, and Bubblegum,” by A River and Sound Review.
  • Elizabeth McPherson, lecturer in dance, compiled and edited The Bennington School of Dance: A History in Writings and Interviews (foreword by Charles Reinhart), published on May 31 by McFarland and Company.
  • Lisa Jean Moore, professor of sociology and gender studies, and Mary Kosut, associate professor of media, society, and the arts, had their article, “Among the Colony: Ethnographic Fieldwork, Urban Bees and Intraspecies Mindfulness,” published in the peer-reviewed journal Ethnography on Sept. 27. The article reflexively explores doing participant observation with insects and is based on methodological questions that arose while conducting research for Buzz: Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee (NYU Press).
  • Helaine Posner, senior curator of contemporary art at the Neuberger Museum of Art, is co-author of a new book, The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium (Prestel Publishing: 2013), with Eleanor Heartney, Nancy Princenthal, and Sue Scott. The authors present an incisive study of the work of global contemporary women artists. The book, which has received critical praise, will be the subject of a book signing and panel discussion on Nov. 22 at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City.
  • Paul Siegel, associate professor of psychology, and Richard Warren, a 2012 Purchase graduate and former senior project mentee of Siegel’s, published a study, “The effect of very brief exposure on experienced fear after in vivo exposure,” in Cognition and Emotion (Vol. 27, No. 6, 1013-1022), a leading journal in the field of emotion. The study found that subliminal images reduced the subjective fear experienced by phobic persons when they confronted a live tarantula. The findings suggest a novel, dynamic interaction between unconscious and conscious processing in adaptive learning.
  • Robert Thompson, associate professor of arts management, had the company that he co-founded with Brian Camello in 2002, ArtistShare Inc., mentioned in a Sept. 20th Washington Times article on composer Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks: “A highly successful and selective precursor to Kickstarter.com, ArtistShare is a company that uses fan funding to bring about a number of highly original recording projects, leaving control and ownership of the final product in the hands of the artists themselves.” Since its founding, ArtistShare has seen its artists garner six Grammy awards and 18 Grammy nominations.
  • Hakan Topal, assistant professor of new media and art and design (graphic design), contributed the article “On Botany Carcinoma” to Mobility and Fantasy in Visual Culture (Lewis Johnson, ed.; Routledge: 2014), a book that offers a varied and informed series of approaches to questions of mobility—actual, social, virtual, and imaginary—as related to visual culture. In the article, Topal discusses the idea of “homeland,” the Armenian genocide, and the importance of artistic production.
  • Liza G. Steele, assistant professor of sociology, and Scott M. Lynch (professor of sociology, Princeton University) recently published “The Pursuit of Happiness in China: Individualism, Collectivism, and Subjective Well-Being During China’s Economic and Social Transformation” in Social Indicators Research (2013, Vol. 114, Issue 2, 441-451).

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Graham Ashton, professor of music (brass performance), has been invited to perform as guest principal trumpet with the Paris Opéra this season. His first appearance on Oct. 30 included the original 1911 version of Stravinsky’s The Firebird.
  • Sue Bernhard, visiting assistant professor of dance, will be premiering a new work on Nov. 8 as part of the American Dance Guild Festival 2013 at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center in New York City.
  • Matthew Bollinger, visiting assistant professor of art and design (painting/drawing), curated The First Ending: Resembling Noir at the Zürcher Studio in New York City, on view from Nov. 5 through Dec. 20. This group show features work by Corey Antis, Matt Bollinger, and Katharina Ziemke.
  • Joseph Ferry, professor of music (studio production), could be found in Montreal during October, playing bass for reggae artist Agi on his new album Real Authentic Sounds, and performing throughout the Northeast at various venues, playing bass with percussionist Obi Kaye and his band and dance troupe.
  • Christine Hiebert, a part-time associate professor of art and design, and Cynthia Lin, assistant professor of art and design (painting/drawing), both have drawings included in the exhibition Pushing the Line: Drawing in an Age of Anxiety, curated by Neil Watson at Arts Westchester in White Plains, on view Oct. 25 through Nov. 30. Lin will also give a talk at the gallery on Nov. 20.
