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Announcing Gordon College's Summer Seminar
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Gordon College is now taking applications for its 2016 Summer Seminar in Orvieto, Italy.  See our website for more information.


2015 Annual National Conference
Monday, May 19, 2014

Registration for the 25th annual National Conference is now open .  The deadline for registration is August 31, 2015.  See our website for more information. 


2015 Workshop for Senior Administrators
Monday, May 19, 2014

Registration for our 2015 Workshop for Senior Administrators is now open.  The deadline for registration is August 31, 2015.  For more information about this workshop please see our website


May LFP Update
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Check out the recent _LFP_Update_


Announcing the 2014 Arlin G. Meyer Prize Winner
Thursday, November 13, 2014

The winner and finalists for the 2014 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Visual Arts was announced at the twenty-fourth annual National Conference.  Find out more here.


Follow the Exiles from Eden Blog!
Thursday, November 1, 2012

The LFP is now sponsoring a new blog, Exiles from Eden.  Go check it out!


National Network of Church- Related Colleges and Universities
Thursday, July 8, 2010
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Lilly Graduate Fellows - Fifth Cohort

Luca M. Battaglia received his B.A. in Classics and Theology from Seton Hall University in 2012.  This fall he will begin the M.A./Ph.D. program in Philosophy at The Catholic University of America.  His main interests are metaphysics and virtue ethics, with particular attention to the philosophical insights of both ancient and medieval philosophers.  He is also interested in phenomenology and the philosophical thought of Karol Wojtyła, later Pope John Paul II.

Sarah Berry received her B.A. in University Scholars from Baylor University in 2010 and her M.A. in English literature from Boston College in 2012.  She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English literature at the University of Connecticut.  She studies twentieth-century literature, especially poetry and drama, with special attention to the ways that these poetic and dramatic genres overlap.

Nicole Bouchard received her B.A. in English Literature and B.S. in Mathematics from Northwest Nazarene University in 2012.  She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English literature at Baylor University.  Nicole's areas of interest include Victorian literature—primarily poetry and women’s writing—and Rhetoric and Composition.  She is specifically interested in the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christina Rossetti.

B. Kevin Brown earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Theological Studies in 2008 and a Master’s Degree in Theology in 2011, from Loyola Marymount University.  He is currently studying for a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Boston College.  Kevin’s primary areas of research include ecclesiology, ecumenism, methods of dialogue (particularly those used by the First Anglican – Roman Catholic International Commission and communities of women religious following the Second Vatican Council), and emerging theologies of ministry and order.

Laura Carlson received a BA in English Literature from Gordon College (Massachusetts) in 2008 and a MDiv (2011) and STM (2012) from Yale Divinity School.  This fall, she will begin pursuing a Ph.D. in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Yale University.  She is interested in prophetic literature, feminist and literary biblical interpretation, and identity formation in Second Temple Israel.

  Jessica Lauren Criales received her BA in History from the University of Notre Dame in 2008, and her Master’s in Spanish and Latin American Linguistic, Literary, Cultural Studies from NYU in 2012.  She is pursuing a PhD in History from Rutgers University starting in the fall of 2012, with a focus on comparative American and Latin American colonial history.  Her interests center on the role of religion in the creation of national identity, evangelization of indigenous peoples, and questions of syncretism, translation, and gender in juxtaposition with European orthodoxy.

Lauren Dodds is in her second year in the Art History department at USC. Her research focuses on the art and visual culture of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy. She is specifically interested in the conventions of representation shaping portraiture during this period. In 2008, Dodds graduated summa cum laude from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Art History and English literature. She received her MA in Art History from Southern Methodist University in 2011. Her master’s thesis, entitled “Portraiture as Metamorphosis: Reconsidering the Doni Portraits and their Verso Images,” focused on a set of portraits painted by Raphael with reverse images attributed to the anonymous Master of Serumido.

Lauren Eriks graduated from Hope College in 2008 with a B.A. in English and French.  After several years teaching abroad and working in theater education, she is now pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Michigan.  Her work focuses on dramatic literature, with particular interest in how literary theory and performance shape interpretations of canonical texts.

