Center for University Scholars

Previous Talks


Dr. Okechukwu Anyamele

“Trends and Disparities in Infant and Child Mortality in Nigeria: Evidence from 2003 and 2008 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) Data”

Drs. Tabitha Otieno and Benjamin Ngwudike

“Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness: What Do the Data Tell Us?”

Dr. Rashell Smith-Spears

“The Black Vampire in African-American Literature and Popular Culture”

Dr. Byron D. Orey

“Hair Texture, Complexion and Candidate Evaluation”

Dr. Robert Luckett

“Massive Resistance: The Evolution of Racist Politics in Mississippi”

Dr. Rico Chapman

“Black Studies at Jackson State College: The Institute for the Study of History, Life and Culture of Black People, 1968-1979″

Dr. Deborah Barnes

“Carnivals of Blood: The Business of Spectacle Lynching”

Dr. Yumi Park and Prof. Charles Carraway

“Hidden Jewels of the Permanent Collection of the Art Department at Jackson State University”

Dr. Gloria Billingsley

“Redistributing Power: The Reversal of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act”


Li-Jing Chang

“The Effects of Demographics and Job Related Stressors on Newspaper Journalists’ Job Satisfaction, Turnover Intention and Job Performance”

James Eijwale

“Facilitating Teaching and Learning Across STEM Fields”

Candis Pizzetta

“Collaborative Learning in the Online Literature Classroom”

Ivan Elezovic

“A Structure in ‘C’”

David Akomobo

“A Multicultural Music Appreciation in a Familiar Key”

Chung-Fan Chang


Gina Scutelnicu

“Public Health and Access to Healthy Eating and Active Living: Lessons to Be Learned from the State of Mississippi”

Yumi Park

“Engraved Head Motifs on Cupisnique Ceramics: Emblems of Identity in Early Andean Art”

M. Yvette Turner

“Forty Years Later: Is the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 Making a Difference in ‘Preventing’ Sexual Harassment in the Workplace”

Thomas Kersen

“Exploring the Mystical Side of Running”

Brown Bag Research Talks

For the 2014-2015 academic year, the discussion series will feature the research, praxis and creative endeavors of early career faculty.  The Center provides light refreshments and beverages and welcomes participants and attendees to bring their lunches.  All discussions convene at 11:00 a.m. in the Holden Reading Room on the fourth floor of the H.T. Sampson Library.

September 23: Jaegoo Lee

Cultural and Racial Socialization in International Transracial Adoption 

October 21: Nadia Bodie

Redirecting Gender: Working with the Effeminate Actor 

Rescheduled to convene from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

November 4: David Akombo

The Effects of Improviser-Mediated Musicality on Academic Performance and Generalized Anxiety in Teenagers 

November 18: Ivan Elezovic, Chung-Fan Chang and Mark Geil

Drawing Noise 

February 10: Monica Flippin-Wynn

Technology and Social Media in the Classroom: A Pedagogical Nightmare or An Engagement Bonanza? 

February 24: Miguel Centellas

Measuring Democratic Competition: An Application to 20th Century Latin America 

March 17: Brian Phillips

17th Century Spain and the Body Politic: A Comparative Look at Incarcerated Women in Orange is the New Black and Los Desengaños amorosos of María de Zayas y Sotomayor 

March 24: Ifedayo Victor Ogungbe

Expanding the Drug Discovery Pipeline of a Neglected Disease 

March 31: Taunjah P. Bell

Using Salivary Cortisol to Screen for Proneness to PTSD, Detect Symptoms, and Diagnose Disorder in Service Members and Civilians 

Are you interested in presenting a Brown Bag Research Talk during the 2014-2015 Academic Year?  E-mail us.