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Faculty Lecture Series

Susquehanna Room, Myer Hall
Reception, 7:00-7:30 p.m.
Presentation followed by Q&A, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Provost Senior Vice President
Contact: Nancy Kaufhold at or 717-361-1416
Open to the public - Tickets are not necessary

October 1, 2013

Douglas BombergerDr. E. Douglas Bomberger,
Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Fine & Performing Arts

"'Like a dog standing on his hind legs': Edward MacDowell and Columbia University"

When Columbia University established its music department in 1896, the trustees sought to hire America's most famous composer to serve as chair.  Edward MacDowell held that position for eight years, creating the curriculum from scratch.  Drawing on primary source materials in the Library of Congress and Columbia Archives, Dr. Bomberger will tell the often-humorous story of a composer/pianist's efforts to adapt his skills and ideals to the university classroom.


E. Douglas Bomberger holds degrees in historical musicology and piano performance from the University of Maryland, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Goshen College.  His biography of Edward MacDowell is published by Oxford University Press in 2013.  He serves as chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Elizabethtown College.

February 4, 2014

Chris BucherDr. Christina Bucher,
Carl W. Zeigler Professor of Religion and Chair of the Religious Studies Department

"Christianity, Eros, and the Song of Songs"

What should we do about the Song of Songs?  Although for roughly two millennia this biblical book has been read by both Jews and Christians as a theological witness to God's love for God's people, in the last century, biblical scholars insisted that Song of Songs is, in fact, about eros, human sexual desire.  This presentation will address ways in which the Song of Songs can contribute to conversations about human sexuality through reflection on understandings of the self and the divine within a Christian theological framework.


Christina Bucher is the Carl W. Zeigler Professor of Religion at Elizabethtown College.  She is currently Chair of the Department of Religious Studies.  Bucher earned her PhD in Religion from Claremont Graduate University in 1988.  She received a Master of Arts in Theology from Bethany Theological Seminary in 1977.  She is an alumna of Elizabethtown College (class of '75).  As a Faculty Fellow at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, she researched Pietist and Anabaptist views of the Song of Songs, including interpretations in visual art. Bucher currently serves on the editorial board of the Believers Church Bible Commentary, on the board of Trustees of Bethany Theological Seminary, and on the governing board of the Elizabethtown College Alumni Peace Fellowship.

March 25, 2014

Dr. Mark Kiselica, American Council on Education Fellow, Psychologist, and Professor of Counselor EducationPicture of Mark Kiselica

"The Complicated Worlds of Adolescent Fathers:  Implications for Clinical Practice, Public Policy and Research"

Dr. Kiselica is hoping to raise awareness about how adolescent fatherhood is both the cause and consequence of several serious social problems.  The complex hardships of adolescent fathers will be explored, and gripping digital clips of actual teenage fathers describing their experiences as young fathers will be presented.  Based on a critique of pertinent literature, recommendations for future clinical practice, public policy, and research regarding adolescent fathers will be suggested.


Dr. Mark Kiselica joined Elizabethtown College as an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2013-14 academic year.  He is a psychologist, professor of counselor education, former interim dean of the School of Education, and vice provost at The College of New Jersey.  Dr. Kiselica is the author of over 100 conference presentations and 140 publications, including five peer-reviewed books, the most recent of which is When Boys Become Parents:  Adolescent Fatherhood in America, published by Rutgers University Press.  A former president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, he has served as a consulting scholar for the Federal Fatherhood Initiatives of the Clinton, G. W. Bush and Obama administrations, and he headed .an award-winning campaign to confront racism and anti-Semitism in Pennsylvania.  In recognition of his national impact on the science and practice of psychology, he has been named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and in honor of his work on many social issues, he received the American Counseling Association's Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for Humanitarian and Caring Person.

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