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Faculty Matters, October 9, 2019

Faculty Matters, October 9, 2019

October 9, 2019

Photo above: solo exhibition of work by Natessa Amin at The Cue Art Foundation in New York City through October 16.

Dunn Co-Edits Special Issue of JSI

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology at Moravian, and colleague Kathleen Bogart, associate professor of psychology at Oregon State University, spent the last year and a half producing a special issue of the Journal of Social Issues (JSI) on ableism. Ableism refers to prejudice and discrimination aimed at disabled individuals by nondisabled individuals. The issue was published on September 23, 2019. This is the first issue on #disability in 31 years, topics include implicit and explicit, hostile and benevolent ableism, microagressions, violence toward disabled people, disability identity, disclosure, and allyship. 

JSI is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues along with Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy and Social Issues and Policy Review. The journal was established in 1945. Dunn’s and Bogart’s issue is only the third in JSI's history to examine social and psychological issues affecting people with disabilities, and the first in recent history to do an open call for papers, democratizing the process. “We received many more high-quality submissions than anticipated,” says Dunn, “resulting in the longest issue to date. It is heartening that work on this subject is burgeoning. We hope that the work can be used to change attitudes and help people with disabilities.”


Riopel Awarded Fellowship

Mary Anne Riopel, program director and associate professor of the Moravian College Physical Therapy Program, was accepted into the American Physical Therapy Association Educational Leadership Institute Fellowship. There are 21 fellows nationally. “As a 2019-2020 fellow, I am participating in a 52-week curriculum designed to develop ‘innovative, influential, and visionary leaders who can function in a rapidly evolving politico-sociocultural environment.’”


Potter Selected to Leadership Institute

Ann Marie Potter, program director and assistant professor of the Moravian College Occupational Therapy Program was accepted to American Occupational Therapy Association's Academic Leadership Institute. This is a year-long program focused on developing academic leadership goals. “In the institute, we are learning about leadership styles, the state of higher education, guiding change in higher education, research program development, promoting diversity and ethics,” says Potter. About 30 participants are selected through a competitive application process. This is the 3rd year, AOTA has sponsored the institute.


Amin’s Work Displayed in Solo Exhibition

The Cue Art Foundation in New York City is presenting “Hyphen,” a solo exhibition of work by Natessa Amin, Moravian College Visiting Artist. As described on Cue’s website: “Amin creates a site-specific mixed-media installation that brings together painting, sculpture, and drawing to explore the artist’s experience of embodying a hybrid identity. Binding all of these materials together is a long undulating trail of hand-dyed newsprint that curves around the gallery’s walls, forming a textural structure within which individual objects become intertwined as part of a larger sculptural body.

Born and raised in Pennsylvania in an Indian-American family, Amin grew up navigating the complex relationships that were formed as a result of combined and contrasting cultures and religions. Her observations are recorded in colorful abstracted shapes and patterns that take inspiration from Indian and African textiles, Indian palaces and garden design, and Pennsylvania Dutch craft. She employs techniques that emphasize the tactility of the material and her process of making, such as layering paint, pigments, dyes, silver leaf, glass particles, and textural gels. However, rather than blurring or disguising the boundaries between these materials, the artist proposes relationships between them, drawing them into conversation with one another while preserving their differences.

“Amin’s manipulation of material is further reinforced by recurring motifs such as the serpent, a symbol of transformation for its ability to shed its skin as it grows. Not only does the imagery of the serpent reappear throughout her work, but the dyed newsprint installation itself takes on a skin-like quality as it snakes across the walls of the gallery. Alongside this motif are repeated images of eyes, which act as protective charms and conjure associations of mati, the evil eye, which is used across multiple cultures to prevent malign spirits. These eyes are also watchful—they serve to reflect back the viewer’s gaze and invite us to look more closely. This visual invitation to be more attentive to our environment is mirrored in Amin’s artistic process of hyphenation. As Roksana Filipowska writes in her exhibition catalogue essay, “Hyphenation is an act of drawing words together while retaining their difference: each word has a legible identity, yet hyphenation also leads them to signify something new…Amin’s installation posits hyphenation as a mode of bringing various media and artistic processes together to take dynamic—and hybrid—form.”

