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Spotlight on the Liberal Arts


Spotlight on the Liberal Arts

Jessica Huhn

Jessica Huhn, C'17, presented at the regional undergraduate literature conference hosted by Shepherd University's Alpha Gamma Kappa Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. The conference drew approximately 25 participants from 11 colleges and universities. This year’s conference was focused on addressing themes of shifting identities, negotiating new worlds, and facing prejudices.

Shepard UniversityJessica’s presented a public reading of her paper, “Dream on Monkey Mountain: Straddling vs. Syncretism in the Quest for Liberation and Identity.” In her paper, she utilizes Derek Walcott’s Dream on Monkey Mountain to illustrate the individual and social struggle for identity in a multicultural society. In particular, Walcott’s work references Caribbean people with the combination of African and white European cultures, which included violent colonialism and nativist reactions. Jessica writes, “Walcott maintains that Caribbean people of color must not buy into the aggressive dichotomy of colonialism and black nativism…For true liberation and establishment of identity, such people must syncretically blend elements of African and white civilization.”

SigmataudeltaJessica graduated in May 2017 with a B.A. in English, and minors in Education and Latin. She is a member of the Mount’s Alpha Phi Iota Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. Jessica hopes that more Sigma Tau Delta members will take advantage of the opportunity to attend the conference, and to submit their works for next year’s call for papers.

 

Philip Green

Philip Greene is an attorney, writer, and cocktail historian. He graduated from the Mount in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He minored in English, Business and American Studies. 

Greene attended law school at Loyola University New Orleans, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1986.  After a stint with a suburban Maryland law firm, in 1988 he joined the General Counsel’s Office with the U.S. Department of Commerce.  He eventually was promoted to Senior Counsel for Internet Technology, providing trademark, copyright and Internet counsel agency-wide.  In 2007, while telecommuting part-time for Commerce, he served as Internet New Zealand’s Senior Research Fellow in Cyberlaw, and taught a masters and honors course in Internet law at Victoria University School of Law, Wellington, New Zealand.  He also wrote several law journal articles on trademark and Internet law.  His wife and three daughters enjoyed their time in New Zealand and Australasia immensely.

Since 2009, Greene is the Trademark and Internet Counsel for the U.S. Marine Corps, based at the Pentagon.  He provides legal counsel to the USMC’s robust Trademark Licensing Office, and oversees a portfolio of nearly 500 trademark registrations.  He’s presented at legal conferences across the country, notably the International Trademark Association and the American Bar Association.

Philip Green 2In his personal life, Greene co-founded the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans in 2004, and has written and presented extensively on food and drink around the world.  His first book, To Have and Have Another – A Hemingway Cocktail Companion (Penguin Perigee), received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast, Garden & Gun, Kirkus Reviews, HuffingtonPost.com, and many others, and remains a best seller in several categories (a second edition was released in 2015).  His second book, The Manhattan: The Story of the First Modern Cocktail (2016, Sterling Epicure) has also done well.  Phil is also a contributing author for the Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, edited by David Wondrich, and to be published in 2018, and is a contributing columnist for The Daily Beast.  Greene just completed his third book, A Drinkable Feast: A 1920s Paris Cocktail Companion, to be published by Penguin Random House in 2018.

Greene is also on the Board of Directors of the National Food & Beverage Foundation, and the Museum of the American Cocktail’s Founders Board, both based in New Orleans.  He also serves on the Mount’s College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board, and the House Committee of the National Press Club, of which he is a member.

Green AnotherHis sideline interests are easily traced to his time at the Mount.  His love of history was nurtured by the Mount’s excellent History Department, and he began his writing career at the Mountain Echo, where he was News and Features editor from 1982-83.  He and his wife Elise have lived in Northwest D.C. since 1993, where they raised their three daughters.  Hannah, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, now lives and works in New York.  Madeleine is a senior at Northwestern (Medill School of Journalism), and Olivia is a sophomore at the New England Conservatory (singer-songwriter) in Boston.

 

Christopher Bellitto

The Fall 2017 Ducharme Lecture with Dr. Christopher Bellitto, Professor of History at Kean University, was a success! His Lecture was titled Luther and Church Reform: Catholic Perspectives. Dr. Bellitto introduced us to the scope and progress of dialogue between Protestants and Catholics over the past five hundred years – this year being the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. He described the progress as being one of movement, from diatribe to dialogue. “Reconciled diversity” was a phrase coined by the Lutheran Theologian Oscar Cullman, and borrowed later by Pope Francis. This was a key theme in Dr. Bellitto’s lecture. By focusing on what Catholics and Protestants share in common, they can engender more productive dialogue. This of course has broader implications for intergroup dialogue. As diverse groups – be they political, religious, or social – become willing to listen to those with different perspectives, they have the opportunity to heal old wounds, understand their own distinctiveness in new ways, and build bridges toward greater collaboration.

Chris BellittoView the whole lecture on our livestream page @ Fall 2017 Ducharme Lecture Livestream. And check out some more photos of the event on our facebook page @ Mount St. Mary's University - College of Liberal Arts.

