Faculty and Staff Footnotes

January 2010

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

Awards and Prizes

  • The Center for Online International Learning (COIL) has just been announced as a winner of an ACE competition for Innovative Use of Technology to Promote Internationalization. Congratulations to Prof. Jon Rubin, Director of COIL, and his team for their significant contribution to a globalization strategy across the SUNY system. Prof. Rubin has been invited to present his project at the 2010 Internationalization Collaborative Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA in February. Additionally, winners will be recognized at the ACE Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, at the international reception in March.
     
  • Prof. Du Yun (Music), an internationally acclaimed composer, has been awarded the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's (DSO) Fourth Annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers. She was chosen from more than 50 applicants from the U.S., China, Korea, Israel, Austria, and the United Kingdom. She will compose a new work that will receive its world premiere in the DSO’s 2010-2011 classical subscription series. In addition to performances of her work, Prof. Yun will receive a $10,000 prize and a one-month residency at the Ucross Foundation, an internationally known artist’s retreat located on the High Plains in northern Wyoming. The Foundation is the DSO’s new partner in recognizing and awarding exceptional female composers.
     
  • Nikolaus Lentner, Director of Purchasing, was presented a proclamation by State Senator Eric Adams that commended Nik’s exemplary service to the community and state. The proclamation is awarded for unique achievement in professional or other endeavors and for good citizenship.
     
  • Prof. Zehra Arat (Political Science) has been designated to serve on the committee that will select the new editorial team for the journal Politics and Gender.

Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Zehra Arat presented a paper, “Legislating Women’s Rights in Turkey: Restrictive Institutions, Reformist Tides, and Women’s Activism,” at the Annual Convention of the Middle Eastern Studies Association in Boston in November 2009.
     
  • Prof. Shemeem Abbas (Political Science) has returned from Austin, TX, where she was working on the manuscript of a book, On the Margins of State and Empire: Theorizing Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws, to be published by the University of Texas Press. While in Texas, Prof. Abbas presented “Blasphemy Contexts and Islamic Empires,” which focused on Islamic empires’ creation of blasphemy laws that appropriated prophetic authority from Muhammad. In the past, these laws were used to govern vast empires and in present times they were used to gain geopolitical control of the region. Prof. Abbas also gave a presentation for an Austin women’s book club on the book Three Cups of Tea, about the establishment of schools for girls in Northern Pakistan and areas held by the Taliban.
     
  • Prof. Robert Stein (English Literature) organized and chaired the panel “Global Chaucer: The Circulation of Translation in the 14th and 21st Centuries” for the Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association in Philadelphia.
     
  • Prof. Habiba Boumik (Humanities and Liberal Studies) presented a paper at the American Anthropological Association conference in Philadelphia at the beginning of December. The paper’s title was “Feminism and Cultural Relativism: The Headscarf Controversy in France and the ‘End’ of Relativism.”

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Interim Dean Robert Thompson and Prof. David Gluck (Music) appeared as soloists with the Waco Symphony in Texas at the beginning of December, performing with the ensemble Rhythm & Brass, which is sponsored by Yamaha. Dr. Thompson will also appear with the Tucson Symphony in February, and his book, Baseball’s Greatest Hit: The Story of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”, was favorably reviewed in the Journal of the Society for American Music (Volume 3, Number 4, 2009 Issue).
     
  • Prof. Pete Malinverni (Music) led members of the Purchase Soul Voices and the Devoe Street Baptist Church Choir of Brooklyn at the weekend Sabbath Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King at the Westchester Reform Temple. Prof. Malinverni also appears on this and next week’s episodes of “Piano Jazz” on NPR. In celebration of Marian McPartland’s 30th anniversary on the show, Elvis Costello “turned the tables” and interviewed Marian. Malinverni accompanies Costello at the piano. There are also fascinating clips of some of McPartland’s earlier shows, including those with Mary Lou Williams and Bill Evans. This week’s show may be heard on www.npr.org; the second installment can be heard next week. Check your local NPR schedule for times and days.
     
  • Grammy-winning pianist Prof. Hal Galper and his trio, featuring Jeff Johnson on bass and John Bishop on drums, will be playing music from their new Origin Records release, “E Pluribus Unum,” at New York City’s famed Birdland on Tuesday, February 23, starting at 8:30 p.m. The CD is scheduled to be released on March 16.

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Publications

  • Prof. Zehra Arat (Political Science) published “Institutions and Women’s Rights: The State, Religion and Family in Turkey,” in Family, Gender and Law in a Globalizing Middle East and South Asia, edited by Kenneth Cuno and Manisha Desai (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2009).
     
  • Literature Prof. Gaura Narayan’s book Real and Imagined Women in British Romanticism has been published by Peter Lang as part of the series Studies in Nineteenth-Century British Literature. The book uses feminist ideology and deconstructive criticism to reconstruct the cultural context embedded in canonical Romantic texts.

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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.