Faculty and Staff Footnotes

January 2006

Awards and Prizes

  • Prof. Dana-Ain Davis, Anthropology, has been selected to serve on the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program’s Review committee. Prof. Davis was also invited to serve on the Editorial Board of Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, an interdisciplinary journal sponsored by the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. The journal maps the intellectual contours of the contemporary black experience: the various ideological debates, politics, culture, and recent history of African-American people.

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Wayne te Brake, History, presented a paper entitled “The Revolt of the Netherlands in Comparative Perspective: From Religious War to Religious Peace” to an international conference on the Dutch Revolt at the Will Andrews Clark Memorial Library at UCLA in October, 2005.
  • Prof. Dana-Ain Davis, Anthropology, spoke at Western Michigan University on January 20. The title of her talk was “No Magic in the Market: Battered Black Women in the Neo-liberal Economy.”
  • Prof. Karen Kramer, Political Science, was interviewed for the Voice of America on Arab political and economic reform. The Voice of America is broadcast around the world; its broadcasts are available in the U.S. via the Internet.
  • Prof. Ronnie Scharfman, French Language and Culture and Literature, gave a paper at the Brown University seminar on writers in exile at the end of October, entitled “Exile Within Return: New Israeli Writers from Muslim Lands.”

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Prof. Graham Ashton, Trumpet and Chair of Brass, leads the Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble on Music for Organ, Bass & Timpani, an album produced by Steven Epstein, who is nominated for Classical Producer of the Year for this and two other recordings at this year’s Grammy awards.
  • Prof. David Grill, Design Technology, is director of lighting shows for the Super Bowl. The Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder will be highlights of this year’s entertainment.
  • St. Bartholomew’s Church was the setting for a recent Bach harpsichord recital by Prof. Bradley Brookshire, Music. A review in The New York Times stated, “Mr. Brookshire’s playing, which has grown more rhapsodic over the years, was typically splendid.”
  • Prof. Harriet Shorr, Painting, is showing work as part of the exhibition “Painting and the Literary Impulse” at the Philoctetes Center for Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination. The exhibit runs through March 17 and may be viewed by appointment at the Center at 247 East 82nd Street.
  • Prof. Brooke Singer, New Media, has work included in “Database Imaginary” at the Liane and Danny Taran Gallery of the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts in Montreal, Canada from February through April. An exhibition catalogue will be available in August 2006. Prof. Singer is also on the jury of “Edgy Product,” and exhibition of work by artists and designers who are manipulating, hacking, subverting, queering, hijacking, recombining, or reformulating the notion of product. “Edgy Product” is part of the Inter-Society for Electronic Arts (ISEA) 2006 that will take place in San Jose this August.
  • Prof. Lenora Champagne, Drama Studies, will receive a $4,000 commission for her new play/performance work, TRACES/fades, from the New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artists program in 2006. A work-in-progress version of TRACES/fades was presented by HERE Art Center in New York on January 19 and 20. Prof. Champagne will continue work on the play at Yaddo, where she will be in residence in February.
  • A maquette for an early sculpture of Prof. Donna Dennis, Sculpture, “Subway with Yellow and Blue” is included in “The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene 1974-1984” at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University in New York from January 10 to April 1. The exhibit will travel to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and the Austin Museum of Art in Austin, Texas. Also, a large installation by Prof. Dennis, “Subway with Silver Girders” 1981-1982 at the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse in Miami was mentioned by The New York Times critic Roberta Smith in an article on the art fair, Art Basel Miami Beach 2005.

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  • Prof. Wayne te Brake, History, is co-editor of Power and the City in the Netherlandic World, to be published by Brill Publishers in Leiden, The Netherlands in early 2006.
  • Prof. Zehra Arat, Political Science, published an article, “Human Rights and Globalization: Is the Shrinking World Expanding Rights?” in Human Rights & Human Welfare 5 (2005): 137-146.
  • Prof. Lisa Keller, History, was interviewed in a Journal News article, January 24, called “Essays Bring Suburbia Home.” Prof. Keller’s essay is included in the book Westchester: The American Suburb, which serves as a companion to an exhibition at the Hudson River Museum on suburbia.
  • Prof. Eng-Beng Lim, Drama Studies, recently published two articles, “Glocalqueering in New Asia: The Politics of Performing Gay in Singapore,” Theatre Journal 58 (Fall 2005): 383-405 and “The Mardi Gras Boys of Singapore’s English Language Theatre,” Asian Theater Journal 22.2 (Fall 2005). Prof. Lim also published a book review of Staging Nation: English Language Theatre in Malaysia and Singapore by Jacqueline Lo in Theatre Journal 58 (October 2005).
  • Prof. Lee Ehrman, Biology, is the subject of an article “A Tribute to Lee Ehrman” in Behavior Genetics, Vol. 35, No. 6, November 2005.

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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 President's Office by Agnes Benis from information supplied by the Deans and Directors. (Professional staff members are requested to e-mail news items to Patty Bice or Bill Guerrero, Co-Presidents of the Professional Council of Employees, or directly to Agnes Benis.)