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Note from the chair
The Biological Imperative
In big-time science, much of the ac-
tion today is in biology. Let me hasten
to concede that the natural and math-
ematical sciences offer many other ex-
citing areas, but the molecular aspects
of biology seem to be the high flyers,
the attention grabbers (e.g., Nobels).
Thus, the provost's new initiative in
molecular biology and genetics takes
on particular importance and interest
to UF and CLAS.
No rich history of molecular biology
is to be found in CLAS. To be sure,
our departments of zoology and botany
have, over the years, carved out impor-
tant areas of the biological sciences
for which they are well known, but
biology at the molecular level has not
been a strength. And the department of
chemistry, until more recently, had no
significant component of biochemistry,
although that is rapidly changing.
The fact that we were molecular-
biology challenged has its pluses and
minuses. On the one hand, we have not
yet developed a broad reputation in the
field that attracts attention to UF, but
by the same token, we also do not find
ourselves heavily invested in outdated
programs and personnel. There is an
opportunity to survey the fieldss, seek
counsel from the experts, and plot a
course to excellence.
The Tigert plan, which is only in
its early stages of implementation,
has been much discussed, but little
publicized. Not surprisingly, it centers
around resources, including such com-
ponents as a central core facility, a mo-
lecular sciences and genetics institute,
See Musings, page 12
Vol. 13 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences No. 1
Quietly sitting under a tree...
Buddhism nust be experienced says CLAS professor
"Studying Buddhism with a professor can be
boring," admits Tanya Storch. She should
know -she got her PhD in the subject. "Forc-
ing religion into a Western discourse type
of course kills the essence of the material,"
explains Storch, whojoined the CLAS faculty
in 1997 as an assistant professor of Chinese
religion. "Buddhism must be experienced.
What Buddha did to arrive at [what we now
call] Buddhism," she continues, "was to just
sit under a tree. So how do you teach some-
thing that is to be perceived, conceived of
and actually practiced, such as quiet sitting
under a tree?"
You do it, according to the Russian-born
scholar, by teaching performatively, mean-
ing that students must physically participate
in the religious practices. "If a specialist in
chemistry had never gone to the chemistry
labs," she points out, "what would we say
of his expertise? It's incomplete, right? So
students who have the theoretical part of Bud-
dhism but who' ve never sat in any meditation,
never tried a single asana to see what happens
to their consciousness, never tried the effects
of the mudras or never drawn a single man-
dala... their experience, their knowledge, is
Storch gives students plenty of theoretical
discourse, but she commits herself to mak-
ing 30-50% of class time (depending on the
group) experiential. She teaches them breath-
ing exercises, meditations and how to think
of others with love and compassion. Her
students keep journals of their experiences,
and after three months of practicing these
exercises three times a week, many students
make them a permanent part of their rou-
tines. "It's proven to be very helpful to them
as human beings," she says, "and for some
it has even provided better results in other
classes... they can be much more peaceful
Buddhist philosophy also helps students
experience less trauma in their relationships,
says Storch. "Your higher or 'real' self can
never be completely detached from the' other-
ness' around it," she explains. "You are me
A representation of Tanya Storch medi-
tating, from her book Chinese Scrolls.
and I am you... we are both everything that
we are not-the self is never cut off from
everything else. All your thoughts came
from somewhere and all your cells also came
from somewhere, so we are recycled beings
in this sense, made out of the other."
On the research side of things, Storch is
fighting to bring materials into her discipline
that have been overlooked for a long time.
"We, as the academy, have certain prejudices
against scholarship coming from nonwest-
em traditions like Buddhism," she explains.
In other words, the Western academy tends
only to read, discuss and value select reli-
gious and philosophical texts -mostly the
translations of the canons and commentar-
ies. "Our weakness is in part that we would
not dare to write our own commentaries on
the Buddhist religious texts, because we
don't feel that we are on the same foot with
the Buddhist tradition." This weakness, ac-
See Storch, page 10
This month's focus: Religion
Around the College
Lewis Sussman gave a guest lecture in November at Florida State
University on "Roman Aqueducts and Public Health." The event
was the second this year in a new program of exchange lectures
between the two Classics programs.
COMMUNICATION SCIENCES & DISORDERS
Geralyn Schulz gave a workshop on December 11 to the Georgia
Speech, Language and Hearing Association entitled: "Adult Neu-
rogenic Speech Disorders: Research and Treatment Programs"
held in Atlanta, Georgia.
Brandon Kershner has been elected to the Board of Trustees of
the International James Joyce Foundation for a six-year term. He
will be one of nine North American scholars on the board.
William Logan's Vain Empires and Padgett Powell's Aliens of
Affection were both listed as Notable Books of the Year in the
New York Times Book Review.
Mark A. Reid has been appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board
of The African American Almanac, 8th Edition (Gale Research).
