Current and Past Fellows-in-Residence

The Fellows-in-Residence who stay at the Women’s International Study Center benefit from an environment that is ideally conducive to focused, creative work: respite from the routines and demands of their everyday lives, stimulating interchanges with other Fellows, and the serene natural beauty and rich cultural history of the Acequia Madre House and Santa Fe.  WISC Fellows hail from a broad range of personal and professional backgrounds and pursue an exciting array of projects during their residencies. They all, however, share at least one thing in common: a profound wealth of experience and expertise in their respective fields.

 

PAST: Geraldine  Craig   (May-June 2014)  PAST: Geraldine Craig (May-June 2014)

Geraldine Craig is an artist and writer whose research focuses on the intersections or relationships between textile history, theory and criticism, curatorial work and studio practice. Look at here if you want to master this art of being a good writer. There are too many writers who are caught up thinking whether or not they are good at writing. We are neurotics and these self-doubts about our writing skills make it even more destructive. It is important to understand that there is no such thing as a good writer. She received Bachelors’ degrees from the University of Kansas (Textile Design; History of Art), and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1989. She also studied art history and philosophy at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Currently, she is Professor of Art at Kansas State University, where she has taught and been Department Head of Art since July 2007.

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PAST: Punyashree Panda   (May-June 2014)  PAST: Punyashree Panda (May-June 2014)

Dr. Punyashree Panda is an Assistant Professor of English at Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, India. Dr. Panda has a doctoral degree in Native American literature and a Post-graduate diploma in ELT which is equivalent to an American TESOL diploma. She is particularly interested in Native American and Native Canadian Fiction, Postcolonial World Literature, Indian Writing in English, Cross Cultural Communication, and English Language Teaching. She is presently working on a sponsored project on “Twentieth Century Marginal Women’s Autobiographical Writing: A Contrastive Study of India and the United States.”

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PAST: Adrianne Wortzel   (May-June 2014)  PAST: Adrianne Wortzel (May-June 2014)

Adrianne Wortzel creates unique and innovative interactive art works exploring historical and cultural perspectives by coupling fact and fiction and deploying their considered mix in both physical and virtual networked environments. She is a Professor of Entertainment Technology and Emerging Media Technologies at New York City College of Technology, the senior technical college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. She is the Founding Director of StudioBlueLab, an interdisciplinary collaborative lab facility for faculty and student invention, established by a 2004 CUNY Graduate Research Technology Incentive Award and maintained at New York City College of Technology.

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PAST: Kristin Swenson   (April 2014)  PAST: Kristin Swenson (April 2014)

Kristin Swenson is a visiting associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia and continues to be affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned tenure as a professor of the history and literature of ancient Israel. After taking a fellowship at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and moving to Charlottesville, she resigned from VCU to write full-time. She serves as editor for the Society of Biblical Literature’s NEH-supported Bible Odyssey website project and is a regular contributor to the religion arm of Publishers Weekly and to The Huffington Post.

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 Board of Directors

 

WISC’s Board of Directors guides the organization with an unparalleled range of skill, acumen, vision, and commitment.  Five of the seven current Board members served as Founders, part of the dedicated group of women and men who worked purposefully and diligently for 18 months to develop WISC from an idea into a flourishing reality.  With such a distinguished and talented Board, WISC is fully prepared for an abundant future advancing the status and accomplishments of women worldwide.

 

Sandra (Sandy) Blakeslee

Sandra Blakeslee is a veteran science writer for the New York Times and co-author of nine books on popular scientific themes. In her 45 years with the Times (on staff and later as a regular contributor), she has covered everything from the early Apollo program through the latest findings in zoology. Sandy’s specialty for the past 25 years has been on the neurosciences, unraveling mysteries of the brain.
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  1. Revell Carr

After 31 years at Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea, with seven years as Chief Curator and 23 of as Director and President, Revell, who has degrees from Rutgers and the University of Pennsylvania, retired in 2001. Since then he has written two books, has a third underway, and lectures at sea for Road Scholar and Holland America Lines. He has assisted several organizations with strategic planning. It was from a plan he developed for Acequia Madre House™ that the concept for WISC emerged.
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Linda Donnels

