Faculty and Staff Notes

Sebastiaan Faber Gives Talks and Presents Human Rights Award

May 7, 2014

This past April 27, in New York City, Professor of Hispanic Studies Sebastiaan Faber presented the fourth Annual ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism, a $100,000 prize, to Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative. Earlier in April, Prof. Faber delivered keynote addresses at CUNY’s Annual Graduate Conference for Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures & Languages, and at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference in Lexington.

Nancy Darling Quoted in Chicago Tribune

April 30, 2014

Professor of Psychology Nancy Darling was quoted in the Chicago Tribune article, “Creating support when you're raising kids away from family.”

Shelley Lee, Rick Baldoz, and Harrod Suarez Participate in Conference

April 30, 2014

Associate Professor of History and Comparative American Studies Shelley Lee, Assistant Professor of Sociology Rick Baldoz, and Assistant Professor of English Harrod Suarez participated in the Association for Asian American Studies annual meeting held in San Francisco, April 16 to 19. This is the largest association for scholars of the interdisciplinary field of Asian American studies.

Lee presented new research in a paper titled, “Koreagate: Race, Gender, and the Return of the Yellow Peril in 1970s America,” and participated in a state-of-the-field roundtable discussion on Asian American history. Baldoz participated in a pedagogy roundtable discussion titled, “Teaching Asian American Studies: Strategies, Trajectories, and Philosophies.” Suarez presented his research in a paper titled, “The Maternal Diaspora in Brian Ascalon Roley’s American Son.”

Marc Blecher Presents at Conference in China

April 30, 2014

Professor of Politics and East Asian Studies Marc Blecher attended the Conference on Governance, Adaptability and System Stability under Contemporary One-Party Rule: Comparative Perspectives at Nanchang University, in Nanchang China from March 27 to 29. He presented a paper jointly written with Daniel Zipp ’13, titled “Migrants and Mobilization: Sectoral Patterns in China, 2010-2013.”

Blecher will present a new version of the this paper as the annual keynote lecture, entitled “Migrants and Mobilization: Labor Politics and Political Stability in China”, at the University of Glasgow Confucius Institute, Glasgow, Scotland, on May 12.

Kazim Ali and Jafar Mahallati Recognized for Translation

April 30, 2014

Kazim Ali, associate professor of creative writing, and Jafar Mahallati, presidential scholar of Islam, were named as finalists for the Best Translated Book of Poetry given by the, University of Rochester’s Three Percent Initiative for their translation of Sohrab Sepheri’s The Oasis of Now. Mahallati presented and read from Sepehri on Wednesday April 23 at the Lakewood Public Library, while Ali will be giving a reading at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on May 11.

Tim Scholl Presents at Symposium

April 30, 2014

Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature Tim Scholl was part of a symposium, sponsored by Princeton University, called “‘Chronicling the Recent Past: Russian Writers on the Post-Soviet Ballet.” He presented a talk entitled “The Choreography of Power: Dance and Politics in Russia," which explored the changing institutional landscape of the arts in Russia, specifically ballet.

Sandra Zagarell Publishes Article

April 23, 2014

Donald R. Longman Professor of English Sandra Zagarell has published an article, “Portrait of a Lady: ‘Not Inclined to be Deamericanised,’” in the Henry James Review. Along with a companion piece which will appear in another publication , this article analyzes James’s 1881 novel as a queer, outsider take on genteel Americans of the era.

Simanti Banerjee Presents Lecture

April 23, 2014

Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics Simanti Banerjee participated in the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Spring 2014 Colloquia at Indiana University. On March 24, she presented a lecture entitled “Participation and Spatial Coordination in Conservation Incentive Schemes: Role of Transaction Costs and Localized Communication."

Holly Handman-Lopez Leads Students to Conference

April 14, 2014

Holly Handman-Lopez, visiting assistant professor of dance, led a group of ten students to the American College Dance Festival Association's Northeast Conference at the College of Brockport in New York, from March 13 to 16. Students took classes in ballet, Paul Taylor technique, improvisation, composition, percussion, release technique, tap, and hip hop. They attended numerous concerts of student, faculty and guest artist work.