Gordon-hosted Conference Produces Second Special Edition Journal

Professor of psychology Bert Hodges recently had two works published. The first is a special issue of the journal Ecological Psychology (Vol. 23, 3), edited by Hodges and Carol Fowler (University of Connecticut & Haskins Labs). The issue is entitled “Distributed, Ecological, and Dynamical Approaches to Languaging and Language,” and it is the second special issue to emerge from a conference of the Distributed Language Group supported by the National Science Foundation and hosted at Gordon College in 2009.

In addition, Hodges also recently published an article in a special edition of Pragmatics & Cognition (Vol. 17, 3) entitled “Ecological pragmatics: Values, dialogical arrays, complexity, and caring.” An abstract of the article can be found here.

Herman Dooyeweerd Comes to Zumi’s


Inspiration and coffee often go hand in hand, especially for scholars. Paul Brink, associate professor of political science, experienced such, wrote an essay about a recent intersection of coffee drinking and political theory he discovered in a local coffee shop near his home.  Comment Magazine, a publication committed to ”public theology for the common good,”  published his essay in its most recent issue.

Dooyeweerd Comes to Zumi’s


By Paul Brink

I read most of Jonathan Chaplin’s Herman Dooyeweerd: Christian Philosopher of State and Society at Zumi’s Espresso and Ice Cream, a coffee house and ice cream shop in Ipswich, Massachusetts. It offers the best coffee north of Boston, and the combination of good coffee and ice cream has been a great success: kids and parents, locals and tourists, students and seniors all can be found there. Even more appealingly, the Nepali owner, Umesh Bhuju, serves only organic, fair trade coffee. Quite simply, the place is a delight, and some day when Chaplin makes his way to Gordon College where I teach politics, I hope to take him to Zumi’s for a visit. I think he might enjoy hanging out in a place where his book has such wide application.

Here’s why:

Adam Smith and…Cognitive Science?

Glenney_Brian_2008_11_21_02_08_11Assistant professor of philosophy Brian Glenney recently published an article in the Journal of Scottish Philosophy. Entitled “Adam Smith and the Problem of the External World,” the article is the first to address Smith’s essay “On the External Senses” (1737). Brian’s work advances the idea that Smith, one of history’s most well-known economists, was also the first to suggest two major findings in cognitive science: that there exists a “critical period” for brain development and that the perception of infants is structured. As Brian states in the article, “One wonders after reading Smith’s essay whether the dark ages of developmental psychology, which culminated in James’ appellation of infant experience as a ‘blooming, buzzing confusion,’ would have emerged had Smith been as persistent in his account of perception as he was in his accounts of the principles of economy and morality.”

To see the article abstract, click here.

Lecturing in “Jerusalem & Athens” Without Leaving Campus

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On October 4 at 9:45 a.m. in the Tavilla Conference Room, Paul Brink (pictured here), associate professor of political science, will explore “Augustine and Christian Political Thought.”

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David Lumsdaine (pictured here), professor of political science, will present a talk entitled, “Reading the Bible with the Church Fathers”  on October 6 at 9:45 a.m. also in the Tavilla Conference Room.

The talks are open to all.

History Alive! Joins with CinemaSalem to Produce New Film

Consolation_2010_03_02_01_57_07The most famous story on the North Shore just got a new life . . . in 3D film.

The tale of the Salem witch ordeal draws thousands of visitors from around the world each year, who now can add a unique and locally produced film experience to their trip. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Paul Van Ness ’73 of Van Ness Creative and co-owner of CinemaSalem, Gordon College History Alive! Artistic Director Kristina Wacome Stevick and Gordon College Associate Professor of English Mark Stevick. The True 1692 provides tourists and residents a concise and compelling film version of the events that helped define the city. (For details on a special screening September 29, keep reading. To watch the trailer, click here.)

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New Faculty: Walter Cho

In preparation for the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, Faculty Central will highlight the new members of the full-time faculty over the next few weeks.

walter_2011_04_21_04_32_12Walter Cho joins the biology department in a one-year position as an assistant professor, filling in for associate professor Dorothy Boorse while she is on a grant-funded leave to write an environmental science textbook. Walter earned his B.A. in Biology at Harvard University in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program in 2008. His research focuses on the patterns of biodiversity, biogeography, and population connectivity of marine fauna, particularly the invertebrate associates of deep-sea corals.  Recently, his research has been concentrated in the Gulf of Mexico, where he has been studying the potential impacts of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on deep-sea coral communities.

