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Summer 2016

Hollister Gallery Show

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Playing with Fire by Nyia Yannatos

Paper Wall Sculpture Exhibit On View:
June 14 - August 10, 2016​​​​
Artist Talk and Opening Reception:
Wednesday, June 22, 3:30 PM, Hollister Gallery

Nyia Yannatos is a Cambridge based artist whose training as a musician and landscape designer informs her layered sculptural reliefs made from natural objects, papers, and found materials. In this most recent series, she begins by taking a match to paper and closely following the flame, watching how it moves, deciding if and where to guide it with a sprayed water. The flame blackens and contours the edges while the drying process warps the surface plane of the paper into sculptural form. Working with fire demands a the artist be fully present in the moment, the sense of play, intensity and rhythm that Yannatos brings to the process is visible in this constellation of works that connect to nature at a range of scales; from topographical maps to tree barks and lichen.​

Spring 2016​

Cambridge Public Library and Center for Fiction New York Hosts Mary O'Donoghue Reading

On Thursday, May 5, at 6:30pm, at the Cambridge Public Library, in conjunction with the Harvard Bookstore, Mary O'Donoghue, Associate Professor of English, will read as part of An Evening with Granta: New Irish Writing, along with Colm Tóibín , Belinda McKeon, Sally Rooney and Stephen Sexton.  This group will also read in New York City on Wednesday, May 4, at 7pm, at the Center for Fiction in Manhattan.

Michael Martin, Finalist for the 2015 Lascaux Review

Michael Martin's book, Easiest If I Had A Gun, is a finalist for the 2015 Lascaux Review Short Story Collection Prize.  ​​​The Lascaux Review provides a showcase for emerging and established writers and artists.  Lascaux seeks stories, poems, es​says, and works of art that share a message and have a broad appeal.  The Review nominates work for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best New Poets, Million Writers Award, and other honors as appropriate.

Kerry Rourke Receives the 2016 Babson Pride Award

At the 4th Annual Lavender Graduation on April 27, Kerry Rourke, Lecturer in English, received the Babson Pride Award in the faculty category.  The Award recognizes the significant contributions of those who join Babson College in its commitment to creating a community that values, supports, and celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals and their allies.​

The 2016 Wooten Prize for Excellence in Writing
1st Prize: Alexis Yioulos for the essay "A Sustainable Paradigm Shift: The Reclamation of Land and Autonomy ."
2nd Prize: Stephanie Khoo for the essay "The Industrialized Economy of the Commercial Bee Industry."
3rd Prize: Kabrina Lee for the essay "Anti-Miscegenation Laws: A Tool to Stigmatize Racial Relations to Maintain White Patriarchy and Racial Hierarchy."​

Elizabeth Goldberg Interviewed in the Modern Language Association News Digest
Click here​ to read an interview with Elizabeth Goldberg, Professor of English, about her new book, Teaching Human Rights in Literal and Cultural Studies, ​

The Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet Series
Linda Gregerson.jpgThis long-running poetry series has br​ought poets of highest distinction and international acclaim to the Babson campus. On Tuesday, April 5, at 7:00pm, we welcome Thompson Poet Linda Gregerson to the Sorenson Center.​  She ​is the a​uthor of seven collections of poetry, including New and Selected Poems (2015); The Selvage (2012); The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep, a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize and The Poets Prize; Magnetic North, a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award; and Waterborne, winner of the 2003 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Gregerson’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlan​​​​​​​​​​tic Monthly, Poetry, Granta, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Best American Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. A Renaissance scholar and a classically trained actor, she is Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. There she teaches creative writing and Renaissance literature and directs the Helen Zell Writers Program. 

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Exhibit on View: March 24-May 16
Artist Talk and Reception: Thursday  March 24, 5:00 pm

Through their arts Collective The Bottega, William Petit and Candice Smith Corby share a passion for the rediscovery of the making, use, and implementation of ancient artist materials and their re-introduction into contemporary art-making. Their fascination with natural materials and how they relate to culinary ingredients have led them to develop The CookBook of Secrets, named for the Books of Secrets Alchemical texts. The exhibition will share pigment instructions and recipes with a Mediterranean influence.

Global Film​ Series - Chasing Ice

greenland_ice_melting.jpgThe Babson Global Film Series and Arts and Humanities Division will screen Chasing Ice, directed by Jeff Orlawski, on Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the Carling-Sorenson Theater.

This Emmy-Award winning documentary tells the story of environmental photographer James Balog, who publicized the effects of climate change by capturing the historical polar ice melt on camera. Both chilling and awe-inspiring, Chasing Ice delivers powerful visual evidence of climate change that scientific and governmental papers cannot. It also opens up discussions about technology's role in mediating between humans and nature, and the responsibility of the audience for witnessing such a catastrophic event. ​​​​There will be a post-screening discussion. ​

Waterline Reading Series

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Reynolds Global Lounge 5:00-6:30pm
Katherine Faigen, Poetry
Adam Schwartz, Fiction
Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.​​​

Naomi Klein to Speak at Babson

On Wednesday, February 24, at 7:00 P.M., in the Carling-Sorenson Naomi Klein pic.jpg​Theater, New York Times bestselling author of This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein, delivers a powerful lecture on the critical ​importance of addressing the free market economy in efforts to preserve the future of our planet.  As a leading critic of corporate globalization, Klein will ask us to reflect on the connections between the market and the planet - and what roles we can play in creating a just, sustainable future for all.

