Dr. Michael V. Chiariello and Dr. Leigh A. Simone attended the 23rd annual conference of The Association of Core Texts and Courses in Dallas on April 20-23. The conference was titled "Bridging Divides, Crossing Borders, Community Building: Core Texts, Liberal Arts, College and The Human Voice." Chiariello chaired the session titled “Does Wealth Have Contexts?” He additionally presented a paper titled “Plato’s Cave: Meta-Politics for the Post-Factual Era." Simone chaired the panel “In Programs and Classrooms: Re-invigorating the Core through Considerations of Gender.” Simone also presented her paper “The People Have Spoken: How Will St. Bonaventure’s The Mind’s Journey to God be Re-Configured and Re-Imagined in the New Core?”
Dr. Leslie Sabina, professor of music, has been contracted by Los Angeles studio owner Thomas Appell and L.A. pianist David Kaylor to edit Kaylor's piano arrangements of the music from the hit movie "La La Land" for publication by Music Notes, the world’s largest e-commerce sheet music retailer and publisher. Additionally, Alfred/Belwin Music (Van Nuys, Calif.) recently published Sabina's jazz band arrangement of Stanford University's Jim Nadel's "Jo-Jo Calypso." J.W. Pepper, the world's largest print music distributor, has added Sabina's arrangement to their "Editor's Choice" category. Lastly, Sabina's longtime publisher, Kendor Music (N.Y.), will soon release Sabina's original jazz band arrangement of "O Christmas Tree."
Dr. Daniel L. Tate, professor of philosophy, recently published an article titled “Hermeneutics and Poetics: Gadamer on the Poetic Word” in Estetyka i Krytyka/The Polish Journal of Aesthetics, 43/4 (2016), 157-187. The article, which appears in a special edition devoted to hermeneutics and art, argues that a poetics can be drawn from the interpretations of modern German poetry found in the work of 20th century German philosopher Hans Georg Gadamer.
Despite Gadamer’s sustained engagement with poetry throughout his career, his contribution to a philosophical poetics has been largely overlooked. This article argues that such a poetics can be drawn from Gadamer’s interpretations of modern German poetry, one which is attuned to the poetic word as a privileged site where language as an event of truth (unconcealment) comes to language. The article further outlines the salient features of a hermeneutic poetics by highlighting, elaborating, and integrating the basic traits of the poetic word that emerge from Gadamer’s work.
Dr. Jeffrey A. White, professor of classical languages, delivered a paper, by invitation, on March 30 at the Renaissance Society of America’s annual meeting in Chicago. The paper was titled “Geography as Culture: Biondo Flavio and Leandro Alberti.” White, who has been teaching Latin and Greek at St. Bonaventure since 1976 and is a past president of the university chapter of the American Association of University Professors, will retire at the end of August.
Dr. Benjamin Gross, assistant professor of sociology, will have portions of his book review for "The Myth of Individualism," by Peter Callero, published on the back cover of the new (3rd) edition, which will be released this summer.
Dr. Michael Chiariello, professor of philosophy, shared his recent publications and presentations. “Augustine’s Confessions: Interiority at the Core of the Core Curriculum,” has been reprinted in the volume Teaching Augustine, edited by Scott McGinnis and Christopher Metress (Basel: MPDP, 2015). The essay was originally presented at Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition conference at Samford University in 2014 and first published in Religions (2015). “Comprehensively Critical Metapolitics” appears in Critical Rationalism at Work: Essays for Joseph Agassi, edited by Nimrod Bar-Am and Stefano Gattei. Zug: Springer, Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science, 2017. “Postmodernity, Ideology and Rationality in the Communist Manifesto” was presented at the national conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses in April 2016. “Plato’s Cave: Metapolitics for the Post-factual Era” will be presented at the upcoming national conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses this April.
Dr. Charles Walker, professor of psychology, gave an address to the biannual meeting of the Dresser-Rand National Leadership Group. His presentation was titled “The Obvious, Yet Surprising, Things Researchers Have Discovered About Happiness.”
Dr. Megan Walsh, associate professor of English, has organized a panel at the biennial Society of Early Americanists Conference in Tulsa, Okla. Titled "Categories of the Archive," the panel brings together scholars whose work interrogates collection and curation practices at U.S. historical libraries.
