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Fall 2012

Five CHABSS faculty have contributed their expertise to events celebrating this year's CSUSM Common Read selection, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. On October 16, Vincent Pham (Assistant Professor, Communication) gave the introduction to and lead a Q&A session following the presentation of  “A Village Called Versailles”, a documentary film about the post-Katrinaefforts to put a toxic landfill where the Vietnamese American community lives in east New Orleans. The film was part of the San Diego Asian Film Festival and was co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association. On October 24, Greig Guthey (Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies), Jessica Mayock (Assistant Professor, Philosophy), and Pamela Stricker (Associate Professor, Political Science) were members of the Environment & Ethics faculty panel discussion on issues related the book in terms of business ethics, environmental ethics, and sustainability; click on this link for a video recording of the panel discussion. Upcoming events include the announcement of the Common Read Essay Contest winners in Spring, and Earth and Science Day on Saturday, March 16; Wes Schultz (Professor, Psychology), will give a presentation at this event.

Vivienne Bennett (Professor, Liberal Studies) was the speaker at two separate events in October, 2012; her talk, “Politics inMexico's Periphery.” at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California San Diego was given in honor of Wayne Cornelius, Founder of the Center; she gave the keynote presentation, “How to Live the Good Life in SoCal with Less Water” for the Association of California Water Agencies, Regions 9 and 10 Joint Conference, ‘The Future of California Water,’ at the Western Metropolitan Water District, Riverside, CA.

CHABSS Welcomed two new faculty in Fall 2012!  Catherine Cucinella (Ph.D., UC Riverside) has been appointed as Assistant Professor, Literature and Writing Studies and GEW Director. Dr. Cucinella has served as Interim GEW Director since Fall 2009 and has been a lecturer in Literature and Writing and Women’s Studies for several years; her research interests include 20th Century Literature, American Literature, Women Writers and Poets, Body and Gender Theory, Ethnic American Literatures, and Feminist Theory.  Sara Bufferd (Ph.D., Stony Brook University) has been appointed as Assistant Professor, Psychology. Her area of specialization is clinical psychology. She completed her undergraduate work in human development at Cornell University, post-baccalaureate research in child psychiatry at Columbia University, and predoctoral clinical internship at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Bufferd’s research interests lie within a developmental psychopathology framework.

Spring 2012

The Communication Department held its annual Media and Communication Days on April 25, 2012.  The events at CSUSM included an Alumni Panel on Career, Internships and Graduate Study in Communication and the Daniels Communication Lecture on “Humanitarian Conscience and Corporate Power: The Rhetoric of Corporate Social Responsibility” by D. Robert DeChaine, Ph.D. (Professor in the Departments of Liberal Studies and Communication Studies, CSULA).  MAC Days began several years ago with a one-day event at Palomar College. This year, Palomar faculty members Hiro and Wendy Nelson joined forces with Professors Liliana Rossmann from CSUSM and Leola McClure from MiraCosta College. The team secured a grant from the North County Higher Education Alliance, a nonprofit designed to promote partnerships between the three school.

Lecturer Brandon Cesmat (Literature & Writing Studies) will serve as a judge for the Poetry Out Loud California Finals in Sacramento in March. He served as poetry editor for the anthology A Year in Ink, forthcoming from San Diego Writers, Ink in April and has writing forthcoming in the San Diego Reader.

Assistant Professor Rebecca Lush (Literature & Writing Studies) led a plagiarism workshop at the Faculty Center’s NCHEA-sponsored teaching day on best practices for multi-disciplinary writing, “But I’m Not a Writing Instructor! (So What Can I do about It?)”

Assistant Professor Sandra Doller (Literature & Writing Studies) read from her new prose works in the University of California-San Diego's New Writing series. UCSD has a long history of excellence in innovative literature, and the series has featured well-renowned and burgeoning writers both, including Pulitzer Prize & National Book Award winners, Guggenheim Fellows, and writers in translation. Doller is celebrating the publication of her third book of poems, Man Years, newly out from Subito Press (UC Boulder) in 2011, at the St. Mark's Poetry Project in Greenwich Village, New York, her second reading event at the renowned Poetry Project where Patti Smith got her start and where many of the most important innovative writers have read their work over the last 40 years.

Professor Sharon Elise (Sociology) shared original poetry at a CSUSM BSU event for Black History month and was featured poet at Ducky Waddles bookstore Full Moon Poets reading in Leucadia.  Prof. Elise organized and moderated a scholarly panel discussion on works of Zora Neal Hurston for the City of Oceanside Big Read of Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Assistant Professor Judy Bauerlein (VPA-Theatre) was featured in The Car Plays at La Jolla Playhouse.  KPBS reported on the show on their website.

Lecturer Dana Burnett (VPA-Music) has taken part in numerous regional music performance and education activities throughought the winter season: she was a Music Teachers' Association Concerto Competition accompanist for 8 competitors; she performed concerts in Fallbrook sponsored by the Fallbrook Music Society; a Chamber Music Concert at the Perry Meyer Art Gallery, San Diego; she was staff pianist for the VOCE competition sponsored by MTAC-North San Diego; accompanist for Certificate of Merit-Cal State Long Beach -Flute; and San Elijo Middle School-Chamber Music coach.

Lecturer Mindy Donner (VPA-Theatre) performed an excerpt from her play-in-progress, A MATINEE' WITH MISS PEG, at Adult Puppet Cabaret, MOPA, San Diego, on Feb. 24th.

Lecturer Karin Filijan (VPA-Theatre) is Lighting Designer/Mentor Artist, for Coronado School of the Arts production of "Metamorphosis" at CoSA Theatre; she is also credited with lighting design for Ion Theatre's productions of "Blasted" (reviewed at this link); "Request Programme;" and "Heddatron".

