People in the news - week of Jan. 28, 2022

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Laini Nemett, associate professor of painting and drawing, is featured in a recent interview as part of a landscape exhibition in Project Gallery V, a women artist-run online space committed to supporting artists from diverse backgrounds at all stages of their career. “We Are Still in Eden'' includes 10 artists and runs through Feb. 28. The interview focuses on Nemett’s American Southwest-based work. The two oil paintings featured were inspired by a recent trip to the slot canyons and ancient cliff dwellings of the Four Corners region. They explore the built environment constructed with and reclaimed by nature. “Jacal Corner” is based on a series of small-scale paintings of details of a 49-unit cliff dwelling from the 13th century. “Cliff Dwellers” is based on a collage of a slot canyon in Northern Arizona and Wapatki National Monument, a nearby ancient pueblo.

Samantha Kelley ’22, a visual arts and psychology double major, is the featured artist in a solo exhibit presented by Cupola Coffee in Burnt Hills, N.Y. Her oil paintings, digital art and lithographs will be on display through mid-March.

Several peer-reviewed articles by Saladdin Ahmed, visiting assistant professor of political science, were accepted for publication. “Negativity as the Compass of Revolution: A Marxist Rejection of the No-alternative Ethos” has been accepted for publication in Science & Society, and “The Marginalized and Critical Theory: Dialectics of Universalism” has been accepted for publication in International Critical Thought. He also virtually presented a paper, “Critical Theory and the Margins: A Critique of Positivism,” at the 15th Forum of the World Association for Political Economy at Shanghai International Studies University in China.

Dan Venning, assistant professor of theater and dance, published a review essay in European Stages examining the productions he saw in London at the end of 2019 with his mini-term class. The article can be found here.

Claire Bracken, associate professor of English, is the co-editor of a special issue of the journal Éire Ireland (Volume 35, Numbers 3 and 4, fall/winter 2021). The issue, Reproductive Justice and the Politics of Women's Health in Ireland, explores the politics of women's health in Ireland from literary, historical, and legal perspectives, through a range of critical and creative works.

Scott Kirkton, associate professor of biology, is featured on the American Physical Society’s website. The Q&A discusses his research and work at Union. Read the profile here.

“Tourists and Tourism,” a book co-edited by Sharon Gmelch, professor of anthropology, was named one of the best anthropology books of all time by BestAuthority. See the full list of rankings here.

Carol Weisse, the Ronald M. Obenzinger Professor of Psychology and director of Health Professions, was a co-author with Skidmore colleagues Kelly Melekis and Claire Slattery on a paper, “Expressions of Empathy in End-of-Life Care Education: A Qualitative Case Study.” The paper was presented virtually at the Qualitative Report's 13th annual conference.

Hans-Friedrich Mueller, the Thomas Lamont Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature, published “Tua Divinitas: Religious Self-Fashioning in Tiberian Rome,” which appeared in Rhetoric and Religion in Ancient Greece and Rome. The essay investigates the formal rhetorical strategies that the author Valerius Maximus (whose Facta et Dicta Memorabilia [Memorable Deeds and Sayings] appeared around CE 30) employs to depict for readers his own emotions and personal religious experiences. The essay concludes that Valerius constructs an emotionally-charged subjectivity that embraces not only the traditional religion of the Roman Republic, but also a new imperial religion centered on the divine Caesars, including the living emperor Tiberius.

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