​​​News​ and Events

Fall 2018

Wing.jpgVoices Amplified, On the Rise!
Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series
Presents Craig Wing

Tuesday, November 13
Sorenson Theater
7:00 PM

Craig Wing (our very own MBA grad, recently named top 40 under 40 in South Africa!), will deliver a lecture entitled “AI: Artificial Intelligence or Augmented Inequality: How technology may increase the divide,” addressing the moral and ethical consequences of technology and the impact on economic livelihoods as well as social and environmental changes. Craig explores the question: “If we can, should we?” with regard to advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, genetic sequencing, cryptocurrencies and more, wondering especially how such “advances” can mitigate—or aggravate—ongoing inequalities and oppressions in our 21st century world.

Hollister Gallery 

Consumed Structures, Sublime Landscapes, Beech 2014-entangled-tree.jpgTrees & Animal Masks: Photographic Monoprints by Denny Moers

Artist Talk and Reception:
Thursday, November 1, 5:00 PM
Exhibit on View: November 2 - January 11
Hollister Gallery​ Hours: 8am - 8pm, M-F

Denny Moers is known for his highly imaginative, technically innovative Monoprints created by controlling the action of light on the chemical-sensitized photographic paper during the print developing process, giving his black and white photographs an extraordinary range of tonalities.  He has photographed subject matter as diverse as New England architecture, medieval wall frescoes and tomb reliefs, contemporary construction sites and western landscapes and dwellings. 

The Empty Space Theater (TEST) Presents The Love of the Nightingale

love-of-the-nightingale.jpgThe Love of the Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Directed by Sarah Rozene
October 24-27 at 7:00 PM ​
October 28 at 2:00 PM
at the Sorenson Black Box Theater
Tickets are available here.

In The Love of the Nightingale, a retelling of the Greek Philomena myth, playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker reckons with the silence and complicity that often accompany violence against women. A work that is enthralling and witty, The Love of the Nightingale is a modern morality play that asks audiences to consider the dimensions of authority, memory, and retribution. This significant play for our times demonstrates the high cost of saying nothing and the immense power of speaking up.

Waterline Reading Series Showcase

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Glavin Chapel  5:00pm

Waterline features a fast-paced hour of literary works with readings by Babson faculty fiction writers, poets, and essayists including Ellen Argyros, Steve Bauer, Wes Miller, and Mary Pinard.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.​​​

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The Babson Global Film Series and Arts and Humanities Division will screen The Idol, directed by Hany Abu-Assad, on Tuesday, October 23, at 7 p.m. in the Carling Sorenson Theater.  Franck Salameh, Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Boston College, will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion. 

The Idol is a biographical film about Mohammed Assaf, a wedding singer living in a Palestinian refugee camp in Gaza who, against seemingly impossible odds, wins the Arab Idol singing competition.  This moving and inspirational film is a stirring story about chasing one's dreams and a stark look at life in a landscape scarred by decades of strife.

bernardi.jpgVoices Amplified, On the Rise!
Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series
Presents Claudia Bernardi

Monday, October 22
Glavin Chapel
7:00 PM

Claudia Bernardi is an artist and educator who has worked with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team in exhumations of mass graves in Latin America and Africa in the aftermaths of atrocity, and on community-based murals with survivors, victims of political violence, and forced exile. Most recently she has been working on collaborative murals with undocumented unaccompanied minor migrants in detention centers and maximum security prisons in the US. Her talk will focus on trauma, memory, and history, bringing an enormously relevant political context to our series.

Hollister Gallery 

details-stronger-borders.jpgObjects are closer than they appear by Roya Amigh

Artist Talk and Reception:
Thursday, September 6, 5:00 PM
Exhibit on View: September 6 - October 26
Hollister Gallery​ Hours: 8am - 8pm, M-F

As a child, Roya Amigh would listen to her uncle tell stories of Persian Mythology. That oral storytelling tradition, evolving and changing with each teller’s memory and imagination, is the non-linear architecture onto which the artist has built her
drawing based installations. Amigh’s drawings, made by gluing cut pieces of thread and fabric onto handmade paper, integrate imagery from Persian miniatures with the stories of Iranian women’s experiences. The artist works to reveal suspended moments of memory in order to discern the uncertain border between meditation and rumination. Borders and “in-between” spaces are alluded to through intentionally visible gaps between the drawings as they are threaded together to create these ensemble works.

Summer 2018

Sandra Graham interviewed on the New Books Network

Listen to humanities and music professor Sandra Graham talk about her new book, Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry, in this podcast on the New Books Network.

