Published, Performed Presented: Faculty Accomplishments
In January, Sarah-Marie Belcastro (mathematics) presented two lectures in Baltimore at the Joint Mathematics Meetings: for the MAA Invited Address, Belcastro presented “Snark Attack!: visualizations of 'uncolorable' graphs on surfaces.” She also spoke on “Knitting Torus Knots and Links” at the AMS Special Session in Mathematics and Mathematics Education in Fiber Arts. The Joint Mathematics Meetings also hosted the Mathematical Art Exhibition, which featured Belcastro’s piece “Spring Forest (5,3): embedded, unembedded, and cowl.”
In September, Bella Brodzki ’72 (literature) spoke at the Translation Symposium in New York City, hosted by the Nida Institute. She was one of two plenary speakers, presenting “Autobiography, Memory, and Translation," at the annual day-long symposium. In January, Brodzki presented “Constantinople/Istanbul: East/West” for a panel on European Literary Relations hosted by the Modern Language Association in Chicago.
In June, Adam Brown (psychology) published the article “Spontaneous brain activity in combat related PTSD” in the journal Neuroscience Letters. In September, Brain Stimulation published his article “rTMS as a Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa,” co-authored with Katie Bainbridge ’11. In November, Brown participated in a panel discussion titled “International Human Rights Fact-Finding in the Twenty-First Century” at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU’s School of Law. In the fall, Brown also launched the Cognition and Emotion Lab at Sarah Lawrence. In April 2014, Brown presented a workshop at Duke Law School titled "Identifying and Managing Trauma, Loss, and Resilience."
In October, Rachel Cohen (writing) published Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade (Yale University), as well as an essay titled “Italians Come to America” in the centenary issue of Art in America. Cohen gave two readings in New York City in October: one for McNally Jackson Books’ series Literary BFFs, the other at Apex Art Gallery’s event DoubleTake, where she was joined by Vijay Seshadri (writing). In December, Cohen held a book signing at the Samson Art Gallery in Boston as a part of the city’s “First Fridays” art walks. She has also started keeping a notebook online, about looking at art, at www.rachelecohen.com.
In November, Cynthia Cruz MFA ’99 (writing) gave a reading at the University of California, Berkeley. The next month, she published the essay “Balthus's Androgynous Dreams” on the Web site Hyperallergic and published the poem "The Last Film in the World" on KROnline, The Kenyon Review’s online journal. In January, Cruz published two more essays on Hyperallergic, “Isa Genzken and the Art of Failure” and “Marginalia: Eva Hesse, Cady Noland and Adrian Piper's Text and Contextuality.”
In August, Charlotte Doyle (psychology) published an article titled “The Multiple Realities of the Actor in Rehearsal” in Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science.
In December, Glenn Dynner (religion) published Yankel’s Tavern: Jews, Liquor, and Life in the Kingdom of Poland, which examines the daily lives of Jews and Christians in 19th-century Poland.
In October, Melissa Febos MFA ’08 (writing) published an essay titled “Home” in the anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York (Seal). That same month, her lyrical essay "Call My Name" won Prairie Schooner’s creative nonfiction contest. In November, Febos received a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc. for her book-in-progress, titled Abandon Me.
In November, Will Frears (theatre) became a contributing writer at the new soccer magazine EIGHT BY EIGHT. In March, he published “Futzing Around”a review of the book Miami Blues by Charles Willeford, in the London Review of Books.
In October and November, Roy Germano (public policy) presented his 2009 documentary "The Other Side of Immigration" at the Hispanic American Center of Hanover’s fifth annual Diversity Summit and at Cornell College in Iowa. Also in November, he presented “Assessing the Human Cost of US Immigration Policy" as part of a panel discussion at Columbia University’s Center for Mexican Studies’ conference “Reshaping Mexico-U.S. Relations.” In December, he published an article titled “Migrants’ Remittances and Economic Voting in the Mexican Countryside” in the Electoral Studies journal. His new film “A Mexican Sound” was an official selection at four different film festivals.
In September, Peggy Gould (dance) performed “Surprise Every Time,” which she choreographed impromptu at the “Live Choreography” festival in NYC. In November, she also performed “Para-Dice” at Danspace Project, a venue in NYC, as the culminating performance from her residency with Philadelphia Live Arts.
In November, Michelle Hersh (biology) delivered a lecture titled “Linking Biodiversity and Disease: From Ticks to Trees” as part of the SUNY New Paltz’s Biology Seminar Series. In December, she published “Pathogen regulation of plant diversity via effective specialization” in the Trends in Ecology and Evolution journal.
In June, Ann Lauinger (literature) published Against Butterflies (Little Red Tree), her second collection of poetry. In September, the anthology A Slant of Light (Codhill) republished her poem “Portrait of a Woman with Windex.”
In November, Robert Lyons (theatre) was a featured guest of Carnegie Mellon University’s graduate directing program, where he individually consulted with the student directors of two productions and discussed careers in directing.
Greg MacPherson (theatre) created the lighting design for The Castillo Theatre and New Yiddish Rep’s production of Waiting for Godot in NYC in October; for Ensemble Studio Theatre’s production of Year of the Rooster—a play written by Eric Dufault ’10 —in NYC in November; and for Hunter College’s production of Peter Pantomime at The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse in NYC in December.
In October, Merceditas Mañago-Alexander (dance) performed “Happiness” at Dixon Place in NYC for the Crossing Borders Dance Series, in which Chia Ying Kao MFA ’12 also performed.
Objects Attack, a film by Rona Naomi Mark (visual arts), won the award for best experimental film at the Harlem International Film Festival in September.
