History Students Spring Break in France and Belgium

Study Abroad - Neal 2Students from CBU history courses dealing with World War One (1914-1918) traveled to France and Belgium over spring break with Dr. Neal Palmer, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Political Science. The group explored Paris and Bruges, and visited World War One battle sites in Reims, Verdun, Ypres, and Passchendaele. 2016 is the centennial of the most intense year of the war, and a main aim of the trip was for students to visit battle sites and memorials. The experience will provide the basis for essays and presentations in their classes. Students on the trip included Jackson Brumfield, Mary Margaret Vollmer, Nathan Allred, April Ricks, Tachele Anderson, and Hannah Schultz. Kyra Clapper, a CBU alum (History ‘13) and current adjunct instructor for the departments of history and foreign languages, was also on the trip.

Study Abroad - NealSites visited included Notre Dame in Paris, Reims Cathedral, Sacre-Coeur, the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Musee de l’Orangerie, Arch de Triomphe, Les Invalides, Eiffel Tower, Bastille Monument, Versailles, Ypres, the Menin Gate, Sanctuary Wood Museum, Tyne Cot Memorial Cemetery, and the Ossuaire de Douaumont. The group also took a boat tour on the Seine, ate crepes at the Richard Lenoir street market in Paris, and picnicked in the gardens of Versailles. Dr. Palmer is planning to offer this study abroad trip again in the fall of 2017 and a four week study abroad course in England on the Social History of British Rock in May 2018.


Book Stock

Dr. Benjamin Jordan was one of many local authors participating in Bookstock. His new book, Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America: Citizenship, Race, and the Environment, 1910-1930, was released this April by the University of North Carolina Press in April 2016. Bookstock is literacy festival of books and the authors who write them, offering a range of free activities for the whole family like a scavenger hunt through Central Library, face painting, chalk art, live music, food trucks, book signings, author talks, and more!


Study Abroad

Study Abroad Paris

Experience our exciting historical odyssey to Paris including a visit to Belgium during Spring Break 2016. First stop is Paris, the City of Lights. Climb the Eiffel Tower, stroll the Champs-Elysees, the most famous boulevard in the world, hear the bells of Notre Dame, and cruise down the Seine River. Take a trip to battle sites of World War I in Belgium and experience the Great War during exciting reenactments. There is a history to be learned in each place we travel.

Sights and Visits
• Meaux Museum
• Versailles
• Les Invalides
• Day trip to Verdun
• Sacre-Coeur Basilica
• The Lourve
• Galeries Lafayette
• Notre Dame Cathedral
• Seine River Cruise
• Left Bank/ Latin Quarter
• And much more!

Courses Offered
There are several history courses offered by Dr. Neal Palmer for this trip. The trip will be an option for students in both HIST 339 Europe and the Great War and HIST 108 World History since 1500. There will be a third Honors-only class called Remembering WWI with Movies and Memorials. Students in this course will be required to go on the trip. This course will be cross-listed as a HIST/HUM course. Spaces are limited.

All students have the chance of making their experience at school go from ordinary to extraordinary by studying abroad. Many students think it is outside of their price range to study in a foreign country. However, CBU offers a range of different options for those on the tightest of budgets to the biggest of spenders. We offer short study trips in which we travel with fellow CBU students and friends for a week or two during school breaks. In spring semester this year, study/trips include History in Paris and Chemistry in San Sebastian, Spain.

If you pay tuition and want to pay that exact same price but study for a semester in Barcelona, Austria, or France you can take part in our exchange program, where students pay the same price as they would at CBU. If these countries don’t interest you and you still want to spend a semester abroad, look into our Lasallian consortium semester abroad locations where the price varies according to which country you choose and whether you stay for a fall, spring, or just a summer term.

Whatever you decide, it will be money well spent. Contact studyabroad@cbu.edu, or stop by the Study Abroad Office, or see us in the Connection and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to explore the world.

Faculty Making News

Dr. Samantha Alperin, (Chair, Education) presented at the Diocesan summer and fall in-services on “Teaching Without the Text.” She has recently been appointed to the board of St. Paul’s, the CBHS President’s Council, and the Committee for Accreditation and School Excellence through the Diocese which works toward planning and improvement for system accreditation.

Dr. Frank Buscher (History & Political Science), along with Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical & Computer Engineering), attended the International Symposium on Lasallian Research from September 27-29 at the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis. More than 120 Lasallian educators and scholars from numerous countries gathered to present and discuss current research. The Superior General of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Brother Robert Schieler, was the keynote speaker.

