About the Cover Art:

The Borghese series is a photo essay on the subject of the “Paulina” sculpture by Canova which is in the Borghese Gallery in Rome. The model for the sculpture which was executed in the early 1800s was Countess Paulina Bonaparte Borghese who was married to the Count and was the sister of Napoleon Bonaparte. She commissioned the work and insisted on posing semi- nude. The result was a scandal, since it was considered inappropriate for royalty to pose in that manner.

Legend has us understand that the embarrassed Count kept the sculpture locked away to be seen only by selected viewers. However, when the Count was away one could view the sculpture by bribing the servants.

I photographed the series in 2001 during a residency at the American Academy in Rome.

Leonard Nimoy

Contributors:

Ellen Arl is a professor at the University of South Carolina, Sumter, where she produces and hosts, Ex Libris, a book-talk show on South Carolina Public Television.

Wendell Berry is the author of more than thirty books. Throughout his career, Berry has received various awards and honors, including the award for writing from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Lannan Foundation Award for nonfiction, as well as the T. S. Eliot Award.

Lisa Bellan-Boyer combines theology and biblical studies with interests in art history and psychology in her interdisciplinary and intercultural work. An extensive performing arts background and time spent in Eastern Europe and among the Russian Orthodox community inform her interfaith work. She is a researcher on the staff of the Newark Museum.

William Dauenhauer’s work has been published in several literary magazines. He is largely self-taught, mildly humanistic, and extremely fond of free-verse.

Marc H. Ellis is University Professor of American and Jewish Studies and Director of the Center for American and Jewish Studies at Baylor University. His most recent books include Practicing Exile: The Religious Odyssey of an American Jew and Israel and Palestine: Out of the Ashes; The Search for Jewish Identity in the Twenty-first Century.

Seth Farber is a psychologist, a social critic, and a member of Jews Against the Occupation. He is the author of several books (including Madness, Heresy and the Rumor of Angels: The Revolt Against the Mental Health System) and is currently writing a book on American Jewish critics of Israel.

Rita M. Gross is a scholar-practitioner who teaches Shambhala Buddhism and writes about many topics pertaining to Buddhism, gender and religion, and interfaith relations. She is the author of many books and articles including Religious Feminism and the Future of the Planet: A Buddhist Christian Conversation and the forthcoming Christians Talk about Buddhist Meditation: Buddhists Talk about Christian Prayer.

Ivone Gebara, a Brazilian Sister of Our Lady (Canoneses of St. Augustine) is one of Latin America’s leading theologians. For nearly two decades she has been professor at the Theological Institute of Recife. She is the author of Longing for Running Water: Ecofeminism and Liberation (Fortress Press).

Rachel Hadas is Board of Governors Professor of English at the Newark campus of Rutgers University. The most recent of her many books of poems is Indelible (Wesleyan, 2001). A new collection, entitled Laws, is forthcoming in 2004 from Zoo Press.

Peter Heinegg is CrossCurrents’s book editor. He is a professor of English at Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Jane E. Hicks is Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics in the Religion, Philosophy and Classics Department of Augustana College in South Dakota.

Rosalind Hinton is currently an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. She specializes in African American Religions, Women’s Studies and Gender in American Religious Contexts. She is currently working on a manuscript dealing with issues of appropriation and resistance in the transformation of African American sacred music into American popular culture in the creation of the Broadway play, The Green Pastures.

Evelyn Mattern does ecumenical and interfaith work with the North Carolina Council of Churches. Her most recent book (poetry and prose) is Why Not Become Fire?: Encounters with Women Mystics (Ave Maria Press).

Sarah J. Melcher is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at Xavier University. She has published several articles including: “Lacan, the Phallus, and the Construal of Intergenerational Kinship in Genesis- Numbers”; “Kinship and Enculturation: Shaping the Generations in Leviticus 18”; “Visualizing the Perfect Cult: The Priestly Rationale for Exclusion”; and “The Holiness Code and Human Sexuality.”

Malissia McConnell will receive her B.A. in May from the University of Detroit Mercy. She will attend Wayne State University for graduate school.

Stephanie Y. Mitchem is a contributing editor for CrossCurrents. Her most recent book is Introducing Womanist Theology published by Orbis Books.

Leonard Nimoy is a successful actor, director, recording artist, and author. He has published two autobiographies and several volumes of poetry, two of which also feature his photographs. He has pursued an interest in photography since his teens, and studied at UCLA in the early  
1970s. He recently finished an appointment as artist in residence at the American Academy in Rome.

Susan A. Ross is Professor of Theology and Faculty Scholar at Loyola University Chicago. She is the author of Extravagant Affections: A Feminist Sacramental Theology (New York: Continuum, 1998).

Letty M. Russell is Professor of Theology Emerita at Yale Divinity School. She co- coordinates the D.Min. program with an international feminist emphasis at San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is an author and editor of a number of books, including Church in the Round: Feminist Interpretation of the Church and Dictionary of Feminist Theologies.

J. Barrie Shepherd was educated at the University of Edinburgh and Yale. His poetry has appeared in many publications including the Christian Century and the New Republic.

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Source: Cross Currents, Spring 2003, Vol. 53,  No 1.