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Exhibit on View: February 4 - March 11, 2016​​​​
Artist Talk and Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 4, 5:00 PM, Hollister Gallery

Azadeh Tajpour is interested in the ways we receive and perceive information, especially the lenses through which we look at "others" exploring the gray area between "us" and "other".  To this end, the artist uses video stills from an American Drone in Afghanistan as a source for drawings, stills from found video of the 2009-10 upheaval in Iran become the basis for paintings, and archival photos are layered on top of each other to highlight their original contradictory captions.  Though informed by different locations and events, each of the works uses the combination of the original media and the intervention of the artist to examine the layers of mediation through which we experience what happens "elsewhere". 

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Artist in Residence, Danielle Krcmar, is highlighted in this article​ about  rebuilding a church destroyed by a devastating tornado. 



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​Being Here, Going Beyond Paintings by Percy Fortini-Wright 

Exhibit on View: November 5, 2015 - January 8, 2016 
Artist Talk and Reception:
Thursday November 5, 5:00 pm Hollister Gallery

November 4.jpgFrom an early age, Percy Fortini-Wright was integrating the influences of Fine art and Street art; DJ Kon, a family friend and renowned record collector, taught him graffiti, and his grandmother was an accomplished watercolorist. His paint handling is both improvisational and disciplined, whether he is using the spray can or brush. Being multiracial, the artist is interested in combining diverse material approaches and imagery; drawing from direct observation, memory and invention to create urban streetscapes and bold portraits of imaginary personae that share a beautiful sense of movement and anticipation. Click here​ to see more of Fortini- Wright’s portfolio.

Global Film​ Series - Two Days, One Night

On Wednesday, November 4, at 7 p.m. in the Carling-Sorenson Theater, the Babson Global Film Series and Arts and Humanities Division will screen Two Days, One Night, directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

In this profoundly affecting, suspenseful film, a working-class Belgian woman discovers that her workmates have been offered a significant pay bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to persuade her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to save her job before time runs out. Starring Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night is powerful story about what happens when community solidarity conflicts with individual needs and desires. Click here​ to read an article about the film.

Mary Pinard Presents The Teacher Within

​​​​​​How often do we pause to reflect on who we are as teachers, what values we bring to our teaching, what motivates us to continue and challenge ourselves regarding our pedagogy?  Who is the teacher within?  On Wednesday, October 7, at Noon in the Glavin Chapel, Mary Pinard, Professor of English, will explore some of these questions, and how they may contribute to more satisfying and successful teaching. She blends practical teaching tools with transformational teaching tips, and opens opportunities for reflection.

​​​​​Book Reading with Julie Levinson
Professor Julie Levinson will be doing a book reading​ from her recently published book, The American Success Myth on Film, on Wednesday, September 30, from 7:00-8:00pm at the New England Mobile Book Fair, 82 Needham Street, Newton Highland, MA.

Hollister Gallery Show

Dear Erin Hart by Jessamyn Lovell

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Hollister Hall - Lobby 

Artist Talk and Reception:
Thursday, September 14, 5:00 PM

Dear Erin Hart is the body of work made by Lovell in response to the identity theft and the crimes committed in her name. In order to understand her transgressor’s actions and motivation, the artist documented relevant places, interviewed witnesses, hired a private investigator, and survei​lled Erin Hart, photographing her as she was released from jail. Using photography, video and other means to document and understand the full arc of the identity theft, Lovell gained empathy for her identity thief. Dear Erin Hart was featured on This American Life in May. The story group is called same bed different dreams, Jessamyn’s story is the third act.  Lovell’s work explores issues of class, identity, privacy, and the use of art as a means of creating agency and empathy. Click here​ to see more of her work. 

Virginia Rademacher Receives Dean's Award for Undergraduate Teaching

Each year the Deans recognize a Babson Faculty for his/her excellence and innovative practices in teaching.  This year's award was presented to Professor Virginia (Jenny) Rademacher.  "Moths to flame" was used in the award citation to describe students in relation to Jenny as teacher, administrator, advisor and mentor.  

Summer 2015

Michael Gerhard Martin Awarded Best of Show

Michael Gerhard Martin's new short story, "Gretel," was awarded Best of Show in the fiction category at the Marblehead Arts Festival.  He will be awarded a ribbon on July 1, 2015.  

Spring 2015

The 2015 Wooten Prize for Excellence in Writing

1st Prize: Rehanna Stepnoski for the essay "If No Knitting Needles."
2nd Prize: Robert Sternberg for the essay "The Happier Eden: Love and Marriage Across Milton's The Doctrine & Discipline of Divorce and Paradise Lost."
3rd Prize: Peter Van Noppen for the essay "Mass Extinctions, Arks, and the Human Role."

