Professional Notes: October 2007

Professor of English Robert Bensen read poetry at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, NY, on September 23. The reading honored one of the dancers in the Two Dancers exhibition, Elisabeth Baldanza, who was recently named Miss New York 2007 and will represent the state in the Miss America pageant in January 2008.  The exhibit is supported in part by a Hartwick College Faculty Research grant. The reading made the 6 & 11 o'clock news in Albany's CBS affiliate!

Sandy Huntington, associate professor of religious studies, gave the talk "The Life and Teaching of the Buddha" at the Ithaca Public Library on September 30 and will present "The Ontology of Consciousness in Buddhist Thought and Practice" at Cornell University on October 18. Both talks are presented in conjunction with the Dalai Lama's visit to Ithaca. On October 4, Huntington will speak at Smith College to a gathering of faculty from a number of colleges in the area. He will discuss his recent paper published  in the journal History of Religions, entitled "History, Religion, and Truth." He also published an article in the Journal of Indian Philosophy (read more about that publication here).

Associate Professor of History Sean Kelley presented the "Race and African Ethnicity in the Slave Trading Correspondence of Henry Laurens, 1748-64" at the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture at the College of William and Mary in June. He also will give a lecture titled "Blackbirders and Bozales: African-Born Slaves on the Lower Brazos River of Texas in the 19th Century" as part of the lecture series "The International Slave Trade After 1808," hosted by the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State University on October 17. He also published an article in the journal Slavery & Abolition (read more about that publication here).

Associate Dean and Director of U.S. Pluralism Programs Harry Bradshaw Matthews presented at the Frederick Douglass International Underground Railroad Conference in Rochester, NY September 28-30, 2007. His presentation was entitled "Role of the United States Colored Troops in the Resistance and Liberation of Enslaved Americans."

Professor of English Kim Noling was elected by the faculty to serve as Faculty Chair. Her term is effective immediately and will continue through June 14, 2008.

Joseph Von Stengel, assistant professor of art, performed a Mash-up Re-mix Digital Visual Media show with the music group Finn Riggins of Haily, Idaho at Goodbye Blue Monday in Brooklyn, NY on October 2.