Published, Performed, Presented

Cygnus, Sarah Lawrence’s Ensemble in Residence directed by William Anderson (Music), recently released a performance of Modus (Albany Records) by George Walker, the first African-American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize. The group received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to complete a second CD, for fall 2005 release. Anderson will also perform on the CD Sirens (Furious Artisans).

Chester Biscardi (Director, Music Program), on sabbatical last year, had residency fellowships at The MacDowell Colony and The Ligurian Center for the Chester BiscardiArts and Humanities in Italy; he was also visiting guest composer at the University of Missouri—Kansas City Conservatory of Music and composer-in-residence at the Dartington College of the Arts in the UK. His Piano Quintet was completed in fall 2004. Three of his compositions appear on Music By My Friends, Bennett Lerner, piano (Albany Records); three vocal/ piano works were recently recorded by Judith Bettina and James Goldsworthy for Bridge Records.

“Nothing Makes You Free,” an essay by Melvin Jules Bukiet (Writing), appeared in the anthology Who We Are: On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer, edited by Derek Rubin, published in May by Shocken. The summer issue  of American Scholar features another essay by Bukiet, “Custom and Law.”

Roland Dollinger (German) presented a public lecture organized by the Bronxville Women’s Club on the subject of “Germany, Europe and the US after 9/11” in Bronxville in March.

Last March, Lee McCormack Edwards ’76 (Art History) gave a lecture to the Vail Symposium in Vail, Colorado, entitled “Images of Napoleon: Art and Revolution.”

Margery Franklin (Director, Child Development Institute) wrote the prologue to the republished edition of Comparative Psychology of Mental Development by Heinz Werner (Percheron Press, 2004). She spoke on “The Many Uses of Language in Childhood” at a conference held by CENDI, an organization of early childhood educators, in Monterrey, Mexico in late May. In June, she presented “Listening to Children” to the Conn. Child Guidance Clinic. Franklin is a member of the Ombudsmen Review Board of the N.Y.C. Department of Juvenile Justice.

Peggy Gould (Dance) is engaged in a research project to learn about the ways in which racism is contained within the study of anatomy.

In March, Daniel King (Mathematics) lectured “On the Evolution of the Concept of Number,” to Garden City Junior High School and High School teachers wishing to include more discussion of the history of mathematics in their instruction. In May, King moderated a panel discussion, titled “Promoting Mathematical Awareness: Reports from the Front Line and What you Can Do to Help the Cause,” at the Annual Meeting of the Metropolitan New York Section of the Mathematical Association of America. King is the chair-elect of this organization.

A new edition of I Tell You Now: Autobiographical Essays by Native American Writers, co-edited by Arnold Krupat (Literature), was published by University of Nebraska Press. Krupat also co-wrote “Native American Fiction as Resistance Literature” for the Columbia Guide to Native American Literature Since 1945 (Columbia University Press, 2005). His article “Representing Cherokee Dispossession,” appeared in SAIL (Studies in American Indian Literatures), 17 (Spring 2005). Krupat is also a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Grant [see inset].

This April, Ann Lauinger (Literature) gave a reading in Salt Lake City as part of the University of Utah’s guest writers series. Her poem “Three Songs for King Leir” [sic] was reprinted in the anthology In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare (University of Iowa, 2005). Her new poem “Marvell Noir” appears in the current issue of Parnassus: Poetry in Review and on the Web publication “Poetry Daily,”

Linwood Lewis (Psychology) collaborated with Tracey Oh MS ’02 on “Consideration of Genetic Counseling as a Career: Implications for Diversifying the Genetic Counseling Field,” in Journal of Genetic Counseling (February 2005), based on Oh’s thesis work for the Sarah Lawrence Graduate Program in Human Genetics. In April 2005, Lewis gave a presentation on the provision of genetic services to ethnic minority patients at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and in May, he participated in a roundtable discussion on race, genomics and medicine at Columbia’s Center of Bioethics.

Jeffrey McDaniel ’90 (Writing) gave February readings and workshops at Georgia Perimeter College, George Mason University and Knox College. A three-country European reading tour in March took him to Dresden, Frankfurt, Munich, Amsterdam, Ravensburg, Hamburg, Mainz, Bern, Berlin and Rotterdam. In April, he spoke at William Paterson University in New Jersey; he gave a reading and was on a panel at the Associated Writing Program conference in Vancouver.

The New York Foundation for the Arts in Poetry has recognized Maria Negroni (Latin American Literature) with a 2005-2006 fellowship. She also received a writers’ residency at the American Academy in Rome for June and July.

Dennis Nurkse (Writing) published a new book of poetry, Burnt Island (Knopf), and poems in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The Times Literary Supplement and Ploughshares. Translations from Spanish are in the current edition of The Literary Review.

