Faculty and Staff Footnotes

March 2012

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

Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes

  • Morris B. Kaplan, professor of philosophy, has been awarded a visiting fellowship for June 2012 at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London. He will complete research on his book-length study, “A Queer Orientalism: Reframing the Beijing ‘Memoirs’ of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse (1898–1908).” He has lectured on this work at the University of Chicago, McGill University, University of Sussex, and Kings College, London.
  • Helaine Posner, deputy director for curatorial affairs and chief curator at the Neuberger Museum of Art, was recognized this spring by the U.S. section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA) for her curatorial work on Ursula von Rydingsvard: Sculpture 1991–2009, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York (January 23–March 28, 2011) in the category “Best Show in a Non-Profit Gallery or Space.” Additionally, Posner and co-curator Nancy Princenthal were honored in the category “Best Thematic Show Nationally” for The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power, 1973–1991, which was exhibited at the Neuberger Museum of Art from January to April 2011 and then traveled to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, Texas. The AICA-USA awards were presented at the Asia Society in New York City on April 2.
  • Michelle Stewart, associate professor of cinema studies and chair, School of Film and Media Studies, is happy to report that the school has been awarded $7,000 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for student internships in the film industry. The money, which represents an increase over last year’s funding, goes directly to students, subsidizing their travel from Purchase to New York City and other locations.
  • Gary Waller, professor of literature and cultural studies, has had his recent book, The Virgin Mary in Late Medieval and Early Modern English Literature and Popular Culture, nominated for the John Ben Snow Foundation Prize. This prize is awarded annually by the North American Conference on British Studies for the best book by a North American scholar in any field of British studies dealing with the period from the Middle Ages through the 18th century. The same book is also a nominee for one of the Modern Languages Association of America annual prizes.

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Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs

  • Michael G. Garber, lecturer in music, theatre, and film history (School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education), co-presented at the annual conference of the Westchester branch of the New York State Intergenerational Network, held on March 15 at Manhattanville College. The conference, “Intergenerational Music Outreach Programs,” included guest appearances by Purchase College students and alumni involved with the White Plains music outreach program. Garber also attended the annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) at New York University, March 22–25.
  • Kate Gilmore, assistant professor of art+design (sculpture), gave a lecture on March 3 at the Brooklyn Museum and on March 14 at the National Academy Museum with artist Joan Jonas and curator/moderator Marshall Price.
  • Richard N. Gioioso, lecturer in sociology, presented a paper, “Trusting in Little Havana: Identity, Trust and Assimilation,” at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in New York City on February 27.
  • Morris B. Kaplan, professor of philosophy, presented “Democracy’s Law” on March 30 at a conference on Hannah Arendt at Stevens Institute of Technology.
  • Martin Lewinter, professor of mathematics, was the keynote speaker at Westchester Community College’s Spring Math Event on March 21.
  • Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art+design (sculpture), participated in a conversation with Mary Flanagan at Parsons the New School for Design on March 20, as part of “TransTalks: Practice Makes Practice,” a series for MFA students in Parsons’ interdisciplinary design program. Robbins also spoke with Aaron Krach on March 15 at the Museum of Art and Design on “A Trade School/Our Goods Workshop on Guerrilla Public Art,” and on March 6 at Pratt Institute’s West 18th Studio on “Public Project Series on Collaborative Social Practice.” On March 21, Robbins led a community action workshop at the Bronx Residential Facility (Office of Children and Family Services Residential Placement Center). In this workshop, students in his Arts for Social Change course worked with young people (13-18) in the juvenile justice system through the Artistic Noise program to come up with community action plans together.
  • Marie Sciangula, assistant director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center (TLTC), presented a demonstration, “Using Zotero to Support Scholarly Research,” at EduTech Day 2012: “Teaching, Learning, and Sharing in the Cloud,” a SUNY-wide conference held at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City on March 16.
  • Rachel M. Simon, a current Purchase Writers Center fellow and lecturer in gender studies and liberal studies, presented a paper on feminism in the classroom, participated in a reading of new Jewish women poets, and read her work recently published in Storyscape Literary Journal at the 2012 Association of Writing Programs in Chicago, March 1–3. At the Split This Rock Poetry Festival in Washington, D.C. on March 23–24, Simon participated in a panel that she organized on the impact of poet Tim Seibles’ “Open Letter,” from his book Buffalo Head Solos.
  • Jennifer Uleman, associate professor of philosophy, delivered a talk, “Occupy Reality: Hegel, Harry Frankfurt, and Ontology at Zuccotti Park,” at a panel organized by the New York Society for Women in Philosophy at the CUNY Grad Center on March 2, and to the philosophy department at Nassau Community College on March 12. Uleman also delivered comments, “The evil of evil, or, what doesn’t kill you doesn’t kill you, but that’s about it,” at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division meeting in Seattle, Wash., on April 5. The comments were on a paper by Jill Graper Hernandez, “This Present Suffering: An Early Feminist Revision of Leibnizian Theodicy.”
  • Gary Waller, professor of literature and cultural studies, gave three lectures on Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and classical tragedies at Memorial University of Newfoundland (Grenfell Campus) on March 13 and 14.

