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Spring 2014 Faculty Updates


Barbara Riley Levin Professor of Comparative Literature Israel Burshatin published “Rome as Andalusia: Bodies and Borders in Francisco Delicado's Retrato de la Lozana Andaluza” in MLN, Hispanic Issue, in March.

Ruth Marshall Magill Professor of Music Curt Cacioppo judged the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters contemporary music composition competition. The acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet performed his “Kinaaldá: the Rite of Changing Woman” at Haverford, in connection with the College’s Native American History and Culture Festival, and in Los Angeles at the Ocean Charter School. Cacioppo’s Italian-inspired piano works were also performed at Haverford by music major Bruce Leto ’14 as part of a multimedia thesis presentation, and his new piece, “January Thaw,” was premiered at Union College by pianist Monica Jakuc Leverett, who also performed Cacioppo’s “Pawnee Preludes” on the same program.

Visiting Assistant Professor Thomas Devaney’s book, The Picture that Remains, was published by The Print Center in February. Devaney presented a talk, “Drawing Out The Poet: The Visual Arts in Poetry Workshops,” at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs annual conference in Seattle in March. He also gave a reading and talk, “The Creative Experience: Poetry and Painting,” at Pace University in April. Additionally, his review, “The Envelope Poems of Emily Dickinson,” was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on April 20, and his book, Calamity Jane, was published by Furniture Press Books in May.

Associate Professor of Independent College Programs Kaye Edwards gave an invited presentation, “Preventing Cervical Cancer in Nicaragua: Can Vaccines and Screens be Means of Solidarity?,” for the Science and Justice Colloquium at UC-Santa Cruz on May 28.

Assistant Professor of History Andrew Friedman gave a talk, “Life in the Capital Colony: D.C.’s Cultural Landscape in the Era of Global Decolonization,” at the Urban History Association Biennial Conference in Philadelphia, in October.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Elizabeth Gordon presented a research talk, “Social Anxiety and Communication in Intimate Relationship: Perspective Matters,” as part of a symposium on novel methods for assessing social anxiety disorder at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America annual conference in Chicago, Ill., in March.

John Whitehead Professor of Philosophy Emeritus Aryeh Kosman gave an invited paper, “Why the Gods Love What is Holy: Euthyphro 9-11,” at the University of Toronto in April.

A solo exhibition of the work of Professor of Fine Arts Ying Li, called Foreign Terrain, ran at the Art Gallery of the College of Staten Island at the City University of New York from April 9 to May 14. Her work was also included in a group exhibition, Heads, A Retelling, at the Salena Gallery at Long Island University in Brooklyn, from April 1 to April 25.

Assistant Professor of Linguistics Brook Danielle Lillehaugen was awarded a 2014 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for her work on a linguistic analysis and translation of the Zapotec text in Arte en lengua zapoteca. Lillehaugen also co-authored two papers presented at the Coloquio Sobre Lenguas Otomangues y Vecinas in Oaxaca City, Mexico: “La morfosintaxis de la negación en el zapoteco colonial del Valle,” co-authored with Carolyn Anderson (Swarthmore ’14) and “El bilingüismo zapoteco-español temprano: evidencia de documentos colonials,” co-authored with Anneke Heher ’14 and Michael Galant. She published a chapter, “Los usos y significados de loh 'cara' en el zapoteco del valle colonial,” in the book Estructuras, lenguas y hablantes. Estudios en Homenaje a Thomas C. Smith Stark, and she also presented a poster, “Towards Understanding The Phonology of Colonial Valley Zapotec: Methods and Early Results,” co-authored with Flora Berklein ’14  and Allyson Stronach, at the “Workshop on the Sound Systems of Mexico and Central America” in New Haven, Conn.

T. Wistar Brown Professor of Philosophy Danielle Macbeth published her book, Realizing Reason: A Narrative of Truth and Knowing, with Oxford University Press in March. In February, Macbeth also gave two invited lectures under the title “Reasoning in Mathematics,” the first on “Ancient and Early Modern Practice” and the second on “Contemporary Practice,” at an event sponsored by the Philosophy of Science Graduate Program at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City.

