Faculty and Staff Footnotes

November 2013

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

Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes

  • Linda Bastone, associate professor of psychology, was presented with the Friend of EOP/MAP Award at the EOP/MAP Fall Town meeting.
  • Suzanne Farrin, associate professor of music and director of the Conservatory of Music, will be part of the Creative Development Residencies program at Mount Tremper Arts in summer 2014 (June 8–20) with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Anthony Roth Costanzo. These residencies are by invitation only and will feature a works-in-progress performance of the new monodrama she is writing for ICE, Costanzo, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Donna Dennis, professor of art and design (sculpture), is the recipient of a direct artist grant from the Harpo Foundation. The foundation was started in 2006 by artist Edward Levine to support visual artists.

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Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs

  • Aubrey Glazer, part-time assistant professor of Jewish studies and philosophy, will present the paper “Mystical Friendships in the Galilee: Spiritual Affinities between Tiberian Hasidism’s Dibbuk Haveirim and Murtada al-Zabidi’s Sufi ‘Aqd al-Uxuwwa” on Nov. 24 at the American Academy of Religion Conference in Baltimore, Md., and will chair the New Approaches to Hasidism panel on Dec. 16 at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in Boston, Mass.
  • Maria Guralnik, assistant professor of arts management, presented research on DIY house concert trends at the 2013 Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts Conference held at Seattle University. Her paper, “The Band That Came To Dinner: How 21st-Century Technology is Revitalizing 18th-Century Cultural Traditions,” was part of a panel focused on entrepreneurship.
  • Christopher Holland, dean of students, presented “The Nuts and Bolts of Developing a Living-Learning Program: What Works, What Doesn’t, and What Could” at the Association of College and University Housing Officers–International (ACUHO-i) 2013 Living-Learning Programs Conference in Providence, R.I., in October. This was his fifth presentation at this conference. He also made two presentations at the Southern Association of College Student Affairs Conference in Norfolk, Va.: “Identity, Social Identity, and Privilege: Working with Students” on Nov. 3, and “NPI and MMI Overview” on Nov. 4.
  • Stuart Isacoff, lecturer in music, will be giving lectures during the Thanksgiving recess in Italy at conservatories and festivals in Prato, Florence, Biella, and Milan, following a summer of lecture-recitals throughout California, including at the prestigious Music at Menlo festival.
  • Martin Lewinter, professor of mathematics/computer science, organized “Graph Theory Day 66,” a regional mathematics conference hosted this year by Purchase College on Nov. 9. The conference is a biannual event held under the auspices of the NY chapter of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The conference promotes research activity in graph theory, an important branch of mathematics with many applications including computer science. One of the featured speakers, Anthony Delgado, is a former Purchase student and current lecturer at the college. Several students in Lewinter’s graph theory course presented research results.
  • Judy Lieff, lecturer in dance, presented her documentary film Deaf Jam on Oct. 12–13 in Uppsala, Sweden, at the Stadsteater’s Dansfiket. In conjunction with the screening, she taught a workshop for film and dance majors at Film I Uppland.
  • Cynthia Lin, assistant professor of art and design (painting/drawing), gave an artist’s talk on Nov. 20 in conjunction with the current exhibition Pushing the Line: Drawing in an Age of Anxiety, curated by Neil Watson at Arts Westchester in White Plains, N.Y. The exhibition continues through November 30 and, as noted in last month’s issue, also includes the work of Christine Hiebert, part-time associate professor of art and design.
  • Lenka Pichlíková, visiting assistant professor of theatre and performance, will perform her popular shows for young underprivileged audiences, Time for Mime and Holiday Storyteller, in Bridgeport, Conn. on Nov. 12 and 26, and an original solo performance on Nov. 25 at a special assembly to be held at the Julia Stark Elementary School in Stamford, Conn.
  • Ted Piltzecker, associate professor of music (studio composition), will be performing and teaching in the first Percussive Arts Society Australia Drum and Percussion Camp, at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide, January 3–11, 2014; conducting a seminar and performing in concert at California State University, Humboldt, on Feb. 6–8; and will be a guest artist and composer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, on March 26–27.
  • Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art and design (sculpture), gave an artist’s talk at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, on Nov. 21.
  • Alexis Silver, assistant professor of sociology, presented two papers this fall: “Navigating Membership at the State and Federal Levels: A Comparative Two State Study of 1.5 Generation Young Adults” (co-author Kara Cebulko of Providence College) at the Illegality, Youth, and Belonging fall 2013 conference at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., on Oct. 25–26; and “Unlawful Status: Journeys In and Out of Membership for Undocumented Immigrant Youths” at the “Latino Communities in Old and New Destinations: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives to Assessing the Impact of Legal Reforms” conference on Nov. 8–9, sponsored by the University of South Florida in Saint Petersburg, Fla.
  • Jeffrey Taylor, assistant professor of arts management, spoke on “Knowledge in Art and Its Corruption: Forgery in the 21st Century,” at the symposium “Art from the Ground Up: The Protection of Cultural Heritage through Connoisseurship, Conservation, and Authentication,” sponsored by the Pollock-Krasner House and held at Stony Brook University’s Manhattan Center on Nov. 8.
  • Murray Zimiles, professor of art and design (printmaking), will give a lecture on “Gilded Lions and Jeweled Horses” at Bonhams Auction House in New York City on Dec. 2, in advance of the Fine Judaica auction being held on Dec. 10.

