Faculty and Staff Notes

Eve Sandberg Publishes Book

November 7, 2014

Associate Professor of Politics Eve Sandberg and Kenza Aqertit recently published a book titled Moroccan Women, Activists, and Gender Politics an Institutional Analysis (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2014). Sandberg and Aqertit analyze how, over the course of twenty-five years, dedicated, smart, and politically effective Moroccan women, working simultaneously in multiple settings and aware of each other’s work, altered Morocco’s entrenched gender institution of regularized practices and distinctive rights and obligations for men and women.

T.S. McMillin Presents at Wofford College Symposium

November 3, 2014

Professor of English T.S. McMillin was invited to lecture at a symposium in October called Thinking Like a River. The event, sponsored by Wofford College and organized by its Environmental Studies faculty, included roundtable discussions as well as a float down the Pacolet and Broad Rivers in South Carolina. Professor McMillin’s presentation, drawn from his research on the Los Angeles River, was titled “Am I Blue? Strange Ways of an Urban River.” At the host’s behest, he also gave an impromptu lecture on confluences while knee-deep in water at the junction of the Pacolet and Broad.

Michigan Academic Library Association Invites Alison Ricker to Speak

November 3, 2014

Science Librarian Alison Ricker was invited to speak at the inaugural meeting of the Michigan Academic Library Association, conveying best practices and lessons learned by the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO), now celebrating its 40th anniversary. Ricker is a current board member of ALAO and has served in 18 other capacities, including president and other elected positions, during her 30 years of membership in ALAO.

Holly Handman-Lopez Performs with Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre

November 3, 2014

Holly Handman-Lopez performed as a guest artist with Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre at the Southern Theater, in Minneapolis, as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival. She performed "Rich Pieces," a new dance theater work, which she created collaboratively with the company during the summer. The performances took place in August.

Kirk Ormand Delivers Two Talks in France

November 3, 2014

Professor of Classics Kirk Ormand recently delivered two talks in France. On October 15, he spoke at the University of Strasbourg, on the topic, “Peut-on parler de perversion dans l'Antiquité? Foucault et l'invention du raisonnement psychiatrique.” This event was co-sponsored by the University of Strasbourg and the Laboratoire Archimede.

On October 18, Professor Ormand presented “Mestra in the Hesiodic Catalogue of Women” at a conference sponsored by the Projet Eurykleia in Paris, as part of the conference, “Genre et Renommee en Grece Ancienne: Autour du Catalogue des Femmes.” The Projet Eurykleia is a collaboration between the Laboratoire ANHIMA in Paris and the Laboratoire Archimede in Strasbourg.

Xi Chen Participates in Fudan University Symposium

November 3, 2014

East Asian and Web Development Librarian Xi Chen participated in "The Soong Family and Modern Education" symposium organized by Fudan University, Shanghai, China October 18-19. She presented a paper titled "Dr. H. H. Kung's Student Life in U.S. and the Related Archival Materials at Oberlin College" and participated in the panel discussion during the symposium.

Ellis Tallman Organizes Presentation on Financial Crises

October 29, 2014

Ellis Tallman, Danforth-Lewis Professor of Economics and department chair, organized a program on “Financial Crises Past and Present” on October 25 at Indiana University. Tallman participated in a panel discussion about “What Ends Banking Panics?”

Renee Romano Discusses Her New Book Racial Reckoning on The Takeaway

October 21, 2014

Professor of History, Comparative American Studies, and Africana Studies Renee Romano spoke with host John Hockenberry about her new book, Racial Reckoning: Prosecuting America's Civil Rights Murders (Harvard University Press) on the National Public Radio program The Takeaway on Wednesday, October 15. Racial Reckoning explores the reopenings and recent prosecutions of unresolved murder cases from the civil rights era, such as the 1963 Birmingham church bombing and the 1964 murders of Freedom Summer activists Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman. On The Takeaway, Romano discussed what these murders reveal about America's racial past and what the contemporary trials illustrate about racial politics today.

Shulamit Magnus Publishes Book

October 21, 2014

Shulamit Magnus’ new book, the second volume of Pauline Wengeroff's Memoirs of a Grandmother: Scenes from the Cultural History of the Jews of Russia in the Nineteenth Century, has been published by Stanford University Press (a copy will be on display in Mudd in Recent Faculty Publications, as well as available in the stacks). The volume has won the Hadassah-Brandeis Translation Award. Volume One of this work won the National Jewish Book Award.

In these remarkable memoirs, Wengeroff refracts the cultural transformation of Russian Jewry, then the world's largest Jewish community, through the experience of families and women. Magnus' edition is an unabridged, original translation, with extensive Introductions, Notes, and Commentary that treat the work's historical context and significance and make it accessible to a lay as well as a scholarly audience.

Alberto Zambenedetti Publishes Book

October 21, 2014

Alberto Zambenedetti, visiting assistant professor of cinema studies and Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, published the edited volume World Film Locations: Florence with Intellect Books. The series, which is distributed in North America by the University of Chicago Press, explores and reveals the relationship between the city and cinema around the globe. Each volume is devoted to a specific urban environment and its representation on film, following the symbiotic relationship between the rise of filmmaking as an artistic and social practice and urbanization on a global scale. By focusing on cinema and architecture as mutually illuminating arts, the World Film Locations series helps the reader navigate the different permutations of a “Global Cinematic City.” Containing essays and scene descriptions written by leading scholars in the field, the books are illustrated throughout with evocative movie stills, city maps, and location photographs that allow the reader to virtually tour many cities of the world. Available in print or as e-book, the Florence installment will be launched officially at the Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto on October 22, 2014.