Faculty and Staff Footnotes

October 2006

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

Awards and Prizes

  • Prof. Zehra Arat, Natural and Social Sciences, has been elected to chair the Human Rights Research Committee of the International Political Science Association. She will serve in this capacity for the next three years. Prof. Arat was also invited and joined the Editorial Board of Zeitschrift fur Menschenrechte, a refereed human rights journal published in Germany.

  • Dean Carol Walker, Dance, has been invited to serve as a writer for the New York City Exit Examination for Dance and she has also been invited to be a member of the International Dance Council, CID, which is affiliated with UNESCO. Their headquarters are in Paris and Greece.

  • Prof. Matthew Immergut, Natural and Social Sciences, recently received his Ph.D. from Drew University in the sociology of religion. He received distinction for his dissertation, “Searching for Nature and the Sacred: Jewish and Christian Seekers and their Quests for and Constructions of the More-Than-Human World.”

  • Prof. Karen Baird, Natural and Social Sciences, has agreed to serve on the Editorial Board of a 3-4 volume series, Encyclopedia of Issues in U.S. Public Policy. The series will have over 400 entries covering all aspects of public policy and will take about two years to complete.

  • Prof. Eng-Beng Lim, Drama Studies, has recently accepted invitations to serve on the Nominating Committee of the American Society for Theater Research (ASTR) and the Pedagogy Subcommittee of the Association of Theater in Higher Education (ATHE). ATHE and ASTR are the nation’s largest professional organizations for practitioners and scholars of theatre, drama, and performance studies.

  • Prof. Bradley Brookshire, Music, recently passed all sections of the comprehensive and oral examinations in pursuit of a Ph.D. in musicology with a Special Diploma in interactive technology and pedagogy. Prof. Brookshire’s dissertation will explore German contributions to the evolution of a new “geometric” or “neo-classical” performance style during the 1920s and '30s.

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Bettijane Sills, Dance, adjudicated the American Ballet Competition in Miami, Florida, during the past summer. Prof. Sills also taught for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the American Academy of Ballet here at Purchase. In September the Balanchine Trust sent her to stage Balanchine’s “Allegro Brillante” for the Orlando Ballet in Orlando, Florida.

  • Prof. Rosanna Seravalli, Dance, presented master classes at Ballet Spartansburg in South Carolina this past summer and also went to Florence, Italy, where she taught in the professional program at the Centro Danza e Movimento. Prof. Seravalli served as an evaluator of the school’s program. In July, she was on the New York City faculty for the American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program.

  • Prof. Marjorie Miller, Philosophy, gave four lectures over the summer on American Philosophy at Fudan University, Shanghai, PRC. She also gave two lectures in Korea—the first at Sogang University in Seoul and the second at a private reception for Korean and Western physicians at Gunsang. Prof. Miller was also recently made a full Fellow of the Columbia Faculty Seminar in Neo-Confucian Studies.

  • Prof. Gary Waller, Humanities, presented the following conference papers (October 2006): “Shakespeare’s Reformed Virgin,” from Medieval to Renaissance, University of Toronto Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies; and “Gender and Religious Violence: Walsingham, Vulnerata and Reformation Iconoclasm,” Conference on Religion and Violence, Society for Christianity and Literature, St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn.

  • Prof. Emeritus Kenley R. Dove delivered the keynote address at a conference on “Die Freiheit des Willens” at Luebeck, Germany, and shared a symposium, “Aristotele, Hegel e il Linguaggio,” at Universita Ca Foscari Venezia. He presented the paper “The Plot of Hegel’s Phenomenology” in September at the second Contemporary Hegel International Conference in Venice. Prof. Dove is scheduled to present “A Brief History of the Will” in December at a special session of the Eastern Division Meetings of the American Philosophical Association in Washington, D.C., and a lecture at the University of Georgia (Athens) and another at the University of Kentucky, both in January.

  • Prof. Stephanie Tooman, Dance, taught workshops in Mexico City over the summer to intermediate and advanced professional dancers.

  • District Attorney Janet DiFiore was the guest speaker at the inaugural John Howard Lecture on Law and Society. Prof. Howard retired from the faculty of Natural and Social Sciences in 2002, but continues to teach a course through Continuing Education.

  • Leah Massar Bloom, Library, will present “Library Instruction in a General Education Science Program” to the METRO Science Librarians Special Interest Group Meeting, “Information Literacy in Sci/Tech Libraries/Innovations at the Reference Desk,” on October 26.

