Faculty and student newsmakers
Read here about the many awards, exhibitions, performances, book publishings, and other accomplishments of VPA faculty and students.
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Richard Buttny, professor of communication and rhetorical studies in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, gave lectures at the Humanities and Ethics Cluster of the University of Malaya, Malaysia, this past December. With Malaysian colleagues he published “Ethnopolitical discourse among ordinary Malaysians: Diverging accounts of ‘the good old days’ in discussing multiculturalism,” forthcoming in Text & Talk, and “Accounts of religio-cultural identity in Singapore and Malaysia” in the special issue on religion in Asian texts and contexts, forthcoming in the International Journal of the Sociology of Language. He co-authored the article “Journalists’ discursive construction of public opinion on President Obama and the economy: The uses of voters’ voices from a focus group,” forthcoming in the journal Language and Dialogue. He also gave the invited lecture at Cleveland State University, “Competing discourses on hydrofracking: Argument as question-answer-assessment sequences during an inter-governmental hearing.”
Susan D’Amato, associate professor in the Department of Foundation, has work in the 24th National Drawing and Print Exhibition at the Gormley Gallery, Notre Dame of Maryland University, and in the small group show Contemporary Drawings, Recent Trends at the Kirkland Art Center in Clinton, N.Y.
Bill DiCosimo, assistant professor of music in the Setnor School of Music, composed and recorded original music for the lacrosse documentary America’s First Sport. Fifteen students, led by Dennis Deninger, faculty member in SU’s David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, conducted the research on which the documentary is based. DiCosimo used the creation and production aspects of the score as part of his film scoring class at the Setnor School.
Daniel S. Godfrey, professor of music in the Setnor School of Music, delivered the paper “Understanding Lutoslawski's Approach to Controlled Aleatory through the Perspective of ‘Temporal Viewing Range’” at Cornell University as part of a conference celebrating the 100th-anniversary year of Witold Lutoslawski's birth. He was also co-conductor of a concert by the Yale Russian Chorus Alumni at the Wellesley Village Church in Wellesley, Mass., where he conducted a number of folk songs from Russia and Latvia, along with a setting from the Russian Orthodox liturgy by Alexandr Archangelsky. He will be co-directing the 11th season of the Seal Bay Festival on the coast of Maine in mid-June. The biennial festival brings in widely recognized chamber musicians and American composers who participate in two educational workshops, a broadcast interview/performance on Maine Public Radio, and four concerts along the coast of Maine from Belfast to Ogunquit. This June's festival will also include four performances of Godfrey's own string quintet To Mourn, To Dance, recently commissioned by Chamber Music America and premiered in New York City. Performing will be the Cassatt String Quartet and cellist Marc Johnson of the Vermeer Quartet.
Zeke Leonard, assistant professor of interior design in the Department of Design, presented “Rust Belt Music” at Lipe Art Park in Syracuse. He played his sculpture Rust O Phone as part of the event.
Jude Lewis, associate professor of dimensional arts in the Department of Foundation, was one of six people chosen to give a workshop at the Paris College of Art, Paris, France, as part of “The Foundation Course in Art and Design: A History Uncovered, A Future Imagined” event on June 28 and 29. One of her course projects will also be included in the forthcoming book 100 Assignments: The Future of the Foundation Course in Art and Design, to be published by Paris College of Art Press in June.
Alex Mendez, assistant professor of film in the Department of Transmedia, had his film Centripetal win Best Story in a Short at the Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival (BNFF). The BNFF is a filmmaker’s festival; it is hosted by filmmakers and screenwriters for filmmakers and screenwriters, and filmmakers are involved both with the selection process and judging.
Charles E. Morris III, is co-editor of An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk’s Speeches & Writings (University of California Press) and will be speaking on the legacy of Milk at the San Francisco Public Library on May 21 and participating in a reading at San Francisco’s Books Inc. on May 22. He delivered the 2013 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Rhetorical Leadership Lecture “Sunder the Children: Abraham Lincoln's Queer Rhetorical Pedagogy,” sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies.
Deborah Roberts G’14 and Laura Sanz G’14, graduate painting students in the Department of Art, are exhibiting work in the group show If Gender is a Kind of Doing through May 25 at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco.
Andrew Saluti, instructor of museum studies in the Department of Design, will have his exhibition, Pressing Print: Universal Limited Art Editions 2000-2010, begin a national tour in May, opening at the Foosener Art Gallery, Florida Institute of Technology, on May 17, then traveling to the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College and Oklahoma State University.
Susannah Sayler and Ed Morris, faculty members in the Department of Transmedia, are showing Gowane, a speculative essay about liminal spaces, history, and activism centered around the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, N.Y., as part of the group show Psychic Geographies at the Urban Video Project Everson Museum of Art site through June 1.
Tom Sherman, professor of art video in the Department of Transmedia, is having his work in video, film, text/photo, and print featured in CONTINENTAL DRIFT. Conceptual Art in Canada: the 1960s and 70s at Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe, Germany, through September 8.
Andrew Waggoner, professor of music in the Setnor School of Music, performed with his group Open End on at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City. On the program was the premiere of his Litany for viola and cello. Open End will go on this summer to perform at the Token Creek Festival near Madison, Wis., at the invitation of distinguished American composer John Harbison. Waggoner's Souffrir/symphonier received its premiere in April with the ensemble Cygnus on the Cutting Edge Concerts series at Symphony Space, also in New York City.
John Warren, associate professor of music in the Setnor School of Music, was recently a panelist on a presentation at the North Dakota State University Choral Symposium 2013: “Music of the Americas” in Fargo. The panel focused on the International Conductor Exchange Program of the American Choral Directors Association, which Warren participated in last year, traveling to Havana, Cuba. He is now the Eastern Division liaison for the program and is working on the 2014 exchange with China.