With a three decade career at George Washington University, Linda served in a variety of management positions culminating as Associate Vice President and Dean of Students. The role of a manager is not easy. He has to shoulder a number of responsibilities. Go here to understand the skills that you need to be an efficient manager. The manager has to plan, organise, staff, direct and control the running of the organisation. He needs to plan and set goals and establish strategies to be able to coordinate the activities. She has served on the Boards of Directors of numerous organizations including Association of Higher Education and Disability, the Council on the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, the Sheridan School and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Linda holds a BS in English Education from Ohio State and a Masters in Counseling from Gallaudet University.
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Natalie Fitz-Gerald

A graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg with additional programs at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and the London Business School, Natalie Fitz-Gerald became one of the first two female stockbrokers in her native South Africa, a position in which she thrived for several decades. Now a resident of Santa Fe, Natalie owns and operates Casa Nova, a unique home decor and gift gallery offering a cultural fusion of art, craft, and design pieces primarily from Southern Africa. Through Casa Nova, Natalie is committed to making a difference in the world by creating sustainable employment for fair trade cooperatives, women’s groups, and individual artisans. Natalie has also benefited the Santa Fe community by contributing her time and talents to numerous non-profits, community organizations, and foundations.
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Maria (Bunny) Huffman

Maria (Bunny) Pierce Huffman is a member of the Board of Directors (Ex Officio) and the Director of Acequia Madre House™, the former home of the Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo family. An illustrator and cultural historian whose work has been featured in New Mexico Magazine and been exhibited at St. John’s College and the NM Museum of Art, Bunny is a graduate of Georgetown University in Languages and Linguistics and attended the Sorbonne.
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Janet McKay

A graduate of Smith College, who obtained her J.D. from the University of New Mexico and has been practicing law for over thirty years. She is a partner in the respected law firm of Sommer, Udall, Sutin in Santa Fe. Over the years, Janet contributed her talents and time to more than a dozen non-profits, community organizations and foundations, benefitting Santa Fe greatly.
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Helena Ribe

Helena Ribe is an international development economist. Having retired from the World Bank where she held a number of senior managerial positions, she is now a non-profit director and development consultant. She is in the Board of Pro-Mujer International, the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship, the Council of International Relations and Northern New Mexico’s Public Radio. She also serves on the organizing committee of the Mentor to Market program of the Folk Art Market in Santa Fe. She holds a Masters and a PhD in Economics from Yale University.
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Gloria Zamora

Gloria retired after 31 years at Sandia National Laboratories, where she was a manager in the Government Affairs Office. She is a member of the Special Libraries Association, an international information organization, in which she has held several offices, including President. Gloria has an undergraduate degree in history and political science and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Michigan. She is the Grants Administrator of the New Mexico Library Foundation where she is a board member and serves as chair of the Academic Advisory Committee (AAC). Gloria also volunteers in the archives of the Acequia Madre House™ and with Santa Fe’s ARTSmart, a nonprofit that raises money for art programs in public schools.
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A Distinguished Team Advises WISC on Programs and Participants

 

A prestigious and diverse Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) counsels the Board of the Women’s International Study Center on its existing and future programs, and reviews potential Fellows and Scholars. The AAC members represent the four areas of interest to WISC. The members are:

 

 

Dr. Virginia Scharff

Associate Provost for Faculty Development, Distinguished Professor of History and the Director of the Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico. A highly respected authority on Southwest and women’s history, she is Women of the West chair at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, and a Fellow of the Society of American Historians. She was President of the Western History Association for 2008.

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Dr. Martha (Marni) Sandweiss

Marni is a professor of history at Princeton University. She received her PhD in history from Yale University and began her career as a photography curator at the Amon Carter Museum in Ft. Worth, Texas.

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She later taught American studies and history at Amherst College for twenty years before taking her post at Princeton. Marni consults broadly on issues relating to the use of visual images for historical research and teaching.

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Dr. Elizabeth W. Hutchinson

Elizabeth is an Associate Professor of Art History at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her research centers on the role of visual and material culture in the interactions between the diverse cultural groups of the American west, using close visual analysis, feminist and postcolonial theory, and cultural history to interpret the contributions of art objects to current and historical cultural debates. She was one of the first academics to recognize the significance of the Acequia Madre House™ archives.

