Faculty and Staff Footnotes

December 2011

Appointments, Awards, and Prizes
Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs
Publications
Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

Appointments, Awards, and Prizes

  • Edmund Cionek, lecturer in the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, has been appointed to the College Music Society Music Composition Advisory Board.
     
  • Larry Clark, associate professor of dance, was appointed the artistic director and one of three adjudicators for a new festival, Asia Youth Dance 2011, in Hong Kong. Clark adjudicated 16 dances from Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China; taught a master class; and chaired a debate on choreography. The two other adjudicators, To Siu Leung and Xing Duoli, are distinguished dance artists recognized throughout China. The festival directors are Purchase alumni based in Singapore: Selina Tan (a former professional dancer in Hong Kong and China) and her husband Tommy Wong (a well-known lighting designer in Hong Kong and China). Wong received his MFA from Purchase in theatre design/technology (lighting design concentration) and Tan earned her BFA degree at Purchase.
     
  • Tommy Hartung and Sarah Walker, lecturers in art+design, are recipients of the 2011 Painters and Sculptors Grant Program from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. The $25,000 grant, established in 1993 to assist individual artists, is given to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality.
     
  • Susan G. Letcher, assistant professor of environmental studies, was awarded a five-year National Science Foundation grant for $441,524, along with Deborah A. Clark (University of Missouri, St. Louis). The grant title is “LTREB Renewal: Multidecadal performance of tropical rainforest canopy trees—climate change, disturbance, and ontogeny.” This study is by far the longest investigation of annual tropical rainforest performance worldwide. This five-year project renewal, which will bring the total period spanned by the La Selva measurements to 33 years, will greatly increase scientific understanding of the affects of warming and other potentially-changing climatic factors on tropical rainforest trees.
     
  • Marie Sciangula, assistant director of instructional technology, has been appointed to the myMETRO Advisory Council (Metropolitan New York Library Council). Additionally, her METRO LibGuide, “Citation and Research Management Tools,” was selected as the #1 top 10 LibGuide of 2011 by Mendeley, a free reference manager and academic social network that can help scholars organize their research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research in their field.

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, professor of political science, was invited by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights to participate in its international conference, “Human Rights: Current State of Debate, ” held December 8–10 in Warsaw, Poland. She delivered two papers, “The EU Bias in Favor of Civil and Political Rights and Promotion of Neoliberalism” and “Human Dignity and Rights: Limits of Liberal Democracy and Welfare State.” The papers will be published in a book of the conference proceedings.
     
  • Antonio C. Cuyler, assistant professor of arts management, gave a presentation to faculty and graduate students at Florida State University on “Four Critical Issues for Research in Arts Administration.”
     
  • John Gitlitz, associate professor of political science, had the honor of being one of 11 invited speakers at the three-day Third International Congress on Intercultural Justice, organized by the Peruvian Judiciary. His talk analyzed the mechanisms of peasant/native justice. The more than 400 attendees included five Supreme Court Justices, judges from the majority of Appeals Courts in the country, and other judges, as well as academics, peasant community and ronda leaders, and indigenous leaders from the Amazon region.
     
  • David Gluck, assistant professor of music, facilitated two separate multimedia presentations that addressed the link between athletic and musical performance, and how leadership and belief in oneself are critical foundations. The first presentation was given to 12 middle school students from the WestHab Community Center in Mount Vernon, and the second was to 15 high school students from the Sports and Arts in School Foundation in Yonkers.
     
  • Barbara Hauptman, visiting assistant professor of arts management, gave a four-hour workshop, “The Director’s Life,” for theatre management graduate students at the Yale School of Drama on November 3 in New Haven, Conn.
     
  • Stuart Isacoff, lecturer in music, gave an author talk, “A History of the Piano: From Mozart to Modern Jazz,” at the 92nd Street Y in New York City on December 6. On January 1 and 18, he will lecture on the history of the piano at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with Ken Moore, the museum’s curator of musical instruments.
     
  • Jason Pine, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, was invited to give a presentation of his forthcoming book, The Art of Making Do in Naples, at Hofstra University, as part of the conference “Delirious Naples: For a Cultural, Intellectual, and Urban History of the City of the Sun.” He also participated in the workshop “Methodological Problems in Urban Anthropology” at the Institute for Philosophical Studies in Naples.
     
  • Michael Taub, lecturer in the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, participated on a panel discussion of an Israeli play at the 14th St. Y in New York City on November 12. The panel discussion’s talkback followed the performance of Motti Lerner’s The Pangs of the Messiah, a play dealing with the politics of Jewish settlers on the West Bank.

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Publications

  • Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, professor of political science, had an article, “Globalization, Feminisms and Women’s Empowerment: Comments on Rhoda Howard-Hassmann’s Essay, ‘Universal Women’s Rights since 1970,’” published in the Journal of Human Rights, December 2011. Arat also had a book chapter, “From Omission to Reluctant Recognition: Political Parties’ Approach to Women’s Rights in Turkey,” published in Human Rights in the Middle East: Interdisciplinary Frameworks, Goals, and Strategies, Mahmood Monshipouri, editor (New York: Palgrave, 2011).
     
  • Antonio C. Cuyler, assistant professor of arts management, will have an essay, “Living Beyond the Dream Deferred: An Auto/ethnography of My Experiences in the Academy,” published next fall in the anthology Overcoming Adversity in Academia: Reflections From the Ivory Tower by University Press of America. This anthology is a collection of expository essays on the experiences of Generation X professors in the academy.
     
  • Stuart Isacoff, lecturer in music, wrote the cover story for the 2012 edition of “Musical America,” the “bible” of the classical music industry. His feature is about the winners of the publication’s “Musicians of the Year” category: cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, who are coartistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
     
  • Carmen Oquendo-Villar, assistant professor of cinema studies, had a chapter published in two edited anthologies: Accounting for Violence: Marketing Memory in Latin America (Durham: Duke University Press, 2011) and Lección errante: Mayra Santos Febres y el Caribe contemporáneo (San Juan, P.R.: Isla Negra Editores, 2011).

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Kate Gilmore, assistant professor of art+design (sculpture), has work in the following group shows: “Campaign,” curated by Amy Smith-Stewart, C24 Gallery, New York, NY, Jan. 12–Feb. 25; “The Annual: 2012,” National Academy Museum, New York, NY, Jan.25–April 2; and “Unfolding Tales: Selections from the Contemporary Collection,” Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (long-term installation). Both Gilmore and Kirsten Nelson (Operations and Curatorial Affairs Manager, School of Art+Design) have work in the exhibition “Broken Homes” at Momenta Art in Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 9–Jan. 22.
     
  • Peter Saleh, lecturer in dance, performed on December 4 in front of the Boston Pops Orchestra at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) with the Exit 9 Percussion Group in a marimba and vibraphone duo program as part of their Prelude series. On December 16, Saleh performed on percussion in Conrad Susa’s “Carols and Lullabies” with the Greenwich Village Singers at St. Joseph’s Church in New York City.
     
  • Curtis St. John, director of operations in the Conservatory of Music and a past president and media spokesperson for MaleSurvior, was interviewed for a CNN podcast about sexual abuse recovery stemming from the recent college scandals.

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Many of the above activities are supported by funds for faculty development generously provided by Eugene and Emily Grant, and by the Purchase College Foundation.

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