Faculty and Staff Footnotes

November 2006

Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs
Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Michael Lobel, Humanities, had two lectures scheduled in November. One was at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, CUNY on November 15 entitled “Pop Art at the 1964/’65 World’s Fair.” The second will take place on November 30 at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, entitled “Fugitive Artist: The Early Work of Richard Prince.”

  • Prof. Shaka McGlotten, Media, Society, and the Arts, has been invited to present two essays at the University of Chicago in a speaker series sponsored by the Lesbian and Gay Studies Project. One essay explores the competing narratives surrounding a murder in West Virginia, and the other essay examines the relationships between sexuality and space in Austin, Texas.

  • Prof. Marty Lewinter, Mathematics and Computer Science, gave an invited talk on chemical graph theory at Queensboro Community College on November 3.

  • Rebecca Albrecht, Library, recently presented a poster session called “Snake Oil Cures and Detours” for the International Pemphigus Foundation’s Annual Conference at NYU.

  • Karen Kramer, Lecturer in Political Science, gave a presentation on “Political Identity in Iraq” at the Presidential Scholars Colloquium at FIT in New York City in October. The lecture examined the roots and evolution of ethnic and sectarian conflict in Iraq and explored prospects for national reconciliation in the country. The recorded presentation can be heard as a podcast on the Purchase College Web site.

  • Dean Denise Mullen, Art+Design, moderated a workshop for the second year at the National Association of Schools of Art and Design just prior to the Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. The workshop provides specialized professional development for administrative leaders of art and design programs. Dean Mullen was also a co-presenter on the topic “Working with Faculty and Professional Agendas.”

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Prof. Kate Gilmore, Art + Design, has several current shows. “Heart Breaker” (Group Exhibition) is at the Mary Boone Gallery at 745 Fifth Avenue in New York City from November 2 through December 16. Prof. Gilmore has a solo exhibition, “Kate Gilmore,” at the Pierogi Gallery at 177 North 9th Street in Brooklyn from November 17 through December 23 and a third two-person exhibit, “Kate Gilmore and Angie Reed,” at the Contemporary Art Center on 44 East 6th Street in Cincinnati from November 17, 2006 through January 21, 2007.

  • Prof. Donna Dennis, Art + Design, has work in an exhibition at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery at the Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut. The exhibition is “Disaster! One Year After” and runs from October 21 through December 10. The exhibit was organized after Katrina and Rita and explores the physical, social, and political aftermath of these catastrophic occurrences. Prof. Dennis also has work featured in the “Vermillion Editions Limited: Prints, Multiples, Artist’s Books, 1977–1992" at the U.S. Bank Gallery in Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which goes until January 7, 2007. Her work is also illustrated in the catalog for the exhibit.

  • Prof. Bradley Brookshire, Music, had a summer performance of the third of Rameau’s “Pieces de clavecin en concert” broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today.

Recent and pending work by Theatre Design/Technology faculty includes:

  • Robert John Andrusko was scenic designer for Gigi and My Way–A Tribute to Frank Sinatra at the Merry-Go-Round Theatre.

  • Christine Field was costume designer for new Nickelodeon series called The Naked Brothers Band.

  • Joe Forbes was charge painter for the Broadway productions of Mary Poppins, Grey Gardens, Les Miserables (2006), The Coast of Utopia (Lincoln Center Theatre), and the New York City Ballet productions of Opus Jazz and Romeo and Juliet.

  • Lana Fritz co-designed scenery and costumes for Wallowitch at Home Alone, a benefit for The York Theatre Co. and for Lili Marlene, a one-woman show with music from World War II, which was performed in South Haven, Michigan. She was design consultant for Glory Denied, a new opera at the Leonard Nemoy Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space in New York City.

  • David Grill was lighting designer for the National Tour of Sweet Charity and The Three Musketeers for the Northern Ballet Theatre and for Don Quixote for the Milwaukee Ballet.

  • Judi Guralnick was prop designer for John Ferguson at the Mint Theater and “Moomin Troll,” an exhibition at Scandinavian House. She was props coordinator for “Celebrate Us,” a celebration of diversity at PepsiCo, working with Wizard Events.

  • Dan Hanessian was scenic design installation supervisor for the Clinton Global Initiative ’06.

  • Jason Lyons was lighting designer for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at The New Group; Vigils at The Goodman; Evil Dead: The Musical at New World Stages; Shout! The 60s Mod Musical at the Julia Miles Theatre; and the upcoming production of In the Heights, a new Off Broadway musical.

  • Brian MacDevitt was lighting designer for The Coast of Utopia at Lincoln Center Theatre; The Vertical Hour with Julianna Moore at the Music Box Theatre in New York City; and the national tour of The Color Purple.

  • Charles McCarry was art designer for Ugly Betty, ABC; The Book of Daniel, NBC; and the film Get Rich or Die Tryin. He was assistant art director for American Gangster; Chapter 27 and The Departed.

  • Dennis Parichy was lighting designer for Carousel and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre; Twelfth Night at the Arizona Theatre Co.; and The Man from Nebraska at People’s Light & Theatre Co. Prof. Parichy was nominated for a Barrymore Award for the lighting design of Winesburg, Ohio last season at the Arden Theatre.

  • Lori Wekselblatt was production stage manager at the New York City Center for the “Fall for Dance Festival” and stage manager for the Clinton Global Initiative ’06.

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  • Karen Kramer, Political Science, published an article “Arab Political Pacts: An Unlikely Scenario” in the October 2006 issue of the Journal of Democracy. The article explores the prospects for negotiated power-sharing agreements in the Arab world between regimes and oppositional forces.

  • Palgrave/St. Martin’s press has recently released a 5th edition of Prof. Peter Schwab’s paperback version of Africa: A Continent Self-Destructs.

  • “On the Equitability of Multiple-connected Monolayered Cyclofusene” by Sasan Karimi and Prof. Marty Lewinter, Mathematics and Computer Science, has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Mathematical Chemistry.

  • Brenda DeMartini-Squires, Learning Center, has been invited to serve as a contributing editor of The Southern Indiana Review. Her interview with author and editor Speer Morgan will appear in the Winter 2007 issue of the magazine.

  • Jeff Wanshel, Lecturer in Humanities, just had two plays published by Playscripts, Inc. The plays are Diamond Cut Diamond and Ophelia. Also, a reading of a new play, Modern Entrepreneur, will take place at Croton’s Hudson Stage Co. on December 8. The fledgling literary magazine, The Westchester Review, will feature a story of Mr. Wanshel’s “String Man” in their premiere issue.

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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 contact Anne Bradner, President of the Professional Council, or to email news items directly to Agnes Benis.