During July, Reid will co-direct "Black Film Studies: Integrating
African American Cinema into the Arts and Humanities Curricu-
lum," a 1999 NEH Summer Institute for College and University
Teachers (University of Central Florida).
Bertram Wyatt-Brown, presented papers at the Tucker Society,
the IPSA Conference in St. Petersburg, the Southern Historical
Association, and Wofford College, Spartanburg, this spring, sum-
mer and fall on Edgar Allen Poe, Twentieth-Century Southern
Writers and the traumas of Confederate defeat. He was selected
to be Vice-President, 1999-2000, and President, 2000-2001, of
the Southern Historical Association. On sabbatical leave, he is
currently the Henry Luce Foundation Fellow at the National Hu-
manities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
Anne Wyatt-Brown gave a paper at the IPSA Conference, St.
Petersburg on novelist Henry Roth, and two papers in November
at the Philadelphia meeting of the Gerontological Society of
America: "Critical Gerontology, Post-Modernism, and Litera-
ture," and "The Ethics of Autobiography." On sabbatical leave,
she is Research Scholar at the University of North Carolina,
ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
Bernadette Callier was invited this fall to chair a session on the
Martiniquan Novel at an International Conference on Caribbean
Literatures (The College of the Bahamas, Nassau-Purdue Uni-
versity Calumet, Indiana, Morehouse College-Atlanta, Georgia).
She was also invited to participate in an international confer-
ence on Edouard Glissant in New York (Dec 3-4) organized by
CLAS Holiday Party Held
in New Faculty Center
f%!LN f &
On December 9, CLAS held its annual Holiday party in
the recently opened Keene Faculty Center. The gathering
was the first official College-wide event in the new facility.
A trombone quartet serenaded guests from the balcony
L' Association Francophone de City University of New York,
the PhD Program in French at CUNY, and the French Embassy
(Cultural Services). She chaired a panel and read excerpts from
Glissant's work in a special session.
At the invitation of the Department of Sociology and Social Psy-
chology, Tampere University, Finland, Jay Gubrium conducted
a day-long workshop on empirical studies at the intersection of
culture, narrative and social interaction.
Bob Zieger (History) was awarded a special recognition plaque
by the North Central Florida Central Labor Council at the Coun-
cil's annual dinner on December 14. Recognition was extended
for his work in a variety of labor-oriented community-university
projects this past year and for being "a force in the struggle for
As part of the Fatherhood Data Team of the Federal Interagency
Forum on Child and Family Statistics, Bill Marsiglio (Sociology)
recently received the Hammer Award given by Vice President
Gore's National Performance Review to those who best serve
the cause of reinventing government.
Around the College
TIP and PEP Awards
The 1998 legislature appropriated to the State University System $2, 100,000 for the Teaching Incentive Pro-
gram (TIP) and $2, 100,000 for the Professional Excellence Program (PEP). Each award provides recipients
with a $5,000 increase in base salary rate, whether on a nine- or twelve-month appointment, retroactive to the
beginning of the recipients' 1998-99 employment contracts. Twenty-eight CLAS faculty members received
PEPs while 50 received TIPs.
Faculty Member Award Dept.
Anthony Oliver-Smith TIP ANT
James Paxson TIP ENG
Michael Perfit PEP GLY
David Pharies PEP RLL
Murali Rao PEP MAT
Kellie Roberts TIP CWOC
Andrew Rosalsky TIP STA
Richard Scher TIP POL
Gareth Schmeling TIP CLA
Li-Chien Shen TIP MAT
Richard Shoaf TIP ENG
Pierre Sikivie PEP PHY
Jane Smith TIP MAT
Jospeh Spillane TIP HIS
Yasumasa Takano TIP PHY
Gene Thursby TIP REL
Carolyn Tucker PEP PSY
Alexandre Turull PEP MAT
Martin Vala TIP CHE
Henri Van Rinsvelt TIP PHY
Kenneth Wald PEP POL
Phillip Wegner TIP ENG
William Weltner TIP CHE
Bertram Wyatt-Brown PEP HIS
Mark Yang TIP STA
Gayle Zachmann TIP RLL
Barbara Zsembik TIP SOC
Seeking PREVIEW Faculty Advisors
The summer orientation program, PREVIEW, is seeking
enthusiastic faculty members from all disciplines to work as
advisors during May, June and July for our new freshmen
and transfer students. Interested faculty are encouraged
to attend an information session to find out more about the
PREVIEW program, including the time commitment and com-
pensation for faculty advisors.
