Professional Notes: March 2008

Pine Lake Resident Manager Peter Blue has been elected to the national board of directors of the American Nyckelharpa Association. The Association is a non-profit corporation for the preservation and fostering of the nyckelharpa (sometimes called the Swedish Keyed Fiddle). It conducts educational programs and activities to promote knowledge of and interest in the nyckelharpa and the traditional music of the nyckelharpa. The ANA endeavors to provide competent instruction in playing the nyckelharpa, in the traditional music, and in the traditional dance associated with the music.

Writer in Residence and Professor of English Carol Frost was the Featured Poet at www.poetrymagazine.org back in January for the second time in three months, as she was similarly feted in October 2007. This time, her poem "Man of War" was prominently hosted on the site. The same poem was featured on the Poetry Daily Web site on January 14. Frost, who was among several faculty poets to attend the winter residency for the New England College Master of Fine Arts Program, also was included in the Alhambra Poetry Calendar 2008: 366 Classic and Contemporary Poems. Her piece, "Orchid," represents August 1. The calendar, which is published in Belgium, "showcases work by some of the best American, British, Canadian, Australian, and Irish poets from the 14th to the 21st century." The calendar also appears in French, German, Spanish, and Italian editions and will come out in hardcover later this winter. This is the fourth such calendar published by Alahambra and Frost's fourth appearance.

Lisa Gruenhagen, assistant professor of music, has been invited to present her research on collaborative professional development for in-service teachers at the 2008 American Educational Research Association Conference in New York City from March 24-28. Her paper was chosen for presentation from 12,000 proposal submissions. The AERA conference hosts the largest gathering of educators from all disciplines, drawing around 14,000 scholars each year. The theme of this year's AERA conference is Research on Schools, Neighborhoods, and Communities: Toward Civic Responsibility. Gruenhagen's paper is titled "Developing Professional Knowledge About Music Teaching and Learning Through Collaborative Conversations." "Professional development experiences for teachers have often been organized as in-service days, a workshop or class, and other such one-time events planned and organized by someone other than practitioners. Researchers advocate for professional development that is teacher-centered; is situated in practice; is an ongoing process; fosters collegiality, collaborative inquiry, and critical discourse; and is linked to improving student learning," she explained.

Professor of Philosophy Stanley Konecky will present a paper titled "Human Reality" at the North American Sartre Society Conference on April 6, 2008 at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. The North American Sartre Society is dedicated to the study of all aspects of the work and thought of Jean-Paul Sartre. The Society does not endorse any one theoretical orientation in Sartre studies, but rather encourages and supports work from a variety of perspectives. The Society does so principally by sponsoring and organizing a conference, held roughly every year-and-a-half, in which scholars from across North America and around the world present their work on Sartre, and by publishing a journal, Sartre Studies International.

Assistant Professor of Art Joseph Von Stengel has two shows in the offing. The first, currently on display in Hartwick's own Foreman Gallery, is titled "What Do You Want to Be?" The visual exploration of package design is on display through March 21. "What Do You Want to Be?" is a visual exploration of children's toys from the cheap dollar store finds to foreign high end expensive toys.  Before that show closes, Von Stengel will open another on the West Coast. "BYOTV," a digital art show, will run from March 19 to April 27 at the New American Art Union Gallery in Portland, OR. "Bring Your Own TV" is an installation being curated by a group called "The Video Gentlemen." The installation is a temporary constellation of technoculture thematically driven by TV culture. Programming is guided by several themes including media archaeology, haunted media, surveillance, and e-waste. The exhibit consists of several short-range transmissions within the gallery space to be picked up on small TVs carried by the viewers. Von Stengel's Pattern Joy series will be presented as a loop on the 'media archaeology' transmission.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Jeremy Wisnewski has had several online book reviews recently published in the peer-reviewed Metapsychology. They include Review of Philip Zimbardo, The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, in Metapsychology: Online Reviews, Volume 11, No. 41, October 9, 2007; Review of The Bioethics Reader: Editors' Choice, Blackwell Publishing, forthcoming in Metapsychology: Online Reviews, Volume 12, Issue 6, 2008; and Review of Oath Betrayed, Steven Miles, Metapsychology: Online Reviews, Volume 12, Issue 6, February 5, 2008.