Cathy Corman joins the research associates at BU’s Center for Global Christianity and Missions eager to complete In the Midst. In the Midst is a multimedia project focusing on the life and work of nonagenarian Barbara Beach Alter. Alter and her husband James spent much of their adult lives as American Presbyterian missionaries in north India. Steeped in the principles of the New England Student Christian Movement, Alter and her circle never converted anyone — on purpose. Their goal was to “live in the midst” of communities where they advanced goals having to do with social justice, ecumenism, and contemplation. In the Midst is a series of interlinked audio pieces taken from interviews Corman has conducted over the past several years in the U.S. and in India.
Corman teaches part-time in the American Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston. In her teaching, Corman focuses on the social and cultural history of early America. Corman served as an assistant professor in the history department at Harvard University for five years. She has pursued academic and media projects as an independent scholar, researcher, and reporter for nearly a decade. To see examples of her work and get a clearer sense of her interests, visit her website: www.catherinecorman.com.