Faculty and Staff Footnotes

October 2012

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

Awards, Grants, and Prizes

  • Purchase College Faculty Awards:
    Karen Baird, associate professor of political science, and JoAnn Walters, associate professor of art and design (photography), are the 2012–14 recipients of the Kempner Senior Faculty Research Award. During 2012–14, both Baird and Walters will receive $5,000 to subsidize expenses for their scholarly and creative work and will hold the title of Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professor. As Provost Barbara Dixon noted, “In the eyes of your college and your peers, your work meets the highest standards, and this award expresses our pride in your accomplishments.”
  • Virginia Breen, associate professor of journalism, was named a fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University. As part of her fellowship, Breen received a travel grant to report and teach a journalism workshop next summer for a group of teens orphaned by the AIDS crisis in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Geoffrey Field, professor of history, was awarded the 2012 Morris D. Forkosch Prize by the American Historical Association for his book Blood, Sweat, and Toil: Remaking the British Working Class 1939–45. The prize is awarded for the best book in the field of British, British Imperial, or British Commonwealth history since 1485.
  • Julian Kreimer, assistant professor of art and design (painting and drawing), was awarded an artist’s residency for May 2013 at the Yaddo Colony in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

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Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs

  • John Fedchock, visiting affiliate artist in jazz studies, held a big band clinic at California State University–Long Beach on October 7, an arranging/composition master class and improvisation clinic at California State University–Fullerton on October 9, and an improvisation clinic at Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, Conn., on October 19.
  • Julian Kreimer, assistant professor of art and design (painting and drawing), and Beth Livensperger, visiting assistant professor of art and design (painting and drawing), participated in a panel discussion on contemporary painting, “Date, Time, Place,” at the Rhode Island School of Design on October 15.
  • Steve Lambert, assistant professor of new media, was a speaker at the Applied Brilliance Conference 2012, “Balancing Acts in an Open Source World: Truth, Beauty, Virtue, Grace,” held in Sonoma, Calif., on October 8–9. Lambert was also a speaker and workshop leader at the Creative Time Summit 2012, held at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on October 12–13. The Creative Time Summit is the only conference of its kind, devoted to exploring the intersection of art making and social justice. It is a forum for the expanding global network of people who believe in the power of artists to make real social change. Also in October, Lambert led a workshop at the School for Creative Activism, part of the Center for Artistic Activism founded by Lambert and Stephen Duncombe.
  • Bettijane Sills, professor of dance, participated in “Balanchine, Broadway and Beyond,” an event presented by Dancers Over 40 on October 8 at St. Luke’s Theatre in New York City. The evening featured ballet luminaries from the Balanchine era, including Merrill Ashley, John Clifford, Allegra Kent, Patricia Wilde, Carol Sumner, and Frank Ohman. Moderators included WQXR-FM radio host Candice Agree, Wall Street Journal dance critic Robert Greskovic, and dance critic and author Nancy Goldner.
  • Jeffrey Taylor, assistant professor of arts management, delivered the lecture “Art-work Forensics in the Service of Law Enforcement in Eastern Europe” at the Interpol Conference on Art Forgery in Lyon, France (October 23–24).
  • Gary Waller, professor of literature and cultural studies, was a visiting lecturer at the Kahn Institute at Smith College in October, where he gave two addresses: “The Patriarchal Mythology of Motherhood” and “The Staging of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.
  • Wallie Wolfgruber, director of the Conservatory of Dance, directed the Purchase Dance Company at the International Festival of Dance Academies in Taipei, Taiwan, this past July. Seventeen dancers performed works by renowned choreographers Lar Lubovitch and Stephen Petronio, and also performed a student piece, choreographed by Purchase graduate Nathalia Trogdon. Wolfgruber returned to Taiwan this month to attend and represent Purchase College at the 2012 Global Forum for the Presidents of Universities of the Arts, an international celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Taipei National University of the Arts.

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  • John Fedchock, visiting affiliate artist in jazz studies, wrote the feature article, “The Perfect Escape,” in the October issue of DownBeat.
  • Geoffrey Field, professor of history, has an interview with the distinguished labor historian David Montgomery and an essay, “Forty Years On,” in the forthcoming issue of the journal International Labor and Working Class History, and a review of Susan R. Grayzel’s At Home and Under Fire: Air Raids and Culture in Britain from the Great War to the Blitz in the September 2012 edition of Twentieth Century British History (Vol. 23, Issue 3).

