Published, Performed, Presented

Card image Fiona Wilson (literature)

Fiona Wilson (literature)

Fiona Wilson (literature) published her debut book of poems, A Clearance  (Sheep Meadow Press, 2015) in May. “Wilson’s formal brilliance is all worked through with chagrin, wit, and modesty,” writes poet Saskia Hamilton. Other works by Wilson have been published in Literary Imagination, Edinburgh ReviewFrom Glasgow to SaturnPoetry Review, and Literary Review.

Card image Tao Lin (writing)

Tao Lin (writing)

Tao Lin (writing) and Mira Gonzalez are co-authors of Selected Tweets, a book that features over 40,000 chronological tweets from their various Twitter accounts over six years (Long Drive Books, 2015). After describing the book as “deceptively complex” and “extremely funny,” Juliet Escoria of Fader elaborates, “As a collection, it leaves one with questions about the performance aspect of Twitter, the performative act of tweeting.”

Card image Chester Biscardi (music)

Chester Biscardi (music)

Piano Quintet (2004) by Chester Biscardi (music) was part of “American Soundscapes” at the Staunton Music Festival in Virginia in August 2015.

On June 23, 2015, In Time's Unfolding (2000), a piece for piano by Biscardi, opened "Music Research in the Digital Age," a special event hosted by the Music Library Association (MLA) at the Juilliard School in New York City.

In late April, The Century Association presented a retrospective “Meet the Century Composer” event of Biscardi’s works. Earlier in the spring, The Viola Had Suddenly Become a Voice (2005) for viola and piano was performed in Vienna, Udine, Italy, and Chicago. Traverso (1987) for flute and piano was performed in Vienna and at Carnegie Hall.

Biscardi’s memoirs have recently been archived in Major Figures in American Music, which is part of Yale University’s Oral History of American Music (OHAM).

Card image Joan Silber '67 (writing)

Joan Silber '67 (writing)

About My Aunt, a short story by Joan Silber '67 (writing) was selected for two anthologies: The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015 and Best American Short Stories 2015. The short story has become the first chapter of a novel, which Silber is now completing.

Charlotte Doyle (psychology)

Charlotte Doyle’s (psychology) article “The Creative Process: Effort and Effortless Cognition” was published in the 2015 edition of the Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology. Doyle believes, “Teachers learn from students, not just vice versa.” She found the inspiration for this article from a student in her Theories of the Creative Process class.

Card image James Marshall (computer science)

James Marshall (computer science)

James Marshall (computer science) co-authored the paper “Computational Notebooks for AI Education,” which was presented at the International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference in May 2015. The paper was nominated for the Best Paper Award and published in the conference’s proceedings.

Citation: O'Hara, K., Blank, D., and Marshall, J. (2015). Computational notebooks for AI education. Proceedings of the 28th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference (FLAIRS-28), pp. 263-268. Palo Alto, CA: AAAI Press.

Card image Marilyn Power (economics)

Marilyn Power (economics)

In March 2015, Marilyn Power (economics) addressed the topic “Why the future of economics and economic development must be feminist” on a panel at a side event for the 59th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. “It is important to find an analytic starting point that illuminates the experience of women, welcomes their active participation in the construction of policy, and challenges narrow and economistic definitions of a successful development outcome,” Power emphasized. She also contributed a chapter on “Social Provisioning” to the 2nd Edition of the Elgar Companion to Social Economics (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015).

Joseph Lauinger (literature)

In May 2015, the Westchester Collaborative Theater in Ossining, NY presented a staged reading of “Rosabelle Believe” by Joseph Lauinger (literature). Lauinger’s 10-minute play, “Make-Up,” was performed at Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio in July 2015.

Card image Dennis Nurkse (writing)

Dennis Nurkse (writing)

“Plutonium” by Dennis Nurkse (writing) was included in Best American Poetry 2015 (Simon & Schuster, 2015).

His poems Learning to Read, The Estonian Classics, and First Love appeared in the summer 2015 issue of The Paris Review, and The Grain was published in the summer 2015 issue of The Threepenny Review.

In April, The Village Voice Poetry Supplement shared Nurkse’s Portrait of a Child. Other poems by Nurkse were featured online in Plume, Linebreak, Bigcitylit, and The Cortland Review.

