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January 26, 2014

People and Places from Jan. 26, 2014


- — Goldberg presents keynote address

NEW WILMINGTON – Dr. David Goldberg, Westminster associate professor of philosophy, presented the keynote address at the fall meeting of the West Virginia Philosophical Society at Marshall University in West Virginia in November.

Goldberg’s presentation, “Post-Modernism: The Goldberg Variation,” discussed critiques of post-modernism, including those by Alan Sokal, professor of mathematics at the University College London and professor of physics at New York University, who perpetrated the Sokal Hoax; and Noam Chomsky, professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a major figure in analytic philosophy.

Pataki has book review published

NEW WILMINGTON – Dr. Sherri Pataki, Westminster College associate professor of psychology, had a book review published by PsycCRITIQUES in the fall.

Pataki’s article “Balancing Intimate Connection and Personal Growth for Women in Their 20s” reviews Leslie C. Bell’s Hard to Get: Twenty-Something Women and the Paradox of Sexual Freedom. In the review Pataki discusses a developmental stage in a women’s life described as emerging adulthood – a transitional period that focuses on personal development and exploration before making long-term commitments.

She goes on to describe Bell’s three strategies that women can use to navigate through this developmental stage.

Perkins co-edits volume of letters

NEW WILMINGTON – Dr. James Perkins, Westminster College professor emeritus of English, co-edited a volume of letters written in the last years of the life of author Robert Penn Warren.

Perkins was co-editor of Selected Letters of Robert Penn Warren, Vol. 6: Toward Sunset, at Great Height, 1980-1989. This volume, under the general editorship of Dr. William Bedford Clark of Texas A & M University, covers the last period of Warren’s personal and professional life: he published three volumes of poetry, one nonfiction book, and a memoir, wrote correspondence about his thoughts on his declining health, and communicated with young poets.

Perkins’s colleague and co-editor, Dr. Randy Hendricks, is a professor of English and dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of West Georgia. Perkins and Hendricks also edited volumes 3, 4 and 5 of the Selected Letters of Robert Penn Warren as well as For the Record: A Robert Drake Reader and David Madden: A Writer for All Genres.

Lind invited as conductor for choral festivals

NEW WILMINGTON – Dr. Robin Lind, Westminster College associate professor of music and director of choral activities, was guest conductor for two choral festivals and adjudicated at a college concerto competition.

In November Lind was the guest conductor for the Ohio Music Education Association District 5 Honors Choir, which consisted of about 100 singers. Lind selected four songs that the singers rehearsed all day Friday and again Saturday morning before presenting a concert for family and friends Saturday afternoon at the Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown.

Lind was also a guest conductor for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 1 Honors Women’s Choir. The festival was a two-day event held at Seton Hill University in Greensburg. He also served as an adjudicator in November for the 20th Annual Concerto Competition at Grove City College in the J. Howard Pew Fine Arts Center. Five students competed in the event and two were selected by the three judges to play with the orchestra at their concert in the spring.

Ade’s Christmas play staged in Pittsburgh

NEW WILMINGTON – Dr. Andrew Ade, Westminster College associate professor of English, wrote a one-act play that was staged in December at the 2013 Theatre Festival in Black & White by the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company.

Ade’s play, True Meaning, follows the story of opposite-sex adult twin siblings, who need to manage the twin sister’s emotional crisis when the brother marries a woman who has nothing in common with the rest of the family. It takes place on Christmas Eve in the home where the twins grew up, and in the course of the play the three characters demonstrate three distinctly different ideas of “the true meaning of Christmas.”