University Park, IL, July 12, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- As one of the leading and most provocative counseling education scholars in the African-American community, Dr. Cyrus M. Ellis is making waves with his new book, It’s All Gumbo to Me. Growing up in the Gulf Coast region of Louisiana, Dr. Ellis understands the overlapping nature of people, race, class and culture colliding in the psyche of all Americans. From these personal experiences and his academic training from the University of Virginia, Dr. Ellis has developed the sociopolitical understanding of how all of one’s environment plays a role in the pluralistic society known as the culture of America.
It’s All Gumbo to Me analogizes the art of making the Cajun food gumbo to the amalgamation of social woes, also called ingredients, in American society including race, oppression, bigotry, and homophobia. Dr. Ellis states, “Just as gumbo is made in one pot, American society exists within one nation. With gumbo everything cooks alongside each other, once it is in the pot it impacts everything else that is in the pot. This can be said for the American culture…whether we like it or not, we are all dynamically interacting with each other. As there are no hard and fast rules to making gumbo there are no hard and fast rules to the manner by which the American culture is impacted by the ingredients of our time. The gumbo pot and its contents serve as a means to understand the need to create communities through grass roots activities so people can better relate to themselves, others and the world around them."
This book is available right now at Dr. Ellis' book distributor on the web named LuLu. Google search LuLu and put in the search window content ID 3023505.
The initial edition contains:
• A detailed Author’s preface that lays the foundation for American culture and how themetaphor of Gumbo is to be used.
• Six original essays concerning key cultural phenomena impacting American society.
• A new and fresh look at American society from an established and emerging
academic leader in the field of Counselor Education.
• An Epilogue that makes a link to the next book in the series.
Dr. Cyrus M. Ellis is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at Governors State University with over 17 years of professional experience. He served his country proudly and is a retired Captain in the United States Army Reserve. Dr. Ellis has presented a variety of national and international presentations as well as multiple national learning institute concerning counselor training, social justice, race relations, racial and ethnic conditions, and issues facing African Americans concerning their social, educational, vocational development. Dr. Ellis is published in professional counseling literature addressing mental health, self-esteem, couples work, addiction/recovery, parenting skills and prevention education.