Faculty and Staff Footnotes

September 2005

Awards and Prizes

  • Prof. Phil Zimmermann, Art+Design, received a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Prof. Zimmerman was one of only 37 artists to receive a named fellowship, a Lily Auchincloss fellowship. The award was in the area of printmaking/artists’ books. Prof. Zimmermann was also awarded an artist-in-residency at Light Work in Syracuse, New York, for the month of July 2006. Light Work is one of the oldest photographic residency programs in the country and is affiliated with Syracuse University.
  • Brian MacDevitt, Lighting Design, received his second Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Play for “The Pillowman.”
  • Prof. Jan Factor, Natural Sciences, received an award of $70,000 from New York Sea Grant for his research on the impact of pollution on the American lobster.
  • Prof. Joe Skrivanek, Natural Sciences, will receive a grant from the Natural Science Foundation in the amount of $1.47 million over four years for his work with three community colleges serving 110 students. The goal is to increase the number of students graduating with BA and BS degrees in science and math.
  • Prof. Peter Corfield, Director of the Center for Science and Math Education, has secured three grants (totaling $234,873) from the New York State Education Department in support of ongoing programs for the 2005/2006 fiscal year.
  • Prof. Donna Dennis, Art+Design, was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation for her work in sculpture.
  • Prof. Joe Ferry, Music, and his wife Alison have made a provision in their will to create an endowed scholarship fund in the Purchase College Foundation for students in studio composition and studio production.
  • The nationally acclaimed Classical Singer Magazine has awarded the 2005 Stage Director of the Year Award to Prof. Jacque Trussel, Head of Opera-Vocal Studies. This award follows several other prestigious awards won by the Opera Program, including for Best Opera Production, conferred by the National Opera Association last year.

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Peter Schwab, Political Science, will give two lectures on Africa as part of the Continuing Education Program for Larchmont/Mamaroneck. The first lecture will analyze the crises that have beset the continent and the second will concentrate on the political and historical causes of the disaster and what can be done. The lectures are on Nov. 1 and 15 and will take place at the Hommocks Middle School Library.
  • Prof. Dana-Ain Davis, Anthropology, presented a paper, “Narrating the Mute: Racialization and Racism in a Neoliberal Economy,” at the Society for the Anthropology of North America conference in Merida, Mexico, in May.
  • Rebecca Albrecht, Library, facilitated a workshop called “Lifting the Hood on Search Engines: How They Work, Their Strengths and Their Weaknesses” in April for the Regional Partnership Teacher’s Workshop Day.
  • Prof. Elise Lemire, Humanities, will present two papers from her book-in-progress on slavery and its aftermath in Concord, Massachusetts: “The Racialized Geography of Wilderness in Concord, Massachusetts” on November 4 at the American Studies Association convention, and “African and African-American Naming Practices in 18th Century Concord, Massachusetts” on December 29 at the Modern Language Association Convention. Both conferences will be held in Washington, D.C. Prof. Lemire has recently completed several reviews of books about interracial sex and marriage in the U.S. These have appeared or are forthcoming in the Journal of American Ethnic History, New England Quarterly, and the American Historical Review.
  • Prof. Jo Ann Walters, Photography, presented “A Conversation about Representation across Forms, Cultures and Contexts” at Ithaca College. Prof. Walters gave a summer workshop at the prestigious Maine Photographic Workshops, exploring the personal as symbol and visual metaphor.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Prof. Len Stokes, Art+Design, has an exhibition with a colleague at the Kiesendahl + Calhoun Gallery in Beacon, New York from September 15 through October 17.
  • Prof. Brooke Singer, New Media, recently exhibited “Zapped!,” a multidisciplinary investigation into radio frequency tagging, in a show called “Thought Crimes” at Diverseworks Gallery in Houston, Texas.
  • Documentation of two of Prof. Donna Dennis’ public art projects was included in an exhibition entitled “City Art” at the Center for Art and Architecture in New York. The exhibition marked the publication of a book City Art: New York’s Percent for Art Program, Merrell Publishers, New York and London. The book includes a number of illustrations of Prof. Dennis’ work. Prof. Dennis has an exhibit of new work, “Houses, Rocks and Constellations.” at Five Myles at 558 St. John Place in Brooklyn from September 22 through October 22, and her installation “Subway with Silver Girders” was recently installed in Miami in the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse.
  • A stellar review of Prof. Harriet Shorr’s, Art+Design, show at the Cheryl Pelavin Gallery appeared in the June/July 2005 issue of Art in America.
  • Prof. Cassandra Hooper, Art+Design, is the current exhibitor for the Director’s Choice Exhibition in the Upper Lobby of the Performing Arts Center. The work exhibited continues the exploration of internal conflicts between identity and persona, introspection and extroversion, and private and public space.
  • Prof. Robert Berlind, Art+Design, showed recent paintings at an exhibition over the summer at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. In November, Prof. Berlind will have an exhibition at the Alexandre Hogue Gallery at the University of Tulsa. He will visit the University as The Mayo Distinguished Visiting Artist for three days.
  • Prof. Todd Coolman, Director of Jazz Studies, visited Moscow in June as a member of the James Moody Quartet. The quartet performed three concerts in various concert halls in Moscow. Upon returning to the United States, Prof. Coolman was a guest lecturer/performer at Skidmore College and he directed the third annual Purchase Summer Jazz Institute on campus. He also found time to fit in fly-fishing in the great trout streams of North America and beyond.
  • Profs. Todd Coolman and Jon Faddis performed at Carnegie Hall on September 20 in a memorial tribute to the late Peter Jennings. Other performers included trumpeters Wynton Marsalis and Clark Terry, cellist Yo Yo Ma, violinist Mark O’Connor, and bassist Edgar Meyer. The festivities moved to Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center later that evening for a second celebration that involved Profs. Coolman and Faddis and a long list of jazz notables.

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  • Prof. Marjorie Miller, Philosophy, is guest editor for a special issue of Journal of Chinese Philosophy (Winter 2005-06), which focuses on Pragmatism and Confucianism, and is working on a new edition of a book on Ch’eng I, by Chang Tsai.
  • A translation by Prof. Lenora Champagne, Drama Studies, of Bernard Marie Koltes’ “In the Solitude of Cotton Fields” was performed in the spring in Hungary, Serbia/Montenegro, and the Ukraine.
  • Eleanor Phillips Brackbill, Head of Museum Education, Neuberger Museum of Art, has an article, “Isaac Gedney Jr. and the Neutral Ground,” in The Westchester Historian (Spring 2005), a quarterly publication of the Westchester County Historical Society.
  • A recent essay of Prof. Kathleen McCormick, Writing, “Assignment 13…” was featured in a recent issue of Northwest Review.
  • The Case for Shakespeare, The end of the authorship question, by Prof. Scott McCrea, Theatre Arts & Film, received a favorable review in the London Times Literary Supplement by Brian Vickers, one of the greatest living scholars of Shakespeare.

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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.)