Faculty Spotlight

In March and April, Ernest Abuba (theatre) directed Three Trees, an off-Broadway production by Alvin Eng, at the West End Theater in Manhattan. Abuba wrote Dojoji: The Man Inside the Bell, which was produced off-Broadway at the Harold Clurman Theatre in Manhattan from May to June. He also received a Playwriting Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for this play. In July and August, he and Allen Lang (theatre) co-directed SLC's summer musical theatre program for high school students.

This summer, Vanessa Agard-Jones (LGBT studies) was appointed to the Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities.

In August, Neil Arditi (literature) published his article "Jay Wright's ‘Disorientations/Groundings'" in the Chicago Review.

In February, Sarah-Marie Belcastro (mathematics) designed and facilitated an interactive activity for high school students called "Let's Find Coverings and Matchings!" at the Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament, and again in March at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Her article "Adventures in Mathematical Knitting" was published in the March-April issue of American Scientist.

In May, David Bernstein (history) presented his paper "Ideological Antecedents of Google Logos" at the International Conference of Medieval Studies in Michigan, for an event titled "Honoring Ilene Forsyth: Letter-Play, Word-Play, and Medieval Visual Art."

In August, Adam Brown (psychology) published "Experimentally Examining the Role of Self-Identity in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" in the anthology Clinical Perspectives on Autobiographical Memory (Cambridge University). In June, he published "Episodic and Semantic Components of Autobiographical Memory and Imagined Future Events in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" in Memory. In March, he participated in a panel discussion on "Herekles" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities' Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives program. In April, he delivered a lecture on "Human Rights Work and Trauma" at the University of Virginia Law School, and in May, "Back and the Future: The Role of Memory and Future Thinking in PTSD" at Bronx Lebanon Hospital's department of psychiatry grand rounds.

"On the Margins: The Mediating Function of Footnotes in Thomas Hutchinson's History of Massachusetts Bay," an article by Eileen Cheng (history), was published in the winter issue of Early American Studies.

Kevin ConfoyIn October, Kevin Confoy (theatre) was a featured guest at the Alma Dea Morani Renaissance Awards Symposium at Harvard University, where his directing was honored. This past spring, he directed a new play, Byers and Cellars, at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC. This summer, Kevin returned as resident director of the Forestburgh Playhouse, a equity summer stock theatre in upstate New York.

In January, Roland Dollinger (German) published an essay titled "Becoming a Self-Conscious Jew: Hannah Arendt in Exile" in the anthology Essays in Honor of Heidi Thomann Tewarson (Koenigshausen and Neumann). In March and May, Dollinger presented a lecture titled "Jewish Life in Germany after 1945" at the Jewish Community Centers of Rockland County and Queens, respectively, both of which were sponsored by the NYC Council for the Humanities.

Kim FergusonIn April, Kim Ferguson (psychology) published a chapter titled "Cognitive, Motor and Behavioral Development of Orphans of HIV/AIDS in Institutional Contexts" in the book Neuropsychology of Children in Africa: Risk and Resilience Within a Co-constructivist Paradigm (Springer, 2013). That month, she also delivered a lecture on "Infant Health and Development in Malawian Orphanages" and moderated a roundtable discussion on "Effectively Engaging Community Partnerships in Developmental Courses," in which Linwood Lewis (psychology) also participated, at the Society for Research in Child Development biennial meeting in Seattle. In August, Ferguson published an article titled "The Physical Environment and Children's Well-Being: An International Review" in the International Journal of Psychology.

Carolyn Ferrell '84 (writing) published her story "Before They Were Flesh-Eating Zombies Trying to Take Over the World" in the fall issue of Ploughshares.

In April, Melissa Frazier (Russian/literature) presented her book Romantic Encounters: Writers, Readers and the Library for Reading (2007) for the University of Virginia's Slavic department. Also in April, she presented "Dostoevsky and the Science of Sensation" at the regional Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies conference at Barnard College. Frazier gave the same lecture in Minneapolis as part of Faculty on the Road, a lecture series for alumni.

In January, Marek Fuchs (writing) became a weekly Yahoo! Finance Columnist.

In June, Peggy Gould (dance) performed "Noise is on (continued)," which she choreographed, at Dixon Place in NYC. In July, Gould also received a residency sponsored by Philadelphia Live Arts to continue work on Para-Dice with choreographer Patricia Hoffbauer, writer/performer George Emilio Sanchez, and video-artist Peter Richards (dance).

In February, Laura Hercher (human genetics) was a guest on TVO Canada's show The Agenda with Steve Paikin, for a program about genetic testing titled "A New Pandora's Box?" She published her novel Anybody's Miracle (Herring River) in June.

