Upcoming and Past Events


April 16th, 2:30-4:00 p.m. in the LLC Lounge

Unbowed-A-MemoirIn celebration of Earth Week, Dr. Neal Palmer (Chair, History and Political Science) and History Honors Society Phi Alpha Theta are hosting a panel discussion of Wangari Maathai’s memoir Unbowed. Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 “for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.” She was the first African women and first environmentalist to win the prize.

Panelist include Shadrack Nasong’o (International Studies professor at Rhodes), Dennis Laumann (History professor at the University of Memphis), Mark Behr (Literature professor at Rhodes), and Ben Jordan (History professor at CBU).  It will be part of our campus celebration of Earth Week and the culmination of efforts to encourage as many people as possible on campus—faculty, staff, and students—to read Maathai’s inspirational and important story. The panel will discuss their scholarly and personal understandings of the meaning and importance of Maathai’s work and participate in a question and answer session with the audience.

Please read the book and plan to attend the discussion, and encourage students and other faculty to do the same.

Charles A. Gallagher, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Sociology Department, LaSalle University.
April 16th, 7 p.m. in Spain Auditorium

gallagherDr. Gallagher’s research focuses on racial and social inequality and the ways in which the media, the state and popular culture constructs, shapes and disseminates ideas of race. He has published articles on the sociological functions of colorblind political narratives, how racial categories expand and contract within the context of interracial marriages, race theory, racial innumeracy and how one’s ethnic history shapes perceptions of privilege.

He is the author of various publications some of which are White Reconstruction in the University, Ten Simple Things You Can Do to Improve Race Relations and Color-Blind Privilege.

April 19th, 4-6 p.m. in Gallery “B” (located in Kenrick Hall basement)


Please join the Visual and Performing Arts Department as they exhibit their BFA Senior show. Opening night is April 19th. The works will remain on exhibit untill the end of the semester. The Graduating students are: Mary-Micheal Ryan, Lauren South, Nell Brandon, Carliegh Stratton, Katie Valdez, Desiree Mitchell, and Hannah Nelson. Refreshment will be served.

6th Annual CBU “Last Lecture” with Dr. Max Maloney
April 23rd, 12:45 p.m. in Spain Auditorium.

Please join the Honors Program and the CBU community for this extraordinary event during which Dr. Max Maloney will give his hypothetical “Last Lecture.” If you like big words, tall professors, and yummy food for thought, this is your lucky day! Last Lectures usually include the professor’s reflections on their academic career, advice for better living, and even a few laughs. Let’s see what Dr. Maloney comes up with. Light refreshments will be served prior to the talk. Based on past Last Lectures, this is a not-to-be-missed event!

GreenFaith with Reverend Fletcher Harper
April 25th, 7 p.m. in Spain Auditorium

image_previewThe CBU Sustainability Committee, The Student Sustainability Coalition, CBU Honors Program, and Department of Religion and Philosophy welcome Rev. Fletcher Harper as this year’s Earth Day guest speaker. Fletcher is an Episcopal priest and Executive Director of GreenFaith. GreenFaith’s mission is to inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership. Their work is based on beliefs shared by the world’s great religions – GreenFaith believes that protecting the earth is a religious value, and that environmental stewardship is a moral responsibility.

Under his leadership, GreenFaith has developed innovative programs linking religious belief and practice to the environment. An award-winning spiritual writer and nationally-recognized preacher on the environment, he teaches and speaks at houses of worship from a range of denominations in New Jersey and nationwide about the moral, spiritual basis for environmental stewardship and justice. A graduate of Princeton University and Union Theological Seminary, he served as a parish priest for ten years and in leadership positions in the Episcopal Church before becoming GreenFaith’s Executive Director.

The Other Wes Moore
November 21st, University Theater, time TBA

Author Wes Moore will speak to CBU students and the Memphis community as this year’s Fresh Reads special guest. Fresh Reads, CBU’s freshman summer reading program, was started in the summer of 2011 in order to give our new students a common academic experience. If you are interested in leading a one-time discussion (want a free book, lunch, and to change some lives) for incoming freshmen on Welcome Weekend, please contact Dr. Karen Golightly.



Prince Among Slaves
Tuesday, March 19

The Plough Library and Student Life sponsored a showing of this documentary by Unity Productions, which focuses on Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, an African prince who was enslaved in the American South for 40 years in the early years of the Republic. Dr. Mary Campbell (Behavioral Sciences) and Dr. Neal Palmer (History and Political Science) led a discussion group after the movie as part of Multi-Cultural Awareness Month.

