Published, Performed, Presented
In July, Lynn Book (Theatre) toured “notes on desire,” a suite of original compositions for voice, text and electronics, in Chicago and Michigan. In November, Book’s “Gorgeous Fever: the radio drama” aired throughout the month in the Outer Ear Festival in Chicago. In December, Book performed “notes on desire” + new works for solo voice and electronics at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City.
Chester Biscardi’s (Music) chamber and vocal music was featured on the opening season concert, “Song and Dance,” of the Modern Chamber Music Ensemble’s “Voices of Change” in Dallas, Texas, in October, an event which included a series of lectures at Southern Methodist University. His piano music was included on the world tour of Bennett Lerner’s Music by My Friends, with concerts from Bangkok to Miami throughout the fall, while pianist Louise Bessette performed Incitation to Desire (Tango) throughout Canada and on a new Sept Jardins (Canada) CD, Tango Diablo! In October soprano Susan Eichhorn gave the premiere performance in Canada of his Modern Love Songs, and In Time’s Unfolding, for piano (2000), was released on a new Ariel CD, Contemporary Eclectic Music for the Piano, recorded by Jeffrey Jacob.
Larry Brown (Visual Arts) had a solo exhibit of paintings and works on paper at Butters Gallery, Ltd. (Portland, Oregon) in December.
Melvin Jules Bukiet ’74 (Writing) is the author of A Faker’s Dozen, a collection of short stories published by W.W. Norton in Fall 2003. His literary reviews have recently appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Boston Globe.
Kevin Confoy (Theatre) directed a reading of On the Porch, a new play by Tom O’Brien, in October for The Studio Theatre in New York. He continues to work with Clay McLeod Chapman ’00 on an adaptation of Clay’s novel Miss Corpus, for a stage production to be presented in New York this spring.
T. Griffith Foulk (Religion) participated in the Yale University conference “Buddhist Studies on East Asia: Retrospects and Prospects,” in April 2003, where he presented “Towards a ‘Buddhist’ Historiography.” In July, Foulk attended a meeting of the board of directors of the Soto Zen Text Project in Tokyo, Japan, in his capacity as co-editor-in-chief. The project aims to produce annotated, scholarly English translations of all the major scriptures of Soto Zen, which are written in literary Chinese and classical Japanese.
Margery Franklin (Director, Child Development Institute and Faculty Emerita in Psychology) attended the American Psychological Association Convention in Toronto, Canada, in August 2003, where she organized and chaired the “Lens & Psyche: Psychological Aspects of Photography” symposium. In September, the SLC Library presented “Explorations,” a show of her photographs.
In September Suzanne Gardinier (Writing) read from her recent work with Adrienne Rich at Connecticut College, as part of the Klagsbrun Symposium on Writing and Moral Vision. In October she participated in a panel at the annual conference of the American Studies Association, “American Jews, Israel, and the Palestinian Question,” in Hartford.
In spring 2003 Deborah Hertz (History) was visiting professor of Gender Studies at Tel Aviv University. Recently she has delivered papers or lectures in Israel, Germany, New Orleans, and at Columbia University. In January 2004, Hertz took a new post as Herman Wouk Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at the University of California/San Diego.
In October Shirley Kaplan (Theatre) directed two readings of work by Sarah Lawrence theatre faculty member Paul Austin during the October Fest at Ensemble Studio Theater in New York City.
H.H. Kleinman (Faculty Emeritus in Literature) lectured in the fall on “The Short Fiction of Irwin Shaw” for the Friends of the Sarah Lawrence Library, on “The Ambiguities of Faith in the Short Stories of John Updike” at the Reformed Church of Bronxville, and on the “Legend of Lilith” at the Women’s Club of Bronxville.
University of Utah Press will release Persuasions Of Fall by Ann Lauinger (Literature) this spring, a collection of poems recently awarded the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry. This prize is the first of an annual series co-sponsored by the University’s English Department and its publishing arm in honor of the late poet.
