Faculty Digest


Edward Schortman and Patricia Urban are currently in the field with the 2004 Kenyon-Honduras Program in Archaeology and Ethnography. Ten of the twelve students in the program are from Kenyon, as are most of the staff. Ellen Bell '91 is helping direct the program and will run it in 2006 during Schortman's and Urban's sabbaticals. Schortman and Urban presented papers at the American Anthropological Association meetings held in November. The presentations will be included in a book on the Classic-Postclassic transition in Southeastern Mesoamerica. A survey article on the relationship of craft production to the origins of the state will soon be published in the Journal of Archaeological Research, and the journal Latin American Antiquity will publish a piece on social and political organization at a medium-sized Naco site (number 128 for those of you who were on the project in 1995 and 1996).


Barry Gunderson exhibted Convergence in a juried show at the College of Wooster Art Museum in Wooster, Ohio, in October and November. His show Encounters and Confrontations was on display at the Art Access Gallery in Bexley, Ohio, in January and February. According to Gunderson, his most recent series of works combines the extreme contortions of the human figure in reaction to the birds and critters that occupied his work for more than twenty years. Karen Snouffer was invited to participate in a group show entitled Hysteria at the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The nonprofit art gallery is owned and directed by Susan T. Greenberg '90, one of Snouffer's former art students. Snouffer created an installation for that show in collaboration with Michelle Weinberg of Miami, Florida, which ran from January 26 through March 21.

Art History

Sarah Blick wrote an introduction and co-edited a special issue of Visual Resources on "Copying in the Art of the Middle Ages." It is scheduled to appear this spring. The fall 2003 issue of AVISTA published an account of sessions organized by Blick and former Kenyon visiting professor Rita Tekippe at the International Congress on Medieval Studies.


In December, Wade Powell and co-authors John De Powell '02 and Ashley Rowatt '03 published an article entitled "ARNT gene multiplicity in amphibians: Characterization of ARNT2 from the frog Xenopus laevis" in the Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution. In November, at the Society for Ecological Toxicology and Chemistry in Austin, Texas, Powell presented a paper entitled "Multiple molecular mechanisms underlie dioxin insensitivity in Xenopus laevis," co-authored with summer science students Tatyana Klimova '03, Ashley Rowatt '03, and Thomas Susman '04. A paper entitled "Molecular mechanisms of dioxin insensitivity in Xenopus laevis embryos and tadpoles," prepared with summer science scholars Tatyana Klimova '03, Jeremy Lavin '04, Blythe Philips '05, Ashley Rowatt '03, Thomas Susman '04, and Aric Whitington '04, was presented at the Society of Toxicology meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, in March. Joan Slonczewski published a paper entitled "pH-Dependent Catabolic Protein Expression During Anaerobic Growth of Escherichia coli K-12," in the Journal of Bacteriology. The article deals with acid and base stress in Escherichia coli bacteria, and was co-authored by D. Michael Barnhart '04 and biology research associate Elizabeth Yohannes.


Scott Cummings presented a poster entitled "Photophysical Properties of a Tungsten Alkylidyne--Zinc Porphyrin Dyad" at the Fifteenth Winter Conference of the Inter-American Photochemical Society in Tempe, Arizona, in January 2004. The presentation described the research he has been doing while on sabbatical at the University of Chicago.


Paolo Asso attended the International Lucan Conference at Princeton University on "Politics, Violence, and the Republican Imagination: Lucan and His Legacy" in October 2003. He presented a paper on "Pariterque Fleamus: Statius Silvae 2.1" at the Ohio Classical Conference at Kenyon on November 1. "Human Divinity: Hercules in the Punica" appeared in Vichiana and a review of Statius' Loeb Vol. 1 appeared online in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review. In January, Asso presented a paper, "And Then It Rained Shields: Lucan and the Roman Past," at the American Philological Association meeting in San Francisco, California. His paper "The Evil of Mother Africa and Her Monsters in Flavian Epic: A Reading of Regulus' Fight against the Serpent in the Punica," was presented at the Classical Association of the Midwest and South meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, in April. Robert Bennett will teach a course on Ovid's Metamorphoses with President S. Georgia Nugent in advanced Latin next fall. He played the part of Victor Velasco in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park, presented by the Mount Vernon Players in February and March. In May, he is playing the part of Lord Chancellor in Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe with the Kenyon Opera Workshop. Adam Serfass and Robert Bennett will attend the Association of Ancient Historians meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in May. Serfass also plans to attend the North American Patristics Society meeting in Chicago, Illinois, in May. Kenyon hosted the Ohio Classical Conference at the end of October. President S. Georgia Nugent spoke at the annual Virgilian luncheon on "Virgil and the College Presidency." Paolo Asso presented a paper (title above) and Michael Barich, Robert Bennett, Carolin Hahnemann, and Serfass took part in a panel discussion entitled "The Muses of Classics: Translation and Pedagogy."

