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
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