Archives for April, 2013

Witnessing the Power of Truth and Reconciliation

Dr. Judith Oleson Throughout Canada's history, generations of Aboriginal children in Quebec were taken from their families and communities and sent to Indian Residential Schools funded by the federal government and run by churches. They were denied use of their language, cultural identity and traditions, and the devastating impact of that tragic policy is still seen throughout the culture today. Read full article »

When Students of the Stage Become Colleagues

Sabbatical is a time for new ideas, fresh experiences and ongoing scholarship. Each happened this spring for Jeffrey S. Miller, professor of theatre arts, when he returned to Minneapolis to direct a show  . . . . with former students who are now professional artists. He wrote the following response:  Jeff Miller (c) with the cast of "Kingdom Undone." "Every Teacher-Artist’s Dream" Read full article »

Religion in the Classes of Cambridge, Harvard and Oxford

The modern university owes much to religion's influence throughout history. In fact, there's a direct connection and ongoing influence, both of which have kept Tal Howard, professor of history and director of the Center for Faith and Inquiry, busy this spring. Earlier this month, Howard gave a keynote lecture at the conference on “Religion and the Idea of the Research University” Read full article »

New Book on Economic Growth Addresses Poverty

For almost 10,000 years of recorded history, most people had to eke out a living in pain and difficulty. What was once the global norm, today's deep poverty is almost entirely foreign to citizens in the developed world. What's been the impact? Stephen Smith, professor of economics, Bruce Webb, emeritus professor of economics, and their colleague Edd Noell of Westmont College, Read full article »

Jones Explores Nature of Hope in “Waiting for Godot”

Norm Jones Often regarded as the most important play of the 20th century, Samuel Beckett’s classic existentialist tragicomedy Waiting for Godot is re-imagined in the hands of director and theatre arts professor Norman Jones. His production of the absurdist masterpiece emphasizes not the futility of human hope—as many productions are wont to do—but the “insidious nature of hope,” exploring how Read full article »