Influential educator and experienced leader joins RDC team (and my son!)
Red Deer, August 15, 2016 – Red Deer College will enhance its leadership team on August 22, when Dr. Steven Lane joins the College as the Associate Vice President, Academic.
Since 2011, Dr. Lane has been the Associate Vice President, Academic Planning and Aboriginal Initiatives at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from this role to his new position at RDC.
“It is a tremendous opportunity for Red Deer College to have Dr. Lane join our team,” says Dr. Paulette Hanna, Vice President, Academic. “He has extensive knowledge and experience in postsecondary education, garnered from his many years as a faculty member and a member of senior leadership. He also has experience with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and has worked across a diversity of programs similar to RDC, so he will be a perfect fit for the Associate Vice President, Academic role.”
In his position, Dr. Lane will provide leadership and work collaboratively to develop strategic goals and directions for a range of academic matters. He will also provide leadership for Student Services, Centre for Teaching & Learning, Library Information Common and Applied Research & Innovation.
Dr. Lane looks forward to his diverse new role at RDC. “What caught my attention was the RDC goal of transitioning from a College to a Polytechnic University. I welcome the opportunity to work on the pieces necessary to support such a bid,” he says. “But I also want to get to know the people – faculty, staff, students – who make RDC alive. Alberta will be new for me, but my wife and I have heard nothing but good things about the community of Red Deer, so we and our daughter are quite looking forward to getting to know the place.”
Prior to taking on the Associate Vice President, Academic role with Red Deer College, Dr. Lane worked at Vancouver Island University – previously Malaspina College and Malaspina UniversityCollege – since 1982. He was a member of the English department, instructing a wide variety of courses from 1982 to 2005, and then he became the Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. In 2011, Dr. Lane moved into the position of Associate Vice President, Academic Planning and Aboriginal Initiatives.
“Dr. Lane has a well-respected background in the academic side of post-secondary education, which has evolved into senior leadership,” says Hanna. “As we look to RDC’s exciting future filled with growth and opportunity, we welcome Dr. Lane to his new position and look forward to his contributions to our College.”
Several years ago now some of our family, including my four grandsons, went to Ashland, Oregon, to the Shakespeare Festival. I had been invited to give a talk for the Institute of Renaissance Studies on one of the plays, Julius Caesar. The grand-kids attended the lecture and were a part of an attentive crowd. Mostly though they enjoyed seeing the production of the play!
A local television station filmed my talk, and gave me a copy, and so since today is my birthday, it seems only appropriate that I share it with all of you!
This book is the third volume in a trilogy in which David Kleinberg-Levin attempts to develop an unorthodox philosophy of hope, one derived from the reading of a number of twentieth-century literary texts — in other words, a philosophy that diverges from the politico-theological tradition represented by such canonical works as Ernst Bloch’s The Principle of Hope (1938-47) and Jürgen Moltmann’s Theology of Hope: On the Ground and the Implications of a Christian Eschatology (1964). Levin does not engage these texts — instead his recurrent references are to Walter Benjamin’s secularized Messianism and T. W. Adorno’s critique of Enlightenment, from both of which he takes his starting point: namely that neither a theocracy nor a world administered according to the principles of reason can save us from the ongoing catastrophes of history. For Levin, as (in different ways) for Benjamin and Adorno, the experience of disaster (hence of mourning) is the paradoxical condition that makes hope possible, if only in the form of the memory (or imagination) of happiness, or maybe simply a semblance of momentary freedom from the world as we know it.
Why turn to literature in search of hope?
1. Reading the Bible: Intention, Text, Interpretation, by Robert D. Lane – Chapter 11.
2. Lecture One: Text and Interpretation: The Exegetical Significance of the “Original” Text – Bart D. Ehrman
3. Lecture Two: Text and Transmission: The Historical Significance of the “Altered” Text – Bart D. Ehrman
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Camus died in an auto accident 53 years ago. He had a profound influence on me.
*“For a generous psychology.
We help a person more by giving him a favorable image of himself than by constantly reminding him of his shortcomings. Each individual normally strives to resemble his best image. Can be applied to teaching, to history, to philosophy, to politics. We are for instance the result of twenty centuries of Christian imagery. For two thousand years man has been offered a humiliating image of himself. The result is obvious. Anyway, who can say what we should be if those twenty centuries had clung to the ancient ideal with its beautiful human face.” – Albert Camus — Notebooks
In January of 1960, a powerful sports car was traveling north in France towards Paris. Albert Camus was a passenger in the car. He had won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1957 and had been called in the presentation speech “the conscience of the 20th century.” He had been an actor and an editor, a dramatist and a novelist, and was active in the underground resistance against the Nazis in World War II. He was forty-six years old and well known around the world. Camus was traveling to Paris with friends after spending the New Year holiday on his property in the south of France. It was raining. The car came out at one point on a straight, clear stretch of road. About midway it went off the road and rammed into a tree. Camus was killed. One newspaper at the time reported, “It was a dramatic end for the young writer who was a leader and interpreter of the philosophy of postwar France’s wild, young existentialist set.” read the review here.
* Camus’ Nobel speech
* The Boxer and the Goalkeeper – review by Christopher Bray
* The Outsider by Albert Camus – review by Lucian Robinson
* Interview with Camus – video
* ALBERT CAMUS: The Absurd Hero by Bob Lane
[This essay was originally published in Humanist in Canada, Winter 1984/85, Volume 17, Number 4. Copyright by Bob Lane 2012.]