Published, Performed, Presented

Professional activities and accomplishments of Sarah Lawrence faculty.

In February 2016, Sam Abrams (political science) participated in a panel discussion on the role of social media in politics, titled “Are We the Divided States of America?” and hosted by journalist Keli Goff at The Greene Space in New York City. In July 2016, Abrams published an article in Sunday’s The New York Times called “There Are Conservative Professors. Just Not in These States,” which discusses his research and thoughts on the ideological leanings of college professors.

In November 2015, Emily Katz Anhalt (classics) published “A Man Out of Time: Aias 646-692 by Sophocles” in the journal Transference and “The Tragic Io: Defining Identity in a Democratic Age” in New England Classical Journal.

In October 2015, KeyedUp MusicProject presented a retrospective of songs and solo piano works by Chester Biscardi (music) titled In Time’s Unfolding: The Poetry of Chester Biscardi in New York City. The retrospective included the world premiere of the piano/vocal version of Sailors & Dreamers (2007-2010), a collaboration with Shirley Kaplan (theatre). In February 2016, the first recording of Biscardi's Modern Love Songs (1997-2002), written with William Zinsser, was released on a compilation album titled And He'll Be Mine: Love Songs by Gay American Composers by musicians Dennis Tobenski and Marc Peloquin.

In December 2015, Bella Brodzki ’72 (literature) served as plenary speaker and delivered a talk titled “Translation Trajectories and Literary Legacies in Exile” at the international conference Translation in Exile in Brussels, Belgium. In June 2016, she presented a paper titled “Stefan Zweig's European Cosmopolitanism in the 21st Century” at the MLA International Symposium in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Adam Brown (psychology) published a paper on mental health issues in the human rights field in the journal PLoS One in December 2015. He also co-authored a paper with his former student Elizabeth Lapidow '14 on memory alterations in PTSD, published in 2016 in the book Comprehensive Guide to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders. Brown received a $42,000 grant from the Cohen Foundation in collaboration with NYU School of Medicine to accelerate research on the discovery of biological, neurological, and neuroimaging markers for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). He also presented two papers to the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (November 2015) and one paper to the American Psychiatric Association (May 2014), which were co-authored with Nadia Rahman ’14 and Nicole Kouri ’10.

In October 2015, Scott Calvin (physics) published We Can Do It! A Problem Solving Graphic Novel Guide for General Physics aimed at students in college-level general physics courses. Kirin Emlet Furst ’10 co-authored the book, Blaine Alleluia ’09 was the copy editor, Kelsey Monson ’13 was the solution checker, and Thuy-Kim “Kimmie” Nguyen ’08 served as touch-up artist.

In June 2016, Michael Davis (philosophy) published two chapters in the anthology The Eccentric Core: The Thought of Seth Benardete, titled “Seth Benardete’s Second Sailing: On the Spirit of the Ideas” and “On the Being of the Being of the Beautiful.” Also this summer, Davis published “Plato’s Minos: The Soul of the Law,” an article in the journal The Review of Politics, and this spring, he published the article “Lies Like the Truth: On Plato’s Lesser Hippias” in the journal Cogent Arts and Humanities.

In April 2016, Jerrilynn Dodds (art history), former dean of the college (2009-2015), was named a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow. She is using the award to conduct research for her new book, Romanesque, Identity and Difference on the Iberian Peninsula.

Charlotte Doyle (psychology) published an article, “The Creative Process: Effort and Effortless Cognition,” in The Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology in February of 2016.

In November 2015, Sarah Lawrence College Friends of the Library presented “Making Israel Home: Reflections on Israeli and Cultural and Social Diversity,” a program featuring Matthew Ellis (history). The program was the first of a new series: Coffee with the Professor.

In March 2016, Marvin Frankel (psychology) published "Swapping babies: In pursuit of racial equality,” a co-authored article, in Aeon. In the summer 2016 issue of Person-Centered Journal of Psychotherapy, Frankel published "Let me tell you what I think," a critical analysis of therapeutic self-disclosures. In June 2016, he also published “Congruence: The social contract between a client and therapist” in the journal Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies.

