TRAILBLAZERS OF MEMPHIS: The Black Student Association will present a program in honor of Civil Rights Month on March 5 in the University Theater at 6:00 p.m., featuring speakers from the Memphis area who have devoted their lives to destroying racial barriers and increasing civil rights for all.
VOLUNTEER FAIR: The CBU Honors Program and Student Government (in conjunction with Career Services) are partnering for CBU’s Volunteer Fair on Thursday, March 19 in Sabbatini Lounge, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This event is intended to promote awareness and establish a connection between CBU students, faculty, and staff and our community’s non-profit organizations. A dozen local agencies will be on-hand to share their indispensable insight regarding all aspects of the admirable works that take place in the Memphis community, as well as educating attendees on how they can get involved.
STEMM WORKSHOP: Christian Brothers University in partnership with Christian Brothers High School is offering a workshop for educators featuring Dr. Justin Whitmer on “Facilitating Questions and Creating Problems” on Friday, March 20 in Montesi Executive Center, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Participants will apply the basic principles of scientific inquiry and design thinking integral to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) education; participate 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; learn tips to transform a classroom into a collaborative learning environment in multiple academic disciplines in grades K-12; and build project-based and problem-based lesson plans and develop assessment strategies to employ in classrooms. The cost is $95 (which includes lunch), and participants will earn six PDHs for attending. Online enrollment is available at stemmcolab.com/training. For more information, contact Rebeccca Neves, CBHS STEMM CoLaB Director, at email@example.com.
FOOD & FAITH LECTURE: Dr. Jennifer Ayres will speak on “Come to the Table: Faith and Our Food System” in the University Theater on March 26 at 7:00 p.m. The table around which Christians regularly gather—the Lord’s table—stands as a witness to God’s abundance, God’s presence in the material gifts of the earth, and God’s delight in the nourishment and enlivening of earthly bodies. Each time we share the bread and cup, we testify to God’s presence in the simple acts of eating and drinking together. What does this action mean, however, in the midst of a food system faced with such serious challenges as food insecurity, obstructed access to healthy and affordable food, community instability, environmental degradation, and the disenfranchisement of people? Jennifer Ayres’ research interests include religious environmental education; social activism and religious identity; faith formation in the context of popular culture; and feminist practical theology. She is the author of two books, Waiting for a Glacier to Move: Practicing Social Witness and Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology. Dr. Ayres is is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and Assistant Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Religious Education Program at Emory University. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. Sponsored by the CBU Department of Religion & Philosophy and the Memphis Center for Food and Faith.
SEIDMAN TOWN HALL LECTURE: The M. L. Seidman Memorial Town Hall Lecture Series welcomes Dr. Jim Bailey as its 2015 speaker on April 7 in the University Theater at 7:00 p.m. Bailey will discuss “The Industrial Giants of Modern Healthcare Whose Time is Past” and the servant-leader champions of person-centered health care who are at work to replace them. Jim Bailey is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and professor of medicine and preventive medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where he directs the Center for Health Systems Improvement, cares for the sick, and teaches doctors in training. His research appears in many peer-reviewed medical journals, including JAMA, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Bailey has an abiding passion for the classics, medical history, and ethics, and believes that sharing our stories can heal. He is the author of the novel, The End of Healing, which was published by The Healthy City in 2014. A book-signing will follow the lecture.
ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME BANQUET (rescheduled): The Christian Brothers University Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2015 and will induct the five inductees at the Hall of Fame Banquet Saturday night, April 11, at 6:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall. Tickets are $45 each, and a table of eight is $360. The Class of 2015 includes Bill Bintz (Basketball ’73), Kenny Greene (Baseball ’84), Leon Haag (Basketball ’60), Taneisha Lenon (Basketball ’00), and Charlie Leonard (Basketball ’75, Coach ’90-97). For more information on the banquet, please contact Brian Summers at (901) 321-3370 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
VANDERHAAR SYMPOSIUM: The Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium presents Sister Simone Campbell as its 2015 keynote speaker on April 16 in the University Theater at 7:00 p.m.. Sister Simone has served as Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues. During the 2010 congressional debate about healthcare reform, she wrote the famous “nuns’ letter” supporting the reform bill and got 59 leaders of Catholic Sisters, including LCWR, to sign on. In 2012, she was also instrumental in organizing the “Nuns on the Bus” tour of nine states to oppose the “Ryan Budget” approved by the House of Representatives. This budget would decimate programs meant to help people in need. “Nuns on the Bus” received an avalanche of attention across the nation from religious communities, elected officials and the media. Simone has often been featured in the national and international media, including appearances on 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She has received numerous awards, including a “Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award” and the “Defender of Democracy Award” from the international Parliamentarians for Global Action. In addition, she has been the keynote or featured speaker at numerous large gatherings, including the 2012 Democratic National Convention. For more information, visit www.gvanderhaar.org.
THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF BRITISH ROCK (rescheduled): As the closing lecture of the Dixon Gallery & Gardens exhibition “Hail! Britannia!,” Dr. Neil Palmer (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. Wednesday, February 18 at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, noon to 1:00 p.m. Free for Dixon members and students with ID.
WILSON SPEAKER SERIES: The Tenth Annual Dorothy and Kemmons Wilson Speaker Series will welcome Gary Chapman, author of The 5 Love Languages, as its keynote speaker on Tuesday, April 28 at Christ United Methodist Church, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Dr. Chapman is the author of numerous other books published by Moody Publishers / Northfield Publishing, including Anger, The Family You’ve Always Wanted, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, Desperate Marriages, God Speaks Your Love Language, How to Really Love Your Adult Child, and Hope for the Separated. With Dr. Jennifer Thomas, he co-authored The Five Languages of Apology. Dr. Chapman speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, A Love Language Minute, and a Saturday morning program, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, both airing on more than 400 stations.