The annual Kasling Memorial Lecture is named for Robert W. Kasling, professor of geography
at SUNY Fredonia from 1946 to 1966, who, by his own fine example, fostered in others
that unflinching personal integrity and high standard of scholarship for which he
is especially remembered. In honor of the contribution which he made to the institution
he served so well, the State University of New York at Fredonia each year invites
a distinguished member of its faculty, one whose scholarly excellence has enhanced
the reputation of the university, to share with the entire Fredonia community an insight
into the nature and significance of research or creative activity in his or her field.
These lectures, focused on explaining the methods, purposes, and results of a particular
area of scholarship, are intended to broaden the understanding of research being undertaken
Kasling Award is a significant campus honor that has now been a tradition at Fredonia
for over thirty years. The winner of the award is invited to present a lecture to
a campus audience in October.
This lectureship permits members of the university faculty to present to a general
audience aspects of their scholarly and/or creative interests. The lectures, which
explain and examine the purposes, methods, and results of a particular area of scholarship
or creativity, are intended to broaden the understanding of research being undertaken
at Fredonia. The Kasling Award is also accompanied by an increase of $1000 to the
recipient's base salary.
All faculty members are eligible to apply. The selection committee's judgment will
be based on scholarly and/or creative excellence.
The nomination letters should refer to the criteria used to establish the scholarly
and/or creative qualities of the nominees' work. All applications should include the
- A Curriculum Vitae
- A letter of nomination or self-nomination. In either case the letter should include
a description of the nominees' accomplishments, the major areas in which they have
worked, and what they believe is significant and valuable in their scholarly work.
- Copies of published reviews of nominees' publications, performances, or creative endeavors.
- In addition to the letter of nomination, two letters of professional recommendation,
at least one of which is an outside letter. At least one of these letters should assess
the quality of the venues of the nominees' work. (Please note: It is not required
that the department chair be one of the letter writers. Moreover, no special significance
will be placed on letters written by department chairs.)
- A maximum of two examples of scholarly and/or creative work.
The complete files should be submitted to Kasling Committee, c/o Office of the Vice
President for Academic Affairs. The deadline varies, but it is usually in March every
Kasling Memorial Lectures
Dr. William Brown, Department of Biology
“Extraordinary Insect Behavior”
Dr. Gary Lash, Department of Geosciences
“Boring old shale - how simple questions can take one on a submicroscopic to global
Dr. Neil Feit, Department of Philosophy
"Consequences of Narrow Mindedness"
Dr. Harris Kwong, Department of Mathematical Sciences
"The Magical World of Graph Labeling"
Dr. Stephen Kershnar, Department of Philosophy
Dr. Gurmukh Singh, Department of Computer and Information Sciences (on Scholarly
work done in Physics)
"The Birth and Death of a Star"
James Piorkowski, School of Music,
"Welcome to my Attic"
Dr. Reneta P. Barneva, Department of Computer and Information Sciences
"The Beauty of Computer Graphics"
Drs. Efrain J. Ferrer and Vivian Incera, Department of Physics
"From Havana to Fredonia: Our Long and Winding Road of Scientific Collaboration"
Alberto Rey, Department of Visual Arts
"Portrait of the Artist as a Middle-Aged Man"
Dr. John J. Stinson, Department of English
"Modern British Authors: Often Appealing, Sometimes Appalling"
Dr. Thomas A. Regelski, School of Music
"On Music and the Good Life"
Dr. Khalid J. Siddiqui,
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (now Department of Computer and Information
Sciences) "Knowledge Engineering: Concepts and Practices"
Dr. George C. Browder, Department of History
"The Nazis and Me: An Historian and the Problem of Objectivity"
Robert Jordan, School of Music
"The Art of the Transcription"
Dr. Raymond A. Belliotti, Department of Philosophy
Dr. Randall R. Dipert, Department of Philosophy
"Reason and Passion: Mischievous Myths Exposed"
Dr. Jon Kraus, Department of Sociology
"Aging in the Country: Myths and Realities"
Dr. Clark M. Zlotchew, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (now Department
of World Languages and Cultures)
"The Large Grain of Salt: Conversing with the Writers"
Dr. Morton L. Schagrin, Department of Philosophy
"The Structure of Scientific Revelations"
Dr. Elizabeth Scarborough, Department of Psychology
"Telling Women's Lives: Exclusion, Contributions, Experiences"
Dr. Kenneth E. Mantai, Department of Biology
"A Fredonia Odyssey: From Molecular Excited States to Water Plants"
Dr. Marvin Lunenfeld, Department of History
"Leonardo and Machiavelli: Stalking an Elusive Collaboration"
Dr. Jon P. Kraut, Department of Political Science
"Workers, Capital, and the State: Conflicts in Economic Development and Democracy
Dr. Walter S. Hartley, Department of Music (now School of Music)
"Composing and Teaching: A Special View"
Dr. Maureen Fries, Department of English
"Female Heroes, Heroines, and Counter-Heroes: Images of Women in Arthurian Tradition"
Dr. W. Dirk Raat, Department of History
"Mexican Maize: An Historical Labyrinth"
Dr. Richard M. Weist, Department of Psychology
"Children's Time Talk: Temporal Systems in Child Language"
Dr. William Graebner, Department of History
"A History of Retirement: The View from Middle Age"
- 1980 Fall
Dr. Lee Braude, Department of Sociology
"Image of the City: Substance in Style"
- 1980 Spring
Dr. Robert C. Schweik, Department of English
"The Poet and the Sniperscope"
Dr. William T. Hagan, Department of History
"Writing Indian History"
Dr. Allen H. Benton, Department of Biology
"The Happy Bounding Flea"
Dr. Alexander Chabe, Department of Education (now School of Education)
"Cross-Cultural Research and Writing: Case Studies of Society and Education in England,
France and the U.S.S.R."
Dr. Daniel Reiff, Department of Art (now Department of Visual Arts and New Media)
"A Future for the Past: Historical Preservation"
Dr. Marvin Kohl, Department of Philosophy
"The Morality of Killing"
Dr. William Chazanof, Department of History
"The Autobiography of a Book"