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Faculty and Staff Footnotes

October 2014

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

Announcements, Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes

  • Peggy A. De Cooke, associate professor of psychology and faculty presiding officer, was appointed chair of the University Faculty Senate Governance Committee.
  • Lee Ehrman, Distinguished Professor of Biology, was elected to the Honor Roll of the Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Honor Society, a distinction awarded for prolonged scholarly achievement. She has been a member of the society since the 1950s.
  • William H. Flank, lecturer in mathematics/computer science, was inducted into Temple University’s Gallery of Success for distinguished alumni as the 2014 designee of the College of Science and Technology. This took place during the October 10–12 homecoming weekend, in conjunction with the dedication of the new Science, Education, and Research Center.
  • Thomas Kelly, senior energy manager, is pleased to announce that he has enrolled the college in the Westchester Green Business-Certified program. The program seeks to improve the college’s already established sustainability program by advancing energy and water conservation, waste management, and purchasing and transportation strategies, both on campus and in the community.
  • Steve Lambert, associate professor of new media, was cited on Oct. 7 in as having one of the 10 best 404 error pages on the Web.
  • Catherine Lewis, associate professor of creative writing, won the 2014 Flash Fiction competition, sponsored by CALYX Journal, for the piece “Period.” The publication is forthcoming in Vol. 28, no. 2.
  • Sara Magenheimer, lecturer in new media, is a 2014 recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, an unrestricted $10,000 grant. Magenheimer was also awarded the summer 2014 Lighthouse Works fellowship, a six-week artist residency on Fisher’s Island, N.Y.
  • Brooke Singer, associate professor of new media, was awarded an Open Society Documentary Photography Project grant for 2014. She will be redeveloping and expanding her current data visualization project,, in partnership with Lois Gibbs, executive director of the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice.

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Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs

  • Michael Bell-Smith, assistant professor of new media, was commissioned to develop a performance/lecture, “99 Computer Jokes,” which he presented on the opening night of Impakt Festival 2014 in Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • Larry Clark, interim co-director and associate professor of dance, represented the Conservatory of Dance at the Council of Dance Administrators (CODA) conference in Snowbird, Utah, on September 13–15. Clark also represented the conservatory at the Dancing Through College and Beyond recruitment event held at Marymount College in New York City on October 19.
  • Chrys Ingraham, professor of sociology, presented her research study “Minding the Gap: How Institutional Accommodation Texts Mediate the Everyday Accessibility Experience for Persons with Disabilities in Higher Education” at the Institutional Ethnography workshop, held on August 18 during the 64th annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems in San Francisco.
  • Laura Kaminsky, professor of music, gave a lecture, “Making As One: A Chamber Opera for Two Voices Portraying One Transgender Protagonist,” on October 17 in the Department of Music’s lecture series, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh. She also participated in the opening performance event, Crossroads Project: Rising Tide, on October 2 at the Ecomusics and Ecomusicologies 2014: Dialogues conference at the University of North Carolina–Asheville. The performance featured a new string quartet, Rising Tide, composed by Kaminsky.
  • Julian Kreimer, assistant professor of art and design (painting and drawing), was a participant with artist Andrea Belag in the New York Studio School lecture series “In Conversation” on October 29.
  • Steve Lambert, associate professor of new media, presented “Making the Impossible Possible: The Art of Activism” with the Center for Artistic Activism on October 9 at the Communications Network Conference in Philadelphia.
  • Kathleen McCormick, professor of literature and writing, read her personal essay, “I Always Felt Like I was on Good Terms with the Virgin Mary, Even Though I Hadn’t Gotten Pregnant in High School,” on June 28 at a plenary session of the “Virgin Mary in Britain and Ireland” conference, held at York St. John University in York, UK.
  • Susanne Markgren, digital services librarian, presented “Invest in Success” on October 8 as an invited keynote speaker at the Minnesota Library Association Conference in Mankato, Minn.
  • Ted Piltzecker, associate professor of music (studio composition), was the guest artist at the 6th International Meeting of Percussion–Big Band, held at the Dramatic and Musical Conservatory of Tatuí in Brazil on September 4. Piltzecker also worked with student percussionists at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte in Natal, Brazil, and at the Instituto de Artes da UNESP in Sao Paulo.
  • Jason Pine, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, gave an invited talk, “The Voice of the Ventriloquist: Neomelodica Music and the Neapolitan Camorra,” at the Department of Italian at Rutgers University.
  • Jeff Scheible, assistant professor of cinema studies, introduced and moderated a discussion with filmmakers Hunter Snyder and Peter Bo Rappmund following a screening of their work at Anthology Film Archives on September 20. This event was part of New York University’s Lines and Nodes symposium on media, infrastructure, and aesthetics.
  • Wayne te Brake, professor of history, presented the paper “Making Religious Peace Possible in Early Modern Europe” at the “Religious Wars in Early Modern Europe and Contemporary Islam: Reflections, Patterns and Comparisons” conference at Columbia University and the City University of New York, October 23–24.
  • Hakan Topal, assistant professor of new media and art and design (graphic design), was a participant on the “Starting from Zero: Art, Harmony, and Innovation” panel, held at the Neuberger Museum of Art on September 18. Fellow panelists were Elizabeth Berkowitz, adjunct professor of art history, and Reinhard Bek, partner of bek&fronhert, LLC, with moderator Avis Larson, assistant curator at the museum. Topal also participated on an international panel of artists at Utopias and Realities, curated by Graciela Cassel of Transborder Art and hosted by Anthology Film Archives in New York City on September 29. Fellow panelists were Kathleen MacQueen, Gerald Pryor, Jorge Zuzulich, and Alejandro Schianchi.

