Fill a room with teachers, hand them philosophical texts and pose centuries-old questions about the nature of spirituality and religion, and the conversation is bound to get interesting. Read more
Colgate faculty members will join together to walk the Camino de Santiago, the route to the shrine of the apostle St. James who is said to be buried in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
The interdisciplinary experience is made possible through the Kallgren Fund, an endowed fund created to support faculty members at Colgate.
During winter break I discovered that working on an interdisciplinary research project in a foreign country is one of the most interesting ways to learn about a new culture.
Research that combines natural science, social science, and humanities is rare to find, but Colgate is a university where collaborations like this happen, and I was lucky enough to get involved. Using the Alumni Memorial Scholarship granted to me upon admission, I spent three weeks of my winter break in Ethiopia working with Professors Catherine Cardelus and Carrie Woods from the Department of Biology, Peter Klepeis and Peter Scull from the Department of Geography, and Eliza Kent from the Department of Religion, studying the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Forests.
(Editor’s note: Morgan Higgins ’16, of Staten Island, N.Y., who plans on a double major in religion and English, shares 13 photos from a Colgate Newman Community winter break trip to Italy. Higgins was one of 10 students who participated in the trip organized by university chaplain Mark Shiner.)
A group photo (excluding three), from the top of Assisi by the castle. Read more
“Steven has been serving in an interim capacity in these roles since July 1, and I am grateful to him for his willingness to take on this good work in a more permanent way,” said Hicks.
Five hundred feet above the ground. A street corner in Harlem. These are just two of the many places “Beyond Colgate” that students have been in recent weeks.
The program, jointly funded by the university and Colgate alumni, enables students to apply classroom material to situations and locations beyond campus boundaries. Each semester, about a dozen such trips are supported. Read more
Donald L. Berry, Harry Emerson Fosdick Professor of philosophy and religion emeritus, who introduced one of the nation’s first college courses to explore the implications of the Holocaust for Jewish and Christian theology, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, at home in Hamilton, N.Y. He was 87 years old.
Berry, who retired from the Colgate faculty in 1994, began his career at Colgate in 1957 as a member of the Department of Philosophy and Religion and served as associate university chaplain until 1964, when he began teaching full time. He taught a wide range of courses, especially New Testament and Contemporary Theology, as well as in the General Education Program, instituting the Holocaust course in 1970. Read more
Colgate students taking The Land of Israel extended study course visited historic Beit Guvrin, January 3. Students participated in an archaeological dig, toured the site, and took part in a study session about the Bar Kochba revolt. The group is led by Steven Kepnes, Murray W. and Mildred K. Finard professor in Jewish studies and religion.
Students in extended study courses left for Israel and Egypt this week to further explore concepts developed in their classrooms during the fall semester at Colgate.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $700,000 grant to Colgate for use over four years, to support a new program of Mellon Sophomore Residential Seminars.
The initiative will create a series of courses — to be offered every year for a substantial number of sophomores — in which students will live and study together, meet regularly with the seminar professors and guest speakers in their designated residence hall, and engage in an embedded academic travel experience related to the course. Each spring, all Mellon seminar students will continue the dialog with a one-quarter-credit course with their professor. Read more
At Colgate University, faculty teach all classes. The advantage of that for students becomes clear when it comes to research. Faculty in all departments and programs closely engage students in research projects – sometimes as early as sophomore year.
This summer, more than 100 undergraduates returned to Colgate to work one-on-one with faculty mentors on scholarly projects in all disciplines.
On a hot afternoon in July, young children are sifting through clothing, household items, food, and toiletries in the Caring Corner at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Utica. Their families, mostly Karen refugees from Burma, are the newest, but largest, percentage of the church’s congregation.
“Because the kids are the ones who speak English, many of them do the shopping for their families,” explained Nathan Lynch ’14. “The church converted their balcony into a store to give out supplies to the refugees because food stamps only go so far; plus, they can’t buy non-edibles with them.”
Kenneth William Morgan, professor of religion emeritus who helped establish Chapel House, died recently at the age of 103.