Published, Performed, Presented
Ernest Abuba (Theater) performed the role of Jung Lu in his play Empress of China at the Pan Asian Repertory Theater, New York, March 12-April 13, as well as the role of Isamu Noguchi in Ghostlight, an experimental film about Martha Graham. Ghostlight premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, N.Y., in May, and has Official Selection openings at The Vancouver International Film Festival, the NewFest Film Festival, and elsewhere. Abuba also directed a production of Favorite Colors with a cast of SLC alumnae/i and graduate students; it was performed at the Abingdon Theatre Midtown Festival, N.Y., in July.
Ellen Benoit’s (Sociology) article “Not Just a Matter of Criminal Justice: States, Institutions, and North American Drug Policy” appeared in the June issue of Sociological Forum. Benoit also co-authored the article “Code Switching and Inverse Imitation among Marijuana-Using Crack Sellers” with Doris Randolph, Eloise Dunlap, and Bruce Johnson. This article appeared in the July issue of the British Journal of Criminology.
Bella Brodzki ’72 (Literature) wrote an essay that appeared in Reading Himself and Others: Philip Roth’s Professor of Desire (Universités Presses de France, 2003), a French-American collection of essays on Roth. In April Brodzki delivered a paper, “Race and Genre in Charles Johnson’s Oxherding Tale” at “Revisiting Slave Narratives,” a conference at the University of Montpellier, France. She was a guest professor of American and English Literature at Université de Versailles (Paris) in March.
Charles Carshon (Faculty Emeritus in Theatre) is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for the Center for Learning and Living at Marymount Manhattan College. Together with his wife, Gloria Carshon (SLC Theatre faculty, 1971-1990), he recently taught an eight-week lecture course in theatre, “Society’s Mirror: Eight Decades of Theatre,” at the Center for Learning and Living.
Kevin Confoy (Theater) is currently in rehearsal with Clay McLeod Chapman ’00 and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Stephen Palgon on a stage and video adaptation of a new work by Chapman. Confoy will direct the production. He is also directing a workshop of a new play by Tom O’Brien in New York this fall.
In May, The Cygnus Ensemble (Music – Ensemble in Residence) performed in a tribute to the Pulitzer Prize-winning African-American composer George Walker, arranged by the Composers Guild of New Jersey. The program included “Modus,” a chamber work commissioned by Cygnus in 1998.
Barbara Forbes (Dance) contributed a chapter to an anthology titled Imagination and its Pathologies, edited by James Phillips and James Morley and published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her chapter, “On the Dialectics of Imagination: Nijinsky’s Sublime Defeat,” describes the creative movement of imagination as a dialectical tension of becoming, and examines its collapse in the case of the dancer Vaslav Nijinski. The chapter was co-authored by Pascal Sauvayre.
Nancy Franklin (Theater) appeared in It’s About Time, a film written and directed by Kevin Shinick and shot in New York this spring. The film was funded by a Screen Actor’s Guild Experimental Film Contract, and is entered in various film festivals.
In March, Melissa Frazier (Russian) gave a presentation, “Project-based Approaches to Teaching Language and Culture,” as part of the panel “Multi-media in the Russian Classroom” for the 2003 NEALLT conference at Union College, Schenectady, N.Y. She also wrote an article, “Personae and Personality in O.I. Senkovskii,” to be published in a forthcoming edition of Russian Literature.
Donald Friedman (Music), a jazz pianist, performed at the Iridium Jazz Club in Manhattan in July and August, as well as in trio performances in Belgium. In May and June he toured Japan in “The Hundred Fingers Tour.” His trio’s CD, titled Waltz for Debby, was released in August by 441 Records.
Martin Goldray (Music) produced a recording of Philip Glass’s Etudes for Piano, Vol. I, no. 1-10, performed by Glass. The album was released this summer by Orange Mountain Music, and is Glass’ first solo piano recording in fourteen years.
Peggy Gould and Sara Rudner (Dance) performed in a new work, “Hoc Est Corpus,”at Symphony Space Theater NYC in April, and again at Phantom Theater in Warren, Vt. The piece was directed and choreographed by Viola Farber Artists-in-Residence Patricia Hoffbauer and George Emilio Sanchez during their time at SLC. The same group is in the early stages of creating a new work for Dance Theater Workshop’s spring 2004 season. Gould is also currently a guest at the Gross Anatomy Lab at City College Medical School, where she is researching the physiological bases of movement. She is leading an Anatomy study group this fall with five former SLC students.
James Jeter (Music), a solo bassoonist, performs on Broadway and elsewhere. In March he played with his Virtuosi Woodwind Quintet at Trinity Church, NYC, in celebration of the ensemble’s 20th anniversary. Jeter also performed at the Garrett County Lakes Performing Arts Festival in Md., as well as with the Queens Symphony and the Bronx Arts ensemble.
Kate Knapp Johnson’s ’79, MFA ’81 (Writing) poem “The Meadow” appeared in the new anthology Poetry 180: A Turning Back, which was edited by Billy Collins and published by Random House in March. Her work also recently appeared in the journals Controlled Burn, “88” and Psychological Perspectives.
Hyman H. Kleinman (Faculty Emeritus in Literature) will deliver several lectures this fall: “Ambiguities of Faith in the Short Fiction of John Updike” at the Reformed Church of Bronxville in September; “The Legend of Lilith: Adam’s First Wife” at the Bronxville Women’s Club in October; and “The Myth of Orpheus in Modern Drama” for the Friends of the Sarah Lawrence College Library.
