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ROBERT ALBERT, emeritus professor of psychology, published “Parents’ Personality and the Creative Potential of Exceptionally Gifted Boys,” in Creativity Research Journal, 2005, Vol. 17, No. 4. Albert was a professor of psychology at Pitzer from 1965 to 1992.
Hal FairchildHALFORD FAIRCHILD, professor of psychology and Black Studies, has finished what he hopes to be the first in a series of spoken word projects. He completed the production of a multi-mix single CD that offers the lyrics to a song, “A Woman Named Truth: Sojourner Truth,” that tells Sojourner Truth’s life story in rhyme. The CD offers spoken word, smooth jazz, rap and hip-hop interpretations of the lyric.
PAUL FAULSTICH, professor of Environmental Studies, was selected to serve a three-year term on the National Screening Committee for the Institute of International Education. His 1998 essay, “Mapping the Mythological Landscape: An Aboriginal Way of Being-in-the-World,” was reprinted in Environmental Philosophy: Critical Concepts in the Environment (edited by J. Baird Callicott, & Clare Palmer, Routledge). The collection gathers classic, influential, and important papers in environmental philosophy from the late 1960s to the present. During the summer, Faulstich traveled to China on a Mellon Grant to survey vernacular uses of bamboo.
DAVID FURMAN, Peter and Gloria Gold Professor of Art, had one of his erotic teapots featured at the 3rd World Ceramic Livingware Gallery, in Icheon, Korea, in conjunction with the 3rd World Ceramic Biennale 2005, at the World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, where his artwork, "The Irresistible Force vs. the Immovable Object" was awarded the Silver Medal and was exhibited and acquired by the WOCEF Ceramic Museum. Furman was one of fifteen International artists invited to lecture and show slides of his work at the International Conference of Ceramic Art in Yixing, China, the “birthplace of the teapot.” He also showed slides and lectured at the Jingdezhen Institute of Ceramics in Jingdezhen, China, a center for porcelain for more than 1,000 years. His one-person exhibition Body Language/New Figurative Sculpture at the Solomon Dubnick Gallery in Sacramento marked Furman’s 40th solo exhibition.
Judy GrabinerJUDY GRABINER , Flora Sanborn Pitzer Professor of Mathematics, received the Lester R. Ford Award on August 4 at the Summer MathFest in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Grabiner is the only individual to have received this award three times. The Lester R. Ford Award was established in 1964 to recognize authors of articles of expository excellence published in American Mathematical Monthly or Mathematics Magazine.
     Grabiner received the award in recognition of her article, “Newton, Maclaurin, and the Authority of Mathematics,” which appeared in American Mathematical Monthly, 111 (2004), no. 10, pp. 841-852.
The citation notes, “Grabiner’s carefully documented article provides a lively account of the broad influence of Newton’s work through that of one of his most successful followers. This paper should interest anyone curious about the direct effects of the calculus on all areas of thought.”
     The award is named for Lester R. Ford, Sr., a distinguished mathematician, editor of American Mathematical Monthly, 1942-1946, and president of the American Mathematical Association, 1947-1948.
MELINDA HERROLD-MENZIES, assistant professor of Environmental Studies, completed field research in June and July, funded by a grant from the Freeman Program in Asian Political Economy, with two undergraduates, Liz Mendelson ’06 and Blair Pleason ’07, on how economic reforms were affecting land use in remote rural areas in Russia and China. They spent nearly five weeks in southwestern China and the Russian Far East interviewing farmers, fishers, officials and natural resource managers about changes in agriculture and nature conservation. Herrold-Menzies also had an article, “From Adversary to Partner: the Evolving Role of Caohai Nature Reserve in the Lives of Reserve Residents,” accepted for publication by the peer-reviewed journal, Canadian Journal of Development Studies.
