"When it comes to discerning what to read, watch or listen to in the precious time we have, it is always helpful to have the suggestions of people who read and experience new information as part of their living. Some of our faculty share here monthly the books they are reading, as well as the electronic media they are listening to or viewing. Most of us have a stack of books at our bedside, while some of us have stacks near our reading chair, our cocktail table and any other horizontal surface capable of supporting weight. Most of us also have long lists of films we want to see or music groups we hope to experience. When it is possible, some of the faculty will give you a few words of evaluation of what is occupying their leisure time. In a world with too many options for reading and watching, we hope faculty suggestions will help you in your discernment process about what to read on your journey." ~ Dean Mark S. Markuly, PhD
Dr. Christie Eppler"I'm reading Veronica Roth's Divergent, a book that confronts questions regarding values. Can a community hold too tightly to one value? Can values that are typically seen as positive compete under a certain circumstance? Is it possible to choose a value we hold most dear?I recently saw the movie Frozen. As a feminist, I have a range of thoughts related to this adaptation of the Snow Queen. Disney has been criticized for diminishing the role of a heroine by changing the title, taking the lead off the poster and previews, giving her a male co-star, and having her save her sister instead of her brother. Yet the film portrays a strong woman who [spoiler alert] isn't saved by a kiss. I enjoyed the songs and the Norwegian scenes; even more, I valued the conversation it created with my friends raising children who value justice and equality."
Dr. Mark Lloyd Taylor"I was privileged to spend two weeks in South Korea at the World Council of Churches assembly in November 2013. (See photo left.) It was a life changing experience. Even though I will likely live out most of the rest of my life here in Seattle, a part of me will now always also be living in South Korea. But when I returned to the United States, I had to confess my ignorance of the details of the Korean War (even though my dad was drafted into the army at war’s end). So, I asked historian friends and colleagues to recommend good books on the Korean War. Their first and single most common recommendation was The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, by the late Pulitzer Prize winning and multiple bestselling author David Halberstam. I just finished it a week or so ago. The book certainly filled in the large gaps in my understanding of the Korean War, but also offered some surprising insights into the politics surrounding the war on terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."
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