Posted by jokadlecek on Monday, November 22nd 2010
The following is the abstract of a paper entitled, “The Akademe’s Orphans: The ‘Other’ Athenian Schools and their Struggle to Survive in the Last Years of the Roman Republic,” which David Wick, professor of history, is presenting next month in Athens:
After the Athenian crisis of the early 80’s, which saw the ancient city held hostage between an Anatolian military expedition (whose leader at least claimed some intellectual credentials from the Athenian schools) and a renegade Roman with only the most cynical interest in heritage or culture, the schools of Athens – especially those less famous than Plato’s Akademe – faced a desperate challenge.
Posted by jerrylogan on Friday, November 19th 2010
Elaine A. Phillips, professor of Biblical studies, contributed a chapter on the book of “Esther” to the Revised Edition of The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, published in October by Zondervan.
The publisher provides the following description of the series: “Continuing a Gold Medallion Award-winning legacy, this completely revised edition—1 Chronicles – Job—in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series puts world-class biblical scholarship in reader’s hands. Based on the original twelve-volume set that has become a staple in college and seminary libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide, this new thirteen-volume edition marshals the most current evangelical scholarship and resources. Its fifty-six contributors, thirty of whom are new, represent the best in evangelical scholarship committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible. The thoroughly revised features include: Comprehensive introductions; Short and precise bibliographies; Detailed outlines; Insightful expositions of passages and verses; Overviews of sections of Scripture to illuminate the big picture; Occasional reflections to give more detail on important issues; Notes on textual questions and special problems, placed close to the texts in question; Transliterations and translations of Hebrew and Greek words, enabling readers to understand even the more technical notes; A balanced and respectful approach toward marked differences of opinion.”
Posted by jokadlecek on Monday, November 15th 2010
Imagine using the works of Richard Dawkins (scientist), Kurt Vonnegut (novelist) and Tom Stoppard (playwright) in the same class. This semester in one of the new core classes, “Science and Literature,” Andrew Logemann, assistant professor of English, is doing just that—and using a range of other authors as well. He’s designed it to introduce students to “works of imaginative literature with scientific topics—such as poetry, plays, short stories and novels—and works of science which make use of literary elements—for example, treatises, popular science reporting, essays, and scientific autobiography.” Students are encouraged “to consider the relationships between scientific and literary communities, appreciate the creativity and imagination involved in science, and reflect on literature’s ability to critique and assess the role of science in culture.”
Logemann begins the course with C. P. Snow’s seminal lecture on the “Two Cultures” of science and literature and then takes students through an examination of science in culture from 1800 to the present. The course is divided into three major units: Science and Ethics, Science and the Meaning of Life, and Science and Reality. Each includes texts from several genres and raises questions about the philosophical, creative, and ethical dimensions of the authors and texts under consideration. It’s no science fiction class, but rather a course that investigates “science and literature as partners in the human effort to generate knowledge about the natural world.”
Posted by jokadlecek on Friday, November 12th 2010
Assistant Professor of French, Emmanuelle Vanborre, explores the works of Blanchot, Malraux and Camus in her new book Lectures blanchotiennes de Malraux et Camus, Vol. 180, released this past June in French by Peter Lang International Academic Publishers. The work is part of a series,Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures.
A synopsis of the book follows: “In this book, the author rereads, with a Blanchotian perspective, André Malraux and Albert Camus, often considered as existentialist writers. The author uses Blanchot’s analyses to study the notions of absence and death which are central to language and literature. The problematics of witnessing and of the relation to the other are also examined, as well as the links between literature and history. The author highlights certains aspects of Malraux’s and Camus’s writings which have often been left in the shadow and which tackle essential concepts on literature, writing and death.”
