The Provost’s Film Series returns for the spring semester with a set of five films that explore the theme of “The Outsiders.” Since 1999, Provost Mark Sargent has partnered with faculty members to produce 4-5 film-and-discussion nights each semester. Mixing a variety of genres around a semester- or year-long theme, the series has now shown more than 100 films representing 29 different countries.
This semester’s iteration will focus on those who, for different reasons, live on the fringes of the world around them. Below is the lineup for the spring semester as well as an introduction to the first film, Spider-Man 2, after the jump.
February 1: Spider-Man 2
discussion led by Toddy Burton, assistant professor of communication arts February 15: My Best Friend
discussion led by Emmanuelle Vanborre, assistant professor of French March 8: The Ghost Writer
discussion led by Mark Sargent, provost April 19: The Counterfeiters
discussion led by Daniel Johnson, associate professor of sociology May 11: Blade Runner
discussion led by Ian DeWeese-Boyd, associate professor of philosophy
Posted by jokadlecek on Tuesday, January 25th 2011
This coming weekend, Gordon’s departments of music and theatre arts will produce one of their biggest shows in recent history, “Pirates of Penzance.” The cast alone includes over 45 students—all of whom came back early from Christmas break to rehearse—but the story of its production, from creating costumes to building the set in the chapel, has particularly inspired the show’s (acting) director, JEFFREY S. MILLER, professor and chair of theatre arts. Here are his thoughts:
“Since about January 10, a substantial number of backstage crewmembers have been laboring many many hours a day (often 10 to 12) to produce the significant scenic elements and massive numbers of costumes that the show require. I wish people could have seen this shop in action. It was akin to a summer stock factory! Senior Amy Laing has been the student coordinating the costume crew and her help must number somewhere around 8 to 12. These are students who voluntarily came back to school to build costumes for the show – large numbers of them. The women in the show each have two costumes, a dress and night dress. Many of the pirates double as police. So the total is well over 100 costumes.
And that doesn’t even take into account the people, under the supervision of student Nathaniel Punches (and our department technical leader, Dawn Sarrouf), who have been building and painting the set, the scenic drop and creating/gathering props. All of this must be built, moved over to the chapel, installed (no one has seen a design in that space that comes close to what staff member and Gordon alumna Amber Primm has created – it will surprise!), coordinated, run and then dismantled by next Sunday at 7 PM. Nor does it account for the dinners that needed to be planned (with a goodly amount of food special needs), prepared and served before the food service opened on Jan 18. It has been a massive undertaking.
I know that I have never seen so many students work so hard for the love of learning and serving each other and their prospective audience in a creative artistic project, using their gifts joyfully and collaboratively, on our campus. It’s absolutely remarkable. And their example has moved me deeply. It builds my hope in for the future of the arts at Gordon.”
Posted by jerrylogan on Thursday, January 20th 2011
Aren’t athletics supposed to build character? The answer might be a bit more complex than most would assume. This past summer Valerie Gin, professor of recreation and leisure studies, presented her work on moral reasoning in sport at a conference hosted by Neumann University’s Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development. In line with other studies on the topic, Gin found that the moral reasoning of college athletes actually decreases over time, even at faith-based institutions. This decline may be due in part to the tension between sport world values and faith world values. At the conference, Gin presented her research on the positive effects of personal narratives and group discussions on the moral reasoning of college athletes. With a small pilot group, Gin had seen the value of storytelling as a means of reducing this moral tension, helping athletes to reflect upon the role and place of morality in their respective sports. Athletics can indeed build character, but without intentional measures to help athletes process and re-frame their experiences, the opposite is often true.
To join the dialogue on integrity in sports, visit Professor Gin’s website wired4sport.
Posted by jerrylogan on Thursday, January 13th 2011
The United Nations has adopted a resolution proclaiming 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC). At the end of January, Irv Levy, professor of chemistry and computer science, will attend the International Launch of the IYC at UNESCO World Headquarters in Paris. This two day event will feature speakers from more than a dozen nations addressing the UN’s resolution, which calls for national and international efforts to emphasize the importance of chemistry for sustainable development in all aspects of human life. Among the program’s speakers are a Nobel laureate, directors of research corporations, governmental administrators, scientists, educators, historians, and the granddaughter of Marie Curie. Beginning with the International Launch, the IYC will focus upon four goals throughout 2011:
* Increasing public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs
* Encouraging an interest in chemistry among young people
* Generating enthusiasm for the creative future of Chemistry
* Celebrating the achievements of Marie Curie and the contributions of women to chemistry
Posted by jokadlecek on Wednesday, December 22nd 2010
David Lee, professor of physics and pre-engineering (pictured here with some of his students’ festive works), inspired much merriment before the holidays with the 4th Annual Geekiest Ornament contest.
Students in his Introduction to Engineering class demonstrated their ornaments by hanging them up (or not) and turning them on (if applicable). Criteria for the contest entries were that they must: Fit inside a 6 x 6-inch box; Weigh less than 1 kg.; If using a power source or projectile, must not be dangerous; Be actually hangable on a Christmas tree.
None met the criteria though the efforts were more than creative.
“While designing within stated limits is an engineering maxim, strict adherence to the rules wasn’t the point this time,” said Lee. “This was intended as a fun way for first year engineering students to mark the end of the semester and the beginning of Christmas break.”
Posted by jokadlecek on Thursday, December 16th 2010
Last Tuesday, December 14, Tanja Butler, professor of art and painting, took her 13 students from Painting 1 to Harrington Elementary school in Lynn. Their final ‘exam’? To see their work displayed in the foyer of the school. Six Pillars of Character were the result of ongoing collaborations with the school, Gordon in Lynn partnerships, and other Gordon professors and classes. Writes Butler on the process: “I’ve been working with Jean Sbarra-Jones, our adjunct design professor, and Tim Ferguson-Sauder, creative director at Gordon and adjunct professor, to create banners and paintings for the Harrington Elementary School entrance hall. The pieces are designed to reinforce the character-building themes built into the school curriculum, and to add color, warmth, and energy to the entrance area.
My painting students worked with Jean’s communication arts department design students to develop the painting subjects and designs. The designs were then painted by the Painting I students, critiqued for further design development by the comm design students, and were completed by the painting class (by God’s grace!). Tim Ferguson-Sauder provided text banners to identify the character traits and present the school slogan.
Along with Val Buchanan of Gordon In Lynn and Gordon’s Center for Community Engagement, we installed the paintings on Friday and had the official unveiling on Tuesday with our students and members of the Harrington community. We’re so grateful that the Harrington School has said, ‘our walls are open; use your gifts to invest in the next generation.’”
Posted by jerrylogan on Tuesday, December 14th 2010
David L. Mathewson, associate professor of Biblical studies, recently published his work on Greek verb tenses in “Revelation.” The book, entitled Verbal Aspect in the Book of Revelation: The Function of Greek Verb Tenses in John’s Apocalypse, is the fourth volume in Brill’s Linguistic Biblical Studies series. Below, a summary of Mathewson’s volume is followed by a description of the series from the publisher:
“The book of Revelation is well-known for its grammatical infelicities. More specifically, Revelation exhibits apparently ‘odd’ use of Greek verb tenses. Most attemtps to describe this ‘odd’ use of verb tenses start with the assumption that Greek verb tenses are primarily temporal in meaning. In order to explain Revelation’s apparent violation of these temporal values, scholars have proposed some level of semitic influence from the Hebrew tense system as making sense of this ‘odd’ use of tenses. However, recent research into verbal aspect, which calls into question this temporal orientation, and suggests that Greek verb tenses grammaticalize aspect and not time, has opened up new avenues for explaining the Greek verb tense usage in Revelation. This book applies verbal aspect theory to tense usage in Revelation and focuses on how the tenses, as communicating verbal aspect, function within sections of Revelation.”
Posted by jokadlecek on Thursday, December 9th 2010
Provost Mark Sargent offers a personal and stirring reflection here for the Christmas season. (Photo: Arlyne Van Dam Sargent on Christmas Day 1986, in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.)
