November 2008

Faculty Accomplishments

Bruce Bennett: Professor Bennett gave a reading as part of the Schweinfurth Poetry Series, September 25th; read at the Newburyport Art Center , October 15th; read at Keuka College, October 28th; read poems at the Morgan Opera House as part of the "How Do I Love Thee?" dramatic production, October 25th, 26th; read at the Publication Party for THE HEALING MUSE #8 at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, October 29th. 
On October 31st, he presented a talk at the Wells Faculty Club: "In 140 words or less": Reading and Writing the Sonnet.

Two of his manuscripts were selected as Finalists in competitions: EPHEMERAE in the Bright Hill Poetry Book Competition, and A GIRL LIKE YOU in the Robert Watson Chapbook Competition.


Candace CollmerProfessor Collmer made a presentation on the progress of the Plant-Associated Microbe Gene Ontology (PAMGO) project at the Gene Ontology Consortium Meeting, held October 21-22, 2008, at Mont Gabriel, Canada (north of Montreal).


David Dannenfelser: On Halloween Weekend, Professor Dannenfelser’s radio play adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was produced by the OFFWORLD THEATRE COMPANY in Piermont, NY (That's down by NYC). Coming up in November he will have two one-act plays produced as a part of a short play festival at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts, in New Brunswick, NJ. The plays are entitled, The Blessing and Rain.


William Ganis had his essay "Digits of Hand and Machine" regarding the work of Bruce Beasley, Jon Isherwood, Robert Michael Smith and Kenneth Snelson published in the catalog for the "Digital Stone Exhibition: The Intersection of Art and Technology" that will be shown in Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing. Dr. Ganis's 2004 article "Ars Ex Machina: Digital Sculpture"will be reprinted in the catalog for the "e-Form" exhibition that complements and accompanies the "Digital Stone Exhibition."


Leonard Geller submitted an article entitled "Dream Anomalies and Other Narrative Puzzles in 'Restless'" to Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies.


Christine Iacobucci attended the 56th Annual Meeting of New York State Sociological Association at Buffalo State College, October 17-18, 2008. There, Tiphanie Copeland '09 presented her group's research paper that was part of Professor Iacobucci's SOC 394 Research Methods class last semester entitled, ""An Examination of College Students' Conceptualization of Race and Diversity," by Cymone Bedford, Tiphanie Copeland, Kealy Whiting, and Lumi Zogaj.

Professor Iacobucci has been invited to serve as a paper reviewer for the Language and Social Interaction Division of the International Communication Association for its upcoming annual conference in 2009 in Chicago, May 21st - 25th.


Cynthia J. Koepp gave a talk entitled " ‘Uncanny’ Discourses on Work and Slavery in the Abbé Pluche’s Spectacle de la nature, at the Annual Meeting of the Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies that took place at Hobart-William Smith Colleges, 30 October to 1 November 2008. She also attended the annual meeting of the Western Society for French History at Quebec City, Quebec from November 5-9, 2008, where she gave a talk entitled "An Anthropologist Tells Girls About the World: Louis-François Jauffret and his Géographie Dramatique." Her article, "Acknowledging Artisans and a New Social Order in the Abbé Pluche’s Spectacle de la nature " has recently been published in the latest edition of the Princeton University Library Chronicle, Vol. LXVIII, Number 3.


Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo: As one of the New Editors of the African Journal of International Affairs, Professor Lumumba-Kasongo, upon an invitation, attended the meeting of the Editors of the CODESRIA Journals  in Dakar, Senegal, in July 2008.

In October 2008, African and Asian Studies, a Social Science Based Journal that is published by Brill in Leiden (Netherlands) and edited by Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo (Editor-in-Chief), has been selected for coverage in Thompson Reuters products and custom information services. The publication will be indexed and abstracted in the following: Social Sciences Citation Index; Social Scisearch; and Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition. "This important index is very selective and it only covers the 2,000 best journals in the world."


Laura McClusky presented a paper at the New York State Sociological Association annual meetings on October 17 titled, "You Can Run But You Can't Hide: The Impossibility of Escape as a Strategy for Belizean Victims of Domestic Violence."

Professor McClusky has been asked to serve as an expert witness in a federal lawsuit regarding political asylum for a victim of domestic violence.


William Roberts' exhibition of 17 new paintings in the Lightner Gallery at Keuka College runs through November 14th.


Crawford Thoburn: On Friday, October 19th Professor Thoburn represented Wells College at the inauguration of James Mullin as the 21st President of Allegheny College in Meadville, Penna.

On Saturday, November 1st, the Three Wells Choral Ensembles, under my direction, presented their Fall Concert for Family and Friends Weekend in Barler Recital Hall before a large and enthusiastic audience. The Women's and Men's Ensembles each sang works from their own repertoires, and then joined to form the Concert Choir for a series of works. A wide range of selections were represented on the program, ranging from compositions by J.S.Bach, Thomas Morley, Alessandro Scarlatti and Johannes Brahms through arrangements of Folksongs and an Afro-American Spiritual. The ensembles were accompanied by Russell Posegate.

A feature story on the Fall Choral Concert was published in the Auburn Citizen on Monday, November 3rd.