Adam Smith and…Cognitive Science?

Glenney_Brian_2008_11_21_02_08_11Assistant professor of philosophy Brian Glenney recently published an article in the Journal of Scottish Philosophy. Entitled “Adam Smith and the Problem of the External World,” the article is the first to address Smith’s essay “On the External Senses” (1737). Brian’s work advances the idea that Smith, one of history’s most well-known economists, was also the first to suggest two major findings in cognitive science: that there exists a “critical period” for brain development and that the perception of infants is structured. As Brian states in the article, “One wonders after reading Smith’s essay whether the dark ages of developmental psychology, which culminated in James’ appellation of infant experience as a ‘blooming, buzzing confusion,’ would have emerged had Smith been as persistent in his account of perception as he was in his accounts of the principles of economy and morality.”

To see the article abstract, click here.

Lecturing in “Jerusalem & Athens” Without Leaving Campus


Unknown-1As part of the the Jerusalem and Athens Forum (JAF) honors program for students across disciplines, several Gordon faculty regularly provide lectures beyond their usual class load.

On October 4 at 9:45 a.m. in the Tavilla Conference Room, Paul Brink (pictured here), associate professor of political science, will explore “Augustine and Christian Political Thought.”


David Lumsdaine (pictured here), professor of political science, will present a talk entitled, “Reading the Bible with the Church Fathers”  on October 6 at 9:45 a.m. also in the Tavilla Conference Room.

The talks are open to all.

History Alive! Joins with CinemaSalem to Produce New Film

Consolation_2010_03_02_01_57_07The most famous story on the North Shore just got a new life . . . in 3D film.

The tale of the Salem witch ordeal draws thousands of visitors from around the world each year, who now can add a unique and locally produced film experience to their trip. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Paul Van Ness ’73 of Van Ness Creative and co-owner of CinemaSalem, Gordon College History Alive! Artistic Director Kristina Wacome Stevick and Gordon College Associate Professor of English Mark Stevick. The True 1692 provides tourists and residents a concise and compelling film version of the events that helped define the city. (For details on a special screening September 29, keep reading. To watch the trailer, click here.)

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New Faculty: Walter Cho

In preparation for the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, Faculty Central will highlight the new members of the full-time faculty over the next few weeks.

walter_2011_04_21_04_32_12Walter Cho joins the biology department in a one-year position as an assistant professor, filling in for associate professor Dorothy Boorse while she is on a grant-funded leave to write an environmental science textbook. Walter earned his B.A. in Biology at Harvard University in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program in 2008. His research focuses on the patterns of biodiversity, biogeography, and population connectivity of marine fauna, particularly the invertebrate associates of deep-sea corals.  Recently, his research has been concentrated in the Gulf of Mexico, where he has been studying the potential impacts of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on deep-sea coral communities.

The Making of a Movie, Gordon Style

As part of our Faculty in the Summer Series, film professor Toddy Burton gets a movie made.

In between teaching her film and video productions classes this past academic year, Toddy Burton (pictured center), assistant professor of communication arts, plotted a screenplay. News of the trapped Chilean miners had gripped her attention, and as is often the case with art, real life began shaping a story in the mind of Gordon’s award-winning filmmaker.

The result not only earned Burton a Faculty Development Grant from the College, but brought together a film crew of both alumni and current Gordon students. Burton cast an adjunct instructor as her lead actor, turned a fellow professor’s Beverly Farms’ home into a set, and in three 12-hour days (July 29–31, 2011), she shot what she calls “a short dramatic comedy” entitled The Miners.

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New Faculty: Andy Moore

In preparation for the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, Faculty Central will highlight the new members of the full-time faculty over the next few weeks.

MooreAndy Moore joins the department of economics and business this year as an associate professor. He earned his B.S. in Administration/Accounting from California State University, Los Angeles (1975), his M.S. in Management from Troy State University, Camp New Amsterdam (1984), and his M.S. in Biblical Counseling from Philadelphia Biblical University (2003). Andy is a C.P.A. in Texas and Pennsylvania. He has fifteen years adjunct teaching experience, most recently with Eastern University in Pennsylvania teaching in their undergraduate and graduate programs. His long and varied business experience includes time with Global Marine Drilling Co. with over four years living and working in the Netherlands and seven months in Scotland. Andy was a manager at Pritchard, Bieler, Gruver & Willison, P.C., a C.P.A. firm; CFO of the Regency Foundation, an affiliate of Philadelphia Biblical University; and Director of Administration and Finance of Geneva College’s Center for Urban Theological Studies.