Published, Performed, Presented
The Sherman Fairchild Foundation, on whose board President Michele Tolela Myers (Faculty Emerita) has served since 1992, recently honored her with a $5 million grant to Denison University, where she was president from 1989 to 1998. The gift will endow the Michele Tolela Myers New Faculty Start-Up Program to help equip young Denison faculty with office resources, research equipment and expenses, and stipends for mentoring students in summer research.
In July, Lynn Book (Theatre) taught multi-arts classes with Ann Teuschel MFA ’03, culminating in performances with 7- and 8- year-old students in the New York City public schools’ “Summer Success Academy.”
As part of a panel on “Gender, Culture and Transnationalism,” Bella Brodzki ’72 (Literature) presented “Gender and Translation” in August at the International Comparative Literature Association in Hong Kong.
Works by two faculty members, painters Larry Brown and Ursula Schneider (Visual Arts), were included in the exhibit “Mixed Company: Women Choose Men,” held in June/July at the A.I.R. Gallery in Manhattan.
As part of the Sarah Lawrence Summer Program on Research, Scott Calvin (Physics) looked at x-ray spectroscopy, examining the structure of magnetic nanoparticles and high temperature superconductors to simulate reactions that may be responsible for forming nitrous acid in the Earth’s atmosphere. He was helped by students Ethan Brown ’05 and Sean X. Luo ’07. In September, Calvin published “Following in Einstein’s Footsteps: Teaching the Photoelectric Effect” in The Physics Teacher; this paper was featured on the American Association of Physics Teacher’s Web site as part of the World Year of Physics.
A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists, 1854-1967, by Rachel Cohen (Writing), was nominated last fall for the Guardian First Book Prize in England. Each chapter portrays an actual meeting of two historical figures in American culture. Cohen’s article “Can you Forgive Him?,” about how the friendship between Thomas Carlyle and John Stuart Mill changed after Mill accidentally destroyed Carlyle’s manuscript on the French Revolution, appeared in the November 8 issue of The New Yorker.
In October, Kevin Confoy (Theatre) directed “CRASH,” a oneact play by Brian Quirk, for the State of Obsession Festival of New Plays at the H.E.R.E. Arts Center in New York. Confoy also directed “Barton’s Crossing,” a new play by D. Clifford Hart, at the Cherry Lane Theater, Off-Broadway, in November.
In the July issue of the Journal of Immunology, Drew Cressman (Biology) published “Serine Residues 286, 288, and 293 Within the Class II Transactivator: A Mechanism for Downregulating CIITA Activity through Phosphorylation,” an article co-authored by student Christin Janczek ’05.
John Dillon (Theatre) directed Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” at the Georgia Shakespeare Festival this past summer. His award-winning production of “The Grapes of Wrath” recently closed in Japan.
Supermarket! a new toddlerspecific book by Charlotte Doyle (Psychology) was published by Candlewick Press in August. Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, Supermarket! uses words that draw on children’s pleasure in naming what they see and in hearing rhymes. London Walker, Candlewick’s sister press, will release a British version of the book in Spring 2005.
On April 21, Lee MacCormick Edwards ’76 (Art History) gave a lecture in Melbourne, Australia, to the American- Australian Association and the Royal Institute of Australian Architects entitled, “Rebuilding the World Trade Center: Architecture and Memory.”
Margery Franklin (Director, Child Development Institute) wrote a prologue for the re-issue of Heinz Werner’s classic work, Comparative Psychology of Mental Development,which was published in 2004 by Percheron Press. Franklin was also appointed as a member of the New York City’s Department of Juvenile Justice Ombudsman Review Board.
The following anthologies included works by Matthea Harvey (Writing): Isn’t it Romantic? 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets (Verse Press, November 2004) and The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries (Iowa University Press, December 2004). During the fall, Harvey read her work at the Harvard Advocate in Cambridge, Mass.; the Jones Library in Amherst, Mass.; the Rhode Island School of Design; Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.; and Columbia College in Chicago, Ill.
In addition to her monthly column in the Guardian UK, Molly Haskell (Writing) wrote a review of Cary Grant: A Biography by Marc Eliot for the Washington Post Book Section in October. Other recent articles include “Reel Conspiracies: Whatever the Public Fears Most, It’s Right Up There on the Big Screen” for The New York Times“Week in Review” section in August. In November, Haskell presented “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls and Absent Women: A Decade That Changed Women’s Lives Except in the Movies,” the keynote address at the Vermont Humanities Council Fall Conference.
