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Five porcelain pieces created by Regis Brodie, art, have been included in the permanent collection of the Musée National de Céramique in Sèvres, France. Brodie is only the second American artist to be included in the museum’s collection. He also has works in the Museo de Ceramica in Barcelona; the Regional Museum of Art in Tula, Russia; and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

Gautam Dasgupta, theater, was the subject of a documentary in which he discussed the life and times of playwright Heiner Müller; the film, made by German director Alexander Kluge, was aired on several TV stations in Europe. During a 1998-99 fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin, Dasgupta gave lectures about Müller at various institutions across Europe; he also published articles in German periodicals and was interviewed for a number of German televison and radio programs. Last fall he participated in a symposium in Austria called "Cross Gender/Cross Genre: Glamorous Issues in Theater, Theory, Rock Music and Performance Art in the Late ’60s and Early ’70s (New York, London, Germany)."

Thomas Denny, music, contributed an article about friendship and intimacy in Schubert’s piano duets to the book Schubert und seine Freunde, published in 1999 in Vienna.

Michael Ennis-McMillan, anthropology, presented a paper and chaired a session titled "Social Suffering: Disease and Despair" at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting.

Catherine Golden, English, is the author of "Natural Companions: Text and Illustration in the Work of Beatrix Potter," published in Beatrix Potter Studies VIII.

Steven Hoffmann, government, has been named a Public Policy Scholar of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He’ll spend next fall semester in Washington, D.C., working on a book-length project about contemporary U.S.-India relations. He also plans to lecture and to participate in a conference on India and China relations. A longtime India expert (and the author of the 1990 book India and the China Crisis), Hoffmann has recently focused on the "extrastrategic" factors–especially cultural differences and sensitivities–that complicate diplomatic communications between India and America.

Hédi Jaouad, French, is the author of "The Sands of Rhyme: Thackeray and Abd al Qadir," published in Research in African Literatures, vol. 30, no. 3. Jaouad recently took part in forums at Columbia and Yale: one on Kateb Yacine, Algeria’s foremost Francophone writer, and the other on "expanding horizons" in French and Francophone studies.

Kenneth Johnson, geology, presented a paper–about the "pedagogic windfall" of a 19th-century convergence of geology and landscape art–to the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America; the essay was slated for publication in the Journal of Geoscience Education.

David Karp, sociology, wrote an article about the "community justice" movement in a publication of the Christian Democratic Party in the Netherlands.

James Kennelly, business, gave a talk, "From Dairy Cooperative to Multinational Corporation: Managing Multiple Stakeholders at the Kerry Group, PLC," at the annual Academy of Management meeting.

Kenneth Klotz, UWW, is the new mayor of Saratoga Springs. A Democrat, Klotz won the election by just 85 votes, defeating the Republican incumbent, J. Michael O’Connell. Klotz had previously served as the city’s commissioner of finance. (The new mayor’s very first official act was the wedding of Lewis Rosengarten, lecturer in Liberal Studies, on New Year’s Day.)

Steven Millhauser, English, had his story "The Disappearance of Elaine Coleman" published in the November 22 New Yorker. Also in November, Millhauser’s "The Visit" was read on the National Public Radio show Selected Shorts.

Mehmet Odekon, economics, delivered a paper, "Financial Liberalization: Financial Markets and Investment in Turkey," at the 1999 Development Economics Study Conference at the University of Reading in England. He also gave a talk on cyclical poverty in the U.S. at the International Atlantic Economic Conference in Montreal.

Rajagopal Parthasarathy, English, has a poem forthcoming in Shenandoah. And a special Indian-poetry edition of Verse will include two of his English poems, plus seven that he translated from Sanskrit.

Flip Phillips, psychology, presented "A Genetic Methodology for Highly Dimensional Experiments" to the Society of Mathematical Psychology in California.

Jeffrey Segrave, exercise science, gave two papers at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport–on sports metaphors and on universalism in the Olympics after the revolutions in Eastern Europe.

Sr. Rosemary Sgroi, Catholic chaplain, was on special assignment at Mercy International Centre in Dublin, Ireland, during January and February. The center is the founding location of the Sisters of Mercy, begun by Catherine McAuley to provide housing, education, and spiritual support to poor women.

Phil Soltanoff, theater, directed a new staging of Peter Handke’s The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other with his company Mad Dog at Five Myles in Brooklyn, N.Y. He and Debra Fernandez, dance, co-choreographed the movement- and music-rich production.

Gordon Thompson, music, has provided two entries for the South Asia volume of the recently published Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. His articles are about the music traditions in the western state of Gujarat and about "Regional Caste Artists and Patrons."

Tatyana Tolstaya, English, is the author of "White Walls," published in the January 17 issue of the New Yorker. The story was translated from the Russian by Jamey Gambrell.

Benjamin Van Wye, music, has published two review essays on French organ music–one in the June 1999 Notes, and the other in the Journal of the Society for 17th-Century Music.


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