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Faculty-Staff Achievements, Sept. 16, 2013

September 16, 2013



Michael Lomaestro Jr., groundskeeper, is a member of the Out of Control Band, which was inducted into the New York State Blues Hall of Fame in an Aug. 11 ceremony at the Saratoga City Tavern. The event was hosted by veteran bluesman Michael Packer with emcee Steve Daub of WRPI radio. The ceremony featured short sets from inducted performers.


David Karp, associate dean of student affairs and professor of sociology, was a co-presenter (with Duke Fisher) of restorative justice trainings offered at Cornell, Stanford, and Carleton College this summer.

Viviana Rangil, associate professor of Spanish, was the guest speaker at the May 29 “Town and Gown Movie Night” sponsored by the Saratoga Film Forum. She introduced the “The Holy Girl (La Nina Santa),” Lucrecia Martel’s 2004 drama about a young girl’s coming of age and a flirtatious doctor’s comeuppance in a provincial Argentine hotel. Town and Gown programs give Skidmore scholars and artists a public form to curate, screen, and discuss a movie that has influenced their work. The evenings are supported by Saratoga Arts and Skidmore.

Publications, Exhibitions
& Performances

new book by David Karp

April Bernard, associate professor of English, is the author of "Sylvia Plath: Rage and Laughter” (June 5, 2013) and “Here’s What I Hate About Writers’ Houses” (Aug. 11, 2013), both published in, the blog of The New York Review of Books.

Regis Brodie and David Miller, professors emeriti of art and longtime artistic colleagues, are teaming up again for “Balancing Act: New Works,” opening Sept. 20 at the Sorelle Gallery, 1475 Western Ave. (Stuyvesant Plaza), Albany. The show celebrates “the deliberate and distinguished careers of two area masters.” An opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20; the show runs through Oct. 3.

Victor Cahn, professor of English, is the author of “A Dish for the Gods,” a play that opened Sept. 14 at the Lion Theatre in New York City, and runs through Oct. 5.

Two faculty members have published new books. David Karp, associate dean of student affairs and professor of sociology, is author of The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities (2013), published by Good Books. The book offers three models of campus practice, considerations when starting a campus program, and how to include restorative justice in the Student Honor Code. Read more at the publisher’s web site.

 new book by Flagg Taylor
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Flagg Taylor, assistant professor of government, is coauthor of The Contested Removal Power, 1789-2010 (2013, University Press of Kansas), which recounts the removal power debate from the founding of the United States until present day. Read more here.

Steven Millhauser, Tisch Professor of Arts and Letters, is the author of “Thirteen Wives,” published May 27 in The New Yorker.

Jay Rogoff, visiting assistant professor of English, has published his poem, “A Mess of Shadows for Their Meat,” in the current online edition of American Arts Quarterly (Spring 2013).

In the News

Rubén Graciani, associate professor of dance, was the subject of a feature story June 5 in the Albany Times Union titled “Skidmore professor launches new dance company.”

Chuck Joseph, professor emeritus, Department of Music, was a guest May 26 on WAMC’s “Roundtable” program, where he discussed Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring prior to a performance of the piece by the Five Browns at Arthur Zankel Music Center.

A discussion of “Museum,” a poem by Jay Rogoff, visiting assistant professor of English, is featured in Rachel Hadas’s “Freelance” piece on poetry and attention, in the Times Literary Supplement (TLS), no. 5748 (31 May 2013). The poem appears in his most recent collection, The Art of Gravity (LSU Press, 2011).

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