Published, Performed, Presented

Published, Performed, Presented

Julie Abraham (LGBT Studies) published Metropolitan Lovers: The Homosexuality of Cities in January (University of Minnesota).1 Read more >>

In November, Emily Katz Anhalt (Greek) published “Seeing is Believing: Four Women on Display in Herodotus’ Histories” in the New England Classical Journal.

David Bernstein (Art History) gave the keynote address at the Medieval-Renaissance Conference held at the University of Virginia’s Wise campus in September. He spoke about Romanesque architectural sculptures of the Last Judgment.

Roy Brand (Philosophy) contributed “Identification with Victimhood in Recent Cinema Culture” to the journal Culture, Theory, and Critique in October.

Bella Brodzki (Literature) gave a talk at the American University in Paris on the role of translation in the global literary marketplace. At the Sorbonne, she chaired a session on gender and translation and gave a talk to faculty and graduate students on challenges in intercultural translation.

Eileen Ka-May Cheng (History) published The Plain and Noble Garb of Truth: Nationalism and Impartiality in American Historical Writing, 1784-1860 (University of Georgia). She also contributed “Exceptional History? The Origins of Historiography in the United States” to the May 2007 edition of History and Theory. In January she presented “From Marginality to Mediation: Defining History and Identity in Loyalist Historical Writing” at the American Historical Association in New York City.2

In June, Kevin Confoy (Theatre) directed the premiere of The Framer, a new off-Broadway play. In October, he played Arthur Keller in The Miracle Worker as part of a tour of public schools in upstate New York.

Charlotte Doyle (Psychology) published “Exploring the Creation of Picasso’s Guernica: Composition Studies, Chance, Metaphors, and Expertise” in the December issue of Creativity Research Journal.

Glenn Dynner (Religion) was awarded a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Advanced Jewish Studies to research the economic history of Polish Jewry. He also published “Hagiography Reappraised: On the Historical Uses of Hasidic Tales” in Religion Compass Journal.

In August, Kim Ferguson (Psychology) presented “Infant Development in the Context of Malawian Orphanages” and “The Environmental Context of Infant Health and Cognitive Development in Malawian Orphanages” with John MacAllister ’10 at the International Conference on Development and Learning in Monterey, California. She also co-authored The Built Environment and Mental Health, which was published as part of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Health. Read more >>

Chris Garces (Anthropology) spoke on “What Political Satire Knows About Republics of Charity” and “Humor Within and Out of Bounds: Ethnographic Perspectives on Ludic Limits” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco.

Dialogue with the Archipelago, a book-length poem by Suzanne Gardinier (Writing), was published by Sheep Meadow Press in January.

Myra Goldberg (Writing) completed a political mystery about a tablet looted from the Baghdad Museum. The book was published online at and was illustrated by Emily Lopuch MFA ’09.3

In August, Peggy Gould (Dance) performed “From Within & Outside a Bright Room” at an artist’s retreat in Vermont. The work was also presented in January in Schenectady, New York. Jules Skloot MFA ’08 was among the collaborators.4

Rachel Grob MA ’92 (Health Advocacy) published “Is My Sick Child Healthy? Is My Healthy Child Sick?: Changing Parental Experiences of Cystic Fibrosis in the Age of Expanded Newborn Screening” in Social Science & Medicine in October. In November, she presented “Restoring Play: Lessons Learned from Professional Play Workers” at the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Dallas.

In September, Laura Hercher (Human Genetics) co-authored “Living with a Child at Risk for Psychotic Illness” with Georgette Bruenner MS ’07, which appeared in the American Journal of Medical Genetics.

Kuniko Katz (Japanese) published a memoir, “Engagement,” in the 2008 edition of the Westchester Review and gave a reading of the work at the Scarsdale Library in New York.

In September, William Kelley (Writing) received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, which recognizes “outstanding works that contribute to society’s understanding of racism and foster an appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures.”

Max Kramer (French) defended his dissertation, “The Poetry of Inversion: Queer Metaphor in Arthur Rimbaud, Stefan George, and Federico García Lorca,” at Columbia University in September and received a joint doctorate from Columbia and the Sorbonne.

