Published, Performed, Presented
In November, LaShonda Barnett (Writing) published I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters On Their Craft (Thunder’s Mouth Press/Da Capo). She completed a seven-city book tour and spoke about the book on NPR’s “News and Notes” and WNYC’s “Soundcheck.”
Susan Bernofsky (German/Literature) has translated two German novels, The Assistant by Robert Walser and The Book of Words by Jenny Erpenbeck, both published by New Directions. In October, she and Erpenbeck were writer and translator in residence at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. In November, Bernofsky gave a presentation on contemporary German literature at the American Literary Translators Association conference in Dallas. In addition, she has received grants from the NEH and NEA to support her work.
Roy Brand (Philosophy) acted as a consultant curator and catalog editor for “Bare Life,” a contemporary art exhibit at the Museum on the Seam in Jerusalem that features the work of many international artists. The exhibit will be displayed until September.
In August, Bella Brodzki (Literature) attended the International Comparative Literature Association conference in Rio de Janeiro, where she presented “Gendering Theory: Is Transdiscursive Translation Possible?” In November, she attended a bilingual conference entitled Postcolonial Ghosts at the University of Montpellier in France, where she delivered a paper entitled “The Ghosts of Translation in Postcolonial Literature and Theory.” She also chaired a session on French and Francophone Literary, Philosophical, and Political Engagements in December at the Modern Language Association in Chicago.
Scott Calvin (Physics) co-authored an article on “Exploration of heterogeneous chemistry in model atmospheric particles using extended X-ray absorption fine structure analysis,” published in the journal Atmospheric Environment in November. Ryan Hinrichs (Chemistry) and former students Joe Bramante ’07 and Ethan Brown ’05 contributed to his research.
Kevin Confoy (Theatre) directed Christine Farrell in “A Lady Alone,” a one-woman show about Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in the U.S. to attend medical school.
Charlotte Doyle (Psychology) spoke at the Create08 conference in Costa Rica in January. Her presentation, “A Qualitative Vision of the Creative Process: What Rudolf Arnheim Taught Me,” was an expanded version of her article, “Pioneer of Process,” published in the fall issue of Sarah Lawrence.
Christine Farrell (Theatre) performed the lead in the world premiere of “The Coffee Trees” with the Resonance Theatre Ensemble in New York City. She also performed in “A Lady Alone” in Washington, D.C., and at Hobart and Smith Colleges.
Chris Garces (Anthropology) published his article, “The Ethical Turn... to Saintliness? An Ethnographic Challenge,” in the Winter 2007 edition of Anthropology and Humanism.
Joy Ladin (Poetry) published a collection of poems, Transmigration (Sheep Meadow Press, 2007). Her essay, “This Consciousness that Is Aware: Emily Dickinson’s Phenomenology as Consolation,” was published in the anthology Wider than the Sky: the Healing Power of Emily Dickinson (Kent State University, 2007). She also published four poems in New Writing Review (Fall 2007) and one in Literary Imagination (issue 9). She also gave readings at Northwest Missouri State University and the 92nd Street Y in the fall.
Three stage productions of work by Joseph Lauinger (Literature) were produced last summer. “Bury Him” was commissioned by the Gallery Players of Brooklyn and was performed in June. “Rich on Skins” won Best Play at the Shortened Attention Span Festival of one-act plays in New York City, and “Dawn and Sean” won Best Play at FutureFest in Ohio.
In June, Yvette Louis (Literature) presented “Birds of a Feather Flying North: Immigrant Women from the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean” at the annual conference of the National Women’s Studies Association in St. Charles, Ill. In September she spoke on “Oral History and Constructions of Racial Memory” at the Latin American Studies Association conference in Montreal.
In July, Doug MacHugh (Theatre) directed two one-act plays in New York City: “Mafia on Prozac” and “Seventeenth of June,” both written by Edward Allan Baker (Theatre). In October MacHugh designed lighting for a new ballet of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for the Ballet Memphis in Tennessee.
