Living on the Edge in Paradise?

During the summer of 2018, Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcano let loose its largest eruption in 200 years. To some it was a disaster. Others saw it as the goddess Pele’s way of creating new ʻāina (land). The Hawaiian peoples’ resilience and cultural unity presented a lesson in the true spirit of Aloha, captured in this film, the 2019 documentary by Pace Docs, Pace University’s award-winning Media, Communications, and Visual Arts travel documentary production course led by Maria Luskay, EdD. Students traveled on location, and the film premiered at the Jacob Burns Film Center on May 7, 2019.

Making Headlines

Dyson College Faculty in the Media

“The Notes app is the fastest way to bypass the gatekeepers and go directly to the public.”

Jennifer Magas, clinical associate professor, Media, Communications, and Visual Arts “Why Sarah Sanders used the Notes app, just like many celebrities” NBC News (February 17, 2019)

“Mass trauma events like this tend to stitch people together. These people appeared to have been drawn into the fold and showed marked improvements.”

Anthony Mancini, PhD, associate professor of psychology, and founder of the Trauma, Social Processes, and Resilience Lab, Pleasantville “Suicides highlight the toll of school shootings and the role of ‘complicated grief’” LA Times (March 27, 2019)

“I’ve always been interested in artwork that is at the edge of the real world, or at the boundaries of the real world, so the idea of art and reality has always been an interesting question.”

Will Pappenheimer, professor, Art “Does AR offer New Realities?” Bloomberg, Art + Technology: Episode 27 (sponsored content)

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* From September 1, 2018 through June 14, 2019

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Winning Words

A 2019 Whiting Award recipient, Nadia Owusu ’05, is making her mark in the world of literature with her nonfiction work Aftershocks, coming next year from Simon and Schuster. The $50,000 award is given annually by the Whiting Foundation to 10 emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Previous winners include the celebrated writers Tony Kushner, David Foster Wallace, August Wilson, and Jonathan Franzen.


📚 6 Must-Reads by Dyson Faculty

📖 The Ultimate Musical Theater
College Audition Guide
Amy Rogers Schwartzreich, associate professor, Musical Theater

A no-nonsense guide to the musical theater audition

📖 Cultural Memory, Memorials, and Reparative Writing
Erica Johnson, chair and professor, English

A look at the ways in which personal and cultural memory are used in critical theory and memoir writing, and how cultural memory is signified by public monuments and memorial

📖 Emotion in Sports: Philosophical Perspectives
Yunus Tuncel, adjunct professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Building on concepts developed by ancient Greek and modern philosophers, Tuncel examines emotion in sport from a philosophical perspective.

📖 Focus on Writing: What College Students Want to Know
Laurie McMillan, chair and professor, English and Modern Language Studies

An inquiry-based textbook for first-year writing courses that has students actively engaging in writing studies research

📖 As Democracy Goes, So Does Journalism: Evolution of Journalism in Liberal, Deliberative, and Participatory Democracy
Seong Jae Min, associate professor, Communication Studies

An engaging historical narrative exploring the symbiotic relationship between democracy and journalism

📖 Jane Dickson in Times Square
Jane Dickson, professor, Art

A collection of Dickson’s charcoal sketches, paintings, and photographs capturing Times Square in the 1970s and ’80s