Archives for January, 2014

Bringing Families Together, One Conversation—and Super Bowl Commercial—at a Time

Sunday's Super Bowl commercials won't just be featuring the usual chips and beer promotions. This year's will include a new Cheerios commercial with a family at the breakfast table, part of a national campaign to promote family mealtime conversations that John Sarrouf, adjunct professor of communication arts and sociology, is behind. Sarrouf, director of The Family Dinner Project, a non-profit Read full article »

Exploring the Dynamics between Rural Poverty and Education

Phillips explored the area in many ways! It’s cold in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. And its economy, once built on forest and maple products, has faltered into today’s sparsely populated, economically disadvantaged region of the state. But neither stopped Suzanne Phillips, professor of psychology, from spending a year long sabbatical in 2012-2013 there. In fact, she felt right at Read full article »

Models of Excellence, Scholars in Dialogue

Gordon professors from very different fields are often invited to offer their insights and expertise on teaching and dialogue at national gatherings. Here are three recent examples: In January as the Joint Mathematics Meeting gathered in Baltimore—"the world's largest mathematics meeting in the world"—Karl-Dieter Crisman, associate professor of mathematics, was there as well. In a poster presentation, Crisman discussed Gordon's long-running relationship with Read full article »

A “Privileged” Life

As the nation pauses on Monday to honor the vision and efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., some professors at Gordon are also considering his impact on their work. Katie Knudsen, adjunct professor of Christian Theology, and The Great Conversations, and Coordinator of Academically-Based Service-Learning in the Office of Community Engagement, offers the following personal essay in recognition of the Read full article »

Psychology Beyond the Classroom

Though the new semester has officially begun, like most Gordon scholars, Jonathan Gerber, associate professor of psychology, is preparing for more than his classes. This spring, he will be chairing two symposia to celebrate the 60th anniversary of social comparison theory. The first is an invited symposium at Eastern Psychological Association in Boston this March, and involves several regional researchers. The second Read full article »

When Art Meets Sociological History

In the 1970s, residential institutions for intellectually disabled children and adults throughout the country were common place. They were also often overcrowded and understaffed. In fact, one contemporary artist, Randall Deihl, captured in his paintings one such institution known as the Belchertown State School for the Feeble-Minded in Belchertown, MA, a institution that became known for its inhumane treatment of Read full article »