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