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Federal Work-Study Position Application Form

 Job Title  Peace Studies Assistant
 Reports to  Scott Holland
 Department  Academic
 Days of Week  Thursday
 Time of Day  Between 10 am -1:30 pm
 Hours per week  3
 Start date  8/25/15
 End date  5/4/16
 Pay rate  10.25
 General description/brief summary Preparation and clean up for weekly Peace Forum
 Duties/responsibilities Work with the Peace Studies  Associate to prepare the Peace Forum Lunch and clean up the kitchen and dining hall upon completion. This work includes some  food preparation and cooking as well as clean up.
 Skills/qualifications Some interest and knowledge in the kitchen and/or an ability to follow the instructions of a more skilled cook. Beyond cooking, some basic cleaning and janitorial abilities and/or an openness to work with one more acquainted with clean-up after the lunch event. Reliability because the program depends upon it.
 Physical demands Comfort level with cooking for a group of 75 and the ability to do light clean up of the kitchen and dining room.

Matt Boersma
Master of Arts

MattMy thesis began its journey while learning Hebrew at the University of Notre Dame, back when I was an employee in the Information Technology department. Among the many Hebrew texts read, it was the Song of Songs in particular that caught my attention. I knew that historically it had been interpreted as an allegorical text exploring God's love of Israel (or the church), but I had not encountered the deeply sensual nature of the images and the erotic tone of the text. Reading through the book, the unabashed sexuality of the words struck me as completely different than how the rest of the Bible treats sex. During the previous semester we had read selections of Ezekiel, where sex and female desire is cast as idolatrous and evil. In the Song, it is unashamed and extolled.