November 2012 Faculty Accomplishments

Catherine Burroughs' book (co-ed. Bonnie Nelson, 2010) was recently favorably reviewed in "Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research" (25.2, 2010). The reviewer wrote of the book, which is titled "Teaching British Women Playwrights of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century": "Read holistically, the collection offers a sense of how the current generation of scholars and teachers is creating a specific sub-canon within our field-which, in the end, may determine the canon. It is an admirable collection of playwrights and concepts" (62). Catherine will be featuring the book in one of her spring courses, "British Women Playwrights, 1660-1800" (ENG 367).

Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theatre, recently directed "Elephant's Graveyard" at Wells College. The play was well received by an audience of nearly 400, and featured the on- and off-stage talents of 30 students. "Elephant's Graveyard" was honored by the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS) with 3 awards: Meritorious Achievement in Direction to Siouxsie Easter, Excellence in Technical Design to Joe DeForest, and Meritorious Achievement in Assistant Lighting Design to Jeremiah Miller. The professional TANYS Adjudicator had this to say about the production, “Wells College Department of Theatre and Dance presented a theatrical piece that interwove story telling with acting to make the audience laugh and cry. The students at Wells College do their homework, and with their attention to detail, create an evening of enjoyable theatre."

William Ganis, Associate Professor of Art History, had his essay titled "Photography: Andy Warhol's Social Disease" published by Indiana State University's University Art Gallery in the catalog accompanying the "Love & Fame: Works by Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol from Indiana State University’s Permanent Art Collection" exhibition. In early October Professor Ganis traveled to Terre Haute to give a lecture to ISU students and the campus community in support of this same exhibition for which he was also a curatorial advisor.

As director of Wells College's String Room Gallery, Professor Ganis organized, installed, promoted and opened the second exhibition of the 2012-13 season, "Monica Tap: Road Work." The exhibition of work by this distinguished Canadian painter is on view from October 17 to December 5. The artist made works referencing the Aurora and Finger Lakes landscapes that are included in this exhibition.

On November 3, Professor Ganis accompanied his Modern Art class on a visit to Louis Sullivan's Guaranty Building, Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin House, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., to view important works of modern art and architecture.

Niamh O' Leary, Professor-Environmental Studies, and Amy Staples, Director of International Programs, worked with colleagues at Cayuga Community College on a Sustainable Agriculture symposium co-hosted with Wells. Two days of presentations and workshops culminated in a closing plenary at Wells, where Dr. Jyotsna Meshram, Professor and Chair of the Department of Organic Chemistry at North Maharashtra University, India, delivered a special science colloquium on the topic of "Green Chemistry."

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