Dr. Danaher publishes article on conceptual understanding of faith

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Thursday November 26, 2015

Dr. James Danaher, Professor of Philosophy, publishes "A Second Innocence,” in Oneing: An Alternative Orthodoxy, a bi-annual literary journal of the Rohr Institute.

About is essay, Dr. Danaher explains,

“In the innocence of childhood we were taught how to conceptualize the world through language acquisition and acculturation. We offered little resistance and came to see the world as we were taught to see it. Jesus, however, sees a very different world and wants us to see it as well, but in order to do that we need to enter a second innocence in which Jesus alone instructs us concerning his divine perspective. What so often keeps us from that second innocence is the belief that we already have Jesus’ perspective because we were raised in a Christian culture; that is, we imagine that we already have Jesus' conceptual understanding of things like faith, righteousness, justice, love, sin, and law. If we seriously consider the things that Jesus says, however, it should be obvious that Jesus’ conceptual understanding is radically different from our own no matter how ‘Christian’ we consider our culture to be.”

Dr. Danaher completed his Ph.D., M.Phil from City University of New York, M.A. New School, M.A. Montclair State University and B.A. Ramapo College. He also received the 2011 Arts and Sciences Scholar of the Year.

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Dr. Romaine facilitates Art for Advent series

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Monday November 23, 2015

Art For Advent videos, by Nyack College art historian Dr. James Romaine will be posted on each Sunday in advent. These videos feature visually beautiful and spiritually powerful paintings of the annunciation by Renaissance artists Fra Angelico, Fra Filippo Lippi, Sandro Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci. To watch Art For Advent, visit Seeing Art History on YouTube. This advent season, make the visual arts a part your spiritual meditation on what the blessings of Christmas mean for you.

For a preview of Art For Advent: youtu.be/kYALLwTCl58

To watch the Art for Advent series: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGInLlFDxg-GgCEUQkjKwng

Dr. Ahn leads cyber security team at CyberSEED 2015

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Saturday November 7, 2015

Dr. David Ahn, Professor of Computer Science, leads first ever student cyber security team in CyberSEED 2015 Capture the Flag Challenge competition sponsored by Comcast and University of Connecticut. The Nyack team ranked 14th. About this accomplishment, Dr. Ahn states,

“This is a truly remarkable achievement by our computer science seniors and I am so proud of them. The CyberSEED 2015 was their first ever attended cyber-security competition and they ranked high among many well-known cyber-security teams around the country including many prestigious computer science schools from Ivy League and top-notch engineering institutions. The challenge set by Symantec was a very difficult one but our students were fully engaged in the challenge for two days straight from 9 am and 9 pm each day and they achieved an outstanding result! In fact, this result is an exemplary of what the Nyack College Computer Science program is about: We are small but produce highly qualified computer scientists!”

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Natural Sciences faculty and students participate in Day in the Life of the Hudson River

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Wednesday October 21, 2015

On Oct. 20, 2015, Nyack College biology majors and Department of Natural Sciences faculty (Dr. Peter Park and Dr. Daniel Kaluka) participated in the "Day in the Life of the Hudson River" Ecology Research Event. Our students partnered with SUNY Rockland’s Nancy Arias and her students to jointly collect valuable research data on the Hudson River at the Hook Mountain Nyack Beach site.

They collected data on some of the Hudson River’s 200-plus species of fish and also examined the physical and chemical aspects of the river with a wide-range of equipment. Spanning over 70 sites from Troy to Staten Island, “Day in the Life” brought together over 5,000 students from 100 different schools, institutions, and organizations to simultaneously survey and study the Hudson River. 

“More than a field trip, ‘Day in the Life’ trains students to use hands-on field techniques to describe their communities’ natural resources, and explore how their piece of the river fits into the larger ecosystem. Initial findings are posted online within a few days of the event. Scientists will work with students as they actively investigate the river ecosystem, measuring water chemistry, examining small sediment cores, collecting plankton, donning waders to seine for fish and looking at possible changes to the area from rising sea level.” – NYS DEC, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

More info about the event: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/47285.html

Dr. Yu chairs session and delivers paper at NY Conference of Asian Studies

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Tuesday October 20, 2015

Dr. K. Kale Yu, Assistant Professor of History, chaired the session, "Transreligious Encounters in Asia," at the 2015 New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS) at Vassar College. The theme for this year's NYCAS is "Global Asia: Social, Cultural, and Political Spaces." This interdisciplinary conference draws scholars and researchers from around the world to critically examine historical and contemporary issues surrounding Asian studies. 

Dr. Yu also delivered a paper entitled "Confucianism's Existential Dilemma and Christianity in Korea." 

According to Dr. Yu, “This paper analyzes Korea's Confucian existential dilemma, especially since the late nineteenth century when in the twilight of Choson dynasty Koreans witnessed the collapsed the Confucian world order. Deeply infused with Neo-Confucian principles since the founding of Choson, Confucian principles transformed the Korean worldview and while the literati successfully turned Korean society and culture toward an orthodox Neo-Confucian perspective they also instilled a problematic moral dilemma as the Confucian precepts demanded an relentless pursuit of the Way. Protestant Christianity, which entered Korea in the late nineteenth century, offered similar pathways, such as orthodoxy/heterodoxy paradigm and moral perfection, yet offered a solution or redemption to the Confucian problem. “

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Dr. Yu completed his Ph.D. from Columbia University, M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and B.A. from Clark University. He also received the 2015 Arts & Sciences Special recognition for his scholarship during the 2014-2015 academic year.