Interested faculty may attend any one of the following
Wednesday, January 20, 1999, at 10:40 A.M. (4th period)
Thursday, January 21, 1999, at 4:05 P.M. (9th period)
Tuesday, January 26, 1999, at 9:35 A.M. (3rd period)
Wednesday, January 27, 1999, at 4:05 P.M. (9th period)
All sessions will be held in Room 200 of the Academic Advising
Center (across from the Recreation Center and Dining Services on
Fletcher Drive). For more information, contact Jeanna Mastrodi-
casa, John Laibson or Todd Parks at 392-1521.
by Jack Sabin, CLAS Director of Information Resources
and Technological Programs
There are several matters that I would like to bring
to your attention over the next few issues of CLAS notes.
This month, I'll address security matters and new faculty
During the late spring and summer, CLAS was granted
$150K from the Provost's office for the purpose of upgrad-
ing faculty computers as a step towards getting the faculty
in compliance with the student computer requirement.
These funds, along with a supplement from the CLAS
Dean's Office, allowed us to purchase almost 150 desktop
machines, which were doled out among the departments
on the basis of requests made in the
Spring Academic Program Reviews.
We intend to continue this process.
The Dean's Office plans to replace a
similar number of faculty machines
each year, putting all faculty machines
on a four-year replacement cycle.
Most of the new machines are
Pentium PC's, and are equipped with
2 4 GB hard disks. All this space
makes it convenient to store docu-
ments on your private hard disks.
However, storing things on your
local disk means that your work will
not be backed up unless you or your
systems administrator has a backup
scheme in place and executes it regu- i
larly. Ideally, such backup copies will '
be stored in a place remote from the
original copy. Desktop disk failure Director of Inform
problems may mean loss of your work
if backups have not been made on a
regular basis. On the other hand, if you store things on the
CLASnet disks, your H drive, they will automatically be
backed up daily, and the backup copies will be stored in a
remote location. Details for doing this are available from
your departmental computer contact or from consult@clas.
In another step aimed at bringing the College into
sync with the student computer requirement, the Provost
has authorized funds to rewire several of our buildings,
which presently have old thin-net wiring. Work has started
to rewire Bartram/Carr, Dauer, Psychology, and Walker
with new cat5 twisted pair. This will include upgrading
building switches, which should result in better and faster
service for all residents of those buildings.
On a separate note, security against hostile break-ins is
becoming an ever more serious need. Chemistry, Statistics,
Physics, NWE and Math were all hacked during the fall
semester. The first line of defense against hackers is to use
a good password. A bad password is one that can be found
in a dictionary (English or any other reasonably common
language), as many password-cracking programs used
by hackers are based on dictionary lookup algorithms.
Other bad passwords come from your name, birthday,
phone number, social security number, and the like. A
better password can be formed by taking a word you can
remember and misspelling it such as doadsitn instead of
roadsign. Another method is to use the first letters of a
phrase that you can remember, such as (now is the time
for all good men) nittfagm. The best solution is to sprin-
kle upper case and non-alphabetic
characters in your password, such as
nltt;faGm. In no case should you tell
anyone else what your password is,
nor write it down. (Now that these
examples are published, they are no
longer secure passwords!) Note that
a systems administrator never needs
Another way for hackers to break
into a computer is to use a sniffer. A
sniffer is a program installed some-
where along the path between your
dial-up machine and the machine
you want to log into that looks for
packets labeled userid and password.
Each time such a pair comes across,
Ithe sniffer stores the information,
Sand thus builds a table of userids and
on Resources & asswords that the hacker can com-
ams: Jack Sabin passwords that the hacker can com-
pile to break into a machine. Since
you create such packets each time you
telnet or rlogin to a remote computer, the opportunity for
hacking is very real. One way around this problem is to use
the secure shell (SSH) for remote logins, rather than telnet or
rlogin. This system avoids sending the password packets,
and thus avoids the possibility for hacking. To use SSH, it
must be installed on both the home-based machine and on
the server to which you wish to log in. The CLAS servers
and most departmental servers are now equipped with
SSH capability, and free or inexpensive SSH packages for
your home machines are available from the Net for most
computers. The Dean's Office will soon have a Web page
concerning security problems accessible from the comput-
ing option on the CLAS home page (http://www.clas.ufl.
edu/computing) which will provide further information
about security issues and will help with the installation of
SSH and similar packages.%
Apocalyptic Literature Historically Pacifistic
An interview with James Mueller, Associate Professor of Religion
Cn: You work primarily with non-
canonical Christian and Jewish texts
from the Hellenistic and Roman
periods. What is the origin of this
JM: Well, the last canonical book of
the Hebrew Bible was written about
165 BCE, and the first book of the
New Testament wasn't written until
about 50 CE (Paul's first letter to the
Thessalonians)....so there's a 200-
year gap in between. Of course a lot
was being written in this gap [as the
Dead Sea Scrolls attest to], but little
of it made it into the canon. Much of
it got shuffled off to all sorts of dif-
ferent places, and a lot of it was not
preserved because once you decide
what's authoritative, you aren't going
to spend any time and effort copying
what's not authoritative anymore.
Some may actively, in fact, seek out the
non orthodox material and destroy it.
So a lot of this literature is preserved
in [obscure] languages out away from
the general Mediterranean world or in
mountain regions where orthodoxy
Cn: Is this material difficult to lo-
JM: Many things are continuing to be
found. It's sort of archeological work
that goes on in museums and libraries.
I'm interested in bringing that mate-
rial to an English speaking audience,
so I'm involved in translation projects
that take those sorts of manuscripts
and make critical texts of them, make
English translations of them, write
commentaries on them-in a sense
I sort of do the ground work that's
essential for other people to do their
other kinds of work. If I translate a
fifth century Christian apocalyptic
text of the Tours of Hell, for example,
that feeds into Dante scholars, Milton
scholars and others...
There has developed in the last
generation of scholars this subfield
that just does this early Jewish lit-
erature. We provide the material for
those people who want to comment
extensively on the canonical material,
but at the same time, we in the field
are developing our own series of com-
mentaries on these Jewish books. I'm
involved with an international project
to produce a 40 plus volume commen-
tary series on the Pseudepigrapha. I'll
produce one of those volumes, and I'll
be the primary editor on several more
and oversee, with an international
team, the whole series.
Cn: What is Pseudepigrapha?
JM: Pseudepigrapha is a technical
term for non-canonical literature.
It literally means "falsely ascribed
writing," usually a person writing in
the name of a well-known historical
figure. Writers did this to lend weight
to their work... "I just found this book
and it was written by Enoch three mil-
lennia ago...look at what it says..."
In some cases, the writers of these
works would claim that the spirit of a
well-known person inspired them or
communicated through them.
But in the end it all works to be
the same thing...an authoritative
voice supposedly from the past tell-
ing us usually something important
about our present. In eschatological
works-the descriptions of the end of
the world-it's very much that you'll
have a book by somebody like Enoch
and he will "prophesy" everything
up to the present which is real easy
to do when you've already seen it
happen, and then prophesy what's
about to happen. Almost all of these
books can be dated fairly accurately
by the point at which the prophecy
Generally, during the age that we're
talking about there's a widespread
notion that we're near the end. These
apocryphal writers are committed to
the notion that the end is coming very
soon, and they are plotting the drama
in which God brings about the end.
The end is a fabulous thing for the
people who are writing because they
always envision themselves on the
right side of the equation. "When
judgement comes, and it's coming
real soon, and when you're brought
up in front of God don't you want to
go with the sheep and not with the
goats? [You'd better change your
ways..."] So there's always exhorta-
tion in this literature-it never fails.
Even the modern versions have this
exhortation to a certain mode of
thinking or acting.
Cn: Was this exhortation ever used
as political coercion?
JM: Sometimes it's political, some-
times it's social, sometimes it's re-
ligious...in the ancient world those
three aren't very separable. This
brings up another notion that's often
confusing for people who look at this
literature and that is that there's al-
ways this sense that eschatological or
apocalyptic literature is a sort of call
to arms-a literature of the political...
"We need to fight our oppressors; we
need to throw the oppressors out."
There is that strain in it...this Arma-
geddon last war and all that sort of
business...that's in there somewhat,
but for the most part, the literature
It's really the literature of people
who have, in some ways, lost hope
in the historical process, but have
See Mueller, page 8
Assistant professor of political science Richard Conley completed his PhD at
the University of Maryland. He came to UF from the US Department of HUD in
Maryland where he was a research assistant. He is currently researching how
divided partisan control of national institutions has affected presidential success
in Congress since 1945. He teaches courses on the American presidency and
American politics. His pastimes include camping, boating and fishing.
Assistant professor of English Nancy Reisman received her MFA from the Univer-
sity of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1991. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer
Train, American Fiction, Lilith, and Press, and recent work is forthcoming in the
Kenyon Review. She has received literary fellowships from the National Endow-
ment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the University of
Wisconsin at Madison. For several years she taught at the Rhode Island School of
Design and directed the RISD's Writing Center. She will be teaching graduate and
undergraduate courses in fiction writing.
Andrew Rinzler, an assistant professor of physics, earned his PhD from the
University of Connecticut in 1991. Upon graduation he took a National Research
Council post doctoral appointment at the US Army Research, Development and
Engineering Center (ARDEC) in Dover, New Jersey. While atARDEC he be-
came fascinated with a then newly discovered class of molecules called carbon
nanotubes. This interest brought him to Rick Smalley's lab at Rice University,
where he spent several highly productive years. Andrew's research at UF will
concentrate on nanotube synthesis, characterization and technological exploita-
tion. He has no spare time, but if he did, he would spend it with his wife and their
three dogs at their new home in Newberry.
