Christian Brothers University in partnership with Christian Brothers High School offered a workshop for educators featuring Dr. Justin Whitmer on “Facilitating Questions and Creating Problems” on Friday, March 20. Participants applied the basic principles of scientific inquiry and design thinking integral to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) education; participated in collaborative breakout sessions to build lesson plans with compelling problems and case studies in various disciplines such as English, Literature, Social Studies, Sciences, and Fine Arts; learned tips to transform a classroom into a collaborative learning environment in multiple academic disciplines in grades K-12; built project-based and problem-based lesson plans, and developed assessment strategies to employ in classrooms.
Come to the Table, Faith and Our Food System
Dr. Jennifer Ayres spoke in the University Theater on March 26. Dr. Ayres is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and Assistant Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Religious Education Program at Emory University. She is the author of two books: Waiting for a Glacier to Move: Practicing Social Witness and Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology. The event was sponsored by the CBU Department of Religion & Philosophy and the Memphis Center for Food and Faith.
Feeling My Neighbor’s Faith: Aesthetics and Hindu-Christian Encounter
The CBU Department of Religion & Philosophy also recently presented a lunch and learn with Dr. Michelle Voss Roberts of Wake Forest University on April 13. Christian encounters with other faith traditions can evoke strong aesthetic reactions, both positive and negative. At the same time, the intensity and meaningfulness of aesthetic experience have often been described in theological terms. Dr. Roberts brings together these insights in her study of Hindu traditions. In this lunch and learn discussion, she talked about how Hindu theological aesthetics can illuminate the role of art and emotion in interfaith understanding.