Faculty and Staff Notes

Sonia Kruks presents paper on Simone de Beauvoir

July 13, 2021

Sonia Kruks, Robert S. Danforth Professor of Politics Emerita, recently presented a paper at the (virtual) international conference, “Simone de Beauvoir: New Perspectives for the 21st Century.” Her paper, titled “Old Age and Intersectionality: Beauvoir and Beyond,” drew on Beauvoir’s work to reflect on the troubling exclusion of old age from consideration in intersectional social and political theory.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History spotlights Julia Christensen in Centennial Speaker Series

July 12, 2021

The Cleveland Museum of Naturaly History has tapped Associate Professor of Integrated Media Julia Christensen to lead an event in its new Centennial Speaker Series, part of the museum's 100-year anniversary celebration. 

“The topics and themes that we’re addressing in the Centennial Speaker Series are fundamental,” notes Allison Grazia, the museum’s manager of public engagement. “It’s health, space, nature, human history, race—things that are part of our everyday lived experiences.”

In February 2022, Christensen will discuss her collaboration with scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop a technology that will send data about the natural world into space in the form of song, with the hope of eventually connecting with extraterrestrial life. The project, which sits at the intersection of science and art, is poised to take space exploration to another level.

Vladimir Ivantsov chairs North American Dostoevsky Society essay contest

July 8, 2021

Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Vladimir Ivantsov has organized and chaired the 2020-21 North American Dostoevsky Society Undergraduate Student Essay Contest. The Contest is designed to recognize outstanding undergraduate essays focused on the works of Fyodor Dostoevsky. More on this can be found on the official blog of the North American Dostoevsky Society.

Abby Aresty presents on course with Rachel Gibson '20 at conference

June 29, 2021

TIMARA Technical Director and Lecturer Abby Aresty and Rachel Gibson '20 presented their course, "Crafting Sound: Simple Sonic Interfaces for Education and Creation," at the international virtual Interaction Design and Children ACM conference. Gibson, Aresty, and Ian Moo '21 also presented their works-in-progress paper, "Apples and Oranges: Comparing Crafty Sonic Circuits for Electronics Education," at IDC.

Al Evangelista debuts new dance performance work in D.C. festival

June 29, 2021

Assistant Professor of Dance Al Evangelista debuted "Dragon Fruit," a new performance work as part of The Spill by Excessive Realness. The evening of new works was hosted by Washington, D.C.-based Dance Place's Gaze Festival

Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón reviews book

June 29, 2021

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón reviewed Poets, Philosophers, Lovers: On the Writings of Giannina Braschi, edited by Frederick Luis Aldama and Tess O'Dwyer for World Literature Today.

Franne Kamhi coauthors paper in Journal of Experimental Biology

June 22, 2021

Franne Kamhi, visiting assistant professor of neuroscience, coauthored the paper "Minding the gap: Learning and visual scanning behaviour in nocturnal bull ants," in the Journal of Experimental Biology.

Abby Aresty presents award-winning paper with Rachel Gibson '20

June 21, 2021

Abby Aresty, technical director and lecturer in TIMARA, and Rachel Gibson '20 presented their paper "Changing GEAR: The Girls Electronic Arts Retreat's Teaching Interfaces for Musical Expression" virtually at the New Interfaces for Musical Expression in NYU Shanghai, June 14-18, 2021. The paper has won an award (Learn to Play/Play to Learn) and honorable mention (Pamela Z diversity award) at the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference.