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MemberJohn Hobbins

The languages of the Bible have been my passion since I was 15 years old. While in high school, I was introduced to modern Hebrew by Ruth Ann Driss (now Guthmann), biblical Hebrew by Menahem Mansoor, Aramaic and Ugaritic by Keith Schoville, and New Testament Greek by John Linton, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I went on to pursue ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Toronto. I studied Hebrew with E. J. Revell, J. J. M. Roberts, Stanley Walters, and John Wevers, Aramaic with E. G. Clarke, Hellenistic Greek with Al Pietersma, Syriac with D. J. Lane, Akkadian with A. K. Grayson, and Sumerian with R. F. G. Sweet. I would go back and forth to Wisconsin during my undergraduate days. I served as a research assistant for Michael V. Fox at the UW-Madison as he prepared his books on Song of Songs and Qohelet. I earned an M.A. degree at the UW-Madison and taught Elementary and Intermediate Biblical Hebrew there. My studies of Hebrew and other Northwest Semitic languages continued under Michael Fox, David McCarthy, and Ron Troxel. I studied for a year at the Pontifical Biblical Institute-Rome with Mitchell Dahood, Luis Alonso Schoekel, and many others. I earned a graduate degree at the Waldensian Theological Seminary-Rome with a dissertation under the supervision of J. Alberto Soggin on First Isaiah. Mario Liverani was the “corelatore.” The thesis was accepted for publication by Paideia editrice. I chose not to see it published at the time. I taught Hebrew at the seminary while a student there, and seminars on the Old Testament later while serving as a pastor in Sicily. I studied a year at the Kirchliche Hochschule Bethel in Bielefeld, Germany under the guidance of Frank Cruesemann and Christof Hardmeier. I am an ordained pastor in the Waldensian Church – Union of Waldensian and Methodist Churches in Italy. Currently my wife Paola serves United Methodist congregations in Wisconsin. I serve Lutheran congregations in the church body known as LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ). We have three children: Giovanni, Elisabetta, and Anna. I taught Hebrew at the Waldensian Theological Seminary in Rome and the University of Wisconsin-Madison; I taught “Bible and Current Events” in the Anthropology & Religious Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. I am a member of editorial board of the Journal of the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament. I currently teach Hebrew in July of each year for Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Lutheran Church of the South Sudan) in Gambella, Ethiopia.

MemberTorsa Ghosal

  Torsa Ghosal is assistant professor of post-45 English at California State University, Sacramento. Her research focuses on the formal strategies used to represent thought and consciousness in contemporary literature. Her critical essays have appeared in Studies in the Novel, Poetics Today, Storyworlds, and Media-N. She has published on films and comics in Comics Studies Here and Now (Routledge) and The Oxford Handbook of Comic Book Studies (OUP). She is also the author of an experimental novella, Open Couplets (New Delhi: Yoda Press). Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:”Calibri”,sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}

MemberDavid Joseph Goodrich

Dave is an educator at heart who believes in the passion and inventiveness of all educators. He helps curricular partner groups and teams translate between ‘design speak’ and ‘educator speak’ by fostering the conditions for great learning experience design solutions to emerge. Dave’s projects, courses, and workshops are centered on advancing more active, engaged, successful, and valuable learning experiences. He understands that creating new ways to collaborate, learn, research, and deliver instruction happens through good conversations and storytelling.   Prior to joining the Hub, Dave was a science teacher and instructional designer in organizations spanning K-20+ as well as in the private sector. He facilitates educator workshops and is an educator in MSU’s College of Education. Mostly, he likes to drink coffee with a book or guitar in front of fireplaces.

MemberKaren O'Donnell

I am a Practical and Systematic Theologian whose research interests are particularly focused on the body and taking the embodied experience seriously in theology. This informed my doctoral research which was focused on trauma and its impact on faith as lived theology. It also informs my current research in Digital Theology in which I am concerned with approaches to digital spaces that negate or abstract real bodies and their digital experiences.