Lee's Brown Published In Journals

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - by Ashley Walker, Lee University
Dr. Kevin Brown
Dr. Kevin Brown

Lee University’s Professor of English Dr. Kevin Brown has had two articles published: “A ‘Horizon of Important Questions’: Choice, Action, and Identity in David Mitchell’s ‘Cloud Atlas’” and “Improvising Great Classroom Discussion.”  His poetry was also published in three different online journals. 

His article, “A ‘Horizon of Important Questions’: Choice, Action, and Identity in David Mitchell’s ‘Cloud Atlas’ was published in the Journal of European Popular Culture. It discusses the “portrayal of identity [and] authenticity as defined by individual choice and action” in Mr. Mitchell’s 2004 novel, “Cloud Atlas.” 

While others have used Jean-Paul Sartre’s view of existentialism to analyze the novel, Dr. Brown also draws on other ideas from Charles Taylor, “a more contemporary philosopher.” Dr. Brown argues in his paper that, by combining Sartre’s and Taylor’s views on existentialism and identity, “we can see the major characters in ‘Cloud Atlas’ all finally make choices that define who they are, choices that provide an identity that carries on beyond their own lives and stories.” 

Dr. Brown’s second article, “Improvising Great Classroom Discussion” was published in The Teaching Professor. In this essay, Dr. Brown uses the concept of “Yes, and…” traditionally used in improv acting in order to talk about how to improve classroom discussion. He argues that, by being open to where students might lead discussion, professors can create deeper and more meaningful conversation in the classroom. 

Dr. Brown also had poems published by Pomona Valley Review, Vending Machine Press, and The Tau. 

The Pomona Valley Review published “God Answers Knee Mail,” “Stop, Drop, and Roll Won’t Work in Hell,” “Choose the Bread of Life or You Are Toast,” and “Looking for a Sign From God? This Might Be It” These four poems come from a series where Dr. Brown uses church signs as the titles and inspirations of poems. 

The Vending Machine Press published “This Church is Prayer-Conditioned,” “Church Shopping? We’re Open on Sundays,” “What Could This Sign Say to Get You Here on Sunday?,” “Cars Are Not the Only Thing Recalled by Their Maker,” “What Part of Thou Shalt Not Don’t You Understand?,” and “Ars Poetica.” The first five poems are also from the series using church signs as the titles and inspirations of poems. “Ars Poetica” is a meditation on writing poetry. 

The Tau published “Things I Now Know,” a poem that comes from a series of poems Dr. Brown wrote about his father’s death. 

To read Dr. Brown’s poetry, visit http://www.pomonavalleyreview.com/pdf/PVR%2011/PVR%2011.pdf  or http://www.lourdes.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Tau-2017-Smaller.pdf.



Two Central High Seniors Earn QuestBridge Scholarships

Two Central High seniors received an early Christmas present that may be hard to match.  The two have been awarded full scholarships to prestigious universities.  Bethsahida Harrigan and Kathleen Cimino are recipients of QuestBridge 2017 National College Match Scholarships that will provide them early admission into their select university with a guaranteed full, four-year ... (click for more)

Georgia Northwestern Holds Fall 2017 Commencement

A chilly  Tuesday  night in Northwest Georgia saw the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton fill to capacity as more than 250 students walked the stage at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Fall Commencement Ceremony. An estimated 1,500 family and friends were on hand for the occasion. GNTC President Pete McDonald, his administration, and keynote speaker ... (click for more)

Home In Alton Park Damaged By Fire Friday Morning

No injuries were reported in connection with a house fire in Alton Park Friday morning. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm around  8:30 a.m.  and responded to 4020 Highland Ave. with five fire companies. When the first firefighters arrived on the scene, one of the residents of the house was concerned this his wife might still be inside. The firefighters ... (click for more)

Pedestrian Struck And Severely Injured In East Ridge Thursday Night

The East Ridge Police Department is investigating a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian being struck  at 5300 Ringgold Road on Thursday around  10 p.m. Officers arrived and found that East Ridge resident Dale Henderson had been struck by a vehicle and was suffering from severe injuries. It appears he attempted to cross Ringgold Road in front ... (click for more)

Technology: The Virtual Drug

The truth is you're probably reading this on a mobile device or your computer. As a matter of fact, I’m typing this down on a MacBook Pro. The point is technology is everywhere. It engulfs like a tsunami engulfs a village, only a few ever escape. In fact, it took me two hours to start this paper because I was so hypnotized by phone, checking my Instagram and seeing what the next ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

This week, as two men greeted one another at the steps leading to a holiday party, one said, “My wife is angel,” this in keeping with the season. The other replied, “You’re lucky … mine is still alive.” Once inside, the two walked into this conversation – “We had a power outage at our house this morning. So, my PC, laptop, TV, DVD, iPad and new surround sound music system were ... (click for more)