News and Events
The short story, "Aftermath," by Professor Missy-Marie Montgomery appears in Apple Valley Review (vol. 9, issue 2, fall 2014). Her piece “A Small Thing,” appearing at Talking Writing, was a finalist for the 2013 Talking Writing Prize for Flash Fiction. Passages North recently published Montogmery’s piece “Dear Mr. Gerald Stern I Like Your Poem.”
Professor Justine Dymond’s creative nonfiction piece “Stone Wall” appears in Meat for Tea: The Valley Review (vol. 8, issue 3, September 2014). She read the piece at the issue’s launch party on Sept. 13.
On Oct. 7, members of Sigma Tau Delta led a discussion of Simon Ortiz’s poetry collection From Sand Creek, the Common Reader for the honor society this year. The students were joined by members of the Learning in Later Life community and other interested undergraduates. In March 2015, members of the society will attend the honor society’s international convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to present their own scholarship and creative work, and to hear Ortiz and other authors read from their works.
Sigma Tau Delta joined Babson Library staff members in celebrating “fREADom” during Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27. This week draws attention to books that have faced challenges in communities; the week campaigns for readers’ rights to access and read these books. On Sept. 25, students, librarians, and faculty held a “read-in” of some frequently-challenged books. The participants detailed the objections made against their chosen works and defended the works before reading selections aloud. Works shared included The Awakening, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Catcher in the Rye. A short film on why frequently-challenged books should be read, produced by Candace Tibbetts (COSJ major, English minor, Class of 2016) was premiered. The film can be seen here:
Professor Rebecca Lartigue is planning a Spring in England program as part of ENGL 330: Early Modern English literature and ENGL 467: Shakespeare. Students enrolled in one of these spring 2015 courses may elect to apply to the program, which will visit England for two weeks at the end of the spring term to visit Renaissance historical and literary sites connected with the courses’ themes. Interested students should contact Prof. Lartigue.
On Friday, Sept. 26, the Alden Street Review hosted a Creative Writing Coffee House as part of Family Weekend. Students and faculty read their poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.
Professor Alice Knox Eaton had a paper,"Sexual Agency in Toni Morrison's Novels," presented at the American Literature Association Conference in May 2014.
Professor Rebecca Lartigue presented at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Mich., in May 2014. Her paper was “Bath Robes and Cotton-Ball Beards: A Common-Sense Approach to Teaching the York Plays, or Lessons Learned by a Latecomer.” She also will be presenting a short course on Beowulf for the Learning in Later Life Program in October.
Professor Carol E. Mitchell serves as area chair of film and history for the Northeast Popular Culture Association. At the October 2014 conference, she will chair two panels, titled "Evolution, Genre, and Identity Through Analyses and Quests in Film" and "Representations and Misrepresentations of Society and Culture on Television".
On Oct. 1 at Springfield College, English Professor Margaret Lloyd and Judith Gordon, internationally known concert pianist and professor of music at Smith College, debuted a collaborative performance of Chopin's 24 Preludes interlaced with readings from Lloyd’s recently published poetry collection, Forged Light. This performance was part of the William Simpson Fine Arts series.
Professor Lloyd was granted a writing residency at Hawthornden Castle, an international retreat for writers, in Scotland during the months of April and May. During the summer, she gave two poetry readings in Wales from her recently published collection of poems, Forged Light.
Professor Lloyd has a watercolor painting in an exhibition in the Golden Thread Gallery in West Hartford, Conn.,(Sept. 13-Nov. 1), and she has an upcoming (Feb. 1-28, 2015) solo exhibit of paintings and painting/poem pairs in the Lathrop Community Gallery, Easthampton, Mass.