Dr. Toke Knudsen, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics, gives talk at Villanova University

Dr. Toke Knudsen, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics, gave a talk at Villanova University for the Philadelphia Area Seminar on the History of Mathematics on October 20, 2016. The talk, which was entitled “The Geometry of Reality: Johannes Hjelmslev and the Pedagogical Debates on the Teaching of Geometry in 20th-Century Denmark,” was based on research done by Dr. Knudsen while on sabbatical during the 2015-16 academic year.

Tim Welch Publishes New Business Audio Book

Tim Welch, a full time Lecturer in the Communication and Media department, has just published his 23rd audio book entitled “Vaporized:  Solid Strategies for Success in a Dematerialized World.”  The author, Robert Tercek, has an impressive resume in the media business as the former President of Digital Media at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, CEO of MTV International, and prior to that as Senior Vice President of Digital Media at Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Tercek asserts in “Vaporized” that in 21st century businesses software is often replacing hardware at an accelerating pace.  For instance the Uber app is replacing the taxi business (and could eventually replace car ownership).  Other mobile phone apps have replaced digital cameras, GPS devices and, for much of the world, computers themselves.  Welch was chosen as the narrator through a competitive audition and because he has produced other material on new media and business management.  Welch’s latest audio book is available on Audible.com and iTunes and you can listen to a sample by clicking here:  “Vaporized“.

Mark S. Ferrara, English, publishes a new book

Mark S. Ferrara, English, publishes a new book entitled Sacred Bliss: A Spiritual History of Cannabis (Rowman & Littlefield): https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Bliss-Spiritual-History-Cannabis/dp/1442271914
“With scholarly acumen and attunement to the pulses of social evolution, Mark Ferrara guides us through centuries of respectful cannabis use within diverse world religions, and he thoughtfully explores its potential to contribute to the spiritual awakening so urgently needed in the early twenty-first century. This book is a critical, invaluable, and timely ‘missing link’ in the literature on marijuana and on how certain non-ordinary states of awareness may contribute to psychological and spiritual development.” (William A. Richards, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, author of Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences)