Alejandro Sanchez Samper
<a href="/artsandletters/music/hp_samper_a" target="_blank"> <strong>Alejandro Sanchez Samper</strong></a>'s (Music) CD "Bogotá - Buenos Aires," which features the Quinteto Leopoldo Federico (Colombia) and was recorded and released through FAU's Hoot/Wisdom Recordings, was released this past summer. The CD release event was held in the foyer at the Teatro Colón (Colombia's national opera house) in downtown Bogotá. Among the attendees was former Colombian president Belisario Betancourt and former Colombian Secretary of Education Cecilia María Vélez White. Sanchez-Samper gave remarks during the event and spoke about the role and importance of Hoot/Wisdom Recordings as an educational and non-profit enterprise and the role it is playing in the professional development of both students and faculty.
<strong> <a href="/artsandletters/music/hp_kofman_i" target="_blank">Irena Kofman</a></strong>'s (Music) newest CD, "Theodor Gouvy, 3 Sonatas for Piano Duet," was released by Talent Records this past Spring. Classical Music Reviews said: "The performance, too, is absolutely first-rate. The De Groote/Kofman team showing not only great empathy for the style, and clearly sounding as if they enjoyed every single note, but in pure terms of balance and ensemble, their playing can simply not be faulted."
The FAU Wind Ensemble, under the direction of <strong><a href="/artsandletters/music/faculty/hp-prescott-k" target="_blank">Kyle Prescott</a> </strong> (music), has been selected to perform at the Southern Division Conference of CBDNA (The College Band Directors National Association) in 2016. The six invited ensembles include The University of Florida, The University of Louisville, and FAU. Cody Birdwell, President of CBDNA summed up the situation concisely: "This invitation represents the pinnacle in terms of research and performance in our distinguished profession, and you should certainly be proud of your musical and educational achievements." The event is in Charleston, South Carolina, in the new $145M Gaillard Center, in February, 2016.
<a href="/artsandletters/theatre/hp_johnson_k" target="_blank"><strong>Kathryn Johnston</strong></a> (Theatre) has become a certified teacher of Knight-Thompson and she has been appointed to the board of The Arts Radio Network Theatre Project and appeared in their productions of "The Philadelphia Story" and "Rebecca."
Visual Arts And Art History
Julie Ward (Visual Arts and Art History) was awarded the Dorothy F. Schmitt College of Arts and Letters Japan Foundation Summer Travel Grant and spent two weeks in Japan, mainly in Tokyo and Kyoto. Ward used the opportunity to continue her research into the subculture of truckers. While researching "The Last Independent Trucker," she found the Dekotora trucks of Japan and knew that they would emerge as a new line of inquiry at some point. Dekotora is an abbreviation for "decoration truck." The goal is to add as many decorations to your truck while still keeping it operational.
<a href="/artsandletters/anthro/facultypages/fradkin" target="_blank"><strong>Arlene Fradkin</strong></a> (Anthropology), <strong>Rod Faulds</strong> (University Galleries) and <strong>Evan Bennett</strong> (History) were recently awarded a $15,000 grant by the Florida Humanities Council for their project, "Beanie Backus and Florida's Highwaymen: History, Commerce and Art." The project centers on an exhibition jointly presenting a selection of FAU-owned original works by Backus and Highwaymen paintings borrowed from private collections, supplemented by texts and historical photographs and artifacts, to be on display at FAU's Ritter Gallery from September to November 2016. A series of public programs by Florida-based humanities scholars will take place concurrently with the exhibition and will examine the art and the social, historical and political milieu of these artists.
<a title="Headley" href="/artsandletters/philosophy/faculty" target="_blank"><strong>Clevis Headley</strong></a> (Philosophy) has been voted Vice Chairman of the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics.
<strong><a href="/artsandletters/sociology/faculty/hough" target="_blank">Phillip Hough</a></strong> (Sociology) spent the summer of 2015 in Colombia where he conducted additional interviews on his multi-year project on labor rights, class formation, and political mobilization associated with the country's coffee industry. In addition to archival research, Hough has done close to 100 interviews with industry insiders, government regulators, social activists, farmers and observers of Colombian politics.
Associate Professor Of Anthropology
A study by <a href="/artsandletters/anthro/facultypages/broadfield" target="_blank"> <strong>Douglas Broadfield</strong>,</a> associate professor of anthropology, along with Kristian J. Carlson, University of the Witwatersrand, and Ralph L. Holloway, Columbia University, about the South African Taung Child fossil, was published in the journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."
Assistant Professor Of English
<a href="/artsandletters/english/faculty/schmitt" target="_blank"> <strong>Kate Schmitt</strong>, </a> assistant professor of English, has a new book titled "Singing Bones." It is a memoir about a woman facing inner demons.