Kathryn Stelmach Artuso (English) presented a paper, “Subalternatives to Paternalism in Margaret Mitchell’s ‘Gone with the Wind,’” at the Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature in March.
Grey Brothers (music) led the Westmont Chamber Singers in a performance at the Santa Barbara Presidio Chapel in March that featured a setting of the Passion by Spaniard Luis Coronado, a 17th century composer at the Mexico City Cathedral, which Brothers edited from a manuscript he found in the cathedral’s archives. In March he presented a session, “A Cappella Settings of Responsorial Passions by Hispanic Composers,” at the Western Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Tucson, Ariz.
Alister Chapman (history) is one of three editors of “Seeing Things Their Way: Intellectual History and the Return of Religion” (University of Notre Dame Press, 2009).
Mary Docter (Spanish) co-wrote a chapter with Laura Montgomery (anthropology) about Westmont in Mexico, “‘With Open Eyes’: Cultivating World Christians Through Intercultural Awareness,” in “Transformations at the Edge of the World: Forming Global Christians through the Study Abroad Experience.” Scott McClelland (director of the San Francisco Urban Program), Brad Berky (urban studies) and Karen Andrews (urban studies) co-wrote a chapter about the Urban Program.
Robert Gundry (scholar in residence and professor emeritus of New Testament and Greek) wrote an essay, “Jesus, the Halakic Jew,” reviewing John P. Meier’s “A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus”for the March/April issue of Books and Culture edited by alumnus John Wilson ’70.
Kim Kihlstrom (computer science) presented “From Ada to Zuse: A European Travel-Study Course on Technology” at the Third Annual Conference of the South-western Region of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges in March at California Lutheran University. She serves on the program committee for the conference and as the regional representative for the national board. She traveled to Milwaukee to attend the national CCSC board meeting and SIGCSE 2010: The 41st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education.
Tremper Longman III, Robert Gundry professor of biblical studies, co-wrote “Daniel: Faith Under Pressure,” for Zondervan’s Bringing the Bible to Life series. His article, “Isaiah 65:17-25,” appeared in the journal Interpretation in January 2010. He completed a DVD with Dan Allender, “Frustrations and False Gods: Living in a Fallen World,” hosted by Donald Miller, produced by Converge and released in November. In November, Longman spoke on “‘Of the Making of Many Commentaries…’: The Past, Present, and Future of a Genre” at The Institute of Biblical Research Annual Lecture in New Orleans. In January he gave two talks at Pepperdine University: “Challenging the Idols of the 21st Century: The Book of Ecclesiastes Speaks to Our Culture,” at The Frank Pack Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Program; and “Psalm 77” at convocation. The foreign edition “Israels Historie I Det Gamle Testamente” includes his study of the Persian Period (Danish, 2009), and a Korean edition of “Immanuel in Our Place,” was published in November 2009.
Allan Nishimura (chemistry) accompanied a student and an alumna in February to the 57th Annual Western Spectroscopy Association Conference in Pacific Grove, Calif. Wendi Hale ’09 presented “Evidence for Quenching of Methylnaphthalene Fluorescence by Cyclopentanone on Al2O3,” and Chrissy Binkley ’10 spoke on “Disubstitutional Effect on Naphthalene Fluorophores on Al2O3.”
Ray Paloutzian (scholar in residence and professor emeritus of psychology) presented “Publishing in the Psychology of Religion” at the American Psychological Association Division of the Psychology of Religion in Baltimore, Md., in April 2009 at a symposium with the editors of various journals. In October 2009, he gave the talk, “Psychology of Conversion as Transformation of a Meaning System,” at a symposium on the psychology of religious conversion. He also spoke on forgiveness and reconciliation as part of a series on peace psychology, “The Bullet and its Meaning: Forgiveness, Nonforgiveness, and Their Confrontation.”
Helen Rhee (religious studies) presented “The Authority and Function of Jewish Scripture in the Acts of Peter and the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies” at The Third International Colloquy on the Christian Apocryphal Literature, Strasbourg, France, in January. She presented “Social aequitas in Lactantius’ ‘Divine Institutes’” at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in New Orleans in November. She convened and led the Wabash Grant Workshop on publication, “Pedagogies for Civic Engagement,” in Montreal in November. In March she gave a lecture, “Wealth, Poverty, and Eschatology: Pre-Constantine Christian Social Thought and the Hope for the World to Come,” at the University of Georgia, Athens. She also gave a class lecture there, “Wealth and Poverty in the Synoptic Gospels through the Lens of the Gospel of Mark.”
Steve Rogers (psychology) presented five projects at the International Neuropsychology Convention in Acapulco, Mexico, in February with the help of two students. The projects included “The Impact of Marital Status on Memory Among Older Adults,” “Marital Status and Symptoms of Depression,” and “Does Anxiety Impact the Memory of Older Adults?”
Mitchell Thomas (theater arts) played the part of George Gibbs in the Westmont production of “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder, at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara in February and March. The play received a favorable review from the Santa Barbara Independent.
Nivaldo Tro (chemistry) released the second edition of his textbook, “Chemistry: A Molecular Approach.” The first edition has become the second most widely used book in college and university general chemistry courses.
David Vander Laan (philosophy) contributed an article, “A Relevance Constraint on Composition,” to the Australasian Journal of Philosophy.
Erlyne Whiteman (theater arts) co-presented a paper and performance with Curtis Whiteman (religious studies), “Perception, Performance and Possibility: Ways of Viewing Disability and Aging in the Academy,” at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in January. The presentation combined their research projects during their fall 2009 sabbaticals. Curtis worked on his “Theology of Disability” course, and Erlyne performed with Dance at the Top of the Hill, a group of Santa Barbara choreographers age 40 and over, in October 2009.
Paul Willis (English) and eight first-year students appeared in a Day of Discovery television program, “The Wonder of Creation: Wilderness.” The segment was filmed in the Los Padres National Forest and aired nationally in March.