Assistant Professor of Sociology Lisa McCormick published “Don’t Play it Again, Sam: A Response to Eric Nylander” in the American Journal of Cultural Sociology and “Tuning In or Turning Off: Performing Emotion and Building Cosmopolitan Solidarity in International Music Competitions” in Ethnic and Racial Studies’ special issue, “Books, Bronzes and Broadcasts: Comparative Perspectives on Global Citizenship Creation.” McCormick also delivered two invited talks: She gave “The Meaning of Death: Ritual, Performance and Contemporary Funerals” at the Center for Cultural Sociology 10th Anniversary Conference at Yale University in April, and “Discordant Decisions: Challenging Power and Authority in Classical Music Competitions” at the “Classical Music as Contemporary Socio-Cultural Practice: Critical Perspectives” conference at King’s College London, in May. She also presented a paper, “Death’s Playlist: Music at Contemporary Funerals,” at the Eastern Sociological Society annual meeting in Baltimore, Md., in February.

Associate Professor of Political Science Barak Mendelsohn published “Threat Identification and the UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee” in Terrorism and Political Violence; “U.S. Strategy in a Transitioning Middle East: Reviving ‘State Responsibility’” in Orbis; and “Al Qaeda and Global Governance: The Constraining Impact of Rigid Ideology” in Terrorism and Political Violence. He also published “Review of Michael W.S. Ryan, ‘Decoding Al-Qaeda’s Strategy: The Deep Battle Against America’” in The Middle East Journal, “After Disowning ISIS, Al Qaeda Is Back On Top: Here’s Why That Isn’t Necessarily Bad News” in Foreign Affairs, and “Al Qaeda’s Syria Problem” on Foreign Policy’s Middle East Channel.

Professor of Biology Philip Meneely published the second edition of his text book, Genetic Analysis: Genes, Genomes, and Networks in Eukaryotes, with Oxford University Press.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Weiwen Miao published an article, “New Statistical Tests for Detecting Disparate Impact Arising from two-Stage Selection Processes,” in the journal The American Statistician.

Associate Professor of Classics Bret Mulligan was promoted to associate editor of the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR), which publishes timely open-access reviews of current scholarly work in the field of classical studies. He was also promoted to editor of Dickinson College Commentaries, which publishes peer-reviewed digital scholarly commentaries on classical texts intended to provide an effective reading and learning experience for classicists at all levels of experience. Mulligan also co-organized a panel on “The Rhetoric of the Latin Page” at the Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association.

Assistant Professor of Astronomy Desika Narayanan brought $517,499.00 from a National Science Foundation grant to Haverford this year for his “Galaxies at Redshift z~2: the Apex of Galaxy Formation.” He published a review article, “Dusty Star Forming Galaxies at High Redshift,” in Physics Reports, with co-authors Caitlin Casey (University of Hawaii) and Asantha Cooray (University of California, Irvine), and he published an article, “A Theory for the Excitation of CO in Star Forming Galaxies” in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society with Mark Krumholz (UC-Santa Cruz). Narayanan also organized a conference on “The Formation and Growth of Galaxies in the Young Universe” in Obergurgl, Austria, in April.

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature Deborah Roberts gave an invited paper, “Translating the Obscene: The Unexpurgated in an Era of Expurgation,” at the University of Toronto in April.

Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature Roberto Castillo Sandoval celebrated the release of his new book Antípodas. Crónicas y Ensayos (published with Cuarto Propio press in May) with an event at the Pablo Neruda Museum-House in Santiago, Chile. He was also invited to present a paper, “Strange Co-Pilots: Raúl Zurita and Roberto Bolaño’s Inscriptions of Violence,” at the UCLA Latin American Institute Conference in November.

Assistant Professor of Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Jill Stauffer gave the plenary address, “Ethical Loneliness: Levinas, Amery and the Work of Recovery,” at the North American Levinas Society in Ocean City, Md., in May. Stauffer is currently conducting research in the Hague, the Netherlands, attending the Mladic Trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She is also commenting on a session at a conference in London on teaching international criminal law, and visiting the Breendonk concentration camp site in Belgium.


-Rebecca Raber

The Climbing Stone, by Peter Rockwell '58, is located outside Magill Library.

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