The College of Idaho will fill a new, fully endowed chair in Judaic studies – the first of its kind in the Intermountain West – thanks to the successful completion of a $2.2 million fundraising initiative.
The interplay between science and religion has been discussed and deliberated for centuries. The debate comes to the Treasure Valley this month as Karl Giberson, one of America’s leading scholars on the creation vs. evolution controversy, delivers the lecture “Are Science and Religion at War?” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 inside Langroise Recital Hall on The College of Idaho campus in Caldwell. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The College of Idaho for years has strived to increase awareness and interest in Jewish culture and history throughout Idaho and the West. Those efforts continue this winter as the College hosts From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America, a traveling exhibition made possible by the American Jewish Historical Society and Jewish American History Month. The exhibition will run from Jan. 9 through March 19 inside the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell.
A documentary film created by College of Idaho freshman Julia Levy recently was named one of 15 preliminary winners in the nationwide filmmaking contest, Project VoiceScape. Levy’s film, The Fifth Star, examines women’s suffrage in her native Washington state as well as modern female involvement in politics. Levy was awarded a $2,000 grant to complete her project, and she was honored along with her fellow winners during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
“I was shocked I won the grant,” Levy said. “There were around 250 applications, so I felt thrilled to be selected.”
College of Idaho professor Robert Dayley is the winner of the 2011 Idaho Professor of the Year award, announced Nov. 17 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Dayley, who teaches political economy and specializes in Asian studies, is the fourth C of I professor in six years to receive the award, which recognizes the state’s top educator based on scholarly achievement, innovative teaching, community and professional service, and recommendations from colleagues, alumni and students.
College of Idaho political economy professor Dr. Rob Dayley and a team of four undergraduate student researchers recently returned from a summer trip to Thailand, where they studied the political, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the country’s troubled tangerine industry.