Archives for February, 2014

Unexpected Encounters “Beyond Disabilities”

Last week, during Gordon’s Beyond Disabilities Week, students and faculty alike engaged in dialogue around a variety of issues. Those conversations spilled over into classes as well, bringing some unexpected opportunities for discovery and reflection. Ivy George, distinguished professor of sociology, writes about one such encounter that occurred in her class, “Social Change and Development in Industrializing Societies,” and offered the Read full article »

Broadening the Conversations in Education

While several Gordon professors spent this past weekend engaging in a variety of conversations with colleagues in education, both at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities national forum as well as the 33rd Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience, Priscilla Nelson, associate professor of education and chair of early childhood, elementary and special education, travelled to St. Louis for the Read full article »

On Film: When “The Great Beauty” Is Not Enough

Just weeks before the Academy Awards, Jim Zingarelli, professor of art, offers his response to one of the Oscar favorites in the category of Foreign Language Films, The Great Beauty: Art, Memory, and H. Richard Niebuhr: Seeing Paolo Sorrentino’s Film The Great Beauty By Jim Zingarelli E’ Cusi.   I refer to it as Italian fatalism, expressed most succinctly in a shrug of the shoulders Read full article »

The Pope and The Professor: Digging Into the Vatican Archives

Tal Howard's ID pass for the Vatican archives.While some travel to the Vatican in Rome for a spiritual pilgrimage, Tal Howard, professor of history and director of the Center for Faith and Inquiry, recently spent two weeks there poring over historic documents and records. Though the Vatican only allows access to materials before 1939, Pope John Paul II made a Read full article »

Considering the Conflict in Conformity

Agreeing with others, even when they appear to be more knowledgeable on a subject, is not always easy, or predictable, according to Bert Hodges, professor of psychology, who along with  a team of scholars, conducted a series of experiments to explore the social psychology of conformity. The result is a new article, "Speaking from ignorance: Not agreeing with others we believe Read full article »

Inspiring the Next Generation of Singers

More than 100 young men recently gathered in Providence, Rhode Island, not to compete in a sport or debate in a tournament, but to sing. Under the leadership of Jamie Hillman, assistant professor of music, and a group of Gordon music students, the singers participated in the 2014 Young Men's  Choral Festival sponsored by the Providence Singers. Hillman, along with Read full article »