Posted by jerrylogan on Tuesday, November 30th 2010
Lauren Swayne Barthold, associate professor of philosophy, recently published her work on the German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer, entitled Gadamer’s Dialectical Hermeneutics. The publisher, Lexington Press, describes the unique value of Barthold’s work as follows:
“Gadamer’s Dialectical Hermeneutics contributes to the growing literature that takes seriously the significance of Plato for Gadamer’s hermeneutics. What distinguishes this book is the way in which Lauren Swayne Barthold argues for a dialectic central to Gadamer’s hermeneutics, one that recalls the Platonic chorismos, or separation, between the transcendent and sensory realms. Barthold demonstrates that Gadamer, too, insisted on the ‘in-between’ nature of human understanding as characterized by Hermes: we are finite beings always striving for infinity—that which lies beyond being.
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:
James Trent, professor of social work, will speak at the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton, Mass, for a two-day cross-disciplinary colloquium entitled “Excavating the Image.” Trent will speak on a painting in the museum’s collection, “The Belchertown State School” by the artist Randall Deihl, Jan. 9.
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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 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.