News and Events
In March, Professor of Communications Jody Santos will travel to Nigeria and Rwanda to produce a documentary on the work of the International Fertilizer Development Corporation (IFDC) for a national public television series hosted by Sam Waterston of NBC's Law & Order and HBO's The Newsroom. The mission of IFDC is to address global food security challenges and to help eradicate extreme hunger and poverty by enhancing smallholder farmers’ ability to manage mineral and organic fertilizers responsibly, thus increasing their agricultural productivity. In the process, IFDC promotes economic development and self-sufficiency – key components in the fight against global hunger and poverty and also environmental stewardship. In Rwanda, Santos will interview the minister of agriculture and ambassadors from Switzerland and the Netherlands to discuss how this country has been able to achieve food security just two decades after the 1994 genocide there. In Nigeria, she also will interview that country's minister of agriculture and small-holder farmers about how Nigeria is shifting from an oil-based to a more agricultural-based economy. The show will air as part of the Visionaries' 20th season on PBS in the fall of 2014.
Professor Missy-Marie Montgomery's story "A Small Thing" was a finalist in the 2013 Talking Writing Flash Fiction contest, and it will appear in the forthcoming spring 2014 online edition of Talking Writing magazine.
Professor Justine Dymond will give two invited lectures with co-editor Nicole Willey about their collection Motherhood Memoirs: at Penn State New Kensington on March 17, 2014; and for the Kent State University at Tuscarawas 2013-14 Artist Lecture Series, March 18, 2014. She also will chair a roundtable session on "Mothers Beyond Borders: Immigrant Mothers in Literature" at the Northeast Modern Language Association conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 4, 2014.
On March 4 at 7:30 at the campus union, Professor Dennis Gildea will give a reading from his new book Hoop Crazy: The Lives of Clair Bee and Chip Hilton (University of Arkansas Press, 2013). Hoop Crazy is the fascinating story of Clair Bee and his star character Chip Hilton and the ways in which their lives, real and fictional, were intertwined.
Conference papers submitted by students Elena Gasparri and Joe Brown (both class of 2014) were accepted to the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention in Savannah, Georgia, February 26-March 1. Four honor society members—Kim Abad, Ashley Day, Elena Gasparri, and Erin Linskey (all class of 2014)—will attend this gathering of outstanding English majors to read and hear papers and creative work, as well as to attend professional workshops. Chapter sponsor Professor Rebecca Lartigue will accompany them.
Communications / Sports Journalism students Joe Brown (class of 2014 and editor of The Student) , Jon Santer (class of 2014), Andrew Gutman (class of 2015), and Pat Kenney (class of 2016) will attend the Associated Collegiate Press's 30th National College Journalism Convention February 27-March 2 in San Diego, California.
On February 11, author Matthew Goodman read from his national bestseller, Eighty Days. The book tells the amazing but true story of two female journalists, Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland, who traveled alone around the world in opposite directions in 1889. They were racing not just against each other but against the fictional “world record” of 80 days—established by Phineas Fogg, the protagonist of Jules Verne’s famous novel. Goodman also met with students in Professor Dobrow’s communications course and in Professor Montgomery’s creative writing course.
Professor Jody Santos’s “Famous Fakes: Art Exhibit in Springfield Looks at Forgeries and Forgers,” about an exhibit at the Springfield Fine Arts Museum, aired on NEPR on January 24. The story can be heard here.
Professor of Communications Martin Dobrow presented the lecture “History at Our Doorstep: The Remarkable Journey of Martin Luther King Jr. to Springfield College” in the Fuller Arts Center on January 22. The presentation celebrated the 50th anniversary of King’s commencement speech and honorary degree presentation at Springfield College. Prof. Dobrow shared his research for a forthcoming book that details the circumstances surrounding King’s commencement speech at the College 50 years ago this coming June. In 2004, Dobrow’s article in the Triangle magazine titled, “The Time is Always Right to do Right,” paid homage to King and recapped a historic moment between the College and King.
On December 30, 2013, Professor Justine Dymond was featured in the Daily Hampshire Gazette for her work on postpartum depression and the collection of essays she co-edited on the subject, entitled Motherhood Memoirs: Mothers Creating/Writing Lives (Demeter Press, 2013).
In October, Professor Alice Eaton was a guest lecturer and gave a talk at Worcester State University called "Bringing Beloved to Life: Sites of Slavery in Toni Morrison's Novels." Also, her essay "Becoming a She-Lion: Sexual Agency in Toni Morrison's Beloved and A Mercy" appeared in December in a collection entitled Contested Boundaries: New Critical Essays on the Fiction of Toni Morrison, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.