Last year Joshua Muldavin (Geography/Asian Studies) completed major fieldwork in China, Japan, Nepal, and India. In December, he published the editorials “China’s not alone in environmental crisis” in The Boston Globe and “The West’s part in producing China’s deadly pollution” in The South China Morning Post. Muldavin gave a variety of presentations at the China Agricultural University in Beijing and the Institute of Comparative Culture at Sophia University in Tokyo, and he was appointed visiting scholar at both these institutions, as well as at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Research and Development in Katmandu. He presented “Global Warming and Environmental Policy: Can technology and markets solve the problem?” at a symposium at the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership in Tokyo in September. He received a National Science Foundation supplemental grant for his research in the Himalayas, and he created “Food, Agriculture, Environment and Development,” a college-level curriculum for a new DVD release of The Future of Food.
“Morphogenesis Digital Animation,” a piece by Prema Murthy (Visual Arts), premiered at the Borderline Video Festival in Beijing over the summer and was shown at the AFX Festival in Amsterdam in November. She had a solo show, “Fuzzy Logic,” at P.S.1/MOMA in New York City over the summer, and “deStructures Digital Animation” was featured in the Scottish exhibit Bon Voyage: Reconsidering Landscape beginning last fall.
Maria Negroni (Spanish/Literature) published two books in Argentina, Ciudad Gotica: Essays on Art and Poetry in New York and La Pasion del Exilio: Translations of 10 American Women Poets of the 20th Century (Bajo la Luna, 2007). Several of her poems appeared in the anthology A Joyful Gravity (Editorial Difácil, Spain, 2007), and she published critical articles in the anthologies Argentine Writers Inside and Outside the Country (Editorial Norma, Buenos Aires, 2007) and Nobody Knows about Me (Fondo Editorial del Congreso del Perú, Lima, 2007). Negroni participated in panels at Columbia and Yeshiva University Museum, gave a poetry reading at the Americas’ Society, and was the guest creative editor for the Argentinean issue of Latin American Review.
In March, Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi (Literature faculty emerita) published Juju Fission: Women’s Alternative Fictions from the Sahara, the Kalahari, and the Oases In-between (Peter Lang, 2008).
In June, the Russian Chamber Orchestra performed the European premiere of Suite for String Orchestra, a composition by Robert Paterson (Music), at Kursk State University in Russia. In December, Forecast Music performed his piece “Thursday” at the Brooklyn Conservatory. Paterson was recently commissioned to compose a piece for the Volti Choir in San Francisco.
Francis Randall (History faculty emeritus) presented “Alfons Mucha’s Giant Series of Giant Paintings, ‘Slavic Epic’” at a seminar on Slavic culture at Columbia in December.
Judith Rodenbeck (Art History) wrote several articles for the journal Modern Painters: “Tacita Dean” (July/August); “Hands Off: Deskilling Adapted for the 21st Century” (October); “Sadie Benning” (November); and “Beginning with a Bang! From Confrontation to Intimacy: An Exhibition of Argentine Contemporary Artists, 1960-2007” (December). She also gave lectures and participated in panels at The New School, Performance Studies International, Bryn Mawr College, Gallery 400 in Chicago, and Dia:Beacon.
Sara Rudner (Dance) took her four-hour dance marathon (featured in the fall 2007 issue of Sarah Lawrence) to Ireland this summer for two performances in Dublin.
“Pursuit of Happiness,” a new play by Stuart Spencer (Theatre), was produced in December by The Impulse Company in London.
Gina Luria Walker (Global Studies) co-edited Rational Passions: Women and Scholarship in Britain 1702-1870, which was published in March. She organized a special session on “Female Biography: Imagined Communities of Intellectual Women” at the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism in Bologna, Italy, and presented an English faculty talk at the Sorbonne on “Pride, Prejudice, and Patriarchy: Jane Austen and Mary Hays.”
Komozi Woodard (History) appeared on a live New York City cable television show in December, speaking about the urban crisis and racial rebellion in Newark in July 1967. He worked with Cecily Tyler ’97 on a NBC television series about African-American History, which aired in February. He also helped organize the Women’s History Conference this year: “Black Power, Black Feminism.”