Two foundations award $150,000 to Fairfield University for interactive computerized classroom Two celebrated Arab-American poets to read at Fairfield University as part of "The Arab-American Experience Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern to lecture, receive honorary degree at Fairfield University William Pitt Foundation grant to support Fairfield University Community Scholars Program Miriam Gogol joins Fairfield University as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences Fairfield resident named associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University The Bacon Brothers take the stage at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Civil Rights Attorney Abdeen Jabara to speak as part of Arab-American Experience series at Fairfield University "Live Lit!" debuts at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Spine-tingling tales of horror kick off series of radio dramas at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Expert in European-Asian cultural exchange to speak at Fairfield University
The Booth Ferris Foundation, located in New York City, has awarded Fairfield University a grant of $100,000 and the George I. Alden Trust of Worcester, Mass., granted an additional $50,000 to establish the University's first Interactive Computerized Classroom for students. The grants enable Fairfield to continue incorporating technology into education and to increase student achievement.
The new Interactive Computerized Classroom will benefit the teaching of the humanities and the sciences and will provide students with access to a proven educational tool.
In the Interactive Computerized Classroom, an instructor will have the ability to send information directly to each of 25 students' computer screens and monitor the work each student produces at a workstation. The goal is to enable the professor to serve as a mentor while the student takes an active role in the learning process. In a physics class, for example, the new technology would enable a student to complete complicated equations at an individual computer and with the help of the professor, the student's findings could be transmitted to a large screen in front of the classroom for discussion. During evening hours, when the room is not in use by a class, it will serve as a computer laboratory for students.
In the past year, Fairfield has continued to expand its multimedia and technological capabilities, upgraded its computer laboratories, hosted faculty training programs dealing with technology and appointed a director of academic computing and information services.
Thanking the Booth Ferris Foundation and the Alden Trust for their support, Frederic Wheeler, associate vice president for development, commented, "Technology has become vital to the learning process. It is important to emphasize how dedicated the faculty is to using technology in a manner that meet students' needs. The Booth Ferris Foundation's and Alden Trust's generous support of faculty training and development laid the groundwork for constructive change. A report by the U.S. Department of Education has found that students who use technology are challenged, engaged and more independent."
He added, "Fairfield's desire to develop an Interactive Computerized Classroom also is motivated by its responsibility to prepare students to become productive members of a society in which they must become comfortable with technological innovations if they are to remain competitive with their peers. One analysis shows that 60 percent of all jobs will require skills in computer or network use by the year 2000."
Dr. Robert Wall, academic vice president at Fairfield, explained that through multimedia technology, students benefit as complicated issues and topics are brought closer to them.
In one Religious Studies class, Prof. Alfred Benney has brought the views of the world's leading religious scholars into the classroom via computer. He previously interviewed them and transferred their comments to a CD-ROM that classes can view as the scholars respond to Dr. Benney's questions.
In the Philosophy Department, Dr. Curtis Naser is using the technology for his classes in Ethical Theories and in Bioethics. Using a large projection monitor, individual theories are presented diagrammatically for easier understanding. Dr. Naser has also introduced students to numerous sources via the World Wide Web, inspiring students to conduct their own research outside of the classroom.
In classes in Contemporary Moral Problems and in Religion and Public Policy, Dr. David Schmidt employs multimedia equipment to demonstrate visually the structure of moral arguments. Students and professors can type their arguments on issues. The students can then update the information to reflect class commentary which is represented on a screen, enabling the class to track complex discussions.
Still another use of technology enabled the Rev. Raymond Bucko, S.J. to serve as a visiting professor at Fairfield and to teach classes simultaneously via the Internet at LeMoyne College in Syracuse and at the University of Spain.
Posted on March 1, 1998
Poets D.H. Melhem and Nathalie Handal will read from their work and that of other Arab-American poets, including Khalil Gibran and Mikhail Nuaymah, on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Fairfield University. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Oak Room of the Barone Campus Center at 7:30 p.m.
The poetry reading is the first of four events planned for "The Arab-American Experience," a series considering the art, culture and politics of the Arab-American population. Fairfield University's Humanities Institute is sponsoring the events.