Dr. Marius Carriere (History & Political Science) attended “The Symposium of the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression” at U.T. Chattanooga. He is a member of the Symposium’s Executive Committee.

Mrs. Hollie Comas (LANCE Director) has announced her retirement as of December. Ms. Colleen Boyette, Education’s administrative assistant and university supervisor of student and intern teachers, will take her place starting in January. Colleen comes to us from a previous position OLPH. She was an Lasallian Volunteer in Freeport, NY, and received her Master’s degree in educational leadership from Notre Dame before returning to Memphis. She is a graduate of St. Agnes and CBU.

Dr. Cort Casey (Education) and Professor Nancy Wilder (Education) attended the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) conference in Washington, DC in September, and on behalf of CBU’s Department of Education, are happy to announce that the Selected Improvement Commission of CAEP granted NCATE accreditation to the Department at the initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation levels. As noted in their report, “This accreditation decision indicates that the department and its programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community.” The next accreditation visit will be in Spring 2022.

Dr. Karen Golightly (Literature & Languages) was awarded The Brother Bernard LoCoco Presidential Chair. Dr. Golightly recently organized the Paint Memphis event on July 18, which brought together more than 50 artists to create the largest collaborative mural in town on the south side of the Wolf River flood wall that runs .3 miles along the proposed Chelsea Greenline in the New Chicago/North Midtown neighborhood. More information (and photos) are available at paintmemphis.org or facebook.com/PaintMemphis. The project was covered extensively in The Commercial Appeal, and she also appeared on Local Memphis Live on September 30 to discuss PaintMemphis and CBU’s Fresh Reads and Memphis Reads programs, which recently brought author Dave Eggars and Sudanese lost boy Valentino Achak Deng to Memphis.

Paint Memphis

Dr. Jeffrey Gross (Literature & Languages) was awarded CBU’s Outstanding Academic Advisor Award.

Matthew Hamner (Visual & Performing Arts) was interviewed on WKNO’s Listening to the Arts about his participation in “The Laramie Project-10 Years Later,” which was produced by New Moon Theater Company at the Evergreen Theater in Memphis in June of 2015.

jordan_modernDr. Benjamin Jordan’s (History & Political Science) book, Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America: Citizenship, Race, and the Environment, 1910-1930, is coming out with the University of North Carolina Press in April 2016. In this illuminating look at gender and Scouting in the United States, Dr. Jordan examines how, in its founding and early rise, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) integrated traditional Victorian manhood with modern, corporate-industrial values and skills.


Nick Peña (Visual & Performing Arts) was awarded The Harold R. Krelstein Chair In Performing Arts & Communications. His exhibition, Crosscut,” was recently on display (Aug.-Oct.) in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery in CBU’s Plough Library.

Pena Crosscut


Teaching NeuroscienceDr. Jeff Sable (Behavioral Sciences) authored two chapters in Teaching Neuroscience: Practical Activities for an Engaged Classroom, a freely available e-book published on September 10 by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2 of the American Psychological Association). Each chapter describes a “classroom” activity Dr. Sable developed, including one he developed at CBU as part of PSYC 225 Biological Psychology. In it, the Buckman Quadrangle becomes a giant virtual nerve cell in which students take on roles as its working parts.

Students Making News

A Brown - Joel BrownCBU celebrated Constitution Day on Thursday on September 17 with the valuable assistance of the CBU Pre-Law Society. Angelica Brown (English for Corporate Communications ’18) and Joel Moore (English for Corporate Communications ’17) distributed pocket editions of the U.S. Constitution to the CBU community in front of Alfonso Dining Hall and the Buc. This year, antique-style reproductions of the Declaration of Independence were also available. Dr. Karl Leib (Associate Professor, History & Political Science, and Pre-Law Advisor) was on hand to answer questions about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.

The Gulf South Conference named Lady Buc outside hitter Alexis Gillis (Visual Arts ’17) as its Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending September 30 after she broke the school record for kills. For the week, Gillis averaged 4.62 kills per set, pounding 60 kills and hitting .233 with 34 digs in 13 sets. She started the week with 17 kills and 11 digs in a five-set loss at Lee Tuesday night. Friday night, she set a new school record with 32 kills, hitting .366 with 14 digs as the Lady Bucs upended Alabama Huntsville in five sets. She concluded the week with 11 kills, nine digs and four blocks in a three-set loss to first-place North Alabama Saturday afternoon.

