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Mita BanerjeeMITA BANERJEE, professor of psychology, will be a co-convenor and speaker at a symposium titled “Emotion in a Social World: Explorations Into the Ways in Which Children Learn in an Emotional and Social Context.” The symposium is part of the meetings of the International Society for Studies in Behavioural Development, to be held July 2-6 in Melbourne, Australia.

Martha Barcenas-MooradianMARTHA BARCENAS-MOORADIAN, visiting associate professor of Spanish, presented “The Educator’s Role in the Information Era as Mediator Between Technology and Students in Creating Sustainable Communities: A Challenge for the 21st Century,” July 28 and “Children as Human Cargo of a U.S.-Mexico Transnational Religious Destructive Sect: A Case Study with Implications for Clinical, Human Services, and Educational Practice,” July 29 at the First International Conference on Children’s Rights & Education, University of Texas at Corpus Christi; co-presented with Lourdes Arguelles “Conducting Research in Extreme Situations: Narratives of Sex Tourism, Cultic Abuse and Border Conflict,” November 10 at the Institute for Signifying Scriptures, School of Religion, Claremont Graduate University; and “The Three Conquests and the Dark Side of Cancun” Trafficking of Women in Mexico, November 12 at the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Global Women’s and Human Rights Project, Scripps, Pomona and Pitzer Colleges. She received Resilient Educator Certification (HeartMath), December 12.

Carol BrandtCAROL BRANDT, Vice President of International Programs, gave a paper titled “Third Spaces for Democracy Through Local Citizenship Globally and Locally” as part of a Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning panel on Globalizing Liberal Learning with Steve Weisler of Hampshire College and Ed Clausen of Daemon College at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C., in January. She is giving two invited speeches in Japan this spring at Kogakuin University in Tokyo on “Language and Culture within a Global Engineering Curriculum” and on “Navigating Third Spaces: Education of Women for Leadership” at Kobe Women’s University.

Jose CalderonJOSE ZAPATA CALDERON, professor of sociology and Chicano Studies, in collaboration with Pitzer alumni Suzanne Foster ’00 and Silvia Rodriguez ’00, published a chapter “Organizing Immigrant Workers: Action Research and Strategies in the Pomona Day Labor Center” in the book Latino Los Angeles (edited by Enrique C. Ochoa and Gilda Laura Ochoa), 2006. The participation and research with the students took place in their senior year. As a Civic Scholar with the History, Civics, and Service Initiative of Campus Compact, Calderon also has an article posted on the Compact’s Web site: “Democratic Engagement through Participatory Service Learning and Action.” The article describes a partnership between Pitzer students, as part of Calderon’s Restructuring Communities class, and day laborers in organizing and leading a 45-mile march through 27 cities in support of driver’s licenses for immigrant workers. Recently, a grant proposal written by Professor Calderon and students was awarded $17,000 by the Liberty Hill Foundation for the purpose of advancing leadership development among day laborers at the Pomona Day Labor Center.

Kebokile Dengu-ZvobgoKEBOKILE DENGU-ZVOBGO, Director of International Exchanges, presented a paper, “The Evil Twins: Aids and Poverty in Southern Africa” as part of the World Issues and Human Security Lecture Series in October at Fairhaven College in Bellingham, Wash.


Paul FaulstichPAUL FAULSTICH, professor of environmental studies, was quoted in the September/October issue of Orion Magazine, in an article titled “Social Medicine: The Isolation of Modern Life May be Bad for your Health.” He spent parts of December and January on the Hopi Reservation in northern Arizona, conducting research on Hopi values of diversity as expressed through rituals. Faulstich appeared on CNN/Comcast, in an interview about Pitzer’s Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology in Costa Rica. He also was selected to serve a three-year term on the National Screening Committee for the Institute of International Education.