In her nearly 30-year career as a published writer, Melhem has written six books of poetry, a novel, a musical drama, a creative writing workbook and more than 50 essays and critical works. Her new collection, "Conversations with a Stonemason," (IKON, 2003) considers love, war, politics, nature, divorce and heritage, and contains a major cycle of four poems about the World Trade Center tragedy. In her most recent poems, Melhem's extraordinary range and depth is matched by her deep concern for social justice and peace.
"D.H. Melhem is one of our brilliant contemporary talents," acclaimed poet Gwendolyn Brooks has said. "As a writer she is serious, fervent, meticulous. She possesses one of the most remarkable minds of our time."
Born to Lebanese immigrants in Brooklyn, N.Y., Melhem began writing at age 8 and was class poet of her high school class. She holds a bachelor's degree at New York University, an M.A. from City College and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. She has served on the faculty of Long Island University and The New School for Social Research.
Melhem draws her poems from her own experiences and those of the world. Her early collections, "Notes on 94th Street" (The Poet's Press, 1972) and "Children of the House Afire," (Dovetail Press, 1976) were both inspired by her life on Manhattan's Upper West Side, while her most recent works include musings on the nature of marriage, the life of an Ethiopian child and travels in Switzerland.
As a scholar, Melhem has published several critical works, including "Heroism in the New Black Poetry" (UPK, 1990), which won an American Book Award in 1991. She is a member of many literary organizations and is the vice-president of the International Women's Writing Guild.
Nathalie Handal has lived in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America and has traveled extensively in the Middle East. Those experiences color her work and her worldview. A poet, author, playwright, editor and literary researcher, she won the Pen Oakland/Josephine Miles Award as the editor of "The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology" (Interlink, 2000). The Bloomsbury Review called "The Poetry of Arab Women" a "highly-charged, stunning anthology."
Born to Palestinian parents of mixed religious background, Handal has long been interested in heritage and the perception of Arab-Americans. Her poem, "War" has been incorporated into a theater production, "Lost Recipes," a resistance piece that combines the voices of Arab-American and Jewish-American women writers. She is also represented in the recent anthology, "110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11."
Handal received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Simmons College and holds a MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College. She finished her post-graduate studies in English and Drama at the University of London. Handal, who teaches at Hunter College, has taught creative writing workshops worldwide and was chair of the Pushkin Club, London.
Published in several literary magazines, she wrote a collection of poems, "The NeverField," (The Post-Apollo Press, 1999) and created "Traveling Rooms" (ASC Records, 1999), a CD of her poetry set to improvisational music.
"The Arab-American Experience" at Fairfield University also includes the following events: a lecture by civil rights attorney Abdeen Jabara, Oct. 2; a concert by Simon Shaheen and members of Qantara, Oct. 16; and a screening of the film, "Caught in the Crossfire," Nov. 13. All events are free and will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Oak Room.
Posted on September 3, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 43
Bertie Ahern, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland, will deliver the annual William and Mary Stack Lecture in Irish History and Culture at Fairfield University on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. Ahern, who will also receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, will present "Ireland Today: Building on Peace" at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
Ahern, the tenth Taoiseach of Ireland, has had a 30-year career in politics and government. As his country's leader, he has been instrumental in the difficult peace process in Northern Ireland, playing an important role in the 1998 Good Friday Accord and in the modernization of the Irish economy.
"It is a particular honor to have Mr. Ahern deliver the Stack Lecture since he has played and continues to play such an important and constructive role in the peace process," said William M. Stack of New Canaan, who established the program in memory of his father and to honor his mother.
Born in 1951, Ahern was brought up in a working-class Dublin suburb by two politically minded parents. His father fought in the war of independence and then became a staunch leader of Fianna Fáil, the party now led by his son. His mother, who was raised in Cork, ran his constituency office for several years.
Ahern and his brother Noel, both members of the Irish Parliament, the Dáil, shared their parents' interest in politics. After studying accounting at University College, Dublin, Bertie Ahern was elected to the Dáil in 1977 and he has represented Dublin Central since 1981. Ahern was a member of the Dublin City Council from 1978 to 1988, serving as Lord Mayor in 1986-87.
