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Skidmore College
Faculty Development Committee

Edwin M. Moseley Faculty Lectureship

Deadline for Nominations: Friday, November 4, 2022

Skidmore College established this lectureship in 1957 to honor special achievement in research and/or creative work by members of its faculty. This lecture is usually held during the month of February. The list of past lecturers and their topics reflects the varied interests and disciplines of the faculty.

1957–58  Joseph S. G. Bolton, "New Light on Shakespeare" 
1958–59 Miriam Benkovitz, "Fanny Burney: The Making of a Novelist"
1959–60 Stanley Saxton, "Music from the West Indies"
1960–61 Ernst Waldinger, "Tradition and Poetry"
1961–62 Agnes Gelinas, "Collegiate Education for Nursing"
1962–63 T. S. Krawiec, "An Essay on Values"
1963–64 Sonja Karsen, "Jaime Torres Bodet: A Poet in a Changing World"
1964–65 Alfrida Storm, "The Heritage of America"
1965–66 Everett V. Stonequist, "Race Relations and the Great Society"
1966–67 Henry C. Galant, "The French Doctor and the State"
1967–68 Edwin M. Moseley, "The Outsider as Hero and Anti-Hero"
1968–69 Denton Crocker, "Crayfishes, Biology and Values: A Personal View”
1969–70 Yu-Kuang Chu, "A Comparative Study of Language Reforms in China
and Japan"
1970–71   Louise Elliott Dalby, "The Great War and Women's Liberation"
1971–72 Harry Prosch, "Cooling the Modern Mind: Polanyi's Mission”
1972–73 Erwin L. Levine, "The Ghost of John C. Calhoun and American Politics"
1973–74 Edward Hausman, "Who Says Practice Makes Perfect?"
1974–75  David Marcell, "An Appreciation of Henry Adams"
1975–76 Laurence Josephs, "The Skidmore Poems: A Retrospective"
1976–77 Darnell Rucker, "The Substance of the Self"
1977–78 Alan Brody, "Courtships, Bar Mitzvahs and Other Things"
1978–79 Ruth Lakeway, "La Lirica de Camera: The Twentieth Century Renaissance of the Italian Art Song"
1979–80 Robert Boyers, "Confronting the Present: Politics, Fiction, Autobiography"
1980–81 Earl Pardon, "Retrospective Exhibition"
1981–82 Kenneth G. Johnson, "The Elusive Strand—an Exercise in Paleogeography"
1982–83 Mary Ellen Fischer, "The Politics of Leadership in a Small Communist State:
Nicolae Ceausescu and the Romanian Communist Party, 1965–1982"
1983–84 George C. Green, "What Has Sound to do with Music? (A Composer, a
Composition, Some Ideas—An Illustrative Lecture)"
1984–85  William Brynteson, "Historicism, Manuscripts and Edward I of England"
1985–86 Thomas S. W. Lewis, "To Do, to Be, to Suffer: The Memoirs of Ulysses
S. Grant"
1986–87 Harry F. Gaugh, "Edges"

William S. Brown, "Ecology, Populations, and Rattlesnakes: A Decade of Field Research"

1988–89  Regis C. Brodie, "The Creative Process: An Artist's Point of View"
1989–90 Carolyn Anderson, "The Living Newspaper: Evolution and Revolution"
1990–91 Regina M. Janes, "Beheadings in Progress"

Tadahisa Kuroda, "How to Elect the President: Answers from the Early

1992–93 Terence Diggory, "Collaborative Creation: The Case of Oranges"
1993–94 Charles M. Joseph, "The Fictional Stravinsky: Unmasking the Icon"
1994–95 Charlotte Goodman, "Literary Biography: Fashioning a Female Subject"
1995–96 David Domozych, “The Life of a Plant Cell: Building and Holding the Fort”
1996–97 Ralph Ciancio, “Seeing What Nabokov is Saying”
1997–98 Sheldon Solomon, "Grave Matters on the Role of Death in Life"
1998–99 Jeffrey O. Segrave, "The Modern Olympic Games"
1999–2000 Susan S. Lehr, "Barbarous Women and Invisible Children: Evolution of
a Researcher's Research"

