Fall 2016 Faculty Update
Highlighting faculty professional activities, including conferences, exhibitions, performances, awards, and publications.
Associate Professor of Economics Richard Ball was involved in several activities this fall that fell under the umbrella of Project TIER, the initiative for promoting transparency in social science research that he founded with Haverford Associate Librarian Norm Medeiros in 2013. On Sept. 9, Ball led a workshop on efficient workflows for conducting and documenting reproducible empirical research for graduate students affiliated with the Institute of Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder. On Nov. 3, he gave a talk, "Project TIER: Teaching Integrity in Empirical Research," at the 14th Annual Professors Conference of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Later that month, Ball and Medeiros held a faculty development workshop on the Haverford campus for instructors from institutions from across the United States. Additionally, a new, completely redesigned Project TIER website was launched in early October.
Assistant Professor of Economics Carola Binder published an article, "Time To Rethink The Fed’s Framework," co-written with Alex Rodrigue '17 in the Huffington Post. Binder also published "Digging into the Downward Trend in Consumer Inflation Expectations" (co-authored with Randall Verbrugge) in the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Economic Commentary and "Estimation of Historical Inflation Expectations" in Explorations in Economic History. She also presented her paper, "Inflation Expectations and the Price at the Pump," in seminars at American University and Lafayette College.
Ruth Marshall Magill Professor of Music Curt Cacioppo performed a full recital of his latest music in Magill Library in conjunction with the art exhibition Ying Li: Geographies. The program included 15 works, including "Synaesthesis I," which integrates live music and video. Two thirds of the program consisted of premieres. Cacioppo also contributed an essay to the Geographies gallery catalog. The music video version of "Synaesthesis I" was selected and screened during the Giornate Wagneriane 2016 of the Associazione Richard Wagner di Venezia and the Associazione Culturale Italo-Tedesca in Venice, Italy. Also in Italy, Cacioppo’s "Hamlet Elegy" was given its world premiere by Abbiati Prize winner, violinist Francesco D’Orazio, on a concert of the prestigious Traiettorie new music series in Parma. Back in the U.S., Cacioppo enjoyed the premiere and subsequent performances of his Variations on a Theme of Mozart by University of Vermont pianist Paul Orgel at SFU, Dartmouth College, three additional venues in New England, and at Haverford. Temple University pianist Silvanio Reis gave a recital performance of Cacioppo’s "Philadelphia Diary." The Orpheus Duo at CSULB gave the world premiere of Cacioppo’s "Parisian Room Waltz," and Princeton University radio aired music from his quintet "Women at the Cross." Cacioppo was a guest performer at the 7th annual Livewire festival of new music at UMBC, offering the world premiere of the complete preludes for solo piano of fellow composer Christopher Shultis. For details and further information, please visit http://www.curtcacioppo.com/.
Visiting Assistant Professor Thomas Devaney hosted poet Alice Notley on campus through the Distinguished Visitors series with the Humanities Center. Devaney was a featured poet with David Trinidad at the Poets at Pace University series in New York City. He read new work composed in-conversation with artist Jenny C. Jones in PHILALALIA poetry festival commissioned for the Institute of Contemporary Art’s show “The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now” in September. His poem “Desert Days” was published in Supplement, a new annual anthology of poetry, poetics, visual art, and innovative writing, published by the Creative Writing Program and Kelly Writers House at the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Thomas Donahue was in Mexico City in November, where the manuscript of his book, Unfreedom For All: How Global Injustices Harm You, was the subject of a day-long workshop jointly hosted by the Mexican Society for Applied Philosophy and the Mexico City Seminar in Ethics, Law, and Public Policy.
Assistant Professor of Religion Molly Farneth presented a paper, "Participation in What?: A Response to Douglas Hedley's The Iconic Imagination," at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in November.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Christina Freeman presented an immersive exhibition, A Precipice, Abandon, A Dotted Line, at Flux Factory in Long Island City, N.Y., as part of her residency there. The labyrinthine video installation invites the viewer to experience darkness as a space for embracing the uncertain. Playing with the language of surrealism and concepts of the baroque, the nonlinear structure asks for both physical and mental wandering. Freeman also continued her interview series, Fermenting at Flux: Live and Active Cultures, in which she interviews artists from the Flux Factory residency. The most recent interview with Cailtin Foley and Misha Rabinovich, faculty at UMass Lowell, was published on Onerooph.com.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Sorelle Friedler was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for her work on algorithmic fairness. Friedler attended a United States Association for Computing Machinery workshop on "Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability" held at the University of Pennsylvania on Oct. 27, and published a related article in the MIT Technology Review. She also served as the program committee co-chair and a co-organizer for the workshop on "Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency in Machine Learning" held Nov. 18, in New York. Students Tionney Nix '17, Evan Hamilton '17, and Tosin Alliyu '18 also attended.
