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(Music and Art)performed his recent work
onMarch 29 at the Eldridge Street Museum inManhattan. On April 4, he performed with hisLatin jazz band Sonido Isleño at the Bronx LibraryCenter.
(Library) was a paneliston the Feminist Archaeologist Panel at theBrooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Centerfor Feminist Art on March 14. The panel waspresented in conjunction with the FertileGoddess in the Herstory Gallery, an exhibit thatruns through May 31, for which Belcher was aconsultant.
(Law, Police Science andCriminal Justice Administration) spoke on theBaltimore Ghetto at the Yale University UrbanEthnography Project Mini-Conference, “TheUrban Ghetto: Then and Now,” during theEastern Sociological Society’s annual meeting inBaltimore, MD, on March 20.
(English) presenteda paper on “Bearing Witness in Twenty-FirstCentury Museum Practice“ at the CuratingDifﬁcult Knowledge conference held April 16-18at Concordia University in Montreal.
M. VICTORIA PÉREZ-RÍOS
(Government)presented “Back to the Future: Accountabilityfor Past Abuses in Consolidated Democracies“ atthe New York State Political Science AssociationConference, which took place at John Jay onApril 24-25. She also chaired the panel onCurrent Issues of International Relations
(Communicationand Theatre Arts) presented two papersat the centennial meeting of the EasternCommunication Association (ECA) from April22-26 in Philadelphia. The ﬁrst, titled “Freedomof Speech 1909-1919: The Dark Decade,” wasan invited paper. The second, “The Big Chill: FirstAmendment and the War on Terror,” was peer-reviewed and received an award as Top Paperin Communication Law and Ethics. Wallensteinwas also elected chairperson of the ECACommunication Law and Ethics Interest Group.
(English) gave a paper on“Violence and Generic Experiment in ThomasNashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller” at themeeting of the Renaissance Society of Americain Los Angeles on March 21. He also attendedthe Shakespeare Society of America conferencein Washington, DC, where on April 11 hepresented a paper on religious controversial proseof the 1590s, “Comic Violence” and “Martin’sReforming Word in the Marprelate Tracts.”
(Communication andTheatre Arts) had a staged reading of his play
Living with History: Camus Sartre De Beauvoir
presented May 5 and 6 at the Medicine ShowTheatre in Manhattan.
(Center on Media,Crime and Justice) delivered a talk on “How doOrganized Criminals Hijack State Activities?” ata special seminar on organized crime andcorruption hosted by the RAND Corporation inArlington, VA, on May 1.
(Law, Police Scienceand Criminal Justice Administration) madea Continuing Legal Education presentation,“Biting the Bullet: Challenging FirearmsEvidence,” as part of the Fifth Annual IndigentCriminal Defense Seminar: Advanced Skills forthe Experienced Practitioner, sponsored by theSupreme Court of Virginia and the Virginia StateBar, in Richmond, VA, on April 3.
(Law, Police Science and CriminalJustice Administration) recently spoke to agroup of female inmates who are enrolled in theGoing Out by Going In prisoner reentry programat the Century Regional Detention Facility inLos Angeles. In addition, she spoke to 35 at-risk youth in the Vital Intervention DirectionalAlternative program at the Lennox Stationcampus in Watts.
(Law, Police Scienceand Criminal Justice Administration) served ona panel titled “Prosecutorial Discretion: FromMistake to Misconduct,” sponsored by theDiversity Committee of the New Jersey State BarAssociation. Other invited talks include “PoliceBrutality: In the 10 Years Since the Death ofAmadou Diallo” for the Women’s City Club ofNew York, and a presentation at the RussellSage Foundation for the Consortium for PoliceLeadership in Equity.
BETWEEN THE COVERS
(Anthropology) has hadhis article “Drugs, Race and Common Ground:Reﬂections on the High Point Intervention“published in the March 2009 issue of
,a publication of the National Institute of Justice.
(Library) had her newbook,
Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows
published this monthby Continuum.
DIANA E. FRIEDLAND
(Sciences) has publisheda manuscript in the February 2009 issue of
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta: Genes and Regulatory Mechanisms.
The title of the paper is“Characterization of pokeweed antiviral proteinbinding to mRNA cap analogs: Competition withnucleotides and enhancement by translationinitiation factor iso4G.” Friedland presented thiswork with student researchers from John Jay andPace University.
(Sociology) had theseventh edition of his book
Crime Victims: AnIntroduction To Victimology
, published recentlyby Wadsworth/Cengage. The original edition,published in 1984, was the ﬁrst and onlycomprehensive textbook in the victimology ﬁeldat that time.
(Protection Management)received the Eugene R. Fink Memorial Awardfrom the Associated Licensed Detectives ofthe State of New York at the group’s annualbanquet in New York.
(Security) received one of theNew York State Bar Association’s President’s ProBono Service Awards on May 1, in recognition ofher work in promoting pro bono service as a pathto achieving equal access to justice.
