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  • Maria-Luisa Achino-Loeb

    Professor Maria-Luisa Achino-Loeb was a discussant for Silence in Ethnography at the American Anthropological Association national meeting held December 4-7, 2014 in Washington, DC. Her paper "Reflecting on Silence and Anthropology" was published in POLAR/onLine, in March 2015.

    Professor Achino-Loeb has been co-chair of the Culture, Power, and Boundaries seminar at Columbia University this academic year. University Seminars at Columbia University were founded as a forum for faculty to gather together across disciplines. Achino-Loeb is serving as co-chair as the seminar celebrates its 42nd year.

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  • Nancy Agabian

    In 2015, Professor Nancy Agabian was named to the board of the Queens literary journal Newton Literary. She was appointed by the Queens Council on the Arts as a mentor for in QCA's Artist Peer Circle program in both 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.

    In October 2014, Professor Agabian organized "Beyond Diversity: A Conversation among Artists, Activists and Neighbors about the Dreams, Divisions and Direction of Jackson Heights" at Queens Pride House in Jackson Heights, Queens.

    She had a passage from her novel-in-progress, The Fear of Large and Small Nations, published in The Hye-Phen Magazine in November 2014. In December 2014, she had her work "Exhaustion, Faith or Madness" published on Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood.

    Professor Agabian read at the Zohrab Center in NYC in October 2014. She read from her novel-in-progress, The Fear of Large and Small Nations with members of the online Heightening Stories workshop, "Jump Start Your Writing" at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California, in January 2015. She read at "Into Our Space: Writers of Color Welcoming Our Communities" at La Casa Azul Bookstore in New York, New York in March 2015. She read at the Bureau of General Services: Queer Division in New York, New York in March 2015.

    Professor Agabian was named a 2013 Laundromat Project Create Change Professional Development Fellow. She helped coordinate the Harlem Story Walk, a roving storytelling event on Lenox Avenue, held in September 2013. She read “Protection from Secrets and Jokes” for the November 2013 Boundless Tales Reading Series, in Astoria, NY. Along with Bridget Bartolini, she presented at the November 2013 Brooklyn event “The Harlem Story Walk: Generating Dialogue on Neighborhood Change,” a Cultural Organizing for Community Change Workshop sponsored by Arts & Democracy in Brooklyn, NY. Her work “Clouds of Paan” was published in Newtown Literary's Fall/Winter 2013 issue.  

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  • Peder Anker

    Professor Anker, along with Louise Harpman, and Mitchell Joachim, has had published Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned (Prestel 2014), a showcase of design research as it relates to visionary architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, and ecological planning.  

    Professor Anker reviewed Michael Ruse’s The Gaia Hypothesis: Science on a Pagan Planet (Chicago University Press, 2013) in the 2014 issue of Centaurus. His paper “From Bauhaus to Ecohouse: A Short History of Ecological Design” was published in Behind the Green Door: Architecture and the Desire for Sustainability (Oslo Architecture Triennale, 2013). His paper “The Call for a New Ecotheology in Norway” was published in the 2013 issue of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture.  

    Professor Anker was appointed as the first Chair of the newly created Department of Environmental Studies at NYU. An exhibition at the Goethe-Institut, Weltstadt: Who Creates the City?, will feature work from Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, and Mitchell Joachim. Materials were drawn from the Spring 2014 Conference, Cities and Citizenship, co-organized by Anker, Harpman, and Joachim along with Global Design NYU, the Goethe-Institut, and Parsons New School for Design. The exhibition runs October 2-9, 2-7pm, Wednesday-Sunday. He, along with Louise Harpman and Mitchell Joachim. co-authored the book Global Design (Prestel, 2014), released in June 2014.  

