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New Director Named at Fordham University Press

Fredric W. Nachbaur has been appointed director of Fordham University Press, the University announced on Jan. 28.

Nachbaur brings to Fordham some 20 years of managerial, marketing and sales experience in publishing.

Most recently, he served as the marketing and sales director at New York University Press, where he assisted in the acquisition of new titles and supervised e-book and e-marketing initiatives. He also has held positions at John Wiley & Sons, Western Publishing, Career Press, the New York Academy of Sciences and Routledge.

“I am very excited to be joining the Fordham community and look forward to . . . expanding the profile of the press while maintaining the core mission of the University,” Nachbaur said.

“I have full confidence that [Nachbaur] will provide the vision and leadership necessary to maintain and advance the standards of excellence that characterize Fordham University Press,” said Stephen Freedman, Ph.D., senior vice president and chief academic officer.

Nachbaur will assume his duties on Feb. 17.

Fordham University Press was established in 1907 to promote the values and traditions of the University through its scholarly publications. It joined the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) in 1938.

The press publishes primarily in the humanities and the social sciences, as well as some literature and fine arts. Additionally, the press publishes books focusing on the metropolitan New York region, aiming for a mix of scholarly works and general interest titles.

The press averages some 30 to 40 titles per year, with roughly $1 million in annual sales.

—Janet Sassi

English Professor Stalking Edgar

Leonard Cassuto, Ph.D., is on the ballot for the 2009 Edgar Award in the Best Critical/Biographical book category.
Photo by Chris Taggart

Leonard Cassuto, Ph.D., professor of English at Fordham, is up for an Edgar. Cassuto’s book, Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories (Columbia University Press, 2008) is on the ballot for the 2009 Edgar Award in the Best Critical/Biographical book category.

The winners will be announced at the 63rd Annual Edgar Awards Banquet, held on April 30 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Poe’s birth, and Cassuto’s 20th year at Fordham.

First awarded in 1954, the Edgar, in honor of Edgar Allan Poe, is given by The Mystery Writers of America to the best in mystery fiction and nonfiction produced the previous year. Past winners include James Lee Burke, Dick Francis, Elmore Leonard and Ken Follett.

Director of Creative Writing Lauded

Sarah Gambito, assistant professor of English and the new director of creative writing at Fordham

Sarah Gambito, assistant professor of English and the new director of creative writing at Fordham, was awarded one of three Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Awards for service to the literary community.

Gambito is the co-founder of Kundiman, a nonprofit organization that promotes Asian-American poetry. She is the author of Matadora (Alice James Books, 2004) and Delivered, forthcoming from Persea Books. Her poetry has appeared in The Antioch Review, Fence, Field, The New Republic and other journals. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and Urban Artists Initiative.

Russell Banks and Robert Caro are the other two recipients of the 2009 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Awards, and Daniel Halpern is the recipient of the inaugural Editors’ Award. Poets & Writers established the Writers for Writers Award in 1996 to recognize authors who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community. The title of the awards has been given to Barnes & Noble in appreciation of its sponsorship of Poets & Writers. The awards will be presented at the Poets & Writers annual gala benefit, In Celebration of Writers, on March 25 in New York City.

Rhythm Review to Benefit African-American History Project

Paul Cimbala, Ph.D., (left) and Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D. (right) trade licks at last year’s Rhythm Review.
Photo by Ken Levinson

An event featuring Fordham faculty members playing rock, soul and rhythm and blues will be held at 7 p.m. on April 4 to benefit the Bronx African-American History Project (BAAHP).

This is the third-annual Dr. N’s Rhythm Review, which is set for the McGinley Center Ballroom on the Rose Hill campus. The evening kicks off with the Satin Dolls, Fordham’s all-female a capella group, and continues with hip-hop performances from Mark Naison, Ph.D., professor of African and African-American studies and history, and director of the urban studies program. Naison raps under the stage name Notorious Ph.D.

The main set features the Bronx River Rats, comprised mostly of University faculty members, including Naison; Paul Cimbala, Ph.D., professor of history; John Hollwitz, Ph.D., professor of psychology and management systems; Asif Siddiqi, Ph.D., assistant professor of history; and Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill.

Last year, the event raised more than $700 for BAAHP, a collaborative public history project built in partnership with Fordham’s Department of African and African American Studies, the Bronx County Historical Society, Bronx residents and community organizations.

Community Board Votes on Lincoln Center Master Plan

Community Board 7 (CB7), voted its disapproval of Fordham’s master plan for the Lincoln Center campus at its Jan. 21 meeting. CB7’s review of the plan is the first step in the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).

Community boards are advisory groups, and their resolutions are passed on to elected officials and city agencies. The next steps are a review of Fordham’s plan by Scott Stringer, Manhattan borough president; review by the New York City Planning Commission; and finally a review by the New York City Council. The reviews are part of New York City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP): Fordham’s master plan was “certified” into ULURP in November, and by statute the process must be completed by July 2009.

“The vote, while not unexpected, was a disappointment,” said Thomas A. Dunne, vice president for government relations and urban affairs at Fordham. “That said, this is a process. Fordham has been in negotiations with Community Board 7 over development of the Lincoln Center campus for some time, and we will continue negotiations with city officials. We are still hopeful that Fordham, the community and city officials will reach a resolution that satisfies the needs of the University and wider community.”

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