Published, Performed, Presented
In March, Ray Clarke (Biology) visited St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, to collect blennies-the small fish on which he has focused years of research-for a project conducted by Leah Olson (Biology) on brain structure in these fishes. Their goal: to find differences in receptors for the hormone Leptin. In June, he attended the Ecology and Evolutionary Ethology of Fishes Conference at Aliso Veijo, California where he presented a paper about the effects of water motion on prey capture by blennies. Later in the summer, he engaged in fieldwork at Glover's Reef, Belize, and lab work at Port Aransas, Texas, where he was assisted by Jora Ehrlich '06. And this fall he is employing three more students-Jacqui Beer '09, Olivia Peterson '08 and Meredith Gibbons '08-to help analyze the many videotapes of feeding blennies that were recorded on the Belizean reef and in the Texas lab.
In July, Ernest Abuba (Theatre) taught both acting and writing at the SLC Summer Theatre Intensive. This fall, he is teaching a workshop focusing on acting, writing and screenplays at the Pan Asian Repertory Theater, where he is resident instructor.
"The Viola Had Suddenly Become a Voice" by Chester Biscardi (Music) premiered during a retrospective of his music entitled "Chester Biscardi: Companion Pieces: Music for Piano, Viola, and Voice" at the Greenwich Music House in New York City in February. In April, the Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble presented the world premiere of Piano Quintet at the DIA museums in Chelsea and Beacon, New York. Biscardi was a guest composer at the 2006 Thailand Composition Festival in Bangkok in July. His piano music was featured on the first evening of the festival, and Piano Quintet, pre-formed by Ensemble TIMF from South Korea and conducted by the director of the Thailand National Symphony, was featured in the final concert. He also presented a lecture and concert at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
John Dillon (Theatre) directed the world premiere of Ariel Dorfman's play "Picasso's Closet" at the Goldman Theater in Washington, D.C., this summer. The work focuses on Picasso's life during the Second World War and takes place in occupied Paris.
An essay by Roland Dollinger (German Language and Literature), "In Defense of Reason and Justice: Lion Feuchtwanger's Historical Novelists of the Weimar Republic," appeared in the anthology German Novelists of the Weimar Republic (Camden House 2006). In addition, "'Amerika' in Döblin's work: Childhood Trauma and Exile" was published in A Companion to the Works of Alfred Döblin (Camden House 2003), which Dollinger co-edited. He also presented his lecture, "Anti-Semitism Because of Auschwitz," at the Monticello Public Library in July and SUNY Albany in September.
In March, Charlotte Doyle (Psychology) published a book entitled Bouncing Dancing Galloping ABC, a lively ABC using words and actions familiar to young children. "C is for climbing clear to the top, D is for dancing and dizzy and drop."
At the end of September, Melissa Frazier (Russian Language and Literature) gave a lecture on "Romantic Authorship and 'The Library for Reading': Writing to Customers and Friends" at UC Berkeley, Stanford and USC. At USC she also led a graduate seminar on Romanticism and Literary Criticism.
Suzanne Gardinier (Writing) reviewed the new Collected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser in the July/ August issue of Women's Review of Books. In October she participated in a panel called "Breaking Open: Celebrating the Life and Work of Muriel Rukeyser" at Columbia University, with Hugh Seidman, Jan Heller Levi '77 and Adrienne Rich.
Phillip Gould (Faculty Emeritus in Art History) was recently granted his third three-year membership with the University Seminar on the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.
Three one-act plays by Joe Lauinger (Literature)-"Rich on Skins," "Sinatra Sings" and "Close Enough for Jazz"-were produced by the Gallery Players at the 9th annual Black Box New Play Festival in June. In July, "The Price of Beauty" was performed at the Old Opera House in Charles Town, West Va., and in September it was read at the Hudson Valley Writer's Center.
Cynthia Lin (Visual Arts) received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Art for her work in drawing and painting. Winners are selected on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.
The German translation of Disasterology by Jeffery McDaniel '90 (Writing), translated by Ron Winkler, was published in Germany by Lautsprecher Press. Over the summer, McDaniel did a reading in Graz, Austria to celebrate the new issue of Lichtungen, which focused on young American poets. He also did featured readings at the Muses Workshop on the Greek island of Spetses and at the National Poetry Slam in Austin, Texas.
Maria Negroni (Latin American Literature) participated in the International Poetry Festival at Morelia, México. Her work was discussed in Poet's Choice, a collection of criticism by Edward Hirsch (Harcourt). Negroni's work also appeared in Circumference, Poetry in Translation Journal (2005-06) and Lumina, SLC's literary journal.
"Travel," a poem by Kevin Pilkington (Writing), was published in the Fall 2006 issue of Green Mountains Review. In addition, Pilkington participated in the United Nations Poetry Reading as part of the 59th Annual Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in September, and gave a craft talk and poetry reading at the University of Connecticut in October.
Demetria Royals (Film/New Media) acted as a consultant to PBS/WGRH Boston and to the National Black Programmers Consortium in September. She also taught an online course to 16 African-American filmmakers on the use of New Media programs.
In July Sara Rudner (Dance) choreographed the Sante Fe Opera's production of Salome (photo left) by Richard Strauss. Later that month, she taught a workshop for the Irish Modern Dance Theater.
Kristin Sands (Religion) gave a lecture, "Conversations about Islam: Veils, Violence and Media," at the Hunter College Religion Forum in April. In July she presented a paper at the European Science Foundation Standing Committee for the Humanities Exploratory Workshop, titled "The Esoteric Interpretation of the Qur'an," at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Carol Zoref '76 (Writing) lectured on Spanish Civil War poetry at the Brattleboro (Vermont) Literary Festival in October.