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Guitarist Casey Cook has been a musician all of his life. His parents were professional bluegrass musicians, touring the country when Casey was just three years old. At the age of four Casey recorded his first album with their band, Special Cooking. He was then inducted into the Florida Country Music hall of fame as the youngest touring bluegrass musician to perform and record professionally. In 1999 Casey moved to Atlanta, GA as a founding member of The Dappled Grays. After releasing their first studio project In the Gait, The Dappled Grays were given the coveted title of Atlanta's Best Bluegrass Band by Creative Loafing Magazine. Casey was soon featured in the nationally distributed publication, Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and had his original work published before he was 21. The Dappled Grays next project was the critically acclaimed “ Doin My Job” released in 2006. Since then the group has had major airplay on radio stations around the world. Casey’s original song “The Night Life” was a top five hit on the Sirius/XM radio program “Bluegrass Junction”. The band was honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2008, performing an official showcase.
Casey joined the Andy Carlson Band in 2002, recording on two studio projects, one of which was voted in the top 50 bluegrass releases of 2005. Casey has shared the stage and taught along side some of the greatest artists in the business including Ricky Scaggs, The Del McCoury Band, David Grier, Mountain Heart, and Claire Lynch. His songs have been featured by MTV, appearing on sound tracks for several television programs.
Casey joined the Music Faculty at Denison University in Granville, Ohio as the bluegrass guitar instructor in 2007. He also serves as the co-director of the Denison Bluegrass Program. Since joining Denison, Casey has enjoyed working closely with Fiddler/Violinist Andy Carlson. The two travel regularly together in a duo configuration throughout the country. He has taught and performed at The University of Texas at Austin String project, SXSW music festival, the Preucil School of music, and most recently a ten-day tour of China. (Performing in Shanghai, Xian, and Beijing) Highlights of this tour include Performing at The Beijing Opera House and The Great Wall of China.
Kim Coplin has done research in experimental condensed matter physics, especially concentrating on conducting polymers, and in the biophysics of human movement. She most recently taught Introductory Physics, Modern Physics, and 'Physics and the Sound of Music'. Kim served as an Associate Provost from 2006 to 2013, and as Interim Provost since 2013.
- S.W. Jessen, J.W. Blatchford, L.-B. Lin, T.L. Gustafson, A.J. Epstein, K.A. Coplin, J. Partee, J. Shinar, D.-K. Fu, M.J. Marsella, T.M. Swager, and A.G. MacDiarmid 1997. Long-Lived Photoexcited States of Pyridine-Based Polymers: Solvent Dependent Control of Triplet Excitons and Polarons. Physical Review B.
- R", S. Quillard, G. Louarn, K. Berrada, S. Lefrant, K.A. Coplin, S.W. Jessen, and A.J. Epstein. 1995. Resonance Raman Scattering and Photoinduced Infrared Absorption in Different Forms of Polyanilines and Substituted Polyanilines .Nonlinear Optics. v. 10 p. 253
- A.J. Epstein, J.W. Blatchford, K. Kim, L.-B. Lin, T.L. Gustafson, K.A.Coplin, and A.G. MacDiarmid. 1994. Long Lived Neutral Solitons in Pernigraniline Base. Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals. v. 256 p. 399
- K.A. Coplin, S. Jasty, S.M. Long, S.K. Manohar, Y. Sun, A.G. MacDiarmid, and A.J. Epstein. 1994. Neutral Soliton Formation and Disorder in Pernigraniline Base. Physical Review Letters. v. 72 p. 3206
- K.A. Coplin, J.M. Leng, R.P. McCall, A.J. Epstein, S.K. Manohar, Y. Sun, and A.G. MacDiarmid. 1993. Photoexcitation Spectroscopy: Solitons in Pernigraniline Base. Synthetic Metals. v. 55 p. 7
- R.P. McCall, J.M. Ginder, J.M. Leng, K.A. Coplin, H.J. Ye, A.J. Epstein, G.E. Asturias, S.K. Manohar, J.G. Masters, E.M. Scherr, and A.G. MacDiarmid. 1991. Photoinduced Absorption and Erasable Optical Information Storage in Polyanilines.Synthetic Metals. v. 41 p. 1329
- T.E. Skinner, M. T. DeLand, G.E. Ballester, K.A. Coplin, P.D. Feldman, and H.W. Moos, J. Geophys. 1988. Temporal Variation of the Jovian H I Lyman Alpha Emission. Res.. v. 93 p. 29
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John E. Cort has degrees in South Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1974; M.A., 1982), and in the Study of Religion from Harvard University (A.M., 1984; Ph.D., 1989). He teaches our courses on religions of Asia, as well as comparative courses on issues such as environmentalism, art, human rights and nonviolence. He is also on the East Asian Studies, Environmental Studies and International Studies program committees, and regularly teaches courses that cross-list in these programs.
