Scholarly

An accomplished scholar; an acclaimed teacher.

Education, Honors, and Activities.

1994 Ph.D. University of Virginia, Religion and Literature.

Dissertation:

Title: Eros, Asceticism, and Identity: A Search for Self-Location among Conflicted Erotic Traditions in a Landscape of Leveled Meanings

Committee: Stanley Hauerwas, Robert Wilken, Larry Bouchard, James C. Nohrenberg

Summary: As my discipline is religion and literature, my dissertation is on T.S. Eliot. I analyze Eliot with respect to the ancient philosophical category of eros. T. S. Eliot’s corpus shows ambivalence between two ancient tele of eros: ascetic union with the Absolute and interpersonal expressions. Eliot’s intellectual climate saw ethical choices as completely arbitrary, availing the poet little in his intellectual explorations of eros. Using Charles Taylor’s concept of “hypergoods,” I critique Eliot’s assumption—and that of his culture–that ethical options are arbitrary.

1985 M.T.S. Harvard University, Religion and Culture.

1980 B.A. Summa Cum Laude, Urbana University, Philosophy and Science.

National Dean’s List

Urbana University Dean’s list

Urbana University Academic Society

Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities

Class President, Senior Year

Editor, Urbana College Lancer, Junior Year

Male Lead, University Production, “Bye, Bye Birdie.”

Work Experience.

February-April-2008 Instructor: University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension, Edmonton, AB. Subject: Advanced Writing.

1987-Winter 2001 Instructor: Southwest Florida College; Fort Myers, FL; Edison Community College, Fort Myers and Naples, FL; International College, Naples, FL; Barry University, Fort Myers, FL; Piedmont Virginia Community College,Charlottesville, VA; University of Virginia.

Subjects:

Humanities, Philosophy, Ethics, Logic, World Religions,

Great Human Questions, English.

1980-1981 Secondary School Teacher: Springfield High School;

Springfield, OH. Subject: Chemistry.

Seminar Presentations.

Swedenborg Scholar-in-Residence, Urbana University. “‘And lo! Swedenborg is the Angel sitting at the tomb’—William Blake’s Complex Relationship with the Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg.” February 23-26.

Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action.“Swedenborg’s Symbolism in the Poetry of William Blake.” March 10, 2014.

Swedenborg Scholar-in-Residence. Urbana University. “Robert Frost’s Critical Appropriation of Swedenborg’s Theology.” March 23-25, 2010. Lectured at London Correctional Institute and Urbana University. Met with staff, faculty, students, and members of the Swedenborgian Church.

American Academy of Religions Conference. “Gender Imagery as a Metaphor for God-Human Conjunction: A Comparison between Tantric Hindu Shakta Yoga and Emanuel Swedenbrg’s Theology of Mystical Marriage.” November 9, 2009.

Symposium on Religion and Place. University of Alberta. “The Modern City as a Place of Alienation from Creation and Creator in the Poetry of T. S. Eliot.” April 16, 2007.

Publications.

John Updike’s Rabbit, Run: A Quest for a Spiritual Vocabulary in the Vacuum Left by Modernism.” Journal of Religious Studies and Theology. Vol. 26, No. 1, 2007. University of Alberta.

“Sexuality As a Metaphor for God-Human Relations: A Comparative Study of Swedenborgian and Sakta Sexual Ontology.” Studia SwedenborgianaVol. 15, No. 1, 2005. Swedenborg House of Studies.

Ritual and the Ambiguous Power of Women in Chretien de Troyes’ Yvain Roman.” Journal of Ritual Studies. Vol. 18, No. 1, 2004. University of Pittsburgh.

A Rhapsody of Love and Spirituality.”  New York: Algora Publications, 2003.

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