Winter 2018 Faculty Updates
Highlighting faculty professional activities, including conferences, exhibitions, performances, awards, and publications.
Professor of Fine Arts Markus Baenziger received a monthlong artist-residency fellowship at La Napoule Art Foundation in France. His work was included in the exhibit Three Sculptors Recent Sculpture: Markus Baenziger, Matt Blackwell, Billy Copley at the Edward Thorp Gallery in New York City.
Ruth Marshall Magill Professor of Music Curt Cacioppo completed his Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano, a commission for the eminent Italian violinist Francesco D’Orazio and Philadelphia Orchestra principal horn emeritus David Wetherill, and his Walt Whitman setting, Red Jacket/Yonnondio, commissioned by the art song organization Lyric Fest. He gave the Canadian premiere of his Bernini Elegy at Royal St. George’s College Chapel in Toronto with bass-baritone Alexander Dobson, and the New York premieres of his 6 Canti su testi di Renzo Oliva, Piano Variations on “Hail to the Chief” – for ALL Americans, Fantaisie-Sonatine (Souvenirs du Levant), and Bernini Elegy at the Greene Space in Soho, joined by mezzo soprano Misoon Ghim, bass-baritone Alexander Dobson, Philadelphia Orchestra oboist Jonathan Blumenfeld '78, and fellow pianist Charles Abramovic. His Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra with Harpsichord was broadcast on WPRB’s Classical Discoveries (103.3 FM, Princeton), and his solo piano work Mitleid was performed in Ventura, Calif., by pianist Althea Waites. Cacioppo also posted several new Youtube videos.
Assistant Professor of Linguistics Jane Chandlee published a paper, "Strict Locality and Phonological Maps," co-authored with Jeffrey Heinz, in the Winter 2018 issue of Linguistic Inquiry. Chandlee also gave an invited talk, "Computational Complexity and the Morpho-Phonological Interface," at the University of Ottawa.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Lou Charkoudian was one of 24 early career scientists to be named a 2018 Cottrell Scholar. The designation comes with a $100,000 award for each recipient for research and teaching. Charkoudian was featured on the cover of the journal Biochemistry as "The Future of Biochemistry" alongside 44 other early career scientists.
Professor of Psychology Rebecca Compton's textbook, Cognitive Neuroscience, 4th ed., co-authored with Marie Banich of the University of Colorado, was published by Cambridge University Press.
Visiting Assistant Professor of English Thomas Devaney hosted poet Susan Howe on campus, sponsored by the English Department's Weaver Fund and the Distinguished Visitor’s Program in February. He published three poems in The American Poetry Review in the Jan./Feb. issue, and five poems in The Brooklyn Rail's February issue, and an essay "Lunch with John" (about John Ashbery) in the winter issue of Rain Taxi. His review "An Urban Palimpsest: Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City," was published in BOMB Magazine in March.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Sorelle Friedler went to New York City to attend the inaugural Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT*), which she co-founded and for which she served as the program committee co-chair. At the conference Richard Phillips '18 presented a paper jointly authored with Friedler and Kyu Chang '17 to the 500-plus attendees. Charlie Marx '20 helped out with a tutorial presentation on Auditing Black-box Models. Many other Haverford students and alums were in attendance as well.
Janet and Henry Ritchotte '85 Professor of Asian Studies and Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures Hank Glassman traveled to Los Angeles to attend the College Art Association Annual National Meeting, where he served as respondent to the panel, “Alternative Animation: Inscriptions, Pedestals, and Object Caches in Premodern Japanese Buddhist Images,” on various techniques used to transform Buddhist statues from objects to living icons. He also made a trip to University of California, Berkeley, where he delivered a paper, "'Kegarawashii!' Discrimination against Funeral Workers in Premodern Japan: on raisha, hinin, and others," at the conference "Buddhism and Social Discrimination in Japan." While in Berkeley, he also participated in a workshop with scholars from the U.S. and Japan reading and translating early modern commentaries on the 13th-century Buddhist text Tannishō.
Executive Director of the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship Eric Hartman, Bi-Co Education Program Lecturer Heather Curl, and Visiting Professor of Independent College Programs and Health Studies Carol Schilling presented “Critical Global Learning: Ensuring Curricular Pathways Following All Summer Internships,” at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference on General Education and Assessment: Foundations for Democracy, in Philadelphia. Hartman also gave an invited pre-conference workshop on community-based global learning pedagogy and partnerships at Wake Forest University's WISE (Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement) Conference.
Professor of Fine Arts Hee Sook Kim presented her solo exhibition Spiritual Garden three times in Korea: at Art Mora Hannam in Seoul; at Bom Farmer’s Gallery, Art Park Youmiroung; and at Sangmyung University Art Gallery in Seoul. Her work was also a part of five group exhibits, including Artbox Project during New York's Armory Art Week, Elegance of Paper at Art Mora Hannam in Seoul, Beauty on Paper at Art Mora New Jersey; The American Color Print Society Member Exhibition in Philadelphia's Plastic Club; and Expanding Horizons in Printmaking: A Biennial Celebration at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts.