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The Honorable Janice Lachance

Janice is the Chief Executive Officer of the Special Library Association and was a Cabinet level officer in the Clinton Administration as Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. She is an attorney and, with her links to 9,000 special libraries around the globe, brings knowledge of library, archive and research practices.

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Dr. Aline Coudouel

Aline brings international, academic and business perspectives to the WISC AAC as a lead economist with the World Bank, where she currently focuses on topics of social assistance, social insurance, and labor markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. Aline holds a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute in Italy.

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Dr. Wendy Cunningham

Wendy adds to the AAC’s international and business perspective as the World Bank’s Sector Leader for Human Development for Mexico and Colombia. She managed the research agenda of the World Bank’s Caribbean Region’s Gender team for several years, focusing on labor supply decisions, informal labor markets, and household risk management. Her PhD is in labor economics from the University of Illinois.

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Acequia Madre House™—”House of the Three Wise Women”

The house was built by Eva Scott Fényes, her daughter, Leonora S. M. Curtin, and granddaughter, Leonora F. Curtin, who later became Mrs. Yrjö Paloheimo.

 

In 1927, the noted historian, Indian activist, poet and journalist Charles Fletcher Lummis pronounced the new Santa Fe home of his friends, “The House of the Three Wise Women” demonstrating his respect for the three remarkable women of Acequia Madre House™.

 

The house was designed by the women after rejecting proposals by such notables as California architect Wallace Neff and artist-builder William Henderson. They found an architect in Albuquerque, Charles Rossiter, who listened to their thoughts and drew the plan. Contractor Charles Campbell was engaged and the cornerstone laid by visiting count, Lattanzio Firmian. Both Leonoras contributed design ideas and kept tabs on the expenses. Eva, an experienced house builder, required daily reports on its progress when she was in California and so participated in every element of its construction. The primary designer, she chose the furniture for the living room and many of the decorative objects still in place today. Adobe bricks were made on site. The house was completed in 1926.

 

Large public rooms and comfortable private rooms are filled with the original Spanish Colonial, Native American and Finnish furnishings, as well as items collected during the family’s travels. Pieces in the collection have been featured in academic publications, and museum exhibitions. When they upgrade the look of the home, they are no longer showpieces, but a part of life. Most important are the furniture, tin work, and textiles made during The Depression for The Native Market, a cooperative for local artisans, that was created and subsidized by Leonora Curtin Paloheimo. The house, which sits on a three-acre parcel of land, is an example of the Santa Fe territorial revival style. It is unique, in that it has retained its original appearance and estate setting. Over the years, internationally known artists, writers, and musicians have been family friends and guests.

 

In addition to the 5,400 square foot main house, there are several other structures on the property including an Archive building. On adjacent San Antonio Street, two homes which adjoin the property will be used as Scholars’ Residences.

 

In July, 2012, the house and property received the designation of “museum” from the Santa Fe Board of Adjustments in a Special Use Permit, enabling the Women’s International Study Center to conduct its programs onsite into the future.

Women’s International Study Center: Friends & Benefactors

The Women’s International Study Center (WISC) would like to thank our generous Friends & Benefactors for their membership and support:

 

PATRON BENEFACTORS:

 

Sallie Bingham, Caryn Glickman, Elizabeth Sackler, Helena Ribe.

 

SUPPORTING BENEFACTORS:

 

Eleanor Bingham Miller; Drury Plaza Hotel, Santa Fe; First National Bank, Santa Fe; Peacock Myers, P.C.

 

BENEFACTORS:

 

  1. Revell Carr, Linda Donnels & Lawrence Logan, Dolly Gray-Bussard, Lynne & Joe Horning, Ann Rather Livingston, McCune Charitable Foundation, Janet McKay, The Santa Fe Opera, Eve & Fred Simon, Gloria Zamora.

 

SUSTAINING FRIENDS:

 

Academy for the Love of Learning, JoAnn Balzer, Sarah Brown, Trish Byrd, Patricia Marcus Curtis, Amy McCombs.