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  • Meagan Curtis, assistant professor of psychology, published two chapters, “The long-term benefits of musical training” and “Music for health and wellness,” in the book Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Sage Publications, 2014).
  • Anthony Domestico, assistant professor of literature, recently published reviews of two books: Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven in the San Francisco Chronicle and Joshua Mehigan’s Accepting the Disaster in Commonweal.
  • Joseph Ferry, professor of music (studio production), has completed work on his new book, Jamaica: History, Culture and Music. His next album, Revival, will be released in the very near future; the first two singles, “Burning Spear” and “Star,” are charting nationally and feature Purchase College alumni Adrienne Mack-Davis and Noelle Tannen. On October 31, a new single titled “Highlife,” featuring Purchase alumnus J-Zone, was released.
  • Beth Gersh-Nesic, lecturer in liberal studies, published an essay, “Portrait as Performance: The Theater of the Self in Kathleen Gilje’s Series of Curators, Critics and Connoisseurs,” in Breaking New Ground in Art History: A Festschrift in Honor of Alicia Craig Faxon, edited by Margaret A. Hanni (New Academic Publishing, 2014). Her second review of Diane Radycki’s book Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist was published in Theory in Action–The Journal for Transformative Studies Institute, vol. 7, no. 3 (July 31, 2014). The previous review, published in WomenArts Quarterly Journal, vol. 4, no. 1 (University of Missouri–St. Louis), focused on feminist theory; this review focuses on Modersohn-Becker as a modernist.
  • Cassandra Hooper, associate professor of art and design (printmaking), has work included in Ley Lines, edited by H.L. Hix (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Winter 2015). The book is an anthology that looks at various forms of exchange between writers and artists and offers unique access to contemporary art, poetry, and the creative process.
  • Matthew Immergut, associate professor of sociology, and Mary Kosut, associate professor of media, society, and the arts, published their article “Visualising Charisma: Representations of the Charismatic Touch” in the peer-reviewed journal Visual Studies (vol 29, issue 3) on October 16.
  • Steve Lambert, associate professor of new media, has a small contribution about Utopia in Keri Smith’s new book The Imaginary World of … (Perigee, Sept. 2014).
  • Jeanine Meyer, professor of mathematics/computer science and new media, and Marty Lewinter, former professor of mathematics at Purchase College, have a contract with John Wiley and Sons to publish their book, Elementary Number Theory with Programming, scheduled for publication in June 2015.
  • Jason Pine, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, had a forum dedicated to his book, The Art of Making Do in Naples (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), “Dentro la città: una discussione a partire dal libro The Art of Making Do di Jason Pine," Luciano Brancaccio, Nick Dines, Jason Pine and Marcello Ravveduto, published in the journal Meridiana. His research was also featured in the May–June issue of University of Chicago Alumni Magazine (p. 18–19).
  • Jeff Scheible, assistant professor of cinema studies, has an article, “Longing to Connect: Cinema’s Year of OS Romance,” in the journal Film Quarterly (vol. 68, no. 1, Fall 2014).
  • Alexis Silver, assistant professor of sociology, had an article, “Clubs of Culture and Capital: Immigrant and Second Generation Incorporation in a New Destination School,” published in the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies (vol. 37, no. 11, Sept. 2014).
  • Jordan Schildcrout, assistant professor of theatre and performance, has published Murder Most Queer: The Homicidal Homosexual in the American Theater (University of Michigan Press, 2014). This new book examines the shifting meanings of murderous LGBT characters in the American theatre from the 1920s to today, showing how these controversial representations wrestle with and ultimately subvert the archetype of the “villainous homosexual.” For more information, visit
  • Jeffrey Taylor, assistant professor of arts management, has published In Search of the Budapest Secession: The Artist Proletariat and Modernism’s Rise in the Hungarian Art Market, 1800–1914 (Helena History Press, August 2014), distributed by Central European University Press.
  • Hakan Topal, assistant professor of new media and art and design (graphic design), contributed the article “Intentional Failure” in Speculation, Now: Essays and Artworks on Action and Discourse in a World of Contingencies and Change, edited by Vyjayanthi Rao, with Prem Krishnamurthy and Carin Kuoni (Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New York, 2014). Additional published articles include “Islamists and the Perpetuity of Catastrophe” and “The Overlooked Besieged Alternative in the Middle East: The Rojava Cantons” in the New School For Social Research’s online journal Public Seminar; “Conversation with Pascal Gielen and Hakan Topal” (Doxa Magazine, Istanbul, September 2014); “Research” in the New Museum of Contemporary Art’s blog post In Whose Terms? A Glossary for Social Practice; and “Roboski: Aesthetics of Impossible Justice” in Serhh Poetry and Criticism Journal (Istanbul, October 2014).