Melissa Frazier (Russian) published her article “The Science of Sensation: Dostoevsky, Wilkie Collins, and the Detective Novel” in the 2015 issue of Dostoevsky Studies, New Series. Frazier also gave three talks in 2015-16. In November 2015, she participated in a round-table discussion on “Reading Russian 19th-Century Periodicals: Sources and Methods” at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In January 2016, she presented her paper “O. I. Senkovskii as Orientalist” to the Modern Language Association (MLA) in Austin, Texas. And in March 2016, she presented her paper “Minds and Bodies in the World: Dostoevsky, George Eliot, and George Henry Lewes” to the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) at Harvard University.

In August 2015, Marek Fuchs (writing) published an article titled “We Taught Summer School—and Survived” in The Wall Street Journal about his experience teaching summer school with Linwood Lewis (psychology).

In fall 2015, Peggy Gould (dance) performed in Patricia Hoffbauer’s work, Dances for Intimate Spaces and Friendly People at Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center in New York City, with a cast that included Sara Rudner (dance), Mor Mendel MFA ’14, and Jonathan Gonzalez MFA ’15. In May 2016, Gould performed at the center again in Hoffbauer’s newest work, Getting Away with Murder. She also assisted Irene Dowd with “Teaching Resonance and Helix” for the annual Teachers Course at Mark Morris Dance Center in June and with “Choreography for Warming Up to Dance” at the Gibney Dance Center’s Movement Research, Summer MELT in July, both in New York.

Sophie and the Rising Sun, a film written, produced, and directed by Maggie Greenwald (filmmaking), premiered in February at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival as the Salt Lake City Gala World Premiere.

In March 2016, Rachel Eliza Griffiths MFA ’06 (writing) published an essay with ESPN, “How to Soar Like Olympic Medalist Gabby Douglas,” on the personal influence of black female athletes.

In April 2016, James Hannaham (writing) won the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his second novel Delicious Foods, which tells the story of a woman forced into slave labor by the company of the book’s title.

David Hollander MFA ’97 (writing) was named the inaugural Ellen Kingsley Hirschfeld Chair in Writing at Sarah Lawrence in April 2016. Trustee Nancie H. Cooper MFA ’04 and her husband Stephen Cooper endowed the new chair.

Marie Howe (writing) won The Academy of American Poets Fellowship in September 2015. Howe’s poem “Fourteen” was published in the June 20, 2016 issue of The New Yorker.

In July 2016, Dan Hurlin ’79 (theatre) translated, designed, and directed four futurist puppet plays by artist Fortunato Depero at Bard College’s SummerScape festival, in the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. The title of the four-play presentation was Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed.

In November 2015, La MaMa, an experimental performing arts space in the East Village of New York City, opened a new venue called Downstairs. The theatre opened with Shank’s Mare, a Japanese-style puppet show by Tom Lee (theatre) and Koryu Nishikawa.

Noon Day Sun, a play by Cassandra Medley (theatre) premiered in March 2016 in the Suzanne Werner Wright Theatre at Sarah Lawrence College. The play was directed by Dave McRee MFA ’81 (theatre).

From August 2015 through September 2016, Nicolaus Mills (literature) wrote dozens of articles for publications such as The Daily Beast, Observer, and Dissent, with titles such as “Donald Trump and Ryan Lochte Don’t Know How to Apologize” and “Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Miss Piggy.” In an opinion piece for Observer in January 2016, Mills discussed the reasons why students should interview their professors when deciding which classes to take, a hallmark of the Sarah Lawrence education.

In April 2016, Mary Morris (writing) won the 2016 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction for her novel, The Jazz Palace.

