Faculty and Staff Footnotes

December 2013–January 2014

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

Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes

  • Michael Bell-Smith, assistant professor of new media, and Sara Magenheimer, lecturer in new media, received a Triple Canopy Commission for 2013 for Bloopers #0, their performance-based collaboration with Ben Vida. The commission resulted in a collaborative performance on Nov. 21 as part of the Performa 13, the performance art biennial.
  • Colleen Duffy, lecturer in liberal studies, was appointed this past January by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Second Judicial Department of New York State. The Second Department encompasses a 10-county area, including three New York City boroughs (excluding New York and the Bronx), Long Island, and the southern Hudson Valley. Justice Duffy began her judicial career in 1998 in the Mount Vernon City Court.
  • Shinelle L. Espaillat, academic advisor in the Academic Resource Center, and Francine Rubin, associate director of the Learning Center, were awarded a $1,000 Bringing Theory to Practice Grant. The grant funded a professional development workshop, which they facilitated, to promote dialogue between staff, faculty, and peer tutors about tutoring theories and practices.
  • Keith Landa, director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center (TLTC), Marie Sciangula, assistant director of the TLTC, and Kim Detterbeck, art librarian, were named fellows of the SUNY Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP). The goal of the TOEP is to “encourage faculty and staff to explore new technologies with a focus on impacting the student learning experience.”
  • Anthony Dosmestico, assistant professor of literature, was recently appointed the book columnist for Commonweal.
  • Jared Kirby, lecturer in fencing/stage combat, achieved the rank of provost through the Martinez Academy of Arms in November. This designation is the highest rank in the art and science of fencing before becoming a master.
  • Steve Lambert, assistant professor of new media, received a grant from the Art Matters Foundation. The foundation was created to assist artists who make work intending to break ground aesthetically and socially.
  • Karen Singer-Freeman, associate professor of psychology, was selected through a national competition to be a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ first cohort of STIRS Scholars. Thirteen STIRS Scholars will develop STIRS case studies and draw national attention to evidence-based reasoning and decision making as critical, multifaceted, cross-cutting capacities to be practiced by all undergraduate students in all degree programs. Singer-Freeman’s case study is “MMR Vaccine and Autism: Scientific Inquiry, Ethics, Evidence-Based Problem Solving.”
  • Jeffrey Taylor, assistant professor of arts management, has been certified by the Appraisers Association of America as an accredited appraiser of Impressionist and modern painting, drawing, watercolor, and sculpture.
  • Purchase College Faculty Support Awards are made possible by the Purchase College Foundation, the President’s Club, the Annual Fund, and gifts from donors. These awards support faculty research, academic travel and conference presentations, artistic endeavors, or other comparable professional activity. Congratulations to the 39 Fall 2013 recipients!
  • Purchase College Junior Faculty Development Leave Awards are, in effect, internal fellowships that provide an opportunity for junior, untenured faculty to concentrate exclusively on advancing or completing an important professional or scholarly project. Congratulations to the five recipients for 2014–15: John Lehr and Cynthia Lin, School of Art+Design; Susan Letcher and Alexis Silver, School of Natural and Social Sciences; and Jordan Schildcrout, Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

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Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs