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Michael Bell-Smith, assistant professor of new media, has a solo exhibition, Rabbit Season, Duck Season, on view from October 10 through November 26 at Foxy Production in New York City. His work was also included in the group exhibition LikeNewLandscape presented by Front Company at 57 Orchard Street in New York City and on view through October 19.
  • Edmund Cionek, lecturer in liberal studies, had a premiere of a new work, Fun Music, performed by Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gerald Steichen, on October 7. The work was commissioned to celebrate the orchestra’s 50th anniversary season.
  • Maria Guralnik, assistant professor of arts management, was among a select group of arts presenters, producers, academics, and media personnel invited to attend a launch event on October 1 announcing a $40 million Wallace Foundation initiative designed to generate sustainable ideas for retaining and building audiences. The event, live streamed from NPR’s Greene Space in Manhattan, featured a discussion with new NEA chair Jane Chu and other national arts leaders, moderated by Kurt Andersen, host of the Peabody Award–winning public radio program Studio 360.
  • Cassandra Hooper, associate professor of art and design (printmaking), has work is included in Somewheres & Nowheres: New Prints 2014/Autumn, an exhibition curated by Nicola López at the International Print Center New York (ICPNY), on view from October 25 to December 13, and in Ley Lines: Crossing Media with Cultural Conversation, an exhibition opening in February 2015 at the University of Wyoming Art Museum.
  • Sharon Horvath, associate professor of art and design (painting and drawing), has two concurrent solo exhibitions: Sharon Horvath: Cosmicomics–New Paintings and Sharon Horvath: Varanasi Notebooks at Lori Bookstein Fine Art in New York City, on view from October 9 to November 8.
  • Matthew Jensen, lecturer in art and design, has a solo exhibition, Alongside Tall Grasses, on view through November 16 at the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Penn. In conjunction with the exhibition, he will give an artist’s talk on November 8. Jensen’s work is also included in the group exhibition Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond at the Brooklyn Museum (October 3–January 4). He led an artist walk/talk, “Flatbush Old/Flatbush New,” on October 25 in conjunction with the exhibition.
  • Laura Kaminsky, professor of music, had the world premiere of her new opera, As One, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on September 4–7. This new chamber opera, commissioned by American Opera Projects, has been favorably reviewed in the New York Times, WQXR’s Operavore, and Opera News. An extensive interview with Brian Kellow, “Hearing Both Sides,” is also available in Opera News (vol. 79, no. 3, Sept. 2014).
  • Jared Kirby, lecturer in physical education, just finished the fight staging for the senior Acting Company’s production of Tales from the Vienna Woods, directed by David Bassuk, and stunts for an independent World War I film, The March of Ibchen Hallas. Kirby is currently staging the fight scenes for the New York City premiere of Same River Twice, and he will travel in December to teach at the Paddy Crean Stage Combat Conference, to be held at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada.
  • Julian Kreimer, assistant professor of art and design (painting and drawing), has had his work included in several group shows in New York City: The City as Subject, at Westbeth Gallery, September 20–October 5, curated by Peter Xico Greenwald; Diagonal Triangle at Artist House Party Presents–Viewing Room, October 19–November 12; Improvised Showboat at the Kathy Bradford Studio in Brooklyn, September 26; and Higher Learning at Lehman College. This past summer, he co-curated In the Office of the Drunken Monkey at TSA Gallery in Brooklyn (August 8–September 7). Kreimer will have a solo show and residency this winter at the LUX Art Institute in San Diego, Calif.