Literary Journal AGNI Welcomes Mary O'Donoghue as Fiction Editor

Mary O'Donoghue will join William Giraldi as Fiction Editor​ of the top-ranking journal AGNI. After three of her stories were published by the journal, 2005 to 2009, Mary was invited to join its staff as a Fiction Reader. Now, as Fiction Editor, she will "play a bigger, much-deserved role in guiding the magazine" (AGNI). The journal was founded in 1972 at Antioch College by Askold Melnyczuk. It is now housed at Boston University, with Sven Birkerts as its Editor. It has published 81 issues, most of them including work from multiple languages. It is known for publishing important new writers early in their careers (Jhumpa Lahiri, Ha Jin), as well as such luminaries as Seamus Heaney, Joyce Carol Oates, and Derek Walcott.​​​

Waterline Reading Series

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Glavin Chapel 5:30pm
Carolyn Megan, Essayist and Fiction Writer
Elizabeth​ Young, Fiction Writer
Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.​

Global Film​ Series - The Wind Rises

On Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the Carling-Sorenson Theater, the Babson Global Film Series and Arts and Humanities Division will screen The Wind Rises, directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
In Japanese animation master Miyazaki's final film, Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes.  Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins​ a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers, creating beautiful machines which are put to deadly use.  Film critic David Ehrlich called the film, "Perhaps the greatest animated film ever made...a devastatingly honest lament for the corruption of beauty."
Ian Condry, Professor of Japanese Cultural Studies at M.I.T., will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion. 

Jason Mohaghegh To Speak at CWEL Faculty Gender Research Luncheon

The Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) celebrates their 3rd year of gathering faculty and staff to share and discuss compelling research on gendered topics. Jason Mohaghegh, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, will speak on 'The Unseen Militant: Women and Extremism in the Contemporary Middle East'. 
This event will take place on Thursday, April 2, in Reynolds 241, from Noon to 1:30pm.  Lunch is provided, please RSVP to Marjorie Feld at by March 30.

Kerry Rouke Receives the Martin Luther King Jr. Award

The Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award ​honors members of the Babson community (students, faculty, staff, groups, or organizations) who reflect Dr. King’s principles and ideals in philosophy and action. Please join us in congratulating this year’s winner: Kerry Rourke!

Hollister Gallery Show ​

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Self-Portraits by Raul Gonzalez

3/25/2015 - 5/5/2015  
Hollister Hall - Lobby 
Artist Talk and Reception:
Wednesday, March 25, 5:00 PM
​​​​​​​​Raul Gonzalez grew up going back and forth between Cuidad Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas; where he was born. He reflects on his life in La Frontera, an environment that is most often un-represented and un-seen through self-portraits that integrate imagery from the old time west, cartoons, cultural stereotypes, and art history.

Beth Wynstra Announces Spring Production for The Empty Space Theater (TEST)

"The Empty Space Theater will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of The Provincetown Players, one of America's most important and influential theater companies, with four one-act plays," announced Professor Beth Wynstra, Artistic Director of TEST. The plays and directors are as follows:
Suppressed Desires, Directed by Jon Adler, Professor at Olin College
Freedom, Directed by Kai Haskins, Class of 2018
Lima Beans, Directed by Adam Sanders, Associate Director of BabsonArts
Constancy, Directed by Beth Wynstra
Dates: March 8, 9, 10
Time: 8:00 PM
At: Roger's Pub

Waterline Reading Series

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Glavin Chapel 5:30pm
Michael G. Martin, Fiction Writer
featuring new story collection, Easiest If I Had A Gun
Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.​

Beth Wynstra Interviewed by WBUR

On Friday, February 6, Beth Wynstra, Artistic Director of The Empty Space Theater (TEST), was interviewed by WBUR's The ARTery ​about TEST's spring production, The PROVINCETOWN FOUR

Mary O'Donoghue on Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Longlist

The 19-strong longlist is made up of writers from four different countries, including Associate Professor of English, Mary O'Donoghue. The world's richest prize for a single short story, the Suday Times EFG Short Story Award shortlist will be revealed in March and the winner will be announced at an award ceremony on April 24.  O'Donoghue is being recognized for her short story, 'Jules Verne Seeks Dreamers for Long-Distance​ Travel in Time'.

Michael G. Martin Recognized for His Writings

Michael G. Martin's The Strange Ways People Are: Stories (short fiction collection, retitled Easiest If I Had A Gun), was a finalist for The Iowa Short Fiction & John Simmons Short Fiction Awards.  He was also a semi-finalist for The Hudson Prize for the same book.

Mary O'Donoghue Nominated for 2016 Pushcart Prize

Georgia Review.jpg​Associate Professor of English Mary O'Donoghue's short story "Jules Verne Seeks Dreamers for Long-Distance Travel in Time” has just been nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize.  The story appeared in the spring 2014 issue of the quarterly literary journal The Georgia Review, and is described in the Editorial as “literally out-of-this-world (some of the time).”  

O’Donoghue’s story concerns a father shuttling supplies to a space station, a mother in a memoir-writing class, and a daughter in love with a boy with a blood disease.  The Georgia Review was founded in 1947 at the University of Georgia, and is considered one of the most highly respected journals in the US.  The Pushcart Prize Series has been publishing anthologies since 1976.  The series honors the best fiction, poetry and essays published in literary journals in the course of a year. Prizewinners will be announced in spring 2015. ​

The Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet Series

This long-running poetry series has brought poets of highest distinctionThompson Poet for Feb. 15.jpg and international acclaim to the Babson campus. On Wednesday, February 18, at 7:00pm, we welcome Thompson Poet Fred D'Aguiar to the Sorenson Center. He is a poet, novelist, playwright and the Gloria D. Smith Professor of Africana Studies at Virginia Tech.  D'Aguiar's dozen books of poetry and fiction have been translated into a dozen languages.  His first collection of poetry, Mama Dot (1985), was published to wide acclaim.  It established his reputation as one of the finest British poets of his generation and, along with the collection of Airy Hall (1989), won the Guyana Poetry Prize in 1989.  D'Aguiar's first novel, The Longest Memory (1994), won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was made into a film by Channel 4 (UK).  His 2009 collection Continental Shelf was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.  His most recent collection is The Rose of Toulouse (2012).  Admission is free, and open to the public.

Global Film Series - Watchers of the Sky

On Wednesday, February 11, at 7 p.m. in the Carling-Sorenson Theater, the Babson Global Film Series and Arts and Humanities Division will screen Watchers of the Sky, directed by Edet Belzberg.

Watchers of the Sky​ interweaves four stories of remarkable courage, compassion, and determination, while setting out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin – the man who created the word “genocide,” and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities. Inspired by the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem From Hell, Watchers of the Sky takes viewers on a provocative journey from Nuremberg to The Hague, from Bosnia to Darfur, from criminality to justice, and from apathy to action. 

Kerry Propper, one of the producers of Watchers of the Sky,, will​ introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion​​

Hollister Gallery Show ​

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Embroidery and Fiber-work by Aram Ram Han

01/29/2015 - 03/17/2015  
Hollister Hall - Lobby 
Artist Talk and Reception:
Thursday, January 29, 5:00 PM
​Aram Han uses craft processes of sewing and embroidery to address the economics of compensation for immigrant and artist labor. She will exhibit 70 samplers from her Immigrant Citizenship Sampler Project and A Mend, a sculpture created by collecting and sewing together the denim hem remnants from Chicago seamstresses and tailors.​​

Fall 2014​​

Babson Night at "Happy Days" by Samuel Beckett, Pre-show discussion with Beth Wynstra

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is presenting a six-day run of "Happy Days" by Samuel Beckett, from November 19-23, at 8:00 pm in Carling-Sorenson Theater.  Tuesday, November 18th is designated Babson Night, offering students, faculty and staff discount tickets. Before this show, Assistant Professor of English Beth Wynstra will lead a discussion of Samuel Beckett’s work.  The talk will highlight moments from Beckett’s biography, introduce key characteristics of Absurdist drama, and explore the contexts and lasting influence of Happy Days and other works by Beckett. The Talk begins at 7pm in the theater upper lobby.  
Questions? Email or call (617) 426-0863.

Michael G. Martin Participates in Newbury College Speaker Series

Newbury College will host Babson College Lecturer, Michael Gerhard Martin, at its 2014-15 Speaker Series on Wednesday, November 19 at 5:30pm at the Mitton House Library.  He will read from his new book of short stories, "Easiest if I Had a Gun".  According to author Richard Hoffman, "Michael Gerhard Martin can make you wince and laugh and tear-up and cringe all in the same moment.  The stories in this collection map the joy and cruelty and defeat and stoic perseverance of characters who bear, in their daily lives, burdens they only partly understand but carry with resilience and dignity.  Each of these stories is an exquisite, pitch-perfect performance, and the people you meet in them will remain with you long after you finish this remarkable book."

Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg's blog, "On Happy En


With the support of Babson's Lewis Institute, ​Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg, Chair of Arts and Humanities and Professor of English, is able to continue her research and passion for fighting slavery, human trafficking, poverty, and marginalization of women.  Read blog here​ about her recent trip to India.

Jason Mohaghegh Presents at Babson Symposium 

Emergent World Thought: Violence, Desire, and the Revolutionary Body

Tuesday, November 4, 5-7 p.m. at Olin Auditorium 
This symposium tracks some of the most provocative events now in motion across the contemporary world: secret philosophies; outsider territories and art-forms. Through a series of fast-moving, cutting-edge images and texts, we will see how different global regions are engaged in radical transformations of time, space, movement, desire, violence, and the body. Speakers include Craig Epplin of Portland State University; Dejan Lukic of the School of Visual Arts; and Jason Mohaghegh, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Babson College. ​​ The full presentation can be found here​.