The California premiere of “The Thin Ice of Your Fragile Mind,” composed for chamber sextet by Rob Paterson (Music), was held in Los Angeles in March. In April, his new quintet for winds (funded by a Jerome grant from American Composers Forum) premiered at Merkin Hall in New York City (and performed later at SLC). Also in April, some of his chamber music was performed at the Tenri Cultural Institute. The premiere of his new choral work “The Essence of Gravity” took place in San Francisco and Berkeley. Paterson also won the 2005-06 Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival/Louisville Orchestra Composition Competition, will hear his winning composition performed by the Louisville Orchestra and will speak on a topic relating to his music this November.

Gilberto Perez (Film History) presented “Synecdoche and Allegory in It Happened One Night” at the Comparative Literature Conference, University of South Carolina, in February. He presented “Realism, Allegory, and Irony in The Deer Hunter” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, London, in April. “Where Is the Director?” (on Abbas Kiarostami’s Koker trilogy) appeared in Sight and Sound (May 2005).

In May, Kevin Pilkington (Writing) read his poetry to launch the Phil Hughes Poetry Series in New York City. Pilkington’s poems “White Curtain” and “Valentine” appeared in the New York Quarterly (Spring/Summer 2005), and “Afterlife” was featured in Texas Quarterly (Spring).

Last March, Marilyn Power (Economics) attended the first planning meeting of a new organization, Progressive Economics for Environmental Protection, in Santa Monica, Calif. The conference was chaired by the National Resource Defense Council.

The book Making Mice: Standardized Laboratory Animals in American Biomedicine, 1900-1955, by Karen Rader (Science, Technology and Society) was featured in a November 2004 BBC Special called “Mutant Mouse,” a documentary about advances in science made using lab mice. The book was recognized as one of the outstanding academic titles for 2005 by Choice. In March, Rader received a grant to write a history of the environmental studies program at Argonne National Laboratory.

In February, Shahnaz Rouse (Sociology) addressed the International Workshop “The Making of Muslim Youths: Youth Culture and Politics in Muslim Societies and Communities” at I.S.I.M., University of Leiden, The Netherlands. Later that month, she presented a paper at the panel on “Critical Scholarship at Our Home Institutions” at a conference on post-colonial and feminist scholarship after 9/11 hosted by Smith College and the Five-College Women’s Studies Research Center, Northampton, Mass.

This summer Rouse worked with L.U.M.S., a university in Lahore, Pakistan, to revise their social science curriculum and develop a long-term strategic plan for their new School of Arts and Sciences.

Sara Rudner (Dance) choreographed the Santa Fe Opera’s new production of Puccini’s “Turandot,” which premiered in July. Rudner taught a weeklong workshop with Peggy Gould (Dance) and Anneke Hansen ’02 for the Irish Modern Dance Theater in Dublin. Rudner appeared as a performer in a dance conceived and directed by Dana Reitz at The Concord Academy’s Summer Stages festival.

In March, “New School Union Diary,” a documentary film by Joel Schlemowitz (Visual Arts) appeared at the New York Underground Film Festival, presenting “my first-person account of forming a faculty union at New School University.” In April, he cooperated with three other artists/filmmakers to create the film-installation group show “Light and Substance “ at Anthology Film Archives.

Eric Martin Usner (Music), who is planning an edited volume of students’ conference work, co-led a spring break service trip to Nicaragua for Sarah Lawrence students. In April, he was awarded the Social Science Research Council’s International Dissertation Research Fellowship for his examination of the cultural practice of classical music in contemporary Vienna.

Barbara Walzer (Music) coordinated the Small Academic Libraries Roundtable, part of the Music Library Association, this February, focusing on a talk by John Wagstaff, Music Librarian at Oxford University Music Faculty Library, UK, 1988-2004. The first full-length work choreographed by Kathy Westwater (Dance), “twist, tack, broken”—which she calls, “a neo-romantic melodrama mining the dualities of cross-species culture”—was performed at the Joyce SoHo in New York City last April.

Tom Young (Music), part of the trio “Three Mo’ Tenors,” performed on the PBS program “Great Performances” in February.

Matilde Zimmermann (History) recently published Bajo las banderas de Che y de Sandino: Carlos Fonseca Amador (“Under the Banners of Che and Sandino: Carlos Fonseca Amador,” Editorial Ciencias Sociales, 2005), a new Cuban edition of her biography of the Nicaraguan revolutionary leader, first published by Duke University Press in 2000. The book was launched in February at the 2005 Havana Book Fair.

Guggenheim FellowsTwo More Guggenheim Fellows

Two Sarah Lawrence faculty members, Arnold Krupat and Jo Ann Beard, received Guggenheim fellowships in the spring of 2005. Krupat, who has taught literature at the College since 1968, plans to conduct research on Native American works. His books include The Turn to the Native: Studies in Criticism and Culture, and Red Matters: Native American Studies, plus the novels Woodsmen or Thoreau & the Indians and What to Do? The Native American literatures editor for the Norton Anthology of American Literature, Krupat has also received Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships.

Beard, a guest faculty member since 2000 who teaches nonfiction writing, will use her fellowship for work on a memoir. Her book The Boys of My Youth, a collection of autobiographical essays, was named a New York Times Notable Book; her essays and articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Story and Best American Essays.