Associate Professor of History Andrew Friedman served as commentator on the panel "War at Home/Not Home: Race & Gender in War and Anti-War" at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting in Denver in November. He also presented a paper, "Critical Indigenous Studies and World War II," as part of the roundtable "Comparative Histories of Settler Colonialism at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting in San Diego in June.
Janet and Henry Ritchotte '85 Professor of Asian Studies and Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures Hank Glassman led a two-week trip to Japan for 15 Haverford and Bryn Mawr students. The group stayed in temples and rural inns. This is the third time for the trip, which is part of a course cluster on "Contemplative Traditions" offered in Bryn Mawr's 360 Program. Glassman also organized and presented a paper in the panel "Bodhisattva in Motion: Tracing the Cult of Dizang in East Asia" at the June meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Kyoto. This November, Hank was discussant for the panel "Buddhist Apocrypha: From Khotan to Kōyasan" at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Antonio.
Assistant Professor of Spanish Aurelia Gomez Unamuno gave an invited talk, "Aleatory Encounter or the Underground Currents of Critical Resistance. Social Movements in Mexico and the Emergence of #Yo soy 132," in September at Villanova University as part of the book presentation of "Del Internet a las Calles #Yo soy 132. Una opción alternativa de hacer política" by Raúl Diego Rivera Hernández.
Associate Professor of History Darin Hayton gave a six-week series of lectures for the Wagner Free Institute of Science on the history of early astronomy: "The Cosmos: A History of Early Astronomy."
A piece by Associate Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies Heidi Jacob was included on a new album, Intersections, which was released in October via Ansonia Records (a division of Parma Records). The album, which was recorded in Cuba, features Jacob's "Untouched by Morning and Untouched by Night," a composition for bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone, and piano.
Associate Professor of Fine Arts Hee Sook Kim showed her work in two invited group exhibitions: Beyond Hangeul at the Korean Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., and Circular at Fairleigh Dickinson University College Art Gallery in Teaneck, N.J. The latter show was reviewed by The Korea Times and Korean New York Daily. She was awarded an honorary mention by the American Color Print Society for her print "Medicine" at the Plastic Club in Philadelphia, and she received a special prize from Arte Lauguna for her work "Paradise Between 4." Fallani Venezia published the image in silkscreen in a limited edition of 50 in six colors and gave an opening reception for it on Nov. 17, at Fallani Institution in Venice, Italy.
Assistant Professor of Visual Studies Christina Knight presented a paper, "A Family Affair: Jacolby Satterwhite’s Queer Utopics," at the "BLACK PORTRAITURE[S] III: Reinventions: Strains of Histories and Culture" conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, in November.
Assistant Professor of Linguistics Brook Danielle Lillehaugen published "Why write in a language that (almost) no one can read? Twitter and the development of written literature" in Language Documentation and Conservation and "Negation in Colonial Valley Zapotec" (co-authored with Carolyn Jane Anderson) in Transactions of the Philological Society. Lillehaugen gave an invited talk, "Endangered Languages and Archival Documents," for the Linguistics Department of the College of William and Mary. She also gave a presentation, "Humanidades digitales multilingual y multicultural: el caso de Ticha, un explorador digital de texto para el zapoteco colonial" at 3er Encuentro de Humanistas Digitales in Mexico City. That presentation was co-authored with George Aaron Broadwell, Michel R. Oudijk, Laurie Allen, Haverford Library's Coordinator for Digital Scholarship and Research Services Michael Zarafonetis, and May Helena Plumb '16.
Professor of Music and Director of the Choral and Vocal Studies Thomas Lloyd premiered two new compositions this fall. On Oct. 22, at the Bryn Mawr Family Weekend Concert, the Chamber Singers performed his "Vogelgesang" (Birdsong) accompanied by musicians from the Al Bustan Seeds of Culture Tahkt Ensemble. The composition is an arrangement of a "conversation" between a German song by Gustav Mahler and a Syrian song by Khalil al-Qabbar, which the choir will bring to Berlin in January for several collaborative performances, including one with a choir made up of Germans and Syrian refugees. The second premier was an original anthem, "You have known me" (Ps. 139), for choir and organ composed for the Nov. 4 seating of the new bishop, Daniel Gutierrez, of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, and was performed at the Philadelphia Cathedral by the Cathedral Singers.