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  • Stephen Cooke, assistant professor of chemistry, had an article published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy (Vol. 273, Pages 1-5, 2012): “Calculated and experimental rotational spectra of 3,3,3-trifluoro- and 2,2,3,3-tetrafluoropropionyl chloride,” W. C. Bailey, R. A. Powoski, and S. A. Cooke.
  • Joseph Ferry, professor of music (studio production), will release a new book, Connected, on May 1.
  • Morris B. Kaplan, professor of philosophy, had a paperback edition of his 2005 book, Sodom on the Thames: Sex, Love, and Scandal in Wilde Times, published by Cornell University Press in January. The publisher plans to release an e-book version soon.
  • Jennifer Uleman, associate professor of philosophy, published “Occupy Philosophy!,” a report on “Thinking Occupation: Philosophers Respond to Occupy Wall Street” with links to full panelist remarks, at Possible Futures on Jan. 25.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Robin Aleman, director of budget and administration for academic affairs, performed at the Symphony Space’s Thalia Café in New York City on April 19–21, accompanied by alumnus David Epstein.
  • Neil Alexander, a musician in the Conservatory of Dance, just completed his third work for the conservatory’s exchange program with the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, composing music for faculty member Larry Clark. Alexander is releasing his first solo piano CD, Darn That Dream: Solo Piano Volume 1, in May and will be touring to promote this release. In addition, he will be embarking on an international performance and lecture tour of his solo piano transcription of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The tour is part of a 100th anniversary celebration of the premiere, called “100 Years of Spring: Le Sacre du Printemps.”
  • Graham Ashton, professor of music (brass), has had a new CD, In Recital at Tulle Cathedral, released by Signum Classics. It features Ashton on trumpet and Michael Matthes on organ.
  • Nancy Bowen, associate professor (sculpture), Chris Kaczmarek, faculty and student affairs coordinator, and Eric Wildrick, sculpture instructional support specialist, all in the School of Art+Design, are exhibiting in Sculpture: On and Off the Wall at ArtsWestchester in White Plains, N.Y., from March 31 to May 20.
  • Todd Coolman, professor of music (jazz studies), is taking the Purchase Jazz Orchestra on the road this spring, performing in these internationally renowned jazz venues: April 23 at The Blue Note in Greenwich Village, with guest soloist Jon Faddis; May 4 at The Falcon in Marlboro, N.Y. (Hudson Valley); and May 14 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in Lincoln Center, with guest soloist John Fedchock. Coolman encourages his colleagues to “come on out and support the home team.”
  • Ryan Homsey, an alumnus and lecturer in music (studio composition), has been commissioned to compose an a cappella work for the New Haven Oratorio Society’s spring concert, “Meditation-Celebration.” Homsey’s new work, Grace, will be performed on May 12 and 19 in West Haven and New Haven, Conn.
  • Sharon Horvath, associate professor of art+design (painting/drawing), is exhibiting work in Little Languages/Coded Pictures, curated by Theresa Hackett and Michelle Weinberg, at the Lesley Heller Workspace in New York City from March 14 to April 15.
  • Joseph Ferry, professor of music (studio production), released two new albums, Joey Ray—The Live E.P. (producer and electric bass; mastered by Peter Denenberg) and Various Artists including Augustus Pablo, The Dub Album.
  • Kate Gilmore, assistant professor of art+design (sculpture), will have a solo exhibition, Rock, Hard, Place, at the David Castillo Gallery from April 14 to May 31. Her work is also included in Every Exit is an Entrance: 30 Years of Exit Art, the final group exhibition at Exit Art in New York City, from March 23 to May 19.
  • Karen Guancione, lecturer in art+design (printmaking), has a solo exhibition, A Portable, Constant Obsession: The Book Art of Karen Guancione, at the Rutgers University Library from March 1 through August 31 (see article). Her work is also on exhibit in Libriste from March 8 through April 24 at the 15th-century Biblioteca Classense in Ravenna, Italy.
  • Lenka Pichlíková, lecturer in theatre and performance, presented her original play Kids Kanga-Rules on March 2 with alumna Amy Louise Bellows at the Bulls Head Hollow Head Start Children’s Center in Bridgeport, Conn. This ABCD Library Special Events Program serves a young audience, 90 percent of whom live below the poverty level. The program, which Pichlíková created for children in pre-K through third grade to promote good manners, an awareness of bullying, and positive social skills, uses an interactive, creative, and fun methodology that is appreciated by her young audiences.
  • Peter Saleh, lecturer in dance, performed at Molloy College on Long Island and at the Players Theatre in New York City this March with Britton Matthews, his duo partner from Exit 9 Percussion Groups. The 60-minute program, “Exit 9: Detour,” featured music for marimba, vibraphone, and percussion, arranged and composed by Saleh, Steve Reich, Paul Lansky, Sergio Assad, and Chick Corea.
  • Sarah Walker, lecturer in art+design (general visual arts), had her fourth solo exhibition of paintings and drawings at the Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco, Calif., Feb. 2–March 17. The show, EYEFINGER, was reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle, Visual Art Source, and SquareCylinder.com in February.
  • Ken Tabachnick, dean of the School of the Arts, and Ravi Rajan, director of the School of Art+Design and associate dean of the School of the Arts, created the visual design and projections, respectively, for “Architecture of Loss,” a new dance by Stephen Petronio. “Architecture of Loss” had its world premiere performance during the Stephen Petronio Company’s New York season at the Joyce Theater, March 6–11.

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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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