Visitors from Lingnan University, Hong Kong
On Monday, June 9th, a delegation of 15 faculty and staff from Lingnan University, a public liberal-arts university in Hong Kong, was on campus for a day-long visit. Hope College was the last stop for the group, which was in the US as a part of a 10-day, 10-universities study trip. The visit was focused on the topic of service-learning. Several Hope faculty and staff were a part of the day's activities, participating in discussions and presentations.
Lingnan University became the newest member of The Global Liberal Arts Alliance in May 2012.
Pictured above: Dean Alfredo Gonzales and Amy Otis-De Grau with the 15-member Lingnan University delegation.
Pictured above: Hope College faculty and staff with Lingnan University delegates.
Hope College Alumni and Friends Regional Event in Tokyo, Japan, May 31st, 2014
More than one hundred years after the first two Japanese students arrived at Hope College, the Alumni Office and Office of the Dean for International and Multicultural Education joined to host in Tokyo the first major event for alumni, parents, exchange students and friends of Hope College.
More than 125 guests enjoyed an evening of informal conversation and Hope College updates. Dean Alfredo M. Gonzales introduced the vision of President John C. Knapp regarding global education, and shared various examples of student research. Professor Andy Nakajima shared a brief overview of the historical legacy between Japan and Hope College. Amy Otis-DeGrau celebrated the presence of alumni and exchange students from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s—including recent graduates from 2000 through 2014. Jim VanHeest presented 15 Hope College Alumni Association certificates to eager former exchange students whose deep love for Hope College is contagious and exciting. Among them was Masao Suzuki, who had lost contact with Hope since 1970.
The informal nature of the event—where guests connected with former classmates—gave ample opportunity for remembering faculty, talking about a class long ago, cafeteria food and the harshness of Michigan winters. Central to all conversations, however, was the deep and meaningful relationships these alumni, parents and friends share with each other and with Hope College.
The big group photo- history made
Pictured above: Ms. Ikuko Okada, Class of 1976
Pictured above: Dean Alfredo Gonzales, Ms. Masako Yamamoto, Class of 2006, and Jim VanHeest
Pictured above: Mr. Hideo Yamazaki, Class of 1996, and Ms. Saya Iwai, Class of 2000
Pictured above: Ms. Tomomi Nakajima, Class of 2007
Pictured above: Ms. Kanako Kirishiki, Class of 2008, and Ms. Tomomi Nakajima, Class of 2007
Pictured above: Meiji Gakuin University President Hiroyoshi Udono, Professor James Kuyama, and Dean Alfredo Gonzales
Pictured above: Professor Andy Nakajima's presentation on the legacy of Hope College's earliest Japanese alumni who arrived in the 1870's.
Pictured above: daughters of a Hope Alumnus, sisters Izumi and Ayumi
Pictured above from left to right: Amy Otis-De Grau, Alfredo Gonzales, Andy Nakajima, and the many volunteers who made this event possible.
Visitors from Public University of Gjilan, Kosovo
Pictured from left to right: Dr. Arben Dërmaku, Chairman of the Board & Acting Rector, Public University of Gjilan, Kosovo; Dean Alfredo Gonzales, Provost Rich Ray, Dr. Sumita Furlong, GLCA; Dr. Ilmi Ramadani, member of the Board of Trustees Public University of Gjilan, Kosovo; Dr. Sabri Tahiri, Vice Rector (chief academic officer), Public University of Gjilan, Kosovo, Dean Patrice Rankine and Dean James Gentile.
Three academics from Kosovo – founders of the Public University of Gjilan, Kosovo -- came to the US to visit several GLCA colleges.
Dr. Arben Dërmaku, Chairman of the Board & Acting Rector, Dr. Ilmi Ramadani, member of the Board of Trustees, and Dr.Sabri Tahiri, Vice Rector (chief academic officer) were at Hope College on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014. As part of their visit, they met with several academic department chairs and deans to discuss curricula development, understand faculty development, and learn if it is possible to create bridges of understanding and cooperation with other universities. Dr. Sumita Furlong, of the Great Lakes College Association (GLCA), accompanied the group.
The University Kadri Zeka was founded by government action in 2013 and is located in Gjilan in the southeastern part of Kosovo. The establishment of the University was an important event for the citizens of the region which has about 190,000 inhabitants. It has a projected enrollment of 5600 undergraduate students and, while most educated Kosovars speak reasonable English, the language of instruction is Albanian. Their educational goals are to meet the needs of the citizens of this developing nation, contribute to the economic development of the region, and develop international perspectives.
Katherine Sullivan Has Exhibition in India While on Fulbright Award
HOLLAND – “Outlier,” an exhibition of paintings by 2013-14 Fulbright-Nehru scholar Katherine Sullivan, who is an associate professor of art at Hope, opened at the M.F. Husain Gallery of Jamia Millia Islamia, the “National University” in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, April 16.
The exhibition was inaugurated by the university’s Vice-Chancellor S. M. Sajid. Cultural Counselor from the U.S. Embassy David Mees was in attendance as an honored guest.
The exhibition is open to the public through Monday, April 28. In conjunction with the exhibition, Sullivan will be offering a lecture on her paintings and studio process at The American Center in Delhi on Monday, May 12.
Sullivan is spending the 2013-14 school year in India through an award from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. She holds a teaching appointment at Jamia Millia Islamia for the duration of the grant, and has led a variety of workshops for Jamia’s bachelor’s and MFA students. She is both conducting research on traditions of art in India, and painting during her time in India.
