In a sweltering gymnasium, Dr. E. Bruce Heilman (Campbellsville College, Class of 1949) delivered one of the most inspiring addresses on campus within the past two years. A veteran of World War II, who has experienced many of life’s challenges, he kept graduates, parents, family members, faculty, and staff with an energetic, humorous, and interesting commencement address. His address, based on his life and his service during World War II, is included along with others by Rev. John Chowning, who retired recently as vice president of Church Relations and External Affairs, and Shawn Williams (associate professor of Political Science).
In this issue of The Campbellsville Review, new faculty members are among first time contributors. Assistant Professor of English Justy Engle reviews a recently published book on Jane Eyre’s literary work and in an essay details the work of Frida Kahlo and Charlotte Salomon, two women artists who made significant but little known contributions to art and literature in the twentieth century. The essay is a revision of a research paper she wrote in graduate school. Ed Pavy, Jr., who has a Master’s degree in conducting from Campbellsville University, contributed research he conducted on whether the ethnic make-up of choral groups in central Kentucky public schools influences the selection of musical repertoires. Other articles by faculty members include the story, by Wesley Roberts, of a unique keyboard collection acquired by Campbellsville University’s music department and an essay, by Dwayne Howell, on what it means to be a Baptist affiliated university.
Two submissions were lectures re-written as articles. They are part of what have become annual lecture series. The oldest is the Baptist Heritage Lecture. Dr. William Loyd Allen of Mercer University talked about Baptist polity from a historical perspective. In past issues of the Review, lectures in this series has allowed a thematic section. The newest series is the Christians for Biblical Equality Lecture, which focuses on issues of recognition of women as equals in the Bible. Dr. Mimi Haddad informed her listeners of how religious texts in different cultures as justification for oppressing women.
Lastly, in addition to Justy Engle’s book review, Kimberly Mathis Pitts, who taught sociology until the end of the Spring 2016 semester, reviewed a book on gender violence in Chile. And Jason Garrett contributed a review of a very short, insightful film.
The remainder of the issue includes an abstract of a recently completed master’s thesis in music and the second biennial list of publications and scholarly work by faculty members and staff.