Beth Wynstra and Sandra Graham Direct Babson's Fall Production, Urinetown

Urinetown by Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis 
Directed by Professor Beth Wynstra
Musical Direction by Professor Sandra Graham
October 30, 31, and November 1 at 8:00 PM ​
at the Carling-Sorenson Theater 
Tickets available here​.

Hollister Gallery Show ​

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Paintings by Resa Blatman 

10/23/2014 - 01/15/2015  
Hollister Hall - Lobby 
Artist Talk and Reception:
Thursday, October 23, 5:00 pm

"Resa Blatman's fractured and layered relief paintings are suggestive of landscapes in flux.  Her relationship to the first-hand observation of these glacial landscapes is heavily mediated, like most people's relationship to the environment. Blatman's quintessentially post-modern paintings are montages of altered, appropriated photographs representing narrative time as layered.  They seem both timeless​ and apocalyptic.  These beautiful yet ominous paintings offer both premonition and a requiem for a fragile environment - a melancholic Sublime." 
- Amy Schlegel, Director of the Galleries and Collections, Tufts University Arts Center ​

Waterline Reading Series

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Glavin Chapel 5:30pm
Melissa Leonard, Creative Non-Fiction
Mary Pinard, Poetry
Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.​

Elizabeth Goldberg Presents at Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Luncheon

On Wednesday, October 8, at Noon in Reynolds 241, Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg, Professor of English and Chair of Ma​de by Survivors​, will share findings from recent field research about the challenges and rewards of partnering with survivors of brothel slavery to produce creative, high-wage, sustainable livelihoods capable of protecting against re-trafficking and other forms of gendered oppression and discrimination.

Global Film Series - The Lunchbox

On Tuesday, September 30, at 7 p.m. in the Carling-Sorenson Theater, the Babson Global Film Series and Arts and Humanities Division will screen The Lunchbox, directed by Ritesh Batra.

Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system makes a rare mistaken delivery, bringing a young housewife and an older man together through notes in the daily lunchbox.  

Samir Dayal, Associate Professor of English and Media Studies at Bentley University, will​ introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion. 

Mary O'Donoghue Translates Work of Poet Louis de Paor

In addition to writing poems, short stories, and novels, Mary O’Donoghue, Associate Professor of English, also translates the work of Irish-language poet Louis de Paor. Her latest translations of de Paor feature in a new bilingual volume, The Brindled Cat and the Nightingale's Tongue. “Keenly aware of the more destructive aspects of translation, he (de Paor) and his trio of translators, Kevin Anderson, Biddy Jenkinson and Mary O'Donoghue, have eschewed the modern fashion for so-called "versions", producing English translations which are as close as possible to the original Irish poems without sacrificing their tone, energy, clarity and lightness of touch.” says UK publisher Bloodaxe Books. ​​​

A Review of Professor Mary Pinard's Book, Portal

In his attention to Professor Pinard's form in her collection of poems, Portal, Jacob Strautmann's review in Salamander has captured not only the architecture of Mary's work, but also its deepest philosophical engine.  As he notes, "Portal is a dynamic portrayal of healing as form is torqued to its near breaking pint and then reshaped.  The beauty of Pinard's craft lies in its carpentry."  You may see the complete review here​.

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 Sculpture and Drawing by Michael Mittleman  September 10 to October 15, 2014, Hollister Gallery
Artist Talk and Reception: Wednesday, September 10, 5pm

Mittelman's artworks use refined materials to explore the human need for connection.  His layered acrylic sculptures of hands focus on the communicative power of  gesture, "thoughts that have come to me but remain unsaid" are the inspiratin for text-based ink on mylar drawings in the Constructive Dialogue Series.

Summer 2014

Michael Gerhard Martin Published in Salon

Adjunct Lecturer, Michael Martin’s article, "The Media's Obsession with Robin Williams' Death Made My Own Depression Worse​," was published in Salon on August 22, 2014. ​​

Fritz Fleischmann Named Faculty Mentor for Global Scholars

Professor Fritz Fleischmann has been named the faculty mentor for the first cohort of Global Scholars. He is Professor of English and holds the William R. Dill Governance Chair. Professor Fleischmann brings great experience from a variety of roles held at Babson, and a long-standing commitment to mentoring students and fostering a diverse community.


The 2014 Wooten Prize for Excellence in Writing

1st Prize: Derek Brown for the essay "A Phenomenological Analysis of Duckfat."
2nd Prize: Natalie Cullings for the essay "No Favored Victor: How Conflict Enlivens Creative Nonfiction Writing."
3rd Prize: Gigi Pimprapat Snidvongs Na Ayudhaya for the essay "A Psychoanalytic View: The Survivor and Victim of Trauma in the Works of Toi Derricotte and Sylvia Plath."

Pinard Receives 2014 Lewis Institute Changemaker Award

In her remarks, Lewis institute Director Cheryl Kiser cited Professor Mary Pinard's poetry, particularly her award-winning sonnet cycle, 'Song Net for an Estuary,' with it's attention to issues of landscape and environmental sustainability, as well as her work across campus as an 'empathetic diplomat,' creating opportunities for thoughtful dialogue around everything from pedagogy to diversity and inclusion and, most recently, leadership transitions on campus. As Cheryl aptly put it, 'Mary elevates all that we do at Babson. Her signature touch better connects us all and activates the desire for greater purpose and greater dialogue about those things that really matter and those things that really need to change.'