Ahern has held many important positions in both his party and in national government. He served as Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach, Minister of Labour, Minister of Finance, and Deputy Prime Minister before being elected Taoiseach in 1997. In 2002, Ahern was re-elected following a general election that saw his party return to power in coalition with the Progressive Democrats. It was the first time an outgoing government was re-elected since 1969.
Along with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Ahern has been a tireless worker in the ongoing struggle for peace in Northern Ireland. In 1998, the two prime ministers, political leaders in Northern Ireland and U.S. President Bill Clinton, played a major role in producing the Good Friday Accord, an attempt to stabilize the region. Ahern encouraged Nationalist and Republican leaders in the North to engage in the peace process and, in a show of good faith to Unionists and Loyalists, he convinced voters in the Republic of Ireland to give up the constitutional claim to Northern Ireland.
Since 1998, Ahern has worked to give effect to all of the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement and to overcome the problems that have arisen in implementing some aspects of this hugely ambitious and far-reaching Accord.
Ahern and his government have a remarkable record of success in developing the Irish economy. In recent years Ireland has registered the highest levels of economic growth in the European Union. Ahern has been a strong advocate of Ireland's unique partnership agreements between the government and key stakeholders in Ireland, including unions and employers organizations. These partnership agreements have made a significant contribution to Ireland's economic success.
This summer, as Ireland hosted the 2003 Special Olympics World Games, Ahern announced new legislative, educational and financial support for people with disabilities.
Under Ahern's guidance Ireland is playing a significant role in providing assistance to developing countries. In August, he and U2 frontman Bono launched the Human Development Report 2003, a plan to tackle global poverty and aid poorer countries. The report pinpoints such problems as inadequate access to clean water, food shortages, rampant HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis and poor schools, healthcare and environmental issues. The United Nations Development Program issues the annual report and hopes to achieve its goals by 2015.
Ireland, under the leadership of Taoiseach Ahern, will take over the presidency of the European Union in January 2004.
The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To reserve seats, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on September 3, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 25
For the second year in a row, The William Pitt Foundation has awarded a grant to Fairfield University's Community Scholars program. The $45,000 gift will be used to support the education of the same four Bridgeport students who began their education under the grant last year.
The Community Partnership Scholars program was created to help reduce, and where possible, eliminate financial barriers confronting low-income students in select high schools who are academically prepared to attend college. The participating high schools include Bassick, Central, Harding and Kolbe-Cathedral in Bridgeport, and Mother Cabrini and Rice in New York.
Posted on September 8, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 46
The College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University will welcome a new member this month, as Miriam Sahatdjian Gogol, Ph.D., becomes an associate dean.
Prior to her arrival at Fairfield, Dr. Gogol was a full professor, chair and then assistant chair of the English and Speech Department at the SUNY/Fashion Institute of Technology.
"The University (Fairfield) is very different from the university I'm coming from, but it's all delightful, in part because of the Jesuit tradition. I have been introduced to so much information in so short a time - including a two-day seminar at Ignatian Residential College. Tim (Snyder) warned that I'll learn 15 new things a day and forget at least two. He's correct," Dr. Gogol said.
As an associate dean, Dr. Gogol will be in charge of advising students, adjusting programs, assisting students with special needs, handling issues of credit adjustment, and helping to coordinate the Fulbright program.
Dr. Gogol received her bachelor's degree with highest honors in English literature from the City College of New York. Following her graduation, she earned her Ph.D. at Columbia University, where she wrote her dissertation on American literary naturalism, focusing on author Theodore Dreiser, under the guidance of Sacvan Bercovitch, a renowned Americanist and Harvard professor. After years of study and publishing as a Dreiser scholar, Dr. Gogol co-founded the International Dreiser Society.
Two years ago, Dr. Gogol was awarded a Senior Fulbright Scholarship to teach advanced-level American Studies and Women's Studies seminars and courses and to present university wide faculty lectures at Ostrava University, the fourth largest university in the Czech Republic.
