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Spitzer, Nicholas

Dancisak, Michael Ph D, MA

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    1.Affect of tissue cooling on motor performance in stressful environments 2.Hand kinematics as an indication of learning during surgical skills training. 3.Affect of tissue cooling on time to fatigue during resistance activities 4. Regulation of safe body temperatures for older adults.

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Smith, Felipe Ph D, MA

McCarren, Felicia Ph D, MA

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    I am a cultural historian and performance theorist, trained in comparative literature and theory. My three books focus on the history of dance performance, and the medical, industrial and political thinking about bodies--especially female-- that mark modernity. Published works include Dance Pathologies; Performance, Poetics, Medicine (1998); Dancing Machines: Choreographies of the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (2003) both from Stanford University Press; and French Moves; The Cultural Politics of le hip hop (Oxford University Press, 2013), winner of the De la Torre Bueno Prize (awarded by the SDHS) and Outstanding Publication of the Year (awarded by CORD) in 2014. Other publications focus on performance history and theory, visual culture and theory of the image (including cinema), history of technology, Morocco and islam in Europe. For research in this last field, I received an NEH Summer Stipend in 2011 for research at the CCM (Centre Cinematographique Marocain) in Rabat, and Lurcy Grants for research at the CNC (Centre National de Cinema) in Paris.

Wikström, Toby PhD, M.Phil, MA

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    My research focuses on the representation of cross-cultural encounters in early modern French literature. In my current book project, "Legal Scenes: Law, Conquest and Slavery on the French Stage, 1598-1685", I examine how the seventeenth-century French theater treated imperial expansion, slavery and other pressing issues that arose from Europe’s contacts with other societies in the early modern era. More than fifty French plays of the 1600s discussed European relations with African, Muslim, and New World cultures, including works by canonical playwrights such as Molière, Racine and Corneille, and lesser-known figures like Chrétien de Croix and Du Hamel. Ranging from tragedy to farce, these dramas – more than any other form of literature – constituted a privileged forum for thinking through French and European relations with the rest of the world, and the unprecedented legal issues that arose from those contacts. This project contributes to at least three distinct fields of study: seventeenth-century French theater, by broadening the scope of plays that have been studied; early modern cultural encounters and oppositions; and the rising field of literature and law. I am especially interested in the relationship between drama and legal discourse. The theater, founded upon conflict and ambiguity, offered a forum in which audiences could explore difficult ethical and legal issues. I have two additional projects on early modern cultural encounters. First, I am investigating French plays featuring the so-called renegade, or Christian convert to Islam. The theatrical representation of this figure embodying early modern cultural exchange can tell us much about how France understood its interactions with the Muslim world in the seventeenth century. My second project is comparative in nature and engages critically with the theories of Edward Said. To determine whether there was, as Said claims, a pan-European discourse on the Muslim world prior to the foundation of modern Orientalism in the late 1700s, I am comparing the representation of Christian-Muslim contacts in Icelandic, French and English captivity narratives from the seventeenth century.

Dickerson, Claire

Dobry, John MFA

Pfrimmer, Amy MM Loyola University, New Orleans

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    My repertoire and creative work encompasses a wide range of music, with particular focus on Romantic and 20th Century opera, oratorio, concert literature, and song. Specific projects in 2014-2016 have included Schönberg’s expressionist mono-drama Pierrot lunaire, the tragic title characters in Verdi’s La Traviata and Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly, Mozart’s heroine Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Bizet’s Carmen as Frasquita, concerts featuring the music of César Franck, St. Saëns Christmas Oratorio, Händel’s Messiah, Menotti’s opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, and national/international recitals featuring the works of such American composers as Amy Beach, Leonard Bernstein, William Bolcom, Carlisle Floyd, Moses Hogan, and Richard Hundley. Additionally, I have sustained interests in sacred and liturgical music, the music and style of J.S. Bach, G.F. Händel, Giacomo Puccini, César Franck (see MSR Classics recording "Souvenance"), the female composers Cécile Chaminade and Luise Reichardt, and a particular affinity for the French mélodie. Topics of interest: Voice, Vocal Literature, Vocal Pedagogy, Diction and Repertoire for Singers, performance and stage craft, opera literature, female composers, oratorio, Bach, Puccini, Reichardt, Franck, Sacred Music, Liturgical Music

Sharp, Daniel Ph D, MA

Allen, John MFA

Himmelbaum, Kyra MFA, BA

Van Niekerk, Dion MFA, MA