The Making of a Movie, Gordon Style

Toddy's filmAs part of our Faculty in the Summer Series, film professor Toddy Burton gets a movie made.

In between teaching her film and video productions classes this past academic year, Toddy Burton (pictured center), assistant professor of communication arts, plotted a screenplay. News of the trapped Chilean miners had gripped her attention, and as is often the case with art, real life began shaping a story in the mind of Gordon’s award-winning filmmaker.

The result not only earned Burton a Faculty Development Grant from the College, but brought together a film crew of both alumni and current Gordon students. Burton cast an adjunct instructor as her lead actor, turned a fellow professor’s Beverly Farms’ home into a set, and in three 12-hour days (July 29–31, 2011), she shot what she calls “a short dramatic comedy” entitled The Miners.

“The story is about a guy who’s clinically depressed but . . .

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New Faculty: Andy Moore

In preparation for the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, Faculty Central will highlight the new members of the full-time faculty over the next few weeks.

MooreAndy Moore joins the department of economics and business this year as an associate professor. He earned his B.S. in Administration/Accounting from California State University, Los Angeles (1975), his M.S. in Management from Troy State University, Camp New Amsterdam (1984), and his M.S. in Biblical Counseling from Philadelphia Biblical University (2003). Andy is a C.P.A. in Texas and Pennsylvania. He has fifteen years adjunct teaching experience, most recently with Eastern University in Pennsylvania teaching in their undergraduate and graduate programs. His long and varied business experience includes time with Global Marine Drilling Co. with over four years living and working in the Netherlands and seven months in Scotland. Andy was a manager at Pritchard, Bieler, Gruver & Willison, P.C., a C.P.A. firm; CFO of the Regency Foundation, an affiliate of Philadelphia Biblical University; and Director of Administration and Finance of Geneva College’s Center for Urban Theological Studies.

New Faculty: Alice Tsang

In preparation for the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, Faculty Central will highlight the new members of the full-time faculty over the next few weeks.

Alice TsangAlice Tsang joins the faculty of the economics and business department this semester as an associate professor. Alice earned her B.A. in English/Translation from the University of Hong Kong and her M.B.A. in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University.  Alice has a wide variety of experience in the business world, having worked as an assistant vice president at E.F. Hutton & Co. and Merrill Lynch, and a vice president at MBIA, Inc.  She also served as a fixed income analyst at Fidelity Investments for fifteen years.  Alice joined the part-time faculty at Gordon this previous academic year, teaching courses in marketing and financial management.  During this upcoming year, in addition to her teaching duties, Alice will also serve as the Director of Asian Initiatives, working collaboratively with Admissions and Development on recruitment and donor relations in Asia.

Charged for the Liberal Arts

imagesLast May at the 2011 Commencement ceremony, Dr. Graeme Bird, associate professor of  linguistics and classics, received the College’s Junior Distinguished Faculty Award. Gordon tradition invites the recipient of the award to “charge” the students at the first chapel service of the following academic year. This morning, students, staff, faculty and Gordon’s new president, Dr. D. Michael Lindsay, gathered for chapel and heard Graeme’s talk on the value of a liberal arts education at Gordon. Below is the text of his talk:

Matriculation, Wednesday, August 24, 2011, By Graeme Bird

Good morning. According to the program, the title of my talk is “Charge.”

Should this be a noun or a verb?  It’s probably not the financial meaning that is intended here – hopefully you (or your parents) have taken care of tuition matters.

It’s probably not the verbal meaning – that would require an exclamation point, and would convey the meaning (#22a in the Oxford English Dictionary):

“To rush against or upon, with all one’s force, in a hostile way; to spur one’s horse against at full gallop; to bear down upon, make a violent onset on, attack or assail with impetuosity.”

No, I think a more timely definition is meaning #12 as given by the OED:

OED: 12. A task or duty laid upon one; commission, trust, responsibility . . .”

Thus I feel a sense of duty today, to share with you part of what I see as your responsibility while you are here at Gordon College.

So – why are you here?  Why are we all here?  What is Gordon College?

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