Ongoing Events

CBC Student Showcase

CCBC students who participate in this year’s community book are invited to submit work to be considered for our 2021-2022 Student Showcase. We accept research projects, essays, presentations, and all creative and/or research-based works related to Fear.

Contact Professor Lauren Pollak

Student Showcase Submission Form

Contact Lauren Pollack

Check out the CBC Student Showcase Virtual Gallery from 2020-2021 for The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas King.

Classroom Presentation: Can Meditation help you to forgive?

Patricia Quintero-Hall, from the Office of Intercultural Engagement will walk with you through an exercise on forgiveness. She will share practical steps toward forgiveness for self and others. This presentation is available to individual classes throughout the semester.

Contact Patricia Quintero-Hall

The Library Research Guide

The Library Research Guide contains resources for this year’s Community Book, including pages on Buddhism, the psychology of fear, meditation, and the author, Thich Nhat Hanh.

Contact Debra Sambuco

Developing Fearlessness in Times of Fear (Three-part virtual series)

Stephanie Briggs is a mindfulness practitioner in the Kagyu tradition, owner of Be.Still.Move., and retired CCBC professor. Her contemplative practices include storytelling, authentic movement, sound, and joy as healer. Join us for a series of talks and creative practices on how to handle moments of fear in our lives.

Contact Lakshmi Rajkumar

Monday, February 21, 5:45–6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, March 1, 11:10 a.m.–12:35 p.m.

Tuesday, March 22, 11:10 a.m.–12: 35 p.m.

Yoga with Lakshmi

Come join for a relaxing yoga session for beginners on Sundays from 4–5 p.m. Sessions start with breathing exercises followed by mindful stretching using asanas. We end with a meditative relaxation exercise. Yoga mat or towel is all you need to join us from the comfort of your home. No attachments, pop in when you get time. Please consult with your health care provider before starting any new exercise regimen, including yoga. Weekly: Sundays from 4–5 p.m.

Zoom link: wd=T0VHM0VYQjdURFc1RXNBT0lwOEtPdz09


Philosophy and Music Workshop

Friday, February 4, 12:20–1:15 p.m.

What does our engagement with music reveal about being human? Professor Nick Vanhorn, chair of performing arts, will present a workshop that looks at how our engagement with music cultivates a set of virtues and values that better enable us to live a flourishing life.

Contact Matt Palumbo

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 836 0103 7294 5918
Password: 0frtKf

Doug Carnine: Prison Mindfulness

Wednesday, February 16, 12:20–1:15 p.m.

Doug Carnine will discuss his experiences with mindfulness and the prison system from his book, Saint Badass: Personal Transcendence on Tucker Max Hell. The book documents the exchanges between four prisoners and the author over six years, and how they achieve transcendence through their crises using mindfulness, meditation and the blessings of kindness.

Contact David Vaughn

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 894 8791 8428
Password: crjs

Fear: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

Thursday, February 17, 11:10–12:35 p.m.

Please join us for an interactive event examining the ways fear shapes our lives, our histories, and our futures. We approach fear through an array of short presentations on topics in History, Sociology and the Sciences to Creative Writing and Performance. This event entails both small and large format discussions and is geared towards sparking conversations and connections across disciplinary boundaries.

Contact Kris Messer

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 825 0002 8617
Password: Xh48Mc

Fearlessness as Practice in Times of Fear*

February 21, 5:45–6:45 p.m.

Join Stephanie in the first session focusing on a variety of creative grounding practices when living with fear while moving toward fearlessness.

Contact Patricia Quintero-Hall

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 811 0584 2716
Password: fearless

Complex Calm Exhibit

Opens February 21

Complex Calm explores artists who utilize repetitive elements within their making process.

Curators: Jessica Walton and David Zobel

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 850 0220 4921
Password: chat

Dr. Stacey Patton – Mindfulness and Parenting

Thursday, February 24, 11:10 a.m.–12:35 p.m.

