Faculty and Fellows News

March 20, 2017



Margot Fassler, Robert Tangeman Professor Emerita of Music History and former director of the ISM, has been named an honorary member of the American Musicological Society. Citing her service to the Society as a member of the Council, Board of Directors, Program Committee, the Committee on the History of the Society, Board Nominating Committee, the Committee on Technology, and as a member and chair of the Solie and Kinkeldey Award committees, the AMS praised “her strong interdisciplinary bent and wide engagement with the field,” as well as “her passionate interest in the intersection of music, liturgy, and the visual arts.” [photo credit: Barbara Thompson]


Maggi Dawn’s article “The Deluge and a New Theology of Suffering” has been published in Ayla Lepine (ed. and former ISM fellow), In Focus: The Deluge 1920 by Winifred Knights, Tate Research Publication, 2017, http://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/in-focus/the-deluge/new-theology-of-suffering

The ongoing restoration of the Newberry Memorial Organ was featured in the November issue of Diapason Magazine. Contributors to the article were ISM faculty Martin Jean and Thomas Murray, and the instrument’s curators Joseph Dzeda and Nick Thompson-Allen.


Henry Parkes, Assistant Professor of Music, was an invited speaker at the conference “Historiae: Repertory and Research in Medieval Chant for the Divine Office” held in January at the Fondazione Levi in Venice.

Michael Peppard, M.A.R. ’03, returned to Yale in the fall to lecture on The Interaction of Art and Rites in Early Christianity on the ISM’s Liturgy Symposium Series. Peppard, Associate professor of theology at Fordham University, was profiled by Timothy Cahill, M.A.R. ’16, for YDS; that article is at http://divinity.yale.edu/news/michael-peppard-scholarship-casts-new-light-old-questions


Bryan Spinks, Bishop F. Percy Goddard Professor of Liturgical Studies and Pastoral Theology, announces new publications: “From Functional to Artistic? The Development of the Fraction in the Syrian Orthodox Tradition,” Anaphora 10 (2016) pp. 89-114, with photos taken by staff member Sachin Ramabhadran; “The Bible in Liturgy and Worship c.1500-1750,” in The New Cambridge History of the Bible from 1450 to 1750, Cambridge 2016, pp.563-577; and “Liturgy and Worship,” in The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Vol. 1: Reformation and Identity c.1520-1662, Oxford 2017, pp.148-167. In April, he will attend a conference on Syriac Anaphoras in Kaslik, Lebanon.



Maya Berry has recently published a book review of Devyn Spence Benson’s Antiracism in Cuba: The Unfinished Revolution (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) in Cuba Counterpoints, accessible here: https://cubacounterpoints.com/archives/4687. She was an invited speaker at the Ethnography and Social Theory Colloquia series at Yale, and presented “Bodies of Evidence: Race, Gender, Violence and the Politics of Activist Research in/beyond ‘the Field’” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. She also served as moderator at the anthropology academic exchange session at the Conference of Ford Fellows.