A novel by Arnold Krupat (Literature), What to Do?, will be published this fall by Berkeley: Creative Arts Books. An essay, “Nationalism, Indigenism, Cosmopolitanism: Three Critical Perspectives on Native American Literatures,” was included in the anthology Imaginary (Re-) Locations: Tradition, Modernity, and the Market in Contemporary Native American Literature and Culture (Stauffenberg Verlag, 2003), edited by Helmbrecht Breinig. Krupat also delivered a paper called “On the Trickster and His Tales” for the American Indian Workshop of the European American Studies Association in Turin, Italy in May, and served on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Encyclopedia of Ethnic American Literature (Greenwood Press).
A special 2-CD album celebrating the orchestral music of Meyer Kupferman (Faculty Emeritus in Music) was released in March by Sound spells Productions. His violin concerto, “The Voyager,” featured on the album, was called “a work of epic proportion and mythical import” by William Zagorski in the May/June issue of Fanfare magazine.
Ann Lauinger (Literature) had six poems published in the Spring 2003 issue of The Missouri Review: “Split Lilac,” “Spares,” “Ariel’s Leg,” “Leaving Sodom,” “The Party” and “Knives.”
Greg MacPherson (Theater) has done lighting design for a number of recent productions, including: Marathon of One-Act Plays, produced at the Ensemble Studio Theater in New York in May; Penn & Teller, Live at the Rio at the Samba Theater in Las Vegas in April; and Teen and Adult Productions at New York City’s Abingdon Theater in June.
Valerie Martin (Writing) is the recipient of the 2003 Orange Prize for Fiction for her novel Property, presented by Chair of Judges Ahdaf Soueif in London in June. The book, which is set on a Louisiana cotton plantation in 1828, was published in February by Abacus Press.
Margaret Matsumoto (Dance) contributed a chapter titled “Exercises to Improve Balance” to the FRIENDS (Fall Reductive Initiative: Establishing New Directions for Safety) Program Manual, Pennsylvania Department On Aging. The manual has been chosen as one of the three programs that will be highlighted on the Web site of the American Society on Aging’s National Resource Center on Safe Aging.
A new book by Jamee Moudud (Economics), called The Dynamics of Accumulation: Essays in Classical and Harrodian Tradition, will be published by M.E. Sharpe in 2004.
Joshua Muldavin (Geography) wrote an op-ed about SARS in China, titled “China’s Poor Left Behind” and published in the International Herald Tribune in May. He was also awarded a Visiting Fellowship for residency at the East West Center at the University of Hawaii in March 2003. In addition, Muldavin organized the First Human Geography Film and Lecture Series last spring with support from thirteen different campus groups and the Henry R. Luce Foundation.
Flutist Tara Helen O’Connor (Music) performed on an EMI Classics recording of Oswaldo Golijov’s Yiddishbbuk that received two Grammy Nominations for Best Chamber Performance and Best New Work of 2003.
In June, Joseph Papaleo ’49 (Faculty Emeritus in Literature/Writing) was presented with a 2003 American Book Award for his collection of short stories, Italian Stories (Dalkey Archive Press). The awards are given annually by the Before Columbus Foundation, recognizing “outstanding literary achievement by contemporary American authors, without restriction to race, sex, ethnic background, or genre.”
Kevin Pilkington (Writing) has contributed a collection of poems to Ready to Eat the Sky, a book published by River City Press this fall.
Victoria Redel’s (Writing) new poetry collection, Swoon, is to be released in October by the University of Chicago Press. Redel also wrote an essay, called “The Body Metallic,” about spending seven years in a body brace, which was included in the anthology Open House released by Graywolf Press last spring.
Nelly Reifler MFA ’96 (Writing) wrote a collection of short stories, See Through, that was published by Simon & Schuster in September. The cover art for the book is a photograph taken by SLC undergraduate Melissa Stultz. Reifler’s short story “Julian” was published, in August, in Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge (Harper Collins), a collection of daring and/or experimental work by Jewish writers.
Demetria Royals (Film) participated in the 7th Annual Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee in April, where she was on the panel “Crosscut: Women Making Movies” and screened her documentary Brothermen (PBS, 2002). This summer she was an artist-in-residence at the Mayor’s Office of Community Technology for the City of Atlanta, and also served on the Independent Television Service (ITVS) panel in July.
In June, Sara Rudner (Dance) performed her solo choreography for Christopher Janney’s “Heartbeat” at the TED/MED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Conference in Philadelphia, Pa., University of the Arts’ Merriam Theater. In October, Rudner will appear again with “Heartbeat” at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, England for the 25th Anniversary season of London’s Dance Umbrella.
Ursula Schneider (Visual Arts) showed her work in an exhibition entitled “Bear Stories and Paintings” at the Braunstein/ Quay Gallery in San Francisco in June. Her paintings also appeared in a group exhibition titled Branching Out, at the same gallery, in August.
Komozi Woodard (History) co-edited a new book, Freedom North: Black Freedom Struggles Outside the South, 1940-1980, with Jeanne Theoharis and Matthew Countryman. The book was published by Palgrave MacMillan in spring 2003.
John Yannelli (Music) composed an electronic score titled “Water’s Edge” for a dance piece that was choreographed by LeAnn Yannelli and performed at the Sarah Lawrence College Alumnae/i Concert. He also performed “Solo Flight 11 for Violin” by Calvin Wiersma at Sarah Lawrence in March.
Matilde Zimmermann’s (History) book Sandinista: Carlos Fonseca and the Nicaraguan Revolution (Duke 2000) was translated into Spanish by Erick Blandón. The translation, titled Carlos Fonseca Amador y la Revolución Nicaragüense, was published by URACCAN Press, Managua, Nicaragua, in July.