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Winter 2010 Faculty Updates

Professor of Psychology Marilyn Boltz presented a paper titled “Temporal Concepts and Predicted Duration Estimates” at the Meeting of the Psychonomics Society, November 19-22 in Boston. The paper was co-authored by Yen Na Yum ’08, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in psycholinguistics at Tufts University.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Craig Borowiak presented a paper titled “Theorizing Solidarity Economy Movements” at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Political Theory, October 22-24 in College Station, Tex.; and another paper entitled “Solidarity Economy: Utopian Socialism for the 21st Century?” at the “Rethinking Marxism” Seventh International Conference, November 5-8 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Visiting Assistant Professor of German Imke Brust presented an overview of her dissertation entitled “Narrating the Imagination of Unified Nations in Post-Apartheid South Africa and Post-Wall Germany” at the Annual Conference of the Coalition of WiG (Women in German), October 22-25 in Augusta, Mich.

Ruth Marshall Magill Professor of Music Curt Cacioppo had the American premiere of his composition “Philadelphia Diary” performed by pianist Althea Waites, October 11 at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. His “Largo for Strings” was performed by the Rochester Symphony in Rochester Hills, Mich. on November 6. He also performed in the world premiere of his new work “When the Orchard Dances Ceased,” commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra, during an ACO Orchestra Underground concert at Carnegie Hall on November 30.

Professor of Music Richard Freedman attended the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, November 12-15 in Philadelphia, where he was an invited speaker on a panel presentation by the Pedagogy Study Group, organized around the theme of musicology and public concerts/arts organizations. He spoke about his pre-concert lectures at the Philadelphia Orchestra and Chamber Music Society.

Professor of History Linda Gerstein gave a paper titled “I was Karpovich’s last student at Harvard in 1957: Linking Russian Immigration and American Academia” at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, November 12-15 in Boston.

Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies Hank Glassman presented a paper entitled “Keepsake Robe/Robe of Liberation: Family Ties and Buddhist Renunciation in Medieval Japanese Literature” at the International Conference on “Tracing the Study of Japanese Buddhism,” held at the University of California, Berkeley in September. He also served on the panel “Points of View on the History of Kōshiki: Discourse and Performativity of a Liturgical Genre” and presented a paper titled “Written on the Body: Jizō Images and Kōshiki” at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 6-10 in Montreal.

Assistant Professor of Spanish Aurelia Gómez presented a paper focused on the poetry written by political prisoners during the dirty war in Mexico at the Congreso Internacional de Investigaciones Literarias, Universidad Veracruzana, October 14-16 in Xalapa, Mexico.

Associate Professor of Religion Tracey Hucks presented a paper titled “Ethnographies of Religion: Practice, Problems, and Possibilities” and presided over a session entitled “Decoding Embodiment: Womanist Thought, Identity, and the Engagement of Culture” at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 6-9 in Montreal.

Associate Professor of Religion Naomi Koltun-Fromm presented her paper “State of the Disunion” and gave a survey of the field of Jewish-Christian relations in Late Antiquity at the meeting of SBL: Society for the Study of Biblical Literature, November 21-24 in New Orleans. She also met with the committee of the subgroup, Religions of Late Antiquity, of which she is co-chair.

Professor of Economics Vladimir Kontorovich gave a talk called “Secrecy and Western Study of the Soviet Military Sector” at the national convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, November 12-15 in Boston.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Weiwen Miao gave a talk called “The Use of Statistics in the Legal System” at Swarthmore College on October 27. She presented two actual cases to show how statistics can be properly used to assist courts’ decisions: Ricci v. DeStephano, the reverse discrimination case about New Haven firefighter promotions, and Maloley v. National Revenue Service of Canada, a discrimination case on hiring tax collectors.

Between October 5 and 18, Visiting Instructor of Physics Jorge Moreno gave a talk entitled “Do halo mergers trigger quasars?” at the following places: the University of Heidelberg, the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Munich, the Advanced School of Advanced Studies in Trieste, and the University of Groningen.

Emeritus Professor of Political Science Rob Mortimer presented a paper entitled “Political leadership in Maghrebi regimes” at the Middle East Studies Association annual meeting, November 21-24 in Boston.

Assistant Professor of Economics David Owens gave a talk called “An Experimental Analysis of Observational Learning with Payoff Externalities” at the 2009 North American ESA (Economic Science Association) Conference, November 12-14 in Tucson.

Associate Professor of German Ulrich Schönherr gave a paper at the Max Kade German-American Research Institute at Penn State on December 3, entitled “Music, Postwar Politics, and Edgar Reitz’s Die Zweite Heimat.” His recent translation of Georges Perec’s play The Machine was published in the Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. XXIX, Spring 2009.

Visiting Assistant Professor of English Rebecca Sheehan participated in a panel called “Digital Modernisms” at the Modernist Studies Association Annual Convention, November 4-8 in Montreal. She presented a paper entitled “Frampton’s Digital Pentagram: A Study of the Avant-Garde in the Age of the Digital.”

Visiting Associate Professor in Independent College Programs Carol Solomon participated as a commentator in a panel called “Education Through the Eye” at the History of Education Society Annual Meeting, October 23 in Philadelphia.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology Ruti Talmor gave a paper called “Transnational Art Markets and the Quest for Change among Ghanaian Youth” at the African Studies Association 51st Annual Meeting, “Africa at a Crossroads,” November 19-22 in New Orleans.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Susanna Wing won the 2009 Best Book Award from the African Politics Conference Group for Constructing Democracy in Transitioning Societies of Africa: Constitutionalism and Deliberation in Mali, which was published in April 2008. The book is based on extensive fieldwork in Mali. She also gave a seminar at Yale University on October 14 based on her paper “Exploring Democracy, Women’s Rights, and Legal Reform in Francophone Africa.”

The ramp from Magill Library with Ryan Gym and Sharpless Hall in the background.

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