Greetings, and Welcome!
This space will serve as both a sort of online CV as well as a forum for the essays and other pieces I used to post to LiveJournal. Since that community has both shifted focus and shrunk considerably, it’s no longer a very effective venue for sharing serious material.
Who I am:
I am a professor of humanities, and I teach in the interdisciplinary Core program at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s a fantastic program, and in it, I get to play with all sorts of fun courses dealing with medieval studies, literature, religious studies, and other related topics in the humanities. Some classes I’ve offered recently include Social Justice in Dante’s Vision, Utopia & Dystopia, and Theories of Religion. Recently I have joined the faculty of Indiana University Southeast in Religious Studies, as well as having joined the faculty of Louisville Classical Academy, an amazing primary and secondary school based on the classical model of education, where I teach high school literature and composition.
I have a BA in Humanities/Religious Studies (magna cum), with a Jewish Studies minor, and an MA in Humanities (Religious Studies & Literature), and a graduate certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. I wrote my undergrad honors thesis on Evolution, Patriarchy, and the Sexual Politics of the Religious Right, and then went on to dive head-first into the Middle Ages, combining the two to write my thesis on the Religious Right and Crusade Language in Post 9/11 America. Now I’m polishing my Latin while I search out the ideal PhD, and keeping busy on a second MA, because why not? (Collect them! Trade them with your friends!)
A frequent topic of research for me deals with specific segments of Dante’s Divina Commedia and their implications in terms of medieval Eucharistic theology, and the theology of eating in the Middle Ages. I am discovering that the medievals were a rather ghastly bunch, in quixotic and wonderful ways. I am also discovering that Aquinas is beginning to make sense to me, which concerns me just the tiniest bit.
Some other areas of interest (currently) include Christianity and its minorities in western medieval Europe and related topics. I am particularly interested in heretics & Jews within Christian societies, parallel developments in Jewish and Christian mysticism, and the impact (or lack thereof) of the Black Death on these areas. I am also increasingly interested in modern medievalisms, that is, how the Middle Ages are portrayed and understood in modern culture, and in conjunction with that, have begun to play around with video game studies.
Prior to completing my Humanities education, I spent nearly a decade as a graphic designer, and I still keep my hand in both digital and print design. I currently teach several Youth Summer Camps for Bellarmine University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. This summer’s camps were Pixels to Paper (Photoshop), Webmonkeys (website building) and Movie Magic (basic movie planning and production).
I’m also hopelessly addicted to fountain pens (and inks) which I use and collect, both modern and vintage. I haven’t held a Bic in years! In addition to my passion for books (even beyond the obvious academic addiction), and pens, I am also vegetarian, a Mac geek, a bit of a gamer geek, love coffee & chocolate, and occasionally have residual pretensions of being a costumer (left over from nearly a decade in that profession!)
Welcome, cheers, and feel free to engage in (respectful) discussion, and most of all, enjoy!
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