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People in the news 02 - Apr 2013


Photo by Martin Benjamin
Photo by Martin Benjamin

Three series of works by Martin Benjamin, professor of visual arts, will be on view at the Clement Gallery, Troy, N.Y., in an exhibit titled “A.R.T. – American Road Trip, Italy and Rock n’ Roll.” The opening night reception is Friday, April 26, 6-9 p.m. A.R.T. American Road Trips includes photographs made during cross-country trips covering 47 states from 1972 to 1974.  The photographs are printed on vintage Kodak Kodalith paper with a rich range of brown tones. Twelve of the images were awarded first prize in the professional division of the international Life Magazine Bicentennial Photography Competition that drew 17,000 photographers and 135,000 photographs. Benjamin’s Italy series, portraying Italian people in everyday life, was made in 2010 in Florence, Venice, Bologna, Siena and other locations. Rock n’ Roll features pictures of James Brown, Iggy Pop, Dee Dee Ramone, Bruce Springsteen, Blotto and Mark Wahlberg. Also included will be vintage single images of the ocean in New Jersey, Martha’s Vineyard and West Saugerties, N.Y. The show runs through May 29.

A short story by April Selley, senior lecturer in English, was published in the Winter 2013 issue of “The MacGuffin.” She has also published microfiction online in “Journal of Microliterature” and in “50-Word Stories.” She has another piece forthcoming in “Monkeybicycle.” Her poem, “8 p.m. in the Hospice Dayroom,” was published in the December 2012 issue of “Dappled Things.” 

Deidre Hill Butler, associate professor of sociology and director of Africana Studies, was quoted in a recent article in the Times Union about the cultural and contextual shifts in the use of the N-word. 

Francis Wilkin, lecturer and manager of the College’s observatory, was quoted in a recent Times Union article about a large solar flare approaching the Capital Region. The article speculated on the likelihood of the flare interrupting communication devices and picking up distant radio signals. 

A study by Joshua Hart was mentioned in a blog entry on Psychology Today. The entry detailed Hart's work examining whether a man's degree of sexism would reflect his attachment style.