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About the Participant

Dipa BasuDIPANNITA BASU, associate professor of sociology, had The Vinyl Ain’t Final: Hip Hop and the Globalization of Black Popular Culture, published by University of Michigan Press, 2006.


Paul FaulstichPAUL FAULSTICH, professor of Environmental Studies, appeared on CNN/Comcast, being interviewed about Pitzer’s Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology in Costa Rica. He was an invited speaker at the Fulbright Fellows Alumni Conference, Stanford University, in March with a talk titled Down (Under) but Not Out. Faulstich was voted Faculty Marshall at Commencement by this year’s graduating class.

Judy GrabinerJUDY GRABINER, Flora Sanborn Pitzer Professor of Mathematics, gave the invited talk, “Lagrange, Sufficient Reason, and Space,” at the Mathematical Association of America National Joint Meeting, in San Antonio, Texas, in January and at the UCLA History Department Colloquium in May.


Melinda Herrold-MenziesMELINDA HERROLD-MENZIES, assistant professor of Environmental Studies, published “From Adversary to Partner: The Evolving Role of Caohai Nature Reserve in the Lives of Reserve Residents,” in Canadian Journal of Development Studies 23(1): 39-50, in 2006.


Tom IlgenTOM ILGEN, the Jones Foundation Professor of Political Studies, had his book on transatlantic relations published in April by Ashgate Press in the U.K. The book, Hard Power, Soft Power and the Future of Transatlantic Relations, is a collection of original essays about the future of U.S.-European relations that addresses security affairs, economic relations, domestic politics, and transatlantic values. Ilgen wrote the introduction and conclusion as well as an extended essay, “Atlantic Alliance and the Integration of Europe.” Contributors include: Joseph S. Nye (Harvard), Gregory Treverton (RAND), Benjamin J. Cohen (UC-Santa Barbara), Christopher Coker (London School of Economics and Political Science), S. Linn Williams (former U.S. ambassador for trade matters), Adam Sheingate (Johns Hopkins), Paulette Kurzer (Arizona State University), and Patrick Chamorel (Stanford). The volume’s origin was a conference held on the topic at the European Union Center of California in April 2004.

Jesse LernerJESSE LERNER, associate professor of Media Studies, has been awarded a Fulbright-Garcia Robles fellowship for the 2006-07 academic year. The fellowship, made possible with the support of the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and the U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange, will enable him to research and teach at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estetica (Institute for Aesthetic Research, or IIE) at the National University (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, or UNAM), on their Ciudad Universitaria campus in Mexico City.
He will teach a course on the history and theory of documentary film and video and conduct research in a number of public and private archives in Mexico City. His research in Mexico looks at “Mayan modernism,” a strand within twentieth century painting, architecture and media arts that seeks affirmation for its radical aesthetics through references to ancient Mesoamerica.
   Although individual practitioners from all over the world have participated in this regionally specific form of modernist primitivism, Mexico was always at its center, and Mexico City is the place where the majority of the archival materials are to be found. Lerner will also teach a graduate seminar on documentary video and film at the National University during his stay in Mexico.
“I’m delighted by the offer of this privileged opportunity to conduct archival research in Mexico City, research that will unquestionably enrich the text that I’m writing. The offer to teach at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estetica is just icing on the cake.” Lerner said.

Jim LehmanJIM LEHMAN, professor of economics, will be presenting a paper at the Western Economic Association annual July meetings in San Diego. The session is “Measuring International Economic Interactions and Policies: Market Interactions,” and the paper is “Trade and Macroeconomic Interdependence.” Lehman will also be serving as a discussant in another session June 30, “China in the World Economy.” Additionally, Lehman has agreed to provide two entries for the Princeton University Press’ Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy (forthcoming), one on the “yield curve” and one on the “Federal Reserve Board.”

Leah LightLEAH LIGHT, professor of psychology, published “Dual-process Models of Associative Recognition in Young and Older Adults: Evidence from Receiver Operating Characteristics,” in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition 31 (2005), and “Language Comprehension and Production in Normal Aging” in J. E. Birren & K. W. Schaie (eds.) Handbook of the Psychology of Aging (6th ed.) Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2006. Professor Light is Immediate Past President (Member of Executive Committee) of American Psychological Association, Division 20, Adulthood and Aging; a member of American Psychological Association, Publications and Communications Board; and a member of the Committee on Assessing Behavioral and Social Science Research on Aging, National Research Council.

David MooreDAVID MOORE, professor of psychology, presented “Addition and Subtraction in Infancy: Sex Differences and the Role of Test Stimulus Familiarity,” and “Attention Control in Early Infancy: 2-, 3-, and 4-Month-Olds’ Ability to Inhibit Visual Attention to an Attractive Stimulus,” at the meeting of the International Conference on Infant Studies in June in Kyoto, Japan.

Greg OrfaleaGREG ORFALEA, director of the Pitzer College Writing Center, was asked to be one of three judges for the 2006 American PEN Award in Research Nonfiction. The other judges are a professor and award-winning writer teaching at Emory University, Tom Chaffin, and a former editor at the L.A. Times, Carla Lazaresschi. Orfalea was recommended by columnist Patt Morrison.

Rudi VoltiRUDI VOLTI, professor of sociology, organized a session, “The Automobile and Public Transit in Southern California: Complement or Collision?” for the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. Volti also appeared on Comcast Local Edition / CNN Headlines during July. He discussed “the dispersed quality of Southern California antedated the automobile, how the automobile reinforced that trend, and other factors that promoted the rapid and widespread adoption of the automobile.”

Former Pitzer President, now Paris Artist

Marilyn Massey

Marilyn Chapin Massey, who became Pitzer’s fourth president on July 1, 1992, and retired as president of Pitzer College on June 30, 2002, has been taking drawing classes from Philippe Henesal—beginning, advanced, and this year, urban landscape—for the past three years at Les Arts Decoratifs, an organization of four museums and three art schools in Paris.
   “My school, Ateliers Du Carrousel, is in the Rohan wing of the Louvre,” she said. “The Louvre Museum itself has courses in art history and a few specialized practical art experiences, but no art school per se.”
   “The exhibition of Ateliers de Carrousel ran two days, June 10-11,” she continued. “It is a biennial show of student work meant to promote the school. I never picked up a pencil or brush before I entered Philippe’s first class, but it was my dream to ‘see’ Paris through my own drawing if I could.

Professor Fought Makes the Rounds on National TV

Carmen Fought   Professor of Linguistics Carmen Fought appeared on NBC’s The Today Show on May 9 with Al Roker, Katie Couric, Matt Lauer and Ann Curry to talk about the use of the word “like.” On The Today Show, Professor Fought said the word “like,” as it is commonly used, functions as a discourse marker. “Well, we all need a little space to think sometimes about what we’re going to say, and this occurs in all languages—in Spanish they say ‘este,’ in French they use this weird ‘eu’ sound that I can’t even pronounce,” Fought said.
   She also gave her point of view on English as the official language of the United States in an interview with anchor Gwen Ifill on PBS’ The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on May 23.

Carmen Fought







'Passing a law making English the official language of the United States does not teach one single person English. If they wanted to propose a bill to set aside huge sums of money to fund ESL programs all across the country, I would be strongly in favor of that and so would my linguistics colleagues."
—Professor Carmen Fought on PBS’ The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer