Archives for June, 2012

In The Academy: Moving Beyond Fear and Into Trust

The question of academic freedom for scholars in Christian higher education can sometimes feel discouraging. But it doesn't have to, according to Dan Russ, academic dean, who explored the topic in a new book of essays published last fall. Russ discussed the challenges and sacrifices inherent in developing a campus ethos that encourages and honors the pursuit of academic freedom—without compromising the Read full article »

Summer Scholar: When Green is More Than a Season

Editor's note: This is part of a series of stories exploring what Gordon professors are up to in between semesters. June and July in New England are typically as green and lush as it gets. But for Irv Levy, professor of chemistry and computer science, green is the schedule he keeps during the summer months—and all year long for that matter. Green chemistry, that Read full article »

Provost Abroad: Reflections on Crossing Cultures

Gordon's new provost, Janel Curry, is on a mission . . . in Hong Kong, that is, while serving the Fulbright Program at the City University of Hong Kong. She's been chronicling her adventures most recently in that part of the world, focusing specifically on cross cultural encounters and "place" as it affects residents. As an award-winning geographer and educator, she Read full article »

Summer Scholar: Conflict, Truth and Reconciliation

Editor's note: This is part of a series of stories exploring what Gordon professors are up to in between semesters. Conflict doesn't have to mean bad news. In fact, according to Judith Oleson, assistant professor in sociology and social work, it can be transformative. As part of the curriculum development track of the International Social Work (ISW) conference June 14-16 in Minneapolis, MN, Oleson will present a workshop entitled, "Conflict Read full article »

Summer Scholar: Touching the Ancient Texts

Editor's note: This is part of a series of stories exploring what Gordon professors are up to in between semesters. Graeme Bird, associate professor of linguistics and classics, has always been fascinated by the ancient stories and their modern meanings. And his students can't help but catch his vision, as the Gordon Tartan recently reported. From June 13-16, he travels to Texas as Read full article »

Summer Scholar: Dr. Smith Goes to Washington

Editor's note: This is part of a series of stories exploring what Gordon professors are up to in between semesters. Dr. Stephen Smith, professor of economics and business, took four of his students June 6--9 to a conference entitled "Purpose & Prosperity" in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).  Smith was asked to speak on a Friday morning panel entitled, "The Morality Read full article »

Summer Scholar: Touring the Land of the Bible

Editor's note: This is the third in a series of stories about Summer Scholars, exploring what Gordon professors are up to in between semesters. Here Elaine Phillips, professor of biblical studies, shares a few of the highlights of her upcoming study trip to Jerusalem. She is the second from left in the front row of the photo below, which was taken during the last Read full article »

Summer Scholar: “The Avengers” or A Chemical Mixture that Makes Chaos

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of stories about Summer Scholars, exploring what Gordon professors are up to in between semesters. Here Rini Cobbey, associate professor of communication arts (pictured here), reviews the recent blockbuster film, "The Avengers." "A Chemical Mixture that Makes Chaos" By Rini Cobbey Summer time means big screen blockbusters about superheroes and/or alien invasions. And, if you’re like Read full article »

Christians and Politics?

This week, Gordon hosts the Christians in Political Science national conference, partnering with the Center for Public Justice (CPJ) and the Institute for Global Engagement. Several Gordon professors are participating and Timothy Sherratt, professor of political science, has written a recent column for CPJ's Capital Commentary addressing some of the issues: "Power and Justice to Change the World?"  By Timothy Sherratt This Read full article »