The CBU Department of Religion & Philosophy hosted a lecture by Jason Stanley on “Propaganda, Race, and Mass Incarceration” on Thursday, November 12 in Spain Auditorium. History regards Stalin with horror for incarcerating such a large percentage of the population of his country in forced labor camps. Yet the current US incarceration rate rivals that of Soviet citizens sent to forced labor camps during the worst period of Stalin’s Gulags. If we are to address the problem of mass incarceration, we must change the political culture that has allowed us to demonize and dehumanize so many of our fellow citizens. This talk was an attempt to understand the propaganda that has hidden from us a reality that history will condemn. Jason Stanley is Professor of Philosophy at Yale University and author of How Propaganda Works (Princeton UP, 2015). He donates a portion of the proceeds from his lectures and the sale of his book to the Prison Policy Initiative. The event was co-sponsored by the University of Memphis Philosophy Department and Rhodes College Africana Studies Program.
The Visual and Performing Arts department proudly presented A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia, November 5-8 in CBU’s University Theater. The play featured Alani Lee, Corey Parker, Elizabeth Hayes, Darious Robertson, Kierra Turner, and Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald.
The Story: Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate’s career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her name tag. Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn’t understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.