Through her research, Sullivan has been studying the appearance of sacred figures in Hindu art, particularly nāgī deities, and the use of color in Indian paintings and, more broadly, the appearance and application of color across Indian culture.
Regarding the work in “Outlier,” Sullivan’s artist’s statement states:
“Through eliminating identifiable subject matter, such as portrait, landscape, or still life, the oil paintings in ‘Outlier’ focus on the prevalent abstract aspects of different painting styles. Combining the layered, translucent, tonal backgrounds that characterize 18th and 19th century British oil painting with the flat, opaque red border of Pahari and Rajput miniature painting, Sullivan’s paintings explore how particular painting styles are inherently imbued with political connotations. As the relationship between background and border changes, different hierarchical relationships are suggested, not only between East and West, but also between color and value, line and form, and inside and outside space.
The works on paper reflect on the boundaries between spiritual form and formlessness. Referencing the palette and ritual objects of puja, the paintings focus on how particular objects-threads, statues, cloths, powders-are transformed by religious ritual experience.
Through the juxtapositions, the works engage questions of appropriation, otherness, hierarchy and the role of contemporary painting.”
Associate Provost, Dean Gonzales in India - April 2014
In early April, Associate Provost, Dean Alfredo Gonzales visited St. Xavier's College in Mumbai, and Union Christian College in Aluva, Kerala, India, where he met with administration, faculty, staff and students. The visit allowed for an invaluable exchange of ideas, perspectives, knowledge, and experiences.
Pictured above: students from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, India.
Pictured above: Dean Gonzales, Dr. Benny Cherian (to Dean Gonzales' left) , Principal of Union Christian College, Kerala, India, and some of UCC's faculty.
Pictured above: Dean Gonzales and Dr. Benny Cherian greeting the children's rally at UCC's Vacation Bible School
Hope College Spring Break 2014 - Baker Scholars in Shanghai
Professor Vicki TenHaken, Professor Martha LaBarge, and the Baker Scholars are spending Spring Break 2014 in Shanghai, China. On Tuesday, March 18th, 2014, several alumni, parents, and friends of Hope College gathered at the Haworth Organic Workspace Showroom, Shanghai to join the Baker Scholars group for a dinner sponsored by Hope. Jim VanHeest of College Advancement hosted the event. Here are some photos from their time together.
HOLLAND – Dr. Virginia Beard and Dr. Ernest Cole of the Hope College faculty were among the 15 scholars nationwide chosen to participate in the 2012 Lilly Fellows Program Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, “Teaching Peace and Reconciliation: Theory and Practice in Northern Ireland.”
The July 7-28 event was based at the Corrymeela Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, and was sponsored by Aquinas College of Grand Rapids through the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, which is housed at Christ College of Valparaiso University in Indiana. The seminar addressed the history of the Anglo-Irish conflict in Ireland and the move to a post-conflict society, with emphasis on the theory and practice of peace and reconciliation in a Christian context.
Both Beard and Cole focus on issues related to reconciliation in their scholarly work.
Beard, an assistant professor of political science, specializes in comparative politics, with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as public policy. Her research focuses on stable democracy, with a concentration on the roles of peace-building and reconciliation. Her courses address issues of international development, gender, conflict, peace and reconciliation, politics of the developing world and African politics.
She applied insights from the summer seminar in refining a course that she developed during 2007-08, “Gender, Conflict and Peace,” which she taught during the 2012-13 school year. Course topics included active conflict versus passive violence, domestic violence, interpersonal and intrapersonal violence, and structural and institutional conflict, with Northern Ireland an important component of the course.
She also hoped to shape her on-going scholarship through the seminar program as well as interaction with the other participants. Her recent work, with a journal article forthcoming, has focused on conflict and resolution in Kenya. Ultimately, she would like to develop a book-length project that will explore the topic across the experience of multiple nations.
Cole, who is an assistant professor of English and Towsley Research Scholar at Hope, where he teaches Post-Colonial Literature, with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Anglophone Africa, the Caribbean and India. In his research he has been interested in the topics of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation in conjunction with a focus on post-civil war Sierra Leone, where he has been documenting the experiences of survivors of punitive amputation used as a military strategy during a 1991-2002 civil war that saw neighbor pitted against neighbor.
His research, which has included interviewing survivors who continue to be isolated in refugee camps nearly a decade after the war’s end, is exploring the way that the amputees’ self images are shaped by their injuries, and he argues that it is crucial for them to be provided the opportunity to become functional and re-integrated into society rather than left in a state of dependency, not only for their sakes individually but for the future of the country itself.
Cole is currently writing a book based on his research, and has also created a series of video-based interdisciplinary learning modules based on the project, working in the college’s New Media studio with students in the digital humanities and in the Mellon Scholars program at Hope.
A national network of 96 church-related colleges and universities, the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities seeks to strengthen the quality and shape the character of church-related institutions of higher learning in the 21st century. In addition to the Graduate Fellows Program, the program's three primary initiatives include activities and publications for the network of participating institutions; a two-year Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows Program at Valparaiso University; and a program for graduate students interested in exploring the connections between Christianity and higher education and becoming teacher-scholars at a church-related school.
The other colleges and universities with faculty members chosen to participate in the summer seminar are Aquinas College, Azusa Pacific University, Baylor University, Loyola University, the University of Dayton, the University of Scranton, Valparaiso University, Whitworth University and Wittenberg University.