In October 2015, David Neumann (theatre) won an Outstanding Production Bessie Award for I Understand Everything Better, a multidisciplinary dance-based performance co-commissioned and presented with Abrons Arts Center and performed at The Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City, New York.

Dennis Nurkse (writing) presented his work at ZEE Jaipur International Literary Festival, Jaipur, India, in January 2016. In May 2016, he read at Lithuania Poetry Spring in Vilnius, and Nurkse read and presented at Troubadour Poetry Series in London. His writing also appeared in numerous publications, including Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, The Threepenny Review, The Times Literary Supplement in London, and The Paris Review, among others.

Stephen O’Connor (writing) published Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings, a multi-genre novel, in April 2016. In May, he published a story titled “The End of the End of the World” in Conjunctions.

In August 2015, Philip Ording (mathematics) co-authored “A note on quasi-alternating Montesinos links,” an article in the Journal of Knot Theory and Its Ramifications. In January 2016, he participated in the Creative Writing in Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences workshop at Banff International Research Station in Canada.

From October 2015 through May 2016, Kevin Pilkington (writing) read his poetry at a variety of venues in New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, including Bowery Poetry Club, Le Poisson Rouge, and Trident Booksellers. In February 2016, he delivered lectures at the Hudson Valley Writers Center in Tarrytown, New York, and at St. Brigid School in New York City. In December 2015, he published a new collection titled Where You Want to Be: New & Selected Poems, and in January 2016, his poem “Eating a Herd of Reindeer” appeared in Feast: An Anthology of Poetry & Recipes.

Shahnaz Rouse (sociology) was invited by the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan to conduct research as a visiting scholar during summer 2016. She delved into the Ralph Stewart family papers at the Bentley Historical Society for her project on colonial Lahore, Pakistan, 1849-1947.

Vijay Seshadri (writing) was featured on WNYC/NPR’s The Brian Lehrer Show in April 2016, challenging listeners to combine “three arbitrary elements—a dog barking in the night, a generalization about the state of the world, and a moment of being blinded by the sun” into a poem, which he then commented on.

In the fall of 2015, Mark R. Shulman (history) published a review essay on “The Assault on International Law” in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. Over the summer of 2016, he served as a visiting professor of international law at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. Shulman also completed a three-year term at the New York City Bar as chair of the Asian Affairs Committee and assumed a new appointment as chair of the Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law.

Carnival of the Animals, a new production designed and directed by Lake Simons (theatre), premiered in December 2015 at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts.

In April 2016, Marian Thurm (writing) published a novel called The Good Life, which was favorably reviewed on NPR. Thurm’s latest novel centers on a wealthy couple on the Upper East Side of Manhattan whose “good life” deteriorates into chaos.

Kathy Westwater MFA ’01 (dance) saw her site-specific project at Fresh Kills on Staten Island highlighted in (and on the cover) of Contact Quarterly. The summer/fall 2016 issue featured a photo essay with images by Anja Hitzenberger. Westwater was also awarded the 2016 Reflection:Response Choreographic Commission from Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance for her piece Anywhere. The commission included a September production of the new work in Temple’s Conwell Dance Theater.

In October 2015, BBC Radio 4 interviewed Komozi Woodard (history) for the program Fiery Inspiration: Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement. In January 2016, Woodard talked to Aisha Becker-Burrowes ’14 about black intellectualism and growing up in the US education system on Schomburg Live, a program produced by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem, New York.

Monica Youn (writing) was longlisted for the National Book Award for poetry in September 2016 for the collection Blackacre. Her third book, Blackacre follows Ignatz, a finalist for the National Book Award.

In October 2015, Dan Zevin (writing) published a series of paradic picture books for adults, featuring such characters as Mr. Selfie, Little Miss Overshare, Mr. Humblebrag, and Little Miss Basic. Zevin is a Thurber Award for American Humor winner.

In September 2015, Carol Zoref ’76, MFA ’97 (director, Writing Center) won the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) 2015 Prize for the Novel for Barren Island. Her first novel will be published in January 2017.