News and Events
Assistant Professor of Communications Jody Santos will travel to Bangladesh in January to profile the work of the International Fertilizer Development Center, a group dedicated to helping eradicate extreme hunger and poverty by enhancing smallholder farmers’ ability to use fertilizers responsibly. The documentary will air on the Visionaries public television series, hosted by acclaimed actor Sam Waterston. Professor Santos also recently produced a segment for New England Public Radio about a local high school's collaboration with the world-class Shakespeare and Company on a production of Romeo and Juliet. Springfield's Central High was one of ten area high schools that performed at the renowned theater troupe's annual Fall Festival. Listen here for the report.
Professor Dennis Gildea’s book, Hoop Crazy: The Lives of Clair Bee and Chip Hilton, was published in November by the University of Arkansas Press as part of its Sport and Society series. He presented an excerpt from the book, “Soft Music, Poetry, and Clair Bee’s 1940 LIU Football Team,” at the Sport Literature Association conference in June. Gildea also presented a paper at the North American Society for Sport History convention on the work of an African-American sportswriting pioneer: “Sam Lacy: Covering `A to Z’ in Sport and Race.” Gildea reviewed Billy “the Hill” and the Jump Hook (Billy McGill and Eric Brach, University of Nebraska Press) for Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature.
On October 17, Professor Alice Knox Eaton delivered a lecture entitled "Bringing Beloved to Life: Sites of Slavery in Toni Morrison's Novels" at Worcester State University. The lecture was sponsored by the Worcester State English Department, English Club, Honors Program, and Multicultural Affairs Program. A lively question and answer followed the lecture.
On October 24, Professor Justine Dymond read from and signed her new co-edited collection, Motherhood Memoirs: Mothers Creating/Writing Lives (Demeter Press, 2013) at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA. She was joined by contributor Yelizaveta Renfro, who teaches at Westfield State University. In addition to co-editing the book, Professor Dymond contributed the essay "'Where's the Funeral?': Maternal Silences in Memoirs of Postpartum Depression."
Poet Karen Skolfield read from her newly released collection Frost in the Low Areas (Zone 3 Press, 2013) and talked with students in Professor Justine Dymond's creative writing class on October 29.
Professor Eaton's essay "Becoming a She-Lion: Sexual Agency in Toni Morrison's Beloved and A Mercy" will appear in a collection entitled Contested Boundaries: New Critical Essays on the Fiction of Toni Morrison, which will be published in November.
Professor Carol Mitchell, current Distinguished Professor of Humanics, recently participated in the annual conference of the Northeast Regional Popular Culture/American Culture Association at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. Professor Mitchell is serving her second three-year term on the executive committee, is a past president of the organization, serves as Area Chair of Celebrity and Entertainment, and chaired a panel at the 2013 event featuring presentations on “Different Ways of Seeing: An Analysis of Nicki Minaj,” “Becoming This Way: Lady Gaga at the Borderline between the Commercial and the Spiritual,” and “Like a Bird on a Wire: A Study of the Rediscovery, Preservation, and Circulation of Ephemeral Texts.”
Professor Margaret Lloyd, chair of the Humanities Department, has published her third collection of poetry. Forged Light (Open Field Press, 2013) includes original watercolors by Professor Lloyd.
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