Spring 2018

The 2018 Wooten Prize for Excellence in Writing

1st Place: Bradley Darling for the essay "Blossoms Falling: Time in The Cherry Orchard."
2nd Place: Emily MacDonald for the essay "An Application of Freud onto The Eumenides."
3rd Place: Katerina Baduk for the essay "Autobiography as a Journey of Self-Discovery."​

Global Film​ Series - Wild Tales
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Babson Global Film Series and Arts and Humanities Division will screen Wild Tales, directed by Argentine director Damián Szifron, on Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Carling-Sorenson Theater.  Carolina Rocha, Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.

The award-winning film Wild Tales is a darkly funny look at the frustrations of contemporary life.  This collection of six short stories from Argentine director Damian Szifron is united by the universal themes of revenge, loss of control, the dehumanization and inequities of modern existence, and, ultimately, the need for human connection.  Alternately hilarious, absurd, shocking, and touching, Wild Tales takes audiences on a rollicking ride through the landscape of human desire and interaction. 

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

Presents Eileen Myleseileen-myles.jpg

"Eileen Myles is that rare creature, a rock star of poetry" (Boston Globe).

This long-running poetry series has br​ought poets of highest distinction and international acclaim to the Babson campus. On Tuesday, April 3, at 7:00pm, we welcome Thompson Poet Eileen Myles to the Sorenson Center.​ Renowned as a poet, novelist, performer, and art journalist, Eileen Myles is a trailblazer whose decades of literary and artistic work "set a bar for openness, frankness, and variability few lives could ever match" (New York Review of Books).  Myles (preferred pronoun they/them/their) is the author of more than twenty books, including Afterglow (a dog memoir), Chelsea Girls, and I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1974-2014.  Their many honors include four Lambda Literary Awards, the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Creative Capital's Literature Award, the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant.

This event is free and open to the public.

A bird I do not know:
Art Installation by Jane Marsching

curlewtext.jpgArtist Talk and Reception:
Thursday, March 29, 5:00 PM
Exhibit on View: March 29 - May 4
Hollister Gallery​ Hours: 8am - 8pm, M-F

The Eskimo Curlew is a ghost species of bird, with only a few unconfirmed sightings, no sound recordings, and a handful of blurry photographs.  It was once so numerous that the sky was darkened for much of an hour as a flock few overhead.  It migrated farther than any other bird, from the boreal forests of Canada to the tip of South America.  It was officially last seen decades ago.  What does it mean to have lost an entire species?  Does it matter?  Can we feel the loss of something we have never seen?  Through texts, sound, images, and sculptures, A bird I do not know takes up the search for the lost Eskimo Curlew.

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

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Carling-Sorenson Theater
Free and open to the public

Inspired by his love of nature, composer and Berklee College of Music Professor Andrew List has created a uniquely collaborative performance piece that marries music, song, poetry, and expert commentary on birds.  On the Wing will showcase 12 original songs by List and features pianist George Lopez, Artist-in-Residence at Bowdoin College, and 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. 

Waterline Reading Series Showcase

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Glavin Chapel  5:00pm

Waterline features a fast-paced hour of literary works with readings by Babson faculty fiction writers, poets, and essayists including:
Ellen Argyros, Steve Bauer, Wes Miller, and Mary Pinard.
Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.​​​

Hollister Gallery 

TheNewDictionary1600.jpgAnother Word for Body:
Paintings by Coral Woodbury

Artist Talk and Reception:
Thursday, February 8, 5:00 PM
Exhibit on View: February 8 - March 16
Hollister Gallery​ Hours: 8am - 8pm, M-F

Coral Woodbury's paintings explore the ephemerality of both corporeality and memory, yet celebrate the immortal force of human bonds through remembrance.  The artist uses the imagery of the palimpsest: an ancient parchment manuscript whose writing has been scraped away to make way for new writing yet still shows traces of the original, melding time and thought into a multilayered record.  With pieces selected from across multiple bodies of work, this exhibition is constructed as an examination of how memory can preserve and heal.

Emergent World Thought: Utopia and Dystopia

November 29, 6:00-8:00pm 
Park Manor West Amphitheater

Jason Mohaghegh, Stephen Spiess and Nabaparna Ghosh will be joined by five Babson students; Una Chung (Sarah Lawrence College);  and Dejan Lukic (The School of Visual Arts, NY) to explore humanity's radical visions of the future through film, visual art, philosophy, and literature.

Global Film​ Series - In a Better World

Babson Global Film Series and Arts and Humanities Division will screen In a Better World, directed by Susanne Bier, oTuesday, November 7, at 7 p.m. in the Carling-Sorenson Theater.  There will be a post-screening discussion. ​​

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010, In a Better World tells two interlinked stories: one taking place in an idyllic town in Denmark and one in an African refugee camp.  As the main character goes back and forth between these two very different worlds, he and his family are forced to choose between vengeance and forgiveness.  The film asks ethically provocative questions about power, violence, retribution post-colonialism and the fragility of social order.

Hollister Gallery 

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Etchings by Emily Lombardo

Artist Talk and Opening Reception:
Thursday, November 2, 5:00 PM
Exhibit on View: November 2 - January 12
Hollister Gallery​ Hours: 8am - 8pm, M-F

Emily Lombardo engages with appropriative art practices as a mode of investigating personal and cultural identity.  The Caprichos is a series of etchings which are in direct conversation and homage to Francisco Goya's Los Caprichos, 1779.  Both reveal the dark underbelly of cultural movements which ultimately serve to divide society across economic, racial, political, religious and gender lines.  Lombardo brings these issues to light through a queer feminist lens.

The Empty Space Theater (TEST) Presents Clybourne Park

Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris clybournepark.jpg
Directed by Professor Beth Wynstra 
October 26-28 at 7:00 PM ​
October 29 at 2:00 PM
at the Carling-Sorenson Theater
Tickets are available here.

Real estate and racism collide in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play that returns to the neighborhood portrayed in the classic A Raisin in the Sun and explores a half-century of life in urban America.  Wickedly funny, the play looks at modern gentrification and asks us to reconsider our notions of privilege, race, and neighborhoods.

Mary Pinard Awarded the 2017 Kaplan Sustainability in Academics Award

Professor Mary Pinard was awarded this year's Kaplan Sustainability in Academics Award.  Established in 2013 to honor Shelley Kaplan's early leadership of Babson College's sustainability program, the award recognizes a group or individual who has advanced sustainability at Babson through sustainability in practice or in research and academics.


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The Babson Global Film Series and Arts and Humanities Division will screen I Am Not Your Negro, directed by Raoul Peck, oMonday, September 25, at 7 p.m. in the Carling-Sorenson Theater.  Kimberly McLarin, Associate Professor at Emerson College and critically-acclaimed novelist, will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion. ​​

At the time of his death in 1987, writer James Baldwin was working on a book, Remember This House, that was to be a personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.  In reaching back and envisioning the book as Baldwin might have finished it, filmmaker Raoul Peck creates a profound and urgent exploration of our contemporary American racial narrative.

Thi Bui, Author of The Best We Could Do

thi-bui.jpgWednesday, September 20, 7:00 p.m.
Carling-Sorenson Theater

What does it mean to be a refugee, to flee your home for life in a country whose citizens often resent you?  Thi Bui's first book, The Best We Could Do, published earlier this year, is a compelling graphic memoir that recounts her family's journey from war-torn Vietnam to the United States in the 1970s.  It is a powerful examination of identity and the notion of "home" that speaks to our times.  In the words of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, it is "a book to break your heart and heal it." 

Presented by the Divisions of Arts & Humanities and History & Society.

Hollister Gallery 

A Coming of Age: The Pursuit of Womanhood 
by LaShonda Cooks '10 and Smells Like Teen Spirit Jamaal Eversley '10

Exhibit on View September 15 - October 26
Artists' Talk and Reception:
Friday, September 15, 4:30 PM, Hollister Gallery

​Lashonda Cooks has found strength and solace in painting women who define and defy societal roles. She uses short, fluid strokes and layered colors to make impressionistic paintings of the people who shaped, transformed, and expanded her definition of womanhood. At Babson, Cooks will combine her paintings with text collage to create a large mixed media installation depicting her favorite female identifying influencers and icons from familial to famous.


Jamaal Eversley's bold paintings and drawings coming-of-age-2.jpgintegrate influences of Geometric Abstraction, Pop Art, with the West Indian palette of Barbados.  His compositions are driven by the fictional characters that inhabit them, the students of Eachville High, each of whom he depicts as colorful iconic cartoon shapes.  The focal character in this series, represented as an orange mask like shape with round glasses, is Eversley's alter ego, Spencer Ward, a "nerd" in pursuit of love.

Mary O'Donoghue Reads Her Fiction at Newtonville Books

Thursday, September 7 at 700 p.m
Newtonville Books 
10 Langley Rd., Newton Center, MA

Newtonville Books hosts a reading by three members of the AGNI Editorial staff: poetry editor, Sumita Chakraborty, one of Poetry magazine's new Lilly and Rosenberg Fellows; fiction editor O'Donoghue, longlisted for the Sunday Times/EFG Short Story Award; and blog editor David Ebenbach, who will read from his new novel Miss Portland.

