Gettysburg College faculty and staff released eight books, podcasts, and albums in 2021

At Gettysburg College, our faculty and staff are endlessly curious and passionate about what they do. This deep-rooted commitment to academia not only exists in the classroom and through interactions with students, as they teach and mentor them to learn, grow, and pursue meaningful work of their own, but it’s something they wholeheartedly embrace. They live it.

When they’re not teaching and working on campus, many are pursuing these same passions—conducting research and exploring new projects within their areas of interest and expertise. Exemplifying this are eight Gettysburg faculty and staff members who released major works in 2021. These works, which include textbooks, historical nonfiction, albums, and podcast courses, extend across a variety of departments and disciplines—from local Gettysburg history to philosophy, religion, mathematics, music, culture, and public policy.

Read the roundup below.

Photo courtesy of CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Archive

Co-produced by Sunderman Conservatory of Music prof. Paul Austerlitz

This scholarly album, which Austerlitz produced alongside John Bimbiras, revives the work of an under-documented but world-class musician from the Dominican Republic who was active internationally in the mid-20th century.

“At Gettysburg College, I have been privileged to fulfill creative projects developing my original musical ideas as an artist in tandem with rigorous research in music history and music cultures,” Austerlitz said. “This project, fittingly, aligns with both of these strands by presenting new reinterpretations of historical repertoires based on in-depth scholarly study of their history and social significance.”

Furthermore, Austerlitz said he hopes listeners to this music “enjoy its masterful synthesis of infectious Afro-Caribbean rhythms with techniques of Euro-classical music.”

Book cover for The Devil: A Biography

By Interdisciplinary Studies prof. vernon swan

In this 21-lecture audio series, Cisney engages an interdisciplinary lens to unveil and explore the mythos around the elusive figure of the Devil. By tracing this figure through 4,000 years of historical, religious, philosophical understand, literary, and cinematic portrayals, listeners will better the historical-political milieus out of which these depictions and their contextual myths have emerged. Listeners will also be challenged to interrogate their own views about the nature of God in light of the cosmic evil this figure represents.

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