T. Wistar Brown Professor of Philosophy Danielle Macbeth gave two invited papers this fall. The first, "Sellars on the Rationality of Empirical Inquiry", was part of the colloquium series in philosophy at Amherst College. The other, "Inferentialism After Kant," was a part of a workshop on inferentialism focused on "Why Rules Matter" held by the Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Science in Prague.
Associate Professor of Philosophy Jerry Miller published his book, Stain Removal: Ethics and Race, via Oxford University Press.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Adam Rosenblatt presented a paper, "Open Graves, Open Archives: Notes from a Cross-Field Dialogue on Techno-Practices of Knowledge Production," with Social Science Librarian Brie Gettleson at the American Anthropological Association's annual meetings in Minneapolis, Minn. That paper was a follow-up to a symposium organized by the concentration in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights and Haverford College Libraries last April. Rosenblatt gave a talk, "Human Rights in Practice: Mass Grave Investigation and the Rights of the Living and Dead," co-sponsored by University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice and its Human Rights Certificate Program. He gave a research talk, "Forensic Science after Atrocity: The Politics of Life in Spaces of Death," at Rutgers University, where he was also guest speaker in a seminar on the anthropology of human rights. He gave a Coleman Lecture here at Haverford on "Neurodiversity as an Ethic of Care: An Argument, in Stories." And earlier this fall, his paper "Autism and Transitional Justice" was featured on a panel on "Expanding the Scope of Human Rights and Humanitarianism: New Directions" at the American Political Science Association meetings in Philadelphia. The paper explores the importance of past injustices to present-day controversies in the autism world, and draws on the work of Associate Professor Jill Stauffer in her book Ethical Loneliness: The Injustice of Not Being Heard.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics Nathan Sanders published an article, "Signs of Efficiency: Maintaining Torso Stability Affects Sign Language Vocabulary," with co-author Donna Jo Napoli of Swarthmore College in Natural History. He also published an article, "Constructed Languages in the Classroom," in Language.
Visiting Professor of Health Studies and Independent College Programs Carol Schilling co-authored a chapter, "Acts of Reflection: Combining Readers’ Theater and Reflective Writing in Medical Education," in In Keeping Reflection Fresh: A Practical Guide for Clinical Educators, which was published in October by Kent State University Press.
Associate Professor of Chemistry Joshua Schrier received a National Science Foundation grant as part of a consortium of 27 computational chemistry faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions for the project "MRI: Addition of High Performance Computers for the Molecular Education and Research Consortium in Undergraduate Computational Chemistry (MERCURY)." The $225,000 grant is funding the purchase of a computing facility.
Associate Professor and Director of Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Jill Stauffer guest-taught two sections of an "Ethics and Moral Values" course at Utah Valley University on Oct. 23. Stauffer also gave two papers in Canterbury, U.K in September.: "Law’s Time: The Temporal Dimensions of Responsibility and Vulnerability in Law" at the Critical Legal Conference at Kent Law School and "The Temporality of Judgment: Law, Aging and the Responsibility of Child Soldiers" at a New Legal Temporalities Conference, sponsored by a research network on law and time. Additionally, there was a panel on her book, Ethical Loneliness, at the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy in Salt Lake City, in October. In November, she gave an invited lecture about her book at an interdisciplinary speaker series at Quinnipiac University School of Law, where she also guest-taught a criminal law class.
Associate Professor of Chemistry Helen K. White published a paper, " Long-term
weathering and continued oxidation of oil residues from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill," in Marine Pollution Bulletin. Among the paper's co-authors were three Haverford alumni (David Findley '15, Alana Thurston '16, PL Williams '14) and current senior Chloe Wang.
Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities William Earle Williams served as a juror for the annual Olympus InVision PA Photographers Competition. Also as part of the month of photography in the Lehigh Valley, he gave a public lecture, "Robert Frank’s The Americans: Pictures that Speak for Themselves." His photography exhibit A Stirring Song Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865 is on view at the Davidson Art Center Wesleyan University through Dec. 11. I Williams gave a gallery talk at its opening on Sept. 22.