CCSJ Humanities Festival      


Keynote Speaker











David Light Shields, Ph.D., was born in Hollywood, California on the Fourth of July in the mid-century year of 1950. He grew up in the California coastal city of Inglewood, attending Morningside High. After far too many years in school, he began a career in research and teaching. He has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Notre Dame (where he was the co-director of the Mendelson Center for Sport, Character and Community), and is currently at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


He is also the Founder and Executive Director of TrueCompetition.Org, a nonprofit dedicated to reclaiming competition or excellence, ethics, and enjoyment. He and his wife, Brenda Light Bredemeier, have two children, Micah and Maya.



Contact Information

Dr. Christopher Buczinsky
Associate Professor and Director of English Program
Office: Room 519
Phone: (219) 473-4250