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Ching-chu Hu’s music has been performed in the United States, England, Germany, Russia, Austria, China, Taiwan, and Australia, and reviews have described his music as “incredible” and “deeply moving.” Recent honors have included composer-in-residence at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and guest composer at the American Music Week Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. Hu has been a composition fellow at the Aspen and Bowdoin Music Festivals, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has received performances in various national and international festivals and concerts, including the Alternativa Festival (Center “DOM”) in Moscow.
Born in Iowa City, Iowa, Ching-chu Hu studied at Yale University, Freiburg Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany, The University of Iowa, and the University of Michigan, where he earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition. His composition teachers included William Bolcom, William Albright, Michael Daugherty, Leslie Bassett, Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, and David Gompper. His conducting teachers included Alastair Neale, David Stern, and James Dixon. He also studied piano with Donald Currier, Stéphane Lemelin, and Logan Skelton and bass with Diana Gannett and Eldon Oberecht. He is active as a pianist and conductor, and wrote the scores for several short award-winning films. Recent commissions include works for the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, the Granville (Ohio) Bicentennial Committee, the University of Iowa School of Music’s Centennial celebration, the Greater Columbus Community Orchestra, the Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Children’s Choir and the Chamber Music Connection, string duo Low and Lower, Western Springs Suzuki Talent Education Program’s 30th Anniversary Concert in Chicago Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall as well as Newark Granville Youth Symphony’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts performance. Upcoming premieres include commissioned work by the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, West Texas A&M orchestra, marimbist Mayumi Hama and pianist Minju Choi.
Conductor Donald Portnoy and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra performed In Frozen Distance and violinist Wolfgang David premiered Passions at Wigmore Hall in London, England. Other notable performers include flutist Betty Bang Mather, bassists Robert Black and Anthony Stoops, violinists Scott Conklin and Gabe Bolkosky, Moscow Conservatory’s Studio New Music Ensemble, Brave New Works New Music Ensemble, Brooklyn Rider String Quartet, the National Dance and Opera Orchestra of China, and the Kiev Philharmonic. His music can be heard on the ERM Media’s “Masterworks of the New Era” CD series (vol. 4), Albany Records CD “Finnegan’s Wake” (Troy 680), “Star of the County Down” (Troy 937), “Spirals: American Music in Moscow” (Troy 1095), “Vive Concertante” (Troy 1110-11), “Violinguistics” (Troy 1138) “Insights: New Music for Double Bass” (Troy 1457) and Capstone Records’ “Journeys” (CPS-8809), with an upcoming CD release from Scott Conklin.
He was the first recipient of the Bayley-Bowen Fellowship, Denison University’s first endowed fellowship for a junior faculty member and it is a three-year fellowship for 2004-07. Ching-chu Hu is Associate Professor of Composition and Theory and is the Richard Luicer Distinguished Professor. More information can be found at: www.chingchuhu.com
My goal as a composer is to create music that is lyrical and driven by narrative. My music tends to be tonal centric, yet filtered through a contemporary lens. I write both instrumental and vocal music in many different genres for solo, chamber, and large ensembles. Currently, most of my work tends to be commissioned for specific performers or ensembles. I write for young musicians and professional artists for a variety of occasions, including solo recitals, centennial/bicentennial celebrations, festivals, and international tours. Each composition clearly expresses my “voice,” reveals my “fingerprint.” Being raised in an artistic Chinese family in the middle of the United States has influenced my music, just as my formal training has refined my compositional skills.
- Insights (contrabass and piano) and Beyond (contrabass) on Albany Records Insights: New American Music for Double Bass, recorded by bassist Anthony Stoops (Albany Records Troy 1457)
- In Frozen Distance (orchestra) on Journeys, Capstone’s Society of Composers, Inc. CD Series, recorded by the National Chinese Dance and Opera Orchestra (Volume 23)
- The Swash of Water and Red (string) on Albany Records Spirals: American Music in Moscow, recorded by Moscow Conservatory Studio of New Music (Albany Records Troy 1095)
- Snow Ash (violin and piano) on Albany Records Violinguistics, recorded by Scott Conklin and Alan Huckleberry (Albany Records Troy 1138)
- A Tempered Wish (violin and chamber orchestra) on Albany Records Viva Concertante, recorded The University of Iowa Center for New Music (Troy 1110-11)
- Glaciers Red: Vistas Veiled (violin and piano) on Albany Records Star of the County Down, recorded by Wolfgang David and David Gompper (Albany Records Troy 937)
- In Frozen Distance (orchestra) on ERM Media’s Masterworks of the New Era CD Series, vol. 4, recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic
- Passions (violin and piano) on Albany Records Finnegan’s Wak,e recorded by Wolfgang David and David Gompper (Albany Records Troy 680)
- Performed on accompanying CD for Proof Through the Night: Music and the Great War, by Glenn Watkins (UC Berkeley Press). Ravel, "Frontispice" (Gompper, Lecuona, Hu)
Kevin earned B.A. degrees in political science and biology at Allegheny College. After a 10-year career in the world of politics, Kevin transitioned into the field of non-profit advancement five years ago. Most recently with the OhioHealth Foundation, Kevin joined the Denison community in November 2010. He works with alumni, parents, and friends in California, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Dayton, Ohio.
