Faculty and Staff Footnotes

October 2009

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

Awards and Prizes

In the category of single-authored monograph, there are two 2009 Ruth Benedict Prize winners: Prof. Rudolf Gaudio (Anthropology) for Allah Made Us: Sexual Outlaws in an Islamic City (Wiley-Blackwell), and Mary L. Gray, for Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America (New York University Press). The Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists, SOLGA, awards the prize to acknowledge excellence in a scholarly book written from an anthropological perspective about a topic that engages issues and theoretical perspectives relevant to LGBTQ studies. The Ruth Benedict Prize will be presented to the winning authors on December 5, 2009 at the American Anthropological Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

Prof. Brooke Singer (New Media) was recently awarded a New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) 2010 Individual Artist grant for Superfund 365, a data visualization application designed to increase public understanding of and dialogue about the worst toxic sites in the United States by making accessible scientific information, creating original media content, and providing online social networking tools. The Neuberger Museum of Art is the fiscal sponsor of the grant.

Prof. Jennifer Wroblewski (Art+Design) was awarded a 2009 NYFA Fellowship in Printmaking, Drawing, and Book Arts.

Prof. Anthony Lemieux (Psychology) received a $3,000 Curriculum Development Grant from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence based at the University of Maryland for Creation of course modules for use in online and blended environments focusing on research methods in studying terrorist motivations.

The China Institute in America has awarded Prof. Renqiu Yu (History) with a special award for his valuable contributions to both Teach China and in the field of education. The award will be presented at the Chinese New Year celebration on February 19, 2010 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center honored Prof. Jon Faddis (Music) at its annual awards ceremony, “What A Wonderful World.” The awards celebrate health care advocates, music legends, and patients. On October 13, 2009, the second symposium for music and medicine at the Center targeted musicians, performing artists, and medical professionals. Prof. Stuart Isacoff (Music) presented models of recent theory development on the brain and creativity in music as well as the history of musicians who have suffered from particular ailments and how they worked through their stress, ultimately using it to redefine their music selves.

Prof. Murray Zimiles (Art+Design) will be inducted into the National Academy on October 28, 2009.

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

Prof. Veronica Perera (Sociology) recently presented a paper, “How Do We Go Global? Traveling Scripts and Expanding Horizons in Latin American Water Struggles,” at the International Studies Association Northeast Conference. Prof. Perera was also a discussant on the panel “International Organizations in a Globalizing World.”

Prof. Elise Lemire (English Literature) is the invited speaker at “Reframing the Color Line: Race and the Visual Culture of the Atlantic World,” a symposium on the political cartoonist Edward W. Clay at the University of Michigan, to be held on October 30 and 31. This fall, Prof. Lemire will be reading from her new book, Black Walden: Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, Massachusetts (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), at the Brookline Booksmith (MA), the Concord Free Public Library (MA), the Lincoln Public Library (MA), the Cornwall Free Library (NY), and other venues. She was interviewed about Black Walden on WPKN’s Second Saturday Magazine (New Haven and Bridgeport, CT) on October 10.

Prof. Iris Cahn (Film) has been invited to speak in a series of lectures on “New York State Women and Film,” sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts. Prof. Cahn will lecture on turn-of-the-century Hudson Valley actress and director Helen Gardner. She will screen Gardner’s Cleopatra (1912), the first feature film made in America in 35mm, from a print newly restored by George Eastman House and Turner Classic Broadcasting on November 7 at 1:00 pm. in the Mountain Cinema in Hunter, NY. Other speakers in the series are Joan Micklin Silver, Debra Winger, and Uma Thurman.

This past July, Dr. Edmund Cionek (Liberal Studies & Continuing Education) chaired a symposium, “Five Facets of Contemporary Music,” at the Bar Harbor Music Festival in Bar Harbor, ME.

Prof. Carol Walker (Dance) was invited to adjudicate the Sydney Eisteddfod Dance Challenge in Australia in July. She judged modern, jazz, and musical theatre dance and was a special adjudicator for the junior ballet scholarship that carried a $12,000 prize award.

Prof. Lenora Champagne (Drama Studies) was an invited respondent on a panel on “New Nostalgia in American Theatre” at the ATHE (American Theatre in Higher Education) in New York City at the end of the summer and at a symposium on confessional performance at the University of Glasgow in June.

