Faculty and Student Accomplishments: June/July 2014

View all the recent accomplishments and accolades of Manhattan College’s faculty and students.

School of Arts

Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., director of Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center and assistant professor of religious studies, recently attended two high-profile events in New York City: The 12th annual James Parks Morton interfaith awards dinner, which honored Al Gore on June 5; and the 2014 ADL New York Region Annual Meeting, which honored Mayor Bill de Blasio on June 10.

Kevin Ahern, assistant professor of religious studies, was among the 2014 Catholic Press Award and Book Award Winners, for his book Visions of Hope, and received first place in the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II category.

Ricardo A. Dello Buono, Ph.D., professor and chair of sociology, delivered a paper at the Crisis in EU and USA international conference held at the University of Pisa, Italy, entitled Migration and the Crisis of the Social Welfare State: Building a Praxis Approach on June 13.  Earlier, he presented his paper “Las movilizaciones estudiantiles en tiempos de crisis: hacia un marco teórico general” at the 32nd International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in Chicago on May 22.

Jennifer C. Edwards, Ph.D., assistant professor of history was named co-runner up for the 2013 Society for French Studies Malcolm Bowie Prize for her article publication “‘Man Can be Subject to Woman’: Female Monastic Authority in Fifteenth-Century Poitiers” Gender & History 25, no. 1 (2013): 86-106.

Edwards also presented Holy Healing: Defining Boundaries between Medical and Spiritual Healing in Medieval England at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women in Toronto, May 2014.

Jay Freidenberg, Ph.D., chair and professor of psychology, opened his first solo gallery exhibition at 440 Gallery in Brooklyn, Digital Dreams, which is on display through Aug. 17, 2014. The collection features his photographs of New York City scenes that are digitally manipulated to create surreal landscapes.

Robert Geraci, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies, and engineering major Nat Recine ’14 recently published a paper, “Enlightening the Galaxy: How Players Experience Political Philosophy in Start Wards: The Old Republic” in Games and Culture. Read more about their collaboration.

Matthew S. Muehlbauer, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor, co-wrote Ways of
War: American Military History from the Colonial Era to the Present
(Routledge 2013), which was recently adopted as required reading for all United States Air Force Academy cadets.

School of Business

Charles Geisst, Ph.D., professor of economics and finance, was featured in WalletHub’s recent study, the 2014 Debt Freedom Report: Living Debt Free