Bruce Bennett, Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing Program and Writing Center Coordinator, and his poetry were honored in a program entitled "Bouquets For Bruce," held at the Morgan Opera House in Aurora on Sunday, September 13, 2009 as this year's annual Renate Rewald Literary Arts Series event. Professor Bennett's poetry was read by several former and current English Department colleagues, former writing student (and current Wells Faculty member) Anna Radlowski, poets Howard Nelson (of Cayuga Community College) and Visiting Writer X. J. Kennedy, as well Professor Bennett's family members, his son Evan, his daughter Millicent, and his wife Bonnie. Copies of many of Professor Bennett's books were available at the event, including the newly published Clandestine Press collection, SOMETHING LIKE KARMA.
Professor Bennett's book of poetry, SUBWAY FIGURE, has been published by Orchises Press.
Kate Dimitroff’s, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, article, "Un aspect méconnu de l’histoire de la Passion: une étude iconographique de Ponce" was published (in French) in the journal L’art sacré 27 (2009): 89’95 in late September. In early October, Professor Dimitroff was invited to speak at the International Center of Medieval Art’s fall conference at the University of Pittsburgh. Her paper was entitled, "Seats of Judgment: An Iconographic Investigation into the Roles of the Sanhedrin Judges Portrayed in the Zaragoza Passion Tapestries." On October 18, 2009 Professor Dimitroff and Professor Ganis were invited to attend the alumnae/i gathering "Art in the Afternoon," hosted by George D. Edwards and Gail Fletcher Edwards (‘57) in Pound Ridge, NY, where they discussed the educational and cultural significance of art history as a discipline, in addition to promoting the unique Book Arts Program at Wells.
William V. Ganis, Assistant Professor of Art History; Director of the String Room Gallery, on October 8, 2009 presented a lecture titled "Symptoms of a ‘Social Disease’" for
a symposium accompanying "Andy Warhol Photography: Through a Glass Starkly," an exhibition
curated by Professor Ganis at Montclair State University’s George Segal Gallery. Professor
Ganis moderated a concluding panel discussion that included photography scholars Neil
Baldwin and Catherine Zuromskis.
Professor Ganis’s review of the "Masters of Studio Glass: Richard Meitner" exhibition at The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY was published in No. 116, the Fall 2009 issue of Glass: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly. Professor Ganis is a contributing editor for this publication.
Professor Ganis on October 18, 2009 gave a brief talk regarding the role of art history in liberal arts and multidisciplinary curricula at the "Art in the Afternoon" alumnae event hosted by George and Gail Fletcher Edwards (‘57) in their Pound Ridge, NY home.
Siouxsie Grady, Assistant Professor of Theatre, recently reprised her role as Vita Sackville-West in Eileen Atkins' play "Vita & Virginia" as part of Cornell University's Johnson Museum of Art Bloomsbury Exhibit opening.
Christine Iacobucci, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, presented her paper, "About Face on Public Deliberation," at the 57th Meeting of the New York State Sociological Association, St. John Fisher College, October 16 - 17, 2009.
Cynthia J. Koepp, Professor of History; Frances Tarlton Farenthold Presidential Professor, traveled to Washington, D.C. in August 2009 to help review applications in the area of Early Modern European History for the year-long fellowships to be awarded this December by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Professor Koepp’s "Advocating for Artisans: The Abbé Pluche’s Spectacle de la nature has just appeared in a volume entitled The Idea of Work in Europe from Antiquity to Modern Times, edited by Josef Ehmer and Catherina Lis for Ashgate.
Anne Lundquist, Dean of Students, conducted an external review for Grinnell College with two colleagues from Williams and Washington and Lee. The review and report focused on personnel and performance review practices in student affairs and, more broadly, for the college as a whole. Dean Lundquist is also co-facilitating the student affairs track of a FERPA webinar with Paul Gammill , director of the US Department of Education’s Family Policy Compliance Office, and John Wesley Lowery, Associate Professor, Student Affairs in Higher Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Milene Morfei, Professor Psychology; Chair; Division of Social Sciences and Elly Ventura, Director of Campus Involvement, presented their paper, "The Road to Sustainability: Changing the Culture of a Small Campus" in Indianapolis, IN, Sept. 20 - 23. The conference, Greening of the Campus VIII: Embracing Change, was jointly sponsored by Ball State University and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Vic Muñoz’s, Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies, paper, "Pedagogy to Remember: Ethics and Teaching While Standing on Stolen Lands," has been accepted for presentation at the 38th annual meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, December 3 to 6, 2009, Imin International Conference Center, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Niamh O’Leary, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, attended a conference entitled "Techniques for Evaluating Water Resources in the Finger Lakes" at the Finger Lakes Institute in Geneva, NY in October.
William Roberts Jr, Professor of Art, photographed five major stakes races including The Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational at Belmont Park in Hempstead, New York on October 3, 2009 for Horsephotos.com. Selections from this body of work appeared on Brisnet.Com and TDN ( Thoroughbred Daily News).
Thomas Vawter, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies and Herbert E. Ives Professor of Science, on October 15, 2009, directed a workshop for the Retired Environmental Stewards program conducted by Cornell Cooperative Extension in Ithaca, NY. Professor Vawter's workshop dealt with the use of the invertebrate animals of streams in the assessment of water quality.
Christina Wahl, Associate Professor of Biology, spoke at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Charles Henry Gilbert Ichthyological Society, held at the Friday Harbor Laboratories of Washington State University, on September 19. Professor Wahl’s talk was entitled "Odd Eye Muscle Arrangements Among Stomiiform Fishes: Anatomy Embellished with Functional Speculation."