In October, Caroline Lieber (Human Genetics) reported on “Narratives of Heritability: Privileging Family Stories as Genetic Understanding” at the National Society for Genetic Counselors conference in Los Angeles (see page 9). She was also elected to a two-year term as director-at-large of that organization.

Late, a short film directed by Doug MacHugh (Theatre), was entered into the Connecticut Film Festival. It featured Malcolm Pepin ’08 in one of the principal roles.

Winning the Peace: The Marshall Plan and America’s Coming of Age as a Superpower by Nicolaus Mills (Literature) was chosen as an alternate selection of the History Club and Military Book Club. “The Marshall Plan and the Middle East” appeared in the November World Policy Journal.

Maria Negroni (Spanish) edited the first issue of Babel, an SLC magazine featuring students’ translations of poetry. She was the special honored poet in the Poets of Hispanoamerica series and gave a lecture and poetry reading in September at the Casa del Poeta Ramón López Velarde in Mexico City. In October she read at the Cornelia Street Café in Manhattan.

David Neumann (Theatre) received an artist commission in dance from the Evolution Revolution Symposium at Emory University in October. As the artistic director of the Advanced Beginner Group he toured “Feed Forward,” an original multidisciplinary dance piece, at the Flynn Center in Vermont in January.

In September, Kevin Pilkington (Writing Coordinator) contributed several poems to The Great American Poetry Show Anthology (Muse Media). He read his work at the Tribeca Grill and was interviewed in the fall issue of Inkblot, the Manhattanville College newsletter.5

Ursula Schneider (Visual Arts) had a solo exhibition of large-scale paintings based on observations of the Hudson River at the A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn this winter.6

Fred Smoler (Literature) contributed to First of the Year: 2008 (Transaction). He published “The Day After: Caveats First” in the online edition of Dissent. He also had three pieces in the online edition of the UK journal Standpoint in the fall.

In October, Michael Spano (Visual Arts) published Auto Portraits, photographs of drivers in urban traffic (powerHouse). He also lectured at Haverford College on “Time and Landscape: A Response to the Work of Art Sinsabaugh.”

Amy Swerdlow (Women’s History Emerita) published “Ella Tulin: Fully Empowered” in the Spring 2007 edition of Feminist Studies. In November, she gave a talk with Eva Kollisch (Literature emerita) on writing memoirs at the City University Graduate Center. She also spoke about Bella Abzug at Hunter College.

In August, Malcolm Turvey (Film History) published Doubting Vision: Film and the Revelationist Tradition (Oxford University). He contributed “Persistence of Vision: The Films of Chantal Akerman” to Artforum in November, and has pieces in two new anthologies: European Film Theory and the Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film. He presented “Medium Essentialism Defended” at a conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and served on the film, media, and communication panel of the Fellowships Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.7

“Macho,” choreographed by Kathy Westwater MFA ’01 (Dance), was performed in October at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. The score was composed by Peter Kirn ’01; performers included Abby Block ’02 and Aaron Mattocks ’02; and Dan Hurlin ’79 (Dance, Theatre) and Rebecca Johnson MFA ’08 assisted with the production.

In December, Sara Wilford (Art of Teaching, Psychology) published Nurturing Young Children’s Disposition to Learn (Redleaf).8

“Moonrise,” the award-winning essay by Penny Wolfson (Writing), was reprinted in the anthology Love You to Pieces (Beacon). She contributed “Pushing the Envelope,” about the design of letterhead stationery, to the October edition of Print magazine. In November, she read at Sarah Lawrence with others anthologized in Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write their Bodies.

Eddye Pierce-Young (Music) is the new national chair in voice at the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

In September, Charles Zerner (Environmental Studies) presented “Extraordinary Renditions: Mediating the Weaponized Insects of the U.S. Department of Defense,” at the European Science Foundation conference in Sweden. He spoke at Rutgers University, the NYU School of Law, and the University of Georgia; presented “Biomimesis: A New Domain for Political Ecology” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Society in San Francisco; and spoke on “New Nature: Biodiversity in an Era of Laboratory Life and Defense Department ‘Creatures’” at the American Museum of Natural History.

Spanish and Portuguese translations of Sandinista: Carlos Fonseca and the Nicaraguan Revolution by Matilde Zimmerman (History) were published recently.