Archives for February, 2011

High Tech and Bilingual Conversations

Think of it as a multi-lingual conversation: two classes of Spanish students from two local colleges (Gordon and Clark University) having a discussion—in Spanish and English—with a playwright . . .  via Skype. Pilar Pérez Serrano, assistant professor of Spanish at Gordon, and her colleague at Clark, Dr. Belén Atienza, arranged the high tech, bilingual interaction with Paloma Pedrero, Read full article »

Creative Images: The Language of Today’s Students

Toddy Burton, assistant professor of communication arts and award- winning filmmaker, teaches screenwriting, video production and film criticism. She knows the language of today's students is visual. Consequently, she regularly reviews films for various publications (click here for two recent reviews she wrote, of films, "Biutiful" and "Country Strong"), engages with filmmakers throughout the country, and of course has made Read full article »

“Under the Skin” of Iranian Film

Rini Cobbey, associate professor of communication arts, contributed a short chapter to a new book entitled Film in the Middle East and North Africa: Creative Dissidence, published last month by the University of Texas Press. Rini's chapter analyzes the Iranian film Under the Skin of the City, detailing how its individuals and families struggle to negotiate their social and political Read full article »

Psychology in the Popular Culture

Jonathan Gerber, assistant professor of psychology, is curious about those places in popular culture where psychology intersects, specifically today's music. In his music review that was published yesterday—on a site that claims over a million viewers a month— he writes of the music group Slint's latest album: "Slint’s Spiderland is possibly the least understood yet most influential album of the last Read full article »

Disciplines Mix in Salem’s Old Town Hall

The Gordon College Institute for Public History has launched a public lecture series in Salem's Old Town Hall, a historic building dating back to the early 1800s. The series opened with a lecture from historian Richard Francis that was covered by CSPAN and continues on February 17 with a talk by K. David Goss, assistant professor of history, on Salem and Read full article »

God and the Atlantic

Tal Howard, professor of history and director of the Jerusalem and Athens Forum, has a book coming out next month from Oxford University Press. God and the Atlantic: America, Europe and the Religious Divide has already received favorable reviews; historian Mark Noll calls it, "a pathbreaking exploration." Here's the description from the publisher: "Since the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, the United States and Read full article »