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Michael Bell-Smith, assistant professor of new media, exhibited four new videos in his solo show at Foxy Production in New York City (September 7–October 20).
  • Nancy Bowen, associate professor of art and design (sculpture), has work included in To be a Lady: Forty-five Women in the Arts, on view through January 18 at the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery in New York City. This exhibition was curated by Jason Andrew of Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts.
  • Bradley Brookshire, associate professor of music, performed as the harpsichordist with the countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and New York City Ballet principal dancer Jared Angle at the Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, a series specializing in pre-Romantic repertory in complementary settings. The performance, which took place at The Players on September 28, was reviewed in the New York Times on October 1. Brookshire, who is returning to the Metropolitan Opera as assistant conductor and harpsichordist for the 2012–13 season, will perform in the productions of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito in November and Handel’s Giulio Cesare in April.
  • Iris Cahn, professor of film, is co-editor of the film Fragments of Peter Kubelka, directed by Martina Kudlacek, which had its USA premiere at the 2012 New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center in early October as part of the festival’s “Views from the Avant-Garde” slate.
  • Suzanne Farrin, director of the Conservatory of Music, had her composition Uscirmi di bracchi (2010) performed on October 22 at the AlpenKlassik chamber music festival in Bad Reichenhall, Germany.
  • John Fedchock, visiting affiliate artist in jazz studies, performed as the featured soloist with the jazz ensembles at the California State University–Long Beach on October 7, at the Los Angeles Jazz Institute’s “Groovin’ Hard” jazz festival (October 10–14), and with the John Fedchock NY Sextet on October 19 at the Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, Conn. Fedchock recorded as a guest soloist with the Fred Hess Big Band on a new CD, Speak, and with the South Florida Jazz Orchestra on Trumpet Summit. Fedchock also appeared in Blue Flame, a feature-length documentary film about big band jazz leader Woody Herman, which premiered on October 10.
  • Cassandra Hooper, associate professor of art and design (printmaking), curated the exhibition La Pisciotta Vita, featuring work created by her study-abroad students, at the Purchase College Library. The exhibition is on view from October 3 through November 6.
  • Sharon Horvath, associate professor of art and design (painting and drawing), has a solo exhibition at the Drawing Room Gallery in East Hampton, N.Y., from November 2 through January 6. The opening reception will be held on November 3 from 5 to 7p.m.
  • Robert Kozma, lecturer in art and design (photography), had a solo exhibition, Robert Kozma: Palladium/Platinum Prints, at Pace University’s Choate House Art Gallery in Pleasantville, N.Y. ( October 10–30). This exhibition was presented by the Media, Communications, and Visual Arts Department in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Steve Lambert, assistant professor of new media, exhibited and participated on a panel at the Conflux Festival 2012, held at New York University on October 20–21. Conflux is the annual New York City festival for contemporary psychogeography, the investigation of everyday urban life through emerging artistic, technological, and social practice. Lambert also had a solo exhibition, It’s Time to Fight and It’s Time to Stop Fighting, at the Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles, Calif. (September 15–October 20).
  • Amanda Lechner, lecturer in art and design (painting and drawing), is co-curator of the traveling exhibition In Search Of … (with Dustin Dennis and former faculty member Christopher Ulivo), which debuted at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. (September 7–October 12). A panel discussion featuring the curators was held on September 6. Included in this exhibition is Matthew Bollinger, visiting assistant professor of art and design (painting and drawing). The show will be touring through collegiate galleries through the end of the year.
  • Judy Lieff, lecturer in dance (video dance documentation), had her award-winning film Deaf Jam screened at the One World Film Festival in Ottawa, Canada, in October. Deaf Jam is a film about a young deaf woman who discovers ASL poetry and engages in a performance/collaboration with a hearing slam poet. As a special event, the festival invited six talented slam poets from the region to create original poems in response to the film.
  • Lenka Pichlíková, lecturer in theatre and performance, played a role of a mother in the short film Kiddie Riders, directed by Alina Landry. She also performed her one-woman show, “Katie Luther,” twice on October 28 at the St. John Lutheran Church in Stamford, Conn.
  • Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art and design (sculpture), traveled to Marrakesh, Morocco, for the U.S. Department of State’s smARTPower project and to Tbilisi, Georgia, for Artisterium V: The Protest that Never Ends, the fifth Tbilisi Annual International Contemporary Art Exhibition and Art Events (October 5–15). Other exhibitions and activities in October include the Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany; the eighth annual Art in Odd Places festival and the Conflux Festival 2012, New York, N.Y.; the 2012 Imagining America Conference, New York University; and The Ripple Effect: Currents of Socially Engaged Art, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C. (October 25–January 13).

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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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