Archives for History

Writing the Personal and the Profound

For most professors, writing and publishing in their disciplines is a regular extension of their scholarship. But when writing becomes personal—and passionate—it has a different impact on both the audience and the scholar. Recently, three Gordon professors saw such pieces published. In the current issue of Commonweal Magazine, Agnes Howard, associate professor of English and history, explores the difficult but crucial Read full article »

When Mark Twain Got Mad

So Mark Twain had a dark side after all. At least that's what Steve Alter, professor and chair of the history department, says. In the first of a series of occasional lectures from the history department this year, Alter will address Twain's other side and its implications in a talk entitled, "Mark Twain's Anger: Individualism versus Social Conformity in America, from 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 »

Chores for Kids? Absolutely, Writes History Professor in Boston Globe Magazine

Agnes Howard Today's parents often let their children off the hook when it comes to household chores, but Agnes Howard, assistant professor of history, writes in Sunday's Boston Globe Magazine (March 3, 2013) that when kids contribute around the house, great things can happen. Not only does the cleaning get done but they develop a sense of accomplishment that has Read full article »

The Massacre of Innocents: A History Professor Reflects on the Newtown Tragedy

Tal Howard, director of the Center for Faith and Inquiry (Editor's note: This essay also appeared January 7, 2013, on the Patheos web site, as well as January 5, 2013, in the print and online editions of the Salem News.)  By Tal Howard, professor of history The senseless tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, prior to Christmas continues to haunt me. We have had Read full article »

Faculty Kudos: Essays, Books and Professional Contributions

As the fall 2012 semester came to a close, there was much to celebrate with our faculty's many recent contributions in their respective fields. Here's a very brief overview: Provost Curry The Chronicle of Higher Education published an essay by Provost Janel Curry this week in its careers section. The essay entitled, "The Education of a Provost" chronicles Dr. Curry's path to Read full article »

Making the Music of History . . . at the Smithsonian

David Goss (center in red shirt) and The 2nd South Carolina String Band at the Smithsonian Institute. It wasn't the first time David Goss, assistant professor of history and director of museum studies, performed at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. But it was still, well, the Smithsonian. So Goss and his Civil War band, The 2nd South Carolina String Read full article »

Hosting the Intersection of Faith and History

Jennifer Hevelone-Harper Whether the topic is humanism in Turkey, sex and politics from the Medieval Church to the Reformation, or Christian identity and practice in the early Middle Ages, Gordon's history professors will be instrumental during this week's 28th Conference on Faith and History on campus, Oct. 3-6. A wide variety of panel discussions, presentations and keynote talks are scheduled and Read full article »

The Historic Role of Christians in Higher Education

Ever since the Enlightenment, Christians have tried to navigate an increasingly diverse culture as well as the various disciplines within higher education. During a one day conference sponsored by Baylor University entitled, The Cross and The Book: Sacred and Secular in the Age of Browning, Stephen Alter, associate professor of history and department chair, will address some of those issues through the Read full article »

“All Things Ancient”: Wick Receives 2012 Marv Wilson Teaching Award

One student has called him a "human encyclopedia on all things ancient." Whether leading seminars to Greece or mentoring students through their own research, David Wick, professor of history, has consistently modeled outstanding and inspiring scholarship. As a result, he has received the 2012 Marv Wilson Award for Teaching Excellence, which each year honors a faculty member from the Humanities Division Read full article »