Alumni Blog


The Heart of the Matter

Russell T. McCutcheon
Chair, Department of Religious Studies, University of Alabama
B.A. 1983, M.Div. 1986, Th.M 1987

Those following US politics may know about an exchange back in January, between Trump spokesperson, Kellyanne Conway, and CNN’s Chris Cuomo, concerning what some still interpret as Trump’s mocking of a handicapped...Read More »

Sacred Pain and Consensual Sadomasochism

Morgan Oddie
PhD Student, Cultural Studies, Queen’s University
MA 2014

Pain hurts. As a general rule, we don’t like pain. We are averse to painful sensations and experiences precisely because they hurt. But if this was completely true, what is the explanation for chosen pain? If you should be averse to pain,...Read More »

Revelation, The Walking Dead, and Small Talk

Alex Cox-Twardowski
PhD Student, Cultural Studies, Queen’s University
MA 2015

“Revelation? That’s the one about the end of the world right? With the antichrist and the rapture and all that stuff?”

These were the questions a polite man asked me this past summer at a wedding reception. We were making small talk...Read More »