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Faculty-Staff Achievements, Feb. 8, 2013

February 8, 2013



Regina Janes, professor of English, gave a talk titled “What is Religio Laici doing in A Tale of a Tub?"  at the 10th Annual Dublin Symposium on Jonathan Swift held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, in October 2011.

Catherine Hill, F. William Harder Professor of Business, participated in a discussion with biologist and author Jerry Jenkins following the Feb. 2 screening of the documentary Chasing Ice at the Saratoga Film Forum. The event was the first in a new Film Forum series titled “In the Public Interest!” which emphasizes films that dramatize a subject of pressing, topical concern. Each screening in the series will feature a post-film conversation with one or more informed presenters who will address the subject of the film. Hill often speaks about “greenteck” and climate change; Jenkins is the author of The Adirondack Atlas and Climate Change in the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Trust Co. is underwriting “In the Public Interest.”

The Saratoga Film Forum recently announced another program that will draw on the expertise of Skidmore’s faculty. With support from a grant provided by the New York State Council on the Arts and a second grant from Skidmore, the Film Forum will launch a new “Town and Gown” movie series. Films in this four-movie series will be chosen by Skidmore faculty. The series will take place once a month on Mondays this spring, and resume in the fall. The goal of the program is to bring together Film Forum patrons, film scholars and students, and celebrate faculty expertise.


Regina Janes, professor of English, has a number of publications. Details are as follows: two articles reprinted in Mary Wollstonecraft, ed. Jane Moore., International Library of Essays in the History of Social and Political Thought, (Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate), 2012.  The articles are “On the Reception of Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” originally published in the Journal of the History of Ideas, 1978; and “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, Or, Mary Astell and Mary Wollstonecraft Compared,” which originally appeared in Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, 1976. 

In addition, Janes authored a review of Catherine Trotter Cockburn’s Philosophical Writings, edited by Patricia Sheridan, and a review of Eighteenth-Century Thought. Vol. 4, ed. James G. Buickerood. Both reviews were published in Scriblerian, Vol.43, No. 2 (2011).

She also wrote “Henry Fielding Straddles a Moving Theme,” published in Theology and Literature in the Age of Johnson, ed. Melvyn New and Gerard Reedy, S.J., (Newark: University of Delaware Press), 2012.

In the News

David Karp, professor of sociology and associate dean of student affairs, and Mehmet Odekon, professor of economics, wrote letters to the editor of The Saratogian. Karp’s message was on the availability of guns  and Odekon’s focus was the recent arms fair in Saratoga Springs.