Dance and Drama

Balinda Craig-Quijada collaborated with Harlene Marley in the Kenyon College Dramatic Club production of Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, which opened in Bolton Theater in April. In May, she will perform with High Jinks Dance Company, directed by Kristina Isabelle. There was a reading of Wendy MacLeod's play, Things Being What They Are, at the Key West Playwrights Company on February 19. Her play Cinéma Vérité was produced by Cherry Red Productions in Washington, D.C., from April 2 through May 9. Her short play, Boxes, was done in Chicago at the March 23 through April 4 Sketchbook Festival 2004. Three of MacLeod's former students, Amanda Berg '97, Brantley Russell '02, and Dean Simakis '03, participated in the festival as directors and playwrights.


Jay Corrigan presented "Is the Experimental Auction a Dynamic Environment?" at the Heartland Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop in Ames, Iowa, in September. He presented "Local Residential Sorting and Public Good Provision: A Classroom Demonstration" with colleagues Keith Brouhle, Rachel Croson, Martin Farnham, Selhan Garip, Luba Habodaszova, Laurie Johnson, Martin Johnson, and David Reiley at the Midwest Conference on Student Learning in Economics in Akron, Ohio, in November. William Melick co-wrote two articles in the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland's Economic Commentary series in collaboration with economists at the Reserve Bank. The first article discussed ways in which Japan might manipulate the dollar-to-yen exchange rate to escape a liquidity trap, while the se­­­cond article analyzed the ability of newly traded options on federal funds futures to predict future Federal Reserve policy changes.


James Carson published an article on The Vicar of Wakefield entitled "'The Little Republic of the Family': Goldsmith's Politics of Nostalgia" in the January 2004 issue of Eighteenth-Century Fiction. He presented a paper on Walter Scott's The Antiquary at the annual conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in March 2004. Timothy Shutt has a set of recorded lectures with a booklet due out from Recorded Books and Barnes & Noble in May. The set is entitled "Monsters, Gods, and Heroes: The Epic."


Reed Browning presented a paper entitled "New Views on the Silesian Wars" at the American Historical Association in January 2004. Wendy Singer has been elected a By-Fellow at Churchill College in Cambridge, England. She spent the spring at Churchill completing several projects, including one on the development of democracy among Tibetan exiles in India. She spent the fall supported by a Fulbright grant in India talking with members of the Tibetan Government in Exile headquartered in Dharamsala, a town in the foothills of the Himalayas. A second project studies the success of women candidates in India's elections. The Indian government has called elections six months earlier than scheduled. Singer is expecting to fly to India in late spring to study the elections. Roy Wortman, with Professor of Political Science John Elliott, is teaching a new course on "Politics and Ideas in the 1930s."


Bradley Hartlaub, who is on sabbatical, has been dealing with all aspects of the Advanced Placement Statistics Program in his new role as chief reader. He has traveled to the University of Georgia, Butler University, John Carroll University, and Cherry Creek High School in Denver, Colorado, to lead professional development workshops for teachers. He has also accepted invitations to speak on panels at the Joint Statistical Meetings 2004 in Toronto, Canada, and the eighty-second annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He will be presenting two talks next August at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. During his travels, he completed the Chicago Marathon on October 12, 2003, with former students Matthew Chesnes '01, Katherine Kapo '02, and Robert Passmore '02. By the time the Bulletin is in print, he plans to have competed in the Boston Marathon on April 19, 2004.

Modern Languages and Literatures

Jianhua Bai presented a paper at the Working Symposium on Advanced Chinese Teaching held at Harvard University in March 2004. He is serving on the organizing committee of the Third International Conference and Workshops on Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, to be held at Columbia University at the end of May 2004, where he will also present a paper on teaching advanced Chinese via distance learning. Bai is chair of the Articulation and Curriculum Committee of the Ohio Foreign Language Association. Jane Cowles presented a paper entitled "'Telle qu'en elle-même enfin...': Changing Mother(s) in Balzac's Le Lys dans la vallée" at the Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium in Tucson, Arizona, in October. In November, she presented the paper "'Ne surtout pas lire le roman': La Reine Margot on the Silver Screen," at the Midwest Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Paul Gebhardt presented a paper called "Extinction, Erasure, Exposure: The Constitution of Writing through Negativity in Thomas Bernhard's Last Novel," as part of a panel on "States of Exposure" at the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in April. In March 2003, Patricia Lyn Richards visited study-abroad programs in Rome, Padua, and Milan, and participated in the evaluation of the IES program in Milan. She returned to Italy in July and spent the month studying Alessandro Manzoni's long historical novel The Betrothed (I promessi sposi) and tracing the steps of his character's peregrinations. In October 2003 she chaired a panel, "Collecting 'Italy' in Spain, England, and France," at the Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She presented a paper, "'La ragion, natural cosa' in the Galateo," at the American Association of Teachers of Italian in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Richards taught two sections of Intensive Introductory Italian this year.


