Mary W. Johnson Faculty Achievement Awards

Posted: March 6, 2015

It gives me great pleasure to announce the recipients of the annual Mary W. Johnson Faculty Achievement Awards. These awards are given to outstanding Scripps faculty with extraordinary achievements in teaching, scholarship, and service for the 2013-14 academic year. The awards are named in honor of Mary W. Johnson whose commitment and support of Scripps College were as extraordinary as the contributions of the faculty members that we honor.

A faculty committee reviews and evaluates those nominated and makes a recommendation about the final selections to the President. The decisions were very difficult to make as we have so many qualified faculty. For 2013-14, those chosen for the Mary W. Johnson Faculty Achievement Awards are:

Teaching

Nancy Neiman Auerbach
Ken Gonzales-Day
France Lemoine
Emily Wiley

Scholarship

Paul Buchholz
Aaron Matz
Nathalie Rachlin
David Roselli
Carmen Sanjuán-Pastor
Rivka Weinberg

Service

Piya Chatterjee
Hao Huang

Please join me in celebrating the outstanding work of our faculty and offering our congratulations. I would like to share some of the extraordinary accomplishments of those recipients in the scholarship category.

Paul Buchholz

Paul Buchholz completed an article on two twentieth-century Austrian authors, “Anarchic Affinities in Thomas Bernhard’s Fiction of 1978: Ja, Der Stimmenimitator, and the Specter of Ingeborg Bachmann,” which was published in the peer-reviewed German Studies Yearbook Gegenwartsliteratur in October 2014; this article examines how an idea of “anarchy” became central to the narration of global politics in the later works of Thomas Bernhard, and served as the focal point for a posthumous intertextual dialogue with the poet and novelist Ingeborg Bachmann. Prof. Buchholz also completed work on a second article manuscript, “Planetary Alienation: The Negation of the Whole Earth in 1970s Austrian Prose,” which is forthcoming in the peer-reviewed Journal of Austrian Studies; this article shows how post-1968 discourses of the “Whole Earth” transformed the figuration of subjectivity and solitude in the works of the Austrian authors Gerhard Roth, Peter Handke, and Peter Rosei. In addition to these publications, Prof. Buchholz delivered a guest lecture on Thomas Bernhard to the German Department at the University of Chicago in November 2013, and in October 2013 presented current research on the political writer Gustav Landauer at the annual German Studies Association conference.

Aaron Matz

Aaron Matz had two chapters from his book manuscript-in-progress accepted for publication.  “Hardy and the Vanity of Procreation” appears in the autumn 2014 issue of Victorian Studies; his essay on Aldous Huxley and reproduction will be published in an edited collection about Huxley’s work and legacy.  In October 2013 he served on the program committee of the North American Victorian Studies Association conference in Pasadena, and in April 2014 he was the keynote speaker at the British Modernities Group conference at the University of Illinois, where the theme was satire and parody in modern Britain.

Nathalie Rachlin

Nathalie Rachlin co-edited a special issue of the journal SubStance. Entitled French Cinema and the Crises of Globalization, the volume examines the works of a number of contemporary French and Francophone directors who are reviving France’s tradition of socially minded cinema. She also contributed an article to the volume,  “The Last Working Class City in France: Denis Gheerbrant’s La rpublique Marseille” and Post-Global Cinema,” and co-wrote the introduction “From Engag to Indign: French Cinema and the Crises of Globalization.”

David Roselli

David Roselli published three, peer-reviewed essays: “Publics and Audiences in Ancient Greece” appeared in an edited volume from Routledge, Meanings of Audiences: Western and Non-Western Discourses; “Social Class” appeared in The Cambridge Companion to Greek Comedy; and “The Work of Tragic Productions: Towards a New History of Drama as Labor History” was published in a special volume of Ramus: Critical Studies in Greek and Roman Literature. He also published three book reviews (in Classical Philology, Classical Review, and Classical World), and received a contract for his completed contributions to The Encyclopedia of Greek Comedy forthcoming from Wiley-Blackwell.

Carmen Sanjuán-Pastor

Carmen Sanjuán-Pastor published two articles in peer reviewed journals and worked on revisions for a third peer-reviewed article, which will appear in spring of 2015. In addition, Carmen Sanjuán-Pastor served as a member of the Steering Committee for the XXIII Annual Congress of the AILCFH (International Association of Feminine Hispanic Literature and Culture), in which she also presented a paper. She was invited to give a talk at Stanford University, entitled: “Life After the Ph.D: A Conversation with Carmen Sanjuán and Julie Minich.” Lastly, she gave a paper at the Berkshire Conference of the History of Women in Toronto, within a panel she co-organized: “Women Shaping Spain: The Spanish Empire and its Legacies”.

Rivka Weinberg

Rivka Weinberg’s book, The Risk of A Lifetime: How, When, and Why Procreation May Be Permissible, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.  This book provides an original and comprehensive theory of procreative ethics, which explains what kind of act procreation is, how procreative responsibility is incurred, and what it entails.  It provides a set of principles to determine when and how procreation is morally permissible.  The non-identity problem (a famous procreative ethics puzzle) is clarified and solved, and dilemmas regarding our liberal principles of autonomy, consent, and equality, which may seem to be in tension with our procreative practices, are addressed.  In addition, “Whose Problem is Non-Identity?” co-written with CMC Professor Paul Hurley, was published in The Journal of Moral Philosophy. Finally, “‘You Got Me Into This…’: Procreative Responsibility and Its Implications for Suicide and Euthanasia,” investigates connections between procreative ethics and the ethics of suicide and euthanasia.  This paper was invited and will appear in in New Directions in Suicide and Euthanasia, Springer, forthcoming.  It was also accepted to and presented at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Amy Marcus-Newhall
Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the Faculty

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