Rebecca Oling (Library) did a poster session at the New York Librarians’ Association annual conference called “The Accidental Assistive Techie: This Could Be You” on October 15.

Prof. Sarah Warren (Art History) will be giving a paper, “Liberating the Italian Colony by the Neva: Italian Futurism and the Cultural Politics of the Late Russian Empire,” at the conference “Futurismo/Futurizm: The Futurist Avant-Garde in Italy and Russia” at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University on November 14.

Prof. Anthony Lemieux (Psychology) gave two presentations recently: “Grievance, Risk, and Enemy Images in the Choice and Justification of Terror Versus Protest” at a research briefing presented at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia; and “Grievance, Risk, and Enemy Images as Predictors of Support for Terrorism” at Westchester Community College.

Prof. Jennifer Uleman (Philosophy) delivered “No King and No Torture: Making Sense of Kant on Suicide,” at the UK Kant Society Conference, held at the University of Lancaster (England).

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

Recent performances of Prof. Pete Malinverni (Music) include appearances at the Watercolor Café in Larchmont and the Kitano in New York City with the Pete Malinverni Trio. The Pete Malinverni Quintet performed recently at the Fat Cat in New York City.

Prof. Tim McCann (Film) has two new films being released on DVD. The Poker Club was released in April and Runaway with Melissa Leo will be out in December.

Heather Saunders (Library) exhibited work in the recent National Small Works Exhibition juried by Gary Bower at the Grosvenor Gallery, SUNY Cobleskill. Her work will also be in the upcoming BMO Financial Group Shadow Box Silent Auction at the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto.

Interim Dean Ravi Rajan (Art+Design) has three exhibitions of “The Sound of Silence” this fall: at Les Ateliers Jean Brillant in Montreal as part of Le Mois de la Photo (September 10–October 11); at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow as part of the Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (September 25–October 25); and in Yokohama, Japan (November–December).

Prof. Todd Coolman (Music) continues his busy performing and lecturing schedule this semester. In September, he appeared at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City with the James Moody Quartet and can be heard on Moody’s new CD, Moody 4A (IPO Recordings). In October, Prof. Coolman will be the bassist for the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York during its four-night run at the Blue Note jazz club in Greenwich Village. Later in October, Todd will direct the Purchase Jazz Orchestra in a public performance for the Village Life Arts Series in Warwick, NY. Todd will then spend a week in November as a resident artist and lecturer at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in the Netherlands.

Prof. Sharon Horvath (Art+Design) has an exhibit at the Brooklyn Navy Yard this month.

Prof. Michael Torlen (Art+Design) exhibited work during the late spring and summer in Watercolor USA 2009 at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, MO; in the 22nd Annual McNeese Works on Paper Exhibition at the Abercrombie Gallery, McNeese State University, in Lake Charles, LA; and at the Lupine Gallery in Monhegan, ME. Prof. Torlen’s monoprint, “Beast of Burden,” was accepted into the Springfield Art Museum’s national printmaking competition, Prints USA 2009, on view in Springfield from November 21 through January 10.

A new choral work, “I Stand with You,” by Dr. Edmund Cionek (Liberal Studies & Continuing Education), with text by Walt Whitman, was performed in October by The Accidentals on the “Naked Soul” music series at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.

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Prof. Anthony Lemieux (Psychology) has a review (in press) of Victoroff, J. & Kruglanski, A. (2009). “Psychology of Terrorism.” New York: Psychology Press. Journal of Social Psychology. An article, Alcorn, L. M. & Lemieux, A. F. (in press) “The Effect of Sexually Explicit Rap Music on Sexual Attitudes, Norms, and Behaviors” in Music: Composition, Interpretation, and Effects. Nova Science Publishers: Hauppauge, New York. (*notes: undergraduate student as first author; cross-published in the International Journal of Psychology Research).

Prof. Sarah Warren (Art History) has an article, “Crafting Nation: The Challenge to Russian Folk Art in 1913,” appearing in the November issue of Modernism/modernity.

Walden Woods Was a Black Space Before It Was a Green Space: Prof. Elise Lemire (English Literature) appeared on the History News Network on September 14.

