Thursday, March 4, 2010

Draper Student & Alumni Announcements

Draper students and alumni have been as busy as ever since we posted our last update. Thanks for letting us know what you've all been up to! Remember that if you would like to write a post for the blog about your experiences presenting at conferences, your academic work, or events/accomplishments of interest outside of academia, we love to have student contributions. Get in touch with us at if you have news to report or are interested in writing a blog post.

Student and Alumni News

Marcia Alesan Dawkins (alumna '00) is an Assistant Professor of Human Communication at California State University, Fullerton. She is writes about political communication, diversity, popular culture and new media for "The Huffington Post" and "Truthdig" ( Her forthcoming book, “Things Said in Passing,” is a critical analysis of instances of racial passing in the United States from the late nineteenth through early twenty-first centuries. She lectures and consults on these and other issues related to contemporary communication.

Shayne Leslie Figueroa (alumna, September 2008)
was accepted to Steinhardt's doctoral program in Nutrition and Food Studies. Shayne will start the program in the fall while continuing to act as the administrator at NYU's Taub Center for Israel Studies.

Yelitzaveta Goldfarb's article, "Irony Behind the Iron Curtain" is set to be published in the Nabokov Online Journal (NOJ/НОЖ) on April 23, 2010. A link to her article will be made available when the journal is published.

Tara Haskins is presenting her paper "Put What? Where? Why Americans Don't Like Squat Toliets" at the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association's National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri (March 2010).

Everett Kramer will be presenting his paper, "A Teapot Arsenal: on Propaganda Porcelain in Mao's China" at Bard Graduate Center's "Materials of Persuasion" Conference (April 2010).

Ji Hyun Lee will be presenting papers at two upcoming conferences. At NYU's Graduate English Organization Conference on Literature and the Mass-Produced Image (April 2010), she will be presenting a paper entitled ""The Ontology of a Novel: Reading Dennis Cooper's Period alongside Andre Bazin's 'The Ontology of the Photographic Image.'" She will also be presenting at York University's conference, "The Future (TBD)," in Toronto (April 2010). Her paper for this conference is called "(An)Archiving after the Apocalypse: The Death Drive, Representation, and the Rise and Fall and Rise of Civilization in Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz."

Ji Hyuck Moon published a Science Fiction short story entitled "Chaser" on, the largest and the most famous portal site in Korea (similar to Google in the US.) "Chaser" was featured on the main page of on Feburary 5, 2010 and will be published later by Minumsa, a popular publishing company in Korea.

Ji Hyuck's translation of Elephant Faith, by Cynthia Boykin, was published in Korea in January. He has also completed a Korean translation (his 7th) of In Quiet Light: Poems on Vermeer's Women by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre. The book will be published later this year.

Chandani Patel (alumna, May '08) is the recipient of a four year Jacob K. Javits fellowship supporting her research, which examines literature from East Africa, South Africa, and Mauritius revolving around movements and migrations within the Indian Ocean. Chandani is currently in her second year in the University of Chicago's doctoral program in Comparative Literature.

Yehudit Robinson (alumna, May '08) presented at SUNY Stony Brook's "Cycles" Conference in January 2010. Her presentation, entitledPlus de MetaFood: Economies of Consumption and the Disappearance of the Subject in Eating Disorder Literature," was based on her Draper Master's thesis and focused on the "cyclicality of want and our collective fantasy of avowal; on anorexia's relationship to metaphor, bulimia's to metonymy, and the potentially fatal consequences."

Jackie Simonovitch is presenting her paper, "The Cycle of Madness in Wide Sargasso Sea" at Stony Brook University's 3rd Annual Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Conference (March 2010).

Matt Williams (alumn, May '08) will be presenting a paper entitled "Launched Among Strangers": Personality and Politics During the Administration of Governor William Cosby, 1732-1736" at the 15ht Annual Barnes Club Graduate Student Conference (March 2010) at Temple University's Center City Campus. Matt is in his second year in SUNY Binghamton's doctoral program in History.

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