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Ned earned his B.A. in English from Oberlin College in 2013. Following graduation, he joined Denison’s Institutional Advancement Division as assistant director of the Annual Fund for student programming. In this capacity, Ned is responsible for managing the Annual Fund’s student call center, the Senior Class Gift program, and the 1831 Society, a student-run organization promoting philanthropy for Denison among the college’s current students.
My current research interests include (1) gender differences in social behavior, (2) the social influence processes used to change others' attitudes and behavior, and (3) the personalities of attorneys.
First, I am interested in gender differences in a variety of social behaviors, as well as differences in the social evaluation of women's and men's behavior. My research in this area has examined the content of attitudes toward men and women, gender differences in interaction patterns, and the appropriateness of women's and men's emotional reaction to life events. My current research projects focus on the social consequences of women's and men's emotional expressions during job interviews and political campaign speeches.
- Hutson-Comeaux, S. L. (2005, August). Perceptions of political candidates: The consequences of emotional expression. Paper presented in the Division 9 Symposium, Gender and the Politics of Emotion, at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
- Hutson-Comeaux, S. L., & Kelly, J. R. (2002). Gender stereotypes of emotional reactions: How we judge an emotion as valid. Sex Roles, 47, 1-10.
- Kelly, J. R., & Hutson-Comeaux, S. L. (2000). The appropriateness of emotional expression in women and men: The double-bind of emotion. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 15, 515-528.
- Kelly, J. R., & Hutson-Comeaux, S. L. (1999). Gender-emotion stereotypes are context specific. Sex Roles, 40, 107-120.
- Hutson-Comeaux, S. L., & Kelly, J. R. (1996). Sex differences in interaction style and group performance: The process-performance relationship. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality [Special Issue: Handbook of Gender Research], 11, 255-275.
Social Influence Processes
My second line of research addresses the social influence processes that individuals and groups use to change others' opinions and behavior. I am particularly interested in the conditions under which a minority opinion holder can influence the opinion of a majority, and the social influence processes by which a minority and majority opinion holders exert their influences. My recent work on these issues has been in the context of psychology and law.
- Eagly, A. H., Kulesa, P., Brannon, L. A., Shaw, K., & Hutson-Comeaux, S. (2000). Why counterattitudinal messages are as memorable as proattitudinal messages: The importance of active defense against attack. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 1392-1408.
- Hutson-Comeaux, S. L. (1999). Majority and minority influence: Use and effectiveness of social influence processes. The Group Psychologist, 9, 11-12.
- Kelly, J. R., Jackson, J. W., & Hutson-Comeaux, S. L. (1997). The effects of time pressure and task differences on influence modes and accuracy in decision-making groups. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 23, 10-22.
Personalities of Attorneys
The third line of research examines the personality characteristics of attorneys. In particular, I am interested in individual differences between trial and non-trial attorneys as well as gender differences. To examine some of this research click here. We have developed a webpage that summarizes the research we have conducted on this topic and contains a Psychology and Law Research Guide to articles about various topics in the field of psychology and law .
- Hutson-Comeaux, S. L., Bluestein, B. M., & Wagner, B. C. (2004, May). Gender differences in the personality characteristics of law students and attorneys. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Society, Chicago, IL.
- Hutson-Comeaux, S. L., & Pukay-Martin, N. D. (2003, May). Personality characteristics of trial and non-trial attorneys. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society, Atlanta, GA.
- Hutson-Comeaux, S. L., Westerhaus, E. K., & Snyder, R. (2002, June). Personality characteristics of women in male- and female-dominated occupations. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society, New Orleans, LA.
- Dr. Hutson-Comeaux, a 1991 graduate of Denison, returned to join the psychology faculty in 1997. She teaches courses in introductory psychology, personality theory, social psychology, research methods and statistics, and a seminar on the psychology of law.
With a commitment to excellence, the mission of Information Technology Services (ITS) is to support the goals of the college through technology services and innovation in partnership with the broader Denison community.
Denison’s Institutional Advancement division encompasses activities related to fundraising, communications, and alumni relations.
The Office of Institutional Research serves the college by providing data in support of assessment and planning.
International Student Services is committed to serving as a resource for learning about and fostering cross-cultural awareness and competency. Our growing international community includes foreign nationals, U.S. citizens and permanent residents who live abroad, and individuals who identify as global citizens. In partnership with teaching faculty, staff and the broader student community, we strive to enhance educational opportunities and promote intercultural exchange throughout our campus and local communities.
International Studies is interdisciplinary and encourages all of its students to view the world from various perspectives and to be broadly concerned with social, political, economical, and cultural processes, linkages, interdependencies, and power relations that connect individuals, communities, groups, states and regions across the globe. Shared dilemmas and challenges tie the world's citizens together.