In November 2003, Maria Negroni (Spanish/Literature) released El testigo lucido- La obra de sombra de Alejandra Pizarnik (published by Beatriz Viterbo Editoras). Her poems appeared in Bomb and Leviathan Quarterly (Essex, U.K.) in summer 2003, and she was invited to the 8th International Multimedia Art Biennial in Istanbul to present Buenos Aires Tour, a collaboration with Argentine artist Jorge Macchi.
A chapbook by Kevin Pilkington (Writing), St. Andrews Head, was published by Camber Press in October 2003. His other recently published poems include “Santorini” in Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art (June 2003) and “Afterlife” and “Insomnia” in the Texas Journal (December 2003). In October, he gave a poetry reading and craft lecture at Manhattanville College.
Judith Rodenbeck (Art History) contributed to Work Ethic, edited by Helen Molesworth, a catalogue for this Baltimore Museum Of Art exhibition (Baltimore Museum of Art and Penn State, 2003). An article, “Madness and Method: Happenings and Theatricality,” appeared in Grey Room (Winter 2003), and she participated in a panel on “Box Art” at CUNY Graduate Center in October.
Lucy Rosenthal (Writing) edited and wrote the introduction for The Eloquent Short Story: Varieties of Narration, an anthology released in January by Persea Books.
Sara Rudner (Dance) performed in the Silver Celebration, part of London’s Dance Umbrella’s 25th Anniversary of the International Festival of Contemporary Dance. Rudner, who was a leading dancer with Twyla Tharp’s company, originally choreographed and performed as a solo Christopher Janney’s “Heartbeat” in 1983, a work exploring the heart as both a sophisticated machine for pumping blood and the “seat of the soul.” Using wireless telemetry and custom audio filters, the system amplified the electrical impulses to Rudner’s heart and surrounding muscles to create an unusual percussion sound track.
Joan Silber ’67 (Writing) is the author of Ideas of Heaven, to be published by Norton in April 2004. Her story “The High Road” appeared in O. Henry Prize Stories (Anchor Books, 2003) and The Pushcart Prize XXVII; another story and essay were published in The Story Behind the Story (Norton, 2004).
Work by Robin Starbuck (Visual Arts) was featured in a gallery installation, “Tribe/ Nation/Occupation II,” at the City Gallery of Atlanta-Chastain (Atlanta, Ga.). The installation, says Starbuck, is the second of two installations connecting the history and “survivance positioning” of Native Americans and African-Americans.
Eric Usner (Music) presented “Scoring America: Viennese Jews and the Classic Hollywood Film Score” at the Society for American Music’s Annual Meeting in March 2003, and at the conference “Continuities and Discontinuities in the Austrian Twentieth Century” at the University of Edinburgh in April. Usner also presented the paper “Ethnomusicology as a Political Act: Nicaraguan Song and Ethnomusicology as Social Justice Work” at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology in March.
“I Can Read!,” an article by Sara Wilford ’72 (Psychology/The Art of Teaching), was published in the 10th Anniversary Best Articles edition of Parent and Child magazine in summer 2003. In October, she began to contribute a monthly column, “Policies and Practices,” to Early Childhood Today; the column will run through May.
Mark Wunderlich’s (Writing) collection of new poems, Voluntary Servitude, was published in the fall by the Graywolf Press. He read his poetry in November at St. Mark’s Poetry Project in Manhattan and at Yale University. Wunderlich is both host and producer of a new, nationally distributed radio program of author readings and interviews from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass.
In 2003, Charles Zerner (Environmental Studies) edited Culture and the Question of Rights: Forests, Coasts, and Seas in Southeast Asia (Duke University Press), to which he also contributed a chapter. Another essay was published in Nature in the Global South: Environmental Projects in South and Southeast Asia (Duke University Press). In October he addressed a conference at the University of Georgia (Athens) Institute of Ecology and Department of Anthropology; in November, he spoke at Columbia University as part of its Political Ecology Lecture Series.
Robert Zimmerman (Faculty Emeritus in philosophy) published “Human Wants and Human Needs,” a treatise on the contradiction between what humans need for happiness and what society often conditions them to want, in the 2003 edition of The Sarah Lawrence Review. His book on Kant, Hegel and Nietzsche, to be published by Mellon Press, is nearing completion.