CUNY Faculty Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships For Outstanding Achievement and Exceptional Promise

April 26, 2012 | The University

Four faculty from The City University of New York have been awarded Fellowships from The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for their outstanding achievements and exceptional promise. They were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 scholars, artists and scientists who applied for the prestigious awards in the U.S. and Canada in the Guggenheim Foundation’s eighty-eighth annual competition.

Chancellor Matthew Goldstein stated: “I wish to congratulate these distinguished faculty for their exceptional achievements, which merit these prestigious fellowships. They each exemplify the academic excellence and scholarly distinction of The City University of New York and its world class faculty.”
Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to men and women who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability. The Fellowships are made for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months to provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible.

The 2012 CUNY Guggenheim Fellows are:

-Tom Cipullo, a member of the Art and Music Department faculty at Bronx Community College and a composer whose works have been heard at major concert halls on four continents, from San Francisco to Tel Aviv, from Stockholm to LaPaz.

-Dagmar Herzog, Professor of History and the Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar at The CUNY Graduate Center, who has published widely in the history of religion in Europe and the U.S., on the Holocaust and its aftermath, and on the histories of gender and sexuality.

-Joan Richardson, Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and American Studies at The CUNY Graduate Center, who is the author of a two-volume biography of the poet Wallace Stevens, and co-editor, with Frank Kermode, of Wallace Stevens: Collected Poetry and Prose (Library of America, 1997).

-Yoruba Richen, an Adjunct Faculty Member at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism and a documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on illuminating issues of race, space, and power.

Biographical profiles of CUNY’s 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship winners follow:
Tom Cipullo’s musical compositions have been heard at major concert halls on four continents. He has received commissions from the Mirror Visions Ensemble, SongFest at Pepperdine, the Joy in Singing, Sequitur, Cantori New York, tenor Paul Sperry, mezzo-soprano Mary Ann Hart, the Five Boroughs Music Festival, pianist Jeanne Golan, soprano Martha Guth, the Walt Whitman Project, baritone Jesse Blumberg, the New York Festival of Song, and many others. He has received awards and fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Copland House, the Liguria Study Center (Bogliasco, Italy), the Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain), the Oberpfaelzer Kuenstlerhaus (Bavaria), ASCAP, Meet the Composer, and the Jory Copying Program. The New York Times has called his music “haunting,” and The Boston Globe has said his work “literally sparkled with wit.” His recent honors include the Minneapolis Pops New Orchestral Repertoire Award (2009) for “Sparkler,” the National Association of Teachers of Singing Art Song Award (2008) for the song-cycle “Of a Certain Age” (commissioned by the soprano Hope Hudson), the Aaron Copland Award from Copland House (2007), and the Phyllis Wattis Prize for song composition from the San Francisco Song Festival for “Drifts & Shadows” (2006). Cipullo is the composer of one opera, “Glory Denied,” after the book by journalist Tom Philpott based on the true story of America’s longest-held prisoner of war. The piece was premiered by the Brooklyn College Opera Theater in 2007, given its professional premiere by the Remarkable Theater Brigade in New York in June 2008, and recently presented by Chelsea Opera and by Urban Arias in Arlington, Virginia. Of the Chelsea Opera production, Allan Kozinn of The New York Times wrote: “Mr. Cipullo’s vocal writing is angular and declamatory at times, but he has a keen sense of when to let that modernist approach melt into glowing melody, and he has an even keener ear for orchestral color.” Cipullo is a founding member of the Friends & Enemies of New Music, an organization that has presented more than eighty concerts featuring the music of over 200 different American composers. He has also taught at Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music (1995), and Brooklyn College’s Conservatory of Music (1990).

