Faculty Highlights

ANTHROPOLOGY

Read this article regarding the new equipment in the Anthropolgy department to be used in our archaeology and forensic labs. Click here

 

Kat Blake
Kathleen BlakeProfessor Blake was accepted to participate in the Visiting Scientist program in Forensic Anthropology at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City.  This program has six, month long "rotations" per year, with only one Visiting Scientist per rotation.  Congratulations on being  selected for this small group of accepted applicants.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Jennifer Olori
Publication: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0032450

CINEMA AND SCREEN STUDIES

Brad Korbesmeyer

On Mark Twain's Birthday, a Staged Reading at The Mark Twain House & Museum

of Twain's Last Chapter,a New Play on His Last Days

 
HARTFORD, Conn. -- On Friday, November 30 -- the day the great American author Mark Twain turns 177 years old -- The Mark Twain House & Museum presents a special staged reading of a new play on the author's final days, and the reveries that take him back to his past in Missouri, Hartford and elsewhere.

Twain's Last Chapter by Brad Korbesmeyer, co-directed by Jerry Krasser and Jerry Winters, is set in 1910 at Samuel L. Clemens' final Connecticut home, "Stormfield" in Redding. Jerry Krasser plays Twain, being cared for in the large, empty mansion by his surviving daughter Clara Clemens Gabrilowitsch (Jacqueline Coleman), and reminiscing about his life -- especially about his two deceased daughters, Susy Clemens (Emily Waniewski) and Jean Clemens (Stephanie Simpson).

Using Twain's actual words from his lectures, letters and books, the playwright provides a funny, moving and dreamlike portrait of a man who not only revolutionized American literature but also was deeply attached to the remarkable young women of the family he and his wife, Olivia Clemens, raised.  "As we grow older, we flash back to conversations that we've had, and that is the way Twain is portrayed in this play," says Krasser. He says it's full of wry Twainian humor, but he also calls it a "three-handkerchief piece." "At the end of the play, however, there's a kind of spiritual reunion," Krasser adds.

The staged reading of Twain's Last Chapter will be performed at The Mark Twain House & Museum's Lincoln Financial Auditorium on Friday, November 30, at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $10.

Brad Korbesmeyer is a playwright, screenwriter and Interim Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the State University of New York, Oswego. His play, Incident at San Bajo, has received over 70 productions in the U.S. and Canada and won the Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville. Other works include the play Piaf in Vienna and the screenplay Peace and Quiet. He lives in upstate New York. He worked with Krasser before in the famed UConn puppet production of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

Jerry Krasser is Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts Emeritus at the University of Connecticut. Jerry Winters is adjunct instructor of directing at Eastern Connecticut State University. Jacqueline Coleman is Senior Executive Advisor for the Arts at Hartford Public Schools. Emily Wanieski is middle school co-drama teacher and arts integration teacher at RJ Kinsella Magnet School of the Performing Arts in Hartford. Stephanie Simpson is a contemporary and musical-theater choreographer and performing artist. Music for the play was composed by UConn pianist and instructor Kenneth Clark.

The Mark Twain House &Museum (www.marktwainhouse.org) has restored the author's Hartford, Connecticut, home, where Samuel L. Clemens and his family lived from 1874 to 1891.  Twain wrote his most important works during the years he lived there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

In addition to providing tours of Twain's restored home, a National Historic Landmark, the institution offers activities and educational programs that illuminate Twain's literary legacy and provide information about his life and times.

The house and museum at 351 Farmington Ave. are open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon-5:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-247-0998 or visit www.marktwainhouse.org.

Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and the Greater Hartford Arts Council.  

 

ENGLISH

Karol Cooper

K. CooperLecture tour of three universities in Poland, from May 30-June 2, 2012:  Jan Kochanowski UniversitKarol Coopery and Holy Cross University in Kielce, and the University of Łódź in the city of Łódź.  The titles of my talks were, "Selling the Soul in the Eighteenth Century: Eliza Haywood, Daniel Defoe and Olaudah Equiano" and "Sex, Soul and Transactional Anxiety in the Fiction of Aphra Behn."  Both topics were adapted from my book manuscript on the use of the word "soul" in Karol CooperBritish literature of tKarol Cooperhe 1600s to 1700s.  Most of the students who attended the lectures were majoring in English literature or international studies.  I was invited by Dr. Sylwester  Łodej, a linguist at Jan Kochanowski University.  Dr. Łodej and I are researching an article we will co-author on the use of soul in early modern English drama.  We met last year during a visit of faculty from UJK to Oswego.  Karol CooperSince 2010, the institutions have alternately hosted the annual SUNY Oswego/Jan Kochanowski Student Conference on Cultural Studies.

 

Jacob Dodd
Projects:
Full Strength, S8mm, 16mm, 35mm 15:00, 2013
A short poetic documentary film on the artistry and life of sled hockey as seen through the eyes of a young player.
SUNY Oswego SCAC Grant Recipient 2012

Student Collaborations

Spectral Transmission, S8mm, 16mm, Fall 2012
Spectral Transmission is a new WTOP television series that showcases the creative talent of SUNY Oswego students through original and visual science fiction/fantasy tales.

Kenneth Nichols
Adjunct professor in Creative Writing, recently presented at the 24th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  His presentation, entitled Baseball on the Boards: The Theatrical History of the National Pastime and the Cultural Interplay Between the Diamond and the Stage, was part of the three-day conference.


HISTORY

Geraldine Forbes

Prof. Forbes was a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar: Teaching Fellow in the Women's Studies Research Centre  of Calcutta University (6 months- Nov-April) In addition to teaching at CU, I also lectured in a number of other universities and presented at conferences.  In March, the Public Affairs office of US Embassy in Turkmenistan invited me to give lectures on women's history during Women's History Month.

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Dr. Kenneth E. Marshall

Publication: Manhood Enslaved: Bondmen in Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century New Jersey (Rochester, N.Y.: University of Rochester Press, 2011) (Gender and Race in American History)  

Greg Parsons

Greg ParsonsIn the spring semester 2012, Professor Greg Parsons of the History department taught a course on "Jewish Life and The Holocaust Experience."  As an optional part of the course, Professor Parsons, along with Professor Jessica Hester of the Theatre department, took five SUNY Oswego students on a study visit to Poland from 14 to 24 May.  Students participated in the Third Annual SUNY Oswego - Jan Kochanowski University student conference in Kielce, Poland.  They presented papers along with seven Polish students from Jan Kochanowski.  Greg ParsonsIn the days following the conference, students and faculty enjoyed tours of Kielce and the historic towns of Kazimierz and Sandomierz.  On May 20th, the group spent a very moving day visiting the camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau.  The final three days were spent in Krakow, where the group enjoyed a guided tour of Wawel castle and visited Krakow's famous Jewish quarter.  The trip was a terrific experience for everyone involved.  The history department hopes to again offer a course with optional travel to Poland in the spring of 2014.  

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