Faculty and Staff Footnotes

March 2011

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

Appointments, Awards, and Prizes

  • Prof. Antonio C. Cuyler (Arts Management) has accepted an invitation to join the editorial board of the Chronicle in Art Museum Education.
  • Academic advisor Matt Koskowski (LSCE) received a First-Time Presenter Scholarship to the National Academic Association Region 1 Conference held in Burlington, VT, March 8–11.
  • Prof. Michael Lobel (Art History) has been awarded the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies/Norman Rockwell Museum Senior Scholar Fellowship for 2011. Dr. Lobel’s research topic is “Becoming an Artist: John Sloan, the Ashcan School, and Popular Illustration.”
  • Prof. Bradley Brookshire (Music) recently joined the music staff of The Metropolitan Opera as assistant conductor and harpsichordist. This past fall, he was the harpsichordist for the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Mozart’s “Così fan Tutte.” In the coming season, he will serve in two productions: Handel’s “Rodelinda” with Renee Fleming in the leading role, and a new work, “The Enchanted Island,” with an all-star cast featuring Placido Domingo and Joyce DiDonato. Additionally, Prof. Brookshire has continued to perform solo recitals of the music of J.S. Bach, recently performing “Art of the Fugue” at the Century Club in New York City.

Faculty Research & Development Awards

  • Junior Faculty Development Awards
    The President’s Award for Junior Faculty Development is designed to encourage and support junior faculty in their field of research. Awardees receive a Title F leave at regular salary for one semester to devote exclusively to their project. At the end of the project, the awardees submit a detailed report of their accomplishments. This year’s winners are:
    • Matthew Immergut, Assistant Professor of Sociology: Examining the practice of meditation through the lens of a sociologist by “considering the question of how social organization influences behavior and consciousness.”
    • Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing: Completing a collection of fiction, Negative Space (working title).
    • Veronica Perera, Assistant Professor of Sociology: Completing a manuscript on the World Social Reform process and the global water movement.
    • Ryan Taylor, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies: Completing a scholarly book, Federalism of Wetlands.

  • Doris and Carl Kempner Senior Faculty Research Award
    Thanks to the generosity of Doris and Carl Kempner, the recipient of this award receives $5,000 over two years to subsidize research, performances, exhibitions, conferences, travel, and/or recital expenses. During these two years, the selected faculty member also carries the title of Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professor. The Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professors for 2011–2013 are:
    • Elise Lemire, Professor of Literature: Completing a book-length project, The 1971 March on Concord and Lexington.
    • Brooke Singer, Associate Professor of New Media: Completing a photography series and book project relating to Superfund and toxic contamination sites.

  • Dee and Robert Topol Faculty Development Award
    This award, thanks to the generosity of Dee and Robert Topol, provides recipients with a summer stipend of $3,000 to help defray the costs of writing a grant, developing a new course, or significantly redesigning an existing course. The recipients for Summer 2011 are:
    • Stella Ebner, Assistant Professor of Art+Design, and Cassandra Hooper, Associate Professor of Art and Design (Printmaking): Redesigning Extended Media by adding a 4D, time-based component.
    • Jane Kromm, Professor of Art History. Developing a new course on 19th-century photography.

    Recipients of the Spring 2011 Faculty Support Awards and other Purchase College faculty research and development awards will be announced later this semester.

