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Wading in Tense Waters: “Metamorphoses” Confronts Mythical Challenges

Using 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 www.gordon.edu/tickets. The play explores the tension between the real and the transformational, the human and the mysterious, Read full article »

When Nothing is Impossible: New Book Focuses on Women of the Bible

For those who have ever thought something was impossible, Elaine Phillips, a professor of biblical studies at Gordon, has written a new book that suggests otherwise. With God, Nothing is Impossible is Phillips’s first book for lay audiences, a devotional based on the stories of women in the Bible, both well known and less prominent. The Gordon Bookstore will host a book signing Read full article »

The Global Language(s) of Scholarship

Academia today often requires dialogue across cultures, especially in addressing global issues, old and new. These faculty from very different disciplines have been busy with such work: Marv Wilson, professor of biblical studies, recently delivered the Ninth Annual Edwin M. Yamauchi lectureship at Miami University, Oxford, OH, March 7-9. His lecture combined chapters of a new book he's written, scheduled for publication in Read full article »

Seeing Christ Through the Eyes of Others

Understanding the narrative of John's Gospel  just became more illuminating, thanks in part to the editorial scholarship of Steven Hunt, professor of biblical studies. Hunt helped bring to light a series of studies that explore how both major and minor characters in John teach us about Christ as the central figure. Edited by Hunt, D. Francois Tolmie and Ruben Zimmermann, Character Studies in Read full article »

Memories, Words and A Psychology of Living

Does everyone in the world return to signifiant memories in their lives? Does finding just the right word in a conversation depend on a person's context? Two members of Gordon's psychology department explore such questions in  their recent scholarship. Jonathan Gerber, associate professor (who's also begun blogging on such issues), addresses the transcendent nature of nostalgia for the scholarly journal, Emotion, in Read full article »

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 »