Theodore Buehrer co-authored and presented, with a colleague from the Hope College music department, a paper entitled "Metric Dissonance in Jazz" at the International Association of Jazz Educators annual conference in New York City in Janaury 2004. He traveled to Hope College in March to present the paper again at the second annual Hope College/Kenyon College Jazz Research Symposium, which he initiated last year at Kenyon. Buehrer has received two teaching initiative grants to improve and replace audio equipment in the music department's recording studio and classrooms. He is the recipient of the 2004 Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Whiting Summer Stipend for this coming summer and will use it to support his ongoing research on the music of Mary Lou Williams.


Juan De Pascuale, who is busy at work on his Kierkegaard and Nietzsche books, has been elected to serve on the board of trustees of the Knox Community Hospital.


Although officially retired, Thomas Greenslade is back in the classroom teaching electronics this spring. During the fall, he kept busy with his study of early physics teaching apparatus, adding to his Web site and receiving donations of apparatus from colleges and individuals. He suggests that perhaps the most interesting new item in his collection is a set of 550 glass slides for the teaching of physics, made between 1914 and 1920. He continues to publish articles on apparatus and has given several talks on the early history of photography and the use of apparatus in the nineteenth century.

Political Science

Joseph Klesner gave a presentation on "The Not-So-New Electoral Landscape in Mexico" at the conference on "Mexico's 2003 Mid-term Election Results: The Implications for the LIX Legislature and Future Party Consolidation," at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, in September.

Religious Studies

Joseph Adler's chapter, "Chu Hsi and Divination," was translated into Chinese and published in Songdai Sixiang Shilun (Essays on Song Intellectual History) in December 2003 by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. Donald Rogan has come out of retirement to teach "Jesus and the Gospels" during the spring 2004 semester. Mary Suydam's book The Texture of Society: Medieval Women in the Southern Low Countries, which she co-edited with Ellen Kittell, was published in December by Palgrave Publishers. She presented a paper entitled "Envisioning and Inhabiting Sacred Space in Northern Europe" at Goldsmiths College in London, England, in early January at the Conference on Making and Marking Gender in the Middle Ages. She is working on two papers for conferences in England in July 2004, at Leeds for the International Medieval Studies Conference and at Bristol for the conference on Envisaging Heaven in the Middle Ages.


John Macionis has several new editions of his texts out this spring, including Sociology, the tenth edition, Sociology, the fifth Canadian edition, and Society: The Basics, the third Canadian edition. In January, he joined with the staff of Prentice Hall Canada for a celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Canadian Sociology text, which the executive editor Jessica Mosher characterized as having "changed the way sociology is taught in Canada." In October and November, Macionis spoke with large groups of sociology students at Ohio State University. Anna Xiao Dong Sun, an affiliated scholar in the sociology department since fall 2003, has won a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, which enables her to work on her dissertation research in Oxford and London, England, and Beijing, People's Republic of China. Sun is a doctoral candidate at Princeton University. Jan Thomas and Annis "Nancy" Kukulan '02 had an article accepted for publication in the journal Teaching Sociology. The article examines graduate-level sociology programs and the inclusion of women in classical theory courses. In January, Thomas attended the winter meeting of Sociologists for Women in Society. She is beginning her third year as vice president and membership chair of that organization. In March, she assumed the position of deputy editor of the journal Sociological Quarterly. Frederick Wherry, a dissertation fellow in the sociology department, presented his research on how social capital affects local economic development in two pottery-making villages in Costa Rica, at the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association meetings in Puebla, Mexico, in October. He also gave a presentation to a small group of academics in the economics department of the University of Costa Rica in San Jose, California. In January 2004, he served as the guest lecturer at Chulalonghorn University for the graduate program in cultural management in Bangkok, Thailand. Wherry gave a paper at the Eastern Sociological Society Meetings in New York City in February. International Society has accepted Wherry's paper "International Statistics and Social Structure: The Case of the Human Development Index" for publication.

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