Faculty, Staff and Student Accomplishments

Read all of April's faculty, staff and student accomplishments in the School of Arts.

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Faculty Accomplishments

Pamela Chasek, Ph.D., professor of government and director of the international studies program, recently co-edited The Roads from Rio: Lessons Learned from Twenty Years of Multilateral Environmental Negotiations, a new book that reviews the accomplishments and shortcomings of sustainable development since the first Rio Earth Summit. In addition to her position at Manhattan, Chasek serves as the co-founder and executive editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, a United Nations reporting service.
 
She published the article “Incorporating Regional Priorities into Global Conferences: A Review of the Regional Preparatory Committee Meetings for Rio+20” in the Review of European Community and International Environmental Law this month.
 
In March, Chasek also published “Rethinking the Law and Policy of Protected Areas in a Warming World: Evolving Approaches of American Conservation Organizations” in the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy.
 
Last month, Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., director of Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center and assistant professor of religious studies, recorded a podcast for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s audio series Voices on Antisemitism. She also participated in a commemoratory Yom HaShoah conversation with Mark Weizman, director of government affairs at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, on April 22 at the Riverdale Y.
 
Lois Harr, director of campus ministry and social action and adjunct instructor of religious studies, presented on Manhattan College’s fair trade status at the New York City Green Festival on April 22 at the Javits Center.
 
George B. Kirsch, Ph.D., professor of history, discussed A History of Bronx Baseball at the Bronx Museum of the Arts’ exhibition on Baseball in the Bronx on April 19. The College also loaned the museum a few materials pertaining to Manhattan’s baseball history. The exhibition runs from April 13-May 13.
 
Earlier this month, Kirsch delivered a talk on Race Relations and the Desegregation of the Elementary Schools, Board of Education and City Council in Hackensack, N.J., 1955-67, at the Johnson Public Library in Hackensack on April 12.
 
Daniel Savoy, Ph.D., assistant professor of fine arts, will have two publications published in June. His book Venice from the Water: Architecture and Myth in an Early Modern City will be published by Yale University Press, and the article “Palladio and the Water-oriented Scenography of Venice” will also debut in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.
 

Student Accomplishments

From April 3-7, 18 students participated in the 2012 National Model United Nations conference in New York City. The students represented the Syrian Arab Republic in a global simulation and walked away with an honorable mention award. With the difficult political situation in Syria, the students had to set aside their personal beliefs and work together to stand up for the country. Throughout the conference, they gained more knowledge of the UN’s procedures and new skills in diplomacy and compromise.
 
The 18 students included: Matthew Claro, a junior majoring in government and economics; Dhwani Dalal, a junior majoring in international studies; Eseosa Eke, a senior majoring in international studies and minoring in religious studies; Brenda Garcia, a senior majoring in international studies and Spanish; Alexander Guido, a sophomore majoring in international studies; Evelyn Infante, a freshman majoring in international studies; David Kenny, a senior majoring in English; Alex Klein, a senior majoring in government and history; Linda Latifaj, a sophomore majoring in peace studies and minoring in psychology; Juliet Martinez, a sophomore majoring in peace studies and communication; Caleb Merrill, a senior majoring in government and international studies and minoring in philosophy; Allyson Oliveras, a senior majoring in international studies; Stephanie Pietras, a sophomore majoring in international studies and minoring in business; Kevin Rheinheimer, a senior majoring in government and minoring in business; Sthelyn Romero, a senior majoring in government and minoring in sociology; Valbona Sokoli, a senior majoring in international studies and minoring in religious studies; Ethan Van Ness, a junior majoring in government and religious studies; and Chelsea White, a sophomore majoring in international studies and minoring in environmental studies.
 
Hilary Krombel ’12, a fair trade intern and a senior majoring in psychology, spoke at the second annual Siena College Fair Trade Colleges and Universities Conference on April 13.