Sustained Dialogue Brings Change & Recognition

JSarrouf_2012_07_18_03_21_51Thanks to the leadership of John Sarrouf, adjunct professor of peace and conflict studies and communication arts, Gordon has been chosen to attend this summer’s inaugural PULSE Institute at Bucknell University sponsored by The International Institute for Sustained Dialogue in Washington, D.C.  Only 14 colleges or universities from across the country were accepted to participate in the five day conference, including American University, University of Virginia, Wake Forest University, College of William & Mary, Hoftra University and Case Western Reserve University. Sarrouf and other faculty, administrators and three students from Gordon’s Dialogue Club hope to attend the all expenses paid program in July.  Student Dialogue Club leaders Jessica Hunkler ’14 and Kerstin Pallo ’14—both social work majors—were also instrumental in submitting this application.

The Sustained Dialogue Campus Network (SDCN) engages 27 campuses (in the U.S .and six countries worldwide), 4,500 students, and 4,000 alumni annually. SDCN participants meet weekly for results-oriented dialogue, building relationships around topics such as race, class, gender, and faith, while simultaneously addressing pressing needs in their communities.  Its PULSE program is a “new campus retreat designed to explore identity, leadership, and inclusion through experiential activity and immersive dialogue. The model aligns with current research demonstrating that an intense, immersive experience followed by sustained engagement is the best way to create attitudinal and behavioral change.”

Wading in Tense Waters: “Metamorphoses” Confronts Mythical Challenges

Miller_Jeffrey_2008_11_21_03_02_36Using an ambitious set that includes a real pool of water, Jeffrey S. Miller, professor of theatre arts, has directed Metamorphoses, a play by award winning playwright Mary Zimmerman that showcases a cast of ten students. Performances run April 3–5, 8–12, 2014 and tickets are available at

The play explores the tension between the real and the transformational, the human and the mysterious, told through vignettes of classical Greek myth and drawn together by the universal need for water. Conceived by scenic designer Rick Rees, a theatre professor at Bethel University, the set also consists of Mt. Olympus and Hades while centering around the pool.

Here’s how Miller describes the play in his Director’s Note :

“We often think myth is the opposite of truth.  As many great thinkers have pointed out and as most of us know intuitively, myth is truth wrapped in story.  Since we as humans cannot consider truth as abstract concept (with our heads) at the same time we experience it fully with our senses (with our hearts), myth is a critical tool for helping us examine, understand and embrace the mystery, the fullness of our lives and choices.

Similarly we often think theatre is the opposite of reality.  But the best constructs of this performing art take us into another world where we see, feel and know better, deeper, the truth of our lives and choices.

Metamorphoses merges these two truth-bearing forms – poetically, humorously, sometimes darkly and often surprisingly. A character in our play poignantly points out, ‘Unfortunately, we give our mythic side scant attention these days.  As a result, a great deal escapes us and we no longer understand our own actions.’ This is as true today as ever.”    For a video preview of the play, click HERE.