Dennis Foley
Thursday, March 21 • 7:00 p.m.

Dennis FoleyLifelong Chicagoan and alumnus of CBU, Dennis Foley read excerpts from his second book, The Drunkard’s Son (Side Street Press, 2012), which details Foley’s days growing up on Chicago’s South side in the 1960s and ‘70s, a time of strife that also found his family running head on into an endless series of roadblocks.

His short stories, memoir pieces and freelance work have appeared in a number of literary venues including HairTrigger, Poetry Motel, The2ndHand, The Chicago Red Streak, The Beverly Review, Gravity, The Use of Personal Narratives in the Helping Profession and centerstagechicago.com. Dennis’ first book, The Street’s and San Man’s Guide To Chicago Eats, won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association Book Awards—1st Place for Humor.

Student Achievement

Kari Buchinger (LANCE ’13) has been offered the assistant principal position at Our Lady of Sorrows!

Michalyn Easter (History ’13) has been accepted into Columbia and Vanderbilt’s excellent graduate Education programs, though she has yet to decide which she will attend. She has also applied for a summer archival/museum internship at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington D.C.

Tavares Mondrell Floyd (History & Political Science ’13) and Mary Catherine Hogan (Special Education ’13) attended President Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration on January 14th. Mary Catherine and Tavares agreed to further share their experiences via video. In this video, they tell us a bit more about the trip of a lifetime! To see highlights of their live-tweets, take a look at: http://storify.com/fromcbu/cbu-in-dc.

Desiree Mitchell (Visual and Performing Arts ’13), Hannah Nelson (VAPA ’13), and Emily Phillips (VAPA ’15) were selected to participate in the CODA exhibition at Rhodes College. Special acknowledgement goes to Desiree Mitchell, who won the Viewer’s Choice award.

David Skull (Psychology ’13) was selected for the 2nd time as an All-GSC selection at defender (soccer), with a 3.63 GPA.

577284_625083967507988_413504539_nAmanda Willhite (Psychology ’13) was a finalist for the Vanderhaar Student Peace award, with which came a monetary reward. Over the past three years Amanda worked to bring Safe Zones to CBU. “Safe Zones” is a program found on numerous college campuses (including U of M and Rhodes) that works to educate the community about LGBT issues and to reduce instances of bullying, violence, and harassment against LGBT students, as well as depression and suicide among LGBT youth. After completing a training program, faculty, administrators, staff, and student leaders (such as RAs) can be certified as a “safe zone,” a safe space that will listen to and support LGBT students. Next steps planned for the spring semester, will be to secure faculty approval and then to form a committee, on which Amanda has volunteered to serve, to revise and adapt the program for use at our distinctively LaSallian University. Dr. Buscher and I anticipate that the program will be ready to launch next year, at the beginning of the fall 2013 semester.

Alumni News

Camille Caparas’s (Creative Writing ’12) short story “Santos Niños” won 2nd place in the Southern Literary Festival Creative Writing Contest Winners!

Clinton School student Dylan Perry (Religion and Philosophy ’10) completed research which found that more than 80 percent of the Central Arkansas community thinks that developing a strong local food system is important. Perry found that the community wants healthy, local, accessible and affordable food, and is concerned for local growers and those who buy from them.

Jermel Tucker (Psychology ’07) and Chris Peterson (Religion and Philosophy ’10) were selected in the Memphis Flyer’s 20<30.

Faculty Achievments

Samantha Alperin (Education) is on the planning committee for the Heuther Conference – a conference of the Christian Brothers along with 8 other professors and principals from Lasallian schools across the US to be held in New Orleans in November!

Dr. Marius Carriere (History and Political Science) attended The Society for Military History Conference in New Orleans this past week. Dr. Carriere also did research in the archives of The Historic New Orleans Collection and the New Orleans Public Library.

Dr. David Dault (Religion and Philosophy) traveled to Chicago at the end of February for a meeting with the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education. The theme of the gathering was “The Art of Gospel Entrepreneurship.” While there, he had a chance to meet with noted scholar Eboo Patel and others from across the nation who are working to help keep education for ministry at the cutting edge of relevance for the 21st century. To find out more about the Consortium, visit their website.

Dr. Karen Golightly (Literature and Foreign Languages) has three pieces of photography in the latest edition of The Meadowland Review! Dr. Golightly is also presenting a paper at the American Conference of Irish Studies on April 10, 2013: “Firing up Their Minds: The Use of Multimedia in Teaching Bridget Cleary.”

Dr. Paul Haught (Dean) has accepted an invitation to serve on the editorial advisory board for the journal Environmental Ethics.

Religion and Philosophy Professors Dr. Scott Geis, Dr. Emily Holmes, and Dr. James Wallace participated in the Lenten Reflection Series – February 25-27 – at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Memphis.  Their respective presentation topics were as follows:

Dr. Scott D. Geis: “An Epiphany of Divine Grace: Christian Friendship and Lenten Devotion”
Dr. James B. Wallace: “The Apostle Paul on Spiritual Transformation”
Dr. Emily A. Holmes: “Lenten Spiritual Practices in Relation to Food and Eating”

Dr. Emily Holmes lectured on April 3rd at The University of Memphis as part of the Tigers Initiative for Gardens in Urban Settings (TIGUrS), her talk was titled: A Christian Theological Perspective on Food Justice. She also attended the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR) meeting on March 17 in Greenville, SC (pictured below), where she presented her paper “Narrative, Agriculture, and Food Justice: Reading A. Whitney Sanford’s Growing Stories from India: Religion and the Fate of Agriculture” as part of a panel discussion with the author.

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Emily Holmes; Geoffrey Claussen, Elon University; Amy Allocco, Elon University; Whitney Sanford, University of Florida

Congratulations to Nick and Cat Pena (Visual and Performing Arts) who both have work on display in the new exhibit Present Tense at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens.

Dr. Jeff Sable and 10 undergraduates from his time at Rhodes and The U of M co-authored a study titled “Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder reduces automatic attention in young adults.” The study was published in the March addition of Psychophysiology.

In collaboration with faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Emory University, Dr. Sable also co-authored the paper Effects of alcohol on sequential information processing: Evidence for temporal myopia.
Fleming, Kimberly A.; Bartholow, Bruce D.; Sable, Jeffrey; Pearson, Melanie; Fabiani, Monica; Gratton, Gabriele – Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Vol 27(1), Mar 2013, 184-190.

On March 21, Dr. Ric Potts, Chair of the Department of Education, was a panel member on community conversations that reflect the findings and priorities of the annual report, the State of Education in Tennessee: 2012-13, sponsored by the report’s publisher, SCORE (State Collaborative on Reforming Education).

Dr. Brendan Prawdzik presented a paper to the Marvell Society of America at the South Central Renaissance Conference in Omaha. Most of world’s preeminent Marvellians were in attendance. He also chaired a panel on John Donne.

Dr. Prawdzik has developed a new eco-literature course that he will teach in the Fall. He also holds a weekly open poetry close reading group at Otherlands Coffee House, each Friday, 5-6. Please email him if interested.

Mid-South Psychology Conference

The MSPC is a forum for undergraduate psychology students to present original research. Participants receive friendly and professional feedback about the research from their peers, professors, and a panel of judges based on the research project and conference presentation. The following is a list of CBU students and their presentation topics.

Papers Presented

Jacqueline Baker & Stephen Schenck - The relationship between corporal punishment and aggression.

Kimberley Gardner - The relationship between information communication technology use and psychological impairment.

Andrea Guyton & LaShaniqua Gregory - The hope study.

Posters Presented

Hailee Brown - The relationship between narcissism, depression, and peer rejection. 

Allison Davis, Taylor Goode & W. Richard Walker – Potential flashbulb memory for the re-election of President Obama: The roles of vividness and rehearsal.

Kimberley Gardner & Jessica Jameson - The relationship between peer rejection in
childhood, personality, and modes of communication.

Taylor Goode, Allison Davis, & W. Richard Walker - Potential flashbulb memory for the re-election of President Obama: The roles of personal significance and emotional impact.

Sheleinia Henderson – The relationship between aggressive driving and fear of dying.

Katelynn Hicks & Devinn SchwarzmanThe relationship between boredom proneness and reality television.

Rochelle Rodriguez & April CollinsThe relationship between sex roles and satisfaction in cross-sex friendships.

Caitlin Waldrop, Michelle Rivas & Kristin RobinsonThe relationship between reality
Television, trends, and fashion consciousness.

2013 Castings Literary Journal Winners

We’re looking forward to reading / viewing these works, plus the many other submissions that have been accepted. Congratulations! The 2012 edition is currently available online and will soon be updated for 2013.

