Spotlight

Things Not Seen Radio

In July, Dr. David Dault (Religion and Philosophy) began hosting a weekly radio show, Things Not Seen: Conversations about Culture and Faith. “I was very inspired by shows on NPR like Fresh Air,” says Dault. “They do a great job of taking the time to really get to the heart of the interview. Unfortunately, shows on NPR don’t always take religion seriously. Issues of faith tend to get treated as a curiosity. So I wanted to have a show that takes time to listen, in an informed and respectful way, to people’s stories about their faith.”

The show has highlighted local authors and projects, as well as tackling larger issues with nationally-recognized guests. “Our first show featured Stacy Smith, from The Church Health Center here in Memphis, and our most recent show featured Joanna Brooks, who a few weeks ago was a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Dault explains. “We have a really good mix.”

The show’s format presents a 30 minute interview segment, followed by a shorter segment – often a book review, a film review, or a brief commentary. “I work with a group of five producers from around the country. Each one is an expert on culture and religion, and they each send me segments every couple of weeks that I work into the program,” says Dault.

You can hear Things Not Seen in the Memphis area on Sunday mornings at 11am on KWAM News Talk 990 AM. Once an episode has aired, it is available for listening and downloading any time on the show’s website, www.ThingsNotSeenRadio.com.

A Brothers’s Legacy in Dominican Republic

October 18 is the 50th Anniversary of the free elementary school founded by Brother Francisco Martin in the very small town of Higuey in Dominican Republic. He helped transform an old empty building into a school that originally only had four classrooms, but today has more than a thousand students from kindergarten to seniors. Brother Francisco recalls, “There were students so poor that they couldn’t attend the school because they had to work for their parents, helping them as shoe shiners.”

In response Brother Francisco founded The Shoeshine Club, taught them reading, writing, arithmetic, and religion. “For their free time I lent them some sport equipment I received from the Peace Corps.” Two years ago Brother Francisco visited the school and two of his former shoeshine boys came to speak with him – they are now leaders in the city government. “I was overwhelmed when two current shoeshine kids passed by us and one of my former students told me, ‘Remember Brother we were like that.”

Belfast Exchange

Madeline Faber, CBU Junior

Madeline Faber, CBU Junior

This semester, junior, Madeline Faber is studying in Belfast, Northern Ireland at St. Mary’s. Madeline is continuing her English studies through the Erasmus Exchange Programme, which is a study abroad program organized by the European Union, where students can spend a semester or several years, at any of the partner schools around the world.

Madeline is working at St. Mary’s writing center under the direction of chair, Jonathan Worley as well as taking courses at the university. Her courses include Anglo-Irish literature, Modernism in literature, European Culture Studies, European History, and ceramics. There are 55 other international students in the Erasmus Programme with Madeline. She says, “We’ve all become very close. Everyone is so eager to share their culture and learn from a different perspective.” According to Madeline, hearing Tom Waits performed with a Slavic accent has been one of the highlights from interacting with students from around the world.

On a recent hike around Cave Hill, which is a green mountain overlooking all of Belfast, Madeline and the other international students saw the Isle of Man, Scotland, and the infamous characteristic of the hill, Napoleon’s Nose. Madeline will return to CBU in the spring and will surely be bringing stories to share from this incredible experience.