Roger Firestien, Lecturer, International Center for Studies in Creativity

Roger Firestien, lecturer, International Center for Studies in Creativity, and graduate students in his spring semester course Designing and Delivering Creativity Education facilitated a series of town-hall meetings with Saint Joseph’s University Parish in Buffalo. The meetings were designed to help the parish develop its vision for the future. Twelve creative studies graduate students conducted the meetings that involved about 250 parishioners.


Jeffrey Hirschberg, Assistant Professor, Communication, and Director, Television and Film Arts Program

Jeffrey Hirschberg’s new book, Reflections of the Shadow: Creating Memorable Heroes and Villains for Film and TV, was published by Michael Wiese Productions. The book shows writers how to craft a great screenplay, teleplay, or novel by helping them create one-of-a-kind heroes and villains that audiences will never forget. It includes overviews of such films as The Dark Knight, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Casablanca, and The Silence of the Lambs as well as interviews with the screenwriters of Die Hard, Gladiator, Spider-Man, and Fatal Attraction. Foreword by Steven de Souza (Die Hard, 48 Hrs.,and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life). Hirschberg will hold a book-signing at the Barnes & Noble at Buffalo State Bookstore on Thursday, October 1 during Bengal Pause (12:15–1:30 p.m.).


Deborah Silverman, Assistant Professor, Communication

Deborah Silverman, assistant professor, Communication, published her crisis communication article, “A Community Comes Together: The Crash of Continental Flight 3407,” in the summer 2009 issue of the Public Relations Strategist, the quarterly magazine of the Public Relations Society of America. The issue was devoted to examples of best practices in communication following a crisis.


Zhang Jie, Professor, Sociology

Zhang Jie, professor, Sociology, and director, Center for China Studies, published his article “A Case Control Study of Suicides in China With and Without Mental Disorder,” coauthored with Liang Zhou, in Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention 30 (2): 68–72.