People in the news - Week of April 23, 2021

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Dan Venning, assistant professor of theater and dance, published a review of Berkshire Theatre Group’s summer 2020 production of Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak’s Godspell. This production was the first fully staged live musical in the U.S. to be approved by Actors’ Equity Association (the U.S. actors' union) after the inception of the global coronavirus crisis shut down theaters nationwide in March 2020. Venning's review appears in Theatre Journal, the leading scholarly journal for research on and reviews of theatre and performance. The review can be found here.

A piece by Christopher Chandler, assistant professor of music, was presented yesterday at Earth Day Art Model. The work, almost an hour long, was scored for a septet of musicians (winds, strings, and percussion) and field recordings of various outdoor sounds/spaces. They telematically audio/video recorded the piece where each musician was in a different space then used software that allowed them to rehearse and perform by sending high quality audio. Watch the piece here.

An article by Saladdin Ahmed, visiting assistant professor of political science, was published in World Review of Political Economy. “The Ecological Crisis, Apocalypticism and the Internalization of Unfreedom” can be read here.

Luke Dosiek, associate professor of electrical, computer and biomedical engineering, was named a senior member grade of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The realization of this grade requires extensive experience and reflects professional maturity and documented achievements of significance. Only 11 percent of IEEE members hold the distinction.

Brian Peterson, associate professor of history and director of Africana Studies, was recently interviewed by Jacobin magazine on his new book, “Thomas Sankara: A Revolutionary in Cold War Africa.” Read the article here.