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  • Karen Baird, associate professor of political science, contributed the chapter “HIV Prevention Policies and the Intersection of Gender, Race and Class in the United States” in Global HIV/AIDS Politics, Policy and Activism: Persistent Challenges and Emerging Issues, edited by Raymond A. Smith (Praeger, 2013).
  • Laura Chmielewski, associate professor of history, contributed the essay “Pierre Biard: Jesuit and Pirate of Mount Desert Island” in Atlantic Biographies: Individuals and Peoples in the Atlantic World, edited by Jeffrey A. Fortin and Mark Meuwese (Leiden: Brill, 2013).
  • Joseph Ferry, professor of music (studio production), has a second novel, Connected: Songs My Father Sang, now available in print, digital, and Kindle formats.
  • Aubrey Glazer, part-time assistant professor in Jewish studies and philosophy, has a new paperback edition of his latest book, Mystical Vertigo: Kabbalistic Hebrew Poetry Dancing Cross the Divide of Jewish Thinking, New Perspectives in Post-Rabbinic Judaism Series, edited by Shaul Magid (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2013).
  • Yanine Hess, assistant professor of psychology, and Alison Ledgerwood, assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, are co-authors of the paper “Bolstering System-Justifying Beliefs in Response to Social Exclusion,” to be published in the Dec. 2 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations.
  • Stuart Isacoff, lecturer in music, has signed his third book contract with Alfred A. Knopf. The subject of this book will be the 1958 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, which launched Van Cliburn’s international fame and positively affected cultural relations between the U.S. and USSR.
  • Mary Ellen Marks, lecturer in the School of Humanities, published two reviews in The Hook Magazine: “Pier 701: A Treat for the Senses” (Sept./Oct. 2013: 34–37) and “Two Spear Street: An Unhurried Place to Dine” (Nov./Dec. 2013: 39–44).
  • Lisa Jean Moore, professor of sociology and gender studies, has a paper written with Purchase College alumna Mari Kate Mycek, “Body Image, Gender and Food,” forthcoming in the Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, edited by Paul B. Thompson and David Kaplan (Springer, 2014). Moore and another Purchase alumna, Marianna Grady, have a chapter, “Putting ‘Daddy’ in the Cart: Ordering Sperm Online,” forthcoming in Reframing Reproduction: Sociological Perspective on the Intersection between Gender, Sexuality and Reproduction in Late Modernity, edited by Meredith Nash (New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, Winter 2014).
  • Lenka Pichlíková, visiting assistant professor of theatre and performance, has contributed a substantial section in a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Slavic and East European Information Resources, vol. 14, issue 4 (Taylor & Francis): “Hungarian, Czech and Polish Diaspora Collections in the U.S. and the Homelands” (Part I) and “Guide to East European Resources in the New York Metropolitan Area” (Part II). She has also contributed the following articles in the journal: “International Theatre Institute of the United States”; “Czech Center New York”; “Leo Baeck Institute Library and Archives, Center for Jewish History”; “Brooklyn Museum Library and Archives”; “Museum of Modern Art Libraries”; “Frick Art Reference Library”; “The New York Arts Resources Consortium (NYARC)”; “International Center of Photography Collections and Research Center (Library and Archives)”; “Guggenheim Museum Library and Archives”; “Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA)”; and “Museum of the City of New York, Museum of Modern Art Libraries.”
  • Francine Rubin, associate director of the Learning Center, had her poetry published in Nov. issue of The Light Ekphrastic and in Spiral Orb. Additional poetry is forthcoming in the first issue of the literary journal Twisted Vine.