MING-YUEN S. MA, assistant professor of Media Studies, participated in several screenings, including: “Loss and Other Discoveries,” Available Light c/o Arts Court, Toronto, Canada, curated by Carol Breton; Art & Culture Lecture Series, California State Summer School for The Arts (CSSSA); Film and Video Dept., California State Summer School for The Arts (CSSSA); Filmhuis Cavia, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Scratch Projections/Light Cone at Centre Wallonie Bruxelles, Paris, France; and Duke University, Durham, N.C. In addition, he was invited to speak at “Find Your Role: Taking Action for the LGBT Community,” a conference at Cal State L.A. He has articles coming out in the journals Release Print and Corpus. He recently appeared as a guest on a talk show called “The Kitty Mak Show: Live and Unrehearsed” that broadcasts on West Hollywood Public Access TV.
Tracy Biga MacLeanTRACY BIGA MACLEAN, academic director of Intercollegiate Media Studies, published “How Far is Far Away?” The article is about Tran R. Kim-Trang’s 2002 blindness series and appears in Charlie Don’t Surf: 4 Vietnamese American Artists. MacLean co-wrote “The Vidiot,” with Jon Wagner, which will appear in the Fall 2005 issue of Black Clock.
Kathryn MillerKATHRYN MILLER, professor of art, recently completed building a rammed earth amphitheater for the Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Authority in the Whittier Hills in Whittier, Calif. The amphitheater will serve as an outdoor classroom for the park ranger programs and marks the port of entry into the wilderness area. A soil berm landscaped with plants native to the area will be completed this fall before the rainy season begins. Miller and her collaborator, artist/designer Andreas Hessing, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (through the New England Foundation for the Arts) to work as artists-in-residence with the National Park Service. This is one of three projects completed in the Los Angeles area with this grant. This fall, Miller will be exhibiting work at the Palm Springs Desert Museum for a show titled Contemporary Desert Photography: The Other Side of Paradise that opens December 16 and continues through March 12, 2006. The focus of the exhibition is on contemporary photography that has shaped the way we view and think about the American desert.
David MooreDAVID MOORE, professor of psychology, will have an article, “Perception Precedes Computation: Can Familiarity Preferences Explain Apparent Calculation by Human Babies?” published in an upcoming issue of Developmental Psychology, the journal of the American Psychological Association that is most widely read by those in his field. The article reports on empirical work Moore has been doing at Pitzer during the past decade. Moore reported that given how much time he has put into the data collection, he was very pleased to hear that the article will be published in an excellent journal.
Lee MunroeLEE MUNROE, research professor of anthropology, has published “Ethnographic Setting: The Major Sociocultural Forms of the Black Carib of Punta Gorda, British Honduras,” with the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF), New Haven, Conn. Munroe’s contribution is one element in HRAF’s electronic compilation of ethnographic coverage of the world’s peoples.
PETER NARDI, professor of sociology, published the second edition of his textbook, Doing Survey Research: A Guide to Quantitative Methods, with Allyn & Bacon. Nardi has also been frequently interviewed this past year on his research on men’s friendships by the New York Times, Reader's Digest, Cincinnati Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, and many other major publications.