The Gulf South Conference also named Lady Buc midfielder Connie Strini (Early Childhood ’19) as its Freshman of the Week for the period ending September 30 after she led the Lady Bucs to a 1-1 week. Strini played all 90 minutes and scored two second-half goals in the Lady Bucs’ win over Spring Hill. She also played all 90 minutes in a loss to West Florida.

Rakesha Gray (English ’17), John Dawson (Business Administration ’16), and Angel Rodriguez (Cybersecurity ’18), were honored by the Division of Student Life with the CBU Spirit Awards.

Anthony Maranise, OblSB (Religion & Philosophy ’11, Catholic Studies ’17) was recently invited to submit an article on the theology of sports and recreation to the summer 2015 issue of Church Health Reader, the official publication of Memphis’ own Church Health Center. Also, his recent paper entitled “Welcomed as Christ: Immigration Through the Lens of Benedictine Hospitality” has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming (yet undetermined) issue of Benedictines, a journal of contemporary monastic issues published by the Sisters of Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, KS.

Daryl Stephens

Daryl Stephens (top, 2nd from right), Dr. Hanebrink (not pictured)

Daryl Stephens (Psychology ’14, Uganda site manager) was one of several participants in the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) program who presented their summer-abroad research on September 19. and Dr. Julia Hanebrink (Psychology ’01, Uganda site director). The MHIRT program at CBU provides international research training opportunities to qualified undergraduate, graduate, and medical students from socially or economically disadvantaged groups who have been historically underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research careers.

Phi Alpha ThetaThe CBU chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, held its induction on October 6. Pictured above (l-r) are new initiates Jackson Brumfield (History ’18) and Jumari Callaway (History ’17) with Amy Rohling, President (History ’17); Mustafa Hmood, Treasurer (History ’16); and Katie Lewis, Secretary (History ’16).

Lasallian FellowsCBU has named (above l-r) Mustafa Hmood (History ’16), Ian Boyd (English ’16), Sara Swisher (English ’16), Kierra Turner (Accounting ’16) and Rebecca Wauford (Mechanical Engineering ’16) as its 2016 Class of CBU Lasallian Fellows. The 2016 Fellows were introduced to the CBU Community at the Academic Convocation on August 27 (pictured above with Dr. John Smarrelli, CBU President).

CBU Lasallian Fellowships are presented annually to five members of the senior class based upon the reflection of Lasallian values in their scholarship, leadership, and service. Each student was nominated by a member of the CBU faculty or staff because of academic excellence, commitment to social justice, the active nature of his or her faith, and an inspired approach to change-making.

Upon graduation, the Fellows will be awarded $10,000 as a means of perpetuating their work in the community. The Fellowships are made possible through the creative generosity of Joyce Mollerup and Robert Buckman. (They also now appear, much larger than life, on the west wall of the Thomas Center.)

Alumni Spotlight: Nathaniel Celeski

Karl Space 1On Saturday, November 14, at the invitation of School of Arts History alum Nathaniel “Nate” Celeski, Dr. Karl Leib traveled to Oxford, MS to speak with the Ole Miss Space Law Society, a formally recognized club at the University of Mississippi School of Law. The Society seeks to build relationships among individuals interested in air and space law who are connected to the Law School. The Society offers its members, and the Law School student body at large, exposure to contemporary issues in air and space law, and opportunities to meet professionals specializing in air and/or space law through regular meetings, social events, and educational opportunities.

“I joined the Ole Miss Space Law Society,” Celeski said, “because I gained an interest in space politics when taking Dr. Leib’s Honors class Political History of the Space Age. I’ve always had a curiosity about space and astronomy in particular, so his class piqued my interest. Dr. Leib’s energy and curiosity for the subject really struck a chord with us fellow space geeks,” Celeski stated, “so he was the most fitting scholar I could think of to do us the honor of being our first guest speaker at our very first event.”

Dr. Leib’s speaking engagement took place on the historic Oxford Square at the Growler, a local craft beer bar. In his talk, Dr. Leib established a basic foundation of space law knowledge, explored intriguing questions policy makers are facing, and will be facing in the not-so-distant future, regarding international space politics.

Dr. Leib reports, “More players are becoming active in space and activities such as tourism and mining are on the horizon. More countries, and more private actors, are developing space programs. International law for space must change to meet these new realities in order to promote commercial space activities and to avoid conflicting national or private claims to space-based resources.”