Dagmar Herzog has published widely in the history of religion in Europe and the U.S., on the Holocaust and its aftermath, and on the histories of gender and sexuality. She recently completed Sexuality in Europe: A Twentieth-Century History (Cambridge UP, 2011). She is also the author of Sex in Crisis: The New Sexual Revolution and the Future of American Politics (Basic, 2008), Sex after Fascism: Memory and Morality in Twentieth-Century Germany (Princeton UP, 2005), and Intimacy and Exclusion: Religious Politics in Pre-Revolutionary Baden (Princeton UP, 1996; Transaction, 2007). She is the editor and coeditor of six anthologies, including, most recently, Brutality and Desire: War and Sexuality in Europe’s Twentieth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009); and Lessons and Legacies VII: The Holocaust in International Perspective (Northwestern UP, 2007). Herzog will be a Visiting Research Scholar at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University in 2013, and she has held positions as a Member in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, and as a Mellon Faculty Fellow at Harvard University. Her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, the German American Exchange Service (DAAD), and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She was recently appointed a member of the Board of Editors for the American Historical Review, and is currently at work on a new project on the European and American histories of psychoanalysis, trauma, and desire.

Joan Richardson is the author of a two-volume biography of the poet Wallace Stevens, and co-edited, with Frank Kermode, Wallace Stevens: Collected Poetry and Prose (Library of America, 1997). Her essays on Stevens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jonathan Edwards and Stanley Cavell, as well as on poetry and pragmatism, have been published in the Wallace Stevens Journal, in Raritan, and as chapters in edited volumes. Essays on Alfred North Whitehead, on William James, and on the HBO series “Deadwood” have appeared in Configurations and The Hopkins Review. Interviews and review essays have appeared in Bookforum and other journals. Her study, A Natural History of Pragmatism: The Fact of Feeling from Jonathan Edwards to Gertrude Stein, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2007, and nominated for the 2011 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. She is currently at work on another volume for Cambridge, Pragmatism and American Culture. Her project for the term of the Guggenheim Fellowship period, “Images, Shadows of Divine Things,” is an experiment in secular spiritual autobiography that draws its design, somewhat, from Jonathan Edwards’s similarly titled text. Richardson has been the recipient of several earlier awards and fellowships, including a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and a Senior Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Yoruba Richen is a documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on illuminating issues of race, space, and power. She grew up in Harlem and, as a youngster, traveled between that community and the upper east side of Manhattan, where she went to school. That commute starkly illustrated the differences between those neighborhoods; one black, working class and increasingly voiceless, and the other white, wealthy and politically powerful. Those experiences shaped her life journey, and from a young age she has been consumed with questions of race and access and how constituencies gain power and often are forced to compete for limited or dwindling resources. She also became keenly aware of how marginalized communities are often left out of the media and their voices and concerns misrepresented or ignored. Richen studied political science and theater at Brown University and went on to receive a master’s degree in City Planning at UC Berkeley. Seeking to combine her passion for social justice with a desire to tell stories and engage audiences, she decided to pursue documentary filmmaking. Richen worked on documentaries for HBO, BET, and A&E and co-produced a film about welfare reform called “Take it From Me,” which aired on the PBS series P.O.V. in 2001. She then took a job as a producer for the investigative unit of ABC News where she was able to hone her reporting skills and produce programs for all platforms of the network. Documentary remained her true passion, however. She received an international journalism fellowship and began work on her documentary, “Promised Land,” which follows two black communities in South Africa trying to recover land that their ancestors were removed from during apartheid that is owned by white landowners. The film, which follows the multiyear struggle of both groups to get and keep possession of the land, received a Diverse Voice co-production grant from P.O.V. and premiered on P.O.V. in July 2010. It has played at festivals across the globe. In 2008, Richen received a Fulbright award to Brazil and made a short video examining the oldest African women’s organization in the Americas, called Sisterhood of the Good Death. In recent years she has directed film projects for nonprofits and government agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Her current film, entitled “The New Black,” uncovers the complicated and often combative histories of the African-American and LGBT civil-rights movements. It will be released in 2013 and broadcast on PBS.

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