1st Place: “Look Away” – Madeline Faber
2nd Place: “I Can’t” – Amber Lipford
3rd Place: “Lost and Found” – Sarah Longaria

Fine Art
1st Place: “Full Moon Phase” – Hannah Nelson
2nd Place: “Mourning Elegance” – Desiree’ Mitchell
3rd Place: “Untiltled 6″ – Hannah Nelson

1st Place: “Roma” – Katelyn Morris
2nd Place: “Running Errands” – Candace Lester
3rd Place: “Haiku” – Amanda Shaeffer

International Education Honor Society

The CBU Education Department would like to extend an invitation to join the International Education Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi.  In order to be eligible for membership, please see specific requirements below.

Undergraduate: be working toward BA in Child Development or BA in Special Education, have completed 30 hours of courses, have at least 12 hours in education courses, and demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.

Graduate: enrolled in a graduate program, have completed at least 12 hours in education courses, and demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

If you are eligible for KDP membership, please fill out the Initiate Information Form, enclosed with an unofficial transcript, and check or money order for $63.00.  Membership fees include local chapter dues, national dues, initiation fees, and honor cords. Please make checks payable to: Christian Brothers University, Memo Line: Kappa Delta Pi fees.  Membership information and Initiate forms can be located outside of Kenrick 118.

All paperwork and money must be submitted to Kappa Delta Pi’s mailbox, located in the Department of Education Copy Room (accessible through Kenrick 118), on or before April 9, 2013.  If you are mailing your paperwork, please address to Department of Education, Box 101 attn: Kappa Delta Pi.

Click here for the Kappa Delta Pi website.
Mark your calendars!! Initiation will be held on May 6, 2013!!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Carol Simpson
Kappa Delta Pi President

Success After College – Shanta Williams

After graduating Cum Laude from Christian Brothers University in May 2008, I took a year to join AmeriCorps. After my year was done, I was able to finally attend graduate school at The University of Memphis. My major during my graduate studies was Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. After many days and nights of worrying, studying, more worrying, working, more worrying and finally completing an awesome internship, on August 12, 2012 I happily graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master’s of Science in Counseling. Subsequently, I landed my first REAL job as a Crisis Specialist at the Crisis Assessment Center. My job includes assessing mental health consumers for possible psychiatric care, outpatient treatment, or detox treatment. Let’s just say I have seen a lot in my time as a Specialist, so there is never a dull moment. During my never-boring time at work, I was able to get the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential, which is the first step into being a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider credential (LPC-MHSP). Suffice to say, I have my work cut out for me. Nevertheless, I am truly blessed to have started my higher education with the AWESOME Psychology department at Christian Brothers University. Starting there with my future career was one of the best decisions I have ever made!

Mid-South Regional Greenprint

166725_480646248651177_1725970623_nDr. Ben Jordan (History and Political Science), Dr. Paul Haught (Dean), and the SOA’s administrative assistant Sean MacInnes, who all sit on CBU’s Sustainability Committee, are participating members of The Mid‐South Regional Greenprint Consortium.

The Consortium, established from a $2.6 million HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, is formed by citizen, business and governmental leaders in the tri-state area, who are working to establish a unified vision for a region‐wide network of greenspace areas with the goal of enhancing regional sustainability by addressing recreation, housing and land use, resource conservation, environmental protection, accessibility, community health and wellness, transportation alternatives, economic development, and neighborhood engagement.

“What I find especially exciting about the Mid-South Greenprint project,” Haught explains, “is the opportunity it has provided us to take part in a massive civic initiative to provide a visual representation of the region’s efforts and needs with respect to sustainability. If Memphis and the Mid-South are to flourish deep into the Twenty-first Century, this project will no doubt play a role. Down the road, I also foresee a number of possibilities for our students and faculty to contribute their own research to the project, a major factor in my own decision to become involved.”

Visit the Mid-South Greenprint website for details and ways you can participate – like taking the online survey! The city needs and welcomes your input.

From Nigeria to Memphis – Brother Moses Abunya

Coming to the United States was not much of a culture shock given that I had previously spent a lot of time in Europe and Canada. Having said that, the US is still a distinct and different country from the others – a country I had so much wanted to visit. And who wouldn’t want to visit the most powerful nation on earth? So gladly I came, and although the initial adjustment was slightly stressful, gladly I have stayed. Coming into the US in 2011 was a dream come true for me.

Br. Moses

There are many cultural differences and similarities between Africa and the US Prominent among these was how little many Americans seem to know about other continents, especially Africa. Below is a sample of questions I have been asked by Americans since coming to the US.

Do you have universities in Africa? Do you have computers, TVs, cell-phones and internet services in Africa? Do you have fried chicken in Africa? How many schools do you have in Africa? I have a cousin working with **** organization in Namibia, do you know him? What language do you speak in Africa? What currency do you use in Africa? How many children in Africa attend school? If I come to Africa to visit, will I find good hotels with running water? Are there cars and paved roads in Africa?

The list is endless really. Some people even believe that Africans generally live in caves and in trees. To some Africans, these questions and assumptions are annoying, abusive, condescending and demeaning, but in truth many Americans whom I have met ask these questions innocently, curiously and ignorantly. It is the western media that has informed the western world only of the dark side of Africa. This unbalanced and dark view, however, has become the only picture of Africa that those who have never been to this beautiful continent know.

Many Americans who have traveled to Africa will laugh relentlessly at the questions above, and I am laughing too. When I tell people back home that these are the questions I am asked here in the US, they can’t stop laughing. Interestingly, many Africans have a clear sense of the geography and nature of the US except that many Africans who have not been here in the US believe that everyone in America is rich and that poverty is not a word that is associated with anyone who is an American. Isn’t the media so powerful? Therefore the amount of poverty I have seen in inner city neighborhoods in the US has surprised me greatly because in Africa, we believe that everyone in America is rich!

Africa is a continent of 54 different countries with different languages, cultures and governments. Africa is three times larger than the US in land mass and population. It will take the USA, Europe, China, India and Japan to cover the land mass of Africa. Africa is not just a continent of poverty, diseases and war; it is a continent that has richer nations and poorer nations. These nations whether rich or poor have big cities (Lagos in Nigeria for example is a city of 21 million people), towns and villages. It is a continent of vast agricultural activities, but in some nations of strong aridity, there is drought and famine. There is no doubt that of all the continents, Africa is clearly the poorest, but it is growing.

This YouTube video “The Africa They Never Show You” will surprise you of what African cities look like.

The biggest problem in Africa is corruption. This has meant that some public service offices and facilities are not found in every nook and corner of Africa except in the towns and cities. If Africa can work on these, then the continent can prepare the ground to surprise the world in the same manner China has quietly been able to do to the rest of the world.

The beauty of the United States (as in many developed nations) is that infrastructures are available to the greatest percentage of the population. Clean water, electricity, education, health facilities, good roads, and other social amenities are available to most if not all in the US, and not just for some like in Africa. In the US there are more job opportunities and better salaries, there is much less corruption, and better life prospects for young people than in the Africa. In terms of facilities and effectiveness of social amenities the US towers much higher than Africa. Rules, regulations, organizations and policies work much better in the US than they do in Africa.

In Africa though, people are more hospitable and caring towards each other at community and family levels. There is a greater sense of interdependence in Africa than there is in the US. The “mind your business” syndrome has not permeated as much of Africa as it has here. Community life is a strong value in Africa and the African adage of “I am because we are” is a big reality. Africa is still very religious and has not taken the strongly secular state that the US has taken. Faith and belief in the divine is a big part of many Africans including those who may not attend church, go to the mosque or visit the traditional shrine. Social life is more elaborate in Africa than it is here and it is the reason why many Africans come to the US to make money and return home to enjoy the harvest of their labor.

In poverty or wealth, I seem to think and actually believe that people are happier in Africa than I see here in America. In any case, culture is a way of life of a particular people. If we all had the same culture and lifestyle, wouldn’t the world be boring? I like America, but it is my mother continent of Africa that I love most! Who doesn’t like his mother’s cuisine? North, South, East and West, home is the best! I have just given you some appetite for Africa. The next time you are thinking of an international adventure, visit at least one of the 54 nations in Africa. Happy Safari!

Br Moses Msughter Abunya, FSC graduated from Mount La Salle College, Naka Benue State, Nigeria where he met the Brothers in High School. He joined the Brothers in 1995 and did his spiritual and religious formation in Nigeria and Kenya. He has an associate degree in Religious education and a Bachelors in Education. He was a member of the International Council of Young Lasallians in Rome, Italy for four years, representing Africa. And was a school Principal for six years in Nigeria before coming to Memphis. In Memphis, Brother Moses is rounding up a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership at Christian Brothers University and hopes to proceed onto a doctoral program after graduation in May.