Celeski said, “I took his class around the same time I decided to take the LSAT and see if law school would be a good plan for me. As it turns out, Ole Miss offers a certificate program in Air Sensing and Space Law, so I plan to earn that certificate while working on my JD over the next two years. Upon graduating, I intend to pursue space law in some capacity, as it is an increasingly necessary field in a growing industry.”

Lastly, Nate wants everyone to know that “Dr. Leib did fantastic, and we were incredibly fortunate to have him come down! I’ve certainly missed him and everyone back home!”

CBU’s Taylor Flake to Receive Vanderhaar Student Peace Award

NAACP Taylor

Gloria Sweet Love, President of the Tennessee State Conference NAACP, presents the charter to Taylor Flake, CBU chapter president.

Taylor Derielle Flake is a sophomore history major at Christian Brothers University. Taylor organized the founding of CBU’s Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP during her first year of college. CBU still stands as the first and only LaSallian University in the world to have its own Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP. Taylor is passionate about solving social justice issues and implementing long-lasting change and this passion is evident through her leadership in the NAACP. Through programs like the Juvenile Justice Summit, NAACP Reads, and the Black Lives Matter Campaign. Christian Brothers University’s Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP has worked tirelessly under the leadership of Ms. Flake to create programs and initiatives that challenge CBU and the city of Memphis to face the issues in our community and work together to solve them.

The Vanderhaar Symposium (VS) is an annual city-wide activity. It features noted
scholars and/or activists addressing social and moral issues related to peace and
justice, and the presentation of the Vanderhaar Student Peace Award. The award recognizes an undergraduate or graduate student within the city of Memphis involved in non-violent work for peace and justice and includes a $600 prize.

Dr. Jeff Gross, Assistant Professor of Literature and Languages, who is the faculty adviser for CBU’s NAACP Chapter, and who will be introducing Taylor during the symposium has this to say about Taylor and the Chapter’s accomplishments:

The NAACP chartering ceremony was one of the most impressive events I have seen at CBU. Taylor’s invitations reached dignitaries from across Tennessee. During her speech, Taylor stated emphatically that CBU’s campus chapter “will stand for something,” as she aligned the core values of the NAACP with CBU’s own Lasallian values. Under Taylor’s leadership, the NAACP is also engaging with childhood literacy and food justice issues. The issues with which Taylor engages as President of the NAACP dovetail nicely with the legacy of Gerard Vanderhaar’s commitment to peace, justice, and education.”


Taylor Flake (center) w/ CBU President, Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. to her left, and Dr. Jeff Gross (far right)

Taylor explains she “entered CBU determined to work on civil rights issues. Because of the relationship I developed with the NAACP during high school, I felt that beginning a chapter at CBU would be an effective way to create a structure for social change. I spent my freshman year preparing for approval of a NAACP collegiate chapter; CBU received its charter in July 2014. I was then elected by my peers to be our first chapter president. Since then, my executive committee and I have worked tirelessly to promote social justice at CBU.”

If you would like to collaborate with or join CBU’s NAACP Chapter please send an email to tflake@cbu.edu.

This year’s Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium will be held at Christian Brothers University on Thursday, April 16, 2015 in the main theater and will feature Sister Simone Campbell, SSS.

*An earlier version of this article included an account that the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education had investigated an incident which occurred during Ms. Flake’s senior year at Arlington High School. Ms. Flake was quoted as saying that the OCR had delivered a finding of a discriminatory act against her by the high school administration. This assertion has been disputed by the superintendent of Arlington Community Schools, and has not been corroborated by evidence available to CBU.

Upcoming: Munch and Learn at The Dixon w/ Dr. Neal Palmer

As the closing lecture of the Dixon Gallery & Gardens exhibition “Hail! Britannia!,” Dr. Neil Palmer (Chair, History & Political Science) will examine the connections between British society and the innovative rock music it spawned from the 1950s to the 1990s. Dr. Palmer will discuss the historical context surrounding the creation of music by bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, The Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis, Blur, and Radiohead. Sunday, April 19 at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Free for Dixon members and students with ID.

Faculty Making News

Dr. Libby Broadwell (Professor, Literature and Languages) presented a paper entitled “Phoenix Jackson’s Repurposed Umbrella: An Ecocritical Reading of Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” at the Tennessee Philological Annual Conference in Henderson, TN, in February 2015.

Dr. Jeff Gross (Assistant Professor, Literature and Languages) presented a paper, “Teaching African American Literature in the Age of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown,” at the College English Association Annual Conference in Indianapolis.

