JOMARIE ALANO will be a Regional Visiting Fellow at the Institute for European Studies at Cornell University for the period between December 1, 2007, and May 30, 2008. Also, Cornell has approved her proposal to teach a history course she developed entitled, "Italy and the Jews," during the three-week summer session.
PILAR GREENWOOD’s article, "Trujillo, la literatura y la historia," (Trujillo, Literature, and History) has been accepted for publication in the Journal Encuentros. The article discusses the role of women’s literature in rethinking the history of the Dominican Republic after Rafael Leónidas Trujillo’s dictatorship. This period of the history of this Caribbean island nation now finally occupies a prominent and visible place in world history thanks to the fictionalized "historical fiction" of the novelist and poet, Julia Álvarez. Her work, in turn, inspired a number of subsequent literary works about this period in Dominican history. Professor Greenwood´s article will appear in the 2008 volume of the journal in Spring 2008.
JULIAGRACE JESTER has had a paper accepted for presentation at the 33rd Annual AWP Conference, San Diego, California, for March 2008. Her paper is entitled, "Exploring Fat Stigmatization: A Qualitative Study from the Target's Perspective."
TUKUMBI LUMUMBA-KASONGO was invited by the president of Wilton Park Conferences to attend a workshop on "Conflict Prevention and Development Cooperation in Africa: A Policy Workshop." The workshop was held in Wilson House Steyning, in Brighton, England, from August 11 to November 11, 2007; it was co-sponsored by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Tokyo and the United Nations Development Programmes, New York. He served as the discussant on the panel on the Case of the Democratic Republic of Congo and also chaired a Plenary Session on "Economic Management for Conflict Prevention." From December 6-8, 2007, Professor Lumumba-Kasongo was invited by the president of the Social Science Research Council in New York City to participate in the workshop on the Mission of Public Higher Education. His presentation was on "Idea of Public University in Africa;" he also served as a discussant on the case of South Africa and also on the paper, "What we know and what we do not know about the Education Profession." Professor Lumumba-Kasongo’s chapter entitled, "A Theoretical Perspective on Capitalism and Welfare States and Their responses to Inequality with a focus on Gender: What Lessons for Africa?" was published in the book entitled,Women and Higher Education in Africa: Reconceptualizing Gender-Based Human Capabilities and Upgrading Human Rights to Knowledge, published by CEPARRED, 2007.
ANNE LUNDQUIST was a member of the Planning Committee for the NASPA/Stetson College of Law Student Affairs Law and Policy Conference held in San Antonio, Texas, December 2-5, 2007. Dean Lundquist hosted a roundtable discussion entitled, "Involuntary Dismissal of Students with Psychological Disabilities," and also conducted a presentation entitled, "You Want To Do What?: The Legal and Risk Implications of Student Involvement" (with Sondra Tennessee, Associate Dean of Students, University of Houston College of Law). She was also one of eight presenters asked to host Consultative Sessions with conference participants on key areas of expertise. Dean Lundquist and Allan Shackelford conducted a workshop on November 28, 2007, for the Learning Disabilities Association of Central New York entitled, "Effective Crisis Management for Students With and Without Disabilities."
On November 18, CRAWFORD THOBURN conducted the three college choral ensembles in their fall concert held in the Sommer Center. The women's and men's ensembles each presented works from their own repertoires, and then combined to sing several unaccompanied pieces, including music of J.S. Bach, William Byrd, and two Afro-American spirituals. After intermission, the combined Concert Choir joined with a professional chamber orchestra to perform Franz Schubert's "Mass in G Major." Soloists in the Schubert were four students from his voice studio--soprano Mary Gooding, tenor Justin Zehr, and basses Marshall Anderson and Travis Niles. On December 2, Professor Thoburn conducted the three college choral ensembles in their annual Holiday Concert held in Barler Recital Hall, assisted by Russell Posegate. The ensembles performed a wide variety of music for the holiday season, including traditional favorites such as "O Come, Immanuel," "Lo, How A Rose," "Silent Night," and "Carol of the Bells." as well as selections which were new to the groups. The sizable and appreciative audience contributed a generous amount of dried and canned food, which has been donated to the Cayuga County Food Pantry in Auburn. His recently published original choral composition, "The Starry Stranger," which is dedicated to the Choirs of Allegheny College and their conductor, Ward Jamison, was performed by the dedicatees in their annual Christmas Concert on December 1 in Meadville, Pennsylvania. On the same program, his arrangement of the old German carol, "O Sing to the Babe," was sung by the Allegheny College Women's Ensemble.