Religion Secretary Annie Newman (sitting) has
been with the Department for three years, and
Office Manager Julia Smith (standing), has held
her current position for six years. They are
pictured in the Religion Department's Dauer Hall
Religion Politicized by Media
The Media and Promise Keepers
David Hackett, associate professor of religion, is currently working in the area of gen-
der and American religion. His book, Fraternal Orders and the Re-Imagining of
American Religious History is forthcoming. '
When religion is in the news,
the religious content of the
story is often ignored in
favor of some political, economic or
other non-religious factor that drives
the report. As a result, religious world
views and motivations are discounted
as irrelevant to what is "really" going
on, leaving the reader with a con-
Take, for example, the recent
spate of stories about the evangeli-
cal Promise Keepers crusade. Nearly
all of these reports were cast in a
"culture wars" political context that
paid scant attention to the religious
convictions of these Christian men.
In the earliest stories, dating back to
1991, local reporters pointed excitedly
to the "spirited success" of this new
"Christian men's movement," focus-
ing on the novelty and strangeness of
50,000 middle-aged men gathering in
a Boulder, Colorado, football stadium
to find their way back to God and to
their responsibilities as husbands and
As the Promise Keepers' member-
ship swelled (from 4,200 in 1991 to
230,000 in 1994), they gained a wider
audience. National publications and
broadcasts took up the story and a
chorus of criticism centered on the
right-wing domination of the move-
ment all but drowned out the positive
note struck by local reports. A Nation
cover story, for example, pronounced
the movement a "third wave" of po-
litically active religious conservatism
"following the demise of the Rev.
Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority and
the compromises of Pat Robertson's
Christian Coalition with secular Re-
publicanism." At the same time, Na-
tional Organization of Women (NOW)
president Patricia Ireland spent one
television show after another linking
the movement's founder, Bill McCart-
ney, with the "same old pantheon of
Significantly, this "here come the
lunatics" coverage moderated and
became increasingly sympathetic as
time and proximity to Promise Keepers
members and their rallies progressed.
As men poured into Washington for
the October 4-5, 1997 rally, they con-
ducted themselves so well, said one
CNN correspondent, "You can't help
but be moved." Interviews of career-
oriented and supportive Promise
Keepers' wives suggested that their re-
lationships were far more egalitarian in
practice than the movement's rhetoric
of men "taking charge" implied. The
characteristic absence of politics in the
rally speeches reinforced the shift in
attitude, as did the emphasis on racial
reconciliation-palpably present in
scenes of black and white men hugging
Such positive appraisals were
followed by a backlash against the
earlier liberal perspective, but this
only reinforced the media-generated
theme of culture war. Liberals were
now accused of a double standard
that kept them from recognizing the
positive aspects of the movement. "By
any normal expectation," wrote U.S.
News and World Report, "NOW would
express at least some guarded praise"
for programs that urged men to be
emotionally vulnerable, honest and
respectful of their wives and families.
(NOW didn't budge.) Similarly, Jim
Sleeper on "All Things Considered"
argued that white liberals were unwill-
ing to face the possibility that "the civil
rights movement's beloved community
of black and white together has found
a new, more conservative home."
Not all the media attention to the
Washington rally was so overly politi-
cized. The Washington Post performed
a signal service by surveying 882
randomly selected participants. Most
turned out to be white middle-class
Baptists who didn't like Bill Clinton or
feminism, but were neither politically
active nor interested in having Promise
Keepers form a political action commit-
tee and contribute money to candidates
David Hackett (Religion)
who support Christian values.
But by and large, a failure to un-
derstand Promise Keepers within the
long tradition of American revival-
ism led the news media to miss the
movement's real significance and
prospects. Appearing on the "Mac-
Neil/ Lehrer News Hour," movement
leader Paul Edwards asserted that
theirs was a "revival movement,"
part of "the history of a tradition of
going after the heart...rather than a
reform movement." This statement
squares with historians' judgments
that America's great revival leaders,
from George Whitefield in the 1740s
First Great Awakening to Charles
Finney in the early 1800s Second Great
Awakening to Billy Graham today,
have all been devoted to personal,
spiritual transformation rather than
Not that revivals have lacked for
unintended political consequences.
Evangelicals involved in nineteenth-
century abolitionism had, rather
than political motivation, a religious
commitment to saving souls. The
modern "born again" movement to
address concerns regarding family,
gender, and sexuality is similarly more
concerned with religion than politics.
The overt movement of religion into
politics has always been controversial,
See Hackett, page 8
M ueller, continued from page 5
not lost hope that God ultimately will redeem the histori-
cal process in a way that brings them to a good place. So
they're saying "We can't defeat the Romans, but we have
full faith and confidence that God can defeat the Romans
and is planning to do so very soon." And some celebrate
their oppression. That sounds weird-they're not happy
to be oppressed-but they're saying... "look, it must be
really close because things are getting really bad." Roman
oppression was the worst...in the first century inflation
was 100% per year... and if you lived in Palestine you lived
along the Jordan Rift, which is earthquake prone so natural
disasters were a threat right along with political disasters
and economic disasters... everything looked hopeless.