James HorowitzIn April, James Horowitz (literature) presented "Beyond Cato: Addison and Whig Dramatic Form, 1707-1716" and "Pamela and the 'Old Story' of Fair Rosamond: Re-reading Richardson's Early Sources through Pamela II" for panel discussions at the American Society for 18th-Century Studies conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dan Hurlin '79 (theatre/dance) won the 2013-14 Rome Prize in the visual arts from the American Academy in Rome.

In January, Nicolaus Mills (writing) published "48 Years After MLK March, Voting Rights Still Vulnerable," on CNN.com and "Three Years After Salinger's Death, What to Make of Holden Caulfield" on Newsday's Web site. In March, he published "Punished for Telling the Truth about the Iraq War" on CNN.com and "Forty Eight Years after Selma, the New Fight for Voting Rights" on Dissent magazine's Web site. He published "The Promising Class of 2017" on The Philadelphia Inquirer's Web site in April.

In March, Priscilla Murolo '80 (history) spoke on a panel about the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 at an event titled "Seneca, Selma, Stonewall" at The University of Southern Maine in honor of Women's History Month.

In March, David Neumann (theatre) performed "I Understand Everything Better" at the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan. In April, he performed the same show at Bushwick Starr in Brooklyn. He currently works as a choreographer on "In a Year with 13 Moons" at the Yale Repertory Theatre, a stage adaptation of the 1978 Fassbinder film.

Dennis NurkseIn March, Dennis Nurkse (poetry) read his poetry at Utica College, and in April, he read at the Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and at the Brooklyn Public Library. In June, he published a new collection of poems titled A Night in Brooklyn (CB Editions, London). In July, Best American Poetry included his poem "Psalm to be Read with Closed Eyes," and over the summer, he published "Secret of the Lit Windows" in The Paris Review, "At Last I Can Enter the Country of My Ignorance" in The New Republic, and "The Lures" in Poetry London.

In August, Sandra Robinson (Asian studies) participated in a reading for The Feminist Press in the Hamptons alongside Edie Windsor.

In February, Judith Rodenbeck (art history) published "Communication Malfunction: Happenings and Gutai," an essay in the catalogue for the Guggenheim's award-winning exhibit on the Japanese avant-garde group, "Gutai: Splendid Playground." Additionally, she helped lead a discussion for the exhibit. The Brooklyn Rail published her article "Teaching Philosophy" in February and "Three Notes on the Behavioral Turn" in March. The latter was the commissioned Held Essay on Art. In the spring, she published "Excerpts from Three Interviews with Allan Kaprow" on UnWeave: The Conflict of the Faculties, an online publication of UC San Diego. In the spring, Rodenbeck delivered lectures at CUNY and the University of Texas at Austin. This fall, she is at the Clark Institute of Art in Williamstown, Massachusetts, on a research fellowship.

Frank Roosevelt (economics faculty emeritus) came out of retirement to teach two sections of a course on "Public Economics" in the Masters in Public Administration program at the Metropolitan College of New York.

In April, Tristana Rorandelli (Italian) presented her paper, "Woman's Domestic Imprisonment during Fascism in Paola Masino's Monte Ignoso," on a panel titled "Women Writers of the Fascist Ventennio" at the American Association of Italian Studies in Eugene, Oregon.

Lucy Rosenthal (writing) published her novel The World of Rae English this summer (Black Lawrence).

Sara RudnerIn February, Sarah Rudner (dance) performed "HeartBeat: NBM," a dance she choreographed, at the Regional American Heart Association fundraiser at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. The performers included five SLC alumni.

In August, Vijay Seshadri (writing) published 3 Sections (Graywolf), his fourth book of poems. In September, Best American Poetry included his poem "Trailing Clouds of Glory." He also published poems in the winter issues of Fence and A Public Space.

Joan SilberJoan Silber '67 (writing) published a short story titled "Fools" in the anthology New America: Contemporary Literature for a Changing Society in March, and in May, she published a book of short stories, also titled Fools (Norton), which in September was selected as a fiction nominee for the National Book Award.

In April, Kathy Westwater (dance) performed "PARK Scores #3," inspired by the Freshkills landfill on Staten Island, at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Also in April, she led a workshop titled "Pain Practices" for the event "Tactical Bodies: The Choreography of Non-Dancing Subjects, Conference of the Congress on Research in Dance" at the University of California Los Angeles.

Komozi WoodardIn February, Komozi Woodard (history) published The Black Power Collection of Komozi Woodard (Archives Unbound Cengage), a digital collection of historical documents. In February, he delivered a lecture on "Student Walkouts in the Black Power Movement" at the Now Dig This! Symposium at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. In March, he delivered a lecture titled "Black Power Studies Then and Now" at City College CUNY's Black Power Studies department in Harlem. He is also the curator for "Conversations in Black Freedom Studies," a monthly adult education series at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in NYC.

In May, Charles Zerner (environmental studies) delivered a lecture titled "Trauma and Wonder: Reflections on the Insect Representations in Film, 1954–1997" at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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