Faculty and Staff Notes

Andrea McAlister earns distinction of Yamaha Master Educator

March 11, 2021

Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy Andrea McAlister has been selected as a Yamaha Master Educator. She is one of only five keyboard educators chosen from across the country.

Danielle Terrazas Williams gives public lecture

March 10, 2021

Assistant Professor of History Danielle Terrazas Williams gave a public lecture at the University of Oregon titled "Who Dared to Question the Word of a Priest?: Free Black Women and Capital in 17th-Century Mexico."

Jody Kerchner to participate in two panels on singing in prison contexts

March 5, 2021

This March, music education professor Jody Kerchner will participate in two panel presentations on the Choral Commons month-long series titled "Gather—Community Music Conversations." The Choral Commons is sponsored in part by the American Choral Directors Association and Chorus America. 

The first discussion, on Wednesday, March 10 at 8:00 p.m., features Kerchner's work with the Oberlin Music at Grafton Choir (OMAG). She will be joined by restored citizen and OMAG "founding father" Jerome Thompson. 

On Wednesday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m., Kerchner joins prison singing facilitators Cathy Roma, Mary Cohen, Amanda Weber, and Andre DeQuadros to further discuss prison music engagement.

The sessions are moderated and produced for Facebook by Emilie Amrein and Andre DeQuadros. These webinars are held live and recorded for later viewing on the Choral Commons website

Carl McDaniel publishes memoir about life as a scientist

March 3, 2021

The fifth book by Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies Carl McDaniel, Beauty Won Me Over: A Scientist's Life, was published in February 2021 by Austin Macauley. The book is a memoir about his life as a scientist. 

Stiliana Milkova edits special journal issue on Italian writer Natalia Ginzburg

March 3, 2021

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature Stiliana Milkova edited a special issue for Reading in Translation on the Italian writer Natalia Ginzburg that features 15 essays, interviews, and two first English translations of works by Italo Calvino and by Natalia Ginzburg. Milkova co-translated Italo Calvino's essay "Natalia Ginzburg or the Possibilities of the Bourgeois Novel." 

Composition by French horn professor Jeff Scott featured on CSOtv

February 23, 2021

Conservatory French horn professor Jeff Scott is also an accomplished composer. CSOtv, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s streaming platform, features his woodwind quintet work Startin’ Sumthin’ this February, part of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s Episode 2 broadcast. You can hear the performance at cso.org/csotv/features/black-history-month.

Margaret Kamitsuka reappointed editor of Academy Series of the American Academy of Religion

February 19, 2021

Margaret Kamitsuka, emeritus professor of religion, has been reappointed for another five-year term as the editor of the Academy Series of the American Academy of Religion. The series partners with Oxford University Press to publish promising new dissertations in religious studies.