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Jason Busic grew up in Millersport, Ohio, about 30 minutes from Granville. He studied two years at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA, and he completed his BA and MA in Spanish at Ohio University. After completing his doctorate at The Ohio State University, Jason taught at St. Michael's College in VT for three years before coming to Denison University. He has traveled to several Spanish-speaking countries, but has spent his most significant time abroad in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Spain. In addition to teaching, study, and travel, his favorite activities are hiking, backpacking, and canoeing with his family.
Peer Reviewed Publications while at Denison
- “Binaries and Hybridities: Problems in Reading the Mozarabic (and Latin) Liber denudationis siue ostensionis aut patefaciens in Post-(Re)conquest Toledo.” Revisiting Convivencia in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia. Ed. Connie Scarborough. Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 2014.
- “Religion and Culture in the Catechetical Literature of Sixteenth-Century Spain.” Hispanic Review 82.3 (2014): 331-58
Other Academic Publications
- “Pedro Guerra de Lorca,” in Christian Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History, vol. 6, Western Europe (1500-1600). Brill. (Summer 2014)
Conference Presentations while at Denison
- “Paulus Albarus and the Christian-Arabic Tradition in Islamic Córdoba.” 2nd Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies. St. Louis University. June 2014.
- “The Rhetoric of Identity in Ninth-Century Cordoba: Samson’s Apologeticus.” 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University. May 2014.
- “Arabic Philosophy, Christian Kalām, and Latin Tradition: Samson’s Apologeticus and the Mozarabs of Ninth-Century Córdoba.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky. April 2014.
- “Islamic Ethics in the Compendio de nuestra santa ley y sunna.” The Sixteenth Century Society Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico. October 2013.
- “Being Muslim in Christian Spain: The Mancebo de Arévalo.” The Sixteenth-Century Society Conference. University of Cincinnati. October 2012.
- “Translating Identity in the Liber denudationis.” Texas Medieval Association Conference. University of Houston. October 2012.
Lectures given at Denison University
- Latin Tradition, Arabic Philosophy, and Christian Kalām in Islamic Córdoba. Tuesday Faculty Lunch. April 22, 2014.
- Seeking Allāh in Christian Spain: Piety and the Umma in the Mancebo de Arévalo. Global Studies Seminar. Febr. 4, 2013.
David Bussan, Associate Professor of Cinema, began teaching at the college in 1987 and served as Chair of the department from 1998 to 2011. He teaches a range of production courses in 16mm film and digital video. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Film/Video from the California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema from Denison University.
Professor Bussan's portfolio of creative film includes works in documentary, memoir, narrative, and experimental films. He recently completed a short documentary entitled Future Visions of Over the Rhine, which explores the economic revival and gentrification of this poverty-stricken downtown Cincinnati neighborhood. His current work-in-progress is Art Bomb!, a documentary concerning Ohio artist Charles Van Ness and his uniquely stylized sculptures.
Rodney Butt has been the head men’s golf coach since 2010 and a part of the men’s golf program since 2003. Butt served as the assistant men’s golf coach at Denison from 2003 through 2010 and is also the Director of Golf at Granville Golf Course which is the home of the Denison men's golf team. In his first season as an assistant with the Big Red, Denison received their second consecutive NCAA Division III Championship Tournament invitation and the team went on to a 14th place national finish.
Prior to his seven seasons as the assistant coach at Denison, Butt spent 14 years as the head men’s golf coach at Granville High School where he led the Blue Aces to nine consecutive Mid-State League titles between 1991-99. During that span, Granville posted a 232-5 record. He coached Granville to a state runner-up finish in 1995 before breaking through with the school’s first state championship in any sport in 1996. Butt is a nine-time MSL coach of the year, a three-time Central District coach of the year and was tabbed the Newark Advocate Coach of the Year for Golf, seven times. He has also been an active member of the PGA of America since 1985.