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Rubens Ghenov was born in São Paulo, Brazil and immigrated to the US in 1989. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art (1999) and his Master of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design (2010). Ghenov has shown nationally in both solo and group exhibitions at Geoffrey Young Gallery (MA), TSA Brooklyn (NYC), Woodmere Art Museum (PA), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2013, he co-curated with Dona Nelson the 72nd Annual Juried Exhibition at the Woodmere Art Museum. Ghenov has been featured in Title Magazine, Bomb Magazine, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He currently works in Philadelphia, PA.
Bob Ghiloni has served as the head men’s basketball coach at Denison since 2002. During his tenure he has led the DU basketball program to a third-place finish in 2005 and an appearance in the NCAC Championship game in 2012. In 2005 he was named the NCAC’s Coach of the Year. Ghiloni came to Denison from Bishop Ready High School in Columbus (Ohio) where he was the head coach of the Silver Knights boys' basketball program for 15 seasons. In 2001-02, Ghiloni's Ready squad posted an impressive 23-5 record and reached the state tournament championship finals in Division III.
In his 15-year run at Ready, Ghiloni directed a dramatic turnaround in the boys' basketball program which resulted in six consecutive winning seasons, two district championships and the 2001-02 trip to the state championship. Along with his coaching duties, Ghiloni was director of admissions at Ready and also has served as director of student and academic affairs and director of guidance. He has also taught courses in world history and American history.
Prior to coaching at Ready, Ghiloni spent three seasons as an assistant basketball coach at Capital University in Columbus. Also included in Ghiloni's extensive professional background are two more Columbus coaching stints as an assistant with Ohio Dominican University (1983-1984) and St. Francis DeSales High School (1981-1983). Ghiloni has also served as an instructor and administrator for several local and regional basketball camps.
A native of nearby Newark, Ohio, Ghiloni graduated from Ohio State University in 1981 with a bachelor of science degree in secondary education. He earned his master of science in education from the University of Dayton in 1985.
I really enjoy teaching and working with students at Denison. I teach introductory physics, optics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, modern physics, experimental physics, and the associated laboratories. My interests are in atomic, molecular and optical physics including measurements of fundamental properties such as absolute oscillator strengths and branching fractions, photodetachment cross sections, resonance features and bound-boundtransitions in negative ions.
My current research efforts include both laser photodetachment from negative ions in our lab in Olin Hall and inner-shell photodetachment from negative ions using the synchrotron at the Advanced Light Source in Berkeley CA. Dr. Walter and I, as well as numerous Denison students, are co-investigators on multiple projects at the ALS including recent studies of H-, Se-, Li-, Pt- and C60-. This research is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Research Corporation, NASA and Denison University.
- “Inner-shell Photodetachment: Shape and Feshbach Resonances of anions”R.C. Bilodeau, N. D. Gibson, C. W. Walter, A. Aguilar and N. Berrah, Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, 185(8-9), 219-225 (2012).
- “Experimental and theoretical study of bound and quasibound states of Ce– ,” C.W. Walter, N.D. Gibson, Y.-G. Li, D.J. Matyas, R.M. Alton, S.E. Lou, R.L. Field III, D. Hanstorp, Lin Pan and D. Beck, Physical Review A, 84, 032514 (2011).
- “Inner-Shell Photodetachment from Ru_” I. Dumitriu , R. C. Bilodeau, T. W. Gorczyca, C. W. Walter, N. D. Gibson, Z. D. Pešić, D. Rolles, and N. Berrah, , Physical Review A, 82, 043434 (2010).
- “Electron affinity of indium and the fine structure of In- measured using infrared photodetachment threshold spectroscopy” C.W. Walter, N.D. Gibson, D.J. Carman, Y.-G. Li, and D.J. Matyas, Physical Review A, 82, 032507 (2010).
I think my biography is a retrospective connect-the-dots story. I did not identify a passionate career interest until midlife. I earned a graduate degree in counseling, worked in community mental health, and decided I needed to earn the doctoral degree. My graduate internship led me to work in a college counseling center, where I learned that I loved working with young adults in this developmental stage of life. Transitioning to, navigating through, and learning to succeed in college is a journey filled with many adventures and challenges. My own reading and research over the years, combined with professional experience and life experience as a parent, has prepared me for this work.