Or if you prefer, here is the synopsis in French: “Dans cet ouvrage, l’auteur entreprend de relire, avec une perspective blanchotienne, André Malraux et Albert Camus, souvent considérés comme des écrivains existentialistes. L’auteur utilise les analyses de Blanchot pour étudier les notions d’absence et de mort qui sont centrales au langage et à la littérature. Les problématiques du témoignage et du rapport à l’autre sont également examinées, ainsi que les liens entre la littérature et l’Histoire. L’auteur fait ainsi ressortir certains aspects des écrits de Malraux et Camus qui ont été laissés dans l’ombre par certains critiques et qui abordent des idées essentielles sur la littérature, l’écriture et la mort.”
Posted by jokadlecek on Thursday, November 11th 2010
Casey Cooper, assistant professor of accounting, economics and business, has begun recruiting students from throughout the CCCU for the inaugural summer session of the Nonprofit Management program. Open to both Gordon and non-Gordon students of all majors, the summer session is designed to bridge the gap for students with a passion to serve but who need to develop the necessary knowledge base, management tools and skills to help nonprofits succeed. Only 30 students will be selected for the program and required to take three courses over a 10-week session from May 23-July 29, 2011. In addition to academic credit, they will also earn a certificate in Nonprofit Management. Early notification for applicants is November 30. Cooper—along with Professor Ted Wood—launched the Center for Nonprofit Organization Studies and Philanthropy in 2008. The Nonprofit Session is the first summer program sponsored by the Center.
Posted by jokadlecek on Wednesday, November 10th 2010
By R. Judson Carlberg, President of Gordon College (Pictured here as a college student beside the flag, holding microphone.)
On November 8, 1960, John F. Kennedy was swept into office in a tight race with Richard Nixon. Fifty years later it seems the news media can’t get enough of this nostalgic story. Little wonder: it had major repercussions for the state of political life in the United States.
Like our elections last week, the pendulum swung in Washington and around the country as the party out of power suddenly gained strength and a new voice. I was there – kind of.
I was an undergraduate student at a college in the Midwest, and one of my extra-curricular roles was to serve as the news director for WETN, the college radio station. During the days before the election I had the opportunity to cover both candidates as they made campaign swings though northern Illinois. Then Vice President Nixon was invited to our campus in the Republican stronghold of Dupage County, and as this photo shows, I covered the event while the vice president ascended the stairs to give his stump speech. From the crowd that day and with the enthusiasm for his candidacy, there was little doubt in my mind that Nixon would make a strong showing on Election Day.
Then I learned that Senator Kennedy from Massachusetts was also coming to our area, not to our campus but to a small high school gymnasium several miles away. As any good reporter would do, I tried to find out why he wasn’t invited to our community as a show of impartiality.
Posted by jokadlecek on Tuesday, November 9th 2010
During Faculty Forum, Wednesday Nov. 10, 4:30 pm, Jenks Library, Tanja Butler, associate professor of visual arts, will present a talk on: “The Hospitality of God: An Artist’s Analysis of Devotional Imagery.”
To see selected work from Tanja’s portfolio, click on the picture to the right.
Based on recent interviews with numerous evangelical leaders across the country, Ruth Melkonian-Hoover, assistant professor of political studies, discusses the position of evangelicals in the debate on immigration reform:
On Monday, November 2, Associate Professor of History Steve Alter joined other Gordon faculty members in a cross-disciplinary panel discussion about the Tea Party movement. The event—sponsored by the Jerusalem and Athens Forum—was held the day before the midterm elections, with over a hundred students, faculty and community members attending. The following is an excerpt from Alter’s remarks:
The Tea Party is often described as a “populist” phenomenon, and so it will be helpful to define this term. First there is populism with a lower-case ‘p’, the generic kind of populism that has become a constant factor in American political life. This term describes a protest against powerful (and perhaps corrupt) elites who supposedly are out of touch with the concerns of everyday people. It reflects a call for a return to grass-roots democracy in which the common people regain their voice.
In this sense, populism is a return to what American politics is supposed to be all about. Not surprisingly, certain movements or political candidates routinely seek to portray themselves as populist in character, even if they don’t actually use that label. The concept is admittedly vague; sometimes it’s a matter of style as much as substance. To some extent, presenting the image of oneself as “regular folks” is a necessity for political success in this country. Still, when we use the term populist it usually denotes this principle: a commitment to giving voice and economic fairness to the people as a whole.
