MemberJavier Padilla

Ph.D. in English, Princeton University, 2017.

M.A. in English, Princeton University, 2013

B.A. in English, Colgate University, Magna cum laude — High Honors, 2010….

Javier Padilla is Assistant Professor of English at Colgate University. His current research project, The Decolonial Instant, examines  the work of several 20th century poets, philosophers, artists and thinkers around the discourse of temporality—from Bachelard’s poetics of the instant, the post-romantic exploration of temporality in the poetry of Wallace Stevens, the poetics of subjectivity in Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop, W.B. Yeats’s and Derek Walcott’s postcolonial explorations of modernity and coloniality, to the philosopher Aníbal Quijano’s critique of Anglo-European historicism. This project’s operative hypothesis is that as a literary mode the poetics of the instant affords novel ways of conceptualizing poetic mediation, individuation, and literary representation beyond the strictures of standardized national, chronological, and critical protocols. His articles and translations have appeared in The Capilano Review, Literary Imagination, Revista Iberoamericana, The Journal of Modern Literature, and Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos.

MemberDr Shayna Sheinfeld

I am currently Honorary Research Fellow at the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies at Sheffield. I am broadly trained in the Second Temple (including New Testament/Early Christianity) and Rabbinic periods, with a focus on post-exilic and non-canonical Jewish literature, and early Jewish biblical interpretation. My current research combines the study of texts from the 1st and 2nd centuries CE with material evidence to investigate how early Jewish and Christian communities responded to crisis. I am interested in how textual and material evidence reveals ancient attempts to define and establish authority within these communities, and the role of apocalyptic conceptions of the end of days in the composition and interpretation of biblical texts. In addition, I work in contemporary portrayals of the end times, including in Jewish communities in Israel and through American popular culture. I conduct research in gender theory/women and gender studies and I dabble in the afterlives of biblical and apocryphal stories in popular culture, especially in Science Fiction and Dystopian genres. I have served as visiting assistant professor of religion at Centre College and as visiting instructor of Jewish Studies/Religion at Colgate University; I have also taught at McGill University, the University of Kentucky, and Butler University. My courses have covered Judaism/Jewish Studies, Ancient Scripture (both canons and non-canonical literature), and Religion in Antiquity, with a broad array of upper-level courses and graduate courses. In my teaching I use high-impact practices such as community-based learning, and I have mentored and supervised student research. In addition I served as the faculty advisor to the Jewish Students’ Organization, where, in addition advising their activities, I brought in speakers on topics such as anti-semitism and I organized and led the Centre College Passover Seder.

MemberMargaret D Banks

…is in ethnomusicology and organology, State University of New York at Binghamton.  Thesis: “The Modern Greek Lyra:  An Organological Study of the Lyra Collection of Sam Chianis, Binghamton, New York,” 1974.

B.S. in Music Education, Summa Cum Lauda, Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, New York), 1972.  Several undergraduate courses taken at Colgate University (Hamilton, New York), through collaborative exchange program with Skidmore College, 1970-1972….

Associate Director, Senior Curator of Musical Instruments and Professor of Music, National Music Museum & Center for Study of the History of Musical Instruments, The University of South Dakota.  1978-present. Responsibilities include:  overseeing care and academic interpretation of objects, materials, and specimens belonging to the Museum; cataloging of museum collections, including scholarly determination of classification, dating, and provenance; conducting research about the Museum’s collections and publishing the results of that research; conducting research that will lead to the discovery of new knowledge or new applications of existing knowledge; teaching graduate-level courses in the history and technology of musical instruments (for unique M.M. degree with specialization in the history of musical instruments) and Museum Studies; and creation, development, and maintenance of website. Specialist in 19th-20th-century American Musical Instrument Manufacturing, particularly the C. G. Conn company of Elkhart, Indiana, and other Midwestern musical instrument manufacturers.