Cohn Chapter Published

Steve Cohn (Economics) has a chapter entitled “Western Neoclassical vs Marxist Economics in the PRC after Mao: another kind of revolution?” in a new book entitled The Diffusion of Western Economic Ideas in East Asia published by Routledge.

Blackadder on Panel in Chicago

Neil Blackadder (Theatre) spoke on the panel “The Art of Translating: Interpreting Cultures and Contexts” at Silk Road Rising Theatre in Chicago on March 11 and 12. The event featured a staged reading of his translation from German of Maxi Obexer’s play Illegal Helpers, as well as conversation about Ulrike Syha’s translation into German of Jamil Khoury’s Mosque Alert, which premiered at Knox in 2015.

2017 Commencement Speaker

Dear Knox Community,

I am delighted to share the good news that we have a Commencement speaker—actress, producer, and philanthropist Eva Longoria.

Longoria is an award-winning actress, producer, director, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and Desperate Housewives alumna. She stars in feature films Lowriders (May 2017) and All Star Weekend (Summer 2017), as well as the BBC miniseries Decline and Fall (March 2017), and is set to star in the new Fox comedy series Type A. Longoria has directed episodes of acclaimed series Jane the Virgin and Black-ish and will guest star on Empire.

She is founder of The Eva Longoria Foundation to help Latinas build better futures for themselves; co-founder of Eva’s Heroes, which enriches the lives of those with special needs; and is the National Spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer, a non-profit committed to improving the lives of children with cancer. Longoria has a master’s degree in Chicano studies.

Her entrepreneurial activities include serving as a Global Brand Ambassador for L’Oreal Paris, ownership of BESO Restaurant in Hollywood, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, fragrances EVA and EVAmour, a New York Times-bestselling cookbook Eva’s Kitchen, and a home collection line with JCPenney.

Ms. Longoria’s professional and personal accomplishments reflect the values that liberal arts colleges like Knox hold dear—appreciation for the arts, critical thinking, resilience, the pursuit of lifelong learning, and a commitment to social justice and community service.

You can read more about Ms. Longoria on the College’s website:



Heidt Gave Presentation in Chicago

Todd Heidt (Modern Languages – German) gave a presentation at the Austrian Studies Association Conference in Chicago, IL on March 18. His paper, “The Lives and Lies of Mario von Bucovich,” was part of an interdisciplinary panel on visual artists.

McAndrew Grief Essay Goes Viral

An essay by Frank McAndrew (Psychology) about the psychology underlying the grief over losing a dog has gone viral, attracting more than 1.3 million readers in the past month. The essay has appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers nationally and internationally, including the Associated Press, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Business Insider, Psychology Today, Quartz (the Atlantic’s online magazine), The Conversation, and The Observer (The U.K.’s oldest Sunday newspaper). A link to the story as it appears in Quartz can be found here:

Knox Students present Papers at Religious Studies Conference

Two Knox students—Senior Anya Wang and Junior Melissa Smith—traveled to Muncie, Indiana in early March to present papers at the annual conference of the Midwest Region of the American Academy of Religion (MAAR). Wang presented her paper, “Intellectual Intuition in Kant’s First Critique and Mystical Experiences,” as part of a panel on Ethics and Philosophy: Ethics, Intuition and the Theological. Smith presented her paper, “Martyrdom and Suicide: A Political Comparison,” as part of a panel on Islam: Revitalization of Religious Thought and Practices in a Radical Age. The American Academy of Religion is a national professional organization for scholars of religious studies. The Midwest regional group invites paper proposals for its annual conference from faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. James Thrall, director of the Knox Religious Studies Program, accompanied the students to the conference. The Knight Fund for the support of religious studies provided funding for the students’ participation.

Berlin Poem Published

Monica Berlin (English) has published a new poem. “[Some days landlocked doesn’t mean water]” appears in the special “Country & City” issue of Ecotone 22 (fall 2016/winter 2017).