Andrew Jackson, a true man of the people, was America’s prototypical populist leader. Jackson is also remembered for setting a populist tone for the Democratic Party as a whole, seen in its ongoing appeal to farmers and labor unions. A more recent individual example would be Huey Long, the outspoken Louisiana politician from the Great Depression of the 1930s. In Long’s case we should note that a populist can be “redneck” in style yet radical in the economic policies he advocates.
Then there is Populism with a capital P, the name of a social and political movement active in the 1890s.
Norman Jones, professor of theatre arts, will lead a trip of Gordon students to Great Britain August 2-17 to attend the largest theatre festival in the world.
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David Lee, department chair of 3-2 engineering department and professor of physics, will serve as President and CTO of Glassimetal Technology Inc., a startup focused on commercializing novel amorphous metal alloys and processing techniques. Lee is working at Glassimetal in Pasadena, CA, until July 2013.
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Mosies Park, assistant professor of Spanish, will present the paper, "La doctrina (Marilyn) Monroe y la mirada del soldado colombiano en Mambrú de R.H. Moreno-Durán" at the Colombianist Association Conference in Weston, MA, July 10-13.
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James Zingarelli, professor of visual arts, will teach at the Salzburg Summer Institute, July 8-August 12.
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David Aiken, professor of philosophy, will lead workshops on Bernard Lonergan's important work Insight, at the annual Lonergan Workshop. He will present and lead discussion on topics of interest to participants. Boston College, June 17-21.
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Sybil Coleman, professor of social work, will attend the annual conference of the National Association of Social Workers, on "Building Resilience: Weaving Policy and Practice," in St. Paul, MN, June 6-7.
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Elaine Phillips, professor of biblical studies, will present her paper “'The Prayer of the Upright': Confession, Accusation, and Intercession in Wisdom Literature Prayers” at the Christian Scholars' Conference in Nashville, TN, June 6-8.
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James Zingarelli, professor of visual arts, will teach a carving and marble class in Vermont, June 17-21.
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Suzanne Phillips, professor of psychology, attends the Society for Community Research and Action biennial meeting. She is organizing a poster session on experiential learning, facilitating a meeting on a proposal that is before the American Psychological Association, to promote self-help and mutual support groups, and chairing a roundtable discussion on the use of geographic information systems in community psychology research. Miami, FL, June 26-29.
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Stephen Smith, professor of economics and business, will lead Gordon's China Seminar, traveling with students to meet business leaders in Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, May 24-June 11.
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Mosies Park, assistant professor of Spanish, will present his paper, "Re Orienting Latin American Liberation Theology" at the LASA (Latin American Studies Association) Conference in Washington, D.C., May 29-June 1, 2013 .
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Roger Green, professor and chair of biblical studies and Christian ministries, will lead Gordon College's 17th Holy Land Pilgrimage to Israel May 26-June 7.
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Tal Howard, professor of history, will give a presentation at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study workshop on "Comparative Secularization in Europe and North America: New Directions" in Cambridge, MA, May 3-5.
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Irv Levy, professor of chemistry and computer science, travels to New Orleans with students and faculty to the American Chemical Society national meeting, serving as organizer of the program for chemical education that includes 1,600 presentations over a five day period, beginning April 8.
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Ruth Melkonian-Hoover, associate professor of political science, will present her paper "Drivers of White Evangelical Opinion on Comprehensive Immigration Reform" and chair a session entitled "Immigration, Ingroup, and Outgroup Attitudes" at the Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago, IL, April 11-14.
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Tal Howard, professor of history, presents a keynote lecture, entitled "Theological Roots of the Secular University", at the Religion and the Idea of the Research University conference in Cambridge, UK, April 3-5.
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Gregor Thuswaldner, associate professor of German and linguistics and co-director of the Salzburg Institute, presents his paper on "'Cultivating Humanity' in Austria: A Study Abroad Program as a Potential Think Tank for Students” at the conference Education Abroad Programs in German-Speaking Europe in an Age of Globalization and Virtuality at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, March 21-24.