Greg OrfaleaGREG ORFALEA, director of the Pitzer Writing Center, published The Arab Americans: A History in November on Interlink Publishers, Northampton, Mass. Orfalea’s book, Up All Night, received an Honorable Mention at the Catholic Press Association Awards banquet. The Paulist Press published it.

Norma RodriguezNORMA RODRIGUEZ, professor of psychology, gave three presentations this year. The first was titled “Examining the Complexities of Familism and Acculturation Among People of Mexican Origin,” given at the meeting of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), in Denver, Colo. The second, “Development and Validation of the Multidimensional Acculturative Stress Inventory,” was a symposium presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., with Pitzer College alumni Consuelo Bingham Mira ’98 and Thomas Flores ’99. The third, “Gendered Social Relationships and Psychological Adjustment Among Mexican-origin Adults,” was a poster presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., with Pitzer student Emily London ’06. Rodriguez also served on the psychology panel reviewing applications for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in February 2005.
RONALD RUBIN , professor of the History of Ideas, was a guest on the radio show “Philosophy Talk” in August. The show is an hour-long, call-in talk show, hosted by two Stanford philosophers. Rubin was on the show to talk about Descartes’ Meditations, one of the many areas of his expertise, which includes the history of early modern
philosophy; the history of early modern science; the philosophy of science; and the philosophy of mind. An archived version of the show is at www.philosophy talk.org/pastShows/Descartes.htm
Dan SegalDAN SEGAL, Jean M. Pitzer Professor of Anthropology and History, was the featured scholar at the University of Virginia’s Page-Barbour and James W. Richard Lectures October 10-12. His lectures series, titled “Moder-nity and the History Monopoly or Why We Need Other Histories,” included: “Social Evolutionary Thought and the Misrecognition of History,” “Remembering History Without ‘Having a History’,” and “‘The Great Transformation’ Without its Beginning or End.” The Page-Barbour Lectures were founded in 1907 by Mrs. Thomas Nelson Page. The lectures, which may be in any field in the arts and sciences, are to present “some fresh aspect or aspects of the department of thought” in which the lecturer is a specialist, and are to possess such unity as to be published in book form by the university. Past Page-Barbour lecturers include President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft; poets T.S. Eliot and W.H. Auden; philosophers Walter Lippman and John Dewey; and psychologists B.F. Skinner and Robert Coles. Recent Page-Barbour lecturers include philosopher Richard Rorty, physicist Freeman Dyson and anthropologist Maurice Godelier. The James W. Richard Lectures are funded by an endowment established by the will of Este Coffinberry, probated in 1923. The will specifies that one lecture is to be in religion and another in history, especially comparative history. It also provides that the lectures are to be such that the university might publish them as a book. Past James W. Richard lecturers include theologians and philosophers Etienne Gilson, Paul Tillich, Wilfred Cantwell Smith, Thomas Torrance, Nicholas Lash and Langdon Gilkey; and historians Jaroslav Pelikan, Jacob Neusner, and Edmund Morgan. Recent James W. Richard lecturers include philosopher Stephen Mulhall, political theorist Quentin Skinner, historian Lynn Hunt and religious studies scholar David Schulman.
SUSAN SEYMOUR, emerita professor of anthropology, presented a paper titled “Resistance” as part of “The Missing Psychology in Cultural Anthropology’s Keywords” session at the 2005 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Psychological Anthropology.
Kathryn StelmachKATHRYN STELMACH, adjunct assistant professor of English and world literature, presented a paper titled “More than the Ear Could Bear to Hear: Female Storytellers in the Short Fiction of Eudora Welty and Elizabeth Bowen” at the Modern Language Association Convention in Philadelphia in December 2004. Stelmach has an article forthcoming in Studies in the Novel, titled “From Text to Tableau: Ekphrastic Enchantment in Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse.”
CLAUDIA STRAUSS, associate professor of anthropology, was co-editor of Ethos special issue, 32(4), “Contributions to a Feminist Psychological Anthropology” (2004). Strauss authored the following works: “Is Empathy Gendered and If So, Why? An Approach from Feminist Psychological Anthropology.” (2004) Ethos 32(4):432-457; “Diversity and Homogeneity in American Culture: Teaching and Theory.” (2004) FOSAP Newsletter 11(2):4-6; “Analyzing Discourse for Cultural Complexity,” (2005) In Naomi Quinn, ed., Finding Culture in Talk: A Collection of Methods. NY: Palgrave. “Cognitive Anthropology,” (2005) Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd ed., Keith Brown, ed. Elsevier.
KATHLEEN YEP, assistant professor of sociology, presented at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women on a panel titled “Unbinding Asian American Women’s Lives: Judy Yung’s Contributions to History,” with Sue Armitage, Karen Leong, Xiaojian Zhao and Judy Yung in June. Yep also presented a paper titled “Red, Yellow, Black: Performing Racialized Masculinities Through Basketball and the Body,” in the spotlight session, “Interdisciplinary Dialogues: Thinking Through Sport, Race, and the Nation” with Brett St. Louis and Gregory Rodriguez at the North American Society for Sociology of Sport national conference in November 2004.
PHIL ZUCKERMAN, associate professor of sociology, recently won the Jack Shand Research Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Fichter Research Award from the Association for the Sociology of Religion, both in support of his research on secularization in Scandinavia. Zuckerman’s book, Invitation to the Sociology of Religion (Routledge, 2003), was translated into Farsi and published in Iran.

Pitzer College Visiting Faculty 2005-06
John Alexander, Psychology
Heather Arndt, Art
Martha Barcenas, Spanish
Derek Barker, Political Studies
Tom Borowski, Psychology/ Neuroscience
Brian Burkhart, Philosophy/History
Steve Cahill, Photography
Kirstin Ellsworth, Art History

Gail Gottfried, Psychology

Tom Hayden, Sociology
Arnie Hendrickson, Art
Joseph Lantz, Psychology
Diana Linden, First Year Seminar
Daniel Malpica, Sociology
Jonathan Markovitz, Sociology
Melissa Menendez, English and World Literature
Ami Mezahav, Sociology
Armando Navarro, Chicano Studies/ Political Studies
Leila Neti, International and Intercultural Studies
John Norvell, Anthropology
Lissa Petersen, Writing
Hilton Root, Freeman Scholar, Economics
Evangelos Sekeris, Economics
Kathryn Stelmach, English and World Literature
Suzie Suriam, French/International and Intercultural Studies
Maria Torres, First Year Seminar