School of Arts Faculty and Student Accomplishments

View the accomplishments of the School of Arts faculty and students this summer.

Faculty Accomplishments

Mehnaz M. Afridi, Ph.D., director of Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center and assistant professor of religious studies, was a guest speaker on July 18 at the fourth annual Tom Lantos Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial Archives Commemoration at the U.S. Capitol. See the YouTube clip. Afridi was also featured in the Holocaust Memorial Museum’s audio series Voices on Anti-Semitism. Listen to the podcast here

Ricardo A. Dello Buono, Ph.D., professor of sociology and chair of the Sociology department, recently published an article entitled “The Crisis of US Hegemony in the Era of Obama: Four Views from Latin America” in the journal Critical Sociology. He also authored the prologue for the latest book by Mexican economist José Manuel Sánchez entitled The Neoliberal Pattern of Domination (Brill, 2012). 

Lois Harr, adjunct instructor in religious studies and director of Campus Ministry and Social Action/assistant to the vice president for student life at Manhattan College, moderated a panel on the “South Bronx: Deconstruction of a Neighborhood's Reconstruction” on July 18 at the Museum of the City of New York. Read the press release

Claire Nolte, Ph.D., professor of history, was named an alternate candidate in the Fulbright Scholar Program to study in the Czech Republic. In late August, Nolte will also present at the European Association for Urban Historians conference in Prague, and her session is titled “Great Exhibitions and Cities on the Move.”

Michele Saracino, Ph.D., professor of religious studies, was awarded an Excellence in Publishing Award, first place in the theology category for her book Being about Borders by the Association of Catholic Publishers in June. Read the press release

Claudia Setzer, Ph.D., professor of religious studies, and David A. Shefferman, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious studies, received a positive review on their 2011 book, The Bible and American Culture: A Sourcebook by Conservative Judaism magazine. Read the review

Student Accomplishments

Two recent communication graduates, Robert Colaianni and Anthony Nicoletti, received a 2012 APEX Award for Publication Excellence in the category of YouTube Publications. “Merry Christmas from Manhattan College’s Communication Students” was produced by the students under the supervision of Thom Gencarelli, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Communication department, and Michael Grabowski, Ph.D., associate professor of communication.

Daniela Robles, a senior sociology major, attended the International Conference on Videogame Cultures and the Future of Interactive Entertainment at Oxford University in July, and her paper presentation “Dying to Play: How Death Mechanics in Guild Wars Provide Meaningful Experiences” was accepted for publication. Robert Geraci, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies, also went to the conference with Robles, who was the only undergraduate student at the event, which was primarily attended by graduate students and faculty. Her research was supported by the Virtually Meaningful project, a National Science Foundation funded grant.