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Emmanuelle Vanborre, assistant professor of French, presents her paper on teaching Francophone Caribbean culture in the language classroom, "Métissages culturels dans les Antilles francophones" at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Baltimore, MD, March 9. Later in March she will chair a roundtable session called "Haiti after the Earthquake: the Shape, Role and Power of Writing" at the Northeast Modern Language Association in Boston, MA, March 21-24.
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Mosies Park, assistant professor of Spanish, will be attending NEMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) Conference in Boston, MA March 21-23, where he will be Co-Chairing the Panel "Trauma and the Body", presenting the paper "Tony Manero (2008)- Fantasizing Disco Stardom During the Chilean State of Exception."
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Pilar Pérez Serrano, assistant professor of Spanish, will present her paper "Juana la Loca: Historia, memoria e identidad en el teatro de María Jesús Romero," and with Moisés Park, assistant professor of Spanish, will co-chair a panel session on "Trauma and the Body: Witnessing Violence in Contemporary Literature" at the North East Modern Language Association convention in Boston, MA, March 21-24.
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Irv Levy, professor of chemistry and computer science, will be traveling with six students to EPA Headquarters to work on a joint project with the EPC's Green Chemistry office, in Washington, D.C., March 8.
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Jonathan Gerber, assistant professor of psychology, will present his research on "coolness" at the Eastern Psychological Association meeting in New York City, March 9-11.
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David Lee, department chair of 3-2 engineering department and professor of physics, will attend the 142nd annual Minerals, Metals and Materials Society in San Antonio, Texas, where he will be presenting research results, March 3-7.
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Irv Levy, professor of chemistry and computer science, will travel to to Punxsutawney, PA, February 2 for Groundhog Day celebration and the eating of the 10-year old Twinkie with alumni.
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Graeme Bird, associate professor of linguistics and classics, is attending a workshop on Greek papyrus as part of the Logos at Baylor program in Waco, TX, January 30-February 1.
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Dorothy Boorse, professor of biology, will participate in a planning retreat for the Academy of Evangelical Scientists and Ethicists (AESE) along with members from other organizations for environmental stewardship in Washington, D.C., January 10-12.
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Jennifer Hevelone-Harper, professor of history, will chair a session on "Reading and Community in Syriac Christianity" at the American Historical Association annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 3-6.
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Paul Borthwick, adjunct professor of biblical studies and Christian ministries, will present two workshops at Urbana 2012 global missions conference in St. Louis, Missouri, December 27-31.
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Janis Flint-Ferguson, professor of education, will present a paper on "The Use of Field Trips in LIterature" at the National Council of Teachers of English conference, November 19-21, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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David Rox, professor of music, will represent Gordon College at the National Association of Schools of Music Annual Conference, November 17-20, in San Diego, California.
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Mark Cannister, professor of Christian ministries, will attend the National Youth Workers Convention, along with his Future of Youth Ministries class, November 16-18 in Dallas, TX.
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Stephen Smith, professor of economics and business, will present his co-authored paper, "Export Prices of Indian Firms: An Examination of Market and Firm Characteristics" at the Southern Economics Association meetings, November 16-18, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Leasa Lutes, professor of Spanish, will present a talk entitled, "The 'Other' Through the Latin-American Lens" at the Cinema Special Interest Group (for which she is the vice-chair) during the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language national conference, November 15-18, in Philadelphia, PA.
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Roger Green, professor of biblical studies and Christian ministries, will attend the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature annual conference November 16-20, in Chicago, IL.
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Dorothy Boorse, professor of biology, will speak at First Baptist Church on Creation Care and Christianity, November 15, in Rockport, MA.
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Paul Brink, associate professor of political science, will give the keynote address “The Word of God in the City of Man” at the 2012 Zylstra Symposium on Politics and Culture held at Redeemer University College, November 13-14 in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada.
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Valerie Gin, professor and chair of recreation and leisure studies, will facilitate a panel discussion on theology and sport at the International Sport Coalition's annual meetings November 12-16, in Orlando, FL.