 

SUPPORTING FRIENDS:

 

Joan Affleck, Tom Applequist & Charlie Newman, Jeri Berger Hertzman, Dorothy & William Curry, Barbara Dobkin, Anne Gallagher, Pamela McCorduck, Beverly Sheftall.

 

FRIENDS:

 

Barbara Briggs; Gloria Cordova, Ph.D.; Geraldine Craig & Nelson Smith; Sheila Doran-Benyon; Patricia Farr; Anna Farrier; Helen Kornblum; Judith Mikkelsen; Cora Morris; Jeanne Patrick.

 

 

 

FRIENDS & BENEFACTORS PROGRAM:

 

WISC welcomes the interest and support of those who understand our mission and goals and who wish to show that support by becoming Friends or Benefactors of WISC. Behind every story of struggles and hurdles, there are many instances of bravery and tenacity. The most important things that every woman must have in life to become success are to have a dream, determination and courage to gain it and continuous hard work. Join it from this hyperlink and spread the message for your friends to join in The categories and benefits for Friends and Benefactors are listed below.

 

FRIENDS – are listed on the WISC website and in the annual publication alphabetically by last name in the categories of their giving. An individual is a Friend, while in the dual classification, both are Friends.

 

Friend/s – Individual $50, Dual $90: Listing on WISC website and receive “Friends and Benefactors Newsletter.”

 

Contributing Friend/s – Individual $150, Dual $200: All of the above, plus invitation to Fellows Evenings.

 

Supporting Friend/s – Individual $250; Dual $350: All of the above, plus invitations to Annual Lawn Party and to receptions for Symposium speakers or Fellows.

 

Sustaining Friend/s – Individual $500, Dual $750: All of the above, plus invitations to quarterly Salon Evenings and to a Holiday Tea.

 

 

 

BENEFACTORS – are listed on the WISC website and in any publications alphabetically by last name in the categories of their giving. Donation amounts may be applied to individual or dual memberships. An individual is a Benefactor, while in the dual classification, both are Benefactors.

 

Benefactor/s – $1,000+: All of the above, plus priority (advance) invitation to Salon Evenings, listing in events programs, and reserved seating and acknowledgement at presentations.

 

Supporting Benefactor/s – $5,000+: All of the above, plus a named sponsorship of the Archive for the year of the gift, with acknowledgement in the Archive and with a recognition citation.

 

Sustaining Benefactor/s – $10,000+: All of the above, plus naming of one of that year’s Fellowships.

 

Patron Benefactor/s – $25,000+: All of the above, plus a named sponsorship of WISC’s year with special acknowledgement online, in print and in a framed citation in the Women’s International Study Center at Acequia Madre House.

 

Individual and dual members may join by selecting the appropriate level below. All payments may be made online using PayPal or credit/debit card. For anyone wishing to become a member at the Patron Benefactor Level of $25,000 and above, please contact Karen Dugas, Director of WISC, at kdugas@wisc-amh.org to discuss member benefits and payment details in person or by phone.

 

Thank you for your generous support!

Join WISC for a concert and conversation by Fellows-in-Residence Rachel Beetz, Jennifer Bewerse and Celeste Oram as Autoduplicity debuting their new original work

WHO:  WISC Fellows-in-Residence Rachel Beetz, Jennifer Bewerse and Celeste Oram

 

WHAT: performance and conversation with musicians and composer as they share original new work

Meet them, and witness them unravelling the beautiful sounds of music. It will be a golden opportunity for those who wish to carry forward their zest and talent in music. If you are looking for that perfect guide, find out here now on whom to look forward to for inspiration.

WHEN:  Tuesday September 27, 2016 5:30PM

 

WHERE: Acequia Madre House: 614 Acequia Madre, Santa Fe, NM 87505, Additional parking at Acequia Madre Elementary

 

HOW: Register here; this event is free.

 

 

Performance and Conversation

 

Autoduplicity

 

Rachel Beetz and Jennifer Bewerse are Autoduplicity, an exploration of music for bodies and speech, our shared instruments. Their concerts investigate how these ordinary sounds can be transformed into powerful musical ideas reflective of the human experience. They began the Autoduplicity project to explore what would happen when the performer was separated from traditional instruments. From this separation, fundamental relationships between the performer, audience, body, and voice are revealed.

