Faculty and Staff Footnotes

December 2007–January 2008

Awards and Prizes
Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

Awards and Prizes

The Purchase Opera, once again, won First Prize from the National Opera Association for Best Production of the Year for its production of “The Coronation of Poppea” last year. This is the third time in four years that Purchase Opera has won this extremely competitive and highly regarded prize. This is an amazing testimony to the work of Profs. Jacque Trussel and Hugh Murphy, the entire opera faculty, the instrumental program, and the Design/Technology Program.

Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Prof. Bradley Brookshire, Music, has been awarded a five-star review and a CD distribution deal by Goldberg Magazine, Europe’s premiere early music journal, for his new recording of J.S. Bach’s “Art of the Fugue.” The December–January edition of Goldberg notes that “his performance resembles no other harpsichord rendition in its range of colours and articulation…a rare combination of spontaneous freedom, contrapuntal transparency and a clear sense of purpose and direction…this dramatic and impassioned performance can be strongly recommended.” In recognition of the recording’s standing, Goldberg will distribute Prof. Brookshire’s “Art of Fugue” to its European subscribers. Prof. Brookshire also appeared on November 12 as part of Great Performers at Lincoln Center in Rob Kapilow’s popular series of audience-development concerts entitled, “What Makes It Great?” The sold-out performance at Walter Reade Theater was filmed live and is now available as a podcast.
  • Prof. Joe Ferry, Music, has recently released his third album of ska music, entitled “55:22.” The album is available via Shantytown Records and on CDBaby.com, among many other Internet vendors. A national tour is in the works for Spring and Summer 2008. Prof. Ferry’s band, Big Ska, features several Purchase students.
  • Prof. Michael Torlen, Art+Design, had an exhibition, “The Ocean is Blue and Black,” at the H. Pelham Curtis Gallery in the New Canaan Library during December and January.
  • The Marion Goodman Gallery in New York City presented a participatory work by the German artist, Tino Sehgal, entitled “This Situation.” The choreographed “players” in the work, who interact conversationally with gallery visitors, include (among many others) Profs. Jennifer Uleman and Casey Haskins, Humanities. An article on Tino Sehgal’s work appeared on Nov. 26 in the Sunday edition of The New York Times.
  • The elements of Art+Design Prof. Donna DennisTourist Cabins on Park Avenue have been reconfigured as Two Cabins and a Dish in the Sculpture Garden of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit, where they will remain through July 2008.


  • Prof. Donna Dennis’ sculptural installations have been included in a new book, Installation Art in Close-Up, part of the Art in Close-Up series by Crescent Moon Press, England. The book covers contemporary artists who create installation and environmental art.
  • Susanne Markgren, Senior Assistant Librarian, authored the chapter “Reaching Out to Gen Y: Adapting Roles and Policies to Meet the Information Needs of the Next Generation” in the newly published book, Our New Public, A Changing Clientele: Bewildering Issues or New Challenges for Managing Libraries?. Westport, Conn: Libraries Unlimited, 2007. Ms. Markgren also recently reviewed two books in the Library Journal: Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher, Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History, Knopf, Sept. 2007; and Clay, Catrine, King Kaiser Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War, Walker, July 2007.
  • Prof. Marty Lewinter’s, Mathematics, most recent paper, “Bilayered Cyclofusene,” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Mathematical Chemistry.
  • Prof. Nina Straus, Humanities, published “Grand Theory on Trial: Kafka, Derrida, and the Will to Power” in Philosophy and Literature (31:2, October 2007).
  • Prof. Shemeem Abbas, Natural and Social Sciences, published an article, “Risky Knowledge in Risky Times: Political Discourses of Qawwali and Sufiana-kalam in Pakistan-Indian Sufism” in The Muslim World special issue on “Qawwali: Poetry, Performance and Politics,” October 2007, Vol. 97, Number 97. This issue, devoted to the study of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations, was published by Blackwell Publishing.
  • Prof. Beth Gersh-Nesic, Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, has been hired by About.com: Art History, an affiliate of The New York Times, as art critic. Her first article is available online.

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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.