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 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.

Things Not Seen: Conversations about Culture and Faith – David Dault


Dr. David Dault

In 2009, as my time in graduate school was drawing to a close and before I had been hired at CBU, I spent a few months working with a career counselor. Part of our work together was to help prepare me to find academic jobs, but another important aspect of our conversations concerned what I’d like to do in case I wasn’t able to find immediate work in a university setting.

One day, in the midst of skills assessments and personality profiles, the counselor gave me a writing assignment. “Don’t think about it, just write,” he said. “Write the first things that come to your mind about what you’d like to do for a job, before your brain has a chance to edit it.”

I was skeptical, but when I began to free-write, the result took me completely by surprise.  I looked down at the page and saw the words I had just written: I have always wanted to be a voice on the radio.

Fast-forward to last spring. By now I am on faculty at CBU and settling in to the rhythms of the academic life. Like all my colleagues, I am busy. But summer is coming and I am starting to think about how I will organize my weeks of non-teaching time. Somewhere in April I was driving one day, flipping around the AM dial looking for talk radio (NPR in Memphis ends at 9 a.m. and doesn’t resume until mid-afternoon). I had settled for a while on The Dave Ramsey Show on local station KWAM 990AM.

Suddenly, in the middle of the ads, was an announcement from station manager George Bryant. “Have you ever wanted to have your own radio show?” he asked. “Give me a call.”

I wrote down the number.

For the next several weeks I kept coming back to that slip of paper with the number on it.  I have always wanted to be a voice on the radio. But I’m busy. There’s no time. There are lots of other projects I need to finish. This is a silly dream.

It stayed with me though. I have always wanted to be a voice on the radio.

So, as school was ending and the summer began, I spoke to my wife about calling the station. With her agreement and support, I got in touch with George.

The information from that first conversation was helpful. No, I wouldn’t be an employee of the station. The show would function like an hour-long infomercial. I could program it any way I wished, so long as it met FCC guidelines. I would pay for each hour of time, and in exchange, I could use the studio at the station to record with an engineer, and they would air spots through each week to help promote the show.

After a lot of brainstorming (and some very forgettable names), the phrase from Hebrews 11 struck a chord: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I wanted the show to be about faith, but especially about the invisible ways faith affects our lives. Plus, this was radio. The concept fit perfectly. “Things Not Seen.” Exactly.

All told, it took about seven weeks of solid time to plan the show and get it up and running. We had our first interview, with local pastor Stacy Smith, in mid-June. On July 8th, that interview was broadcast. We were on the air.

For the next six months, with the patient support of my family, a great deal of help and input from the KWAM staff, and a growing body of listeners, Things Not Seen: Conversations about Culture and Faith was on the air with a show a week, every week.

By the time we had finished the season, on December 30th, we had managed to highlight local ministries as well as feature guests with national profiles, who were also being interviewed on NPR and The Daily Show.

I am extraordinarily proud of the show. Our first season featured 25 episodes of great radio. Thanks to the internet, we now have hundreds of listeners downloading the podcasts each week from our website at thingsnotseenradio.com. The show is on a three month break right now, but we’re already planning for the 2013 season, with close to 30 shows and an even more ambitious array of guests.

I won’t lie. Producing this show was crazy. The schedule was insane, and there were several weeks I stayed up all night to get editing done in time to get the show to the station for broadcast. As busy as it was, though, I wouldn’t change a thing. I get to talk to people about their faith, and I enjoy that so much. I get to share those conversations with interested listeners, and I get to see the effects of that sharing in my community; most of all though, I get to be a voice on the radio. Thanks for listening.

Things Not Seen: Conversations about Culture and Faith, will resume in April 2013.  In the meantime you can click the link about to listen to all of the 2012 shows for free, as well as sign up for podcasts of our new short series, Religion Moments.


Dr. David Dault holds advanced degrees in religious studies from Columbia Theological Seminary and Vanderbilt University. He currently teaches in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Christian Brothers University. He got his start in journalism when he was sixteen years old, writing articles for his hometown newspaper and has been asking folks questions ever since.