Faculty and Staff Activities - SUNY Cortland

Faculty and Staff Activities

Scott Anderson, Seth N. Asumah, Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo and Mechthild Nagel

Scott Anderson, Geography Department, Seth N. Asumah, Political Science and Africana Studies departments, Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo, Geography and Africana Studies departments, and Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy and Africana Studies departments and the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, attended the Race, Ethnicity and Place (REP) Conference held Sept. 21-23 at Kent State University in Ohio. The biannual conference attracts scholars representing interdisciplinary, national and international perspectives on racial transformation of places. Nagel, Asumah and Johnston-Anumonwo presented papers on race-ethnicity studies and Anderson chaired a session on Narratives of Place. Nagel’s paper was titled “Revisiting Prisons as Diasporic Sites.” Asumah’s paper was titled “Race and Diversity Leadership in Predominantly White Institutions: Rethinking Microaggressions.” In addition to her paper on “The Significance of Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the Experiences of Eritrean Migrants,” Johnston-Anumonwo was a panelist at a session honoring the late Professor Florence Margai, a founding member of the REP conference planning committee and associate dean of SUNY Binghamton’s Harpur College who died in 2015. All four SUNY Cortland faculty members were invited to the eighth REP conference at Kent and had presented at previous REP conferences hosted at Binghamton University dating back to 2002.

Tiantian Zheng

Tiantian Zheng, Sociology/Anthropology Department, will present her paper, “Violence, Deviance and Punishment,” at the Annual Conference of the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the U.S., set for Oct. 14-16 in Denver, Co.

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, has had his 2015 book, Guns across America, reviewed in the New York Review of Books, along with a letter exchange with the reviewer in a subsequent issue. The review is available at http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2016/07/14/terror-of-our-guns/  and http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2016/08/18/stand-your-ground/

Benjamin C. Wilson

Benjamin C. Wilson, Economics Department, presented with co-authors their paper titled “Spatial Analysis in Pursuit of Equity for Future Generations” at the 13th International Post Keynesian Conference held Sept. 15 in Kansas City, Mo. The conference was hosted by the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity.

Mechthild Nagel

Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy and Africana Studies departments and the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, has been invited to update the entry “Feminist Perspectives on Class and Work” with the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, a common reference source for philosophy students and scholars. Her updated entry, which was recently accepted, can be found on this link.

Kathleen Lawrence

Kathleen Lawrence, Communication Studies Department, had her poem “Trump’s Tip” appear in the Oct. 9 issue of Rattle magazine’s weekly Poets Respond feature about recent events in the news. She has 25 poems published or forthcoming this year, to date. Her poem “Even Happy Ghosts Can Be Scary Ghosts When You’re 7” won third place in the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s (SFPA) international 2016 contest and was published on the SFPA website in September. In October, her poem “Detecting Nancy Drew” appeared in in Silver Birch Press’s Nancy Drew Anthology. Nine clerihews (humorous short poems) appeared in The Muses’ Gallery of Highland Park Poetry, in September. Lawrence’s clerihews lampooned George W. Bush, Caitlyn Jenner, Ryan Lochte, Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, O.J. Simpson, Ringo Starr and Anthony Weiner. Five of Lawrence’s poems, “High Tea,” “The Infected,” “Howl E’en,” “Schoolyard Games” and “A Congress of Ghosts” were accepted for publication in the anthology Lupine Lunes by Popcorn Press, to be published on Halloween.

Julie Lenhart

Julie Lenhart, Athletics Department, had her chapter titled “Establishing a Strong Work Ethic” published as the first chapter in the book Practice Perfect Softball. The book contains 14 chapters, each written by aa different coach, and Lenhart is the only Division III coach to contribute. The book is endorsed by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and published by Human Kinetics.

Moyi Jia

Moyi Jia, Communication Studies Department, co-authored an article titled “The Expanding Territory of Organizational Communication in China,” which was published this summer in the Chinese Journal of Communication.   

Thomas Hischak

Thomas Hischak, professor of theatre emeritus, was one of seven playwrights nationwide to have a play selected by the American Association of Community Theatres (AACT) for its 2016 New Play Fest. Hischak’s play “The Emperor of North America” was produced in September by the Silver Spring Stage in Silver Spring, Md., and the script is to be published by the Dramatic Publishing Company. Hischak is currently an adjunct professor at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla.

Richard Hunter

Richard Hunter, Geography Department, has an article titled “Grammatical subjects, ‘Hell is other people’, and irreprehensible nature” in the current issue of Cultural Geographies.