Dr. Balmaceda addresses justice globally and locally

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Monday October 5, 2015

Dr. Vilma "Nina" Balmaceda, Associate Professor of Political Science, participated at the Sixth Triennial Micah Global Consultation that took place in Lima, Peru on September 14-18, 2015. Micah is a global network that currently links 578 Christian organizations dedicated to pursuing peace, justice, relief and development around the world.

Dr. Balmaceda led a workshop on "Seeking Justice in Contexts of Violence," and moderated an academic debate on the challenges to the terminology and practice of Integral Mission, with the participation of Ms. Deborah Hancox (South Africa); Mr. Marcelo Vargas (Bolivia), Dr. Selena Headley (Canada); and Dr. Johannes Reimer (Germany).

More information about Micah can be found at: http://micahglobal.org.  

On a more local level, Dr. Balmaceda was also a featured speaker at the forum “A conversation about Restorative Justice: How Individuals and Communities Can Deal With Violent Crime” on September 20, 2015 at The Nyack Center. Dr. Balmaceda discussed the four basic functions of justice, and the role that restorative justice can play in helping individuals, families and communities affected by crime find healing, and prevent further violence. 

Other speakers included Tony award winning playwright and leader of the movement to end violence against women and girls, Ms. Eve Ensler; Mr. Toney Earl, Jr. and Mr. Tarik Greene, Executive Director and Deputy Director from the M.A.D.E. Transitional Services, respectively; and Fellowship of Reconciliation's Alan Levin, who facilitated the discussion after the presentations.

Author & Professor Gregory Wilson to be guest lecturer at Science Fiction course

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Thursday October 1, 2015

On Thursday, October 8, Dr. Gregory A. Wilson will be the guest speaker at Dr. Kevin Pinkham’s Science Fiction class.  The event with Dr. Wilson will begin at roughly 7:45 p.m. in HTS 5.

Dr. Wilson, Professor of English and Speech at St. John’s University, has published a number of academic works on texts ranging from the plays of Jonson and Marlowe to Ulysses and Mrs. Dalloway. His third book, Icarus, will be published as a graphic novel by Silence in the Library Publishing in 2015, and he has just signed a three book deal with The Ed Greenwood Group, which will be publishing his Gray Assassin Trilogy. In addition to his extensive academic work, he has published short stories and novels in the Fantastic Literature vein. 

A renown voice in the field of science fiction, as well as being a theatre critic, Dr. Wilson will be joining Dr. Pinkham’s class to discuss the topic of writing Literature of the Fantastic, publishing, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and whatever other topics happen to come up during the conversation.  Dr. Wilson received his Ph.D. in English from Brandeis University.

For more information on Dr. Wilson:



Dr. Balmaceda delivers keynote to Inter-American Federation of Christian Jurists

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Thursday October 1, 2015

Dr. Vilma "Nina" Balmaceda, Associate Professor of Political Science, delivered the keynote address at the opening session of the 11th Convention of the Inter-American Federation of Christian Jurists (FIAJC, according to its initials on Spanish and Portuguese) on September 3, 2015.  The convention attracted the participation of more than 120 Latin American lawyers and law professors who focused their efforts on analyzing the problem of increasing violence in Latin America.  

Dr. Balmaceda also participated as a panelist on "Violence against Women and Children" on Sept. 4, and on "Common Crime and the Promise of Restorative Justice" on Sept. 5. The full program can be found on www.fiajc.org.   

An interview and short video of the conference is available at:


As a result of the deliberations during the FIAJC Convention, Dr. Balmaceda presided over the Assembly that unanimously approved the Declaration on San Salvador, a compelling call to work against the root causes of violence in Latin America.  The Declaration has been published in Salvadoran newspapers, such as "El Diario de Hoy" and "Co-Latino," and can be read online in Spanish at:


Dean Arzola's words to the Graduates

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Thursday October 1, 2015

The 2014-2015 Nyack College NYC Campus Yeakbook Theme, "Greater Things"

From the Dean to the Graduates

When we hear the phrase “greater things,” we usually think in quantitative terms. This is certainly natural. After years of undergraduate study, you have accumulated a significant amount of knowledge. But more stuff also tends to clutter or confuse our minds and our vision. So how might we both compartmentalize and integrate our lives in such a way that makes the intellectual music harmonic instead of cacophonic?

Perhaps another way of understanding “greater things” is through depth and clarity. Or what our tradition calls “wisdom.” The liberal arts provides a depth of knowledge which allows us to consider life from various disciplinary perspectives. The philosophic, the scientific, the literary, the artistic are myriad ways to more thoughtfully and more comprehensively ponder the intricacy of a thing. But, at least for me, it’s the prophetic dimension that deepens the awareness of its beauty. It’s the pathos that gives life to knowing and space for mystery. Let us ever strive to deepen and clarify our minds and our hearts.

Fernando Arzola Jr., Ph.D.

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

The 2015 Nyack College NYC yearbook: http://issuu.com/nyacknycosd/docs/2015_ybfinal

Dr. Danaher participates in Ecumenical Conversation

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Wednesday September 16, 2015

Dr. James Danaher, Professor of Philosophy, recently took part in a four day conference in Chicago between Evangelical and Catholic ecumenists entitled “ACT 3 Network: Catholic-Evangelical Conversation. Pope Francis sent a personal greeting to the group and gifts for each member. In the Pope’s letter he encouraged the group to work toward evangelism. He said,

“Today the blood of the many Christians slaughtered in diverse parts of the world cries out to heaven. The one that persecutes does not make a mistake, he doesn’t ask if they are Catholic, Evangelical or Orthodox…they are Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, ansd that is enough. This blood challenges us: Do we have the right to make our divisions a priority while the blood of our brothers is shed for the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

For more information on the conference: