On Tim Hunt, the Doktorvater & #distractinglysexy Women

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Nobel prize winning biochemist Tim Hunt recently made headlines with his comments at the World Conference of Science Journalists: “Let me tell you about my trouble with girls … three things happen when they are in the lab … You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticise them, they cry.” [Read More...]

The Printing Press is Dead. So Buy My Luther Book on Kindle!

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I’ve written here before about events leading up to Lutherans’ commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting the Ninety-Five Theses for debate and discussion in Wittenberg, Germany. In a recent conversation about this anniversary, a colleague pointed out that among the many things we ought to be reflecting on that have (and have [Read More...]

Writing the Sabbath: Plans and Invitations

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about anticipating my upcoming sabbatical.  If you haven’t read that, I invite you go back to it and do so.  Today, it’s officially one week and three days away!  (But, who’s counting…) As I said at the end of that reflection on the seasonal and theological purpose of [Read More...]

Rites of Passage: Sabbatical as Sabbath

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The first spring I spent in Chicago after two years of living in southern California was magical. Do you know how brilliant the first green grass is after a long snowy winter? Having grown up in South Dakota I was and am intimately familiar with dramatic season changes.  But something about having been out of [Read More...]

Christian Privilege & the Religion Professor

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Today is Better Together Day!  The designation comes from the Interfaith Youth Core, lifting up the day to encourage more people to have one conversation with a person of a different religious or non-religious background.  It’s an effort to combat some of the basic ignorance about other religious views that pervades our culture, and religious [Read More...]

Vocation at the Intersection of Self & World

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Today I’m heading to St. Louis for the National Conference of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education, NetVUE.  I’m particularly excited to hear Krista Tippett speak at one of the plenary sessions, she of the On Being podcast, radio show, blog, and general fabulousness.  I have written before about this conference, and my participation [Read More...]

At the Intersections: A Quota of Home, A Colonized Name

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Many good people live and work at the intersections, and I occasionally invite someone to tell a story from where they stand. Today’s piece comes from Nisreen Zaqout, who is a junior at Illinois College majoring in Gender and Women’s Studies and Economics. After graduating, she plans to work on a graduate degree in Gender Studies focusing on the Middle [Read More...]

At the Intersections: I Remember

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Many good people live and work at the intersections, and I occasionally invite someone to tell a story from where they stand. Today’s piece comes from Leah Fortner, who is a senior at Illinois College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Gender & Women’s Studies. She plans to move to Oregon and become a Child [Read More...]

A Feminist Religion Professor’s Valentine’s Weekend

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What’s a great way to spend a heteronormative greeting-card holiday? At conference for gay and lesbian college student activists? Yesss! A couple of years ago, it so happened that I was teaching an essay by bell hooks on the patriarchal construct of romantic love on February 14. A key idea in “Romance: Sweet Love” is [Read More...]

Nonconformity, Anger, Hope: A Genealogy of Words for MLK Day 2015

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This morning, I participated in a Speak-In on campus during which faculty, staff, and students read and heard the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was an important way to mark the day, and to start a new semester. The complete list of readings is pictured here. I chose to edit the words [Read More...]


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