Associate Professor Judit Hersko (VPA-Visual Arts) was invited Keynote speaker at North County Women in Networking (NCWIN) group – this was a lunchtime event at the Lake San Marcos Country Club, when the organization presented scholarships to CSUSM women students. Prof. Hersko was invited to present her work at University of California Davis, Art and Science Fusion Program Colloquium Series Speaker in January.

Between the Threads: Ixhil Mayan Texts and Textiles: Weavings by women living in Nebaj, El Quiche, Guatemala from the collections of Drs. Jule Gomez de García (Liberal Studies) and Michael Hughes (Modern Language Studies) will be featured in an exhibit titled "Between the Threads: Mayan Textiles and a Quest for Literacy and Preservation of Culture" from February 27 through May 18, 2012 in the Kellogg Library. For more information, contact or 760.750.4378.

CHABSS Faculty Receive 2011 San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Awards: VPA Lecturers Karin Filijan and Robert Foxworth each received a 2011 San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award at the 10th annual awards ceremony held February 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla.  Filijan received an award for Oustanding Lighting Design for the ion Theatre's production of Angels In America Parts 1 & 2; Foxworth received an award for Outstanding Lead performance in a Play, Male for his role in the Old Globe Theatre's 2011 production of August, Osage County, which also won the award for Outstanding Dramatic Production. More information about the awards is available at the San Diego Critics Circle website. Lecturer and Cougar Chronicles faculty Advisor Pam Kragen (VPA), who is also President of the San Diego Theater Critics Circle, was the host for the evening awards.

Fall 2011

Professor Robert Rider (Economics) gave a presentation titled “This time may be different” to the CSUSM Economics Club on November 15, 2011. This lecture was designed to elicit discussion among the faculty and the students of economics on the current state of the economy, and stimulate interest in the Economics Club.

Assistant Professor Greig Guthey (Liberal Studies and Global Studies) spoke on Tuesday, November 29 on "Food, Place, and Sustainability."  Prof. Guthey discussed the ways that place may influence food production and contribute to more sustainable economies beyond the triple bottom line. Fifteen participants, faculty and specifically-selected students, participated in the talk.  It was a great conversation about where our food comes from!

"Experts say West still fuzzy on al-Qaida; Extreme views political, not religious," an article written by Kevin Howe and published in the Monterey, CA Herald extensively quotes Assistant Professor Ibrahim Al-Marashi's (History) presentation at the September forum at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, "Ten Years After 9/11: Reflections on the Global Jihad" Howe writes, "Al-Marashi contended that while the Middle East isn't likely to develop 'the Starbucks democracy we would want,' most repudiate al-Qaida's vision of an Islamist caliphate..." View the article here  Prof. Al-Marashi also presented at a conference on Iraq sponsored by the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State on September 23, 2011. 

Associate Professor Jocelyn Ahlers (Liberal Studies) presented her work on “Native California languages as semiotic resources in the performance of identity” at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, Montreal, Canada, November 2011.   

Assistant Professor Michelle Ramos-Pellicia (Modern Language Studies) presented her work on “Language Ideologies and Language Use: How to Negotiate the Different ―Latin@‖ Linguistic Identities” at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest 2011 sponsored by Texas at Brownsville & Texas Southmost College; "New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV 40)" at Georgetown University; and "How to make relevant the teaching of a heritage language to its native speakers:  results from the classroom" at a meeting of the American Association of Spanish and Portuguese Teachers – Southern California Chapter

Assistant Professor Alberto Ribas (Modern Language Studies) presented his paper, “Los fantasmas postcoloniales en Mil y una muertes de Sergio Ramírez” at the Conference “Monsters, Ghosts, Devils, and Orishas in Latin American and Peninsular Literature, Film, and Art”.  Miami, FL.  November 2011.

Associate Professors Kristin Bates and Richelle Swan (Sociology) presented a paper titled, “You’re Either With Us Or Against Us”: The Unexpected Effects of Civil Gang Injunctions" at the American Society of Criminology conference in Washington D.C. (Nov. 16, 2011)

Associate Professor Karen Schaffman (Dance Studies VPA) presented her paper "Kinesthetics of Crying and the Soundtrack of Tears: Performing Grief in Works by Deborah Hay and Ralph Lemon" at the joint conference of the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) and the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) in Philadelphia in November, and on the panel titled "Many Hats: Dance Artists/ Collaboration/Community" at the annual conference for the National Dance Education Organization in Minneapolis in October. Prof. Schaffman also performed "FIRE & Art" and "Life," two solo adaptations of choreography by Deborah Hay with Eric Geiger at the Bryant Lake Theatre Bowl in Minneapolis in October.

Assistant Professor Jodie Lawston (Women's Studies) is on a book tour for her co-edited, with UNC Assistant Professor Ashley Lucas, volume, Razor Wire Women: Prisoners, Activists, Scholars, and Artists, SUNY Press, 2011. She gave four readings and talks on the book in November, in Atlanta and North Carolina, as well as a talk at University of California, San Diego Ethnic Studies Department in October. At the National Women’s Studies Association conference in Atlanta, Professor Lawston did a book signing after the November 12 keynote performance of Lucas' one-person play, Doin’ Time: Through the Visiting Glass.  Prof. Lawston designed the sound for this performance and participated in a post-performance discussion on the effects of incarceration on families and women.

Professor Marcos Martinez (Theatre Arts VPA) has been brought on to a "Out of the Wings" translation project of a hilarious absurdist French comedy, Alpenstock by Remy De Vos. The piece is about immigration and will be produced at CSUSM for a performance planned for 2012.

Radhika Rao (Lecturer, Visual and Performing Arts) completed a successful set of sketches written and performed with ROAR Improv Theatre, in San Diego.