Dr. Yu publishes book review in Sociology of Religion

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Monday January 4, 2016

Dr. K. Kale Yu, Assistant Professor of History, published a book review in the Sociology of Religion. The Spirit Moves West: Korean Missionaries in America (Oxford Univ. Press, 2015), written by Rebecca Kim, examines the interesting fact that the United States has received more Christian missionaries in 2010 than any other country in the world. Specifically, Kim analyzes the missionary movement of the University Bible Fellowship (UBF), the largest non-denominational missionary-sending agency in South Korea. In this insightful study that intertwines theological, missiological, and geo-political perspectives, Kim highlights historic ties between South Korea and the United States as the primary framework to understand the “reverse missions” phenomenon. 

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Dr. Yu completed his Ph.D. from Columbia University, M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and B.A. from Clark University. He also received the 2015 Arts & Sciences Special recognition for his scholarship during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Dr. Lux delivers paper at University of Paderborn

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Wednesday December 2, 2015

Dr. Elaine Lux, Professor of English, presented an academic paper at an international, interdisciplinary conference held at the University of Paderborn, in Paderborn, Germany, from November 12-14, 2015. Her paper, “Narrativity in Dementia, through Fiction: Alice Munro’s “The Bear Came over the Mountain,” Elie Wiesel’s The Forgotten, and Lisa Genova’s Still Alice,” examined three variegated literary treatments of dementia.

Through preparing for and attending this fascinating conference on the theme of Dementia and Subjectivity: Aesthetic, Literary and Philosophical Perspective, Dr. Lux states,

"I discovered a new field of interest for my scholarly work. In addition, I was enriched by the international atmosphere, by hearing others’ papers, by being in dialogue with others, and by my own research and writing on the topic. For me, writing to discover and engaging in dialogue are important ways to learn, grow, and remain vital in my teaching and professional life.”

She concluded her paper in this way:

“These and other fictional works allow us to experience what is termed katabasis in classical heroic journeys, a descent to the underworld, into the darkness. In myth, the protagonist who takes such a journey is enriched. I suggest that we, too, are enriched in reading these works. They help us to face our own fear of the unknowns in our life, our own human vulnerability. They enrich and stretch us and give us, at least vicariously, the ability to have empathy for those who suffer severe memory loss. Above all, they challenge our sense that our identity is defined by our ability to have a narrative self.”

Dr. Lux received her Ph.D from The Union Institute, M.A. from University of Pennsylvania, and B.A. from Queens College. She also received the 2015 Arts and Sciences Professor of the Year award.

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Dr. Danaher publishes article on conceptual understanding of faith

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Thursday November 26, 2015

Dr. James Danaher, Professor of Philosophy, publishes "A Second Innocence,” in Oneing: An Alternative Orthodoxy, a bi-annual literary journal of the Rohr Institute.

About is essay, Dr. Danaher explains,

“In the innocence of childhood we were taught how to conceptualize the world through language acquisition and acculturation. We offered little resistance and came to see the world as we were taught to see it. Jesus, however, sees a very different world and wants us to see it as well, but in order to do that we need to enter a second innocence in which Jesus alone instructs us concerning his divine perspective. What so often keeps us from that second innocence is the belief that we already have Jesus’ perspective because we were raised in a Christian culture; that is, we imagine that we already have Jesus' conceptual understanding of things like faith, righteousness, justice, love, sin, and law. If we seriously consider the things that Jesus says, however, it should be obvious that Jesus’ conceptual understanding is radically different from our own no matter how ‘Christian’ we consider our culture to be.”

Dr. Danaher completed his Ph.D., M.Phil from City University of New York, M.A. New School, M.A. Montclair State University and B.A. Ramapo College. He also received the 2011 Arts and Sciences Scholar of the Year.

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Dr. Romaine facilitates Art for Advent series

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Monday November 23, 2015

Art For Advent videos, by Nyack College art historian Dr. James Romaine will be posted on each Sunday in advent. These videos feature visually beautiful and spiritually powerful paintings of the annunciation by Renaissance artists Fra Angelico, Fra Filippo Lippi, Sandro Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci. To watch Art For Advent, visit Seeing Art History on YouTube. This advent season, make the visual arts a part your spiritual meditation on what the blessings of Christmas mean for you.

For a preview of Art For Advent: youtu.be/kYALLwTCl58

To watch the Art for Advent series: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGInLlFDxg-GgCEUQkjKwng

Dr. Ahn leads cyber security team at CyberSEED 2015

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Saturday November 7, 2015

Dr. David Ahn, Professor of Computer Science, leads first ever student cyber security team in CyberSEED 2015 Capture the Flag Challenge competition sponsored by Comcast and University of Connecticut. The Nyack team ranked 14th. About this accomplishment, Dr. Ahn states,

“This is a truly remarkable achievement by our computer science seniors and I am so proud of them. The CyberSEED 2015 was their first ever attended cyber-security competition and they ranked high among many well-known cyber-security teams around the country including many prestigious computer science schools from Ivy League and top-notch engineering institutions. The challenge set by Symantec was a very difficult one but our students were fully engaged in the challenge for two days straight from 9 am and 9 pm each day and they achieved an outstanding result! In fact, this result is an exemplary of what the Nyack College Computer Science program is about: We are small but produce highly qualified computer scientists!”

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