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Faculty News & Notes, May 14

May 14, 2010

Don Guy, assistant professor, College of Performing Arts, Department of Theatre, and Alicia Okouchi-Guy, assistant professor, College of Performing Arts, Department of Dance, have been commissioned by the Operafestival di Roma as the lighting designer and the choreographer for the opera Die Fledermaus this July in Rome, Italy.  Both professors will be bringing several of their Chapman students to work on and perform in this full-length opera.  Professor Guy will be bringing technical theatre students Trevor Weil (‘12), Maisie Chan (‘12), Christine Wille (‘11), and Jenny Ludwig (‘11); and professor Alicia Okouchi-Guy will be bringing dance majors Katy Grebing (‘10), Keely Misenhimer (‘12), Kylie Chilton (‘12), and Alexi Theador (‘13).  The Chapman students will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students from around the world and study with an international faculty of professional artists. The three-week residency will culminate with performances to be held in the historic Palazzo della Sapienza.

Baron Kelly, Ph.D., College of Performing Arts, Department of Theatre, was invited to give a lecture on May 10 about the 19th-century African-American Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge to the Shakespeare Society of Laguna Woods.  Dr. Kelly also performed excerpts from his one man show Ira Aldridge: Man of Many Parts. Later in the week, he flew to New York City to begin working on a project with the acting division at the Juilliard School.

Tibor R. Machan, Ph.D., professor and holder of the R. C. Hoiles Chair in Business Ethics and Free Enterprise at the Argyros School, announced that his paper titled “Contemporary Anti-Natural Rights” will be published in Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice 2(1), 2010. It addresses the gradual drift from a natural rights to a conventionalist-pragmatists jurisprudence among prominent American jurists (e.g., Harvard Law’s and Obama advisor/former colleague, Cass Sunstein). In his paper Machan disputes the wisdom of this trend.

Anna V. Wilson, Ph. D., associate professor, College of Educational Studies, presented the following paper at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association conference in Denver, Colo., April 30 to May 4,:

 “Wrestling with the Conundrum of Sexual Identity:  Rights of Naming or “The Shape Shifting of Lesbian Identity” which was part of the panel “Contemporary Approaches to Curriculum Theorizing” — The papers in this panel offer a range of examples of scholars using curriculum theory to address historical and contemporary issues related to cultural practices.

Together Dr. Wilson and her doctoral student Veronica Bloomfield presented:”Speaking the Unspoken: A Dialogic Conversation about Whiteness” which was part of the panel  Crossing Border Terrains: Cultural Response, Embracing Change, and Community Memories — Each of these presentations from the Critical Issues in Curriculum & Cultural Studies SIG contributes to our ongoing conversations regarding non-dominant communities, whiteness, theories of identity, and the role of the indigenous researcher. Dr. Wilson was also elected Co-Chair of the Queer Studies Special Interest Group (SIG) – a two year term.  And on May 14 she gave a presentation at the Leatherby Libraries titled “Sister, Aunt and Friend:  Lesbian Families through a Historical Lens.”

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