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.