Andrea Solis

In this final blog of our New Faulty Series, we welcome Dr. Andrea Solis. Dr. Solis is by no means new to Mount St. Mary's University. She has worked in the School of Natural Science & Mathematics for the past fourteen years. She taught chemistry labs and general sciences, as well as serving as a lab manager. While Dr. Solis has taught Spanish for twelve years here at the Mount, this year she transferred to the CLA to work full time for the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures.

Dr. Solis completed her undergraduate degree at UAZ (Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Mexico), and her graduate degrees at UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico). She taught Spanish at Penn State, and Literature at UAZ. Some of her specializations include Hispanic Literature and Latin-American Culture. Dr. Solis is looking forward to continuing to teach Spanish at the beginner and advanced levels. She also looks forward to continuing to advise and support the students involved in the Student Organization of Latinos (SOL) sol@msmary.edu.

Dr. Solis enjoys music, walking, hiking, and conversations with friends. In addition to supporting the SOL, she also volunteers at the Mother Seton Day in the Science Department, where she helps middle school students with science experiments.

Scott Coley

Dr. Scott Coley has been with the Mount since 2014. This year he accepted a position as Lecturer in our Department of Philosophy. Dr. Coley earned his B.A. in Philosophy and English from UNC-Chapel Hill. He holds two M.A. degrees, one from Notre Dame and one from Purdue. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Purdue as well. While at Purdue, he was an instructor as a graduate student. Dr. Coley specializes in ethics and epistemology. What Dr. Coley is looking forward to the most here at the Mount is "spending time with colleagues and students, and finding ways to improve as a teacher." He enjoys reading, hiking, and playing golf. Dr. Coley is excited about being part of the Mount Community!

Kate Tombs

Hello! My name is Kathryn Tombs (pronounced as if the “b” weren’t there), but I’ve always gone by Kate. Fun facts: I am named for my maternal great great aunt who was a child actress in silent films and my last name came to our family through adoption!

I am currently a second semester senior because I am graduating early this December. I am double majoring in Spanish and Theology (which I affectionately refer to as “Spanish and the Jesus”) and have a self-made concentration in Hispanic Ministry. My time at the Mount has truly flown by!!

My heart (and a lot of my time) goes to leadership of the Mount Students for Life ministry and participation in Chapel Choir. My favorite things about these ministries would hands down have to be their orientation towards glorifying God and serving others and also all the amazing people involved! I also love to run (for fun), read (also for fun, but only when I’m not at school), travel, create art, and spend time with my family and in beautiful churches. You’re most likely to find me doing (or procrastinating) homework on my bed, collecting my thoughts in IC Chapel, or enjoying a conversation around campus.

As a member of the George Henry Miles Honors Society, I am currently trucking through the monster that is the senior honors project - the end is in sight! My project analyzes an original play that I wrote based on conversations with a Hispanic kitchen staff at a restaurant. It is inspired by my past experiences as a waitress. Comparing my play with two other contemporary theatrical works that also reflect the Latino immigrant experience in the U.S., I am discussing challenges pertinent to the Latino immigrant experience and responding to these challenges with various statements issued on behalf of the Church.

A list of my favorite things I’ve done while at the Mount would first and foremost have to include my two trips to Latin America: a spring break service and culture trip to Perú in 2016 and summer study abroad in Costa Rica (with a side excursion to Panamá) in 2017. I can’t even begin to describe what incredible and formative trips these have been for me with regards to my two majors and also just as a person. Standing at the top of Machu Picchu for Leap Day 2016, ziplining through the Costa Rican rainforest, and seeing the Panamá Canal live are experiences I will never forget!

Other favorite Mount experiences would have to include service trips through the OSJ, Chrism Mass trips through Camp Min, a field trip to EWTN in D.C., and the “You are Beauty” 2016 Ethics and Culture Conference at Notre Dame in Indiana.

I do not have set post-graduation plans yet beyond returning home to spend some time with family at least for a semester, but my dreams do include spending some more time in Latin America to do mission/service work. I can also see myself being a teacher...and a public speaker...and about ten other things, honestly. I’m open and excited to see where God’s plans for my life lead me.

The relationships I have formed at the Mount have been everything. I have been overwhelmed by support and encouragement received from faculty (both in and out of my majors) and staff throughout my entire Mount journey. Also, the friendships and amazing relationships I have formed with people I have met through ministry, classes, and travel have been incredible. There are a lot of people I am really going to miss next semester!!

As my time at the Mount comes to a close, I feel a deep gratitude for everyone who helped shape and form me these past three and a half years to be the person I am today, and most especially God who carried me through every valley and brought me to every height. It’s been unforgettable!

“Mañana hacemos cosas bellas” - Antoni Gaudí

Kate Tombs

Brendan Dooly

Dr. Dooley did his undergraduate work and completed his master's degree at Loyola University-Chicago. He went on to earn his doctorate degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has taught at Saint Augustine University, University of Maryland, Ball State University, University of Iowa, and American University. His professional reputation is built on serving as Project Director of the Oral History Criminology Project (http://www.oralhistoryofcriminology.org). The OHC Project has collected and shared recordings of nearly 100 of the leading minds from across the globe.

"I am looking forward to being a part of a community of faith, scholarship, and teaching. Since I am new to the area, I will be looking for additional opportunities to contribute to our community!" In his spare time, Dr. Dooley enjoys cooking, sports, and reading.

 
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