Published, Performed, Presented

Sam Abrams (politics)

Sam Abrams (politics) explained “The Top 10 Reasons American Politics Are So Broken” with Jonathan Haidt for The Washington Post in January 2015. The article he co-authored with Morris Fiorina, “Americans Aren't Polarized, Just Better Sorted,” was also published in Political Polarization in American Politics, a volume edited by John Sides and Daniel J. Hopkins (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015).

Ernest H. Abuba (theatre)

In June 2014, Ernest H. Abuba (theatre) curated and directed original new plays, scenes, and solo performances for the NuWorks Series, presented at The Clurman Theatre (Theatre Row, New York City) by the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. September through December 2014, Abuba played the title role in Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy at Lincoln Center Theatre. The critically acclaimed play is about the reincarnation of a Tibetan Tulka to an American family. The child’s father is a Tibetan immigrant and his mother is a Caucasian from Ohio. 

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Jefferson Adams (history)

Jefferson Adams (history) published Strategic Intelligence in the Cold War and Beyond (Routledge, 2014). The book examines the many events, personalities, and controversies in the field of intelligence and espionage since the end of World War II. 

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Adam Brown (psychology)

In October 2014, Adam Brown (psychology) presented a lecture on “Identifying and Treating Stress and PTSD in Human Rights Advocates” at Columbia Law School. In December 2014, he published “Precuneal and Amygdala Spontaneous Activity and Functional Connectivity in War-Zone-Related PTSD” in the journal Psychiatry Research.

Kevin Confoy (theatre)

Kevin Confoy (theatre) directed the off-Broadway revival of August Strindberg's Creditors for the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble at Wild Project in New York City in November 2014. In December 2014, he played the Reverend Eli Jenkins, the postman Mr. Willy Nilly, and Lord Cut Glass in the Dylan Thomas radio play Under Milk Wood, performed live at Stella Adler Studio in New York.

Isabel de Sena (spanish)

In April 2014, Isabel de Sena (spanish) attended the conference 2º Coloquio: El títere y las Artes Escénicas in Xalapa, Mexico. She presented her paper “La vida por dentro: Lorca y los títeres del guiñol a las vanguardias,” which was also published in the conference proceedings.

Glenn Dynner (religion)

Glenn Dynner (religion) authored Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 27: Jews in the Kingdom of Poland, 1815-1918. Published in January 2015, the book brings together a wide range of scholars to present a broad view of the Jewish life in this important area at a critical time in its history.

Kim Ferguson (psychology)

In November 2014, Kim Ferguson (psychology) published the paper ”Are You an Animal Too? US and Malawian Infants’ Categorization of Plastic and Wooden Animal Replicas” in Infancy, the official journal of the International Society on Infant Studies.

Will Frears ’96 (theatre)

Will Frears ’96 (theatre) is directing the stage adaptation of Stephen King's thriller Misery. The play is written by Academy Award winner William Goldman and stars Obie Award winner Elizabeth Marvel and Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Bruce Willis, in his Broadway debut. Willis will portray a popular novelist who is rescued from a car accident and held captive by his number one fan (Marvel). Frears previously staged the show in the plays’ world premiere at the Bucks County Playhouse in 2012. The latest Broadway project for Warner Bros. Theater Ventures, the play is expected to have a strictly limited Broadway engagement in fall 2015.

Peggy Gould (dance)

In August and September 2014, Peggy Gould (dance) helped to develop and performed in the video installation work “We Cannot Leave This World to Others” by visual artist Sharon Hayes for the Guangju Biennale in South Korea.

Paul G. Griffin (theatre)

Paul G. Griffin (theatre) was executive producer and co-producer of the film Know How, which played at 18 festivals and won 10 awards in 2014, including Indiewire’s Project of the Year. It was written and acted entirely by New York City youth in foster care who have taken part in Griffin’s creative process program, The Possibility Project.

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Dave Hardy (visual arts)

In September and October 2014, Dave Hardy (visual arts) exhibited his recent work in a solo show at Churner and Churner in New York City. “The Hairy Hand” was reviewed in The Wall Street Journal, Art in America, Frieze Magazine, and Art Forum (wherein it was a critic’s pick). He also exhibited his work in a solo show at Wentrup Gallery in Berlin, Germany, from November 2014 through January 2015, and in the four-person exhibition “Two Two One” at Regina Rex in New York in September and October 2014.

Card image Rona L. Holub (women's history)

Rona L. Holub (women's history)

Rona L. Holub (women's history) authored the Afterword for Nirvana on Ninth Street (Wings Press, 2014). The Afterword provides historical context for this book of short stories written by acclaimed feminist writer Susan Sherman. The stories are loosely based on real people who lived on and near Ninth Street between Avenues B and C in Manhattan, in what is now known as the East Village, during the vibrant and chaotic ’60s and ’70s. She also read an excerpt from the Afterword on International Women Artist’s Salon Radio in October 2014.

