Faculty News

Dr. Brendan Prawdzik (Literature and Languages), the SOA’s Milton scholar, has been hard at work. He has two newly released publications and one forthcoming. The article “‘Look on Me’: Theater, Gender, and Poetic Identity Formation in Milton’s Mask,” was published in Studies in Philology, (October, 2013). An abstract is currently available online and the collection will be in print circulation later this month. His review of a book on Structures of Feeling in Early Modern Cultural Expression was published online and is due for release in print in the December issue of The Seventeenth Century. Also due in December in the journal Notes & Queries is his article “State-Building in Harrington’s Oceana and Milton’s Paradise Lost, Bks. I-II,”


Dr. Kristin Pruitt and Dr. Brendan Prawdzik

During the weekend of Oct. 17th, he also attended the biennial Conference on John Milton, in Murfreesboro, TN. While there, he met with CBU Profressor Emeritus and former SOA Milton scholar, Dr. Kristin Pruitt and presented his paper “Theater of Vegetable Love and the Occult Fall in Paradise Lost“. The conference is the premier Milton event in the U.S. Dr. Prawdzik presented at the previous conference in 2011.

Faculty from the Education Department have been busy traveling across the region attending and presenting at various conferences. Dr. Ric Potts, Dr. Cort Casey, Dr. Samantha Alperin, & Mrs. Rita Ranisczewski attended the Tennessee Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Meeting in Nashville on September 26th and 27th. Dr. Ric Potts & Dr. Samantha Alperin then presented at the Diocese Fall Professional Conference at Christian Brothers High School on October 18th.

Coming up, Dr. Wendy Ashcroft & Dr. Samantha Alperin will be presenting at a Special Education Inservice for Martin Institute at PDS on November 15th. And then Dr. Samantha Alperin will be presenting at and be on the steering committee at the Huether Lasallian Education Conference in New Orleans November 20th – 22nd.



Jana Travis (Chair, Visual and Performing Arts Department) has work on display at ANF Architects, 1500 Union Ave, as part of the River Arts Fest Invitational Exhibition. The show runs through Oct. 21st.



Dr. Emily Holmes (center)


Dr. Emily Holmes (Religion and Philosophy) was a panel speaker St. John’s Methodist Church for The Memphis Center for Food and Faith Presentation of The Spirituality of Eating with Dr. Norman Wirzba, Professor of Theology and Ecology Duke Divinity School.


Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Sable (Behavioral Sciences) for being recognized as the Outstanding New Academic Advisor for 2012-2013!

Dr. Neal Palmer (Chair, History and Political Science) presented a paper at the Ohio Valley History Conference in Bowling Green, KY on October 11th. The paper, called “The Nineteenth-Century Origins of the Supermax,” presents the basic argument that supermax prisons, now operating in over 33 states and several foreign countries, are typically presented as a new solution to the new problem of dealing with a violent and unruly prison population, but in truth both the solution and problem have precursors that date back to the early and mid-1800s. Knowing the true history of the supermax can move us towards seeing its true purpose, which is to cover up the widespread problems within the current prison system that spark prisoner disobedience and violence.

WLB_Distruptive_PatternNick Pena (Visual and Performing Arts) has an exhibit at Lyon College from November 4th – December 13th. In his recent series What Lies Beneath, Peña’s artwork culminates in a more serious, social or political inquiry about family structures and how society struggles to define and redefine what that structure looks like in an increasingly fragmented society. These inquiries culminate into paintings that strive to raise questions rather than provide answers and percolate with a mysterious abstract underlying component. The exhibition for Lyon College will showcase a series of paintings and a site-specific installation. Opening Reception is Thursday, November 14th, 5-7 p.m. Visit his website for more info.