Archives Receives Generous Collection for Recreation and Leisure Studies

180Dr. Gerald Fain of Boston University, a leading scholar in the field of recreation and leisure studies, chose Gordon as the recipient of his personal collection, in large part because of his relationship with Peggy Hothem, professor of leisure studies who also initiated the program at Gordon in 1990. Fain—who was Hothem’s dissertation advisor in graduate school—said he believed the study of leisure “should always be rooted in spirituality.”

So when he retired from teaching, he decided to donate his archives to Gordon for that reason. His gift includes over 400 books, resources and historical manuscripts that span the last 100 years of the recreation and leisure studies movement in the U.S.

(Pictured here from left to right, Dr. Val Gin, professor and chair of recreation and leisure studies, Dr. Peggy Hothem, professor of recreation and leisure studies, and Dr. Gerald Fain on Oct. 18, 2010, the day he gave his collection to Gordon.)

“Host and Hunger” Featured in Online Facts on World Hunger

zingarelli_2008_08_15_11_18_35Images of Jim Zingarelli‘s sculptures from his “Host and Hunger” exhibit are featured this month in The Rotarian’s online story that sheds light on issues of hunger both nationally and internationally.

Zingarelli, professor and chair of visual arts, created the pieces from a variety of stone as a way of answering the question: “How do I make art out of a social conscience, without it becoming propaganda or overly sentimental?” He exhibited them at Gordon two years ago in the Barrington Center for the Arts gallery.

Faculty Forum

Lauren Swayne Barthold, associate professor of philosophy and coordinator for gender studies, will speak on “Identity as Interpretation”  at this week’s Faculty Forum Oct. 27. The presentation will begin at 4:30 in Jenks Library Room 406. Her other research interests include philosophy and literature, ethics, American pragmatism and hermeneutics.

That Wild Iliad

In his new book, Graeme D. Bird, associate professor of linguistics and classics, examines GraemeBirda small group of early papyrus manuscripts of Homer’s Iliad, known as the Ptolemaic papyri, which, although fragmentary, are the oldest surviving physical evidence of the text of the Iliad, dating from the third to the first centuriesBCE.

These papyri have been described as “eccentric” or even “wild” by some scholars. They differ significantly from the usual text of the Iliad, sometimes showing lines with different wording, at other times including so-called “interpolated” lines that are completely absent from our more familiar version.

Check out his new book: “Multitextuality in the Homeric Iliad: The Witness of the Ptolemaic Papryi” published by the Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University.

On Stage: Taking on Sondheim

ITWlogo_2010_09_07_10_51_50Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine first drew from children’s stories (and other tales from Brothers Grimm) to create the 1987 Broadway musical Into the Woods.

As Sondheim turns 80 years old this year, the Gordon College Theatre Department is celebrating his nationally recognized artistic achievement with its fall production of Into the Woods. Directed by Jeffrey S. Miller, professor of theatre arts, with musical direction by Michael Monroe, associate professor of music, the musical runs October 29–30 and November 2–6. Show times include Tuesday–Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“These stories are more than scary or fun diversions; they connect to something much deeper in us all,” said Miller. “The characters initially travel to lift a spell or sell a cow, but ultimately the journey is about growing up in the best sense of that phrase. And when it looks like it will end happily ever after, there are deeper lessons to be learned, not the least of which is be careful what you wish for!”