Spring Poetry Reading with Professors Pinard and O'Donoghue

On Thursday, April 17,  Mary Pinard, Professor of English, and Mary O'Donoghue, Associate Professor of English, will jointly entertain with a poetry reading at the Suffolk University Poetry Center at 7:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Goldberg Involved with Non-Profit, Made By Survivors

Elizabeth Goldberg, Chair of Arts and Humanities, is highlighted in an article, 'Running a Business Rooted in Mission'. She is Chair of Made by Surviviors, a non-profit that helps sex-trafficking survivors become self-sufficient jewelry producers and designers.

Mary Pinard Poetry Collection Book Launch

On Tuesday, March 11, the Arts and Humanities division, in conjunction with the Waterline Reading Series, is pleased to present a very special event: the launch of Mary Pinard's debut poetry collection, Portal. The event involves a poetry reading, a book signing, refreshments, and conviviality!  It is free, and open to the public.

Mary Pinard is Professor of English. Her poems have received several national awards, and they have appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Georgia Review. Her essays on poets and poetics have been published in critical anthologies and scholarly journals. Portal is published by Salmon Poetry.

Global Film Series - GASLAND Part II

On Tuesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the Sorenson Center for the Arts, the Babson Global Film Series and Arts and Humanities Division will screen GASLAND Part II, directed by Josh Fox.

Filmmaker Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide). GASLAND Part II, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth, and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane.
Nejem Raheem, an environmental economist on the faculty of Emerson College, will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion with the audience.

Mary Pinard Moderates Reading and Conversation with Alice Oswald

Mary Pinard, Professor of English, moderated  a reading and conversation with British poet, Alice Oswald, at Boston University. This event was presented by the Poetry Reading Series at the College of General Studies and the literary journal AGNI. The recording was hosted by the Boston University World of Ideas programme

Rosa Slegers Honored

On Tuesday, March 4, Rosa Slegers, Associate Professor of Philosophy, was honored with the Nan Langowitz Woman Who Make a Difference Award.

This annual award and dessert reception honors women whose work has had a significant positive impact on the Babson community in the last year. The Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) encourages the nomination of students, faculty and staff who have coordinated and implemented programs and initiatives that brought diverse members of our campus together. Nominees might also have led their teams, organizations, classes or departments toward reaching goals that benefit their group and the College overall.

Winner of the 2013 James Knudsen Prize for Fiction: “Shit Weasel Is Late for Class” by Michael Gerhard Martin

James Knudsen Prize for Fiction Judge Lucy Bledsoe on why she selected “Shit Weasel Is Late for Class” as our 2013 Winner: “The author of this story accomplishes the difficult task of portraying a victim with complete personhood and without stereotype or pathos. Despite his overwhelming pain, Josh is a fully realized character, with a burgeoning sense of self just under the skin, shown in his calculations and awareness of his place in the intricate power systems of high school. The story is full of great lines, such as, ‘I don’t read in public anymore.’ Most of all, ‘Shit Weasel Is Late for Class’ surprised me, went in directions I didn’t expect, and did so with utter believability. The story is authentic and unique, has energy and movement, and the characters evolve.”
Michael Gerhard Martin holds an MFA from The University of Pittsburgh and teaches Rhetoric at Babson College. He has been short-listed for the Iowa Prize, The Hudson Prize, The Nelligan Prize, and a Glimmer Train New Writer’s Prize, and his work has appeared in Junctures, Yawp!, and Three Rivers. ”Shit Weasel Is Late For Class” was written with support from Babson College in the form of a generous summer stipend.

On the Wing: A Celebration of Birds in Music and Spoken Word

On the Wing exalts birds as symbols of wonderment, freedom, and beauty. Andrew List, composer and Berklee College of Music Professor,  will showcase 12 original songs, played by noted pianist George Lopez, Artist-in-Residence at Bowdoin College, and sung by renowned mezzo-soprano Krista River. Interspersed through the song cycle will be poems written and recited by poet and Babson College English Professor Mary Pinard (who also wrote lyrics to the music), and commentary by Wayne Petersen, Mass Audubon’s Director of Important Bird Areas and an expert guide. The program will conclude with a question-and-answer period between the artists and the audience, moderated by List.
Performances will take place Thursday, February 13 at Berklee College in Boston; Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine; Tuesday, February 18 at Babson College in Wellesley; and Sunday, February 23 in the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover. All performances are free and open to the public.

The Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet Series

This long-running poetry series has brought poets of highest distinction and international acclaim to the Babson campus. On Wednesday, February 12, at 7:30pm, we welcome Thompson Poet Toi Derricotte to the Sorenson Center. She is co-founder of Cave Canem writing workshop for African-American poets; Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh; and a Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets. Among Derricotte’s many awards are the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America; the Distinguished Pioneering of the Arts Award from the United Black Artists; and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her reading will be followed by a book signing. Admission is free, and open to the public.