Kristin George Bagdanov received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Westmont College and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in poetry at Colorado State University. You can find her poems in 32 Poems, Redivider, CutBank, Ruminate, Rattle and other magazines. She is interested in how poetry can explore the self's relationship with the divine, nature, the body, and memory. She is also studying ecopoetics and ecocriticism and plans on pursuing a PhD in Literature, concentrating on Environment and Literature, after her M.F.A. For more information see her website

Josh Hasler completed a Bachelor’s degree at Gordon College in 2009 and a Master’s degree in Philosophical Theology at Boston University in 2011.  He is studying religion at Boston University where his Ph.D. work will focus on ways in which literature and other aesthetic experience violates religious ideas of the sacred.  He hopes eventually to link this research with its potential ramifications for both legal language and public discourse on religion.

Gabrielle Hovendon received her BA in English from Fordham University in 2011 and her MFA in creative writing from Bowling Green State University in 2014. Her short fiction has appeared in publications including Redivider, Tupelo Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Tin House’s Open Bar, and Baltimore ReviewCurrently at work on a novel about the lives of two nineteenth-century mathematicians, she will spend the 2014-2015 academic year teaching English in Galicia, Spain.

Karen Kovaka received her Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Environmental Geoscience from Boston College in 2012.  She is currently completing coursework for a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on political philosophy and philosophy of biology.  Her interests include conceptual and ethical issues related to biological complexity, social evolution and biodiversity, as well as interdisciplinary approaches to environmental ethics.

Stephen Margheim received his Bachelor’s Degree in 2012 from Baylor University.  This fall he is entering the Ph.D. program in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  Stephen is particularly interested in how the concepts and models of Greek philosophy filter into Roman poetry.

Michael Spory is a 2011 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University with a B.A. in Art, Photography, and Communications. Currently, he is a third year Masters of Architecture candidate in the College of Design at Iowa State University. His primary interests include design methodology for peace building, restorative justice, and resilience in post-trauma communities; the relationship between design and economic development in international, rural, and marginalized settings; photography and architecture; and the role of social and historical narratives in the formation of monuments.

Jordan Taylor received a B.A. from the University of Dayton in 2012. As a Ph.D. student in History at Indiana University - Bloomington, he studies early America and the revolutionary Atlantic. His research is focused on the transmission of French revolutionary news through Anglophone and Francophone print and communications channels in the Caribbean and North America.

Elizabeth D. Wilhoit received her B.A. from Wheaton College in 2009 in French and Communication and an M.A. in Communication from Purdue University in 2012.  She is currently a third year Ph.D. student in organizational communication at Purdue.  Elizabeth's research is concerned with how people communicate through their lived experience.  She is interested especially in how bodies, spaces, and material artifacts contribute to communication, particularly in organizational settings. Most recently, she has studied bike commuters, both in the US and Denmark. For more information, please visit her website.

Mentors, Fifth Cohort of Lilly Graduate Fellows

Lisa DeBoer is Professor of Art at Westmont College, who specializes in sixteenth and seventeenth century Dutch and Flemish Art, and the visual arts and Christian worship.  She received her Doctorate in the History of Art from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1996.  Among her recent publications are “Faith in Art” in Re-Enchantment, eds. James Elkins and David Morgan, Routledge, 2008, and “Everyday Uncanny” in Domestic Vision: Twenty-Five Years of Intimate Geography in the Art of Joel Sheesley, ed. Gregg Hertzlieb, Lutheran University Press, 2008.  Her forthcoming book examines the interplay between various ecclesiologies and and the visual arts in Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches.  Professor DeBoer was a Lily Fellows Program Post-Doctoral Fellow and she served on the National Network Board (2008-2011).  Along with Father Patella, she is a mentor for the Fifth Cohort of the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program.

Father Michael Patella. OSB is a Professor of Theology at Saint John’s University and rector of Saint John’s Seminary.  He received his M.Div. from Saint John’s in 1989, his S.S.L. from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in 1993, and his S.S.D. from the Ecole biblique et archeologique francaise de Jerusalem in 1995.  Some of his recent publications are Angels and Demons: a Christian Primer of the Spiritual World (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2012), Lord of the Cosmos: Mithras, Paul, and the Gospel of Mark (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2006), and The Gospel According to Luke in The New Collegeville Bible Commentary Series (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2005).  He joins Professor DeBoer as a mentor for the Fifth Cohort of the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program.
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