With more than 10 years experience in administrative roles, Dr. Gogol is very interested in both the international studies and Fulbright programs at Fairfield University.
"The College is thrilled that Dr. Gogol has decided to join the Fairfield community," said Dr. Timothy Law Snyder, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "Her breadth of experience, especially in international programs, melds well with her passions for scholarship, teaching, literature, administration, and academic life. She will be an asset to our school and mission."
Dr. Gogol now resides in Fairfield with her husband and two Springer Spaniels.
Posted on September 9, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 23
Fairfield resident Raymond Poincelot, Ph.D., a veteran biology professor at Fairfield University, has been named associate dean of the University's College of Arts and Sciences.
A faculty member since 1977, Dr. Poincelot has served as chairman of the biology department for 13 of the years he's been on campus and is the founder of the environmental science program. He has taught more than a dozen different courses.
Poincelot's first major project will be working with the Howard Hughes grant initiative, which could bring the University as much as $1.6 million for research in the sciences.
Dr. Poincelot is known for his dedication, intellect, fairness and support for the faculty and students, according to Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
"He has a rounded sense of the students, staff, faculty and administration that will help guide the College through the next few years," Dr. Snyder said.
Dr. Poincelot, author of five books, will hold his new post for two to three years. He will keep a foot in his field as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Sustainable Agriculture. He is a former associate agricultural biochemist with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven. He holds a bachelor's degree from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven and a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Posted on September 9, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 334
The Bacon Brothers, a rollicking band fronted by actor Kevin Bacon and his Emmy-winning brother, Michael, bring their unique blend of folk, rock, soul and country to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m.
From their debut performance as a duo in 1994, The Bacon Brothers have gained fans and wowed critics with three albums and sold-out concerts for appreciative audiences across the country. The brothers' soulful singing, broad lyrical palette and solid musicianship prove they're far more than a movie star's hobby.
"We knew there would be a certain amount of eye-rolling going on," Kevin Bacon told The New York Times. "It was inevitable. But the fact was we always played together. And we figured, look at the upside, people will come to the show because of the celebrity aspect, and then they'll hear great music and we've made a new fan. And that's just what happened."
Best known for star turns in the films "Apollo 13," "A Few Good Men" and "Footloose," Kevin Bacon grew up listening to his older brother's music in their Philadelphia home. The brothers sometimes played together, but, as a teen, Kevin decided to pursue acting rather than music. Married to actress Kyra Sedgwick, the younger Bacon has had a successful film and TV career, appearing in so many ensemble casts that his prolific career spawned the book and game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon."
Bacon's acting prowess has won him both fans and critical acclaim. He was voted Best Actor by the Broadcast Critics Association and received best supporting actor nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and the London Film Critics Circle for his role in "Murder in the First." He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his searing performance opposite Meryl Streep in "The River Wild."
Bacon throws his characteristic energy into his music as well. Influenced by James Taylor, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Clint Black and The Eagles, he is a lively but romantic vocalist who captivates audiences. Even critics aware of other less-than-stellar celebrity musical forays are pleasantly surprised by Bacon's formerly hidden talents.
"What he did do was clearly prove he is a gifted musical performer who takes his songwriting seriously," wrote Sarah Rodman of the Boston Herald.
After a musically diverse childhood, Michael Bacon joined the folk-rock group Good News, which toured extensively in the 1970s and recorded with Columbia Records. Moving to Nashville, Bacon recorded two solo albums and many artists, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Carlene Carter and Perry Como, recorded songs he wrote.
In 1985, Bacon, who holds a music degree from Lehman College, moved to New York City and began composing for film and television. He won an Emmy eight years later for his haunting score for the documentary "The Kennedys." Other accolades have followed, including an ACE Award nomination for "The Man Who Loved Sharks," and a Television Music Award and a Chicago International Film Festival Gold Plaque Award for "LBJ."
The Bacon brothers' first official collaboration came when Michael provided the score for Kevin's directorial debut, the Golden Globe and Ace Award winner "Losing Chase." In 1996, the duo releases its debut Bacon Brothers album, "Forosoco," a term they coined for their blend of folk, rock, soul and country. They've followed it up with "Getting There" and "Can't Complain."
