Kristy Nabhan-Warren's (Religion Department) essay "Religious Studies and Borderlands Theory" was recently published in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America, ed. Phil Goff. (Summer 2010). This collection is an exciting new addition to understanding religions and a re-examination of theoretical categories that have traditionally been used to understand religious experience and religious peoples in the North American context. In her essay, Nabhan-Warren examines "the historiographic story of North American borderlands" and calls for "a more expansive understanding of borderlands, one that moves beyond historical and geographic borders and accounts for what happens to people when their worlds collide." She writes that "Borderlands historiography has been, quite literally, landlocked in its geographic focus. While a periodized and topographical understanding of borderlands is important in understanding what happens in the spaces where various peoples and cultures meet, scholars in Religious Studies and related fields need to expand their understanding of borderlands to include women's and men's psychological, cultural, and religious realities, among others. Broadening out our understanding of borderlands is an area ripe for research because borderlands refers to more than a time and place, it refers to a particular and peculiar state of being for inbetween people."
Kristy is also happy to share that her article, "Embodied Research and Writing: A Case for Phenomenologically-Oriented Religious Studies Ethnography" has just been accepted by the flagship journal in the field of Religious Studies, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and will be published in the Winter 2010 or Spring 2011 issue. In addition to the JAAR article, Kristy has several articles forthcoming in 2011.
Bob Tallitsch has had a manuscript accepted by the Problem-Based Learning Clearinghouse, an electronic, peer-reviewed source of Problem-Based Learning curriculum materials. The problem, entitled "A Series of Unfortunate Events" was published with Russell Bart, Associate Professor of Neurology at Rush Medical College, and two former students: Cindy Lau and Mary Messenger.
Bob Tallitsch has just completed work on the 7th edition of Human Anatomy, published by Pearson/Benjamin Cummings. Bob joined the author team of Martini, Timmons and Tallitsch on the 3rd edition of this textbook, and has been the lead author on the text since the 5th edition. The text is currently the best selling college-level anatomy textbook in the country. The 7th edition will be released on January 1, 2011.