Global Film Series - The Act of Killing

On Tuesday, Feb 11, at 7 p.m. in the Sorenson Center for the Arts, the Babson Global Film Series will screen 'The Act of Killing', directed by Joshua Oppenheimer.
The most talked-about documentary of 2013, 'The Act of Killing,' breaks new ground by embedding itself into its subjects’ reenactments of their own past atrocities. Under the guise of making a movie about the political cleansing of supposed Communists in 1965, the director creates a perspective-changing tale of paramilitary leaders recounting their deeds, all the while inadvertently reflecting on their actions. The result is a cinematic fever dream and an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass murderers.
Alexandra (Ali) Schultheis Moore, Associate Professor of English at UNC-Greensboro, will introduce 'The Act of Killing' and lead a post-film discussion with audience members. Professor Schultheis is a Coordinator of the Human Rights Research Network and has written extensively on human rights in literature and film, with a focus on Africa and Asia.  

RENT Film Screening featuring Anthony Rapp

Babson's Sorenson Center for the Arts and the Alumni & Friends Network invite you to a RENT Film Screening on Friday, January 24th. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., there will be a Q&A with Broadway icon and RENT star, Anthony Rapp, followed by his performance of "Seasons of Love" with the Babson College’s a cappella group The Rocket Pitches, directed and accompanied by Professor Sandra Graham. The screening of the film RENT will take place at 7:15 p.m., with a reception to follow at Sorenson Center for the Arts on Babson Campus. Parking is available in Trim Lot. Tickets for this complimentary event are LIMITED and will go quickly. Maximum of 2 tickets per registrant.

Fall 2013 

Other Happenings

Danielle Krcmar, Artist in Resident, participated in a two-person exhibit at Stonehill College. Entitled “Dialogical,” the exhibit hosted work that intersects figurative sculpture with the use of text, thereby investigating contextual conversations.

Jason Mohaghegh, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, saw his book The Radical Unspoken: Silence in Middle Eastern and Western Thought appear from Routledge. At the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy and at the Modern Language Association annual conventions he presented papers on sectarianism, extremism, and apocalyptic writing in the Middle East and the West.

Blair Hurley, Adjunct Lecturer, published short fictions in A Bad Penny Review.

A Night of Scenes from the Contemporary Theater

Babson College's Fundamentals of Acting and Improvisation class will be presenting their final scene projects in a public showcase on Wednesday, December 11, at 7:00 PM in Sorenson Center Rehearsal Studio. The public is invited to attend.

The Empty Space Theater Presents No Exit  

On Tuesday, November 19, The Empty Space Theater, in conjunction with Philosophy 3607: Existentialism, proudly presents a staged reading of No Exit  by Jean-Paul Sartre in the Glavin Chapel. Performers include Sam Byrne, Jon Dietrick, Stephanie Fischmann, and Tess Rubega. The program is directed by Professor Beth Wynstra and moderated by Professor Rosa Slegers. All are welcome to attend.

Rosa Slegers is Guest Speaker at CWEL Event

On Tuesday, November 19, Rosa Slegers, Associate Professor of Philosophy, presented a paper entitled "A Phenomenology of the White Male Adventurer and a Call for (Sexual) Diversity in Business Education" at the Gender Research Luncheon sponsored by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL).

Panel Discussion on Carbon Pricing

On November 19, Fritz Fleischmann served as an invited panelist at a public forum on carbon pricing, co-sponsored by the Committee for a Green Economy and the Wellesley League of Women Voters. This was moderated by NPR’s Steve Curwood and included other panelists, Theda Skocpol and Joseph Aldy, from Harvard University, John Reilly from MIT, as well as Gary Rucinsky of the Citizens Climate Lobby. The event at the Sorenson Center for the Arts attracted a lively local audience, including Babson students currently enrolled in AHS1000 on “Nature and the Environment” offered by Xinghua Li and Fritz Fleischmann. The event was also attended by members of the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives where House Bill No. 2532, a petition to impose a revenue-neutral carbon tax, is currently awaiting action.

Global Film Series - NO

On Monday, November 18, at 7 p.m. in the Sorenson Center for the Arts, the Babson Global Film Series will screen the award-winning movie ’NO’, directed by Pablo Larraín, and stars Gael Garcia Bernal.

Nominated for the 2012 Oscar for Best Foreign Film, ’NO’ is based on a historical incident in which a young marketing executive was hired to come up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum. It’s an entertaining, thought-provoking film that raises intriguing questions about advertising, the slippage between politics and marketing, business ethics, morality in politics, and other topics.

The film will be introduced by scholar Peter Kornbluh, Director of the Chile Documentation Project at the National Security Archives. Kornbluh will also lead a post-film discussion with audience members.

Waterline Reading Series

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Glavin Chapel 5:30pm
Ellen Argyros, Fiction Writer and Poet
Michael Martin, Fiction Writer
Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

Hollister Gallery Show

Technologies of Memory

Works by students of Professor Sandra Graham’s AHS Foundation class.