Growing up in Southern California, I never dreamt of a white Christmas. The best we could hope for was fog. Every few years an early morning cloud layer would seep inland from the coast on Christmas, bringing a small dose of Dickens into suburban Los Angeles. As children, we were even happy for the rain, especially when it flooded the street gutters and allowed us to race the small homemade boats that we occasionally got as gifts.
Only a fraction—usually about eight percent—of the world’s people will see the snow fall on Christmas. More often, the holiday is celebrated under balmy skies. Lights are strung over banyan trees in Thailand and along palm-bordered marinas in Singapore. Papai Noel—or Father Christmas—wears silk to survive the Brazilian sun. For many African families living on the Indian Sea, a white Christmas is a barbeque on the bleached sands of Diani or the Seychelles.
Jesus, for all we know, was born on a sultry night. Many scholars place the birth in late spring or summer, when an evening on the West Bank would be warm enough for shepherds to watch all night in their fields. Even in December, Bethlehem nights are cool but still temperate, perhaps even slightly humid.
I thought of the Christmas sun recently when watching Catherine Hardwicke’s film The Nativity Story.
Posted by jokadlecek on Thursday, December 2nd 2010
After researching scores of letters, biographies and works by Nathaniel Hawthorne to create his one man show as Hawthorne himself, Norm Jones, associate professor of theatre arts, has now taken on John Newton. Newton, the one time slave trader whose Christian conversion led him to pen the famous hymn, “Amazing Grace”, has given Jones plenty to work with for a dramatic re-telling of his life. Tomorrow, December 3, in Gordon’s convocation, Jones and a cast of student actors will present a dramatic dialogue on the life of Newton.
David Wick, professor of history, is on a team coordinating the Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World in Athens, Greece, Jan. 3-6.
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Stephen Smith, professor of economics, attends the Allied Social Science Associations annual meetings in Philadelphia, PA, Jan. 3-5.
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James Trent, professor of sociology and social work, will be chairing a session at the American Historical Association, Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., entitled: “Rehabilitating the Fin de Siècle: Masculinity and Disability in Comparative Perspective,” Jan. 3.
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Roger Green, professor of biblical studies, Steve Hunt, professor of biblical studies, Daniel Darko, associate professor of biblical studies, and Ute Possekel, adjunct professor of history, attend the American Academy of Religion conference in Baltimore, MD. Darko will preside over a session on Identity Formation in the Pauline Letters; Possekel presents her paper "The Gospel of Mark in Syriac Christianity"; Hunt will release his new book on the Gospel of John. Nov. 23-26.
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Chad Stutz, assistant professor of English, will present his paper "More modern than modernists’: Progressive Antimodernism in the Apocalyptic Fiction of Robert Hugh Benson" at the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States in Portland, OR, Nov. 14-16.
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Mark Cannister, professor of Christian ministries, and Bob Whittet, associate professor of Christian Ministries and director of church relations, will attend the Association of Youth Ministry Educators conference in Chicago, IL, Oct. 18-21.
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Kent Seibert and Andy Moore, professor and associate professor of economics and business, attend the annual meeting of the Christian Business Faculty Association in Bourbonnais, IL, Oct. 17-19.
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Bruce Herman, professor of art and Lothlorien Distinguished Chair in Fine Arts, will be speaking at the International Arts Movement conference in New York City, "Inhabit Art in Space and Time, Oct. 3-5.
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Stephen Smith, professor of economics, visits the Millennium Challenge Corporation consultation on how his research can assist their evaluation of the impact of roads on economic development. Washington, D.C., Aug. 28-29.
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Jennifer Hevelone-Harper, professor of history, will give a lecture entitled, "What was the Role of Monastic Communities?" at the Free Lecture Series of the Green Scholars Initiative in Colorado Springs, CO, Aug. 20.
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David Wick, professor of history, attends the Athens Institute for Education and Research conference and presents his paper "Julius Caesar as Jekyll and Hyde: An Exploratory Look at the Moments after the Rubicon." Athens, Jul. 29-Aug. 1.
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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.