Prof. Marty Lewinter (Mathematics) has two co-authored articles accepted for publication in the journal Congressus Numerantium: A.Delgado, M. Lewinter and L.V. Quintas, “K-long Graphs” and A. Delgado, M. Lewinter and L.V. Quintas, “Color Sets of Tripartite Graphs.”

Prof. Laura Chmielewski (History) has an essay, “Displaying the Dutch: The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum and the Colonial Revival Movement,” in the anthology Dutch New York: The Roots of Hudson Valley Culture, ed. Roger Panetta (New York: Fordham University Press).

Theatre Design/Technology Lecturer Dennis Parichy’s book Illuminating the Play, the Artistry of Lighting Design was published in June by Heinemann.

In the past month Laura Spincola Moore, a lecturer in psychology (Liberal Studies & Continuing Education), had two papers accepted for publication based on her research focusing on children with cerebral palsy, conducted at the Hospital for Special Surgery:

  • Spincola-Moore, L.J., Allegrante, J., Carlson, M., Palma, M., Lewin, J. (2009). Assessment of quality of life needs of children with mild hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Children’s Health Care (in press).
  • Carlson, M.G., Spincola, L.J., Lewin, J. & McDermott, E. (2009). Impact of video review on surgical procedure determination. Journal of Hand Surgery, 34(7), 1225-1231.

Owen Borda, a lecturer in social science (Liberal Studies & Continuing Education), graduated with a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Union Institute and University on June 30. His dissertation, “The Social Conditions that Fostered the Development of HIV/AIDS Policy 1981-1990,” was described in the extended musical composition “When We No Longer Touch,” and included a video documentary, concert performance of the work, and extended contextual essay.

William Peace, a lecturer in anthropology (Liberal Studies & Continuing Education), has made several contributions in the newly released Encyclopedia of American Disability History and has an entry about adaptive sports in the forthcoming The Body Reader: Essential Social and Cultural Readings, ed. Lisa Jean Moore and Mary Kosut. In recent years, Dr. Peace has become a leading disability-rights blogger, regularly posting entries at Bad Cripple on topics concerning assisted suicide, growth attenuation, and disability rights as civil rights. Bad Cripple is the title of his forthcoming memoir, to be published by Counter Punch Books. Next year, Dr. Peace will be a visiting scholar at the Hastings Center, an independent bioethics research institute based in Garrison, NY.

Habiba Boumlik, a lecturer in anthropology, language, and culture (Liberal Studies & Continuing Education), has presented and written about the “headscarf affairs” in France and how the perception of the “headscarf affairs” by French citizens now living the United States may have been affected by their American experience. In March 2009, Dr. Boumlik presented a paper at the Women’s History conference at Sarah Lawrence College and shared this research at the Museum for African Art in New York, the Alliance Française of Greenwich, and the NYU Center for Dialogues. In December 2009, she will present preliminary findings at the American Anthropological Association. Her paper, “Feminism and Cultural Relativism: the Headscarf Controversies in France and the ‘End’ of Relativism,” critically examines the use of the concept of cultural relativism by various feminist groups in favor of or against the law banning the use of headscarves in French public schools.

Michael G. Garber, a lecturer in music, theatre, and film history (Liberal Studies & Continuing Education), has an article forthcoming in the Journal of the Society for American Music titled “‘Some of These Days’ and the Study of the Great American Songbook.” At the annual Song, Stage, and Screen conference in December, Dr. Garber will be presenting a paper about the use in movie musicals of older popular songs. His encyclopedia entry, “Operetta,” will be appearing in a new reference work Broadway: An Encyclopedia of Theater and American Culture (Greenwood Press, December 2009).

Jack Breslin, a lecturer in communications/media studies (Liberal Studies & Continuing Education), continues his research based on his professional public relations expertise in television publicity at Fox and NBC. Dr. Breslin has completed the chapter “Cops and Reality TV: Public Service or Public Menace?” for the book Ethics and Entertainment: Essays on Media Culture and Media Morality, being published by McFarland next spring. In May 2010, he will be leading his third Iona in Mission trip to Africa, where he has also been researching media ethics and press freedom.

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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.