Nadia…

Nadia Mourtaj giving a presentation on Non-violence. She's standing in front of Reutersward's Colty Python .357 Magnum sculpture with the twisted barrel.

Life is about connections. Okay, life is about many things. But it's at the connections where we so frequently realize and savor what we have. During my last year at Elizabethtown College, I had the pleasure of teaching and learning with a student named Nadia Mourtaj. I recently learned that Nadia and her younger sister, … Continue reading Nadia…

As Good a Time as Any

A few days ago WordPress notified me that I've been blogging for 10 years! Some will remember that Sowing the Seed actually began in 2006 using Apple's iWeb software. In any case, the anniversary was a good reminder for me to take a look around at what's been going on at StS. Believe it or … Continue reading As Good a Time as Any

Real Talk: CFPs and Stepping up the AAR and SBL Pre-Game

As I've written before, so much of academic life is trying to figure out how people fit into the boxes we use to make sense of our worlds. Knowing some of the politics and frustrations that entails, I've tried to use this website to open that process up a bit. And I appreciated sharing about that in some different venues.

Real Talk: Reading the Academic Conference Terrain

My last post responded to a question about whether presenting conference papers is worthwhile. Readers weighed in with some great points that must be factored into such deliberations. Dr. Josh Brockway noticed that I had used the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature as my frame of reference. Thinking … Continue reading Real Talk: Reading the Academic Conference Terrain