Dr. Stacey Patton, PhD, is an award-winning author and journalist who writes about race, politics, popular culture, child welfare issues, diversity in media, and higher education. As an adoptee, child abuse survivor, and former foster youth, Patton is a nationally recognized child advocate whose research focuses on the intersections of race and childhood. She will be giving a presentation on mindfulness and parenting. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Social and Economic Justice.

Contact Ingrid Sabio-McLaughlin

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 895 9527 8893
Password: CBCpatton


Fearless Compassion: De-stress & Rest

Tuesday, March 1, 11:10 a.m.–12:35 p.m.

Join Stephanie in a talk and practice on self-compassion and Restoration/Empathy/Stillness/Truth in times of fear.

Contact Patricia Quintero-Hall

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 811 0584 2716
Password: fearless

The Oasis of the Present Moment: Why Student-Veterans Should Care About the Science and Practice of Mindfulness

Wednesday, March 2, 1:25–2:20 p.m.

CCBC student Veterans (and allies) are invited to a presentation by Dr. Dan Koster, Clinical Psychologist and VITAL Coordinator (partnership between Department of Veterans Affairs and CCBC to support student Veterans) about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation practices. Seminar topics include the science of mindfulness, understanding personal experiences, coping with strong emotions, and practical resources that students can apply immediately.

Contact Lauren Pollak

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 865 6393 9071
Password: VITAL

Service-Learning: Getting Through the Storm

Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m.–noon

During this Day of Service event, students will assemble bags to benefit our community partners. This event will also include music, poets, and storytelling about Getting Through the Storm. Co-sponsored by Service-Learning, Office of Student Life.

Contact Ingrid Sabio-McLaughlin or Kris Messer

Catonsville campus, QUAD (weather permitting)

Mindful Eating: Let’s Explore the First Stage of the Digestive Process

Tuesday, March 8, 9:35–11 a.m.

Rama Thaher-Sawalhi, Student Ambassador and Functional Nutrition Counselor, will walk us through the first stage of the digestion process, the cephalic phase. She will discuss the connection between mindfulness, the brain, and the digestive process.

Contact: Patricia Quintero-Hall

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 856 7936 6764
Password: mindful

Lakisha Shears, LCSW-C LICSW: CRTL+ALT+DEL of Mental Health

Thursday March 10, 12:45–2:10 p.m.

Participants will engage in interactive dialogue to identify the importance of mental health, address misinformation, and how to access services. Ms. Shears is a therapist and owner of Trap House Therapy, which provides culturally responsive therapy for youth and adults.

Contact: Maura Hill

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 815 9604 8687
Password: GAtrW3

36th Creative Writing Forum Presents: Viet Thanh Nguyen

Tuesday, March 15, 12:45–2 p.m.

CBC is proud to co-sponsor the 36th Annual Creative Writing Forum for a reading and discussion with author, Viet Thanh Nguyen. Nguyen won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for his novel, The Sympathizer, and is the author of several other works of fiction and nonfiction, including Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction) and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America.

Contact: Carr Kizzier

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 883 8365 7174
Password: write

Fearlessness: When the Story is just a Story

Tuesday, March 22, 11:10 a.m.–12:35 p.m.

Join Stephanie in an interactive talk/practice on the art of storytelling as action for change and reclamation of our true selves.

Contact: Patricia Quintero-Hall

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 811 0584 2716
Password: fearless

Stoop Storytelling Showcase: Getting Through the Storm: True Personal Stories About Facing and Overcoming Fear

Thursday, March 31, 11:10 a.m.–12:35 p.m.

Stoop stories are not memorized, performed, or read—they are shared. Laura Wexler, founder of Stoop Storytelling, hosts this special program in which students share stories about the adventures, challenges, joy, or surrealism of living fearlessly—or trying to. Co-sponsored by the Mellon Foundation Humanities for All initiative and Student Life.