Cn: Are there parallels between these apocryphal writings
and modern day believers in the end of the world?
JM: Many groups believe the end is coming soon. They
point to "crises" such as the Persian Gulf War or the oil
crisis of the 70s, and they argue that these events show how
close we are to God's return. You don't have to go to the
guy walking down the street in the sandwich board, all
you have to do is go to any number of evangelical churches
H a c kett, continued from page 7
and evangelical leaders have, like Billy Graham, for the
most part steered clear of organized politics. Certainly,
Promise Keepers has political implications. But that is not
the same as saying that its efforts are gener-
ated by a political agenda. Promis
Efforts to lure men back into churches by PK We
emphasizing the masculinity of Christianity Profes
have been going on with indifferent suc-
cess ever since the early nineteenth-century
Industrial Revolution. Like the "Muscular
Christian" movements of the late nineteenth
and early twentieth centuries, Promise Keep-
ers relies on Saint Paul's masculine rhetoric,
but softens it with a dose of latter-day emo- Promis
tional sensitivity. This suggests the conscious Throuc
search for images and relationships that por-
tray strength as a nonviolent, noncompetitive
value. Possible long-term consequences of the movement
could be dissemination of these messages through small
groups and church curriculums.
Analyzing Promise Keepers primarily through a politi-
cized culture wars lens has, in short, given the news media
a constricted and inaccurate view of the men's movement
in today's evangelical churches. Within the Pauline tradi-
tion of male leadership, which is embedded in the basic
vocabulary and mental framework of evangelical churches,
conservative Protestant women are not men's obedient
servants. They are complementary partners with men
in a common effort to follow Christ. As for the Promise
Keepers' commitment to racial reconciliation, it has not
been shown to be a political ploy. On the contrary, all
and find a firm commitment to the notion that the end is
coming soon. Not the end in the sense that we'll all blow
ourselves up, but the end in the sense that Jesus comes back
and takes the believers. There are a lot of publications out
there that sell very well on a continuing basis pushing the
notion that it's all going to happen real soon...
Cn: As a scholar of this material, are you ever expected
to defend or discount these beliefs?
JM: My position is not to say whether they're right or
wrong... [but since] the background goes all the way back
[2000 years ago] to the early Hellenistic and Roman period
Jewish writings that I study, my place is to ask, What is it
that brings this kind of thinking about? Whether it be an-
cient world or modern world, I find it very interesting.%
This semester Professor Mueller is editing a dictionary of Early
Judaism and teaching a seminar on end of the world specula-
indications are that it is a sincere effort to create a world
where there is neither black nor white in Christianity. To
date, Promise Keepers remains a largely non-political ef-
>e Keepers (see motto and logo, below, as published on
b page) is a religious, not political, organization, says
MEN OFr INTELBR! ITY
e Keepers is a Christ-Centered Ministry Dedicated to Uniting Men
h Vital Relationships to Become Godly Influences in Their World.
fort of evangelical churchmen to change their ways and
keep their promises to their wives and families. It may
become a political organization, but anyone who seeks to
make it such-and there are those who would love to do
so-stands to undermine the deepest commitments that
bring these men together.
What continues to be most striking to me, as a religion
professor who reads with everyone else the media's pre-
sentation of religion, is the relative absence of attention to
religious motivations. As this example suggests, reduction
of religion to politics, economics or what have you narrows
our understanding of the larger meaning and significance
of religious goings on in our contemporary world.
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cording to Storch, creates a gap between
Buddhist practitioners and academicians.
"Practitioners very rarely elaborate on
theoretical points in Buddhism, whereas
academicians only allow themselves to
analyze the texts, to reconstruct the history
and to interpret things from the position
The largely forgotten histories of
Dharma, for example, which enjoyed the
brief attention of academics in the 30s and
40s, are exactly the type of material Storch
would like to see integrated into the study
of Buddhism. "These incredible books de-
tail the history of humanity," she says, "but
we don' t translate them because they're
not written from the Western perspective."
Rather than view human history through
the lens of political events like war, con-
quest or economic prosperity, the Dharma
texts portray the history of human kind as
the slow but inevitable development of
individual souls toward the ultimate goal
of enlightenment. But not just humans;
plants, mountains, ghosts and demons are
also included, and, says Storch, this stops
the academy from taking these texts seri-
ously as historical documentation.
What we consider "truth" today was
merely legend yesterday, she points out,
citing humans flying and space travel as
obvious examples of the way our reality
constantly changes. So from the Buddhist
perspective, it's not accurate to write a
human history within the limitations of
nation, religion or technological progress.
