Archives for March, 2013

How the Liberal Arts Can Prepare Entrepreneurs

In his most recent column in the Huffington Post, President and Sociologist D. Michael Lindsay explores the many benefits of a liberal arts education, especially for future entrepreneurs.  Useful Innovation: The Next Great Challenge for Liberal Arts Colleges President Lindsay By D. Michael Lindsay "It's happening all around us, and the higher education community needs to pay attention. More and more, young people today are Read full article »

Painting a Poem: Herman on Eliot

Bruce Herman Out of a dinner conversation between artists and friends, a unique collaboration of "poetry, paint and music" was born. QU4RTETS, a touring exhibit featuring the paintings of Bruce Herman, Gordon's Lothlórien Distinguished Chair in Fine Arts, opens in the Gallery April 13 and runs through May 1. Here's how Herman describes his work in his artist's statement: "My work here Read full article »

An Innovative Slave Narrative Affects Popular Culture

Andrea Frankwitz William Wells Brown, one of the country's first African American writers to publish a variety of creative works, was also a slave. As part of her ongoing scholarship on slave narratives, Andrea Frankwitz, associate professor of English, will present on Brown's literary contributions at the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association's annual conference in Washington, D.C., March Read full article »

Discovering a New Way to Listen to Sufjan’s “Illinois”

There are several ways to listen to music, and new theories are emerging often, even for classic rock albums. As part of his ongoing musical scholarship, Jonathan Gerber, assistant professor of psychology, and his wife Alison, also a musician and poet, have explored one such new theory. As a result, the Gerber's—who toured with their band in their native country Read full article »

Math as a Means of Helping Humanity

On Saturday, March 2, 2013, dozens of practitioners from a variety of non-profit organizations gathered at Gordon for a first day-long conference entitled, "Humanitarian Response: Innovation to Meet Needs." Organized and led by Mike Veatch, professor and chair of mathematics and computer science, and colleague Jarrod Goesntzel at MIT's Humanitarian Response Lab, participants heard from representatives at agencies such as Doctors Without Borders, Partners Read full article »

In Memory: David Lumsdaine, Pastoral Scholar & Friend

Timothy Sherratt, professor of political science, offered the following reflection at the memorial service of colleague and friend, David Lumsdaine, who passed away last Wednesday morning, February 27, 2013: "Could it be fewer than six years ago that I met David Lumsdaine for the first time when we brought him to interview at Gordon College? The Wheaton political science chairman who Read full article »

Chores for Kids? Absolutely, Writes History Professor in Boston Globe Magazine

Agnes Howard Today's parents often let their children off the hook when it comes to household chores, but Agnes Howard, assistant professor of history, writes in Sunday's Boston Globe Magazine (March 3, 2013) that when kids contribute around the house, great things can happen. Not only does the cleaning get done but they develop a sense of accomplishment that has Read full article »