Upcoming and Past Events


April 16th, 2:30-4:00 p.m. in the LLC Lounge

Unbowed-A-MemoirIn celebration of Earth Week, Dr. Neal Palmer (Chair, History and Political Science) and History Honors Society Phi Alpha Theta are hosting a panel discussion of Wangari Maathai’s memoir Unbowed. Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 “for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.” She was the first African women and first environmentalist to win the prize.

Panelist include Shadrack Nasong’o (International Studies professor at Rhodes), Dennis Laumann (History professor at the University of Memphis), Mark Behr (Literature professor at Rhodes), and Ben Jordan (History professor at CBU).  It will be part of our campus celebration of Earth Week and the culmination of efforts to encourage as many people as possible on campus—faculty, staff, and students—to read Maathai’s inspirational and important story. The panel will discuss their scholarly and personal understandings of the meaning and importance of Maathai’s work and participate in a question and answer session with the audience.

Please read the book and plan to attend the discussion, and encourage students and other faculty to do the same.

Charles A. Gallagher, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Sociology Department, LaSalle University.
April 16th, 7 p.m. in Spain Auditorium

gallagherDr. Gallagher’s research focuses on racial and social inequality and the ways in which the media, the state and popular culture constructs, shapes and disseminates ideas of race. He has published articles on the sociological functions of colorblind political narratives, how racial categories expand and contract within the context of interracial marriages, race theory, racial innumeracy and how one’s ethnic history shapes perceptions of privilege.

He is the author of various publications some of which are White Reconstruction in the University, Ten Simple Things You Can Do to Improve Race Relations and Color-Blind Privilege.

April 19th, 4-6 p.m. in Gallery “B” (located in Kenrick Hall basement)


Please join the Visual and Performing Arts Department as they exhibit their BFA Senior show. Opening night is April 19th. The works will remain on exhibit untill the end of the semester. The Graduating students are: Mary-Micheal Ryan, Lauren South, Nell Brandon, Carliegh Stratton, Katie Valdez, Desiree Mitchell, and Hannah Nelson. Refreshment will be served.

6th Annual CBU “Last Lecture” with Dr. Max Maloney
April 23rd, 12:45 p.m. in Spain Auditorium.

Please join the Honors Program and the CBU community for this extraordinary event during which Dr. Max Maloney will give his hypothetical “Last Lecture.” If you like big words, tall professors, and yummy food for thought, this is your lucky day! Last Lectures usually include the professor’s reflections on their academic career, advice for better living, and even a few laughs. Let’s see what Dr. Maloney comes up with. Light refreshments will be served prior to the talk. Based on past Last Lectures, this is a not-to-be-missed event!

GreenFaith with Reverend Fletcher Harper
April 25th, 7 p.m. in Spain Auditorium

image_previewThe CBU Sustainability Committee, The Student Sustainability Coalition, CBU Honors Program, and Department of Religion and Philosophy welcome Rev. Fletcher Harper as this year’s Earth Day guest speaker. Fletcher is an Episcopal priest and Executive Director of GreenFaith. GreenFaith’s mission is to inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership. Their work is based on beliefs shared by the world’s great religions – GreenFaith believes that protecting the earth is a religious value, and that environmental stewardship is a moral responsibility.

Under his leadership, GreenFaith has developed innovative programs linking religious belief and practice to the environment. An award-winning spiritual writer and nationally-recognized preacher on the environment, he teaches and speaks at houses of worship from a range of denominations in New Jersey and nationwide about the moral, spiritual basis for environmental stewardship and justice. A graduate of Princeton University and Union Theological Seminary, he served as a parish priest for ten years and in leadership positions in the Episcopal Church before becoming GreenFaith’s Executive Director.

The Other Wes Moore
November 21st, University Theater, time TBA

Author Wes Moore will speak to CBU students and the Memphis community as this year’s Fresh Reads special guest. Fresh Reads, CBU’s freshman summer reading program, was started in the summer of 2011 in order to give our new students a common academic experience. If you are interested in leading a one-time discussion (want a free book, lunch, and to change some lives) for incoming freshmen on Welcome Weekend, please contact Dr. Karen Golightly.



Prince Among Slaves
Tuesday, March 19

The Plough Library and Student Life sponsored a showing of this documentary by Unity Productions, which focuses on Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, an African prince who was enslaved in the American South for 40 years in the early years of the Republic. Dr. Mary Campbell (Behavioral Sciences) and Dr. Neal Palmer (History and Political Science) led a discussion group after the movie as part of Multi-Cultural Awareness Month.

Dennis Foley
Thursday, March 21 • 7:00 p.m.

Dennis FoleyLifelong Chicagoan and alumnus of CBU, Dennis Foley read excerpts from his second book, The Drunkard’s Son (Side Street Press, 2012), which details Foley’s days growing up on Chicago’s South side in the 1960s and ‘70s, a time of strife that also found his family running head on into an endless series of roadblocks.

His short stories, memoir pieces and freelance work have appeared in a number of literary venues including HairTrigger, Poetry Motel, The2ndHand, The Chicago Red Streak, The Beverly Review, Gravity, The Use of Personal Narratives in the Helping Profession and centerstagechicago.com. Dennis’ first book, The Street’s and San Man’s Guide To Chicago Eats, won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association Book Awards—1st Place for Humor.