Faculty and Staff Notes

Ann Cooper Albright Publishes, to Teach MFA Candidates this Summer

March 12, 2014

Professor of Dance Ann Cooper Albright's latest book, Engaging Bodies: The Politics and Poetics of Corporeality, not only has a photo of Cooper Albright dancing with her students on the front cover, but it also is dedicated to her students. The book was officially launched at the joint conference of the Society of Dance History Scholars and the Congress on Research in Dance, held in November 2013. This summer, she will join the Hollins University MFA faculty teaching studio and theory courses.

Sonia Kruks Speaks about Simone de Beauvoir

March 5, 2014

Sonia Kruks, Robert S. Danforth Professor of Politics, recently presented an invited paper at the University of Manchester, England. The paper was a contribution to a “theory intensive” master class for faculty and graduate students, titled “On Beauvoir.”  It discussed Simone de Beauvoir’s reflections on the desire for revenge after the Nazi occupation of Paris. The event was held on February 20, 2014, and was organized by the university’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Arts and Languages (CIDRAL). Kruks also presented an invited symposium paper, “Simone de Beauvoir, Political Philosopher,” at the 110th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, held in Baltimore from December 27 to 30, 2013.

Ma'ayan Plaut Presents on Social Media

March 5, 2014

Last fall, Manager of Social Strategy and Projects Ma’ayan Plaut presented at the national HighEdWeb conference on working with students and at Confab Higher Ed on making content more social. This month, she’s attending the Academic Impressions conference to talk about social media and enrollment and working with students and social media and the CASE Social Media and Community conference to talk about social media, narrative, and social content. Plaut was quoted in an article, “Go Viral”, published in the February 2014 issue of Currents, the magazine of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Michael Parkin Publishes on Campaigns in an Internet Age

February 19, 2014

Associate Professor of Politics Michael Parkin recently coauthored an article, “U.S. Congressional Campaigns in an Internet Age,” which appears in The Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties. The paper shows how candidate use of the Internet is driven by such political considerations as the potential loss of message control, the candidate’s status in the race, and the employment of campaign consultants.

Steve Crowley Talks Sochi with WCPN

February 19, 2014

Cleveland NPR affiliate WCPN invited Professor of Russian and Eastern European Studies Steve Crowley to participate in a conversation about the political and security issues of the 13th Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. The program aired Monday, February 10, and is available for listening on the WCPN website.

Ellis Tallman Published in Macroeconomic Dynamics

February 18, 2014

Danforth-Lewis Professor of Economics Ellis Tallman is coauthor of an article, “Business Cycles and Financial Crises: The Roles of Credit Supply and Demand Shocks,” recently published in the journal Macroeconomic Dynamics. The paper explores the hypothesis that the sources of economic and financial crises differ from those of noncrisis business cycle fluctuations.

Shulamit Magnus Collaborates with the Museum for the History of Polish Jews

February 12, 2014

The Museum for the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, which will officially open to the public in October 2014, has requested permission to use excerpts from Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History Shulamit Magnus’ translation and critical edition of Pauline Wengeroff’s Memoirs of a Grandmother: Scenes from the Cultural History of the Jews in Russia in the Nineteenth Century. The museum will use the excerpts to illustrate its audio-visual gallery focusing on changes in Jewish life in modernity. The museum also has invited Magnus to its opening and offered her a lecture opportunity.

Kirk Ormand Publishes Article in New Book

February 12, 2014

Professor of Classics Kirk Ormand’s article, “Foucault's History of Sexuality and the Discipline of Classics,” appears in A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities, published this year by Wiley-Blackwell. “The book makes an excellent Valentine's Day gift and is available at finer booksellers everywhere,” he says.

Nancy Darling Cited in New York Magazine

February 12, 2014

Professor of Psychology Nancy Darling’s work was cited in the January 12, 2014, New York Magazine feature article, “The Collateral Damage of a Teenager.” Exploring the idea that what adolescence does to teens is nowhere near as brutal as what it does to their parents, the author cited Darling’s “nuanced analysis of what, precisely, makes the adolescent struggle for autonomy so contentious. Most kids, she notes, have no objections when their parents try to enforce moral standards or societal conventions. ... What children object to are attempts to regulate more personal preferences, matters of taste: the music they listen to, the entertainments they pursue, the company they keep. ... The problem, says Darling, is that during adolescence questions of preference start to bleed into questions of morality and safety, and it often becomes impossible to discern where the line is.”