DENVER, Aug. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) is pleased to announce Tom Keefe, Carin Rodenborn, and Jeremiah Snyder as new Assistant Professors beginning in the Fall 2017 semester.
About the New Faculty
Tom Keefe, Humanities/Liberal Arts
Tom Keefe attended Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he pursued a degree in history. He would go on to work at the U.S. House of Representatives. He has taught English, Religion, and History at a variety of schools in Mass., R.I., and Colo. Completing his Master's in Diplomacy from Norwich University, Keefe has focused his continuing research on genocide education, social justice, and comparative theology.
Carin Rodenborn, Fine Arts/Foundations
Carin Rodenborn is a visual artist and writer living and working in Denver, Colo. whose work has been exhibited throughout the United States. Rodenborn works with both traditional and non-traditional materials in a contemplative painting and drawing practice that explores objecthood, surface, materiality, color, and language. Rodenborn received her MFA from Rutgers University and her BFA from Iowa State University.
Jeremiah Snyder, Humanities/Liberal Arts
Jeremiah Snyder completed his Bachelor of Arts with Honors and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where he also extensively studied ancient Greek Languages and Latin. Snyder teaches history, political science, and world religions. He is currently expanding his research within the fields of history and philology, focusing on the relationship between politics, religion, and rhetoric and how these aspects of a society interact to affect change.
Faculty at RMCAD
RMCAD's experienced faculty is comprised of working artists, designers, and scholarly professionals from the very tops of their fields. Beyond the classroom, many instructors exhibit their work on local, national, and international levels each year. The faculty body is comprised of a diverse group of thinkers, authors, speakers, mentors, and educators with a shared commitment to the personal growth and professional success of their students.
About Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
A premier art and design school in the Denver area, RMCAD is an innovative, rigorous, and community-oriented global learning environment that inspires passion for critical thinking and prepares learners to be forces of change in the creative industries, our communities, and the world. Find more information at www.RMCAD.edu or by calling 800.888.ARTS.
Diplomatic row over statue honoring "Comfort Women" victims.
How to cover the rise of a political leader who’s left a paper trail of anti-constitutionalism, racism and the encouragement of violence? Does the press take the position that its subject acts outside the norms of society? Or does it take the position that someone who wins a fair election is by definition “normal,” because his leadership reflects the will of the people?
These are the questions that confronted the U.S. press after the ascendance of fascist leaders in Italy and Germany in the 1920s and 1930s.
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A few thoughts about the coup d’état today in the Republic of Turkey.
First of all, it matters. It matters for the E.U. and the migrant refugee crisis. It matters for the Syrian Civil War. It matters for N.A.T.O. and the treaty obligations that the United States and its allies have with Turkey. It matters in the on-going war against the Islamic State (ISIL, or ISIS). It matters for the future of the West’s relationship with the Muslim world. It matters in terms of free speech and freedom of the press. And it matters in terms of legitimacy and the possible establishment of further international legal precedent. For the purposes of this page, it matters in terms of how it may impact the current genocide of Yazidis and Christians in the region as well as how the history of the Armenian Genocide is taught in Turkey. Finally, today’s coup may also affect the ongoing conflict between the Turks and Kurds. It matters.
Turkey, straddling two continents on each side of the Bosphorus, also straddles the Western world and the Muslim world. The secular Turkish republic has been an example that Islam and the West can co-exist and, after Erdogan's election in 2002, Turkey has also held the promise that democracy and Islam can co-exist as well. Previous Turkish governments have been comprised of secular Muslim leadership and intervening military juntas. In contrast, Erdogan’s party espouses Islamic philosophies and his tenure as Prime Minister and later President of Turkey has been scrutinized for more than a decade. That initial promise of an Islamic democracy has been eroded over the years, but perhaps it is not his Islamic inclinations, but his autocratic nature that is to blame.
If the military coup of July 15, 20016 has closed one chapter of Turkish history and begun another, then the world no longer has to wonder if Erdogan would surrender power peacefully. [Verily, democracies are not measured by elections, but by the peaceful transfer of power between political rivals.] So will the coup save Turkish democracy? Or has it make a heavy-handed autocrat into a sympathetic figure and tragic hero?
Because no matter what, Erdogan was democratically elected. Isn’t that what the West has supposedly advocated? Democracy? Didn’t US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair promise their actions would promote democracy in the region? But elections have consequences. It is hard to proclaim the sanctity of democratic elections if the results of those elections are not respected by those same voices, à la Iran 1953, Guatemala 1954, Egypt 2013, and possibly now Turkey 2016.
So are coup d'etats to be accepted or not? After all, the American Experiment began as a coup in 1776. No matter what you learned in Civics class, there is no line in the Magna Carta nor Coronation Act of 1688 that legitimizes the overthrow of the government, no matter how well Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. After all, Americans have criticized the Burmese military for years for overturning the 2010 elections results that had favored Aung San Suu Kyi. It is hard to credibly argue to have it both ways. Thomas Howard, the Duke of Norfolk who knew first hand from the court of Henry VIII how fickle the whims of leaders could be, said famously to Thomas Cromwell, "a man can not have his cake and eat his cake."
Still others have argued Erdogan was no longer qualified to serve as head of state. After all, the detractors insist, he lost his legitimacy when he began attacking journalists and academics, yet that self-justifying logic is a slippery slope. Politicians must be removed by the rule of law, to do otherwise undermines the very rule of law Erdogan's enemies purport to defend. The Turkish military has had a tradition of intervening to “protect the republic, ” specifically in 1960, 1971, and 1980. Let us hope the military does so again. Do not let your dislike of Erdogan cloud your judgement. If it is acceptable for the Turkish military to remove democratically elected civilians from power, what other militaries, in what other countries may now think to do the same?
The coup d’état today in the Republic of Turkey certainly matters. It matters to the war against Islamic terrorism and the civilian casualties of the Syrian civil war. Perhaps equally important is what the coup says about the future of democracy in the Muslim world. But what happens next is anyone’s guess.
Braden Goyette and Priya Krishnakumar of the Los Angeles Times recently researched and published an article and website tracking every fatal act of terrorism around the world in the month of April. According to the LA Times, by the end of the month, terror had struck 180 times, wounded 1,385 and killed 858. Here is a related piece by LA TImes journalists Robyn Dixon and Aoun Sahi here.
Turkey limits Freedom of Speech/Press in order to crack down on Kurds, Turkish opposition, and independent journalists as well as academics.
According to Dr. Gregory Stanton, author of the 8 Stages of Genocide (later republished as the 10 Stages), Polarization is used to "drive the groups apart. Hate groups broadcast polarizing propaganda and obstruct alternative points of view. Extremist target moderates, intimidating and silencing the center. Moderates from the perpetrators’ own group are most able to stop genocide, so are the first to be arrested (and killed). The dominant group passes emergency laws or decrees that grants them total power over the targeted group. The laws erode fundamental civil rights and liberties, especially Freedom of Speech and Press, targeted groups are thus incapable of legal avenues of self-defense, and the dominant group has total control.
Thomas E. Keefe
Assistant Professor of Humanities,