Monday, October 18, 2010

A Century of Study in Recreation and Leisure Studies

Wednesday, faculty from the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department, librarians and students, gathered in the Jenks parking lot with carts and muscles waiting.

Dr. Gerald Fain of Boston Uni
versity was arriving any minute, and with him a truck full of his personal book collection on leisure studies. Dr. Fain recently retired from teaching and was donating his archives, over 400 books, to Gordon College. The books and historical manuscripts span the last 100 years of the recreation and leisure studies movement and is a significant gift that will position our library holdings with a collection of works that would equal the top universities with curriculum in recreation/leisure studies.

“I anticipate that not only will our students benefit from this collection for the purpose of scholarship, but it will also be used by other scholars and practitioners in recreation and leisure studies,” said Peggy Hothem, professor of leisure studies.

Dr. Fain was Dr. Hothem’s dissertation advisor in graduate school. Dr. Hothem wondered Why Gordon? “When I asked Dr. Fain ‘Why Gordon?’ he responded: ‘Because you are a person of faith and the study of leisure is rooted in spirituality; and Gordon is a faith-based college concerned with social justice.’ He went on to say Gordon is one of the few places where the classical, philosophical, and liberal arts approach to studying leisure is still at the center of the curriculum.”

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