Faculty and Staff Footnotes

September 2009

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

Awards and Prizes

Arthur Civitella (Facilities Management) received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. This is the inaugural year for this award, which will be presented at Convocation.

The President’s Awards for Excellence in Classified Service will also be presented at Convocation to Carmela Macchia, Cleaner; Thomas Kannampallil, Maintenance Assistant; and Randy Bologna, Supervising Janitor.

The Mark Albrecht Award, in memory of Director of Public Safety Mark Albrecht, was awarded to Kiernan Mutchler, University Police Officer, for excellence in professional service.

Prof. Casey Haskins (Philosophy) received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the development of a new interdisciplinary course, “Happiness: Philosophy, Film, Literature.” The course, which is being given this semester, examines the theme of happiness.

Prof. Laura Kaminsky (Music) was awarded a fellowship from the Likhachev Foundation of St. Petersburg, Russia. The program is designed for American professionals in the field of arts and culture who currently work on creative projects on Russian culture or history.

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

Prof. Jason Pine (Anthropology, and Media, Society and the Arts) presented the paper “Rural Risk: Methamphetamine as Moral Hazard” at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association in Denver at the end of last semester.

Prof. Nina Straus (English Literature) gave an invited paper, “An Investigation into Kafka’s Animal Sites,” at the Kafka at 125 Conference, University of North Carolina.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

Interim Dean Louise Yelin (Humanities) has curated a show that opens at the Neuberger on Sept. 13: “British Subjects: Identity and Self-Fashioning 1967–2009.” Additional information is available under upcoming exhibitions on the Neuberger site.

Prof. Greg Lock (New Media) exhibited in three shows over the summer: A World in Perfect Balance, a solo exhibition of 3-D anaglyphs at Carrie Haddad Photographs in Hudson, NY; and two group shows, Formative Lines: Working in Drawing and Sculpture, at Governor’s Island, New York, NY (through October 4) and Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, MA (through October 31).

Prof. Pete Malinverni (Music) had the following engagements over the summer: “The Purchase College Summer Piano Series”; “Ron Kaplan Sings New York,” which highlighted selections from Kaplan’s “New York” CD at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency in New York City; and Pete Malinverni’s Invisible Cities Quintet at Fat Cat in New York City. Prof. Malinverni was also on the “Joey Reynolds Show” on WOR radio.

Prof. Stuart Isacoff (Music and Dance) recently toured six cities—Vicenza, Cremona, Florence, Latina, Lecce, and Bari— in Italy with lectures/recitals that took place at prominent museums, conservatories, and music festivals.

Prof. Ted Piltzecker (Music) performed at the 7th annual International Percussion Festival in Patagonia, Argentina at the end of June.

The Mandala Concert, a collaboration between composer/conductor Joel Thome and artist Harry Doolittle, will take place at the Rubin Museum of Art on September 16 in conjunction with the major exhibition, “Mandala: The Perfect Circle.” The exhibition explores Himalayan Buddhism’s artistic representation of man and the universe. The collaboration will showcase Prof. Thome’s compositions, which use mandala forms as notation, and the artist’s mandala paintings, which will be viewed on a screen during the performance. Tickets for the concert are $20 (RMA members receive 10% discount) and are available online at www.rmanyc.org/calendar and at the box office at the Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th St. in New York City. The box office number is (212) 620-5000, ext. 344.

Nelly van Bommel (Dance) had the New York premiere of her work Adele’s Skirt (Tsaritsa) during “SummerDANZ: CorbinDances” at the Dance Theater Workshop in July. The piece received a favorable review from Dance Magazine.

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Publications

Literature Prof. Nina Straus’ essay “Sebald, Wittgenstein, and the Ethics of Memory” was published in the Winter 2009 issue of Comparative Literature, the journal of the American Comparative Literature Society.

History Prof. Lisa Keller’s book, Triumph of Order, received an outstanding review in Times Higher Education, a major British publication.

Recent articles by Prof. Gary Waller (Literature and Drama Studies) include: “The Countess of Pembroke and Gendered Reading,” in Women Editing/Editing Women: Early Modern Women Writers and the New Textualism, ed. Ann Hurley and Chanita Goodblatt. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009; “Mary Sidney’s 'Two Shepherds,’” in Ashgate Critical Essays on Women Writers in England, 1550-1700: Volume 2: Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, ed. Margaret P. Hannay, Ashgate, 2009; and “Staging Shakespeare’s Virgin Mother in the Twenty-first Century: All’s Well that Ends Well and the Madonna del Parto,” in Shakespeare and the Middle Ages: Essays on the Performance and Adaptation of the Plays with Medieval Sources or Settings, ed. Martha W. Driver and Sid Ray, McFarland, 2009. Prof. Waller reviewed Thomas Rist’s Revenge Tragedy and the Drama of Commemoration in Reforming England in the journal Early Theatre 12.1 (2009).

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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.