  • Steve Lambert, associate professor of new media, had a piece that was a finalist in several categories at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Mich. After the votes were submitted and before the award was announced on October 3, Lambert pledged to give the up to $200,000 prize to LGBT causes in response to antigay funding by the supporting foundations. It was covered on television and newspapers in Grand Rapids and Detroit and in the art press. Lambert also showed his piece Public Forum at Space One Eleven in Birmingham, Ala., on September 6. The Space One Eleven exhibition was covered on WBHM Public Radio, Birmingham’s alt-weekly Weld, and on He was also interviewed for OxFam Australia’s Design for Change program. Lambert’s work was exhibited at Generator Projects in Dundee, Scotland, and in Unrest: Art, Activism, & Revolution at the Helen Day Art Center, on view through November 23. And his Capitalism Works For Me! True/False was shown at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester, UK, as part of Upper Space’s exhibition Art and the Affairs of the City.
  • Sara Magenheimer, lecturer in new media, had her film Seven Signs that Mean Silence featured in the Projections section of the 52nd New York Film Festival, on view September 26–October 12 at the Film Society Lincoln Center. Her work was also included in three group exhibitions in New York City this past summer: Teen Glazed at the Jane Harstock Gallery at Greenwich House; Purple States at Andrew Edlin Gallery; and Views from the Window at Chapter NY. She also screened two videos, one at the 247365 Gallery in Brooklyn and Mickrys at the Cave Gallery in Detroit.
  • Lenka Pichlíková, visiting assistant professor of theatre and performance, is a cast member in the moving company commercial filmed by Kernel Time Warner Cable Media Company N.Y. (start date October 17).
  • Pamela Prather, assistant professor of acting, recently served as vocal and dialect coach for Travesties at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, N.Y., and Dracula at the Tony Award–winning Alley Theatre in Houston. Both plays were directed by the Alley Theatre’s artistic director, Gregory Boyd. Prather also coached Nadia Manzoor as she found the voices for 21 characters in her critically acclaimed solo performance piece Burq Off!
  • Jeffrey Taylor, assistant professor of arts management, co-curated A Mid-Century Mind, an exhibition of sculptural works in paper by the mid-century designer Irving Harper, at the Rye Arts Center with fellow Rye Art Center board gallery chairwoman Katherine Dufault. The exhibition runs through December 6.
  • Hakan Topal, assistant professor of new media and art and design (graphic design), has an installation, Soil. Water. Ash., included in The Ultimate Capital is Sun: Metabolism in contemporary art, politics, philosophy and science at nGbK / neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst in Berlin, curated by Elena Agudio, Dorothee Albrecht, Bonaventure Ndikung, Matteo Pasquinelli, and Eylem Sengezer. The exhibition is on view from September 20 to November 16.
  • Sarah Walker, lecturer in art and design, has work in two group exhibitions in New York City: Prime Matter, a large group show at Senaspace, organized by Zoe and Christopher Schade, October 16–December 6; and Diagonal Triangle at Artist House Party Presents–Viewing Room, October 19–November 12.
  • Joshua Willis, visiting assistant professor of art and design, has a solo exhibition, In the Shadow of the Machine, at the Visiting Artist Sloan Fine Arts Gallery, Lock Haven University, in Lock Haven, Penn. His work is also included in four group exhibitions this fall: Horizon: Contemporary Landscape at the Community Arts Center in Danville, Ky.; Works on Paper at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, Mass.; Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.; and AccessArt: Brooklyn Arts Council Benefit Exhibition at the BAC Gallery in Brooklyn, 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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