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Faculty and Staff Footnotes

April–May 2014

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

Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes

  • Maria Guralnik, assistant professor of arts management, has been appointed to the core faculty of the new Certified Performing Arts Executive (CPAE) Program, offered by the University of New Orleans Graduate Program in Arts Administration in association with Arts Northwest and the National Association of Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA).
  • Warren Lehrer, professor of art and design (graphic design), received the 2014 IPPY Outstanding Book of the Year Award for Most Original Concept and a gold medal for excellence in publishing for A Life in Books from the Independent Publisher Awards. The award ceremony will be held May 28 at BookExpo America in New York City.
  • Cynthia Lin, assistant professor of art and design (painting and drawing), has received three residency fellowships. This summer, Lin will return to the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., and Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and will offer public presentations of her work at both. In September, during her junior faculty development leave, Lin will be in residence at the Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House in Menerbes, France.
  • Jason Pine, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, has been awarded a 2014–15 John C. Haas Fellowship at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, a museum and archive of chemistry and alchemy artifacts and texts in Philadelphia. He was also awarded a grant from the Istituto Banco di Napoli–Fondazione for the Italian translation of his book, The Art of Making Do in Naples (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2012), to be published by Donzelli Editore (Rome).
  • Gary Smulyan, visiting affiliate artist in jazz studies, won the Jazz Journalist, Jazz Times, and DownBeat Critics Award for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year (2014).
  • Robert Thompson, associate professor of arts management, was recently appointed to the ASCAP Symphonic and Concert Committee and the board of directors of the Charles Ives Society.

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Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs

  • David Bassuk, professor of acting, moderated a Future of Storytelling virtual roundtable discussion on April 2. The session was on game dynamics and live theatre with Felix Barrett, artistic director of the British theatre company Punchdrunk (Sleep No More); game designer and author Jane McGonical; Matt Adams co-founder of Blast Theory, one of the UK’s most visible artists’ groups using interactive media; and Jaime Robinson, from the global advertising agency Pereira & O’Dell.
  • Lenora Champagne, professor of theatre and performance, will give two presentations in Tokyo, Japan, in May. On May 24 at The Aging Body in Dance conference held at the Goethe Institute in Tokyo, she will present “Embodied Nostalgia: Girlchild Revisited and Other Memory Traces,” which consists of an essay on seeing Meredith Monk perform Education of a Girlchild 35 years after Monk’s original performance of the piece and Champagne performing her own solo, Memory’s Storehouse. On May 28 at Tsuda College, she will give a talk on “Who's Other Now?: Questioning Difference and Privilege in Contemporary Drama.”
  • Kim Detterbeck, art librarian, Darcy Gervasio, reference and instruction librarian, Rebecca Oling, instruction coordinator and literature librarian, and Marie Sciangula, assistant director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, will present a talk, “Partnering Panthers: Library & TLTC Collaboration at Purchase to Re-envision Processes, Engage Educators, and Enhance Learning” on May 30 at the SUNY Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT) at Cornell University. Sciangula will also present a hands-on demonstration based on her guide “Zotero: Citation Management for the Masses” on May 29 at the conference.
  • Anthony Domestico, assistant professor of literature, was recently accepted to a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar on the poetry of George Herbert and Emily Dickinson, to be held at the University of Chicago in July.
  • Beth Gersh-Nesic, lecturer in liberal studies, presented two lectures on art to Alliance Fran├žaise audiences: “A History of Impressionism,” sponsored by Alliance Française de St. Joseph at Missouri Western State University on April 2; and “Early 20th-Century Women Artists in France,” sponsored by Alliance Française de Greenwich at Round Hill Community Church in Greenwich, Conn., on May 6. Her next curatorial project will be Tatjana Bergelt’s Slice of Life, opening June 26 at the Serbian Consulate in New York City, 6–8 p.m.
  • Maria Guralnik, assistant professor of arts management, will lead a panel session on student-centric solutions to arts management curriculum and pedagogy at the Association of Arts Administration Educator’s conference, to be held May 29–31 in Montreal, Canada.
  • Cassandra Hooper, assistant professor of art and design (printmaking), took a group of eight seniors this past March to a weeklong artist residency at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium. The residency project produced a screen- and block-printed portfolio edition of prints made in homage to a work by Antonio Frasconi that illustrated the Langston Hughes poem Let America be America Again. Hooper also organized a panel, “The New Curriculum: A Wake-Up Call to Printmaking in Academia,” for the Southern Graphics Council International Annual Conference in San Francisco this past March.
  • Chris Kaczmarek, assistant professor and assistant director for academic administration in the School of Art+Design, was a panelist on the Education, Arts, Technology (E.A.T.) Forum on May 20 at ArtsWestchester in White Plains, held in conjunction with the exhibition STE(A)M: STEM + Art.
  • Steve Lambert, assistant professor of new media, gave a lecture as part of “State of the Arts, Part II: The Role of the Artist as Activist in the Age of Neoliberalism” at the Institute for Contemporary Ideas and Art in Gothenburg, Sweden, on April 10. He also gave a visiting artist lecture, sponsored by the Hilliard Endowment Fund for Excellence in the Arts, at the University of Nevada at Reno on February 20.
  • Susan Letcher, assistant professor of environmental studies, along with collaborators at the Chinese Academy of Forestry (X. Lu, R. Zang, Y. Ding, W. Long, and Y. Huang), published the article “Variations and trade-offs in functional traits of tree seedlings during secondary succession in a tropical lowland rain forest,” in the journal Biotropica.
  • Susanne Markgren, digital services librarian, presented “Taking Control of Your Future: Eleven Steps to Develop Your Career” as an invited keynote speaker at the ACRL/NEC Annual Conference, “We’re All in This Together: Strengthening Librarians Through Professional Development,” on May 9 at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.
  • Jeanine Meyer, professor of mathematics/computer science and new media, led a workshop for teachers and parents, “Origami and Math: We fold under pressure,” on April 12 at the 11th annual “Explore Your Opportunities: the sky’s your limit” STEM conference for 7th-grade girls at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, sponsored by American Association of University Women.
  • Jason Pine, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, gave an invited lecture, “The Methlab Demiurge of Heartland America,” on April 17 at the Religious Studies Colloquium at the University of Pennsylvania. He also gave an invited lecture, “Methlabs, Heartland Alchemy and Material Metaphors,” at the Ethnography and Social Theory Colloquium in the Department of Anthropology at Yale University, where he guest-taught the graduate seminar, Affect and Materiality in Ethnography. Pine also presented two papers this spring: “Methlabs, Embodied Capitalism and the General Economy,” at the Society for Cultural Anthropology’s biennial meeting in May in Detroit; and “Methlab Archeology and the Exploded View,” at the American Ethnological Society’s spring conference in Boston.
  • Lorraine Plourde, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, presented two papers this spring: “Banal Sounds: Tracking the Source of Muzak in Postindustrial Japan” at the “Living Labor: Marxism and Performance Studies” conference held in April at New York University; and “Muzak, Mood Regulation, and Affective Labor in Postindustrial Japan” at the Society for Cultural Anthropology’s biennial meeting in May in Detroit.
  • Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art and design (sculpture), traveled to Tel Aviv and the Holot internment camp in the Naqab (Negev) desert in March to develop think tanks of Eritrean and Sudanese refugees as part of a project with Ghana ThinkTank and ArtPort, a privately funded art institution in Tel Aviv, Israel. On March 27, Robbins gave an artist talk at the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage in Philadelphia.
  • Aviva Taubenfeld, associate professor of literature, gave an invited talk on “History Meets Literature in the Immigration Debates” at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site in Buffalo, N.Y., on April 30.
  • Silke Vigue, administrative assistant in the School of Natural and Social Sciences, presented her senior project research, “Filter Feeding in American Lobster Larvae and Postlarvae, Homarus americanus,” on April 1 at the “Innovative Exploration Forum: Undergraduate Research in New York State’s Public Higher Education System,” a statewide research symposium sponsored by the University Faculty Senate and held in the Legislative Office Building in Albany. This event brings together SUNY Administration officials and state legislators with undergraduate scholars from each SUNY campus.
  • Cal Wiersma, associate professor of music (violin), lectured at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., on April 23–25 and was a senior string division juror for the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition on May 9–10.

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  • Kristina Bicher, special assistant to the dean in the School of the Arts, will have her poetry chapbook Just Now Alive published by Finishing Line Press in July. It was a finalist in the New Women’s Voices series.
  • Anthony Domestico, assistant professor of literature, published “‘Imagine a Carthage sown with salt’: Creeds, Memory, and Vision in Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping,” in Literature and Theology 28.1 (2014): 77–91. Domestico’s interview of the poet Christian Wiman was published in Commonweal on April 16, and he recently published the following book reviews: Jaime Clarke’s Vernon Downs in the Boston Globe, and Renata Adler’s Speedboat and Pitch Dark in Commonweal.
  • Shinelle L. Espaillat, academic advisor in the Academic Resource Center, had her review of LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs’ TwERK published in Cleaver Magazine’s online journal.
  • Beth Gersh-Nesic, lecturer in liberal studies, reviewed Diane Radycki’s latest book, Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Women Artist (Yale University Press, 2013), for WomenArts Quarterly Journal, vol. 4, no. 1 (Winter 2014), a peer-reviewed journal published at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
  • Steve Lambert, assistant professor of new media, had his essay “No Longer Interested” published online by A Blade of Grass. The essay kicked off the Growing Dialogue series of online conversations, moderated by A Blade of Grass, featuring artists and curators Jim Duignan, Jonatan Habib Engqvist and Lars-Erik Hjertröm Lappalianen, Harrell Fletcher, and Mary Mattingly throughout April. Lambert and the Post Carbon Institute published the Public Energy Art Kit (P.E.A.K.), a large-format printed compendium of 14 posters about the challenge of tackling climate change, energy inequality, and fossil fuel dependency. Working with 12 artists and the institute, Lambert led the group in producing 35,000 copies, which are being distributed across the U.S. Also in April, Creative Time Reports published Lambert’s “Is Capitalism Working for You?,” an overview of his Capitalism Works for Me! (True/False) project and recent exhibition in Times Square.
  • Kathleen McCormick, professor of literature and pedagogy, has had her short story, “The Last Two Malloys,” chosen for inclusion in Sand Hill Review’s annual 2014 anthology, forthcoming this summer.
  • Maryann McEnroe, associate professor of biology, is the co-author of the chapter “Biology and Ecology of Long Island Sound” in Long Island Sound: Prospects for the Urban Sea, a 2014 Springer publication.
  • Jason Pine, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, and Michelle Stewart, associate professor of cinema studies and chair of the School of Film and Media Studies, published the essay “Vocational Embodiments of the Precariat in The Girlfriend Experience and Magic Mike” in the journal TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies.
  • Francine Rubin, associate director of the Learning Center, has recently had poems published in CSHS, Hawaii Review, Red Rock Review, and Two Thirds North, with more forthcoming in Rubbertop Review and unFold.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Tim Albright, visiting affiliate artist in music (trombone), toured Cartagena, Colombia, with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, performing the works of Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Poulenc.
  • Graham Ashton, professor of music (trumpet) and director of the Conservatory of Music, has had several recent professional engagements: he performed as guest principal trumpet with the Paris Opera Orchestra; was invited by the Australian Embassy to be the music director and composer for the ANZAC Day Service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on April 25; and performed a concert on May 15 with the New York Chamber Brass at the Neuberger Museum, part of a new collaborative program bringing the visual and the performing arts together.
  • Matt Bollinger, visiting assistant professor in art and design (painting and drawing), has a solo exhibition, The Reservoir, on view from March 15 through May 10 at Galerie Zürcher in Paris, France.
  • Jon Faddis, professor of music (jazz trumpet), gave performances in Poland and was the featured artist at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center in April with the Purchase Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Todd Coolman, professor of music (jazz bass).
  • Joseph Ferry, professor of music (studio production), is currently in production on his sixth solo reggae album, Revival, featuring Purchase alumni J-Zone, Adrienne Mack-Davis, and Hanan Rubinstein; faculty and staff members Pete Malinverni, Jerry Mitkowski, Dave Lewitt, and Peter Denenberg; and production student Dan Kottmann. Ferry is also completing his third novel, Highlife, for release on Both the book and album will be released in fall 2014, with an international concert and book reading tours to follow. Local dates include Poughkeepsie, Peekskill, and New York City. Ferry and his Big Ska Band also played to an appreciative audience on May 16 at the college’s 42nd annual commencement ceremony, held at the Westchester County Center.