David FurmanDAVID FURMAN, Peter and Gloria Gold Professor of Art, exhibited his work at Terra Sutra II: An Exhibit of Erotic Art, Feb 26-March 22, at the Montage Gallery in Baltimore; his work was featured in Contemplating Realism, March 3-April 2 at the Solomon Dubnick Gallery in Sacramento; one of his erotic teapots was 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 art work, “The Irresistible Force vs. the Immovable Object” was awarded the Silver Medal and was on exhibition and acquired by the WOCEF Ceramic Museum. This is his second art work acquired by the foundation. His art work was also featured at the Venice ArtWalk in Venice, Calif., in May in support of the Venice Free Clinic. Two of his works of art were included in two international/invitational exhibitions in China, at the Yixing Ceramics Museum in June in Yixing, China. His art work/teapots were also exhibited at the Clay Studio, in October, in Philadelphia. He delivered slide lectures in March and April at the University of Southern California Department of Art and California State University Los Angeles Department of Art, respectively. Furman was one of 15 international artists invited to lecture and show slides of his work at the International Conference of Ceramic Art in June in Yixing China. Yixing is known as the “Birthplace of the Teapot.” He also showed slides and lectured at the Jingdezhen Institute of Ceramics in June in Jingdezhen, China. Jingdezhen has been a center for porcelain for more than 1,000 years, and the Ceramics Institute accommodates more than 10,000 students, studying all aspects of ceramics arts and science. He also lectured to students and faculty in Beijing at the Central Academy of Fine Art in June. His erotic teapot, The Troublemaker, is featured in Electric Kiln Ceramics, published by Krause Publications; Delightful Teapots and the 3rd World Ceramic Biennale catalogues, both published in Icheon, Korea, in conjunction with the concurrent exhibitions; and EAST/WEST: International Ceramic Artists catalogue, published by the Chinese Ceramic Art Council. His one person exhibition “Body Language/New Figurative Sculpture” at the Solomon Dubnick Gallery Oct. 6-Nov. 5 in Sacramento marks Furman’s 40th solo exhibition.

Melinda Herrold-MenziesMELINDA HERROLD-MENZIES, assistant professor of Environmental Studies, was quoted several times in a front-page story on global warming in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in November. Beyond the U.S., her research and work in the Russian Far East was the subject of an article by Tatiana Kholina in the Amurskaya Pravda, the major newspaper for Amur Province. The article appeared in August.

Brian KeeleyBRIAN KEELEY, associate professor of philosophy, was a visiting scholar in the Department of Philosophy at UC Berkeley in the fall. His edited book, Paul Churchland, Series: Contemporary Philosophy in Focus, Cambridge University Press, (Edited volume with contributions from Dan Dennett, José Luis Bermúdez, Clifford Hooker, Jesse Prinz, Pete Mandik, William Krieger, Aarre Laakso, and Garrison Cottrell), was published in December. He gave an invited commentary on Peter W. Ross “Common Sense About Qualities And The Senses” at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting in December in New York City. Keeley presented a paper, “The Individuation of Sensory Modalities: Ancient and Contemporary Views Compared” at the Southern California Philosophy Conference in October at CSU Northridge.

Jim LehmanJIM LEHMAN, professor of economics, gave a talk at Claremont Manor, “The Bush Social Security Reform Plan: Private Accounts Won’t Help,” in August. Lehman has two entries forthcoming in the Sage Press’ Encyclopedia of Governance; “Trade Agreements” and “Monopoly.” He presented a paper, “Environmental and Health Externalities in East Asia: Are there Grounds for Effective Regional Cooperation?” at a conference on the Political Economy of Regional Integration in November, co-sponsored by the Freeman Asian Political Economy Program and the Korean Institute of Economic Policy.

Ronald MacCaulayRONALD MACAULAY, professor emeritus of linguistics, published two articles: a chapter titled “Sociolect/Social Class” in The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd ed, edited by Keith Brown; and a chapter titled “Can We Find More Variety in Variation?” in Dialects Across Borders, edited by Markku Filpulla and others. The second edition of his book, The Social Art: Language and its Uses, was just published by Oxford University Press.