I am currently working on my dissertation, a qualitative project to examine the experience of college students with ADHD in academia.
Jill Gillespie came to Denison in 2003. At Denison, she has taught courses on German literature and cultural studies, feminism, fairy tales, gender, and the human/animal connection. She earned her A.B. in Humanities from Stanford University and did graduate work in Germanic Studies at Cornell University. Her dissertation addressed the gendering of World War II in recent German films. Current research areas include the cultural representations of animal/human relationships, the political uses of satire, and sexual violence.
Answering a question incorrectly sparked my love for geology and geoscience education. In the freshman year of my undergraduate career, I enrolled in my first geology class. Early in the semester, the professor, who later became my mentor and eventually a good friend, asked the class to explain why the Hawaiian Islands form a straight line. I raised my hand and confidently answered that the hot-spot moved under the crust thus creating the linear chain of islands. "Actually, Dave, that's not quite right," my professor corrected, "but I like the way you're thinking," and then he began my first introduction to plate tectonics. I was disappointed to be wrong but proud that the professor appreciated my creative thinking. This one remark encouraged me to learn more and has inspired and motivated me ever since. One of my many goals as a educator is provide this same kind of enthusiasm and encouragement for my own students, even if they don't get the answer right the first time.
My current research involves documenting and interpreting records of environmental variation archived in the hard parts of modern and fossil organisms. This is accomplished primarily through calibration of environmental conditions with skeletal archives: specifically, geochemical variations and patterns of shell growth. The geochemical component of my work revolves around light stable-isotopes, while the analysis of growth patterns focuses on periodic increments deposited in response to environmental and astronomical pacemakers. Together, these analytical techniques, commonly referred to as sclerochronology, have enabled me to work in several different research areas. While each has a different focus, they are connected by a common theme: how are environmental conditions recorded in the geologic record in general, and in the skeletons of organisms in particular? And, how can these archives be used to address a variety of biological and geological questions?
Kaitlin Goody, cello, is a graduate of Capital University with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and a minor in music. She has studied with Dr. Michael Gelfand, Deborah Newcomb, and Dr. Alice Ann O’Neill and received her Suzuki training at the Chicago Suzuki Institute.
Kayla Gordon has served as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Denison since 2012. Gordon came to Denison after spending one season as an assistant coach at Heidelberg University in 2011-12. At Heidelberg, Gordon assisted in all aspects of the basketball program while also serving as head coach of the junior varsity program. In the spring she assisted as a volunteer coach with the Heidelberg softball team and was an academic advisor at the university.
A 2011 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Gordon was a four-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection and the conference’s Newcomer of the Year in 2008. In 108 career games with the Battling Bishops she scored 1,461 career points and grabbed 673 rebounds. Gordon averaged 13.5 ppg and 6.2 rpg and ranks 18th on the North Coast Athletic Conference’s all-time scoring list.
Gordon earned her bachelor of arts in psychology and women’s studies from Ohio Wesleyan. She is currently taking classes to receive a master’s degree in education.
Tara’s Denison career began in 2009. Currently she is responsible for the daily operations for the Offices of Donor Relations/Special Events and Stewardship, providing assistance for the Director and Assistant Director in those areas. Tara’s previous position at Denison was in the Office of Advancement Services where her professional experience in document management helped bring the college into a new phase of records management. She implemented a campus-wide document imaging user group and began the transfer of paper files to electronic files within the division.
Visual Life in African Cities (ARTH 334), Arts of Post-Colonial Africa (ARTH 225), African Art and Visual Culture (ARTH 121), Representing Africa on Film (ARTH 222), Arts of Oceania (ARTH 223), Art History Senior Seminar (ARTH 408)
Research and Teaching
My scholarship and teaching focus on artistic propositions and visual culture in relation to urban life, especially in Senegal and Congo, where I have conducted research on individual artists, art institutions, and expressive production. My methodological orientation combines sustained ethnography, visual/textual analysis, and theorization to engage specificity of place as a modality through which to read the production and interpretation of creative projects. I have contributed to several edited collections and academic journals including African Arts, Art Journal, Fashion Theory, Nka, Présence Francophone, Social Dynamics, andAfrica Today. I was guest editor for a special issue of Africa Today (2007) dedicated to “Visual Experience in Urban Africa” and co-editor for African Art, Interviews, Narratives: Bodies of Knowledge at Work (2013), a volume exploring the productive work of interviews in creating scholarly narratives. My most recent project is Market Imaginary (2012), a feature length documentary film dealing with the concentric embedment of Dakar’s Colobane Market in its neighborhood, in the city, and in the imagination. My current project is a book manuscript about Dakar’s art world city.
My research has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship (2009-2010), the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (1998-1999), the Doctoral Fellowship from the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution (1999-2000), the GLCA New Directions Initiative Grant made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2011, 2012, 2013), the R. C. Good Faculty Fellowship (2006, 2013), and the Denison University Research Foundation. My article, “Urban Claims and Visual Sources in the Making of Dakar’s Art World City,” Art Journal 68, 1 (Spring 2009) received the Art Journal Award from the College Art Association in 2010.
Market Imaginary (Producer/Director for 53 minute film documenting/theorizing Dakar’s Colobane Market). DVD Available from Indiana University Press. http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?cPath=1037_1144&products_id=807288
Film website http://personal.denison.edu/~grabski/Market_Imaginary/Market_Imaginary.html
African Art, Interviews, Narratives: Bodies of Knowledge at Work, edited by Joanna Grabski and Carol Magee (edited volume with twelve contributors) Indiana University Press: 2013.
Art World City: The Creative Economy of Artists and Urban Life in Dakar (book manuscript in progress).
- Dakar’s Market Imaginary: Mobility, Visuality, and the Creative Economy of Second Chances, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (CSSAAME Borderlines). March 25, 2014 http://cssaamejournal.org/borderlines/dakars-market-imaginary/
- La Mobilité, Le Pouvoir de Visualisation, et L’Imaginaire du Marché à Dakar,” in Mamadou Diouf and Rosalind Fredericks, eds. Les Arts de la Citoyenneté au Sénégal: Espaces Contestés et Civilités Urbaines (Éditions Karthala: 2013).
- Ghostly Stories: Interviews with Artists in Dakar and the Productive Space around Absence,” in Joanna Grabski and Carol Magee, eds. African Art, Interviews, Narratives: Bodies of Knowledge at Work (Indiana University Press: 2013).
- The Work of Interviews,” co-authored with Carol Magee, in Joanna Grabski and Carol Magee, eds. African Art, Interviews, Narratives: Bodies of Knowledge at Work (Indiana University Press: 2013).
- Interview with Cheikh Ndiaye,” Pulsations: The Journal of New African Writing 2 (2013): 35-57.
- The École des Arts and Exhibitionary Platforms in Post Independence Senegal,” in Monica Blackmun Visonà and Gitti Salami, A Companion to Modern African Art (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2013).
- Introductory Essay on Historicity and Urban Memory,” IN/FLUX, volume II, Mediatrips from the African World. Produced by SPARCK and Lowave (Paris), 2012.
- Market Logics: How Locality and Mobility Make Artistic Livelihoods in Dakar,” Social Dynamics 37, 3 (2011): 321-331. Republished in Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities, edited by E. Pieterse and A. Simone (Jacana Media and African Centre for Cities, 2013).
- Urban Claims and Visual Sources in the Making of Dakar’s Art World City,” Art Journal 68, 1 (Spring 2009): 6-23. (Art Journal Award, College Art Association, 2010)
- Pap Ba’s Haute-Couture Fashion Photography,” Critical Interventions 6 (Spring 2010): 77-90.
- The Visual City: Tailors, Creativity, and Urban Life in Dakar, Senegal,” in Suzanne Gott and Krystine Loughran, eds. Contemporary African Fashion (Indiana University Press, 2010).
- Traces and Echoes: Mixed Media Paintings of Kalidou Sy,” NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, number 24 (Spring 2009): 82-91.
- Making Fashion in the City: A Case Study of Tailors and Designers in Dakar, Senegal,” Fashion Theory: Special Issue on African Fashion, edited by Victoria Rovine,13, 2 (Spring 2009): 215-242.
- The Dak’Art Biennale: Exhibiting Contemporary Art and Geopolitics in Africa,” NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art/Special Issue on the 21st Century and The Mega Shows, volume 22/23(Spring/Summer 2008): 104-113.
- Projects of Collecting and Exhibition in Dakar: On Being a Mécéne d’art,” Présence Francophone, Special Issue on Art in Dakar, edited by Helene Tissieres, (Spring 2008): 93-111.
- Guest Editor and Introduction,” Africa Today: Special Issue on Visual Experience in Urban Africa, 54, 2 (Winter 2007): vi-xii.
- Painting Fictions/Painting History: Modernist Pioneers at Senegal’s Ecole des Arts,” African Arts: Special Issue on Art Historical Perspectives on African Modernists, edited by Chika Okeke, 39, 1 (2006): 38-49, 93.
- Visual Experience and Fashion in Dakar: The City as Information Environment and Artistic Resource for Tailors,” in Mode in Afrika (Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg, Germany, 2005): 52-60.
- Dakar’s Urban Landscapes: Locating Modern Art and Artists in the City,” African Arts 36, 4 (2003): 28-39, 93.
- Pierre Lods and the Poto-Poto School,” in N’Goné Fall and Jean-Loup Pivin, eds. Anthologie de l’art africain du xx siècle. Paris: Éditions Revue Noire, 2001: 179-181.
Curatorial Projects/Exhibition Essays
Author of Exhibition Essay
Writing, Artistic Traditions and the Economies of Cultural Heritage: Recent Works by Abdoulaye Ndoye
Musée Boribana, Dak’Art Biennale Off 2014 Dakar, Senegal
Author of Exhibition Essay
Les Lettres de Verre de El Hadji Sy in
Exhibition Catalogue, Les Lettres de Verre,
Galerie BooKoo, Dakar, Senegal, June 2013
Exhibition Curator and Author of Exhibition Essay
Guissou Ma La Mbao: An Exhibition of Poesie Graphique by Abdoulaye Ndoye
Musee Boribana, Dak’Art Biennale Off 2010, Dakar, Senegal
Author of Exhibition Essay
Taking Off/L’Envol: A Mixed Media Installation by Ndary Lo
Eiffage, Dak’Art Biennale Off 2010, Dakar, Senegal
Author of Exhibition Essay, “The Harmonies of Becoming an Artist: Remembering the Artistic Practice of Seydou Barry,” in Catalogue of Seydou Barry’s Retrospective Exhibition at Dak’Art Off (Dakar: Impression Midi-Occident, 2008).
Author of Selected Essays, Trajectoires: Art Contemporain du Senegal; Collection Bassam Chaitou, Exposition Musee de l’Ifan de Dakar, (Dakar: Editions Kaani, 2007): 18-24, 74-75, 186-187.
Exhibition Co-Curator and Author of Exhibition Essay
Traces and Echoes: Mixed Media Paintings by Kalidou Sy
Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN, 2007
Exhibition Curator and Author of Exhibition Essay
La Peinture sans peinture: une selection d’oeuvres recentes de Abdoulaye Ndoye
West African Research Center, Dakar, Senegal, 1999
L’Oeil vif: une exposition individuelle de Cherif Thiam
West African Research Center, Dakar, Senegal, 1999
Peter Grandbois is the author of seven books, including: The Gravedigger, selected by Barnes and Noble for its “Discover Great New Writers” program, The Arsenic Lobster: A Hybrid Memoir, chosen as one of the top five memoirs of 2009 by the Sacramento News and Review, Nahoonkara, winner of the gold medal in literary fiction in ForeWord magazine's Book of the Year Awards for 2011, a collection of surreal flash fictions, Domestic Disturbances, a finalist for Book of the Year in ForeWord magazine’s 2013 awards, and the “monster double features,” Wait Your Turn, The Glob Who Girdled Granville, and The Girl on the Swing. His essays and short stories have appeared in numerous journals and been shortlisted for both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays. His plays have been performed in St. Louis, Columbus, and New York. He is an associate editor at Boulevard magazine.
Peter is a graduate of the University of Denver (Ph.D. 2006) and Bennington College (M.F.A. 2003). Previously, he taught at California State University in Sacramento and is currently an associate professor at Denison University.
Karen Graves (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.S. 1981, M.Ed. 1988, Ph.D. 1993) is Professor and Chair in the Department of Education at Denison University. She began her career as a mathematics teacher at Effingham (IL) High School. Professor Graves teaches courses in history and philosophy of education, queer studies, and educational policy. Her research addresses twentieth-century schooling in the United States with a focus on gender and sexuality, and legal policies concerning education. Her most recent book, And They Were Wonderful Teachers: Florida’s Purge of Gay and Lesbian Teachers, was awarded a 2010 Critics Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association. Other publications include Girls' Schooling during the Progressive Era: From Female Scholar to Domesticated Citizen (Garland, 1998) and the co-edited volume, Inexcusable Omissions: Clarence Karier and the Critical Tradition in History of Education Scholarship (Peter Lang Publishing, 2001), with Timothy Glander and Christine Shea.
Professor Graves is a Past President of the History of Education Society and a former Vice-President in the American Educational Research Association, Division F: History and Historiography. She was honored to hold the Charles and Nancy Brickman Distinguished Service Chair at Denison from 2010 to 2013. In 2013 Graves was recognized as a recipient of the Education Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award at the University of Illinois.
Karen Graves is a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan with collegial respect for Cubs fans.
Hollis Griffin earned a doctorate in media and cultural theory at Northwestern University and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in gender and sexuality studies at Colby College. His research and teaching interests include media historiography, narrative analysis, queer and critical theory, and issues related to emotion, citizenship, and consumer culture. He is currently at work on a book manuscript about queer media production in the context of digital media convergence, a project that was awarded the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Dissertation Prize. His research can be found in venues like Popular Communication, Television and New Media, Velvet Light Trap, Spectator, JumpCut, in Media Res, and the anthology Film and Sexual Politics.
I have been working in the archives field since 2009 at Luther College, Vesterheim Norwegian-America Museum, the Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program at The Ohio State University, and the State Archives Local Government Records Program. I love talking about digital curation and preservation, copyright/fair use issues, primary sources, and public history projects utilizing archives. I also love visiting new restaurants, going to the zoo, talking about movies/tv shows, and spending time with my family.
Fareeda McClinton Griffith, PhD is an assistant professor of Sociology/ Anthropology at Denison University. As a quantitatively trained sociologist and demographer, Dr. Griffith advises students on research projects with interests in quantitative methods, and teaches courses on demographic changes in the continent of Africa, survey research methods and racial and ethnic relations around the globe. She received her B.A. in Sociology with summa cum laude honors from Paine College. She received a M.A. in Demography and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Dr. Griffith has published on race relations and residential segregation patterns in South Africa and Somali immigrants and health perceptions in Columbus, Ohio. Her work appears in the Southern African Journal of Demography and is forthcoming in Health, Culture, and Society. Dr. Griffith has also received several grants to investigate racial residential segregation and chronic health outcomes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and health perceptions of Somali immigrants in Columbus, OH.
- Griffith, Fareeda M. and Tukufu Zuberi. Forthcoming. “ Demography of Race and Ethnicity in South Africa” in the International Handbook on Race and Ethnicity, Rogelio Saenz, Rodriguez, Nestor; Embrick, David (eds). Handbook 4, Springer Press: New York. Peer reviewed book chapter and invited
- Francis, Shelley and Kendall A. Leser and Emma E. Esmont and Fareeda Griffith. “An Analysis of Key Stakeholders Attitudes and Beliefs about Barriers and Facilitating Factors in the Development of a Cervical Cancer Prevention Program in South Africa.” African Journal of Reproductive Health. March 2013: 17:1. Peer reviewed article
- Griffith, Fareeda. ” Intercensal Changes in Measures of Residential Segregation Among Population Groups in Gauteng, South Africa, 1996-2001.” Southern African Journal of Demography. January 2013: Volume 14:1. Peer reviewed article
- Francis, Shelley and Fareeda Griffith and Kendall A. Leser .“An Investigation of Somali Women’s Beliefs, Practices, and Attitudes about Health, Health Promoting Behaviors and Cancer Prevention.” Health, Culture, and Society. Forthcoming 2014. Peer reviewed article
Amanda Gunn focuses her teaching and scholarship on the development of relationships and communities through engaged communication. Specifically, she explores questions of marginality, voice, and empowerment in a variety of communication context including interpersonal, small group, and organizational. She completed her BS at Appalachian State University, her MA and PhD at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.