  • Prof. Brooke Singer, New Media, will present her work to the Technoculture program at the University of California, Davis, as well as participating in a workshop called “Thinking the Surface: A Workshop on Screens, Mobilities, Environments in the Global Age,” organized by the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University.

  • Prof. Jeanine Meyer, Mathematics, will present “Observations on Teaching Programming” at the 2007 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in January. The presentation will be in the cross-disciplinary category (computer science and composition (English), Speech/Communications, (Graphic Design).

  • Curtis St. John, Director of Operations for Music, participated in a panel discussion in Spackenkill, New York, with the Dutchess County Sex Offender Management Project and is also consulting on a new documentary film, Boys and Men Healing, produced by Big Voice Pictures. The topic is healing from childhood sexual abuse. Mr. St. John was also elected to be the next President and Chairman of the Board for MaleSurvivor: NOMSV, an international nonprofit organization that aids the recovery of adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Prof. Todd Coolman’s, Music, recent performances include those at the Iridium, the Blu Fin, Enzo’s Jazz Club, and Sarah Lawrence College in New York. He also performed at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. Prof. Coolman was active as teacher and organizer for the Summer Jazz Institutes at Skidmore College and Purchase College. He continues as a columnist for Jazz Improv magazine.

  • Profs. Joe Ferry and Eric Helmuth, Music, recently produced an album of jazz arrangements of songs by R&B star Mary Blige, entitled “Much Obliged,” for CMH Records. The album is charting radio stations across the nation and sales are brisk. Prof. Ferry recently produced a live album of recordings from his successful 2005/2006 Northeast USA Tour. The album, a favorite on college radio, is entitled “Bootleg” and is available on Larchmont Recordings.

  • Prof. Thomas Baird, Music, and Tomiko Magario performed on October 14 with the New York Philharmonic on their Young People’s Concert series. They danced the gigue movement from Bach’s Orchestral Suite #3 and interacted with the audience before the show.

  • Prof. Richard Morales, Music, performed at the J&R Music Festival in City Hall Park lower Manhattan as a member of the renowned Mike Stern Group. From October 26 to October 30, Prof. Morales will go to Odense Denmark as an artist in residence and to perform a concert at the Musikhost Festsival as a member of the George Russell Living Time Orchestra.

  • Voice faculty members Thomas Goodheart, baritone, and Jean Miller, soprano, sang in the American premiere of Scottish composer James MacMillan’s opera, “Parthenogenesis,” at St. Joseph’s Cathedral Church in Buffalo, New York. The piece was commissioned for a conference at Cambridge University featuring Theology in the Arts.

  • Music Prof. Graham Ashton’s recent activities include a new CD release, “Kei”–Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble/Signum Records, London (Europe Jan. 2007/U.S. March 2007). Upcoming GABE performances include: New York City (Guggenheim); Boston; Washington, D.C.; Israel (June 2007); South Africa (July 2007). Solo performances: “Mystic Trumpeter” (Seidler)/Merkin (premier, Oct. 2010), France (Feb 2007), Korea (March 2007). Executive Director, Orchestra of Our Time (Sept. 2006). New commissions: SUNY Fredonia: Trumpet Concerto/Soloist John MacDonald (premier, March 2007); Embassy of Australia: Music for ANZAC Day/National Cathedral, Washington, D.C. (April 25, 2007). Design for new C trumpet for the Edwards Instrument Co. (release Oct. 2006); designs for new Graham Ashton trumpet mouthpieces for the Houser Co. (release Dec. 2006).

  • Dean Laura Kaminsky, Music, was recently appointed Curator of Music Programs at Symphony Space, a multidisciplinary presenter in New York City. As a composer, her recent commissions include two chamber works for the Lucy Moses School of Music at Merkin Concert Hall/Abraham Goodman House (NYC); a solo work for piano, “Music for Artur,” supported by a grant from ArtsLink that takes her to Yerevan, Armenia, for a festival of contemporary American and Armenian music; and a work for solo cello, “Isole,” that was commissioned with support from the Austrian Cultural Forum and received its premiere in New York last spring. Her complete catalog of musical compositions was recently taken by Subito Music Publishers, which handles its distribution worldwide. “Until a Name” for flute solo, inspired by an Elizabeth Bishop poem, has recently been recorded for a release on Capstone Records. She held an artist residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in May-June 2006 and will be artist-in-residence at Centrum Artist Colony in Washington State at the end of the fall semester.