Professor of Physics Suzanne Amador Kane gave a talk about her research with Yabin Lu '17 and Rui Fang '17 at the annual meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology in San Francisco. Daniel Van Beveren '20 also presented a poster at the conference about research he conducted with Kane last summer.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics Charles Kuper was awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities/Society for Classical Studies Thesaurus Linguae Latinae Postdoctoral Fellowship in Munich for the 2018-19 academic year. Kuper was also awarded a short fellowship to participate in the Religious Diversity & University Responses Summer School this July in the U.K., which is sponsored by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at the University of Cambridge and is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Emeritus Professor of History Emma Lapsansky wrote an article, "Benjamin Franklin and the Vexing Question of Race," for the 2018 "Celebration Of Benjamin Franklyn, Founder" event, at which she also gave a public lecture on "Benjamin Franklin and Race." She published two book chapters: “Quakers and Twentieth-Century Intentional Communities” in An Early Assessment: U.S. Quakerism in the Twentieth Century (Kimo Press, 2017), and “The Changing World of Quaker Material Culture” in The Cambridge Companion to Quaker Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2018). She also authored a digital textbook, African Americans: Struggle for Freedom (Pearson, 2018). Lapsansky wrote reviews of Tera Hunter's Bound in Wedlock and H. L. Ingle's Nixon's First Cover-Up and gave a public lecture, "Friends in the Neighborhood: Quakers, Race and Drama in Chester County PA 1851-1940" at the Kendal Retirement Community.
Assistant Professor of Linguistics Brook Lillehaugen served on a panel on “Perspectives on Universal Design for Learning” at Bryn Mawr College, as a part of its Tech Talk Series. A Spanish translation of her 2016 article, "Why write in a language that (almost) no one can read? Twitter and the development of written literature," was published in Language Documentation and Conservation.
Professor of Music Thomas Lloyd organized "Watch Night for Racial Justice: An Evening of Jazz at the Cathedral to benefit P.O.W.E.R." on New Year's Eve at the Episcopal Cathedral. The event, which celebrated the tradition of “Watch Night” which began on New Year’s Eve 1862 in black churches throughout the nation awaiting the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. celebrated the tradition of “Watch Night” begun on New Year’s Eve 1862 as black churches throughout the nation awaited the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, began with three hours of sacred jazz performed for capacity audiences by vocalists Ruth Naomi Floyd, DeVonne Gardner, and Lourin Plant, pianists Jay Fluellen and Sumi Tonooka, drummer Kimpedro Rodriguez, and the Clef Club Student Ensemble directed by Lovett Hines. The evening concluded with an interfaith Watch Night service and received front-page coverage in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Associate Professor of Political Science Barak Mendelsohn wrote a chapter, “Terrorism and Protean Power: How Terrorists Navigate Uncertainty,” in the book Protean Power: Exploring the Uncertain and Unexpected in World Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2018). He also published the article “The Future of al-Qaeda: Lessons From the Muslim Brotherhood” in Survival.
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Weiwen Miao was awarded a grant by the American Statistics Association Biometrics Section, for her proposal "Developing the Next Generation of Biostatisticians."
Associate Professor of Classics Bret Mulligan presented "Making Customized Vocabulary Lists for Language Instruction" at the annual meeting of the New Jersey Classical League.
Associate Professor of Political Science Zachary Oberfield gave an invited talk, "Teaching climate, publicness, and charter schools," at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University.
Visiting Associate Professor Maria Olivero published a paper, “Interbank Markets and Bank Bailout Policies Amid a Sovereign Debt Crisis” (with Raoul Minetti and Aeimit Lakdawala of the Economics Department at Michigan State University) in the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.
Visiting Assistant Professor of English Benjamin Parris published a paper, "Seizures of Sleep in Early Modern Literature," in the winter 2018 issue of SEL Studies in English Literature.
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature Deborah Roberts wrote a paper, "Arachne's Web: the Reception of an Ovidian Myth in Works for Children," with Sheila Murnaghan that appeared in Classical Reception and Children's Literature: Greece, Rome, and Childhood Transformation (I.B. Tauris, 2018), which was edited by Owen Hodkinson and Helen Lovatt.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Adam Rosenblatt gave a talk, "Permanent Reconstruction in Richmond's Black Cemeteries," at the Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights conference at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The talk was co-authored with Erin Hollaway Palmer and Brian Palmer, activists working to reclaim East End and Evergreen cemeteries in Henrico County, Va.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Naomi Safran-Hon's new work was shown in a solo exhibit, A Room with No Exit, at the Slag Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and VCAM Faculty Fellow Erin Schoneveld published an article, "Shirakaba and Rodin: A Transnational Dialogue between Japan and France," in the Journal of Japonisme.
Associate Professor of Chemistry Joshua Schrier published a paper, "Gas Separation through Bilayer Silica, the Thinnest Possible Silica Membrane," in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces with undergraduate co-authors Bowen Yao '17 and John Curry '15.
Associate Professor of English Gustavus Stadler signed a contract with Beacon Press to publish his book-in-progress, Woody Guthrie and the Intimate Life of the Left, in late 2019 or early 2020.
Associate Professor and Director of Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Jill Stauffer presented a paper, "Indigenous Rights, Legal Violence, and Temporal Resistance," at the Technologies of Justice conference in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Her book, Ethical Loneliness: The Injustice of Not Being Heard, is now out in paperback with new blurbs, including one from Claudia Rankine.
Douglas and Dorothy Steere Professor of Quaker Studies David Harrington Watt published "Whose Freedoms? Which Religions?" in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.
Associate Professor of Political Science Susanna Wing gave an invited presentation, "Democracy and Terrorism in West Africa," at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Yang Yang published a featured cover article, “Method Evaluations for Adsorption Free Energy Calculations at the Solid/Water Interface through Metadynamics, Umbrella Sampling, and Jarzynski's Equality,” in ChemPhysChem with Professor Zhijun Xu's group at Nanjing Tech University in China. Yang also published an article, "Structure Analysis of Collagen Fibril at Atomic-level Resolution and its Implications for Intra-fibrillar Transport in Bone Biomineralization," in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics with Professor Nita Sahai’s group in the Department of Polymer Science at the University of Akron and Professor Zhijun Xu's group at Nanjing Tech University in China.