Summer 2020

The months between spring and summer editions of Colgate Research have been of global and national significance for researchers, whether they be concerned with natural and physical sciences, the social sciences, or the humanities. In both the near and distant future they will dedicate their careers to investigating the impact and complexities upon their scholarly disciplines.

Indeed, these times are so pivotal, you can hear the echoes (sometimes faint, occasionally intense) in every story of this publication, though the research discussed herein dates back to days when we could freely meet with colleagues and students in person or lose ourselves for hours of research in our offices, labs, and libraries. Our faculty explore the heartiness and creativity of nature and natural forces. Others delve into the gathering or the presenting of clear facts to inform policy decisions. We also look back on the spread of an idea — in this case, Christianity and the Bible as it was presented to Native Americans by colonizing Europeans, who were not prepared for the reception their holy book would meet in this “new” land that was, in reality, so very old.

I invite you to read on — and to stay well.

Tracey E. Hucks ’87, MA’90
Provost and Dean of the Faculty
James A. Storing Professor of Religion and Africana & Latin American Studies

All Stories

Looking down over a railing at a map on the floor of the District Six Museum

Memory Work

While some of these institutions encourage the kinds of productive historical dialogue that Karn believes can help former enemies, survivors, and future generations move toward peace, others fuel — or do little to temper — ongoing hostility.
Man posing with microphone

Dancing Otherwise

According to Assistant Professor of Dance Amy Swanson, the contemporary Senegalese dance scene has become a liminal space in which artists can explore expressions of gender and sexuality that are at odds with social norms — as long as they deny they’re doing any such thing.
individuals at work in pond

A Sense of History

In his new book, Empires of the Senses, published by Oxford University Press, Rotter offers a study of the ways that English-speaking powers — the British in India, the Americans in the Philippines — experienced the landscapes they had conquered, and how those experiences colored their beliefs about them.
child wearing hockey gear skates in rink

Moving the Puck

Colgate Assistant Women’s Ice Hockey Coach Stefan Decosse is attempting to answer questions about the geography of hockey itself — how 21st-century economics and infrastructure are remapping the sport.