Dr. Paul Haught (Dean, School of Arts, Associate Professor) along with Dr. Eric Welch (Electrical Engineering) presented their research on CBU’s STEM educational outreach programs at the second annual meeting of Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE). The meeting took place in Detroit, and the title of their presentation was “Educating Minds and Touching Hearts: Adventures in STEM Educational Outreach.”

On November 20, 2014, Dr. Emily Holmes (Associate Professor, Religion and Philosophy) read from and signed copies of her book, Flesh Made Word: Medieval Women Mystics, Writing, and the Incarnation (Baylor University Press, 2013). The event was sponsored by the President’s Commission on Women and held in Plough Library. Furthermore, Dr. Holmes was the guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Theology & Sexuality on the theme of “maternality.” In addition to editing, she contributed the introduction to the special issue, “On Maternality, Between Theology and Sexuality.” Theology & Sexuality 19:3 (2013): 195–202.

Little Free LibraryMaybe you’ve already noticed the little wooden “house” outside St. Joseph Hall. It’s CBU’s new “Little Free Library.” If you’re not familiar with the Little Free Library movement, it’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. CBU’s Little Free Library is the brainchild of Dr. Kelly James (Assistant Professor, Behavioral Science), who has already stocked it and is in the process of registering it with the international organization. By the way, our Little Free Library is the 15th one in Memphis — check out the map of all locations around the world. So, go ahead, take a book, CBU. (And don’t forget to return a book.)

Dr. Kelly James also lead a discussion on consent, sexual activity, and the dynamics between women and men on March 26 as part of the Women’s History Month Series at CBU.

An article by Dr. Karl Leib (Associate Professor, History & Political Science), entitled “State Sovereignty in Space: Current Models and Possible Futures,” has been published in the journal Astropolitics.

A huge thank you to all of the CBU students who helped out with Cheer for the Kids this year. Over 50 CBU students volunteered their time at the 8th annual event to help raise enough money for Make-A-Wish of the Mid-South to grant approximately five wishes. A special thank you to CBU student Mauricio Ramirez (Psychology) for all of his involvement over the past year in helping plan the 2015 event.

Cheer for the Kids is a grassroots non-profit organization founded by Chanda S. Murphy (Instructor, Behavioral Sciences) and fellow Memphian Ashley Bradford to help raise awareness and money for local child-focused philanthropy organizations. For more information or to get involved with Cheer for the Kids please visit www.facebook.com/CheerForTheKids

Dr. Brendan Prawdzik’s (Assistant Professor, Literature and Languages) article “Marvell’s Phenomenal Spirituality and the Processes of History: ‘Eyes of Tears’ and The Remarks upon a Late Disingenuous Discourse,” has been acccepted for publicaton in Explorations in Renaissance Culture, date TBA.Dr. Prawdzik also presented his paper “Sexual Violence and Civil War in ‘To His Coy Mistress’” at Exploring the Renaissance: An International Conference [SCRC], in Raleigh, NC, this past March. And will be presenting his paper “Samson Agonistes: Passion’s Looking-Glass” at the International Milton Symposium, Exeter, UK, in July of this year.

Study Abroad

Two new exciting adventures with Dr. Neal Palmer in Paris and Dr. Anthony Trimboli in Spain for 2015-16 in addition to the semester studies.

CBU’s study abroad program offers destinations in 18 countries across five continents. There are numerous opportunities here at CBU to study abroad including: semester exchange programs, and Lasallian International Consortium Programs. Can’t stay for a semester? There are travel study trips during breaks or in May after classes are out.

There are two upcoming short trips in spring 2016 that will fulfill a GER. The first is Dr. Neal Palmer’s WWI history class which will visit battle sites in France and Belgium as well as famous monuments and tourist sites in Paris during Spring break. The second trip is Dr. Trimboli’s chemistry of cooking class in San Sebastian, Spain in May 2016 after graduation. Students will take cooking classes both here at Whole Foods then learn from the top chefs in the world in Spain. Students are encouraged to get an early start on gathering information about the courses and trips in addition to planning to study abroad with us next spring. For more information about the short trips, interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Palmer, Dr. Trimboli, or the Study Abroad office.

For more general information about study abroad please check the website periodically and follow us on Twitter (@cbubucs_abroad), Instagram, (@studabroadcbu) and Facebook accounts. There are many adventures from which to choose; please stop by the Study Abroad office to explore them, Buckman 346.