John is a scholar of India, where he has lived for seven years over the past four decades. Before entering graduate school, he worked as a community organizer on issues of disarmament and social justice in Washington, D.C. He also enjoys translating poetry from several Indian languages into American English.
John’s research focuses on the Jain traditions of South Asia, and religion, society, culture and history more broadly in western India, in particular Gujarat and Rajasthan. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in India. He is currently working on two book on Jain devotional texts and practices, with working titles of Naked Devotion and Devotion to the Dispassionate Lord. His research has been supported by grants from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the American Philosophical Society, the Asian Cultural Council, Denison University, the Freeman Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, the Getty Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
He is very active in service to the profession. He is an elected member of the American Society for the Study of Religion. He has served as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Indian Studies since 1998, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Council on Southern Asian Art twice, in 2000 to 2003, and 2010 to 2014. He served as co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Religion in South Asia Section of the American Academy of Religion in 2008-11, and has served as co-chair of the Jain Studies Group of AAR since 2011.
He has written, edited and translated the following books and special journal issues:
- (Co-editor, with Andrea Luithle-Hardenberg and Leslie C. Orr), Cooperation and Competition, Conflict and Contribution: The Jaina Community, British Expansion and Scholarship during the 19th and Early 20th Century. Berlin: EB-Verlag, forthcoming.
- Framing the Jina: Narratives of Icons and Idols in Jain History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
- (With Lawrence A. Babb and Michael W. Meister), Desert Temples: Sacred Centers of Rajasthan in Historical, Art-Historical and Social Contexts. Jaipur: Rawat, 2008.
- (Translator), Jagannātha Panditaraja, The Saving Waves of the Milk-White Ganga. Calcutta: Writers Workshop, 2007.
- (Guest Editor), American Studies of the Jains. Jinamañjari 34:2 (October 2006).
- Jains in the World: Religious Values and Ideology in India. New York and Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2001. Paperback edition 2011.
- (Editor) Open Boundaries: Jain Communities and Cultures in Indian History. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998. Reprint Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications, 1999.
- (Editor) Kendall W. Folkert. Scripture and Community: Collected Essays on the Jains. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1993.
- (Translator) Bhartrhari, An Old Tree Living by the River. Calcutta: Writers Workshop, 1983.
Recent and forthcoming articles include the following:
- “Defending Jainism against Christianity and Colonialism: Jains and Presbyterian Missionaries in Colonial Gujarat.” Cooperation and Competition, Conflict and Contribution.
- “God's Eyes: The Manufacture, Installation and Experience of External Eyes on Jain Icons.” Corinne Dempsey and Tracy Pintchman (eds.), Sacred Matters: Material Religion in South Asian Traditions. Albany: SUNY Press, forthcoming.
- “In Search of 'Hindu Fiction': The First 'American School' of Jain Studies.” Cooperation and Competition, Conflict and Contribution.
- “Jain Identity and the Public Sphere in Nineteenth-Century India.” Vasudha Dalmia and Martin Fuchs (eds.), Multiplicity and Monoliths: Religious Interactions in India, 18th-20th Centuries. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
- “Making it Vernacular in Agra: The Practice of Translation by Seventeenth-century Digambar Jains.” Francesca Orsini (ed.), Tellings Not Texts: Singing, Story-telling and Performance in North India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
- “’This is How We Play Holi’: Allegory in North Indian Digambar Jain Holī Songs.” John Stratton Hawley, Anshu Malhotra and Tyler Williams (eds.), Texts and Traditions in Early Modern North India: Selected Essays from the Eleventh International Conference on Early Modern Literatures in North India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
- “When Will I Meet Such a Guru? Images of the Yogi in Digambar Hymns.” Christopher Key Chapple and Olle Qvarnstöm (eds.), Jaina Yoga. London: Routledge, forthcoming.
- “Daulatram Plays Holi: Digambar Bhakti Songs of Springtime.” Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies 8 (2013), 33-35.
- “A Digambar Icon of the Goddess Jvalamalini.” Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies 8 (2013), 42-43.
- "God Outside and God Inside: North Indian Digambar Jain Performance of Bhakti." Imre Bangha (ed.), Bhakti Beyond the Forest: Current Research on Early Modern Literatures in North India, 2003-2009, 255-86. New Delhi: Manohar, 2013.