Cathy Park Hong (writing)

Cathy Park Hong (writing) was named poetry editor of The New Republic. Her first selections appeared in the February 2015 issue.     

Ann Lauinger (literature)

Ann Lauinger (literature) published the poem "Girl Reading The Aeneid on the Subway" in The Georgia Review (fall 2014). The poem was featured on their Web site, with an accompanying “Backstories” profile, and also appeared on the Web site Poetry Daily.

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Greg MacPherson (theatre)

Greg MacPherson (theatre) designed the lighting for four plays in New York City in 2014: Year of the Rooster (a stage play written by Eric Dufault ’10) at the Ensemble Studio Theater in January; The Cradle Will Rock (a benefit performance for The Acting Company) at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in May; Peter Pantomime (a musical) at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse in November; and Summer Shorts (a one-act play festival) at 59E59 Theaters in July and August.

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Nicolaus Mills (literature)

Nicolaus Mills (literature) published Every Army Man Is with You: The Cadets Who Won the 1964 Army-Navy Game, Fought in Vietnam, and Came Home Forever Changed in November (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014). An excerpt was published in The Daily Beast to coincide with the 2014 Army-Navy game.

Mary Morris (writing)

Mary Morris (writing) sold her novel The Jazz Palace to Nan A. Talese, an imprint of Knopf Doubleday for publication in April 2015. The novel is set in Chicago during the jazz age and follows the trajectory of a Jewish piano player and a black trumpeter who forge a friendship through their music as they swing through the 1920s.

Brian Morton (writing)

In September, Brian Morton (writing) published the novel Florence Gordon (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014). It was listed as one of the best novels of the year by Kirkus Reviews, NPR Fresh Air critic Maureen Corrigan, and The Christian Science Monitor, and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Fiction. 

Jamee K. Moudud (economics)

Jamee K. Moudud (economics) co-authored a paper titled “State-Business Relations and the Financing of the Welfare State in Argentina and Chile: Challenges and Prospects,” which was published by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development in December 2014. The paper examines ways in which taxation, social, and labor policies in Argentina and Chile have been shaped by state-business relations and capital-labor relations in a context where business organizations and associations have experienced different degrees of cohesiveness through time.

María Negroni (literature)

María Negroni (literature) published her collection of poems Interludio en Berlín (Pre-Textos, 2014). She also received a Konex Foundation Platinum Award and Diploma of Merit for her poetry at a ceremony in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Dennis Nurkse (writing)

"Release from Stella Maris,” a poem by Dennis Nurkse (writing) was selected for inclusion in The Best American Poetry 2014, edited by David Lehman and Terrance Hayes (Scribner, 2014). Additionally, his poems "Attrition" and "The Evacuation Corridor” were published in The Best of Poetry London (Poetry London, 2014), and "Return from Flint” was published in The Times Literary Supplement (UK) in August 2014.

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Stephen O’Connor (writing)

Stephen O’Connor (writing) sold his novel about Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson to Viking Penguin. Created Equal will be published in 2016. O’Connor’s short story "Next to Nothing" was selected for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories 2014, edited by Jennifer Egan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014).

Claudia Salazar (spanish)

Claudia Salazar (spanish) is this year's winner of the "Premio de las Americas," a prestigious literary prize awarded in Latin America, for her novel La sangre de la aurora.

Sungrai Sohn (music)

Sungrai Sohn (music) is featured in Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden, 2014). Written by Ali Berman ’04, MFA ’09, the book explores what it means to be at peace, to have a sense of purpose that comes with deep self-acceptance.

Card image Heather Winters’84 (visual arts)

Heather Winters’84 (visual arts)

Heather Winters’84 (visual arts) made her directorial debut with the award-winning film TWO: The Story of Roman & Nyro. Acquired by Netflix in 2014, the documentary follows legendary songwriter and music producer Desmond Child on his journey to create his modern family. The film was released by Virgil Films and specialty label Morgan Spurlock Presents.

Arts Westchester Honorees

Sarah Lawrence's award-winning faculty Marie Howe (writing), Brian Morton (writing), Chester Biscardi (music) and dancer/choreographer MFA alumna Maxine Sherman ‘12 are among the 50 artists Arts Westchester is honoring through its 50th anniversary initiative. For more information see:

Elke Zuern (politics)

In 2014, Elke Zuern (politics) spent six months at the University of Cape Town in South Africa as the Van Zyl Slabbert Chair in the Faculty of Humanities. During her tenure at UCT, she was featured on the university’s Web site. Zuern discussed the politics of rebellion during the post-1994 period of renewed social protest as most South Africans have found that democracy has fallen short of its promise. Zuern was also interviewed for World Politics Review in December regarding Namibia’s domestic politics, following the ruling South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO) party’s overwhelming victory in the presidential election, despite popular dissatisfaction. Zuern's research interests encompass community protest and social movements in new democracies, as well as popular responses to poverty and inequality, and violence and the democratisation process.