Faculty News

Ken Gonzales-Day

  • Tony Crowley, Hartley Burr Alexander Professor of Humanities, completed phase one of The Murals of Northern Ireland 1979- 2004, a project for the Claremont Libraries Digital Library, and exhibited his photographs, “The Murals of Northern Ireland: Loyalist and Republican Representations of History 1979-2004” at the Honnold-Mudd Library. In addition, he published three book chapters, including “Language and Social Change: English in Ireland, A Complex Case Study,” in Rethinking Approaches to the History of English (Oxford), and “The Complaint Tradition,” in The Historical Linguistics of English (Mouton de Gruyer). He also published four journal articles, including “James Joyce and Lexicography: ‘I must look that word up. Upon my word I must,'” Dictionaries, and “Dissident: An Essay in Historical Semiotics,” Critical Quarterly. In recognition of his contribution to Irish studies, Professor Crowley was made Honorary Visiting Professor at the Institute of Irish Studies, the University of Liverpool, 2010-13.
  • Cindy Forster, professor of history, has a book review in the Hispanic American Historical Review, February 2011. Her review begins: “Frederick Douglass Opie’s Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala, 1882- 1923 explores a fascinating local history of lynching, indebted labor, and exclusionary immigration policy targeting black and Chinese workers who were recruited to build the railroads and haul bananas. The book unfolds at the intersection of larger national and transnational histories that are typically separated, though in fact they were profoundly intertwined. In this case, the exacerbation of Jim Crow drove thousands of black men, sometimes with their wives, to risk everything for the chance of a better life, at the same time as the Great Migration in the United States and massive West Indian labor migrations driven by British colonial policy.”
  • Ken Gonzales-Day, professor of art and chair of the Art Department, is shown above in front of one of his photographs exhibited at Las Cienegas Projects (through April 2, 2011). Featured and reviewed in the Los Angeles Times on February 13 and March 25, Gonzales-Day’s “poignant, egalitarian” work often pairs sculptures so they are facing each other, a European or Classical example across from an anthropological one. “The immediate reaction,” writes a Times reviewer, “is to compare features, to assess differences and similarities, to contrast portraits of actual people with presumably generalized composites.” Gonzales-Day was quoted: “My hope…is that [my project] would open up the possibility of thinking about what signifies race, what signifies difference, what signifies whiteness. In many of these sculptures we presume that they have a race, right? When they’re just marble or terracotta or clay. The relationship between resemblance and reality can be deceptive.””Silent Witness: Recent Work by Ken Gonzales- Day” is on exhibit at the UC San Diego Art Gallery through May 20, 2011.
  • Alan Hartley, Molly Mason Jones Professor of Psychology, with François Maquestiaux (Université de Paris), and Nicole Silverman Butts ’05 co-wrote “A Demonstration of Dualtask Performance Without Interference in Some Older Adults,” published in Psychology and Aging; Professors Hartley, John Jonides (University of Michigan), and Ching-Yune Sylvester (University of Michigan) co-wrote “Dual-Task Processing in Younger and Older Adults: Similarities and Differences Revealed by fMRI,” published in Brain and Cognition; Professor Hartley and Deborah M. Little ’97, Nicole K. Speer ’99, and John Jonides (University of Michigan) co-wrote “Input, Retention, and Output Factors Affecting Adult Age Differences in Visuospatial Short-term Memory,” published in Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.
  • Mary Hatcher-Skeers, professor of chemistry, Joint Science Department, coauthored Pocket Guide to Biomoleculer NMR with Michaeleen Doucleff and Nicole J. Crane.
  • Hao Huang, professor of music, wrote the article “The Harlem Renaissance: Alain LeRoy Locke, W.E.B. Du Bois and the ‘American Dream,'” published in Humanities International, Vol. 3 (Xiamen University Press); his article “Jazzlines: Drawing Relationships Between American Poetry, Jazz, and Gospel Music” has been accepted for publication with the University of Pannonia, Institute of English and American Studies. Vol. 1 – 2011 Series I: America Week; he will give spring 2011 piano recital and lecture presentations at Universitá Cattolica de Sacro Cuore, Milan and Bari Conservatory of Music, Italy.
  • Andrew Jacobs, associate professor of religious studies, wrote Christ Circumcised: A Study in Christian History and Difference, which has been accepted for publication at University of Pennsylvania Press, spring 2012.
  • Juliet Koss, professor of art history; chair, department of art history, has joined the board of directors of the Historians of German and Central European Art, and the editorial board of Modernism/Modernity, the official journal of the Modernist Studies Association, published quarterly by Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Nancy Macko, professor of art; director, Scripps digital art program; chair, department of gender and women’s studies, has new monoprints in an exhibition honoring printmakers from Southern California: “Southern California Printmaking,” at the Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, through April 24, 2011. Also, a solo exhibition of new large-format digital work examining aging, memory loss, and the onset of dementia in the artist’s mother: “Hopes & Dreams: A Visual Memoir,” 643 A Project Space, Ventura, California, ran in February. She had a solo exhibition as part of a week-long artist residency and guest lectureship March 14- 19, 2011, “Rituals of the Bee Priestess,” at the Women’s Center, University of Dayton, Ohio, March 1–April 15, 2011.
  • Elise Magistro, professor of Italian, was interviewed by Giornale di Sicili about an article she wrote, “La Mèrica mala femmina: racconto e migrazione in Maria Messina,” in LE SICILIANE: Così sono se vi pare, Novi Ligure: Puntoacapo Editrice.
  • Michael Spezio, assistant professor of psychology, gave two talks in Rome during spring break: the latest in social neuroscience of empathy for the European Academy of Mediators; and, to the Neurobioethics Group at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, a social neuroscientific investigation of moral action. His single-authored paper, “The Neuroscience of Emotion and Reasoning in Social Contexts: Implications for Moral Theology,” was recently published online at Modern Theology, one of the leading journals in the field. The paper is part of his research program applying social neuroscience to moral action in a multilevel, interdisciplinary framework.
  • Jacqueline Wernimont, assistant professor of English, co-authored a Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement grant proposal with Erika Dyson at Harvey Mudd College titled, “Archives that Count,” which has been funded in full. She also participated in the third annual “Day of DH” (digital humanities) on March 18 as one of 200 international DH scholars. She blogged about her work as a faculty member who teaches in media studies/digital humanities and is working actively on issues around feminist archives. All of the blogs are woven into a dataset that answers the question, “Just what do computing humanists really do?”


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