Faculty and Staff Footnotes

November 2009

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

Awards and Prizes

  • Humanities Prof. Robert Stein’s Reality Fictions: Romance, History and Governmental Authority 1025–1180 (Notre Dame University Press, 2006) has been nominated by the publisher for the John Nicholas Brown prize of the Medieval Academy of America.
     
  • Prof. Zehra Arat (Political Science) has been re-elected to chair the Human Rights Research Committee of the International Political Science Association for three more years.

Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Zehra Arat (Political Science) delivered a keynote speech on “The Subject and Problematics of Women’s Studies” at the International Multidisciplinary Women’s Congress 2009, Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey, October 13–16, 2009.
     
  • Prof. Chrys Ingraham (Sociology) was the Ernst and Young Distinguished Lecturer for Fall 2009 at the State University of New York at Oswego. She delivered the lecture titled “Dame Anita Roddick: Visionary Activist for the 21st Century.”
     
  • Prof. Michael Taub (Liberal Studies) delivered a paper titled “Theatricality in Wendy Wasserstein’s Plays” on October 22 in Philadelphia. The presentation was part of the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers.
     
  • Prof. Paul Siegel (Psychology) and two students from our Bridges to Baccalaureate Program presented a study titled “The Effects of Non-Conscious Exposure on Fear of Spiders” at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science. The students from Westchester Community College conducted the study under Dr. Siegel’s mentorship.
     
  • Prof. Anthony Lemieux (Psychology) recently made the following presentations: “Terrorist Motivations,” invited address at Dublin City University; in-class presentation, Dublin; “Grievance, Risk, and Enemy Images in the Choice and Justification of Terror Versus Protest,” invited address at Dublin City University; research seminar series, and as part of the guest speaker series, Dublin. Prof. Lemieux and colleagues V.H. Asal and J. Wilkenfeld presented “Cross Cutting Research: Experimental Results” at the annual meeting of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism in College Park, MD.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Art+Design Prof. Sharon Horvath’s current solo exhibition, Parts of a World, is a New York Magazine’s Critic’s Pick.
     
  • Prof. Ryan Homsey (Music) composed original music for a revival of The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh (nominated for the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play). It is being presented at the Astoria Performing Arts Center Nov. 5–21.

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Publications

  • Prof. Anthony Lemieux (Psychology) has a white paper about to be published with a preface written by General Stanley McChrystal: “Root Causes of Terrorism: Psychological Factors, Individual Factors, and Triggers” in Protecting the Homeland from International and Domestic Terrorism Threats: Current Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Root Causes, The Role of Ideology, and Programs for Counter-radicalization and Disengagement,” L. Fenstermacher, ed. (U.S. Government Interagency White Paper). Prof. Lemieux has a second publication in press: “Graphing the Order of the Sexes: Androcentrism in the Construction and Recall of Gender Difference Graphs,” by P. Hegarty, A.F. Lemieux, and G.M. McQueen, in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
     
  • Prof. Zehra Arat (Political Science) published “Kurdish Nationalism and Human Rights” in the Encyclopedia of Human Rights (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).
     
  • Prof. Robert Stein (English Literature) has several publications: “Death from a Trivial Cause: Events and their Meanings in Galbert of Bruges’s Chronicle,” published in Galbert of Bruges and the Historiography of Medieval Flanders, edited by Jeff Rider and Alan V. Murray (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2009), 200-214. Prof. Stein’s review of Carol Symes’s A Common Stage: Theater and Public Life in Medieval Arras (Cornell University Press, 2007) appears in the December issue of The American Historical Review. His paper “Revisionary Poetics, Problematic Bodies, and the Body of Literature” has just been accepted for presentation at the New Chaucer Society Biennial Congress in Siena, Italy.
     
  • Susanne Markgren, Leah Massar Bloom, and Carrie Eastman (Library) have a book chapter—“Librarian as Collaborator: Bringing E-Learning 2.0 into the Classroom by Way of the Library”—in the Handbook of Research on Practices and Outcomes in E-Learning: Issues and Trends (IGI GLobal, Nov. 2009).
     
  • Director Maria-Cristina Necula (Alumni Affairs) has a new book—Life in Opera: Truth, Tempo, and Soul (Amadeus Press)—available on Amazon.com. This candid look at the contemporary opera world includes interviews with Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Peter Gelb, Joseph Volpe, Renee Fleming, Ramon Vargas, and more than 20 others.
     
  • Prof. Paul Siegel (Psychology) published an article titled “Very Brief Exposure: The Effects of Unreportable Stimuli on Fearful Behavior” in the high-impact journal Consciousness and Cognition, a natural science approach to the study of consciousness and unconsciousness. The article presents a series of experiments from Prof. Siegel’s translational research program for testing if exposure to non-conscious phobic stimuli can reduce fear.

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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.