  • Paul Siegel, associate professor of psychology, has had a study with three co-authors (Edward Han, Don Cohen, and Jason Anderson), “A Detection-Identification Dissociation for Phobic Stimuli: Unconscious Perception?,” published as the lead article in the most recent issue of Cognition and Emotion (vol. 7, issue 7, 2013). The study is the first to demonstrate directly that phobic individuals perceive their feared stimulus without conscious awareness. (The three co-authors are former Bridges students from Westchester Community College who returned to Siegel’s psychology lab to do the study the summer after they were in the Bridges program. Han graduated from Columbia University and is applying to medical school; Anderson graduated from Cornell University and just began the PhD program in social psychology at University of California, Santa Barbara; and Cohen graduated from New York University. Their academic accomplishments are a testament to the Bridges program).
  • Joshua Willis, visiting assistant professor of art and design, will have work included in the International Painting Annual, published by Manifest Creative Research and Drawing Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Nancy Bowen and Sharon Horvath, associate professors of art and design, participated in BLDG 30: Celebrating 10 Years in the Brooklyn Navy Yard Open Studios. The studios were open on Nov. 9.
  • Lenora Champagne, professor of theatre and performance, appears in the documentary film Spectacle: A Portrait of Stuart Sherman, which was screened on Nov. 15 at the Abrons Art Center in New York City as part of Performa 13. Her performance work is also represented by images and a costume in an installation of performance ephemera, curated by Sarah Maxfield as part of her Nonlinear Lineage project archive, at the Invisible Dog’s Glass House in Brooklyn. It is open to the public Nov. 14–24.
  • Donna Dennis, professor of art and design (sculpture), had her installation Coney Night Maze (1997–2009) at the Neuberger Museum reviewed by Erik La Prade in the Nov. issue of Art in America. A four-minute film about this piece is available on YouTube. Dennis’ 1976 work Tourist Cabin Porch (Maine) is on view in the exhibition Primary Sources: Documenting SVA and the New York Art World, 1966–1985 at the SVA Chelsea Gallery from Nov. 19 to Dec. 18.
  • Rachel Dickstein, visiting assistant professor of theatre and performance, will be directing Thumbprint, a new 90-minute opera by Kamala Sankaram and Susan Yankowitz based on the life of Muhktar Mai, at Prototype: Opera/Theater/Now, a chamber opera festival to be held in New York City in January 2014. She is also preparing to direct her adaptation of The World is Round, a folk opera fable, for its BAM premiere in April 2014.
  • Joseph Ferry, professor of music (studio production), recently had a limited-edition vinyl LP of his album Connected, featuring such reggae immortals as Augustus Pablo and King Tubby, released on Jump Up Records of Chicago. Ferry also recently played bass on three as yet untitled tracks for Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and reggae artist Toots (of Toots and the Maytals).
  • Kate Gilmore, associate professor of art and design (sculpture), has work in the following exhibitions: Kate Gilmore: A Tisket, A Tasket (solo exhibition), University Art Museum, University at Albany, N.Y., Oct. 8–Dec. 14; Kate Gilmore: Between a Hard Place (solo exhibition), Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 2–Dec. 14; Only One Like You, a new performance that builds on themes introduced in Gilmore’s 2011 Public Art Fund project, at Art Basel Public, Collins Park, Miami, Fla., Dec. 3–4; and All Good Things, SOMA Arts, San Francisco, Calif., Nov. 22–Dec 21.
  • Maria Guralnik, assistant professor of arts management, procured an engagement for pianist Frederic Chiu to perform with Grammy Award–winning violinist Joshua Bell at the Montreal Highlights Festival in February 2014. Chiu also played a recital at the Rubin Museum in New York City on November 1.
  • Mary Kosut, associate professor of media, society, and the arts, and artist Mike Schreiber curated a two-person exhibition, The Decomposers, featuring work by Joel Morrison and Michael Welsh, on view Nov. 15–Dec. 7 at the Group Club Association (GCA) in Brooklyn.
  • Julian Kreimer, assistant professor of art and design, Beth Livensperger, visiting assistant professor of art and design, and George Rush are featured in a current exhibition, Time/Place, at the Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery, on view through Nov. 22.