Student employment is designed to enhance students’ college experiences, offering new skills and extra money for spending or for contributing to the tuition bill.
At Denison, health and well-being represent important aspects of campus life. Students, faculty, and staff have access to the Mitchell Center. Students are eligible to participate in intramural sports as well as the Club Sports program, which includes a variety of competitive, noncompetitive, and recreational and instructional sports activities.
The Investment Office provides professional leadership for Denison’s endowment, so that the college can protect and grow assets that provide educational excellence and substantial financial aid for Denison’s students.
John L. Jackson: Director and Associate Professor of Black Studies ( B.S. degree from Miles College; M. Div. Harvard Divinity School; Ph.D. from Ohio State University).Teaches: Introduction to Black Studies; and Black Religion and Black Theology, Rebellion, Resistance and Black Religion.
Professor Jacobsen has been teaching full-time at Denison since 1984. He received the A.B. in Latin from Frankln and Marshall College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from The Ohio State University. Professor Jacobsen teaches Latin and Greek, and a wide variety of courses on the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. As a scholar interested Roman poetry, specifically in the work and the reception of the poet Ovid, Professor Jacobsen's most recent work includes an essay in the book Ted Hughes and the Classics, published last year by Oxford University Press, and an article on Ovid's influence on the contemporary Irish poet, Ciaran Carson, published in the journal Classical Outlook.
Courses in Japanese are offered through the Department of Modern Languages.
Specifically, my interest is in the discursive production of "public health anxieties" and the ways systems of race, nation, and gender frame "risky bodies" and "at-risk bodies." In analyzing the 2002-03 multi-country outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), I trace a genealogy of SARS scientific progress at primarily cellular and genetic levels which serves as a backdrop for political, regulatory, and popular science discourses. In addition, I am currently interested in "nail salons" as discursively produced sites of "public health anxiety," fear, and contagion.
Broadly, my area of scholarship aims to make connections across terrains of “natures” and “cultures.” Much of the public perceives the biological sciences as wholly residing in the natural world. In other words, the scientific study of the living natural world operates with an objectivity that produces value-free knowledge that is untouched by “culture,” that is without historical, political and economic contexts; scientific knowledge is an unblemished reflection of the natural world. On the hand, there is an analogous and equally troublesome misconception of “women’s studies” as wholly residing in culture, that is operating within a social constructionism that problematically annihilates subjects, objects, and “facts.” While neither of these caricatures does justice to these (inter)disciplines’ intents, they allow us to trace needed connections between feminist critiques and biological inquiries. Feminist science studies aims to examine and embrace dimensions of reality between the social and the material.
International Trade and Development, Classical Political Economy, NonlInear Dynamics, Agent-Based Modeling, History of Economic Thought, Economic Philosophy and Methodology.
- Econ 101 - Intro Macroeconomics
- Econ 301 - Intermediate Macroeconomics
- Econ 411 - Monetary Theory
- Econ 440 - The Political Economy of Globalization
- Econ 441 - The Political Economy of the Middle East
Susie Kalinoski is the Associate Director of Service-Learning and is advisor for DCA groups and community partnerships.
Dr. Kaplan started his environmental career at Oberlin College, where he was one of the very first ES majors, and he also majored in Poli Sci. After college, he went off to Northern Virginia to work for a quirky company as a computer systems analyst. After two years there, he moved on to the Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison, where he earned his M.S. in Land Resources and a certificate in Energy Analysis and Planning. He was the computer techie guy for IES during that time as well. Then he was off to Chapel Hill for his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from UNC. His dissertation was about how to get electric utilities interested in solar (photovoltaic) technologies, relying on a national survey of managers. Dr. Kaplan was hired as the founding director of Denison's ENVS program in 1993, and finished his Ph.D. requirements just weeks before moving to Granville on New Year's Eve that year.
Kaplan's courses include Environmental Politics & Decision Making, Environmental Planning and Design, Environmental Dispute Resolution, the Practicum and Senior Project classes, and his new love, Farmscape: Artistic Perspectives on Farmland Preservation. His research spans a variety of areas that are all connected by the question, "How can we best relate to our environment?" In working with the U.S. Geological Survey, his efforts focus on creating an organizational culture that places this agency at the forefront of environmental science. In working with photography, his work deals with views of the environment that might make us think differently about who we are and where we fit in. In working with the spatial patterns of homeless people in Newark, Ohio, his interests are about designing urban communities to tolerate and encourage different peoples who perceive the environment differently.
Dr. Kaplan has two boys who love to explore and who care a great deal about the planet they're inheriting as they grow up. What can be more inspiring than that?
The Kappa Alpha Theta sorority has occupied the house since 1904 and added a recreation wing in 1958.
The House is a home away from home for the ladies of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In addition to weekly chapter, house board and council meetings, and sisterhood events, the house is used by all sisters throughout the week.