- “’Today I Play Holi in My City’: Digambar Jain Holi Songs from Jaipur.” International Journal of Jaina Studies (online), 9:7 (2013), 1-50.
- "Situating Darsan: Seeing the Digambar Jina Icon in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century North India." International Journal of Hindu Studies 16 (2012), 1-56.
- “A Digambar Icon of Twenty-Four Jinas in the Ackland Museum, University of North Carolina.” Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies 7 (2012), 30-33.
- “Four Japanese Derivations: Haibun.” Abraxas 48 (2012), 82-88.
- “History and Indology as Authoritative Knowledge: Debates about Jain Icons in Colonial India.” Brian Hatcher and Michael Dodson (eds.), Trans-Colonial Modernities in South Asia, 137-61. London: Routledge, 2012.
- "The Goddesses of Sravana Belgola." Nalini Balbir (ed.), Svasti: Essays in Honour of Prof. Hampa Nagarajaiah for his 75th Birthday, 346-53. Krishnapuradoddi: K. S. Muddappa Smaraka Trust, 2010.
- "In Defense of Icons in Three Languages: The Iconophilic Writings of Yasovijaya." International Journal of Jaina Studies (Online) 6:2 (2010), 1-45.
- (With Lawrence A. Babb and Michael W. Meister), "Desert Temples: Archaeology in Present Time." Pierfrancesco Callieri and Luca Colliva (eds.), South Asian Archaeology 2007: Proceedings of the 19th Meeting of the European Association of South Asian Archaeology in Ravenna, July 2007. Volume II: Historic Periods, 19-26. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2010.
- "World Renouncing Monks and World Celebrating Temples and Icons: The Ritual Culture of Temples and Icons in Jainism." Himanshu Prabha Ray (ed.), Archaeology and Text: The Temple in South Asia, 268-95. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2010.
- "Budhjan's Petition: Digambar Bhakti in Nineteenth-Century Jaipur." Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies 4 (2009), 39-42.
- "Jains and Jainism in Patan." Manibhai K. Prajapati (ed.), The Glorious History and Culture of Anhilwad Patan (Gujarat) (Prof. Mukundbhai P. Brahmakshatriya Felicitation Volume), 540-88. Patan: Prof. Mukundbhai P. Brahmakshatriya Sanman Samiti, 2009.
- "Contemporary Jain Mandala Rituals." Phyllis Granoff (ed.), Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection, 140-57. New York: Rubin Museum of Art; and Ahmedabad: Mapin Publishing, 2009.
- "The Cosmic Man and the Human Condition." Phyllis Granoff (ed.), Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection, 34-47. New York: Rubin Museum of Art; and Ahmedabad: Mapin Publishing, 2009.
- "An Epitome of Medieval Svetambara Jain Literary Culture: A Review and Study of Jinaratnasuri's Lilavatisara." International Journal of Jaina Studies (online) 5 (2009), 1-33.
- "Green Pratikraman: A Friendly Proposal for Global Jains." Ecology—the Jain Way (15th Biennial JAINA Convention 2009 Souvenir), 122-23.
- "Helen M. Johnson: The First American Woman Scholar of Sanskrit." Journal of the Johnson Library and Museum 3 (2009), 31-47.
Dyan Couden joined the Art Department staff as an academic administrative assistant in September 2007. She attended Ohio State University as an animal science/pre vet med major and later transferred to CCAD to study illustration.
You can contact Dyan for information regarding faculty availability, course offerings, requirements for achieving a Studio Art major or minor and how to chose a faculty advisor.
Dyan is the host parent to an international student, has served as a DOWS officer and is currently co-advisor of the Denison University Yoga Club. She is an avid CrossFitter in her spare time.
Denison’s Health and Counseling Services offers a wide range of service, with physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists and social workers who are highly trained, experienced and licensed to provide quality health care to students in order to support a fulfilled and healthy living and learning experience.
Sam Cowling joined the Philosophy Department at Denison University in 2013. He received his B.A. from the University of Victoria (2004), his M.A. from the University of Manitoba (2005), and his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2011). Prior to moving to Denison, Dr. Cowling was Visiting Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University.
Dr. Cowling's research focuses on metaphysics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of language. He has published articles in Analysis, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Erkenntnis, Philosophical Studies, Philosophical Quarterly, and Synthese. His current projects include papers on the metaphysics of time, modality, causation, and ontology as well as a book on abstract entities like numbers, possibilities, and properties. In addition to his areas of research, Dr. Cowling has taught courses on American Philosophy, Biomedical Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Nietzsche, and the History of Analytic Philosophy.