Contact: Nina Brown

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 863 2105 7448
Password: story


Dr. William Cheng: What Music Teaches Us about Second Chances

Friday, April 1, 12:20–1:15 p.m.

Dr. William Cheng is Chair and Professor of Music at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He will present a lecture titled What Music Teaches Us about Second Chances. All are welcome to attend this virtual event.

Contact Cristina Cardona

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 889 3259 0464
Password: PBK9aiH2FFb2

Service-Learning: Getting Through the Storm

Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m.–noon

During this Day of Service event, students will assemble bags to benefit our community partners. This event will also include music, poets, and storytelling about Getting Through the Storm. Co-sponsored by Service- Learning, Office of Student Life.

Contact Ingrid Sabio-McLaughlin or Kris Messer

Essex campus, QUAD (weather permitting)

Honors Distinguished Lecture: Jennifer Clement and Tatiana Huezo

Thursday, April 21, 11:10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

The Honors Program, the Community Book Connection, and the Creative Writing Forum are honored to host a special conversation with Mexican-American author/ PEN President Emeritus Jennifer Clement and Mexican- Salvadoran filmmaker Tatiana Huezo as they discuss the journey of Prayers for the Stole (2015 CBC book) from award-winning novel to Oscar-nominated film. Read the book, watch the film on Netflix, and bring your questions!

Contact Kim Jensen

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 869 6604 6465
Password: prayers

Mindful Eating: Contemplations on Food and How It Connects Us to the Earth*

Friday, April 22, 11 a.m. (Earth Day)

Professors Dan Krausz, Nick VanHorn, and Natasha Minkovsky will discuss the concept of mindful eating and how the food we eat inextricably links us to the world around us. Central themes include tracing our food back to its source, understanding the environmental impacts of our choices, and analyzing their effects on overall wellness. Resources and practical tips will be provided to assist individuals in making informed decisions about what and how to eat as it relates to personal and planetary health.

Contact Cristina Cardona

Essex campus, Community Garden
(Directions to garden on YouTube)

Mellon Symposium: Building a Community of Love

Thursday, April 28, 3 p.m.

Interdisciplinary faculty will share selections from scholar-activist, bell hooks. hooks was very influenced by the work of Thich Nhat Hahn. This will be a celebration of the life and work of bell hooks and an exploration of what it means to “build a community of love.” Co-sponsored by Mellon Foundation, CCBC Honors Program, and the Institute for Social and Economic Justice.

Contact Ingrid Sabio-McLaughlin or Adrianne Washington

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 865 5179 7397
Password: CBChooks


Dr. Sharon Jennings-Rojas: Mindfulness Practitioners—Expanding Space for All*

Monday, May 2, 6–7:15 p.m.

Dr. Sharon Jennings-Rojas will discuss her journey as a practitioner who has expanded wellness and mindfulness spaces for diverse communities. She is the chair of Maryland University of Integrative Health’s Acupuncture and World Medicine department and is the only woman of color in the nation who holds this position. She has served as a consultant, acupuncturist, and educator at the Howard County (MD) Detention Center and at Goucher College. Her private practice, “Chakramoon,” provides care for individuals, families, and communities.

Contact Ingrid Sabio-McLaughlin

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 830 6067 4633
Password: CBCrojas

Mindful Movement: Embodying Peace

Tuesday, May 10, 6–7:15 p.m.

As we head into finals week, let’s take a moment to reduce stress and build gratitude. Join acting professor and mindfulness practitioner, Zach Hartley, for a movement workshop in the Gallery at Essex in which we will build our capacity for being within to our bodies and building confidence in ourselves.

Contact Kim Jensen

The Gallery at Essex, Arts & Humanities Hall

All events are free and open to the public. Most events are open-access with ASL interpreting provided by CCBC Interpreter Preparation Program student interns and mentors. For more information on the Community Book Connection, email director Lauren Pollak:

*Event does not have interpreting services confirmed, but can be provided upon request.