The latest album shows the brothers broadening focus, running the gamut from the Motown-inspired "Heart Half Full" to the classical string arrangements found in "Paris" and "She is the Heart."
"For me this is the first time I intertwined my singer/songwriter life with 'legit' composition and orchestration," Michael Bacon has said of the album. "It was an absolute blast conducting the string orchestra for our own music."
He had high praise for his little brother, too.
"He is constantly finding hidden places of the soul and illuminating them with fresh light that reaches me and a lot of other people," he said. "It takes courage to do this but enormous talent to wrap these feelings into a beautiful or rockin' song."
Not that the brothers take themselves too seriously. At some shows, often with a little urging from the crowd, they'll launch into a campy version of the familiar theme from Kevin Bacon's dance film "Footloose." It's that kind of spontaneity and energy the film star says he loves about the band.
"One of the thrills we get is playing a place we've never been to before and seeing people singing along with our lyrics," he told the Chicago Sun-Times. "The music is really reaching people."
Tickets range from $25 to $35. For tickets, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on September 11, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 45
Noted civil rights Attorney Abdeen Jabara will deliver "The Civil Liberties of Muslims, Arabs and Arab-Americans" on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Fairfield University. The speech will take place in the Oak Room of the University's Barone Campus Center.
Jabara has long championed the cause of Arab-American civil rights. He was the founder and past president of the Association of Arab-American University Graduates and a president of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee.
While working as an attorney in Detroit, Mich., he successfully challenged the property ownership requirement for candidacy to public office. In the mid-1980s, he played a major role in exposing the American government's Operation Boulder program, a program begun in the 1960s that included surveillance, deportations and other incidents involving the Arab and Arab-American community in the United States.
Jabara received his law degree from Wayne State University. After working in Detroit for many years, he moved to New York City, where he continues to tackle civil rights cases.
Jabara's speech is part of The Arab-American Experience, a series of events taking place on campus this fall. Fairfield University's Humanities Institute, and the Women's Studies, English, History and American Studies departments are sponsors.
On Thursday, Oct. 16, Simon Shaheen and other Arab musicians will present an evening of Arab music.
The final event is a screening of the film "Caught in the Crossfire," which details how the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 changed the lives of three Arab-Americans. The film will be shown on Thursday, Nov. 13.
All events will begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place in the Oak Room. Admission is free. For more information, call Ralph Coury, Ph.D., professor of history, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2110.
Posted on September 12, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 54
Three of the America's finest short fiction authors will be featured in "Live Lit! - 20th-Century American Writers," on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The first in a series of three Sunday performances, the afternoon includes fine literature read by seasoned, professional actors preceded by afternoon tea at 2 p.m.
The afternoon begins with Philip Roth's "The Conversion of the Jews," in which a teenage boy challenges his Rabbi on the nature of God, bringing a shift in perspective to his community. It will be read by Drew Denbaum of Westport, a veteran writer, director and actor. Denbaum, who was nominated for a Best Actor Clio Award, has appeared in more than 30 television commercials and has had two plays, "Secrets" and "The Ways of Loving," produced in New York. He wrote and directed the film "Nickel Mountain," which is based on the John Gardner novel.
Barbara Rhoades of Weston will read "Glory in the Daytime" by Dorothy Parker. The story revolves around a woman who leaves the safety of her comfy life for an alluring new universe and draws some startling conclusions. Rhoades appeared on Broadway with Barbra Steisand in "Funny Girl" and starred in the films "Don't Just Stand There" with Mary Tyler Moore, "Shakiest Gun in the West" with Don Knotts, and "The Goodbye Girl" with Richard Dreyfus. She continues her work with many television guest appearances.
The third story, Flannery O'Connor's "A View of the Woods," focuses on a little girl, her grandfather, a plot of land and the ties that bind us together. James Noble of Norwalk will read the tale. Best known to television viewers as bumbling Gov. Gene Gatling in the 1980s hit sitcom "Benson," Noble lists among his credits the Broadway production of "1776," and film roles in "Being There" and "10."
