Faculty and Staff Footnotes

October 2010

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

Awards and Prizes

  • Prof. Aviva Taubenfeld (Literature) received the annual EOP/MAP Award in recognition of her excellent work with the EOP Program. Prof. Taubenfeld gave an extraordinary amount of time and concern to the summer program and to the initiation of the EOP Writing Lab. She will receive her award on November 3 at the EOP/MAP Town Meeting.

Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Rebecca Oling, coordinator of instruction and literature librarian, was invited to present and facilitate a roundtable/workshop, “Reaching Out and Around the Table: Serving Patrons with Disabilities,” for the Ramapo Catskill Library System.
     
  • Prof. Matthew Immergut (Sociology) presented his paper “Breaching Mental Models and Disrupting Intellectual Habits” at the Annual Conference of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education. He discussed his work teaching students mindfulness, meditation, and contemplation techniques in the context of the classroom. He also co-presented a poster titled “Meditation in Higher Education: Does It Enhance Executive Functions?” with Prof. Nancy Zook (Psychology) and Casey Helber, a senior psychology major at Purchase College.
     
  • Prof. Lisa Keller (History) chaired the international conference “Shrinking Cities, Smaller Cities: Modern Crisis or New Path to Prosperity? is smaller really better?” on September 30–October 1 at Columbia University.
     
  • Prof. Karen Baird (Political Science) presented a paper, “Agenda Setting, Social Construction of Populations and Problems and Marginalized Groups,” at the American Political Science Association conference. She also chaired and served as a discussant on the panel “Mobilization of Interests in Health Policy Development.”
     
  • Prof. Richard Minsky (Art+Design) presented a lecture at Yale in connection with the current exhibition “Material Meets Metaphor: A Half Century of Book Art.
    » Exhibition catalog (free PDF)
     
  • Prof. Anthony Lemieux (Psychology) made several presentations recently: “Turning to Terrorism: Experimental Data from Malaysia” and “The Effect of Priming on Individual Responses to Suicide Terrorism” (with Prof. Jon Rubin, Film/New Media) at the annual meeting of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism in Washington, D.C.; “Terrorism Out of Context? Laboratory and Experimental Approaches to Terrorism” at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the International Association for Conflict Management in Boston, MA; and a workshop, “Collaborative Online International Course in the Psychology of Terrorism” (with Prof. Rubin and Keith Landa), at the CIT Conference in Plattsburgh, NY.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Glenda Davenport (UUP) appeared at the Red Hat in Irvington, NY, with the jazz duo Hiroshi Yamazaki on piano and Bill Crow on bass.
     
  • Prof. Graham Ashton (head of Brass Performance) has commissioned Prof. Allyson Bellink (Studio Composition) to write a new work for the New York Chamber Brass. The ensemble, all members of the brass faculty at Purchase, was formed in 2009 and made its New York concert debut at Merkin Concert Hall last spring. Prof. Bellink will draw on her film and TV scoring background in creating the new composition, “Among the Druids.” The world premiere will be performed by the New York Chamber Brass on December 6 in the Conservatory of Music’s Recital Hall.
     
  • Prof. Laura Kaminsky (Music Composition) was recently selected for a solo CD on Parma Recordings, supported by a grant from the Composer Assistance Program of the American Music Center. She has also been commissioned by the Seattle Chamber Music Festival for a July 2011 premiere at Benaroya Hall of “Summer Music,” a chamber work with digital projections of paintings by Rebecca Allan. She will be creating the work during an extended fellowship at the invitation of the Hermitage Artist Retreat Center on the gulf coast of Florida this winter. Additionally, she has just been awarded a Met Life Creative Connections grant from Meet the Composer for a yearlong residency in Staten Island with the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, for whom she has been commissioned to write a trio for flute, cello, and piano. Other projects include a string orchestra commission for the Lucy Moses School at Kaufmann Center and a piano concerto for Ursula Oppens and the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, to be premiered in Russia in November 2011.
     
  • At the invitation of baseball commissioner Bud Selig, Prof. Robert Thompson (Arts Management) conducted the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on August 24 in a ceremony honoring former Milwaukee Brewers and Braves players. It was televised live on MLB-TV at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Joining Thompson on stage were Hank Aaron, Rachel Robinson (widow of Jackie Robinson), and legendary announcer Bob Ueker. On November 12, Thompson and Hall-of-Famer Dave Winfield are the featured performers in a gala event at the University of Illinois’ Krannert Center. Thompson will lead the Champaign-Urbana Symphony with Winfield as host and narrator in a performance of The Baseball Music Project, a multimedia historical concert celebrating the nation’s pastime. He is currently completing work on a second book, Rhythms of the Game (Hal Leonard Books, 2011), which explores the relationship between music and baseball, with colleagues David Gluck (Studio Composition) and former NY Yankee Bernie Williams.
     
  • Prof. Pete Malinverni (Jazz Studies) appeared with his trio at the Watercolor Café in Larchmont, NY, during October.

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Publications

  • Prof. Peter Schwab (Political Science) was a consultant and contributor to the September issue of Junior Scholastic magazine’s “Africa: 50 Years of Independence.”
     
  • Visiting affiliate artist John Fedchock (Jazz Studies) will be featured in the November issue of Downbeat magazine in a “Woodshed” article (page 76). The magazine is publishing a transcription and analysis of a solo.
     
  • The first printing of Prof. Richard Minsky’s book, The Art of American Book Covers, 1875–1930 (George Braziller, Inc., 2010) has sold out and a second printing has been shipped to the publisher’s warehouse. The Book Art of Richard Minsky, to be published in April 2011 by George Braziller, Inc., will be featured in the W.W. Norton 2011 Spring Catalog.
     
  • Prof. Lisa Keller (History) had her book Triumph of Order: Democracy and Public Space in New York and London (Columbia University Press) issued in paperback in September 2010.
     
  • Dean Suzanne Kessler (Liberal Arts and Sciences) co-wrote an article with Elizabeth Reis, “Why History Matters: Fetal Dex and Intersex,” which was published in the September issue of The American Journal of Bioethics.
     
  • Prof. Michael Lobel (Art History) published an article about Laurie Simmons and Anne Collier, “Scale Models” in this month’s Artforum magazine.
     
  • Prof. Anthony Lemieux (Psychology) and V.H. Asal have a peer-reviewed paper in the journal Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways Toward Terrorism and Genocide. The title of the article is “Grievance, Social Dominance Orientation, and Authoritarianism in the Choice and Justification of Terror Versus Protest.”

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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 Agnes Benis 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 Agnes Benis.