  • Elizabeth Guffey, professor of art history, was recently interviewed by DR (Danish Broadcast Association) in conjunction with a feature on her 2006 book Retro: The Culture of Revival, tracking the development of retro as an idea and of the types of people and things reflected in that concept.
  • Chris Kaczmarek, assistant professor and assistant director for academic administration in the School of Art+Design, has work in the current ArtsWestchester group exhibition STE(A)M: STEM + Art, curated by Patricia Miranda, on view May 20 through August 16 at ArtsWestchester Gallery in White Plains.
  • Steve Lambert, assistant professor of new media, exhibited a photograph in the Kickstarter Block Party, an inaugural art show held on May 3 in Brooklyn that included a survey of work by artists who have used Kickstarter.
  • Julia Lichten, associate professor of music (cello), and Carmit Rinehart Zori, assistant professor of music (violin), gave a recital this spring for the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, where Zori is the artistic director.
  • Steve Lubin, professor of music (piano), was invited by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to be an artist-in-residence this past March.
  • Scott McCrea, lecturer in acting, had his play Erosion published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2013 (Smith and Kraus, Dec. 2013). McCrea’s translation of Jean-Francois Regnard’s Le Joueur, retitled The Playboy of Paris, was presented as a staged reading by the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble at the Stella Adler Studio in New York City on March 21–22.
  • Nontsikelelo Mutiti, visiting assistant professor of new media, will be an artist-in-residence at Recess in New York City from June 3 through August 2. Mutiti’s work Ruka (to braid/to knit/to weave) will consist of braiding, designing, teaching, documentation, research, and installations.
  • Richie Morales, visiting assistant professor of music (jazz drums), performed with former student Jeremy Katell at the Turning Point in Piermont, N.Y., in March at a Monday Jazz Session night. A review of the evening appeared in the New York Times on April 19.
  • Tara O’Connor, associate professor of music (flute), performed at the La Jolla Music Society in California on March 22 with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
  • Lenka Pichlíková, visiting assistant professor of theatre and performance, had her one-woman show Gertrude reviewed on the Connecticut News blog website. Her community service activities included performances for young audiences in Stamford and Bridgeport, Conn., and directing The Wizard of Oz production at a school in Stamford, Conn.
  • Pamela Prather, assistant professor of acting, is serving as vocal and dialect coach for two productions at the Tony Award–winning Alley Theatre in Houston: Communicating Doors, directed by Gregory Boyd, which opened April 10; and Good People, directed by James Black, which opens June 4.
  • Pablo Rieppi, lecturer in music (percussion), recently recorded percussion for the soundtrack to the feature film Noah, directed by Darren Aronovsky, starring Russell Crowe, musical score by Clint Mansell.
  • James Austin Smith, lecturer in music (oboe), gave 12 performances in New York City, Boston, and Chicago with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
  • Robert Thompson, associate professor of arts management, co-created and produced the new musical Baseball Swing, which premiered April 4–6 at the Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, Calif. The musical is directed by Coy Middlebrook (Bonnie and Clyde) and stars Fred Willard (Best in Show, Anchorman), along with Broadway stars Terri White (Ain’t Misbehavin’) and Angela Pupello (Drowsy Chaperone). The show will return to the Annenberg in October, before the launch of a national tour, which will come to New York City in 2016. Most recently, Thompson worked with Stewart Copeland (The Police) in creating the production of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (a restoration of the original 1925 silent film, set to new music by Copeland), which premiered April 19 at the Virginia Arts Festival. On May 1, Thompson will be the emcee and host for the ASCAP/Columbia Film Scoring Awards event that brings together film directors and composers. Together with 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Holly Knight (Love is a Battlefield), Thompson is the co-creative producer of a new theatrical work based on the movie The Red Violin (with original music by Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano), which goes into development in June.
  • Cal Wiersma, associate professor of music (violin), performed this past winter with the Manhattan String Quartet in the Rudolfinum’s Dvořák Hall, home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague and one of the oldest concert halls in Europe. Wiersma also performed with the quartet at the Columbus Museum of Art, Providence College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City. The latter performance was reviewed in the New York Times and New York Classical Review on April 17.

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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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