 

At the WISC residency this September, New Zealand composer Celeste Oram joins Autoduplicity. Over the course of their residency, they have collaborated on a new musical work for the duo exploring themes of multiplicity, identity of bodies with regard to musical instruments, sounds of centuries past, and alter egos. This new work will serve as the center of a full length concert reflecting on identity alongside pieces by Beetz, Bewerse, Bengt af Klintberg, and Taka Iimura.

 

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION

Rachel, Jennifer, and Celeste will present their work at the Acequia Madre House Tuesday September 27, 2016 at 5:30pm. Register here or via email to info@wisc-amh.org.

 

ABOUT THE FELLOWS

 

 

Flutist and sound artist Rachel Beetz performs music of the last century, creating a dialogue between avant-garde music and modern life. Rachel has been a featured artist in the XI Festival Internacional de Músiva Nueva in Monterrey, Mexico, the American Music Festival at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Ojai Music Festival in California, Los Angeles’ Monday Evening Concert Series, New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice in Boston, MA, the SoundSCAPE Music Festival in Maccagno, Italy, and a guest artist/lecturer at Santa Clara University. She is also an affiliated artist of San Diego New Music.

 

She graduated with a Bachelor in Music with distinction from Indiana University in 2009, in the studio of Kathryn Lukas. Rachel holds Master of Arts in Contemporary Music Performance from the University of California San Diego, where she is currently pursuing a Doctorate in the studio of John Fonville.

 

You can find more information about her at www.rachelbeetzflute.com and listen to her recent recording projects at www.soundcloud.com/beetzflute.

 

Jennifer Bewerse is an award-winning cellist and devoted champion of the music of our time. As a result, she has premiered over 50 works including Caroline Miller’s Vessel (2014), Monte Weber’s Weather Music (2015) for solo cello, and Peter Ablinger’s WEISS / WEISSLICH 17k: Violoncello und Rauschen (2015). Other composers she has had the privilege to work with include Augusta Read Thomas, Christian Wolff, Anthony Davis, Chinary Ung, Lei Liang, Michael Sydney Timpson, Patricia Alessandrini, Stephen Goss, Chaya Czernowin, Kenji Bunch, Gunther Schuller, Jonathan Harvey, and David Del Tredici.

 

To learn more, visit www.jenniferbewerse.com

 

Celeste Oram is a New Zealand composer who was born in Manhattan, learned to walk and talk in London, and grew up in Auckland. Her works have been performed, recorded, and broadcast by ensembles including the Callithumpian Consort (Boston), wasteLAnd (Los Angeles), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Song Company (Sydney), and the Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta. She was the Auckland Philharmonia’s ‘Rising Star’ young composer-in-residence for 2013-14; her commissioned orchestral work was selected as a finalist in the 2014 SOUNZ Contemporary Award for excellence in New Zealand contemporary composition.

 

Celeste is currently pursuing a PhD in music composition at the University of California San Diego.

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If you missed the dynamic lecture with Susan Fisher Sterling, Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the engaging panel discussion with Kymberly Pinder, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico and artists Harmony Hammond, Rose B. Simpson, and Meridel Rubenstein that followed or if you just want to listen again here is the video.

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Save the Date: WISC Inaugural Symposium featuring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

**Note: for more information about WISC’s 2014 Symposium, please visit our Symposium page.

 

The Women’s International Study Center will hold its Inaugural Symposium, Risk & Reinvention: How Women Are Changing the World, on August 15th and 16th 2014, with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg giving the keynote presentation.

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Justice Ginsburg, in a conversation with the distinguished attorney Roberta Cooper Ramo on Friday afternoon, August 15th, will share her perspectives on women’s struggles, achievements and goals as inspiration for the future. The following day, on August 16th in a full day of panel discussions, leaders in the fields of the arts, sciences, cultural preservation and business will explore the significant roles and accomplishments of women in these areas and how to advance those accomplishments in the future. Symposium program and registration details will be posted in the near future.