  • Prof. Paul Siegel, Psychology, was featured as an expert panelist on the topic of depression and melancholia in Shakespeare’s plays in an ongoing program called “Conversations with Shakespeare” at Peter Norton’s Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater in New York. The program is designed for live performance and public radio with the aim of showing the relevance of Shakespeare for our times. A different topic for each show brings together experts in a field and noted Shakespearean actors of stage and screen. Excerpts from Shakespeare are performed by the actors, which are then discussed by the panelists.

  • Prof. Murray Zimiles, Art+Design, has an exhibition, “The Book of Fire” and 29 related paintings and drawings, from October 5, 2006 to January 28, 2007 at the Holocaust Museum in Houston, Texas. Recent work by Prof. Zimiles was on exhibit in Millbrook, New York, at the Warner Gallery. He was also the feature of a TV production with Gary McLouth on WPYX two times in September. The show will be shown nationwide during 2006-2007.

  • Prof. Dannielle Tegeder, Art+Design, has an exhibition, “Crash Rainbow,” on view at the Hunter College/Times Square Gallery from October 4 to November 18. Prof. Tegeder’s work is part of the exhibition “Personal Geographies” and presents an installation consisting of a fragmented projection, drawings, and sculptures that revolve around the subject of car crash fetishes.

  • Prof. Michael Torlen, Art+Design, had two monotypes selected for “The Constant Line” exhibition at Nan Mulford Gallery in Rockland, Maine, from September 20 to October 15 in connection with the Maine Print Project: Celebrating 200 years of Printmaking in Maine. Prof. Torlen has worked in Maine during the summer for the past 25 years—the past 13 years on Monhegan Island. Poet and art critic Carl Little included Torlen’s watercolor of Monhegan Lighthouse in his latest book, Paintings of Maine, published by Down East Books. The Yellow Gallery in Cross River, New York, the Lupine Gallery on Monhegan Island, and the Cordova Museum in Cordova, Alaska, also exhibited Prof. Torlen’s work this past summer.

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  • Prof. Bradley Brookshire’s most recent publication, “Beyond Modernism in Performance and Recording of J.S. Bach’s The Art of the Fugue,” came out in The Modern Mask, an online journal.

  • Prof. Charles Ponce de Leon, History, published his biography of Elvis Presley in August. It is entitled Fortunate Son: The Life of Elvis Presleyand was released by Hill and Wang, an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Prof. Ponce de Leon also appeared as a guest on a radio show based in Little Rock, Arkansas, called “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” in late September. The subject of the program was “Celebrity in Contemporary America.”

  • Prof. Emeritus Kenley Dove had a monograph, “Logic and Theory in Aristotle, Stoicism, Hegel,” published by Blackwell, Oxford in August 2006 (The Philosophical Forum, Vol. XXXVII, No. 3, Fall 2006, pp. 260–320).

  • Bugg, J., Zook, N. A., Delosh, E.L., & Davis, H.P. (2006) published an article “Examining the Roles of Speed Processing and Fluid Intelligence in Cognitive Aging” in Brain and Cognition, 62, 9–16. Nancy Zook is Assistant Professor of Psychology.

  • Prof. Dana-Ain Davis, Anthropology, has recently published two chapters. The first, “Knowledge in the Service of a Vision: Politically Engaged Anthropology” is in the volume Engaged Observer: Anthropology, Advocacy and Activism, edited by Victoria Sanford and Asale Angel-Ajani, published by Rutgers University Press. The second is “Violating Dignity: The Struggles of Battered Black Women on Welfare” and is in the volume Non-State Actors in the Human Rights Universe, edited by George Andreopoulos, Zehra Kabasakal Arat, and Peter Juviler. The book is published by Kumarian Press.

  • Prof. Zehra Arat, Social Science, authored Human Rights Worldwide: A Reference Handbook, Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, Inc. 2006. Prof. Arat also published a refereed journal article, “Forging a Global Culture of Human Rights: Origins and Prospects of the International Bill of Rights,” Human Rights Quarterly 28:2 (May 2006): 416–437.

  • Prof. Jeanine Meyer wrote two reviews recently in ACM’s review.com: “On the Web at Home: Information Seeking and Web Searching in the Home Environment” and “Institutionalization of Usability: a Step-by-Step Guide.”

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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.