The Dharma texts and other Buddhist writ-
ings attempt to create a unified framework
for recording history, one that includes all
nations and beings.
"As academicians, we may pick up
one or two or three facts out of these texts
that seem to be very reliable, and we may
refer to those facts when analyzing certain
Buddhist historical chronicles...but other
stories or other kinds of information in
the texts that we cannot make any sense
out of, we simply pretend are not there
or we call them legends, myths or unreli-
able data. But at the same time, these
texts are about true historical facts. They
are very precious for what's recalled in
them. The difference is that truth and
historicity for them are not the same as
for us. And that's what I'm trying to
recover-the Buddhist sense of history
from those texts-in order to prove that
this is scholarship; in fact, it's a very
serious attempt to look at human history,
just from a totally different perspective
than we' ve been taught to use here in
the West." *
One of the problems in teaching
religion in our society, says Storch, is
that we cut off all living connections
between religion and other activities.
"Religion can' t be cut off," she insists,
"because it imbues everything we
do: the way we read books, the way
we communicate, the way we go to
school, the way we eat food-every- *
thing is permeated with our spiritual- *
ity." For this reason, Storch has long *
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with the Medical School in order *
to bring spirituality and religion to ,
a more prominent place in medical
training and practice. After sharing
her ideas with Religion chair Shelly
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(former dean of the Medical School)
into the discussions, and soon the idea *
for a new Masters program in spiritu-
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is to take away that gap that is only *
ruining our health and our spirituality: *
the belief that the body can be healed *
medically and scientifically, as if the 0
spirit is somewhere else while the ,
body is being cared for." 0
Their growing interdisciplinary
group has already held several dis-
cussion meetings and hosted a guest
speaker. "Ideally, we're going to cre-
ate a Center for Spirituality and Health *
that will be committed to developing
courses and enhancing research on the
subject," she explains. Courses will
include world spiritual and healing tradi-
tions and will be offered as electives to
medical/health sciences students as well
as majors in religion and other related
CLAS disciplines like anthropology, for
example. "Participating faculty are very
excited," says Storch. "They've said
things like 'Finally we have the place
where we can come out of the closet to
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at doing sociological stuff with a spiri-
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always knew that I needed spirituality to
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supporting a beautiful and carefully bal-
anced ecosystem. Her lyric masterpiece,
The Everglades: River of Grass, was
published in 1947, the same year Ever-
glades National Park was dedicated-the
same year federal engineers began their
project to drain the Glades. She worked
tenaciously to preserve the fragile wetland
throughout her life, founding the nonprofit
Friends of the Florida Everglades in her
late seventies. Among her books
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Alligator Crossing, Hurricane and
Freedom River. Years before her
classic appeared, Douglas's short Ei
stories, published mainly in the
Saturday Evening Post, evoked
the natural splendor of Florida.
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where the river sparkled into
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morning blaze of sky over that.
She was only vaguely aware that -
this tropic garden she had gazed
out upon for nearly ten seasons
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badly battered. She was only vaguely
aware that the great palm trees reared
themselves over the cut-back shrubs like
disheveled, long-legged birds. The Florida
hurricane, which she had read about
back in the solemn library of the Moreton
mansion in Bridgehampton, had been
little concern of hers until now, except a
certain mild satisfaction that this brilliant
land and water which had seemed so
soft, so bright, so sheltered from the
rigors of living which were everywhere
else, had at last endured hardship. It
was her grim New England feeling
that nothing was any good until it had
demonstrated its ability to live through
The Myths Behind Our Words:
English Vocabulary Derived from
the Myths of Greece and Rome
Karelisa V. Hartigan (Classics)
Illustrations by Desmond Jackson
Forbes Custom Publishing
(excerpt taken from author's introduc-
For the people of ancient Greece and
Rome, their myths were vital legends
about every aspect of daily life. These
stories explained the natural world,
its beginning, its landscape, and its
climate. They explained also the
social order of peoples, giving families
a genealogy and political structures a
foundation. The myths took terror out
of the unknown by offering reasons for
the changing seasons, bolts of lightning,
storms at sea.
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and later the
played a key
role in their
In this book
I have presented the words which come
to us from the myths of Greece and
Rome, words whose meaning comes
from the legends and sagas of the
Greek and Roman people. For almost
every word I have provided an illustra-
tion to show that language has both an
oral and visible vitality.
June: the sixth month of our calendar.
June was the month sacred to Juno,
queen of the gods, wife and sister of
Jupiter. Juno is the Roman version of the
Greek goddess Hera. Originally Juno was
one of the Triad of major Etruscan gods,
known as luni and hence her Latin name.