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  • Sinan Antoon

    Professor Sinan Antoon received the 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for his translation of his own novel The Corpse Washer, published by Yale University Press. He was long listed for the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for best translated fiction. The Spanish translation of his work Ave Maria, translated by Maria Luz Commedado, was released from Turner Libros in 2014. He was the Distinguished Visiting Creative Writer at the American University in Cairo in March 2014. He presented “Translation as Mourning” and “Topophilia and Violence” for the Cairo Translation Series at American University in Cairo. He was the keynote speaker at the “Middle Eastern Literatures in the 21st Century” conference at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, where he delivered the April 2014 lecture “The Arabic Novel in the 21st Century: Writing Against the Political Maelstrom.”  The Spanish translation of Sinan Antoon’s novel, Ave Maria, was published by Turner Libros in May 2014. On March 2, 2015, Antoon was profiled in The Guardian article "Sinan Antoon: an Iraqi novelist living in continuous mourning."

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  • Jaime Arredondo

    Professor Jaime Arredondo was awarded a permanent public art commission for the MTA, "Garden of Earthly Delights," comprised of 36 mosaics that will be installed at the 6 train Zerega station in the Bronx in the spring of 2015.


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  • Bryonn Bain

    Professor Bryonn Bain (MA ’98) was the executive producer for What It iZ: The Spoken Wordical, a prison abolitionist hip-hop theater remix of The Wiz!, staged at Gallatin in February 2014. He performed an excerpt from his show Lyrics from Lockdown on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show on Sunday, May 5th, 2013.  Professor Bain performed Lyrics from Lockdown at the Miller Theatre November 20th, 2014.  

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  • Gianpaolo Baiocchi

    Professor Gianpaolo Baiocchi organized the 2014 “Democratizing the Green City” spring speaking series event, co-sponsored by the Urban Democracy Lab and the Institute for Public Knowledge. He, along with Brian Connor, published “Politics as interruption Rancière’s Community of Equals and Governmentality” in the August 2013 issue of Thesis Eleven.  

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  • Christopher Bram

    Professor Christopher Bram’s book of essays, Mapping the Territory, and his books Surprisingly Myself, Hold Tight, In Memory of Angel Clare, and Gossip were reissued by Open Road Books in 2013. He wrote an article for the May 23, 2013 issue of The Advocate, “My Life as a Gay Boy Scout.” In November 2013, his essay “Pauline at the Buggy Whip Factory: Our Day with Pauline Kael,” was published in FourTwoNine. His introductory essay, “The Company of Poets,” was included in a book of interviews by Christopher Hennessy, Our Deep Gossip: Conversations with Gay Writers on Poetry and Desire (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013). Bram contributed a spot to the anti-bullying “It Gets Better” campaign in 2013.  

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  • Eric Brettschneider

    In March 2015, Professor Brettschneider was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award by Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane Law School Public Justice Foundation.

    Professor Brettschneider was named first deputy commissioner NYC's Administration for Children’s Services, beginning in September 2015.  

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  • Bill Caspary

    Professor Bill Caspary was awarded a 2014-2015 Gallatin Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award recognizes educators for their outstanding teaching; their ability to inspire their students; a pedagogical approach that is creative and rigorous; expert advising and mentoring skills; and contributions to their field.

    He delivered his paper: "Agonism, Meliorism, and Conflict Resolution in the Political Theory of William James” at the Association for Political Theory Annual Meeting, Madison Wisconsin, October 18, 2014. He delivered the lecture “The Continuing Relevance of John Dewey to Progressive Education” to the Ethical Education Study Group, New York, New York in October 2014. Professor Caspary presented “The Struggle for Fundamental Change,” at the April 2014 University Seminar on Innovation in Education, held at Columbia University. For the Northeast Political Science Association’s annual meeting, held in Philadelphia, PA, in November 2013, he read “Contempt and Envy in Political Theory.” He participated in the Meta-Ethics Seminar at the October 2013 Association for Political Theory, held at Vanderbilt University.  

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  • Paula Chakravartty

    Along with Professor Srirupa Roy, Professor Chakravartty edited the May 2015 issue for the journal Television and New Media. The articles in Modi and the Media: Indian Politics and Electoral Aftermath focus on the rapid expansion of the commercial media field and the resurgence of the Hindu Nationalist BJP under the leadership of Narendra Modi. Professor Chakravartty attended the workshop “New India’s World,” which was organized by the Centre of Global South Asian Studies, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, ssponsored by the Danish Council for Independent Research | Social Sciences (FSE), and held at the University of Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark, in April 2015. Professor Chakravartty gave a talk, “Cool Capitalism and the Re-Making of Development in India,” at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut, in April 2015.

