Past Events

New York City based poet Ekere Tallie read her work and answered student questions during an intimate poetry workshop in Kenrick Hall this past October 22nd.

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The recipient of a 2010 Queens Council on the Arts grant for her research on herbalists of the African Diaspora working in urban and non-traditional settings, her writing has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Crab Orchard Review, BOMB, Paris/Atlantic, Go, Tell Michelle (SUNY), Listen Up! (One World Ballantine) and Revenge and Forgiveness (Henry Holt). She has appeared on Dutch television and her work has been the subject of the short film “I Leave My Colors Everywhere.”

Her first collection of poetry, Karma’s Footsteps, was released by Flipped Eye Publishing in September of 2011. She currently teaches at York College. For more info please visit her website.

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The dishes all want to break,
My Love
one by one
they wriggle from my hands
shattering in unsorry pieces

Leave him cries
the cracked bowl
You are too much whispers
a shard of plate
Too good jagged mouth
of glass to be here

your very own dishes,
betrayed you, My Love
spoons beat your secrets
‘till they bent in fatigue

so when you come home
with her scent in your hair
and you walk from room
to room finding no sign
of me, keep your shoes on

particularly in the kitchen,
my freedom might get
stuck in your feet

Tiny Circus Comes to Town

tiny circusTiny Circus, a community based collaborative art group, was on campus conducting a workshop during the week of Oct. 21st – 24th, with the Visual and Performing Arts Dept. Visual and Performing Arts students worked with the group to create a stop-motion animation documenting the retellings of ghost stories, spooky tales, hauntings, and supernatural events attached to Kenrick Hall – CBU’s oldest building on campus.

Art Therapy Grant

The Visual and Performing Arts Department at CBU has been awarded a $10,000.00 grant by the H. W. Durham Foundation to be used in collaboration with the Ave Maria Home.  Students working within this concentration will be a part of creating CBU’s first field study course in the area of Art Therapy.   The course will be led by Art Therapist Sarah Hamil and the VAPA Chair Jana Travis. Students will learn the skills needed to design and execute art therapy sessions for Alzheimer patients while documenting their progress through hands on research.   The course will be taught in spring 2014 and again in fall 2014.  CBU is the only University in Memphis and the surrounding area offering a BFA with a concentration in Art Therapy.

CBU Theatre Offers Perspectives on Acting, Life by Nic Picou

Acting is one of the most difficult things I have ever done. Don’t get me wrong, I love every minute of it and I find no greater joy than that which is afforded me through creating art. But my many years of adherence to the stagecraft has provided me a realization that my art, like so many, is a struggle with forces internal and external. It is a battle to resist that which is false and easy in favor of that which is true and arduous. I say this because, contrary to what caricatures have been illustrated for us, acting is not make-believe. In fact, it is far removed from the realm of pretend. True acting is true life. That is, acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Though I have always held this truth somewhere in my spirit, it did not become so clearly and beautifully articulated until my time at Christian Brothers University.

I must admit I never anticipated saying such a thing. Theatre at CBU is as minimalist as it gets. Look to our productions for evidence. The Turn of the Screw (2011): Two actors, no sets or props. Almost, Maine (2012): Very minimal scene changes with props and costumes from home. Even our upcoming production of Private Eyes (running from 31 Oct. – 3 Nov.) has only two small set pieces and a table borrowed from Canale Café. Austerity has its upside, however. Often lost in the extravagance and proverbial “glitter in the eyes” of a lot of college-level productions, acting takes center stage at CBU.

The theatre program has nurtured my creative lifestyle, and I have Matthew Hamner, professor of Speech and Acting at CBU, to thank for my revelations and discoveries in acting. His ability as an educator and experience as an actor himself allows for something unique and coveted among those studying the craft: a chance to work with the Sanford Meisner approach to acting. It was Sanford Meisner’s philosophy that actors “live truthfully under imaginary circumstances,” and that philosophy was passed to Hamner by his instructor Larry Silverberg. I cannot further explain here the ideas and techniques behind the philosophy, but instead reiterate the effectiveness and genuineness of it. My ongoing studies in acting under Hamner at CBU have placed me, sudden and welcome, in the realm of all those who have learned precisely what I am studying: Sandra Bullock. Gregory Peck. Robert Duvall. Steve McQueen, to name a few.

Living truthfully is not easy, even in our daily lives. We often think we know how we will react to certain situations based on past behaviors and based on things we witness and file away every day. This is simply not the case. None of us knows exactly how we could react to anything. This is where acting holds the potential to teach us about life: that all our behaviors, all our emotions hold unexpected and hidden, sometimes explosive capabilities that we know very little to nothing about. That is why people come to the theatre.

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Nic Picou (right), English, ’14