In October, Jim Marshall (computer science) published “ECA: An Enactivist Cognitive Architecture Based on Sensorimotor Modeling,” which he co-authored with Olivier Georgen and Riccardo Manzotti, in the Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures journal. In December, Marshall published “Demonstrating Sensemaking Emergence in Artificial Agents: A Method and An Example,” co-authored with Olivier Georgen, in the International Journal of Machine Consciousness, as well as the editorial “Conceptual Commitments of the LIDA Model of Cognition,” co-authored with Haris Dindo and Giovanni Pezzulo, in the Journal of Artificial General Intelligence.
In November, Jeffrey McDaniel ’90 (writing) published Chapel of Inadvertent Joy, his fifth book of poetry.
In October, Nicolaus Mills (literature) published “Obstructing Government from Huey Long to Ted Cruz” on CNN.com and “The True Value of Norman Rockwell” in The Guardian. In November, he published “Give the Kid a Holiday Break” in The Philadelphia Inquirer and “The Armory Show at 100” in Dissent magazine. Mills published “When Salinger Spoke Out” on The Daily Beast magazine’s Web site in December.
In December, Mary Morris (writing) published the short story “Standards” in the anthology Best of the Midwest. She also published a short story titled “Annunciation” in the December issue of the The Literarian, and another short story called “A Dangerous Creature” in the January edition of Narrative Magazine. In January, Morris led a number of panel discussions and a workshop titled “The Dark Side” at the Key West Literary Seminar in Florida. In February, she delivered a lecture on “The Source of Stories” and taught a workshop at the San Miguel de Allende Literary Festival in Mexico.
In October, Joshua Muldavin (geography) published “From Rural Transformation to Global Integration: Comparative Analyses of the Environmental Dimensions of China’s Rise” in the Eurasian Geography and Economics journal, and “Land from the Tiller: China’s Role in Global Processes of Land Dispossession” in the Land Deal Politics Initiative journal.
In December, Maria Negroni (literature) published Cartas Extraordinarias/Extraordinary Letters, a book of apocryphal letters by authors that influenced her as a child. Negroni is currently developing the first university-level creative writing program in Buenos Aires.
In September, Best American Poetry 2013 included “Psalm to Be Read with Closed Eyes” by Dennis Nurkse (writing). In November, he delivered a lecture titled "Poetic Travels: Guillaume Apollinaire, Henri Michaux, Cesar Vallejo” at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in Suffolk, England.
In October, John O’ Connor (visual arts) showcased his drawing “A Recurrence Plot” in the “Classless Society” exhibition at Skidmore College’s Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY. In November, he published Catalogue of Art Work, printed in conjunction with his solo exhibition at the Pierogi Gallery. The same month, he gave an untitled talk about his work, at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
In September, Michael Peixoto (history) delivered a lecture titled “Conflict Resolution: A Vehicle for Ecclesiastical Patronage of the Templars in Champagne” at the Sixth International Conference of the London Centre for the Study of the Crusades, the Military Religious Orders, and the Latin East.
In September, Gilberto Perez (film history) published “How We Remember,” an essay about Terrence Malick’s films, in the London Review of Books. In November, he delivered a lecture on “Moving with Characters” at Oxford University and at the University of Reading in England.
In October, Kevin Pilkington (writing) read from his latest poetry collection and novel at Brookdale College’s writing series in Middletown, New Jersey. In November, he published his poem “The Other Guy in the Song” in Mead: The Magazine of Literature and Libations. Pilkington also published the poem “Einstein’s Hair” in the fall issue of The Greensboro Review.
In September, Judith Rodenbeck (art history) delivered a lecture titled “Feedback: Notes on the Behavioral Turn” at The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where she is currently a fellow. In November, she delivered the same lecture at the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana, where she also participated in a studio critique for the MFA program. Rodenback published “Preview of Allan Kaprow at the Fundacio Tapies in Barcelona” in the Artforum journal in December.
In September, Claudia Salazar (Spanish) published her first novel, La Sangre de la Aurora/ The Blood of the Dawn, and gave a reading at McNally Jackson Bookstore in NYC. In October, she delivered a talk titled “Maps of Desire: Lesbian Writing in South America” as part of the Queer Cartographies y Territorios panel at Sarah Lawrence College. In December, Salazar delivered another talk titled “Territorios de la Literatura Peruana Contemporanea/Territories of Contemporary Peruvian Literature” for the Latinoamerica Viva program, hosted by the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico. She published her article “Genero y Violencia en la Literatura Peruana Contemporanea/Gender and Violence in Contemporary Peruvian Literature” in the fall edition of the Confluencia journal, and a short story titled “Carta a Salvador/Letter to Salvador” in the anthology Kafkaville.
In October and December, Komozi Woodard (history) co-led discussions for “Conversations on Black Freedom Studies,” an adult education series hosted by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York. The discussions were titled “Blues People 50 Years Later” and “Black Power TV.” The exhibit “Cultivating Crosscurrents: Africa and Black Diasporas in Dialogue, 1960-1980” displayed his essay “The Black Power Generation” from December to March at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, where he is also an academic adviser to the curator.
In September, Charles Zerner (environmental studies) gave three talks: “Better Living Through Chemistry: Ambivalent Legacies” at Sarah Lawrence; “Becoming Human: The Generative Role of Fermentation and Bacteria” with Persis Charles (history) as part of Sarah Lawrence’s Faculty on the Road series in New York City; and “Trauma and Awe: Reflections on the Entomological Sublime in Popular Culture and Military Technology” for the seminar “Disaster, Degradation, Dystopia” at Yale University’s program in forestry and environmental studies. In October, he delivered two lectures at the 16th annual Environmental Affairs Symposium at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, titled “Reflections on Biomimesis: What are Humans seeing in Nature?” and “Nature and Narrative: William Cronon’s Contribution to Environmental Studies.”