Dr. Scott Simpson, assistant professor of chemistry, has been awarded an Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) startup grant. Simpson’s grant is for “Using Density Functional Theory to Predict Heterogeneous Catalysis for Selective Hydrogenation.” The XSEDE grant provides access to computing, visualization and storage resources to allow Simpson to run complex quantum chemical calculations on several supercomputers housed around the United States. Read more about the research and grant here: http://www.sbu.edu/about-sbu/news-events/latest-news/news-release/2016/12/06/bonas-professor-awarded-grant-to-help-him-research-cheaper-production-of-chemical-products
Dr. Chris Stanley, professor of theology, has been invited to present seminar papers at the next two annual meetings of the Society of New Testament Studies. This is a notable honor, as a high-level group of New Testament scholars will spend two hours discussing each of his papers. For the 2017 meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, he will be writing on "Paul and Asklepios: The Greco-Roman Quest for Healing and the Mission of Paul." For the 2018 meeting in Athens, Greece, his topic will be "Paul the Cosmopolitan? A Postcolonial Analysis." Stanley also chaired a session at the recent Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature on "Postcolonial Studies and Biblical Studies in Africa" and led a meeting of the steering committee for the Postcolonial Studies and Biblical Studies section. Stanley has also been invited to give the keynote address for the annual fund-raising dinner of the SSJ Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence in Buffalo in April 2017. The title of his presentation is "Words of Life or Words of Death? Violence and Nonviolence in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Scriptures." Previous speakers at the event include Arun Gandhi and Sr. Simone Campbell. The Klimczak Center was formed in 2007 to carry on the peace-making and community-building work of Sr. Karen Klimczak, who lost her life in 2006 at the hands of one of the parolees whom she had been helping in her ministry.
Dr. Ibrahim Zabad, associate professor of political science, gave a talk titled "The Fate of Minorities in the Middle East in the Wake of the Arab Spring" at St. John Fisher College in Rochester on Nov. 16. The talk was sponsored by the political science and religious studies departments.
Dr. Robert P. Amico, professor of philosophy, facilitated “Dialogue on Cultural Competency: Advancing the Strategic Plan” for the leadership of Alfred State College on Nov. 1, 2016. The dialogue is a first step in advancing Alfred State College’s “Roadmap 2020” strategic plan. Dr. Amico conducted a similar workshop in August 2016 for all librarians and library staff at Alfred University.
Dr. Robin Valeri, professor of psychology, and Dr. Kevin Borgeson, associate professor of criminal justice, Salem State University, had a chapter titled "Masculine Identities within the Skinhead Movement: How Straight Men, Gay Men, and Women Embody and Perform Masculinity in a Culture of Traditional Masculinity," published in Advances in Sociology Research: Vol. 19,(pp. 39-58).
Using qualitative research methods and interviews, the chapter explores masculinities within the skinhead movement. Specifically this chapter examines how three sub-groups of skinheads, heterosexual men, gay men, and women each define and live masculinity within a culture that espouses a traditional hegemonic definition of masculinity. Skinheads present a tough, hard “don’t mess with me” image and a culture that promotes drinking, fighting, slam dancing, and the attributes of aggressiveness, competitiveness, restricted emotions, and limited affectionate behavior between men that are associated with traditional masculinity. Drawing on information from their online communications as well interviews with member of each of these subgroups, we will compare and contrast the extent to which each group embraces the traditional hegemonic masculinity associated with the skinhead movement in relation to skinhead identity, ideology and culture and examine how members of each of these groups, as they interact with other skinheads, embody, interpret, and perform some attributes of traditional masculinity while distancing themselves from others.
Dr. Ed. Simone, professor of theater and director of the theater program, was a presenter at the August 2016 Association for Theatre in Higher Education International Conference in Chicago. His presentation on using mask work to develop comedy was part of an expert panel on improvisational techniques in theater and related media. Simone was also re-elected for a fourth term, and elected an officer of the liaison committee for the Western New York Region of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. Simone continued his work as an associate editor of Players, an online journal about the pedagogy and practice of acting. Simone is the host of Sunday Classics for Classical-WNED, and writes and produces radio promotions for WNED-TV.
Dr. Phillip Payne, professor of history, will be one of five scholars participating in The People’s Forum on the American Presidency Saturday, Oct. 1, at Daemen College in Amherst. The participants will discuss four presidents whose actions and reputations raise questions about how we understand history through the president's lens. Payne, author of “Dead Last: The Public Memory of Warren G. Harding’s Scandalous Legacy,” and “Crash! How the Boom and Bust of the 1920s Worked,” will discuss Warren G. Harding. The other presidents who will be discussed are Thomas Jefferson, Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more at http://dae.men/ThePeoplesForum
Dr. Donika Kelly, assistant professor of English, has made the longlist for the National Book Award in Poetry for her latest collection, "Bestiary." Hers is one of ten books to make the longlist; other poets on this year's longlist include Rita Dove and Donald Hall.
Three faculty members were nominated by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to participate in the Academic Leadership Institute (ALI) of the Western New York Consortium of Higher Education. The 2015-16 participants were Dr. Nancy Casey, associate professor of education and acting dean of the School of Education; Dr. René Hauser, associate professor of education and director of the Differentiated Instruction program; and Dr. Anne Foerst, director of the Individualized Major program, Teagle Team Leader and associate professor of computer science. Each of the faculty members attended sessions provided by regional education leaders and worked with small groups to develop presentations on pertinent higher education topics. Dr. Hauser's presentation can be viewed at http://ow.ly/Yrj8300AqGU, and Dr. Casey's can be viewed at http://ow.ly/Krhs300AqMy.
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