  • John Lehr, assistant professor of art and design (photography), is currently featured in two group exhibitions: at the Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago (Nov. 16–Jan. 11); and WHITE at Dickinson Roundell Inc. in New York City (Nov. 4–Dec. 10).
  • Warren Lehrer, professor of art and design (graphic design), was the featured interview with Kurt Anderson on NPR’s Studio 360 on Nov. 25. Lehrer also presented A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley as a reading/performance at the Miami Book Fair International on Nov. 23.
  • Judy Lieff, lecturer in dance, traveled to South Korea this past September as a film envoy for the American Film Showcase. She presented her documentary film Deaf Jam, taught a dance-video workshop at the Anyang Arts High School, spoke at a producers’ conference, and met with choreographers and independent producers.
  • Sylvan Oswald, visiting assistant professor of playwriting, presented the Sun Ra Visitation Series on Nov. 14 at Joe’s Pub in New York City. The project incorporates excerpts of Oswald’s play about the avant-garde jazz composer with live music performed by the Burnt Sugar Arkestra. Graphic design was created by Nontsikelelo Mutiti, visiting assistant professor of new media. The next presentation of the Visitation Series is Jan. 9.
  • Lenka Pichlíková, visiting assistant professor of theatre and performance, has been invited to perform a solo work incorporating commedia dell’arte, pantomime, and performance art in August 2014 at the 13th Theatrum Kuks, a theatre, opera, and music festival held at the architectural heritage site of Kuks in the Czech Republic.
  • Edward Pomerantz, part-time associate professor of screenwriting, has had his original feature screenplay Man Running chosen as one of three finalists (out of 300 submissions) in the 14th Los Angeles Comedy Festival Screenplay Competition. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Nov. 24 in Los Angeles.
  • Pamela Prather, assistant professor of acting, recently served as vocal and dialect coach for two productions at the Alley Theatre in Houston: You Can’t Take It With You, directed by Sanford Robbins; and Venus in Fur, directed by Brandon Hearnsberger and starring New York actors Nicole Rodenburg and Michael Bakkensen. The Houston Press had this to say about Rodenburg’s dialect work: “But, really, who could resist Rodenburg? Her timing is exquisite; her inflections, whether Austro-Hungarian or whacked-out street profanity, are spot-on.”
  • Carol Walker, professor emeritus of dance, was a judge at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a dance competition between the U.S. and China in October. The event, Super Dancer Born Tonight, was filmed for Chinese CCTV-1 for distribution in early 2014. The dancers were all finalists and winners from So You Think You Can Dance!. Walker was the only judge from the U.S., joining colleagues from China, Great Britain, South Africa, and Finland. They judged more 30 stellar performances, ranging from hip-hop to Chinese classical dance to contemporary. Russell Ferguson, an American dancer, was judged to be the “Super Dancer” of the evening, and Walker was selected to present his award on stage.
  • Joshua Willis, visiting assistant professor of art and design, has paintings in three group exhibitions: Fresh Paint at Manifest Creative Research and Drawing Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio (Nov. 8–Dec. 6); Small Wonders at the Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, Md. (Nov. 30–Dec. 29); and City of Tiny Lights at Salisbury University Art Galleries, Downtown Campus, Salisbury, Md. (Nov. 15–Dec. 14).
  • Murray Zimiles, professor of art and design (printmaking), has works on paper from the 1980s to the present in a two-person exhibition, Icons and Landscapes: Eternal Light, Hudson Light, on view through Jan. 15 at the Moviehouse Gallery in Millerton, N.Y.

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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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