Dan Hurlin (Theatre and Dance) has received the distinguished Alpert Award in the Arts, a national award—selected through nominations only— given to mid-career artists for a body of work. His most recent work, “Hiroshima Maiden” (January 2004), received a Village Voice OBIE Award and a UNIMAUSA Citation of Excellence (Union Internationale de la Marionnette); the production will tour this spring in such cities as Burlington, Vt.; St. Louis; Tempe, Az.; and Washington, D.C. A recording of his chamber opera “The Shoulder” has been released on Innova Records.
With Warren Ilchman and Mary Hale Tolar, Alice Ilchman (President Emerita) co-edited The Lucky Few and Worthy Many, a book that addresses issues of identifying leadership and creativity in the young, alternative methods of scholarship selection and evaluating scholarship programs. The Indiana University Press published the book in September. In May, Ilchman received the NAFSA (National Association of Foreign Student Advisors) Cassandra Pyle Award for Leadership in International Exchange.
With the support of Sarah Lawrence College, SLC Theatre Outreach and the University of the Andes Theater Program, Allen Lang (Theatre) recently traveled to Merida, Venezuela, to oversee the creation of an original street theatre piece entitled Eschuchennos! Developed by theatre graduate student Andy Wiginton M.F.A. ’05 and an ensemble of youth from Merida, Eschuchennos! explores the pressures on the environment— pollution, loss of wildlife and loss of wildlife habitat— caused by development without regulation in and around Merida, as seen through the eyes of young people.
Since publishing Their Last Battle: The Fight for the National World War II Memorial, Nicolaus Mills (Literature) has delivered lectures on the controversy surrounding the memorial at the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Culture and the National Building Museum in Washington, and written op-eds for the Boston Globe, Newsday, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times.
Angela Moger (Literature and French) published “Balzac’s Princess of Cadignan: Female Drapery, Narrative Striptease,” an essay in the Fall 2004 issue of Romantic Review.
A Window Across the River, a novel by Brian Morton ’78 (Writing), was chosen as the “Today Book Club Selection.” In October, Morton appeared on the Today Show to discuss his book.
In October, Joshua Muldavin (Geography) was interviewed on WBAI’s Asia Pacific Forum, where he discussed the difference between George W. Bush’s and John Kerry’s foreign policy in regards to China, and what alternative policies might be attempted to address the questions of China’s rise as an economic, political and military power.
“White Curtain,” a poem by Kevin Pilkington (Writing) was published in the Fall 2004 edition of New York Quarterly. Pilkington was recently interviewed on the subject of craft in Valparaiso Poetry Review, an online magazine. In June, he read from his collection Ready to Eat the Sky (River City Press, 2004) and signed copies of the book at the Lenox Hill Bookstore in Manhattan. In September, he participated in a poetry reading at Manhattanville College.
Charlotte Price (Economics Faculty Emerita) is teaching a required economics course at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, the only women’s maximum-security prison in New York state. Providing the sole prison education program for women in New York, a consortium of private colleges, including Sarah Lawrence, offers courses for inmates which can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.
Shifting Body Politics: Gender, Nation, and State in Pakistan, a new book by Shahnaz Rouse (Sociology), was published in 2004 by New Delhi Women Unlimited. In three essays, Rouse examines the changing parameters of gender struggles in Pakistan, including a discussion of increased masculinization and militarization of public space.
In October, Barbara Probst Solomon (Writing) became the first American to be awarded Spain’s internationally prestigious Premio Antonio Sancha, awarded annually by the Association of Madrid Publishers to a cultural figure who has promoted and defended universal literary values. At the award ceremony, the governor of Madrid cited Solomon’s long writing career involving Spain, including writing for the underground press after World War II; becoming a correspondent for Cambio 16 after Franco’s death; and later writing for El Pais.
As the executive producer on All or Nothing: A Moscow Detour, an independent feature film, Fred Strype (Filmmaking) traveled in October to the Rome International Film Festival in Rome, Georgia, where the film won “Best Debut Feature Film.”
John Yannelli’s (Music) new work for piano, disklavier and laptop was performed at Bergen County Community College for the Bergen County Dancemakers in May 2004. He has also composed a piece for muted piano and cello for Laura Manzella, an M.F.A. candidate at Sarah Lawrence.