The exhibit runs through October 16, 2019.


New Recordings from Lipkis

Three new recordings by Larry Lipkis, composer-in-residence, have been recently released:

Chamber Music

This disc presents five pieces of chamber music composed by Lipkis within the past 10 years and features Moravian College faculty members Deborah Andrus, Inna Eyzerovich, Robin Kani, and Martha Schrempel. The works include “Rebel Angel,” “Ukioy-e,” “Flute Sonata,” “SummerDance,” and “Two Butterflies.”

The Juniper Tree

The Juniper Tree, a 1990 film based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, stars eclectic Icelandic pop star Björk in her first feature film. Lipkis composed the score, which was digitally remastered this past spring and is now available on Blu-ray.

Food of Love: Songs, Dances, and Fancies for Shakespeare

In celebration of its 40th season as one of the country’s premier early-music ensembles, Lipkis’s sextet, the Baltimore Consort, recorded a new program of its core repertory—music from Shakespeare’s plays. Lipkis codirected the recording.


Fraleigh To Paint Poet’s Portrait

The Bethlehem Area Public Library has commissioned Angela Fraleigh, associate professor and chair of the art department, to paint a portrait of the renowned poet and Bethlehem native Hilda Doolittle, better known as H.D. The portrait is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year and will hang permanently in the Main Library at West Church Street. Stay tuned for the unveiling of Fraleigh’s work.


Dunn Speaks at ICPM Conference

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently spoke at the 25th World Congress of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine in Florence, Italy. This year's theme was "The Psychosomatic Perspective." Along with Barry Nierenberg, professor of psychology with Nova Southeastern University; Stephen Wegener, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University; and Dan Rohe, psychologist with the Mayo Clinic, Dunn gave a symposium on “Living the Good Life with a Disability: The Foundational Principles of Rehabilitation Psychology.”


Payne Completes Leadership Certificate

Ellen Payne, assistant professor of athletic training, completed the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Leadership Development Certificate.


Dunn Conducts Program Review

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently conducted an academic program review of the Department of Psychology at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Dunn and two colleagues, one from the College of Wooster and the other from Bates College, reviewed the program's curriculum, staffing, service, and scholarship requirements, and they answered questions about best practices for undergraduate departments of psychology. This review was Dunn's since 49th since 2002.


Gray Pens Op-Ed on Nurse Practitioners

Assistant Professor and Director of Moravian College’s Nurse Practitioner Programs, Kathleen Gray’s op-ed piece on nurse practitioners appeared in the October 3, 2019, edition of the Morning Call:

As nurse practitioners with 55 years of combined experience serving Lehigh Valley families, and as educators of NPs, we must respond to a recent op-ed about our profession (“Your View by Pa. Medical Society: Why nurse practitioners need collaborative agreements with doctors,” The Morning Call, Sept. 7). It is one thing to disagree over a political issue, but quite another to misrepresent NPs and the quality of our education.

NPs are proven to be excellent care providers. NP requirements are rigorous; all NPs must earn a bachelor’s in nursing, a master’s or doctorate in our specialty area, and national board certification.

Unfortunately, our ability to serve patients is hampered by a state requirement that we have business contracts with physicians. A proposed reform titled Full Practice Authority, Senate Bill 25, would change the contracts from mandatory to optional. The bill has bipartisan support and the endorsement of 28 organizations including Lehigh Valley Health Network. Physician associations are alone in their opposition to this reform.

Twenty-two other states have these new rules. Full Practice Authority for NPs improves health care quality, increases access and lowers costs.

NPs and physicians work together in all 50 states, and in Pennsylvania we always will. This is not about NPs or physicians. It is about the patients. We urge lawmakers to support SB25.


The Latest from Our Columnists

Professor of Management Santo D. Marabella’s column “Being Creative when You’re Not Creative” appeared in the September 21, 2019, issue of the Reading Eagle.

Gary Olson, professor emeritus of political science, penned the column “In Intra-Elite Battle, Dems Prefered the ’Stache [John Bolton] to the Donald” for the September 14, 2019, edition of the Smirking Chimp.