Faculty and Staff Footnotes

February 2010

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

Awards and Prizes

  • The Opera Performance and Vocal Studies program has won a fifth National Opera Association Award for the 2009 productions of Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi” and the world premiere of Purchase alumnus Raphael Lucas’ “Confession,” with libretto by Margaret Vignola and Prof. Jacque Trussel (Music).
     
  • Prof. Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum (Creative Writing) has been nominated for a Puschcart Prize for her essay, “This Is How It Happens,” which was published in the Summer 2009 issue of Southern Humanities Review. Prof. Lunstrum also had a short story, “Familial Kindness” (originally published by One Story Magazine, Issue 101), recently listed as one of the 100 Distinguished Stories of 2008 by editor Heidi Pitlor in the anthology The Best American Short Stories 2009.
     
  • Prof. Kate Gilmore (Sculpture/3D Media) is a 2009/10 recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. The award recognizes promising artists who have not yet achieved widespread critical or commercial acknowledgment.

Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Art librarian Heather Saunders gave a visiting artist lecture at Sheridan College to promote her exhibition, “Titillate” (Gallery 1313, Toronto, March 3–14).
  • Prof. Karen Baird (Political Science) gave a talk titled “The Production of Silence: HIV/AIDS and African American Women” at Columbia University’s Seminar on Women in Society at the end of January. Prof. Baird was also chosen to be a panel reviewer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s special emphasis panel on HIV prevention projects for community-based organizations. She traveled to the CDC offices in Atlanta to review grant applications.
     
  • Prof. Karen Kramer (Political Science) has had a paper accepted for a major UK conference at University of Cambridge on political reform in the Arab world. The paper, “Holding On: State Strategies for Maintaining Authoritarian Rule while Allowing Private Sector Growth,” argues that Arab governments have so far successfully maintained private sector dependence on the state, thereby forestalling private sector pressure for political reform. The conference papers will be published in book form. The meeting, organized by the Gulf Research Center Foundation with the support of the Center for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, will be held July 7–10.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Profs. Marc Brudzinski (Language and Culture), Nina Straus (Literature), and Jennifer Uleman (Philosophy) are part of Tino Sehgal’s This Progress at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, which runs from January 29 to March 10. Three Purchase undergraduates, Celia Brisson, Lucas McCaslin, and Rafay Rashid, also take part.
     
  • The second Annual All-Arts Celebration of Black History Month was hosted by the Purchase Soul Voices Choir, directed by Prof. Pete Malinverni (Music). The event featured performances by singers, dancers, actors, and a special multimedia presentation of “Before There Was Jackie” by Interim Dean of Music Robert Thompson.
     
  • Prof. Pete Malinverni (Music) performed Haydn’s “The Seven Last Words” with the Leipzig String Quartet at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City at the beginning of February. Prof. Malinverni and Steve Wilson improvised intra-movement interludes.
     
  • Work by Prof. Donna Dennis (Sculpture/3D Media) is being shown in the galleries of the newly opened Tampa Museum of Art in The Hidden City: Selections from the Martin Z. Margulies Collection. This exhibition, which runs from February 6 through December 5, features a slate of international artists with multimedia installations that focus on the theme of urbanism.
     
  • Recent and current exhibitions by Prof. Kate Gilmore (Sculpture/3D Media) include the 2010 Whitney Biennial (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, February 25–May 30); 100 Years (P.S.1/MoMA, Queens, NY; organized by P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and Performa; November 1–April 5); Supergirl (Nexus Foundation for Arts, Philadelphia, PA, December 10–February 5); No Vacancy (The Butcher’s Daughter Gallery, Ferndale, MI, January 9–February 23); Spasticus Artisticus (Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, UK, January 15–February 27); and Culture Shock: Video Interventions at the QET (Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver; presented as part of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, January 22–March 21).

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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.

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 Fern Becker, president of the Professional Staff Council, or to e-mail news items directly to Agnes Benis.