November 11 to mid January, 2014 Hollister Gallery
Opening Reception: November 11, 5pm

The projects explore different facets of memory and forgetting, and the role memory plays in individual, social, and political life. The show is curated by the honors section, which has taken responsibility for selecting, arranging, and mounting the exhibit. Huge thanks to Danielle Krcmar for her generous and expert guidance.

The Empty Space Theater presents Avenue Q

Hollister Gallery Show Unbound: Artists and Quilters Redefine the Quilt Works by Kyoung Ae Cho, Kathryn Clark, Jan Johnson, Chawne Kimber, and Andrew Mowbray September 10 to November 1 Hollister Gallery Panel Discussion: September 18, 5pm Reception: 5-6:30pm Danielle Krcmar, Artist-in-Resident, brought this amazing show and panel discussion to Babson College. Three of the artists, Jan Johnson, Chawne Kimber and Andrew Mowbray, spoke of their own creative processes and how these methods were inflected with current events, their own life stories, family histories, and pop culture. Chawnee Kimber also skyped into a recent Trim Diversity Luncheon where she discussed her Travoyn Martin quilt, which is a work of tremendous beauty and tragedy.

Directed by Professor Beth Wynstra
Musical Direction by Professor Sandra Graham
October 24, 25 & 26 at 8:00 pm Carling-Sorenson Theater
Tickets can be bought at the door for $6.00 or online.

Avenue Q. is the winner of the Tony Award triple crown for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book. It is an hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city and seeking their purpose in life. The show addresses serious issues in a humorous manner, and it is similar to a beloved children’s show: a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned.

Mary O’Donoghue Wins Short Story Competition

Mary O’Donoghue, Associate Professor of English, has won The Irish Time’s Legends of the Fallshort story competition. Her story The Sweet Forbearance in the Streetswas chosen from more than 300 entries to complete the series of fictional reflections on Ireland after the crash. The competition was judged by Irish Timesliterary editor Fintan O’Toole and the fiction writers Donal Ryan and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne. Professor O’Donoghue’s story is seen from the point of view of a middle-aged woman whose husband has died and whose son has emigrated to Australia. Ms Ní Dhuibhne described it as "an extremely stylish story. The writing is very exciting in itself. Very sophisticated, witty, quirky writing, highly amusing, but, at heart, full of compassion for the plight of the people left behind in the emigration game." Donal Ryan said: ’This story is really cleverly written, stylish and assured, funny and sad, hugely enjoyable."

Sandra Graham’s New Recording Project

Sandra Graham, Assistant Professor in the Division of Arts & Humanities, announces the release of "The Songs of Sam Lucas," a recording project that she produced. The songs, accompanied by a background essay and extensive liner notes, stream for free at the Center for Popular Music (Middle Tennessee State University) website,

Lucas (c. 1840-1916) was one of the most celebrated entertainers of his generation. He entered blackface minstrelsy in 1873, and went on to become a celebrated entertainer in variety, vaudeville, legitimate theater, and silent film. Along with James Bland, Pete Devonear, James Grace, Fred Lyons, James S. Putnam, Albert Saunders, Jacob J. Sawyer, George W. Scott, and Gussie Davis, Lucas created a significant body of black popular song that serves as an important window into the post-Civil War era and deserves to be understood and remembered. Lucas’s songs illustrate a range of strategies: conformity to minstrel stereotypes, an attempt to recuperate the dignity of black folk song in his "commercial" spirituals, and ultimately liberation from minstrelsy through the adoption of white popular song style. Recordings of Lucas’s songs are extremely rare; this site gives the public a chance to become acquainted with the music of this pioneering performer.

Hollister Gallery Show

Unbound: Artists and Quilters Redefine the Quilt
Works by Kyoung Ae Cho, Kathryn Clark, Jan Johnson, Chawne Kimber, and Andrew Mowbray
September 10 to November 1 Hollister Gallery
Panel Discussion: September 18, 5pm Reception: 5-6:30pm

Danielle Krcmar, Artist-in-Resident, brought this amazing show and panel discussion to Babson College. Three of the artists, Jan Johnson, Chawne Kimber and Andrew Mowbray, spoke of their own creative processes and how these methods were inflected with current events, their own life stories, family histories, and pop culture. Chawnee Kimber also skyped into a recent Trim Diversity Luncheon where she discussed her Travoyn Martin quilt, which is a work of tremendous beauty and tragedy.

Summer 2013

Dr. Kellie Donovan-Condron has been selected from a large number of applicants from throughout the United States to attend one of seven "Summer Seminars for College and University Teachers" that are sponsored by the national endowment for the Humanities.

Professor Donovan-Condron will participate in a seminar entitled "Reassessing British Romanticism." This five-week program will be held at the University of Nebraska, in Lincoln, Nebraska. It will be directed by Stephen C. Behrendt, George Holmes Distinguished University Professor of English at the University of Nebraska.

Michael Martin’s manuscript, The Strange Ways People Are, was chosen as a semi-finalist for the prestigious Hudson Prize for fiction.​​​​​​​​​​