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

On J. Z. Smith and the Remarkable

A start of a new year, the ominous weather forecast, the beginning of yet another semester...if this moment is anything, it is one where we can signify our resolve by any number of means. And in that unremarkable fact, we might ask how and why such moments become remarkable. Currently many students of religion are … Continue reading On J. Z. Smith and the Remarkable

Mediating Perceptions of Race and Criminal Justice in America

Rhetorics of “law and order” have returned with a vengeance in the 2016 US Presidential Debate. Sowing the Seed is going to repost pieces from its Summer 2016 Reading Race and Criminality series in an attempt to deepen the discussion. Emily Soltys builds on Matthew Kuraska’s piece, to look at the role of media and language in discussing the … Continue reading Mediating Perceptions of Race and Criminal Justice in America