Published, Performed, Presented

Professional activities and accomplishments of Sarah Lawrence faculty.

Emily Katz Anhalt (classics) published the article “What's the Point? Cultivating Critical Thought by Developing (Re-)Writing Skills” in the November 2016 issue of New England Classical Journal.

In May 2016, Patti Bradshaw (dance) premiered an evening-length theatre and dance performance at Brooklyn Studios for Dance as the culmination of a five-month artist residency there. Several Sarah Lawrence graduates—Cory Antiel ’08, Martin Balmaceda MFA ’13, Jimmy Brenner ’14, Jane Stiles O’Hara ’12, Shayna Strype ’12, and Pepper Fajans ’07—also worked on the piece, K and the Way, which was inspired by Franz Kafka’s final novel. In June 2016, Bradshaw performed a new solo dance and puppet work in progress, Flowers in Space, inspired by the artist Florine Stettheimer, at New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix Festival. In September 2016, Bradshaw also presented three short performance portraits at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn.

Bella Brodzki ’72 (literature) delivered a paper on Stefan Zweig, exile, and translation at the first International Symposium of the Modern Language Association (MLA) in Düsseldorf, Germany, in June 2016. In January 2017, she chaired a panel at the MLA Annual Convention in Philadelphia titled “Thinking Beyond Europe.”

Tina Chang (writing) was named one of Brooklyn Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture 2017.” “In addition to bringing poetry to every corner of Brooklyn,” the article stated, “she’s organizing literary leaders for political action.” Chang was named Poet Laureate of Brooklyn in 2010.

In October and November 2016, Kevin Confoy (theatre) directed the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble’s off-Broadway production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. “A fable about political compromise, principle, and the trite but true observation that evil triumphs when good people do nothing,” the 1941 play was staged as a radio drama with original music and live sound effects. Confoy noted that it was generally received with laughter by audiences before November’s presidential election, and with silence afterward. The production was recognized by New York Theatre Guide critic Jeff Myhre as one of his Top 10 Favorite Shows of 2016. The company of 12 included Zach Lusk ’16 and Carrigan O’Brian ’17.

Michael Davis (philosophy) delivered the lecture “Speaking of the Dead: On Plato’s Menexenus” in October 2016 at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in November 2016 at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He also published the article “Plato’s Minos: The Soul of the Law” in the summer 2016 issue of The Review of Politics.

An article by Charlotte Doyle (psychology), “Multiple Realities: The Changing Life Worlds of Actors,” appeared in the fall 2016 issue of Journal of Phenomenological Psychology.

Kim Ferguson (psychology) co-wrote two papers published in 2017: “I am Malawian, Multicultural or British: Remote acculturation and identity formation among urban adolescents in Malawi,” in the Journal of Psychology in Africa, and “Family systems and family psychology in bioecological and bioecocultural perspective,” in the APA Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology.

In November, Melissa Frazier (Russian) gave the paper “Marriage as Fellowship: Self and Other in Dostoevsky and George Eliot” at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies 2016 Annual Convention in Washington, DC. Frazier’s former student Jillian Porter ’02, now assistant professor of Russian at the University of Oklahoma, also attended. In September 2016, Frazier gave the invited talk “British Literature and British Science in the Russian Nineteenth Century: Dostoevsky, George Eliot, and George Henry Lewes” at the Yale University program The Russian Century: The Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts, 1801-1917. John Webley ’12, another former student of Frazier’s who is now pursuing an MA in art history and archaeology at Columbia University, was also in attendance.

Suzanne Gardinier (writing) finished a four-year stint as resident director of the Sarah Lawrence in Cuba program in Havana, and she published the poem “Martyrs Square” and the nonfiction “Notes from Havana” in the United Kingdom-based poetry magazine The Wolf. In June 2017, her poem “Post-election Malas / #2 Bystanders” will be published in the Poem International Review anthology #WomenOnBrexit, to be launched at the House of Commons, and her poem “Post-election Malas / #4 Washington” will be translated and published in the next issue of Paris-based Siècle 21 magazine. Gardinier also participated in Voices of Hope readings in Washington Square Park in June and November 2016, which were sponsored by the Academy of American Poets and Brain Pickings and organized as responses to the Orlando shootings and presidential election, respectively. In December 2016, she participated in a reading called And Also Love, organized by Natalie Diaz at Housing Works, and in January 2017, she participated in a reading at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. On Valentine’s Day 2017, she read with Artistic Uprising! in Washington Square Park.

In summer 2016, Peggy Gould (dance) worked with visual artist Tiffany Osedra Miller and Sarah Lawrence Graduate Program in Dance alumni Tamia Ruiz Andrade MFA ’16, Sandra Kramerová MFA ’16, Bianca Roman MFA ’16, Mor Mendel MFA ’14, and EmmaGrace Skove-Epes MFA ’15, as well as Patrick Gallagher ’12, on a new project. Drawing Dancing brings visual art making and dancing together in the studio. In December 2016, Gould performed in the film production Slow Dancing Trio A at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City, choreographed by Yvonne Rainer and directed by David Michael. The film is currently in post-production.

A Small Revolution by Jimin Han MFA ’98 (Writing Institute) was published in May 2017 by Little A, the literary fiction and nonfiction imprint of Amazon Publishing. Han’s debut novel illustrates that revolutions big or small can have far-reaching impacts.

Mary Hebron (Art of Teaching Program) is retiring after 32 years in the Art of Teaching program, where she coordinated the professional development series and taught advisement and practicum seminars, among other courses. On June 3, 2017 (during Reunion 2017), a farewell event will honor her contributions. All AOT alumni, current students, and other interested guests are invited.

Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed, a collection of four wordless puppet plays written in 1917 by Italian Futurist Fortunato Depero, made its world premiere at Bard SummerScape in July 2016. The plays were translated, designed, and directed by Daniel Hurlin ’80 (theatre and dance), who found them in Depero’s notebooks while on his Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in 2013. The plays were also performed at the American Dance Institute in Rockville, Maryland, in December 2016, and Hurlin is planning to take them to the Holland Festival in Amsterdam and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston in 2017. Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed was featured in the July 11 & 18, 2016 issue of The New Yorker.

Nicolaus Mills (literature) published four articles in 2016: “If Melania Trump Were My Student” in the New York Observer in July; “Bob Dylan and His Uneasy Nobel Predecessors” on in October; “When FDR Turned Off the National Christmas Tree” in The Daily Beast in November; and “The View Opposite Trump Tower” in Dissent, also in November.

Gateway to the Moon by Mary Morris (writing) will hit bookstores in spring 2018. The new novel about the secret Jews of New Mexico is being published by Nan A. Talese/Knopf Doubleday, which also published several previous books authored by Morris, including The Jazz Palace.

Kevin Pilkington (writing) attended the Green Mountain Writers Conference in Chittenden, Vermont, in July 2016, as well as Poets in Conversation at the Artists’ Market in Norwalk, Connecticut, in September. His poem “Long as a Quart of Milk” was published in Tweetspeak Poetry’s Every Day Poems section in November, and his poem “A Church on the Edge of the Bed” will be published in the fall 2017 issue of Catamaran.

A novel by Victoria Redel (writing), Before Everything, is forthcoming from Viking Penguin in the US and from Sceptre (the literary imprint of Hodder & Stoughton) in the UK in June and July 2017, respectively. Rights to the book have been sold to publishers in a total of eight countries.

In August 2016, Tristana Rorandelli (Italian) reviewed Katharine Mitchell’s book Italian Women Writers: Gender and Everyday Life in Fiction and Journalism, 1870-1910 for the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing.

Shahnaz Rouse (sociology) spent part of summer 2016 conducting archival research in London on British enlisted army men serving in colonial Lahore, Pakistan. She also served for the second year as an executive committee member of the American Institute for Pakistan Studies Board of Trustees. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Institute for Development Studies, Lahore.

Kristin Zahra Sands (religion) authored the chapter “Making it Plain: Sufi Commentaries in English in the Twentieth Century” for the edited volume The Spirit and the Letter: Approaches to the Esoteric Interpretation of the Qur’an, published by Oxford University Press in October 2016. Sands is also a 2017 Scholar Cohort Member of Union Theological Seminary’s Islam, Social Justice, and Interreligious Engagement Program, and will be speaking at several of the group’s upcoming Islam in the Public Square Scholar Workshops.

While teaching at the China Foreign Affairs University in summer 2016, Mark R. Shulman (history) published an essay in the South China Morning Post about the legal dispute over China’s South China Sea claims. He also published a review of two recent books on US counter-terror strategy since 9/11 in the Bulletin of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. He continues to oversee the New York City Bar’s Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law, and recently wrote to the Trump administration to counsel against torture and renewal of secret detention facilities. In summer 2017, Shulman will again be teaching in Beijing, as well as in South Korea.

After liver transplants in 2001 and 2014, Sarah Lawrence magazine cover star Sungrai Sohn MFA ’78 (music) has become an advocate for organ donation by giving concerts to promote awareness of the life-saving practice. The concerts include a screening of To Have and To Give, the documentary short about his experience as an organ recipient, directed and produced by David Esposito, Sohn’s brother-in-law and first liver donor. Sohn’s concerts are promoted by the organizations LiveOnNY, Donate Life, and UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) as well as by Sarah Lawrence, which has spurred more than a hundred people to register as organ donors. Sohn’s remarkable story was also the subject of the first chapter of the book Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World by Alison Berman ’12, published by Hazelden.

Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts (formerly American Dance Institute) announced its selection of Kathy Westwater MFA '01 (dance) as winner of the 2017 Solange MacArthur Award for New Choreography. The award provides commissioning funds, fee-free fiscal sponsorship, strategic marketing and development support, and a presentation of the commissioned work in the 2018-19 season.