Thursday, September 24, 2009

Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct

Wednesday, September 30, Dr. Michael McCullough, professor of psychology at the University of Miami, Florida, will deliver the annual Franz Lecture, in honor of David Franz, History Professor Emeritus at Gordon College. McCullough will "share some recent research on social-psychological factors that can modulate the desire for revenge and accelerate the forgiveness process.”
Co-sponsored by Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Faculty Forum at Gordon, the lecture will take place at 4:30 in Jenks 406. Refreshments will be served in the Alumni Reading Room at 4:00.
For more information contact Bert Hodges:; 978-867-4404.


Marine Biology Fridays

Thinking about studying marine biology? Wonder what goes in the deep sea or how whales communicate? Is the sea your muse? Perhaps you're simply fascinated in the ocean right down the street here at Gordon? Well, here's your chance to learn more - and there are no tests either! Yeah! FREE weekly screenings of really interesting marine biology videos followed by short class discussions. Open to all majors, regardless of background.
Location: Ken Olsen Science Center - Rm. 317 (Zoology Lab)
When: Fridays, 2:15 to 3:30 PM.
For more information contact Dr. Chuck Blend:; 978-867-4885.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Share Your Photos, Help Document Gordon's History

Recently, Dr. Myron Schirer-Suter, director of the library, alerted Gordon's campus to the college's participation in the Mass. Memories Road Show on the Jenks Library Blog.

"The Mass. Memories Road Show is a state-wide digital humanities project that documents Massachusetts history through photographs and stories. Gordon College is joining the road show project to capture images that document the history of Gordon College.
Want to participate? Bring two or three photos of life at Gordon College to Homecoming. They can be old or new, formal or informal snapshots. We'll scan the photos and immediately return them to you and then ask you to share a 3-4 minute story about your photographs on camera and take a “keepsake photo” to document your participation in the event. Scanning will be done in the Jenks Library from 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. on Saturday October 10.
Can't make it to the event? Share your photos online through our pilot project on the photo sharing website Flickr,"


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Constitution Day in the Library

On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. That's reason enough for the Gordon Library to celebrate.
So on September 17, 2009, the official U.S. Constitution Day, Director Myron Schirer-Suter and his library staff gathered around a display of books on the Constitution in the Jenks Library lobby for a photo op. From left to right: Janet Bjork of Beverly, Schirer-Suter of Beverly, Karen Rogati of Essex, Karen Wolfe of Rockport, Anna Appa of Ipswich, Randall Gowman of South Hamilton, and Beckie Aiken of Beverly.
The library staff also invited the Gordon community to celebrate Constitution Day by showing a continuous loop of three 20-minute videos on the Constitution from noon to 9 p.m in Jenks Library. And they created a Constitution Day Web page for every citizen’s enjoyment:


Thursday, September 10, 2009

For the Love of Reading

(photo courtesy of David L. Ryan, Boston Globe staff)

Rich Barlow, Boston Globe correspondent, recently interviewed Gordon College alum Cindy DiRusso ’80, who has served as a children’s librarian for 28 years. From The Boston Globe:
“So can we have hands in the air?’’ Cindy DiRusso asks the almost 50 children and parents splayed before her on the floor. Like those fast-motion films of blooming flowers they used to show in classrooms, tiny arms sprout up.
Sitting under the paper ice cream cones hanging from the ceiling, DiRusso leads the group in “Open, Shut Them,’’ which always begins her weekly, half-hour singalongs at the O’Neill branch of the Cambridge Public Library.
DiRusso, 51, has been doing her songfests at O’Neill, formally or informally, for 28 years. Neither snow nor rain nor heat has kept her from her appointed rounds of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat’’—only vacations, holidays, the occasional illness, and two maternity leaves.