  • Ryan Homsey, arts advisor in the Advising Center and lecturer in music (studio composition), received the world premiere of Recurrent Stages, his three-movement work for amplified string quartet, live electronics, and tape, performed by the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s “Music to You” String Quartet on Oct. 18–19 at the DECC Symphony Hall in Duluth, Minn. The work was commissioned by the Minnesota Ballet and choreographed for the company’s dancers by artistic director Robert Gardner. In his review, Duluth News Tribune arts critic Lawrance Bernabo stated, “The high point was the world premiere of ‘Recurrent Stages’… features a kaleidoscope of movement, driven by the rhythm of the music, that achieves an almost geometric progression that was quite enthralling.” 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.
  • Julian Kreimer, assistant professor of art and design, Beth Livensperger, visiting assistant professor of art and design, and George Rush will be featured in Time/Place, an upcoming exhibition at the Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery in the Visual Arts Building at Purchase College. This painting exhibition will be on view Oct. 28 through Nov. 22, with a reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 7.
  • Steve Lambert, assistant professor of new media, has two works included in the exhibition Classless Society (Sept. 7, 2013–March 9, 2014) at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga, N.Y.: It’s About Power and Capitalism Works For Me! True/False. Lambert also participated in Burying the Lede at Momenta Art (Sept. 13–Oct. 27), which was reviewed in The New York Times. Lambert’s site-specific Capitalism Works for Me! True/False in Times Square (Sept. 20 and Oct. 6–9) continued to be reviewed and discussed on such sites as Moyers & Company, Fast Company’s Exist, and Truthout, among others. It was also a feature on NPR’s Weekend Edition and received coverage on Russian and Chinese television (as well as WPIX channel 11 in New York City).
  • Joe McKay, assistant professor of new media, has two interactive installations, Light Wave and Tweetagraph, in the exhibition MoMA Studio: Sound in Space (Oct. 3–Nov. 24), in conjunction with the MoMA exhibition Soundings: A Contemporary Score.
  • Rachel Owens, a part-time assistant professor of art and design, has an outdoor installation, Almost Antipodeans, on view in the 10th Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennial (Sept. 1–Nov. 30) in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, as part of TransCultural Express, a partnership between the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and the Mikhail Prokhorov Fund intended to foster cross-cultural dialogue between American and Russian artists and audiences.
  • Ted Piltzecker, associate professor of music (studio composition), will perform with his quartet (Piltzecker on vibraphone, Clarence Penn on drums, Vic Juris on guitar, and Andy McKee on bass) on Nov. 16 at the Tappan Reformed Church in Tappan, N.Y. The concert is presented by the Tappantown Historical Society, Tappan Free Library, and Tappan Reformed Church.
  • Marie Sciangula, assistant director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, was featured in METROs (Metropolitan New York Library Council) October myMETRO Member Spotlight. She is the newest lifetime myMETRO member.
  • Robert Thompson, associate professor of arts management, had his conducting debut with both the Hartford Symphony (April 6) and the Nashville Symphony (June 16), conducting and producing sold-out performances with both orchestras. Baseball Hall of Famer and former New York Yankee Dave Winfield teamed up with Thompson in co-producing The Baseball Music Project for the Nashville concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, for which Winfield served as narrator and host. The concert featured two new compositions by ASCAP award-winning composers Fred Sturm and José Encarnación. The new works, Don’t Look Back and Momen, were commissioned by Thompson and Winfield to honor the legacies of minority athletes in baseball, specifically Satchel Paige and Roberto Clemente. The day of the concert, Thompson appeared with Nashville’s music ambassador, Dave Anderson, at the Country Music Hall of Fame to talk about the project.
  • Hakan Topal, assistant professor of new media and art and design (graphic design), has a series of Duratrans digital prints, Sceneries, in the exhibition ArtUP! Home/s at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece, on view Oct. 10 through Nov. 17.
  • Manuel Vignoulle, lecturer in dance, presented Together We Stand, a 19-minute dance piece he choreographed for five men, on Nov. 3 at the Raritan Valley Community College Theatre in Branchburg, N.J.
  • Chuck Workman, visiting associate professor of film, had a premiere of What is Cinema? on Sept. 6 at the Toronto Film Festival. Workman’s new film, an essay on cinema as it could be best used as an art form, includes interviews with well-known directors and more than 200 clips. It won the Director’s Prize at the Dallas VideoFest 26 in October and will have its New York City premiere on Nov. 19 at the IFC Center, as part of the Doc NYC festival.

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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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