Authors and Artists
Keyishian Explores RevengeDr. Harry Keyishian, professor of English, has been busy exploring revenge.
"If we can understand what we want from revenge, we might be able to devise other ways to get what we want," he said.
His new book, The Shapes of Revenge: Victimization, Vengeance and Vindictiveness in Shakespeare (New Jersey: Humanities Press) systematically explores revenge as a character's response to injustice.
"Revenge often is seen as a good thing in Shakespeare," says Keyishian. Characters seek revenge to feel empowered, repair damaged self-esteem and restore a sense of justice. However, revenge often leads to counter-revenges and a self-defeating cycle of retaliation.
"Shakespeare explores these issues with great insight," says Keyishian, "I believe these issues are important for our time. "
Keyishian, who teaches courses in Shakespeare and the Renaissance at the Florham-Madison Campus, has had two books published in 1995.
The other book, Critical Essays on William Saroyan (New York: Twayne Publishers, 1995), provides a fresh look at one of his favorite writers, whose reputation has declined since the 1940s.
A prolific writer, Keyishian also is on the editorial board of FDU's The Literary Review and director of the Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
Keyishian joined the FDU faculty in 1965, at which time he met Marjorie, a fellow professor who would later become his wife. Now married 29 years, the Keyishians have four daughters and two grandchildren.
When teaching Shakespeare, Keyishian has always been staunchly committed to performance analysis. In keeping with the idea that "a play isn't truly itself until performed," he often has his students act out scenes from plays or watch videotapes of productions.
"For example, I have my students watch videos of the speech 'Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow' ("Macbeth," Act V, Scene 5) from six or seven productions, so they may discover what a range of valid interpretation can be generated," he says.
Keyishian hopes his classes have stimulated students to enjoy seeing plays and reading literature. "I hope I have given them the skills to interpret poetry and drama," he says, "but I would be especially proud if I have instilled in them an enthusiasm for learning, so that they look at it as a lifelong adventure and a pleasure."
The Pictorial Language of Marie Roberts"I believe that art teaching is the teaching of a vocabulary; learn the vocabulary and you learn what your options are." Marie Roberts, professor, artist and curator, has well learned the lexicon of her language and is a skilled artisan in portraying those lessons to her students.
Roberts, who began teaching at the University in 1986, is today an associate professor of fine arts. And, since 1993, she has been the curator of the University College: Arts · Sciences · Professional Studies Art Gallery in Becton Hall, Teaneck-Hackensack. "Our job at the University is to bring a broad spectrum of art to a variety of people. I want this to be a gallery that welcomes all." Recent events reflect that philosophy. Included this year were women's and black history celebrations, as well as a program on Hispanic and Latino culture in the United States.
Roberts brings to FDU impressive credentials as an established artist. Her paintings and prints have been featured in such places as Bowery Gallery, New York City; University College Art Gallery; The Garage, Hoboken, N.J.; the Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus, N.J.; and Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pa.
"I am interested in transforming the 20th-century milieu in which I live into pictorial language." For the past 10 years, her motifs have included subway stations (The Mystery Series), animals and humans in wildlife parks (The Bronx Zoo Series) and carnival performers and audiences (The Sideshow Series). Her recent projects range from oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings to drawings and prints. For her study and composition of lithographs, Roberts has received three FDU faculty research grants.
In and outside of the classroom, Roberts is an inspiration to her students. She has been a student adviser and mentor, as well as the moderator of the Art Club. Besides teaching a variety of courses, she has developed several new ones, including "Japanese Art and Cinema" and "Contemporary Women Artists." She also has served the University in a variety of critical roles, including as a member of the Academic Senate and the Fine Arts Committee, and helped plan and design FDU's diversity quilt.
Authors and ArtistsFDU faculty members are well known for their scholarly and artistic contributions to their respective fields. The following is a sample of recent books written and works produced or exhibited by full-time professors.
Dr. Patricia Bazán-Figueras, assistant professor of foreign languages and literature, Eugenio Cambaceres, precursor de la novela argentina contemporanea
Dr. Peter Bergmann, associate professor of visual and performing arts, "Baila Morena" (music video for Julio Iglesias; director/producer)
Dr. Gary Bronson, professor of data processing, Algorithm Development and Program Design Using C
Dr. Richard Bronson, professor of mathematics and computer science, Finite Mathematics (with Dr. Gary Bronson)
Dr. Frank Brunetti, professor of law and taxation, Accounting Methods and Periods
Dr. Peter Cassimatis, professor of economics and finance, Introduction to Managerial Economics
Dr. Richard Castellana, associate professor of social sciences, "One Person Show" (paintings) FDU University College Art Gallery II, The Maples, Teaneck, N.J.
Dr. Andrew Eisen, assistant professor of psychology, Practitioner's Guide to Treating Fear and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach (with Christopher Kearney)
Dr. Robert Francoeur, professor of biological sciences, The Scent of Eros: Mysteries of Odor in Human Sexuality (with James Vaughn Kohl)
Dr. James Fraser, professor, Florham-Madison Campus, Japanese Modern: Graphic Design Between the Wars
Arie Galles, professor of art, "Fourteen Stations" (charcoal drawings) Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus, N.J.
Dr. Patrick Gaughan, associate professor of economics and finance, Mergers and Acquisitions
Drs. Margaret Gibbs, Juliana Lachenmeyer and Janet Sigal, professors of psychology, Community Psychology and Mental Health. 2nd edition. (editors)
Dr. Michael Goodman, professor of English, Working in a Global Environment: Understanding, Communicating and Managing Transnationally
Dr. Lois Gordon, professor of English, The World of Samuel Beckett, 1906­p;1946
Bradford Graves, professor of art, "Sarajevo 1994" (sculpture) Bosniac Cultural Center, New York, N.Y.
Dr. Robert Greenfield, professor of economics and finance, Monetary Policy and the Depressed Economy
David Hanson, professor of art, "Photographs in Ink" (a historical exhibit; co-curator) University College Art Gallery, Teaneck, N.J.
Dr. Hwei Hsu, professor of electrical engineering, Signals and Systems: Theory and Problems
Dr. Harry Keyishian, professor of English, The Shapes of Revenge: Victimization, Vengeance and Vindictiveness in Shakespeare
Dr. Sherwin Klein, professor of philosophy, Business Ethics: Reflections From a Platonic Point of View
Dr. Ann Lucas, professor of management, Strengthening Departmental Leadership: A Team-Building Guide for Chairs in Colleges and Universities
Dr. Edgar Norton, Jr., associate professor of economics and finance, Investments. 4th edition (with Frank Reilly)
Dr. Braimoh Oseghale, associate professor of economics and finance, Political Instability, Interstate Conflict, Adverse Changes in Host Government Policies and Foreign Direct Investment, A Sensitivity Analysis
Dr. Herbert Potash, professor of psychology, Pragmatic-Existential Psychotherapy With Personality Disorders
Marie Roberts, associate professor of fine arts, "The Curator as Artist/The Artist as Curator" (group exhibit; paintings and prints) Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus, N.J.
Dr. Lance Rook, associate professor of taxation, Tax Planning for the Alternative Minimum Tax
Amy Rubin, artist-in-residence of visual and performing arts, Florham-Madison Campus, "La Loba" (for quintet and piano; composed by Rubin and piano parts performed by Rubin)
Dr. Charles Schaefer, professor of psychology, Clinical Handbook of Sleep Disorders in Children (editor)
Dr. Howard Silver, professor of electrical engineering, Modern Instrumentation: A Computer Approach (with Gordon Silverman)
Dr. Michael Sperling, associate professor of psychology, Attachment in Adults: Clinical and Developmental Perspectives (editor with William Berman)
Lloyd Ultan, professor of history, The Bronx in the Frontier Era: From the Beginning to 1696
Dr. Kwangsun Paul Yoon, professor of information systems and sciences, Multiple Attribute Decision Making: An Introduction (with Ching-Lai Hwang)
Marc Zagoren, professor of theater, Trio For One (play with music; co-written with Sandy Duncan), The Berkshire Theater Festival, Stockbridge, Mass.