Students look at criminal justice from inside prison walls
Saint Joseph's students are learning in the most unlikely of places this semester, and what they're learning is likely to change them forever.
It's not often that English professors get to play detective, but to piece together an accurate picture of American novelist Herman Melville (1819-1891), scholars have had to do just that. Peter Norberg, Ph.D., associate professor of English, recently won a $35,795 National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship that will allow him to continue his research into the work and life of Melville, and publish his findings in the electronic archive Melville's Marginalia Online.
PHILADELPHIA (March 3, 2008) - A noted expert in the contemporary relationship among Jews and other Poles will speak at Saint Joseph's University on Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m., in the Haub Executive Center of McShain Hall. Janusz Salamon, S.J., will present "Absent Neighbors: Changing Attitudes Towards Jews in Post-Communist Poland," in a discussion that will focus on the current state of affairs against the backdrop of historical tensions among Polish Jews and other Polish citizens.
Saint Joseph's University is a major beneficiary of an international agreement in 2005 between King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and President George W. Bush designed to increase the exchange of students and dialogue between the two nations.
Hebrew Bible scholar Bruce Wells, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology, has been awarded a $52,000 Humboldt Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for his research on Neo-Babylonian trial procedure. The government of Germany established the Foundation to promote international research, and to foster long-term collaboration among researchers.
The Corporation for National and Community Service has placed Saint Joseph's University on the 2007 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.
Many people write in daily journals, preferring to keep their thoughts, comments and personal reflections private. However, Patrick Samway, S.J., professor of English, recently published a journal he kept while assisting Sudanese refugees several years ago in the hopes that readers would learn about the "genocidal war in Darfur," as he refers to it, and the experiences he had, sometimes quite personal, in setting up and running three primary schools in the Chadian desert.
PHILADELPHIA (February 22, 2008) – For many, the State of Israel stands at the center of how the Jewish people perceive themselves – both as individuals and as a collective group. On Wednesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m., Saint Joseph's University's Jewish-Catholic Institute will host an interfaith dialogue to explore Jewish identity with the Biblical promised land in "Israel at 60: 'Promised Land' for Jews AND Christians," in the Haub Conference Center in McShain Hall. A reception at 6:30 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA (February 22, 2008) — The Comey Institute of Industrial Relations at Saint Joseph's University in association with the Philadelphia AFL-CIO is launching a progressive program for the Institute by offering six new classes beginning on March 3, 2008.
The revitalization of the Comey Institute comes with a new director, Thomas Paine Cronin, who is excited about the many advancements that the new curriculum will offer.
PHILADELPHIA (February 22, 2008) - For most students, spring break is a chance to escape to tropical locations or simply lounge at home, disconnected for a moment from the responsibilities of college. But for more than 300 Saint Joseph's University students, the week is a chance to participate in the Appalachian Experience, the University's largest single community service program.