(Health and Physical Education)competed in the recent Albatross Open masters’swim meet held in North Bethesda, MD, by theMontgomery Ancient Swimmers. She won the50-meter, 100-meter and 200-meter backstrokeevents, setting a new meet record in the 100-meter race.
(Public Management) wasrecently elected as the incoming President of theNew York State Political Science Association.For the ﬁfth consecutive year, a delegation ofJohn Jay students captured a top honor at theNational Model U.N. (NMUN) Conference, held inNew York April 7-11.The 16-member John Jay contingent, whichthis year represented the African nation ofBurkina Faso at the NMUN, won an honorablemention for overall team performance, as wellas the team’s ﬁrst-ever award for outstandingposition paper.“As you can imagine, we are all extremelypleased with this outcome,” said a proudProfessor George Andreopoulos of thegovernment department, who is director of theJohn Jay Center on International Human Rightsand an advisor to the team. “Being part of thisteam is entirely voluntary and takes hours ofhard work and determination to carefully andaccurately manage being a delegate, while beinga full-time student and, for some, a full-timeemployee as well.”The team served as delegates on sevendifferent U.N. committees and as an independentadvisory justice and clerk on the InternationalCriminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Inpreparation for the conference, the studentsconducted extensive research on the national,regional and international policies of BurkinaFaso on topics ranging from the situation inIsrael/Palestine and the rights of children inarmed conﬂict to climate-change economics andregional trade and integration, in addition tothe applicable law for the two cases before theRwanda tribunal.The 2009 team, chosen from a pool ofroughly 50 applicants after a rigorous screeningprocess, included Patrick Scullin, Rennae Francis,Gabriele C. Ursitti, Mark Benjamin, Eva HelenaHernik, Stephanie Valarezo, Norhan Basuni, MikeRodriguez, Beyi Polanco, Ama-Mariya Ampah,Geeta Gangadeen, Peter J. Cella, Marie-AndreeBarthelemy, David Sabatelle, Jennifer Shim andNatalia Lysetska. Matt Zommer, a lecturer inthe government department, assisted by hisdepartment colleagues Jacques Fomerand andAndreopoulos, coached them.The NMUN Conference is recognized as one ofthe largest, international collegiate competitionsin the world, attended by more than 3,000students from 29 countries.Members of the John Jay faculty were honoredat an April 23 reception for their outstandingefforts in teaching, scholarship and service tostudents — “the three legs of the proverbialthree-legged stool,” according to PresidentJeremy Travis.New to the list of faculty honors this yearwas a Distinguished Teaching Prize, establishedby the ofﬁce of Provost Jane Bowers andoverseen by the advisory board of the Centerfor the Advancement of Teaching. Three facultymembers were chosen for the initial prizes.Nathan Lents of the Department of Sciences wasnominated by his colleague Anthony Carpi. JillianGrose-Fifer of the Department of Philosophy andDara Byrne of the Department of Communicationand Theatre Arts, both of whom teach in theFreshman Learning Communities program, werenominated by students.The award for Faculty Service to Students,which recognizes mentoring, advisement andinvolvement in student activities, was presentedto Carpi, one of the creators of the Program forResearch Initiatives for Science Majors (PRISM).He was nominated by his department chair,Professor Lawrence Kobilinsky.Awards for faculty scholarship included theDonal E. J. MacNamara Junior Faculty Award,which is presented annually to an instructor orassistant professor. The 2009 recipient was AmyAdamczyk of the Department of Sociology, aspecialist in religious contextual inﬂuences ondelinquency and cross-national differences inattitudes about crime and deviance.Scholarly excellence awards were presented toAmy Adamczyk, Lisa Farrington (Art and Music),Bilal Khan (Mathematics and Computer Science),Margaret Bull Kovera (Psychology), SusanOpotow (Sociology), Hung-En Sung (CriminalJustice) and Philip Yanos (Psychology).
As the World Watches, John Jay Students Shine at U.N. Event
Kudos for Triple-reat Faculty
CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE?
Playwright and actor Sean Christopher Lewis stalks the stage of the Gerald W. Lynch Theater during the New York premiere of his one-man play
Killadelphia: Mixtape for a City
on April 29. The play, which weaves together the story of murdered teaching fellow Beau Zabel (on screen) with interviews of inmates at Graterford Prison, was preceded by a panel discussion featuring the playwright along with Professors P.J. Gibsonand Peter Moskos, and Robyn Buseman of the Restorative Justice Program run by the Philadelphia Mural Arts Project.
COURT IS NOW IN SESSION:
History’s most notorious betrayer, Judas Iscariot (kneel-ing), is in the spotlight during a tense courtroom scene in
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
, which was staged at John Jay April 21-25 under the direction of Professor Dana Tarantino. As an accompaniment to the play, the Department of Communicationand Theatre Arts presented a guest lecture “Judas on Trial: Theatre and Theology,” by the Rev. James Martin, S.J.