    Professor Chakravartty co-organized the international conference, "Media as Activism," held at the India International Centre in New Delhi in October 2014. She was the plenary speaker in September 2014 for “Voice and Matter,” Malmö University’s Master’s program in Communication for Development, led by Oscar Hemer in Sweden, and Roskilde University’s Communication, Journalism and Social Change research group. She was the plenary speaker on “Race, Caste and Media from a Comparative Perspective,” International Association of Mass Communication Research, Hyderabad, India, in July 2014.  

    Professor Chakravartty was awarded a Social Science Research Council Transnational Virtual Research Institute Inter-Asia Grant on Mediated Activism. She organized the two-day a conference “The Infrastructures of Empire,” held April 25-26th, 2014 at Gallatin and sponsored by the Social Science Research Council. She is the co-organizer for the “Workshop in Comparative Investigative Journalisms,” which will be held in October 2014 in New Delhi, India, and which is co-sponsored by the Social Science Research Council and the New Delhi-based Center for the Studies of Developing Societies.  


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  • Lenora Champagne

    Professor Lenora Champagne performed an excerpt from her new work, Traps, at The Chocolate Factory in Long Island City in the performance development series, THROW, curated by Sarah Maxfield. Professor Champagne performed in the US premiere of Fernando Rubio's Everything By My Side, in the "Crossing the Line" festival, produced by PS122 and the French Institute/Alliance Francaise. The show was featured in the New York Times as well as wNYC. She will also perform in the work in July, in its production at Bard College. Professor Champagne performed in a reading of Khadijah Queen's play, Non-Sequitur, the prize-winning play of the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers, directed by Fiona Templeton, at the New Ohio Theatre in Manhattan.

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  • Cyd Cipolla

    Professor Cyd Cipolla participated in a roundtable on Queer Feminist Science Studies at the National Women's Studies Association's annual conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico and served as moderator for I am Lucrece: Rethinking Sexual Violence, a discussion sponsored by the Urban Democracy Lab during Gallatin's Fall 2014 Roman Tragedies Festival.

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  • Amalia Cordova

    Professor Amalia Córdova had her work “Re-enact, reimagine: performative indigenous documentaries of Bolivia and Brazil” published in New Documentaries in Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). She presented "NATIVe: A Report from the Berlinale" at the Second Encrucijadas/Encrucilhadas Conference at Fordham University, in New York, New York, in February 2015. Professor Córdova was an adviser Berlinale’s film showcase on Indigenous films from Latin America, NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema. She presented “Indigenous Media: Performing Self-representation,” at the Transnational Cinema/Media Studies Conference at NYU Abu Dhabi, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in May 2014.

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  • Nina Cornyetz

    Professor Nina Cornyetz was a discussant for the panel “From One-Eyed Demons to the Madhouse: The Aesthetics of Abnormality in Japan,” held at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, in March 2015. Along with Eve Meltzer, she organized "Posthumous Presence: Walter Benjamin's Other Theory of Photography," featuring American film theorist and art historian Kaja Silverman, in May 2014 at Gallatin.

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  • Martha Diaz

    Professor Martha Diaz spoke in April 2014 in Washington, DC, at the One Mic Festival at the Kennedy Center on Remixing Hip-Hop Education and Hip-Hop Feminism.  She was the associate producer for the documentary Time Is Illmatic, which was selected to open the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

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  • Chinnie Ding

    Professor Chinnie Ding along with Vasukia Nesiah and Jo Becker, Advocacy Director of the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, spoke about the relationship between labor and human rights on April 2, 2014 as part of the panel “Labor Rights as Human Rights.”

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  • Michael Dinwiddie

    Professor Michael Dinwiddie was named to the national governance task force of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG). He presided over the 28th Annual Conference of The Black Theatre Network (BTN), held at Gallatin in the summer of 2014. Professor Dindwiddie spoke at the Summer School on Migration, in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. He delivered a Keynote Lecture entitled "Where Shall I Go? Visions of a Promised Land." He delivered the keynote lecture at the International Or 500

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