November 2010

Faculty Accomplishments

Bruce Bennett, Professor of English, read his poetry on November 1st at Cayuga Community College, and on November 2nd he taught a Poetry Writing class at Cayuga Community College.

Also, on November 1st he read his poems as part of the reading from the 10th Anniversary Issue of THE HEALING MUSE, held at Wells.


Dandan Chen, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, was invited to write the front page column for the culture supplement of Shanghai Weekly, a New York Times Book Review in Shanghai, China. Professor Chen has published three essays since July, 2010. The most recent one is on Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 Nobel Prize winner in literature. It is entitled "Epic and Literature as Resistance" and was published on October 12, right after the prize was announced on October 7, 2010. 

Professor Chen was invited to attend an international workshop "Counter-Enlightenment and Modernity in ‘Modern China’" at Leiden University, Netherlands, June 17-20, 2010. Unable to attend in person, she presented her article "Negotiating Rationality and Morality: The Internal Complexity of Zhang Junmai’s Counter-Enlightenment Thought" to the colleagues and audiences in the conference and participated in the discussion via Skype. It was a great honor for Prof. Chen to be invited to this workshop, because all participants are important scholars in the field of Chinese studies, including Professor Wai-lim Yip from University of California, San Diego, Professor Axel Schneider from Göttingen University, Germany, Professor Anne Cheng from Collège de France, France, and Professor Chan-Liang Wu from National Taiwan University.

Professor Chen’s translation of a Chinese article "The Isomorphism of Family and State and the Integration of Church and State: On the Differences between the Confucian Political Tradition and Democratic Politics" (as co-translator) was collected into a book Cultural and Social Transformations in Reform Era China (Ideas, History, and Modern China), published by Brill, Boston, 2010. 

Professor Chen’s article "Expecting the Return of Intellectual History: Reflections on Oversea China Studies" (in Chinese) was accepted by Twentieth-First Century, one of the most influential academic journals in China. 

Prof. Chen gave her Faculty Club presentation "What We Ought to Know about Confucius" on September 24, 2010.


Siouxsie EasterAssistant Professor of Theatre, directed "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" for the Performing Arts Department's fall production on October 29th and 30th. The performance was attended by over 400 audience members and featured 51 students working on stage and back stage.


Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, Professor of Political Science, was awarded the 2010 Distinguished Africanist Award at the New York State African Studies Association (NYASA)'s Annual Conference on March 27, 2010 at SUNY Binghamton on the theme of "Global-Africa, Global Asia. " The Distinguished Africanist award is awarded on an  academic by the NYASA Executive Board for outstanding contributions to the field of Africana Studies in New York.

Professor Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, Professor of Political Science, presented the paper entitled:  JAPAN'S RELATIONSHIP WITH AFRICA IN POST-BIPOLARITY: A REFLECTION ON THE TOKYO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT (TICAD) at New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting, April 23-25, 2010, Newport, Rhode Island.


Vic Muñoz, Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies, was Discussant for the symposium, "Intersectionalities and LGBTQ Health and Well-Being" at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention in San Diego in August. This symposium was approved for Continuing Education Credit.

September 24 – 26, Dr. Muñoz participated as a member of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns in the American Psychological Association Fall Consolidated Meetings in Washington, DC.

On November 4, Dr. Stephanie Waterman and Dr. Muñoz were invited to discuss "Issues in Indigenous Educational Research: Fostering Culturally Competent Contexts in Education" at Akwe:kon as part of Native American and Alaskan Native Heritage month at Cornell University. Dr. Muñoz presented, "Pedagogy to Remember: Ethics and Teaching While Standing on Stolen Lands."


The Wells Concert Choir, conducted by Crawford R. Thoburn, Professor of Music, performed as part of a Student Recital in Barler Recital Hall on Friday, October 22nd.  On the same program, Prof. Thoburn also was piano accompanist for performances by two students from his voice studio.

On Sunday, October 24th, a new choral arrangement by Prof. Thoburn was premiered by the Choirs of the First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles. This setting of the hymn tune "Come, Christians, Join to Sing" for children's choir, and adult SATB choir with Organ accompaniment, was especially written for the church's Family Music Program, and the performance was subsequently featured in an article in the Skaneateles Journal.

On Friday, October 29th, Professor Thoburn gave a talk about his published choral works, illustrated by recorded performances, for the October meeting of the Wells Faculty Club.

On Saturday, October 30th, Professor Thoburn conducted the Wells Choral Ensembles, accompanied by Russell Posegate  in their annual Fall Concert.  All three ensembles performed for the Family and Friends Weekend audience


Christina Wahl, Associate Professor of Biology, presented a talk at the Wells College Science Colloquium, October 1, entitled "Growing up in the Dark: Vision without Sunlight", introducing the work she began on the visual systems of deep-sea fishes while on sabbatical leave.