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News Marlboro College Welcomes New Faculty in Writing and Music

Marlboro, VT -- (September 1, 2011) -- Marlboro College welcomes Kyhl Lyndgaard as the new professor of writing, and Matan Rubinstein as the new professor of music, for the start of the fall 2011 semester.

Lyndgaard received his bachelor's degree in English from Saint John's University and a master's in English with an emphasis in creative writing from University of California at Davis. He earned his doctorate in English with an emphasis in literature and environment from University of Nevada, Reno, in May 2010. His dissertation, "Landscapes of removal and renewal: Cross-cultural resistance in 19th-century American captivity narratives," is under consideration for publication by the University of Oklahoma Press.

"Individuality in thought and expression is all too rare and undervalued these days, and I can't imagine working anywhere but a small liberal arts college," said Lyndgaard, who was drawn to Marlboro's small classes and individualized courses of study. "Good writing and academic success depends on confidence and the freedom to speak your own mind."

Lyndgaard has experience teaching writing as a teaching assistant at University of Nevada, Reno, and University of California at Davis, and as an adjunct instructor at College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. Most recently he was an ACM-Mellon post-doctoral fellow at Luther College, where he taught English and environmental studies. He has also published numerous poems, stories, reviews, essays and articles, as well as co-edited Currents of the Universal Being: Explorations in the Literature of Energy, forthcoming this year from Texas Tech University Press.

Matan Rubinstein received his Bachelor's of Music from Manhattan School of Music, in jazz and contemporary media composition, and his master's from University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 2009 he went on to earn his doctorate from U.W.–Madison, in music composition with a minor in conducting. The subject of his dissertation was an original work, Le Invisibili, a modular composition for 11 musicians and laptop computer.

"I think of my role as a teacher primarily as an enabler and facilitator of my students' ideas, providing them with information and my own insight and encouraging them to attain their own," said Rubinstein. "Above all, I find satisfaction when interacting on the basis of curiosity, passion for ideas and creative connection-making between disparate notions into coherent, reasoned structures."

Rubinstein has been teaching music at University of Wisconsin–Whitewater since 2007, and worked as a teaching assistant and visiting lecturer at University of Wisconsin–Madison before that. He has also been active as a performer and composer, composing concert music, film scores and dance music commissioned by Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company. He is the founder and leader of Sada Trio, a jazz group playing original material, as well as of the Modular Music Ensemble, a genre-bending group breaching the gap between written and improvised music.

For more information, contact the Marlboro College public relations department at 802-251-7644 or

For more than 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College also offers graduate degrees and certificate programs for working adults at the Marlboro College Graduate School, located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.


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