The building now contains room for 306 first-year and upper class students in double and single units.
Steve earned a B.A. in public relations from Capital University and an M.A. in higher education and student affairs from Ohio State University. He provides oversight for regional-clubs programming, reunions and Alumni Council. Steve has more than 20 years experience in various aspects of higher education, including undergraduate admissions and first-year experience/orientation programs. In 2005, he joined the staff in Alumni Relations at Denison after working at Capital, Ohio State and Texas Christian University.
Michael Croley was born in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Corbin, Kentucky. A graduate of the creative writing programs at Florida State and the University of Memphis, his work has won awards from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Key West Literary Seminars and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. His stories have regularly appeared in Narrative where he was named to their list of "Best New Writers" in 2011. His other fiction and criticism has been published in The Paris Review Daily, Blackbird, The Louisville Review, The Southern Review, Fourth Genre, and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
The cultural fabric of Denison provides myriad experiences that enable students to not only learn more about each other, but to also learn more about themselves as individuals and as members of a global society. The Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement, comprised of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Office of International Student Services, assumes an active role in helping students find ways to connect.
I joined the faculty at Denison in 2007 holding a doctorate in political science from Loyola University Chicago. My current research interests focus on post-conflict peacebuilding and statebuilding, transitional justice, international organizations, human rights, and German foreign and security policy. I serve as the faculty advisor to several student organizations, including the Denison Democrats, Denison’s Model United Nations Club and Denison University’s UNICEF Chapter.
- Comparing Democratic States and Societies (POSC 120)
- Introduction to International Politics (POSC 122)
- Selected Topics in International Politics (POSC 141)
- Transitions to Democracy (POSC 330)
- The United Nations and World Problems (POSC 344)
- Human Rights in Global Perspective (POSC 345)
- European Union (POSC 346)
- Foreign and Security Policy in Western Europe (POSC 348)
- The Iraq War (POSC 402)
Every other fall I supervise the preparation of students to participate in the American Model United Nations (AMUN) simulation. Attendance at this simulation is part of my course, POSC 344, the United Nations and World Problems. The simulation gives students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the course over several days. Over the past few years Denison students have represented Lithuania, Zimbabwe, Malaysia, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Spain, Tunisia, and Colombia. Students have won numerous awards at the conference recognizing their excellence in representing these various countries. Over 1500 university students from the U.S and abroad attended the AMUN conference, representing approximately 100 UN Member States.
I have also supervised several senior and summer research projects, including: "The Czech Presidency of the European Union and the Lisbon Treaty: Critical Junctures and the Challenge of Leadership," Michelle Tverdosi ’10; "Recognition as Intervention in Civil Conflict: The Case Studies of Kosovo and East Timor," Leslie Marshall ’10; “The Responsibility to Protect and US Foreign Policy Decision-Making,” Evan Johnson ’11; “The Role of Artists in Political Change in Northern Ireland During the Troubles,” Erin Saul ’11; “Processes of Democratization, Peacebuilding, and Transitional Justice in Guatemala,” Sydni Franks ’13 [in collaboration with Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour], “Breaking Borders: Computer Mediated Communication and Transnational Activism” Brenda Falkenstein ‘14.
Chris Crume has served as Denison's Director of Aquatics since the fall of 2012. Crume came to Denison after spending five years as the Assistant Director of Aquatics at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. While at Purdue, Crume managed a large staff of facility managers, lifeguards, swimming instructors and coordinators while maintaining both operating budgets and student-wage budgets. Crume taught American Red Cross lifeguard training classes and implemented new emergency action plans for the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
Crume was heavily involved in all intercollegiate and private events that took place at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. At those events he managed the Daktronics timing system, meet manager software and video display board. During his time at Purdue he served as a volunteer coordinator for the 2009 Men's Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championship, the 2010 Women's Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championship, and the 2010 Women's NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championship.
Prior to his appointment at Purdue, Crume spent two years as a Graduate Assistant at Indiana University in Aquatics. A 2005 graduate of Ball State University, Crume received his bachelor of science, cum laude, in exercise science and aquatics. While serving as a graduate assistant in Bloomington, Ind., Crume earned a master of science in recreational sport administration in 2007.
Our curriculum balances breadth with depth, building academic specialization upon a liberal arts foundation in the arts, the sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. Responsive to new ways of learning, we continue to develop interdisciplinary integration of the many forms of knowledge. While our students pursue specialized learning in their chosen majors, they also develop the framework for an integrated intellectual life, spiritually and morally informed.