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Michael Lobel (Art History) gave the keynote presentation for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Flashlight sculpture. The presentation was titled “Sculpture between Art and Spectacle: Oldenburg and van Bruggen’s Flashlight, 30 Years Later.”
  • Prof. Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum (Creative Writing) will co-teach a poetry and nonfiction workshop this summer through the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts’ Le Moulin à Nef Center in Auvillar, France. The workshop, to be led with writer Jacqueline Kolosov, is titled “How I See It: Impressionist Autobiography in Poetry and Prose.”
  • Dr. Keith Landa (Director, Teaching Learning, and Technology Center) gave an invited talk in January at SUNY Plattsburgh, “Moodle: Using an Open Learning Management System to Support Student Learning,” and consulted on SUNY Plattsburgh’s migration to Moodle. He also presented “Moodle @Purchase” at SUNY Potsdam’s Teaching and Learning with Technology Day in January.
  • Joel Aure (Academic Advisor/Learning Specialist and Assistant Director of Writing) and Matt Koskowski, (Academic Advisor, LSCE) presented “Apples and Oranges: Comparing Expectations, Practices and Responsibilities in Advising Traditional-Aged and Adult Learners” at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region 1 Conference in Burlington, VT, March 8–11.
  • Prof. Elise Lemire (Literature) will give the keynote address at the 2011 Massachusetts History Conference on June 6 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
  • Prof. Christopher Robbins (Art+Design) has been invited to teach a Community Action Research Workshop at the Whitney Museum of American Art as a part of a Trade School special evening on March 25.
  • Prof. Laura M. Chmielewski (History) recently delivered a lecture, “Anne Hutchinson and Her Female Kinship Circle: Women and Religious Diversity in Early America,” at Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site in Mount Vernon, NY. Dr. Chmielewski also chaired the “Biography and Material Culture as Pedagogy: From the Archives to the Kitchen” session at the Staten Island 350 Conference of Staten Island History and Culture, College of Staten Island, CUNY, on March 19.
  • Prof. Jim McElwaine (Music) produced two symposia this month:
    The first, “Research That Matters: An Exposition of Graduate Research in SUNY and CUNY,” was held on March 8 at the Legislative Office Building in Albany and featured nearly 80 graduate research and creative projects from 21 SUNY campuses and six CUNY campuses. This first annual statewide symposium was sponsored by the University Faculty Senates of SUNY and CUNY. Purchase was well-represented by four students in our M.A. and M.F.A. programs: Ian MacDermott (Art History), Jonathan Riedel and Sara Surber (Dance), and Jess Whittam (Art+Design).
    The second, “Copyleft & Copyright: An Academic and Professional Conference About Technology and Intellectual Property,” was sponsored by the SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines Program and held on March 11 in the Performing Arts Center. Dean Ken Tabachnick (School of the Arts), Profs. Allyson Bellink (Music), Antonio Cuyler (Arts Management), Peter Denenberg (Music), Joel Thome (Music), and Mary Alice Williams (Journalism), and Dr. Keith Landa (TLTC) were among the presenters.

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Media Appearances

  • Prof. Karen Kramer (Political Science) gave an extended one-on-one interview on January 31 to the tri-state television network RNN on the recent unrest in the Middle East. On February 10, Prof. Kramer gave an interview on the unrest in the Middle East to local television News Channel 12. She also gave an interview on the uprising in Egypt to station WHUD FM radio.
  • Prof. Peter Schwab (Political Science) is interviewed on and appears in the forthcoming PBS television special “Africa and the World” and is featured on the segment “Africa and the Cold War.”

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Work by Prof. Christopher Robbins (Sculpture) is exhibited in the group show “The Typhoon Continues and So Do You” at the Flux Factory in New York City. He is also exhibiting a new piece concerning the U.S. intervention in the Balkan Wars of the 1990s at the Flux Factory (April 2–May).
  • Prof. Bradley Brookshire (Music) recorded Handel’s “Israel in Egypt” with the Trinity Wall Street Choir and Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Julian Wachner this past fall. In May, under the direction of Steven Fox, he will record Handel’s “Judas Maccabaeus” with the Clarion Choir and Baroque Orchestra. Appearing regularly with both ensembles throughout the concert season, he performed recently with the Clarion Ensemble in a concert of the music of Salamone Rossi at Temple Emanu-El in New York City.


  • Prof. Kirsten Lunstrum (Creative Writing) has fiction and nonfiction work forthcoming this spring in the journals Willow Springs, Brevity, and Cold Mountain Review.
  • Prof. Antonio C. Cuyler (Arts Management) has a review of Bill Ivey’s Arts, Inc: How Greed and Neglect have Destroyed our Cultural Rights that will be published this month in The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society.
  • Prof. Karen Guancione (Printmaking) was the subject of a Northjersey.com article, “Changing the Way People See the World,” on March 17. The article featured several of her multimedia installations, including “Bolsas de Mandado,” a six-year project still in process, and “When I’m Tired of Walking, I Fly,” which was exhibited at the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University. Prof. Guancione states: “Most of my art is about the lives of ordinary people, especially women. I want to valorize their work…That’s where I come from too—a working class background… I want to show the value of people’s work and the beauty that comes from it.”

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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 Carrie Kahn Bianchi from information supplied by the deans, chairs, and directors. Professional staff members are requested to contact Patty Bice, president of the Professional Staff Council, or to e-mail news items directly to Caroline.Kahn@purchase.edu.