Mary Ann Foley, "Sharing a Fascinating Journey: The Study of Children's Memory Confusions"

2001–02  Penny Jolly, "Pregnant Moments: Maternity Clothing as Metaphor in
15th-Century Netherlandish Art"
2002–03 Rajagopal Parthasarathy, "Writing Between the Lines: The Politics and
Poetics of Translation”
2003–04 Roy Rotheim, “J. M. Keynes and the Struggle for Genius”
2004–05 Mary Stange, “Wilderness, Real and Imagined, and Wild Women”
2005–06 Pola Dobry Baytelman, "Piano Music of the Americas”

Roy H. Ginsberg, “Exorcising the Ghosts of Europe's Past? 50 Years
of European Integration”

2007–08 John Anzalone, "From Propaganda to Pity: French Graphic Culture
in WWI"
2008–09 Denise Smith, "Sudden Cardiac Death: Why Are Firefighters at Risk?"
2009–10 Reginald Lilly, “Trauma—Beauty”
2010–11 Alice Dean, “Layers, Lines and Boxes: Some Mathematical Puzzles
and Pearls”
2011–12 Catherine Golden, "Victorian Culture on Display: Decorative Objects
in 'the time of chivalry ... the age of steam' "
2012–13  Bernard Possidente, "Circadian Biological Clocks: How Flies Time When They're Having Fun"
2013–14 Gregory Pfitzer, "The Unpopularity of Popular History: A Scholar's Pursuit of Non-Scholarly Things"
2014–15 Steve Stern, “Creative Amnesia or the Persistence of Magic”
2015–16 Jennifer Delton, “When We Were Liberal: Explaining the Twentieth Century”
2016–17 Pushkala Prasad, "(Ir)resistible and (Dis)reputable Empire: Racialized Capitalism and the Tainting of Brand USA"
2017–18 Mary Crone Odekon, "Galaxies in the 21st Century"
2018-19 Catherine Berheide, "Still Gendered After All These Years: Pay, Promotion, and Faculty Well-being"
2019-20 Matthew Hockenos, "Then They Came For Me: America and the Making of the Niemöller Myth"
2020-21 Susannah Mintz, "From Milton to Memoir: On Sentences, Story and Self"
2021-22 Daniel Nathan, "Remembrance of Games Past: Sport, History, & Culture"
2022-23 Paul Arciero, TBA


  1. For purposes of this faculty award for scholarly or artistic achievement, academic research and creative work are to be considered on a par. The latter term refers to creative work in the arts, literature, and other areas and may result in forms of presentation other than a formal lecture, such as a reading, performance, or exhibition.
  2. Quality of the work should be the primary criterion for selection among the eligible. The standard of quality should be such that publication of the research study or presentation of the creative work shall significantly enhance the academic reputation of the college.
  3. Inasmuch as the purpose of this award is to encourage faculty research and creative work at Skidmore, the faculty member should have done the bulk of the work that serves as the basis of his or her selection while a member of the Skidmore faculty.
  4. Primary consideration should be given to recent scholarship of exceptional quality; secondary consideration should be given to a record indicating a continuing history of scholarship (as opposed to a single notable accomplishment) and evidence of active current scholarship.
  5. Though recipients of this award should be selected primarily on the basis of individual merits, consideration may also be given to issues of diversity and inclusion. These might include diversity of discipline, gender and/or ethnic background.
  6. Only when other things are equal should priority be given to seniority in academic rank or length of service at Skidmore. Depending on the number of nominations received, FDC may first narrow the pool of nominees.  Only the finalists will be asked tosubmit supporting material for further consideration.  please email the supporting material to Debra Peterson at

Online: Edwin M. Moseley Faculty Lectureship nomination form: