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Breezeway Briefs

Apr 11, 2014
by Staff

International Franciscan conference draws scholars to Flagler

The “Franciscan Florida in pan-Borderlands Perspective” international conference kicked off this March at Flagler College, bringing scholars from the University of Chicago, Stanford University, Harvard University, the University of California – Berkeley, the University of Dresden, the University of Arizona, as well as the American Museum of Natural History
in New York.

The conference was organized by Flagler College Professor of Religion Timothy Johnson and focused on the early history of the Franciscans in North America and the indigenous peoples they encountered.

“This gathering is the first time an international conference of such breadth and depth has ever been dedicated to the Franciscan presence in the Spanish Borderlands and the indigenous peoples of this region,” Johnson said.  

The Flagler Review publishes first online literary journal

FLARE: The Flagler Review went digital this semester with an online-only edition that let the student-produced literary journal break new ground on the Web.

FLARE, which also publishes a print edition in the fall, is taught as an English Department workshop class. Student editors seek out poetry, fiction and nonfiction by both up-and-coming and established writers.

The journal is also publishing a Flagler student online edition this semester. For more, visit

Marine wildlife artist and conservationist meets with Natural Science students

While Guy Harvey is best known for his popular line of shirts and colorful paintings of sea life, he is also a major supporter of marine conservation, research and education.

That was what brought Harvey to Flagler College while in St. Augustine this past October. He met with Natural Science students and faculty to discuss the college’s new Coastal Environmental Science major.

Harvey had some advice for students on research: “First pick a topic that you’re passionate about,” he said. “No matter where you go with it, work as hard as you can and you can succeed.”

While at Flagler, Harvey received the Florida House on Capitol Hill Distinguished Artist Award for his prolific works.

Daniels publishes text on the Jesus presented in John’s Gospel

Jack Daniels, an instructor in religion at Flagler College, recently published the book, “Gossiping Jesus: The Oral Processing of Jesus in John’s Gospel.”

Daniels says the book explores how John’s Gospel in the Bible presents a Jesus whose identity is elusive to all.


The book, published by Pickwick Publications, looks at the text through the oft-misunderstood lens of gossip, focusing on how other characters in the narrative and various social dynamics of Jesus’ world collide to construct Jesus’ identity.

Flagler students selected for Jewish National Fund trip to Israel

Three Flagler students spent part of their Christmas break on a trip to Israel after being selected for the Jewish National Fund’s Caravan for Democracy Mission.

Flagler students Kathleen Quillian, Katherine Chance and David Arreola joined 27 other students from around the country on the all-expenses-paid trip to Israel. The trip allowed them to visit historical sites, as well as meet political, cultural and community leaders.

“It’s really a huge honor to be picked for this,” said Chance, a double major in psychology and philosophy/religion.

The Jewish National Fund was founded in 1901 and is a charitable organization specializing in development of Israeli land and infrastructure.

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