Gustavus to Celebrate its Authors

Posted on April 21st, 2008 by

<i>In the Wind</i> is Barbara Fister’s second mystery.

<i>In the Wind</i> is Barbara Fister’s second mystery.

Covenantal Coversations is Darrell Jodock’s latest work.

Covenantal Coversations is Darrell Jodock’s latest work.

Gustavus Adolphus College will hold its annual Gustavus Author Tea from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 at the Courtyard Café, located in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center.

Sponsored by the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library and the Book Mark, this event acknowledges and celebrates individuals from the campus community who have written or contributed in some way to a published book during the current academic year.

The following individuals and publications will be celebrated this year:

Covenantal Coversations edited by Darrell Jodock
Jodock, the Drell and Adeline Bernhardson Distinguished Professor of Religion, explores the results of 60 years of Jewish-Christian dialogue for understanding Christian teaching. Each chapter is built on conversations between leading thinkers of the two faiths. Specifically, the book delves into the theological framework shared by Christians and Jews, their special historical relationship, post-Holocaust developments, and trouble spots which persist today.

Controversies in Political Theology by Thia Cooper
Cooper, an assistant professor of religion, addresses the question of whether Christians should be struggling toward development or liberation. The book explores the theologies of development and liberation, from their beginnings in the 1960s through their changes to the central arguments today.

In the Wind by Barbara Fister
Fister, a librarian, draws on parallels between the Vietnam War era and today’s climate for civil liberties in her second mystery. Anni Koskinen offers a woman a ride out of town, only to be accused of aiding a fugitive wanted for the 1972 murder of an FBI agent. Koskinen signs on to help the defense in an investigation that leads her down Chicago’s mean streets, up to the White Earth Reservation, and into the vortex of a no-holds-barred federal investigation as the past collides with the present and the political becomes all too personal.

Esbj! The Heart and Mind of a Professor by Dennis Johnson with Robert Esbjornson
Johnson, former interim president of the college who held many administrative titles during his career, and Esbjornson, former religion professor who died this past October, combined to present the memoirs of Esbjornson’s 33 years at Gustavus.

Le premier regard, essays d’anatomie metaphysique by Laurent Dechery
Dechery, a professor in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, studies Leonardo da Vinci, René Descartes, George Berkeley, Denis Diderot, and others in this multi-disciplinary book on perception in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The Collections of the National Gallery of Art, Systematic Catalogue, Renaissance Medals (Volume One, Italy; Volume Two, France, Germany, The Netherlands, and England (by John Graham Pollard) with technical contributions by Donald Myers
Myers, director of the Hillstrom Museum of Art and an instructor in the Department of Art and Art History, was formerly a curator in the sculpture department at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and contributed extensive technical descriptions for each of around 800 Renaissance and later portrait medals in the collection of the National Gallery of Art that are catalogued in this two-volume set.

For more information on this event contact Judy Schultz in the Book Mark at or 507-933-6017.


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