Card image Michael Davis (philosophy)

Michael Davis (philosophy)

In March 2015, Michael Davis (philosophy) gave two lectures, “Plato’s Laches: A Grace Note” and “The Essence of Babel: Rousseau on the Origin of Languages” at the University of Dallas. His paper “Lies like the Truth: On Plato’s Lesser Hippias” will appear in a special forthcoming Interdisciplinary Issue of Cogent Arts and Humanities. Davis plans to spend the fall of 2015 finishing his book, The Music of Reason. Davis was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Convocation of the College.

Peggy Gould (dance)

In March 2015, Peggy Gould (dance) choreographed, co-directed, and performed in Imitation of a Performance of Life, a new play by Tiffany Osedra Miller, at Dixon Place in New York City.

At The Mill in Catskill, NY in May, Gould performed at Between the Lines, a gala event for Greene County Arts Council. The performance was inspired by drawings of bodies in motion by Kiki Smith, and it featured dancers Nancey Rosensweig, Jean Churchill, Judy Moss, Donald Mouton, Maria Simpson, Sondra Loring, and Todd Whitely.

This fall (September 30 – October 1, 2015), Gould appeared in Dances for Intimate Space and Friendly People, a new work by Patricia Hoffbauer at Gibney Dance Center in New York City. Gould shared the stage with George Emilio Sanchez, Sara Rudner, Tom Rawe, Jenny Way, Yvonne Rainer, Vincent McCloskey, Sharon Milanese, David Thomson, Kareem Hewitt, Alyssa Alpine, Ellie Kusner, Mor Mendel MFA ’14, and Jonathan Gonzalez MFA ’15.

John Yannelli MFA ’82 (music)

John Yannelli MFA ’82 (music) composed and performed a new score for BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance, along with the SLC Experimental Music Ensemble featuring current and recent SLC students and alumni. Teresa Fellion earned her MFA in 2011 at Sarah Lawrence. Reviewing a May 2015 performance at Danspace, The New York Times described the music as “a richly textured, partly live score of drones, strings plucked and strummed, swelling distortion, and high hums.” In August, the piece was performed at Federal Plaza as part of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Summer Streets.

Yannelli’s Mass for a New Millennium for Chorus and Chamber Orchestra was performed at the Staunton Music Festival in Virginia in August 2015.

Tina Chang (writing)

Fury by Tina Chang (writing) was published by The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series. She is now represented by the literary speaker’s agency Blue Flower Arts, and she has read at New York University, University of Rhode Island, and the Poets House 20th Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge, among others. Chang, who serves on the poetry committee of the Brooklyn Book Festival, will be traveling to Singapore in the fall of 2015 as part of the American Writers Festival.

Adam Brown (psychology)

Adam Brown (psychology) received a $30,000 grant from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation to study biological markers of post-traumatic stress disorder in collaboration with the New York University School of Medicine. 

In May 2015, Brown, Kim Ferguson (psychology), and McKenna Parnes ’15 presented “Intergenerational Memories of War and Mental Health Issues in US Military Families” at the Association for Psychological Science’s Annual Convention in New York.

Kris Philipps (visual arts)

In March 2015, Kris Philipps, Mary Griggs Burke Chair in Art and Art History, and Visual Arts Services Manager Janine Ryan led a group of 10 Sarah Lawrence visual arts students on a two week volunteer trip to Sri Lanka where they helped restore Buddhist temples using no machinery, just the traditional means by which they were created.

Kevin Pilkington (writing)

Where You Want to Be: New and Selected Poems by Kevin Pilkington (writing) was published by Black Lawrence Press in August 2015. Pilkington’s works—a poem and a dessert recipe—were also featured in the poetry anthology and cookbook Feast: Poetry & Recipes for a Full Seating at Dinner (Black Lawrence Press, 2015).

Long As A Quart of Milk” was selected for the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, and “It’s About Time” was published in Rockhurst Review.

Robin Starbuck (filmmaking, screenwriting & media arts)

Robin Starbuck (filmmaking, screenwriting & media arts) is the director and writer of the new film Four Keeps: Horse. The film was screened at the 2015 Ethnografilm Festival in Paris in April 2015, and Starbuck was selected as a new member of the Executive Board of the Ethnografilm Association. In November 2014, the film was screened at the Equus Film Festival in Harlem.

