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Cathy Corman

Cathy Corman works in a variety of media to tell stories. In addition to teaching part-time in the American Studies department at the University of Massachusetts Boston, she focuses on multimedia production and long-form print journalism. NPR affiliates, BBC's Monocle/24, and BackStory have all aired her work.

In the Midst, Corman's current project, focuses on the lives of James and Barbara Alter, two liberal American Presbyterian missionaries, and their far-reaching circle of friends and family. Now in their late 80s and early 90s, many of these individuals were involved in the Student Christian Movement in the 1930s and ¹40s and studied the works of Paul Tillich, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Mahatma Gandhi. They vowed to live simply, in the midst of the poor, whether they were in rural Tennessee, New Haven, Connecticut, or Rajpur, India. They brought their commitments to pacifism, ecumenism, and social justice with them wherever they lived and never converted anyone -- on purpose. They opposed nationalism, especially when national identity prevented them from embracing cultural, social, and political differences. These elders link Christian gospel to social justice. They want their stories heard at a moment when they believe religious fundamentalists dominate the history of Christianity around the world. Corman is currently a visiting researcher at Boston University's School of Theology. BU's Center for Global Christianity and Mission is hosting In the Midst. To hear the project as it evolves, go to: http://www.bu.edu/cgcm/scm-usa-project/in-the-midst/

Corman earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale in 1998. She lives and works in the Boston area. To learn more about Corman, please visit: www.catherinecorman.com.