Ntongela MasilelaNTONGELA MASILELA, professor of English and World Literature, published The Cultural Modernity of H.I.E. Dhlomo, Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2006. Professor Masilela was invited to launch the book in Soweto, South Africa in April. He also published “Xhosa Folklore” in W. Clemens (ed.) World Folklore and Folklife, Vol. 1. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2006.

Lee MunroeLEE MUNROE, research professor of anthropology, had the following items published in 2005: Ethnographic Setting: The Major Sociocultural Forms of the Black Carib of Punta Gorda, British Honduras, New Haven, CT; Human Relations Area Files, e-publication; “Comparative Field Studies: Methodological Issues and Future Possibilities,” reprinted in Comparative Methods in the Social Sciences, Alan Sica, Ed., Sage; “Reflections of Women’s Status in Speech Frequency: A Four-Culture Study,” Cross-Cultural Research, 39, 399-417; and “Gender and Age Differences in Same-Sex Aggregation and Social Behavior: A Four-Culture Study,” (with A. Kimball Romney), Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 37, 3-19.

Greg OrfaleaGREG ORFALEA, director of the Writing Center, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly for his book, The Arab Americans: A History and was highly recommended by Library Journal to all public and private libraries. Orfalea has been invited to speak at four conferences this spring: the “Popular Culture in the Southwest” conference in New Mexico; chairing a panel at the Associated Writing Programs annual event in Austin, Texas; at the Arab American Museum in Detroit in April; and at the University of Michigan in April.

Jack SullivanJACK SULLIVAN, professor of Political and Environmental Studies, ended a two- year term as Natural Resources Director for the League of Women Voters of California in May. In the same month, he was elected to the position of Legislation Director for the state League. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing analyses of legislation before the California legislature and chairing the League’s Legislation Committee, which recommends to the League of Women Voters State Board positions on legislation. He continues to work on updating the League of Women Voters book Guide to California Government. His “Politics of Water” class in the spring of 2005 wrote an 80-page report titled, “At the Edge of the Desert: Water Conservation at Pitzer College,” which looked at water issues in light of the construction of new residence halls at Pitzer.

Rudi VoltiRUDI VOLTI, professor emeritus of sociology, was a commentator at a forum on the future of the automobile sponsored by the Society for the History of Technology and the University of Michigan, Dearborn. Volti also was a discussant for a panel on “Encyclopedic Knowledge: Critical Comparisons of Two Neo-Enlightenment Projects,” at the annual meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science.

Phil ZuckermanPHIL ZUCKERMAN, associate professor of sociology, reported that his book Invitation to the Sociology of Religion is being translated into Turkish, and being published this year in Ankara, Turkey; he gave a lecture at the University of Aarhus in November, titled “Secularization in Scandinavia;” his article “Atheism and Societal Health” will be published in April in Free Inquiry; and he has become an associate editor for the journal Sociology of Religion.

John Norvell Awarded Faculty Fulbright for Brazil Research

Visiting Professor of Anthropology John Norvell has been awarded a faculty Fulbright to research and teach in Brazil for fall 2006. Norvell will be located in Boa Vista, the capital of the northern Amazonian state of Roraima. He will teach urban anthropology at the federal university and assist in developing the first graduate-level program in anthropology in the entire Amazon basin.
The grant will also fund the first phase of Norvell’s new research project on ethnic and national identification in the state.

John Norvell

“This grant will allow me to ‘study up’ in this provincial Amazonian capital city,” Norvell explained. “I want to look at the reactions of the elites of the area to a recent wave of political mobilization by indigenous groups in the state. Their efforts have stirred up tense and even violent responses, and I hope that my research can help defuse this or at least give the indigenous groups a greater understanding of the social forces arrayed against them.”