Jamee K. Moudud (economics)

Jamee K. Moudud (economics) co-authored the paper “State-Business Relations and the Financing of the Welfare State in Argentina and Chile: Challenges and Prospect,” which was featured in in the Road to Addis international conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in July 2015.

In June 2015, Moudud presented “Fiscal Sociology, Legal Evolution, Business Power, and Policy Struggles” at the Monetary Design in Global Perspective Conference hosted by The Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School. Later that month, he was a discussant in a workshop on “New Thinking in Law and Economics” at the State University of New York Buffalo Law School.

Moudud recently published “Looking into the Black Box: Policy as a Contested Process” in the Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Heterodox Economics (Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2015).


Bella Brodzki (literature)

In May 2015, Bella Brodzki '72 (literature) was a plenary speaker at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) where she presented "The Identity Complex: Or, Translation and the Literary Legacy of Algeria in France.” In July, Brodzki served as a reviewer on a 6-member National Endowment for the Humanities panel for grants and fellowships in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory.

Kevin Confoy (theatre)

Kevin Confoy (theatre) directed the play Win for Life, which was featured in the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2015. The play was written by Confoy’s daughter, Quincy Confoy, who is an alumna of the Early Childhood Center at Sarah Lawrence. Jesse Heffler MFA '13, Vinny Mraz MFA '15, and Claribel Gross MFA '16 designed and assisted with the production. Win for Life also won the award for the Write A Play! New York City Playwriting Competition! held by Young Playwrights Inc.

Carol Zoref '76 MFA ’97 (writing)

Writing Center Director Carol Zoref '76, MFA '97 recently received the Novel Award from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs for Barren Island. The association recognized authors in four categories: short fiction, novels, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Paul Harding, author of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel Tinkers, judged the novel entries. Barren Island will be published by New Issues Press in 2016.

Timothy Kreider (writing)

Timothy Kreider (writing) published "Not the Man I Used to Be" in Men’s Journal (September 2015), “My Own Private Baltimore” in The New York Times Sunday Review (July 5, 2015), “The Man and Me” in The Week (January 14, 2015), and “When Art is Dangerous” in The New York Times Sunday Review (January 11, 2015).

Card image Elizabeth Johnston (psychology) and Leah Olson (biology)

Elizabeth Johnston (psychology) and Leah Olson (biology)

Elizabeth Johnston (psychology) and Leah Olson (biology) explore the neuroanatomy of emotions in their new book The Feeling Brain: The Biology and Psychology of Emotions (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015). The book grew out of a course that Olson and Johnson co-taught at Sarah Lawrence, and it delves into affective neuroscience and the nature of emotions and their interaction with the body and the brain. Johnston and Olson have visited a number of radio stations to discuss their collaboration, including Utah Public Radio, Shrink Rap Radio, and WICN radio, New England.

Drew Cressman (biology)

Drew Cressman (biology) co-authored Identification of a Nuclear Export Sequence in the MHC CIITA, which was published in the June 2015 issue The Journal of Immunology. Cressman’s co-authors are Sarah Lawrence alumni Emily Chiu ’11 (lead author), Theresa Gold ’13, Veronica Fettig ’11, and Michael LeVasseur ’04. The work took place while the alumni were undergraduates as part of the Summer Science Research program, and it was completed as part of a senior thesis by lead author Emily Chiu ’11.

The paper is the culmination of a research project that began in 2003 when LeVasseur became interested in nuclear export. He wondered what region(s) of CIITA (a gene that encodes a protein whose mutations can have implications for the immune system) might function as a Nuclear Export Sequence (NES). LeVasseur identified a number of different candidate NES sites along the CIITA protein. Initial follow-up studies were inconclusive. Years later, the work was revived when Fettig created versions of CIITA that were fused to a green fluorescent protein derived from jellyfish, which facilitated microscopic visualization. As part of her senior thesis, Chiu executed a series of experiments that pinpointed the NES, and she wrote the paper after the completion of a final set of experiments by Gold.

Citation: Chiu, E., Gold, T., Fettig, V., LeVasseur, M.T., and Cressman, D.E. 2015. Identification of a Nuclear Export Sequence in the MHC CIITA.  194:102-6111