Faculty and Staff Footnotes

February 2007

Awards and Prizes
Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs
Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances
Publications

Awards and Prizes

  • Prof. Elise Lemire, Humanities, was awarded a $40,000 one-year NEH fellowship for her book project, Slavery and Freedom in Concord, Massachusetts.

  • Prof. Robert Berlind, School of Art+Design, was a visiting artist at the Vermont Studio Center during 2006 and 2007.

  • Prof. Eng-Beng Lim, Drama Studies, has accepted an invitation from the University of California Multicampus Research Group in International Performance and Culture to be a visiting faculty member at the graduate student retreat in Davis this summer. Prof. Lim will lecture and work with graduate students selected from UC Berkeley, Los Angeles, Davis, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Irvine on their research and writing in theatre and performance studies.

Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Elise Lemire gave a talk on “Slavery in Concord” in January at the Concord Free Public Library in Massachusetts.

  • Prof. Robert Stein, Humanities, took part in a round-table sponsored by the section on Medieval Comparative Literature at the Modern Language Association convention in December. The discussion was on the question “Can You Be a Comparatist in Translation?” The proceedings will be published next year in New Medieval Literatures, an annual from Oxford University Press. Prof. Stein was also invited to Johns Hopkins University in December, where he gave a seminar on his book, Reality Fictions: History, Romance, and Government Authority 1025–1180 (Notre Dame University Press, 2006), to the graduate students in the history and French departments.

  • Music Prof. Richie Morales spent the week of January 13–20 conducting master classes and clinics at the Phillipos Nakas Conservatory of Music (a founding member of the Berklee International Network) in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece. Prof. Morales also performed a clinic at the Kendi Expression Center, an interdisciplinary learning center in Istanbul. Events were co-sponsored by Yamaha Music Corporation and the host institutions.

  • Prof. Zehra Arat, Natural and Social Sciences, participated at the invitational Ditchley Conference titled “Turkey: The Road to EU Membership,” held at Ditchley Park, England, in January.

  • Prof. Lenora Champagne, Humanities, will do a presentation on the Purchase College production of week four of Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays at the eighteenth annual conference of the American Literature Association in Boston, May 24–27, 2007.

  • On February 15, Prof. Gary Waller, Drama Studies and Literature, chaired a panel on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, featuring the director of the Purchase Repertory Production, Tracy Bersley, Theatre Arts & Film, and Dr. Michele Osherow, director of the Humanities Center, University of Maryland-Baltimore County and the dramaturge for the Folger Shakespeare Library.

  • Prof. Paul Siegel, Film, was featured as a commentator on ABC’s 20/20 for a piece on why we can’t seem to take our eyes off the spectacular videos this year, such as disturbing images of the school shooting in Amish country or the inspiring ones of the autistic high school basketball player who scored 20 points in a matter of minutes.

  • Prof. Kathleen McCormick, Literature and Writing, was one of a group of ten high-profile college composition scholars who investigate reading and reading theorists who study high school student reading, chosen to participate in a discussion in Chicago on February 4, 2007. For seven hours, the group was posed a series of questions on theories of reading, the teaching of reading, its relationship to writing, to other disciplines, and to larger issues of literacy both inside and outside the classroom. The spirit of their conversation will be captured in an article to be published in College Composition and Communication this coming fall.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Prof. Lenora Champagne directed her play, TRACES/fades, at the HERE Arts Center, where she was a resident artist in January.

  • Prof. Robert Berlind’s exhibition, Couples Discourse, was at the Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University.

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Publications

  • Prof. Robert Berlind’s publications include “George Woodman: Paintings 1960–2000,” a catalog essay for the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska; “Carmen Cicero,” a catalog essay, and “Emily Mason: the Fifth Element” (Forward), New York, George Braziller, 2006.

  • Prof. Zehra Arat published an article, “Feminist Project Initiatives: Common Problems and Assessments for Turkey,” Amargi, Istanbul, 3 (Winter 2006): 30–31. Prof. Arat’s article, “Kemalism and Turkish Women,” which was originally published in the journal Women and Politics in 1994, is being translated into Arabic for inclusion in a feminist anthology to be published in Egypt.

  • Prof. Kathleen McCormick published “Breaking the Silence: Theorizing Teaching in a Research-Oriented Classroom” in What Is “College Level” Writing?, National Council of Teachers of English, 2006. The article focuses on successful approaches to teaching complex research skills to freshmen and highlights the Purchase College Writing Program.

  • Prof. Gary Waller has published Shakespeare’s All’s Well that Ends Well: New Critical Essays, Routledge, London 2006, New York 2007. The book features Prof. Waller’s lead essay, “From ‘This Unfortunate Comedy’ to ‘A Play Ahead of Its Time’” and incorporates several photographs from the 2004 Purchase production of the play, directed by David Bassuk, dean of Theatre Arts & Film.

  • Prof. Mary Kosut, Media, Society and the Arts, has recently published “An Ironic Fad: The Commodification and Consumption of Tattoos” in The Journal of Popular Culture, 39 (5): Dec. 2006.

  • Rebecca Albrecht Oling and Leah Massar, Library, have an article, “Dead on Arrival: How to be 'Dead On' and Not Dead Wood When Starting Out,” in Info Career Trends 8.1 (2007): February 24, 2007.

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

Faculty and Staff Footnotes is compiled in the Office of the President by Agnes Benis from information supplied by the deans and directors. Professional staff members are requested to contact Anne Bradner, president of the Professional Staff Council, or to e-mail news items directly to Agnes Benis.