Faculty and Staff Footnotes

March 2009

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

Awards and Prizes

  • Purchase Affiliates 2009 Spring Grants Awards: Total $7,694

    1. Peter Polinski, Advising Center Staff: Refreshments for Junior Day.
    2. Constance Zaytoun, Drama Studies Faculty: Fee and transportation for workshop leader on technique for creating/viewing performance.
    3. Christine Klint, Phys. Ed. Staff: Suits, caps, for men's swim team.
    4. David Schwartz, Humanities Faculty: Film rental for free screening of Andy Warhol films.
    5. Julia Lichten, Music Faculty: Repair of stringed instruments.
    6. Patricia Bice, Registrar: Snacks, etc. for event assisting students in completing registration for Fall 2009.
    7. Tim Lampron, Athletic Dept.: New rehabilitation equipment for training room.
    8. Stacey-Jo Marine, Dance Staff: Dimmer light rack replacement for Dance Theatre Lab.
    9. Rick Murray, Dance Staff: Stock replenishment of color plastics for DTL theatre lights.
    10. Roderick Murray, Dance Staff: Replacement of rope for DTL curtain pull line.
    11. Ebony Brown, Communications Coordinator, Art+Design: Toward cost of a digital camera to photograph campus scenes for use by various departments.

  • Prof. Donna Dennis (Art+Design) received a $15,000 grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. This is the third award for Prof. Dennis from this foundation.
  • Prof. Jennifer Uleman (Humanities) received a National Endowment of the Humanities Teaching Development Fellowship in the amount of $12,600 for her course redesign project, “Descartes to Kant in Context.”
  • Prof. Charles E. McCarry (Design/Technology) was a nominee again this year for the Excellence in Production Design award for an episode of a one-hour single-camera television series, “Ugly Betty,” at the 2008 Art Directors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. He won the 2006 award for an episode of a single-camera television series, “Ugly Betty (the Box and the Bunny),” and was a nominee in 2007 for a period feature film, American Gangster.
  • Prof. Jason Pine (Anthropology; Media, Society, and the Arts) and his collaborators Linda Reeder (University of Missouri) and Donna Gabaccia (University of Minnesota) have been awarded a grant by the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center to host a conference entitled “Crimes of Honor in a Mobile World, Past and Present,” September 7–11, 2009.

Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Jason Pine (Anthropology; Media, Society, and the Arts) also presented a paper entitled “Alternative Musics and Alternative Economies in Naples” at the conference “Neopolitan Postcards: La Canzone Napoletana as Transnational Subject” at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, CUNY, on March 20, 2009.
  • Prof. Zehra Arat (Political Science) attended the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, held in New York, February 15–18, 2009. She presented two papers: “Political Elite Discourse on Women’s Human Rights in Turkey,” and “Human Rights Ideology and Dimensions of Power: A Radical Approach to the State, Property, and Discrimination.” In addition, Prof. Arat chaired a panel on “Current Issues Concerning Genocide,” served as a discussant of a panel on “Developments in Advocacy for Women’s Rights After the End of the Cold War,” and participated in an innovative panel on “Mentoring Matters: Feminist Theory and Gender Studies.” Prof. Arat was invited to talk about “From Third-World Feminism to Global/Transnational Feminism” at a roundtable on “Transnational Gender Justice” at the Annual Women’s Studies Conference at the University of Connecticut, March 20–21, 2009.
  • Prof. Lisa Keller (History) gave a paper at the American Historical Association Convention in New York on January 2, 2009. Her paper, “Dodos, Dod Street, and Destitution: London’s Metropolitan Police Confront Order,” was part of a panel she organized entitled “Safety, Security, Prosperity, and Order in the Transnational City.”
  • Prof. Beth S. Gersh-Nesic (Liberal Studies and Continuing Education) gave a paper at the Annual College Art Association Conference, February 25–28, 2009, in Los Angeles. Her topic was “The Match Game: Kathleen Gilje’s Portraits of Curators, Critics and Connoisseurs.” The paper was mentioned in Charlie Finch’s review of Kathleen Gilje’s new show on ArtNet.
  • Prof. Habiba Boumlik (Humanities and Social Sciences) gave a talk on the head-scarf controversies in France between 1989 and 2004 at the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich on Tuesday, February 18. She was also invited by New York University’s Center for Dialogues to give a talk on “Muslim European Women: Challenges and Opportunities” on Tuesday, February 24. Prof. Boumlik presented a paper called “The Headscarf Affairs in France: From Islam in France to Islam of France” at the 11th Annual Women’s History Month Conference at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, on March 7. She will also participate in a panel discussion on the art, culture, and contemporary realities of Morocco. This discussion is part of a larger ten-part series organized by the Museum for African Art called “Conversations with a Continent.” This event will be held at the 92nd Street Y on May 27, 7:00–9:00 p.m., at 1395 Lexington Avenue.
  • Prof. Jennifer Uleman (Philosophy) delivered an invited commentary, “Can We Think for Ourselves by Ourselves?” on Kate Moran’s “Kant on Public Participation and Moral Virtue,” at the American Philosophical Association Central Division Meetings, Chicago, February 21, 2009.
  • Prof. Kathleen McCormick (Literature and Writing) has been invited to give two lectures on her work in reading theory at an international reading and writing conference in Malmö, Sweden.
  • Leah Massar, Carrie Eastman, and Susanne Markgren (Library) presented their poster, “Teaching Faculty New Tricks: Collaborating Across Campus to Provide Professional Development Opportunities,” at the ACRL National Conference in Seattle.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Prof. Karen Guancione (Art+Design) is part of an exhibition, “Girls and Weakness,” at the Lex Leonard Gallery at 143 Christopher Columbus Drive in Jersey City. The exhibition is on view until April 17. There was a panel discussion on March 26 among the participants of the group show.
  • Prof. Greg Lock (Art+Design) is currently exhibiting his work in two group shows. In “Marking Time” at the Hudson Opera House, NY, he has a series of prints from the Barnfold project and a new video phantogram installation. His Pixelated Log digital prints continue to tour China as part of the “e-Form” exhibition and are currently on display at the Artmap Gallery in Wenzhou.
  • Prof. Donna Dennis (Art+Design) has completed a series of gouaches for her collaboration with poet Anne Waldman, Nine Nights Meditation, which will be published in a limited edition of 40 by Granary Books in March. The book will be featured in a presentation of recent Granary Books projects at the Cue Gallery in New York in May.
  • A few notes about Prof. Pete Malinverni (Music): He performed on February 18 at Carnegie Recital Hall in a sold-out performance. He gave a solo piano recital and was joined on the second half of the program by members of the Devoe Street Baptist Church Choir, where he serves as Minister of Music, and by members of the Purchase Soul Voices, the gospel choir he founded and directs here on campus. They performed Malinverni’s compositions based on the Psalms of King David. Prof. Malinverni also performed the week of February 25 with singer Jody Sandhaus as part of the Great American Songbook Series at Symphony Space in New York City. On March 6 and 7, he performed at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City with his Invisible Cities Quintet. Their March 2008 recording of Invisible Cities was in the national Top 10 for many weeks for airplay and received four-star notices from several worldwide publications. He also played at the Watercolor Café in Larchmont on March 14.
  • Peter Sprague (manager/technical director, Humanities Theatre; Drama Studies instructor) performed the role of Cliff in the Ohio Theatre’s production of playwright Robert Lyons’s Red-Haired Thomas on March 9–28. The New York Times called it “Highly original… This sweetly fractured fairy tale is a tasty slice of city life… zips along with eclectic humor… ingeniously daffy…(with) the occasional gut punch to remind us of what a frightening world we live in.” Laura Fenton of Flavorwire said, “Peter Sprague, as Cliff, nails the role of a gambler on a losing streak. Sprague plays Cliff as a likable but pathetic man at the end of his luck, who is just barely holding it together; he gives the best performance of the show.”

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  • Prof. Elizabeth Guffey (Art History) launched the first issue of Design and Culture, a peer-reviewed journal in design studies. Published in conjunction with Berg, Design and Culture is the official journal of the Design Studies Forum. Prof. Guffey is the journal’s founding editor.
  • Prof. Zehra Arat (Political Science) published an article “Human Rights Ideology and Dimensions of Power: The State, Property, and Discrimination,” in a refereed journal, Human Rights Quarterly 30:4 (November 2008): 906-932. Prof. Arat was invited to contribute an essay, “Women’s Rights as Human Rights,” to the special double issue of UN Chronicle, which commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 45:2/3 (2008): 9-13.
  • A recent play by Prof. Lenora Champagne (Drama Studies), TRACES/fades, is included in the play anthology Plays and Playwrights 2009. There was an excerpt performed and a book signing at Drama Book Shop on March 12. Prof. Champagne also contributed to Feminist Theatrical Revisions of Classic Texts, edited by Sharon Friedman, which came out this winter (McFarland, Nov. 2008). The title of her critical essay is “Outside the Law: Feminist Adaptations of The Scarlet Letter.”
  • Prof. Kathleen McCormick (Literature and Writing) was invited by the journal Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture to contribute to a special issue on teaching literature in the small college environment. She has collaboratively written an article with Melissa Shofner, “Here Comes Everybody: Teaching Epistemically,” on teaching James Joyce’s Ulysses at Purchase. Ms. Shofner, a senior creative writing major and literature minor, took the Joyce class as a sophomore and was a writing peer mentor for it during the fall of 2008.
  • Prof. Lawrence Berglas (Liberal Studies & Continuing Education) has an article, “Homemade Jams: A lawyer by day/blues guitarist by night tells you where to find blues every night of the week,” published in the March issue of Westchester Magazine.

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