The second "Live Lit!" afternoon takes place on Sunday, Nov. 9, and will feature three takes on fin-de-siecle marriage by Ivan Klima, Julian Barnes and Andrea Lee. On Sunday, Dec. 7, actors will read from icons of Russian literature, including Alexander Pushkin and Anton Chekhov. The event is part of the Quick Center's Russian Arts and Letters Festival.
The Quick Center enlisted Tess Link, an actress, writer and member of the Westport-based Theatre Artists Workshop, as director for its exciting new series.
All Live Lit! performances will take place in the Quick Center's Wien Experimental Theatre, a more intimate setting than the larger Kelley Auditorium. Single tickets are $10. A package of tickets for all three events is $24. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on September 15, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 14
The popular live radio drama series at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts begins its third season with a trio of spooky tales of horror on October 3 and 4. The three performances take place Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Quick Center's Wien Experimental Theater.
Directed by Daniel Smith of New Haven, the evening begins with "The Thing on the Fourble Board," an episode of "Quiet, Please," one of the most highly regarded shows in radio horror history. This episode is a haunting story of men drilling for oil and coming up with something unexpected - something that lives more than a mile underground.
Next up is "The Image," an episode from "The Witch's Tale." In this story, a scholar who specializes in folklore and the occult acquires an ancient relic made of human skin that was once believed to have evil powers. The third installment is "The Devil's Due" from the series "Lights Out." "Lights Out" was infamous in its time for its shocking stories and gruesome sound effects and this episode in no exception. The tale revolves around a rebellious teenager who goes astray on a school field trip to Paris. Before long, she finds herself held captive underground in the sewers, victim to a horrible man who has found a use for corpses he finds there.
All shows feature seasoned actors and live sound effects. Tickets are $15 each, or $36 for the series, which continues with shows in February and March. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on September 15, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 56
D.E. Mungello, Ph.D., a noted scholar in religious and cultural exchange between Europe and Asia, will deliver "Did Confucius Know How to Serve God?" on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Fairfield University's Barone Campus Center. The 7 p.m. talk is part of the Jesuits in Asia Lecture Series, sponsored by Fairfield University's Humanities Institute, the Nintur Foundation, and the International Studies and Asian Studies programs.
Dr. Mungello will consider the exchange of ideas between China and Europe in early modern history from 1500 through 1800 and how Jesuit missionaries were intermediaries in the process. A professor of history at Baylor University in Texas, he is recognized internationally as a scholar in the reception and assimilation of Confucianism in Europe and Christianity in Asia.
Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Dr. Mungello holds a bachelor's degree from George Washington University and both a master's degree in Asian Studies and doctorate in history from the University of California at Berkeley. He began his 37-year teaching career at Woodward School for Boys in Washington, D.C., following that with faculty appointments at Lingnan College in Hong Kong, Briarcliff College in New York, Universität Düsseldorf in Germany, and Coe College in Iowa. He began teaching at Baylor in 1994.
The recipient of numerous awards and grants for research in the United States, Europe and Asia, Dr. Mungello has written several books, including "Leibniz and Confucianism: The Search for Accord" (University of Hawaii Press) and "Curious Land: Jesuit Accommodation and the Origins of Sinology" (University of Hawaii Press). He is the founder, editor and publisher of "Sino-Western Cultural Relations Journal" and has written articles and book reviews in professional journals, The New York Times Book Review and Washington Post Book World.
He was director of the 1996 International Symposium on the History of Christianity in China, which was held in Hong Kong.
The Jesuits in Asia series celebrates the unique position the Society of Jesus had in exploring Asian culture and developing a mutual appreciation among artists, philosophers and priests in Europe and Asia. In early modern history, Jesuits represented Catholic Christianity in the courts of Asian kings and emperors, while attending to the needs of those seeking knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Returning home, the priests brought Europeans their first systematic understanding of Chinese literature, Islam in India, Hinduism and many religious and cultural ideas that helped shape the modern West.
Dr. Mungello's lecture, which will take place in the campus center's Oak Room, is free and open to the public.
Posted on September 15, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 55