Karen Andrews (San Francisco Urban program) received training in the research and mapping of high-probability locations for human trafficking. She will join the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking, a community-based organization of service providers and others concerned about victims of human trafficking, working with the Human Rights Council, Department on the Status of Women, and other anti-trafficking task forces as part of the Not For Sale Campaign.
Dinora Cardoso (modern languages) served on the organizing committee for the Asociación de Humanidades Hispánicas (Association of Hispanic Humanities) in Seville, Spain, June 24-27. The theme of the conference was “El Español: Integrador de Culturas.” She also presided over the session “Imagen y palabra” (Image and Word) and presented “Somewhere Between Word and Image, or Surrealist Praxis, in Cazadora de Astros by Zoé Valdés.”
Alister Chapman (history) contributed an article, “Evangelical International Relations in the Post-Colonial World: The Lausanne Movement and the Challenge of Diversity, 1974-89,” to Missiology (Vol. 37, No. 3, July 2009).
Philip Ficsor (violin) presented a concert in October with composer Emma Lou Diemer featuring selections from their yet-to-be-released album, “Summer Day.”
Robert H. Gundry (scholar in residence and professor emeritus of New Testament and Greek) reviewed “The Existential Jesus” by John Carroll for the September/ October 2009 issue of Books & Culture.
Wayne Iba (mathematics and computer science) gave the keynote address, “Simulated Worlds, Creatures and Creators,” in July at the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies Symposium on Intelligent Design and Artificial Intelligence: The Ghost in the Machine? in Pasadena, Calif. He presented the Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi lecture at Westmont in October, “Artificial Intelligence as Window into Service.”
Tremper Longman III, Robert Gundry professor of biblical studies, has written a new book, “How to Read Exodus” (IVP Academic). He worked with Westmont alumni Mark Strauss ’82 and Dan Taylor ’70 to produce “The Expanded Bible: New Testament” (Thomas Nelson).
Mark Nelson (philosophy) presented “A Problem for Conservatism” at the Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Conference at the University of Leeds, U.K., in June. The paper will be published in the British philosophical journal Analysis. Mind, a British philosophical journal, has accepted his paper “We Have No Positive Epistemic Duties” for publication, and he presented it at a work-shop, The Normativity of Belief and Epistemic Agency, at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in October.
David Newton (economics and business) spoke at two sessions for the EC-10 Conference in September on his area of expertise, “Why All Roads Lead to the Business Model.” For the sixth consecutive year, he has been named a Master Teacher of Entrepreneurship, which consists of 20 faculty selected nationwide. Newton was appointed as a board of directors member to The Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge. In this position, he will provide leadership in two new initiatives for the foundation nationwide in entrepreneurship education and new venture development. The foundation, formed after World War II, strives to promote historic values of American freedoms through educational programs and scholarships.
Helen Rhee (religious studies) participated in the Colloquium on Material Culture and Ancient Religion in Rome, Ostia and Pompeii, Italy, in July and presented the paper, “Construction of Social Realities through the Christian Catacombs.” In May, Rhee gave the paper “Divine Judgment and Acts of Charity as Acts of Justice in Pre-Constantine Christian Texts” at the North American Patristic Society’s Annual Meeting in Chicago. She also delivered two sermons at Hana Church in Buena Park, Calif., “I Am Convinced!” (Rom 8.31-39) in June and “Our Ultimate Hope, Our Ultimate Future” (Rev 20.11-14; 21.1-8) in July.
Steve Rogers (psychology) delivered two presentations addressing the changes in depression that occur with age and the relationship between visual organizational strategy and cognitive impairment among older adults in June at the American Academy of Neuroscience Convention. In August, Rogers, along with two students, gave two presentations at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention which examined age-related differences in depression among older adults with normal aging, as well as the impact of gender and cognitive impairment on visuospatial performance among older adults. At the annual UC Los Angeles Conference on Aging, he and a student spoke on the impact of marital status on verbal memory among older adults.
Jeff Schloss (biology) gave a talk on “Evolutionary Biology and the Question of Altruism” at a conference on Science, Philosophy, and Belief at Peking University, Beijing, China. He published the essay, “Totally! If you’re a Martian,” in “Does Evolution Explain Human Nature.” Schloss participated in an interview on science, religion, and human uniqueness with primatologist Frans deWaal on Bloggerheads TV and he was an invited discussant at workshops exploring aspects of biology and biblical faith at The Trinity Forum in Washington D.C., Emory University Center for Law and Religion, and a forum in Istanbul that brings together Christian and Islamic scholars. He is currently in residence at University of Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion.
Greg Spencer (communication studies) gave the Westmont 2009 Baccalaureate address, “A Generous Conclusion.”
Jim Taylor (philosophy) contributed an entry to the forthcoming Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy titled, “The New Atheists.” He also reviewed the book, “Rationalism, Platonism and God,” edited by Michael Ayers that will be published in The Philosophical Quarterly.
Garrison Keillor read a poem by Paul Willis (English) on the NPR program The Writer’s Almanac on July 26, 2009. The poem, “Common Ground,” is included in Willis’s recent book, “Visiting Home.”