As the Romans learned of the Greek
divinities, they chose to identify their gods
with the Greek pantheon. Juno became
the wife of Jupiter and the third member
of the Etruscan triad, Minvra, became Mi-
nerva, taking on the attributes and aspects
of Athena. As Athena was the favored
daughter of Zeus, so Minerva became the
favored daughter of Jupiter. Juno, as a
goddess-wife, looked after marriage and
the duties of married women. June was
thus a favorite month for marriage among
the Romans and remains the preference
for weddings today
LE MANUSCRIT D'AMIENS
the fifth volume of his edition of the Amiens
manuscript of Jean Froissart's fourteenth-
century Chroniques. This volume provides
a lexicon of all the forms transcribed for the
edition in volumes 1-4 of his edition. Each
entry groups together all the forms of a
word, as well as the number of each occur-
rence and definitions of terms which have
disappeared from modern French. Cor-
rected readings of the manuscript are also
included. This work will permit for the first
time researchers to undertake full, quantita-
tive studies of the vocabulary, morphology,
orthography and semantic productivity of
the first Book of the Chroniques, whose
four books constitute the largest work in
Musings, continued from page 1
senior faculty hires, complementary
junior hires, and lots of high tech equip-
ment. This will require deep pockets,
a reality not lost on the provost. Some
of the funding is in hand; the rest is
The research enterprise at UF is in
a good position to tackle this important
project. Research grants and contracts
are at record levels, with CLAS playing
a major role in the increase. Money
from patents and licensing agreements,
where CLAS is less a force, is also up
sharply. Coupled with the healthier
state budgets of late, UF is well poised
to make an impact. And the currently-
in-progress graduate student growth
initiative will help provide the research
personnel to fuel the program. The
prospects are exciting.
For CLAS to meet its obligations
(and opportunities) as a central element
in the biological effort, many depart-
ments should participate. In addition
to the three units already mentioned,
one can readily imagine new and/or
enhanced biological components in
physics, mathematics, psychology,
statistics, geology, anthropology, etc.
Brave New Worlds in biology will also
call for attention in ethics, philosophy,
writing, history, gender studies, and
other areas that some of you will un-
derstand much better than I, and about
which I would be most pleased to hear.
As usual, CLAS can bring much to
As noted early-on in this column,
the scholarly foundation of CLAS is
very broad, and enhancing molecular
biology should not be seen as a threat
to our traditional strengths or to the
many other new initiatives our faculty
are leading. I believe that the biol-
ogy movement will complement and
stimulate research activities in this
active college. CLAS faculty always
respond well to challenges.
Note from the Chair
Shelly Isenberg, Chair
Department of Religion
he Department of Religion just
recently celebrated its 50th
anniversary. It has grown over the years
from Professor Delton Scudder' s one-per-
son department to its current size of twelve
faculty members. Our faculty are highly
skilled, productive researchers and well
regarded teachers. Many of our majors
go on to graduate programs in religion, as
well as medicine, law, and business. They
enter into professions that welcome the
breadth and depth of well trained students
in the Humanities. Our MA students go
into excellent PhD programs, train to be
rabbis and ministers, and enter into other
Religion is a varied, highly specialized,
and broadly integrative field. Our faculty
members teach religions of East and West,
including Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism,
Confucianism, Judaism, Islam, Christi-
anity, and others. Yet we have always
been an unusually collaborative depart-
ment. Because religion touches so many
dimensions of being human, it invites
interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary
explorations. We network not only within
our department, but also with other depart-
ments and schools. Several of us are inter-
ested in mysticism and meditation, most
of us do work on gender issues and work
with the Center for Women's Studies, three
of us are associated with the Center for
Jewish Studies, two with the Center for
Latin American Studies, and two with the
Center for Gerontological Studies.
Five of us are deeply involved in a new
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the College of Liberal Arts and Sci-
ences to inform faculty and staff of
current research and events.
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Asst. Editor: Ronee Saroff
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collaboration initiated by the Religion
Department and the Medical Center
called "Health and Spirituality" which
now includes faculty from many parts of
the campus, medical students and com-
munity participants, many of them health
care professionals. Since the relationship
between healing and spirituality is a
central question for all religious systems
and since that area is emerging as part of
the curricula of many excellent medical
schools, we are considering offering it
as an MA track.
This past summer the Department of
Religion was approved by the Board of
Regents to apply for a PhD program. It
makes sense to us to concentrate on those
areas in the field where we can make a
unique contribution. Religions in the
Americas is one of those areas; most
of our faculty can contribute to it, and
there is excellent academic support in the
University as a whole for this specializa-
tion. We are also thinking about tracks
in Gender and Religion, Jewish Studies,
and Asian Religions. At the same time
we are working on expanding our MA
offerings. All of this will require some
growth in our faculty ranks. It is a very
challenging and rewarding time for our