Published, Performed, Presented

The Winter 2005 issue of Open Space Magazine published “Emersonian Music, an essay by William Anderson (Music). Anderson’s compositions were performed at a sold-out show at Weill Hall last December. In March he played the mandolin in Elliott Carter’s “Luimen” with the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble, and guitar and mandolin at a performance in the Guggenheim Museum Works & Process series. In April the Cygnus Ensemble, Sarah Lawrence College’s ensemble-in-residence, presented “The Varieties of Musical Experiences,” new works celebrating their 20th anniversary, and in May their second recording, Gone For Foreign-including work composed by Anderson-was released by Bridge Records.

An article by Neil Arditi (Literature), “The Remains of Isaac Rosenberg,” about a British soldier and poet during World War I, was published in the April issue of Parnassus: Poetry in Review (volume 29).

Last July Bella Brodzki ’72 (Literature) participated in an international panel at the University of Munich on student life and culture in postwar Munich. In September, she presented a paper at the International Comparative Literature Association Conference, Venice, on gender and translation in Italo Calvino’s novel If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler. At the Modern Language Association Conference in Washington, D.C. in December, Brodzki spoke on a panel addressing the role of comparative literature in the undergraduate curriculum. In March 2006 she participated in a roundtable on metamorphosis and translation at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference at Princeton University and gave a paper on “the missing chapter” in the English translation of Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Death.

This spring an article by Melvin J. Bukiet ’74 (Writing), “Three Books in a Bad Season,” appeared in the Harvard Review. Bukiet and David Roskies co-edited Scribblers on the Roof, an anthology of short fiction published this spring by Persea. Bukiet also spoke at Columbia University and SUNY Purchase, and at the United Nations, during what he described as “the organization’s first full-hearted recognition of the Holocaust.”

Scott Calvin (Physics) and Sean Luo ’06 co-authored “Comparison of Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure and Scherrer Analysis of X-Ray Diffraction as Methods for Determining Mean Sizes of Polydispersed Nanoparticles” in Applied Physics Letters in December.

Kevin Confoy (Theatre) appeared in the New York premiere of Horton Foote’s The Travelling Lady in March. In June 2005 he directed Dr. Magic, a new play by Joyce Carol Oates, at the Off-Broadway Ensemble Studio Theatre.

Last October, Michael Davis (Philosophy) was invited to present a paper entitled “Autobiography: the Logos of the Self” as part of the conference Autobiography Across the Disciplines at Yale University. Davis also commented on three papers at a November conference, Leo Strauss and Modernity, at New School University. In December he gave a talk on his book Wonderlust: Ruminations on Liberal Education at the yearly St. Augustine’s Press Seminar in South Bend, Ind.

John Dillon (Theatre) wrote “Three Japanese Directors” for the Fall/Winter 2005 issue of the Journal of Stage Directors and Choreographers. In May there was a revival of Dillon’s Japanese-language production of Grapes of Wrath in multiple locations in Japan. Dillon is also directing Picasso’s Closet, a new play written by Ariel Dorfman, which will have its world premiere at Theatre J in Washington, D.C. in June.

In April, seven photographs by Margery Franklin (Psychology Faculty Emerita and Director of the Child Development Institute) appeared in the show “Industrial Ruins” at Soho Photo Gallery in New York. She presented the Child Development Institute’s video “Values Go to School” at the annual conference of AERO (Alternative Education Resource Organization) in Troy, New York.

Rachel Grob MA '92Rachel Grob MA ’92 (Associate Dean of Graduate Studies) and Barbara Katz Rothman co-wrote the “Parenting and Inequality” chapter for The Blackwell Companion to Social Inequalities, published last September by Blackwell. Grob and Rothman received the Investigator Award in Health Policy from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to research issues related to newborn genetic screening.

Lydia Kesich (Russian Faculty Emerita) led discussions on Brothers Karamazov at Piper Shores Retirement Community last winter, with the help of her husband, Veselin Kesich (Religion Faculty Emeritus).

Arnold Krupat (Global Studies/ Literature) contributed the chapter “Native American Trickster Tales” to the anthology Comedy: A Geographic and Historical Guide, published by Praeger last year. Krupat and Michael Elliott co-wrote the fiction section of the Columbia History of Native American Literature Since 1945, published by Columbia University Press in May. In April Krupat co-chaired a panel on “Conformities and Non-Conformities in Native American History and Literature” at the European American Studies Association Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus. He is currently completing work on his Guggenheim Fellowship.

Kate Johnson (Creative Writing) received a Gradiva Award for her long poem “Sea Journey” from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis last fall.

This spring Joan Larkin (Writing) served as Distinguished Visiting Poet at Columbia College, Chicago. She gave a poetry reading at the Columbia Concert Hall in February and guest-taught poetry workshops. Larkin also read at the Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival and at the Brooklyn Public Library in April.

Last October Ann Lauinger (Literature) participated in a panel concerning “The Legacy of Homer,” co-sponsored by Poets’ House and the Dahesh Museum in New York City. The panel took place at the museum, in conjunction with an exhibit on Homeric art.

Cassandra Medley“Relativity,” the most recent play by Cassandra Medley (Theatre), ran during February and March at the St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, and was profiled in the February edition of American Theatre Magazine. In June the Players Club in NYC will host a public reading of Medley’s current work-in-progress, the play “In Silence.Where We Breathe.”

Jamee Moudud (Economics) gave the NASDAQ Lecture, “The Role of the State and Long-Run Growth: Beyond Neo-Liberalism and the Super-State,” at The New School’s Graduate Program in International Affairs last November. For the Eastern Economic Association’s annual conference held in Philadelphia in February, Moudud co-organized two sets of panels and presented papers at each. His article “How State Policies Can Raise Growth” was published in the spring issue of Challenge, The National Magazine of Economic Affairs. This year, M. E. Sharpe published The Dynamics of Accumulation: Essays in the Classical and Harrodian Traditions, which Moudud co-edited with H. Azari.

After a summer of fieldwork in China and Japan, Joshua Muldavin (Geography) moderated the Grantmakers Without Borders event “Rural China: Key Issues and Problems” at the Asia Society in November. Last winter Muldavin published op-eds in the International Herald Tribune, and appeared on “BBC World Today” to discuss China’s rural unrest. In February he presented testimony on China’s reforms and the environment before a hearing of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Congressional Commission in Washington, D.C. While in the capital, Muldavin presented his lecture “From Rural Transformation to Global Integration: The Real Story about China’s Rise to Superpower and its Environmental and Social Impacts Throughout the World” to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; he has also given this lecture at Bard College and SLC. In March, Muldavin participated in several sessions of the Association of American Geographers conference in Chicago, organizing and participating in a panel mass violence in East Timor, and sat on two other panels as well.

Last December Maria Negroni (Latin American Literature) discussed “Argentine Literature Inside and Outside the Country” at New York University, and lectured on “Dark Museum: From Gothic to Fantastic Literature” at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico. Negroni also contributed poetry to Circumference Magazine in January. Her book Buenos Aires Tour, a poetic guide to the city of Buenos Aires, was published by Editorial Aldus, Mexico City in February. She was recognized by the New York Foundation for the Arts in Poetry 2005-2006, and has been designated a member of the Foundation’s Advisory Committee Board.

William Park (Literature and Film History Emeritus) edited Newman on the Bible, an anthology of Cardinal Newman’s comments, released in March by Scepter. Park reviews films in Position Paper, a monthly Irish journal, and edits The Albatross, the newsletter of the Santa Cruz Bird Club.

Electric Lines, an orchestral piece by Robert Patterson (Music), won the 39th annual Louisville Orchestra/Indiana University Composition Contest, and was performed by the orchestra in November. Trio St. Germain performed Patterson’s Embracing the Wind at Yale University in December.

The Westchester Review featured two poems by Kevin Pilkington (Writing) last spring, “Boys Can’t Be Trusted” and “Anniversary”; “Insomnia” appeared in The Tampa Review last summer. He gave a poetry reading at the Barnes & Noble of White Plains in November. In February he moderated a panel discussion on literary magazines at Manhattanville College.

Charlotte Price (Faculty Emerita in Sociology) spent the last school year teaching introductory economics in the college program at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York State’s only maximum security prison for women. Price also attended the American Economic Association meetings in Boston in early January.

See Through, a collection of short stories by Nelly Reifler (Creative Writing) originally published in 2003, came out in paperback this January from Simon & Schuster. Reifler’s story “The Railway Nurse” was published in McSweeney’s Issue 18 in December.

The book Understanding Capitalism by Frank Roosevelt (Economics), featured in the Spring 2005 issue of Sarah Lawrence, is now being translated into both Chinese and Korean. Both translations should be available by the middle of 2007.

Trauma and Visuality, published by Dartmouth College/ University Press of New England (2006), included the chapter “Car Crash, 1960,” on pop artist Jim Dine by Judith Rodenbeck (Art History). In May 2005 Rodenbeck was a panelist in a workshop on performance art at Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. She was a keynote lecturer at Elon University, N.C. in November. In February, she gave a keynote art history lecture at SUNY Buffalo in February, and participated in a panel on New Media in Boston at the annual College Art Association meeting.

Kristin Zahra SandsKristin Zahra Sands (Religion) recently completed Sufi Commentaries on the Qur’an in Classical Islam, published by Routledge last December.

“Birds,” an exhibition of mixed media works created by Ursula Schneider (Visual Arts), was on display at the Air Gallery in New York City last December. In March and April the Rockland Center for the Arts Gallery One presented “beat in mind, bird in sight,” an exhibition of Schneider’s recent work.

Jean Wentworth plays Brahms coverJean Wentworth (Music) played Brahms’ first piano concerto and Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte in March with the SLC orchestra. In January she and her husband Kenneth Wentworth (Faculty Emeritus in Music) performed four of Mozart’s works for piano, four hands, at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

In May, Penny Wolfson ’76, MFA (Writing) and Barbara Feinberg ’78 presented on “Childhood and the Imagination” at the public library in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.

Musical Ambassador

AmbassadorLast summer, Anna Villonco ’06, a native of the Philippines, brought her studies home with her-in the form of her professor, music faculty member Eddye Pierce Young. Villonco’s family hosted the singer for a two-week tour of teaching, performance and cultural exchange organized by Anna and her mother.

“Anna told me, ‘The Filipino people are a singing people, and I want them to experience another kind of music education,’” Young said. She taught master classes in classical and pop music and musical theatre for voice students at the University of Santo Tomás and the University of the Philippines. Another class, for professional singers, was held in the Equitable PCI Bank auditorium. Young discussed Sarah Lawrence’s education style on Cito Beltran’s Straight Talk, a news program similar to Larry King Live, and was interviewed by MTV Philippines, explaining to teenage viewers the importance of following their art.

She also performed at the elegant home of Irene Marcos, daughter of the late president of the Philippines, Ferdinand E. Marcos; Imelda Marcos was the guest of honor. “It was a lot of work and a lot of fun,” Young reported, and she was “treated royally” by everyone involved.