Professor of English Linda Lewis, Ph.D., has published an essay, “George Sand’s Consuelo and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh: Visionary Socialism versus Feminist Capitalism,” in vol. 31 of the journal George Sand Studies. Lewis’ essay examines the aesthetic and political theories of both authors. Linda Lewis, a professor of English at Bethany since 1987, is the author of a number of articles, as well as four books: The Promethean Politics of Milton, Blake, and Shelley (1992); Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Spiritual Progress (1998); Germaine de Stael, George San.
Campus Pastor Noni Strand will share her passion for sustainability beyond the Bethany College campus this week by presenting a workshop at First Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Neb. For the Healing of the Earth: Ritual, Reflection, and Response is a multigenerational, interactive workshop that draws upon the resources of people of faith to address the environmental crisis and issues of sustainability that affect everyone.Strand’s unique approach to sustainability is rooted in the belief that spiritual and religious resources across all religions are key for helping address the environmental crisis – and related economic, social justice and spiritual crises that are interconnected. “Like the Body of Christ image in I Corinthians 12, we are connected with one another and all of Creation,” Strand said. “When one member or species or biome suffers, all suffer together with it.”
Earlier this month Professor John Mullen, Ph.D., Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department, wrote two blog posts for the BioLogos website.
The Messiah Festival of the Arts in Lindsborg, Kan., is offering three education outreach opportunities to area students this year as part of its events leading up to the Easter Sunday performance of Handel’s Messiah on the Bethany College campus. Programs include apprenticeships awarded to four area high school students.
Bethany College is the recipient of an $80,000 grant from the Sunderland Foundation to replace the roof over the auditorium of Presser Hall. This award is one of the largest ever received by Bethany from the foundation and will be gifted over two years. “We are excited to receive this grant from the Sunderland Foundation as a confirmation of the importance of Presser Hall to Bethany College and the region,” said President Edward F. Leonard III.
Daniel J. Masterson, Ph.D, Bethany College music professor, will perform in a piano recital on Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall on Bethany College campus. Solo piano works include works of Couperin, Beethoven. Mendelssohn, and Ravel. The recital is free and open to the public. Professor Masterson is currently in his fourteenth year on the music faculty at Bethany College. Co-chair of the music department and the Fury Distinguished Professor of Music, he teaches piano, music theory, and directs the college/community orchestra and Chapel Choir. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois, a Masters of Music from Wichita State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from McPherson College. His former teachers include Steven Gustafson, Paul Reed, and Ian Hobson.
Bethany College started the 2013-2-14 with a strong enrollment in the Fall semester and that trend continues with a spring student body of 619 students. This is the largest spring enrollment in 17 years and is a larger enrollment than 8 of the past 10 Fall enrollments as well. “This is an exciting time at Bethany and I’m elated to welcome 40 new students this semester,” says President Edward F Leonard III. “Continued efforts to share the Bethany story along with strong student retention programs are showing positive results.”