  • Shemeem Abbas, associate professor of political science, presented “The Female Voice in Sufi Ritual: Devotional Practices of Pakistan and India” on Dec. 7 at New York University. Her presentation was a part of a celebration of the Alliance for Pakistan and Urdu Studies at NYU in conjunction with a seminar on the confluence of Sufi literature and music in South Asia.
  • Kim Detterbeck, art librarian, Darcy Gervasio, reference and instruction librarian, and Marie Sciangula, assistant director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, presented a poster session, “The Curious Transformation of the Culminating Student Project Process at Purchase College, SUNY,” at the ACRL/NY 2013 Symposium: The Library as Knowledge Laboratory, which took place at the Vertical Campus at Baruch College on Dec. 6 in New York City. They also presented a project briefing, “From Creation to Preservation: Transforming the Culminating Student Project Through Collaboration,” at the METRO’s 2nd Annual Conference (#metrocon14), held at the Vertical Campus at Baruch College on Jan. 15.
  • Jared Kirby, lecturer in fencing/stage combat, conducted a workshop/seminar on the Spanish rapier at the Sydney Stage Combat School in Australia from Jan. 12 to 19.
  • Steve Lambert, assistant professor of new media, and alumnus Stephen Duncombe led a workshop on arts activism or a group of visiting Pakistani visual artists at NYU’s Gallatin School on Nov. 22. Also in November, Lambert and Duncombe ran a School for Creative Activism weekend workshop at Newbattle Abbey in Glasgow around Scotland’s Independence Referendum. Lambert gave a keynote address at the Homework II: Long Forms/Short Utopias, a conference on socially engaged practices (Nov. 8–10), presented by Broken City Lab in Windsor, Ontario; and presented a visiting artist lecture at Michigan State University on Nov. 18. In December, Lambert gave a workshop, “Then What? Taking a Long Look at What You Are Doing,” at the National Performance Network/Visual Arts Network annual conference in New Orleans. This past January, Lambert and Duncombe held a workshop, Arts Action Academy, for Portland State University’s Art and Social Practice program. Lambert was also invited to a two-day meeting at the United Nations in New York for the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights. He and Hans Haacke were the two artists participating in this meeting on advertising’s effect on cultural rights, with other experts on advertising and culture from around the world.
  • Keith Landa, director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, presented a paper on “Shared Services ePortfolio Projects: Open Applications Supporting Open Education Across SUNY” on Nov. 10 at the Fall 2013 SUNY Wizard Conference in Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Kathleen McCormick, professor of literature and pedagogy, presented a paper, “Shards and Whispers: The Fragmented Narrative and Subjectivities of Tina De Rosa’s Paper Fish,” on Jan. 11 at the Modern Language Association (MLA) annual conference. She also met as part of the six-person, nationally elected Italian American Discussion Group.
  • Gaura Narayan, assistant professor of literature, presented two papers in Chicago this past January: “Narrative Arrangement and Radical Politics in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things” at the annual conference of the South Asian Literary Association, and “Ayah Un-homed: Sexual Subjugation and Silence in Bapsi Sidhwa’s Cracking India” at the Modern Language Association (MLA) annual conference.
  • Jason Pine, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, presented a paper, “Methlabs and Ontologies of Making and Unmaking,” on a panel about craft cultures at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Chicago. He also participated in a forum dedicated to his book, The Art of Making Do in Naples (Univ of Minnesota Press, 2012), with Luciano Brancaccio, Nick Dines, and Marcello Ravveduto, hosted by the southern Italianist journal Meridiana: Rivista di storia e scienze sociali at the University of Naples.
  • Jordan Schildcrout, assistant professor of theatre and performance, was an invited speaker on the panel “The Censorship of Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour,” hosted by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center on Dec. 12.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Shemeem Abbas, associate professor of political science, was a guest on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show on Nov. 21 to talk about her book, Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws: From Islamic Empires to the Taliban.
  • Michael Bell-Smith, assistant professor of new media, participated in the following exhibitions: Boiled Angel at the Woodmill, London, England (Dec. 8); They Live at Shanaynay, Paris, France (Dec. 7–Jan. 12); and Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition (Sept. 26–Feb. 23).
  • Lenora Champagne, professor of theatre and performance, performed in The Record by 600 Highwaymen in the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater in New York City (Jan. 9–18). She also had a very short play in the First George Sand Invitational One-Minute Play Festival, a benefit for New Georges, at Intar (January 13–14).
  • Donna Dennis, professor of art and design (sculpture), had her 1976 work Tourist Cabin Porch (Maine) included in the exhibition A Dealer’s Eye and Life: Hooray for Hollywood, an homage to art dealer Holly Solomon. The exhibition was on view concurrently at Mixed Greens and Pavel Zoubok galleries in New York City from Jan. 9 to Feb. 8, and was reviewed by Roberta Smith in the New York Times on Jan. 16.
  • Steve Lambert, assistant professor of new media, had work in We’ll Make Out Better Than Okay at the Charlotte Street Foundation’s La Esquina Gallery in Kansas City, Mo. (Oct. 25–Dec. 20). The show was reviewed as an ArtForum Critics’ Pick and in the Kansas City Star, Kansas City’s Pitch, and Whitehot Magazine.
  • Warren Lehrer, professor of art and design (graphic design), has had his new book, A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley, featured in Print, Observatory: the Design Observer Group, and The Atlantic.
  • Sara Magenheimer, lecturer in new media, performed in Prague at Meet Factory as part of the exhibition After the Future; performed with Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade as part of their Recess Residency; performed in the Performa 13 Biennial; collaborated on a project with Amy Sillman for her retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston; and was picked by Blouin Art Info and Modern Painters Magazine as one of the top 25 artists to watch in 2014.
  • Tara Helen O’Connor, associate professor of music, James Austin-Smith, lecturer in music, and Ransom Wilson, assistant professor of music and orchestra conductor, performed Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with a rotation of 20 performers. The performance in December was reviewed in the New York Times.
  • Lenka Pichlíková, visiting assistant professor of theatre and performance, gave three community outreach performances for Action for Bridgeport Community Development, on Dec. 3, 20, and 23, in Bridgeport and Stratford, Conn. On Dec. 15, she served as the narrator for Mary’s Story by John Ferguson (narration accompanied by organ and horn) in the Joyful Noise series in Stamford, Conn. She also directed Cinderella at the Long Ridge School in Stamford. In January, Pichlíková performed for young underprivileged audiences on Jan. 7, 10, 14, and 17 in Monroe, Trumbull, and Bridgeport, Conn.
  • Edward Pomerantz, associate professor of screenwriting, had his short film La Comida chosen as an Official Selection in the 3rd Annual Unofficial Google+ Film Festival. It was simulcast on Dec. 14 in cities around the world as part of the festival’s Short Film Block 4. Pomerantz wrote and directed La Comida.
  • Jeffrey Taylor, assistant professor of arts management, a consultant on the traveling exhibition Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World (organized by International Art and Artists and curated by Colette Loll), was a guest commentator/participant on the Canadian radio (CBC Radio 1) show The Current, talking about art forgery in relation to the exhibition.
  • Breanne Trammell, lecturer in art and design, had her ongoing performative and experiential project Nails Across America included in the PULSE Contemporary Art Fair in Miami, Fla. (December 5–8). PULSE Projects is a curated series that encourages visitor interaction and showcases ambitious artwork beyond the traditional art fair format. Trammel was also awarded the 2013 PULSE Shipping Prize.

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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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