Summer 2017

Hollister Gallery 

Artists In Motion: Illustrations of Perilous Journeys

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June 5 - September 7, 2017
Discussion and reception with Project Founder Angela Wells: 
Thursday, September 7, 5:00p.m., Hollister Gallery
Between two mountain ranges in Northern Eritrea, dozens of your Eritrean refugees spend their days making paintings that tell the stories of their experiences.  In their artworks they are able to express their longing for lost loved ones, traumatic memories of persecution, and stories of their families and friends who have taken perilous journeys. Mebratu, their 45 year-old teacher, provokes them to make art that inspires social change.  "Painting keeps history alive, transmits information from one generation to another and express ideas and feelings.  These paintings raise awareness and can prevent others from tragedy.  There is nothing better than creating conversation."

Spring 2017

Hollister Gallery 

From Root to Sky by Sachiko Akyama

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Artist Talk and Reception: 
April 5, 5:00p.m., Hollister Gallery

Sachiko Akiyama's work brings together artistic influences of Brancusi, Egyptian Funerary Sculptures, medieval Christian woodcarvings, and contemporary sculptors with the artist's personal experiences and Japanese heritage, notably Japanese fairytales.  Her carvings convey a sense of centeredness and direct connections to nature that opens up the door to creation mythologies and other mystical possibilities.  The figures relationships to flora, fawna, and the elements speak metaphorically to the ways we find meaning in our lives and meet the challenges of our surroundings.

The 2017 Wooten Prize for Excellence in Writing

1st Place: Bradley Darling for the essay "Russia Herself."
2nd Place: Anne Arthur for the essay "Six Degrees of Separation, Three Degrees of Connection."
3rd Place: Emilie Newman for the essay "The Road to Reconciliation."​

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

brian_turner.jpgThis long-running poetry series has br​ought poets of highest distinction and international acclaim to the Babson campus. On Tuesday, April 4, at 7:00pm, we welcome Thompson Poet Brian Turner to the Sorenson Center.​  He is a poet and memoirist who served seven years in the US Army.  Turner is the author of two poetry collections, Phantom Noise and Here, Bullet, which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times "Editor's Choice" selection, the 2006 PEN Center USA "Best in the West" award, and the 2007 Poets Prize.  His recent memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, has been called, "achingly, disturbingly, shockingly beautiful."  

This event is free and open to the public.

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The Babson Global Film Series and Arts and Humanities Division will screen Mustang, directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, oTuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in the Carling-Sorenson Theater.  The screening will be followed by a discussion lead by Professor Berna Turam of Northeastern University whose research focuses on Turkey and Islam.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Mustang takes place in a village in Northern Turkey where the innocent flirtations of five young sisters set off a series of dire consequences.  The girls are pulled from school and the family home is turned into a sort of prison where the sisters are trained to become dutiful and submissive wives.  But as this deeply moving story unfolds, their passionate spirits cannot be confined and, one by one, they find ways to break free of their constraints. 

Hollister Gallery 

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February 2 - March 30, 2017
Artist Talk and Reception:
February 2, 5:00p.m., Hollister Gallery
A keen observer of the world around him, Pat Falco uses a street art graphic drawing style and hand-printed text to reflect with honesty and wit on both social and personal issues.  He chooses mis-tinted paints and found objects for his art surfaces, because, as he says, "I'd like not to make more waste than is already here."  Consumer culture, interpersonal relationships, the art world, our current political climate, heartbreak, gentrification, socioeconomic stratification, and fear of failure are just a few of the themes he mines incongruities for humor and pathos.

FALL 2016

The Dirty Life: Kristin Kimball

the-dirty-life.jpgTuesday, November 1, 7:00 p.m.
Carling-Sorenson Theater

When writer Kristin Kimball interviewed a young farmer in Pennsylvania on a magazine assignment, she had no idea she would abandon her cosmopolitan lifestyle to follow him to the shores of Lake Champlain and help start Essex Farm. Her charming memoir, The Dirty Life: A Story of Farming, Food and Love (2010), tells the story of a beginning against all odds, of a personal makeover and a happy ending. Today Essex Farm is an internationally recognized success as a small farm community that produces excellent food, and as a school for talented young farmers seeking to start their own ventures. There will be a book signing immediately following.  Presented by Arts and Humanities Division, History and Society Division, Mathematics and Science Division, CWEL, and Lewis Institute.

The Empty Space Theater (TEST) Presents Dead Man's Cell Phone

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Directed by Professor Beth Wynstra 
October 28-29 and November 4-5 at 7:30 PM ​
October 30 at 2:00 PM
at the Sorenson Black Box Theater ​​ 

Originally produced on Broadway in 2007, this compelling and often times unnerving play demonstrates the ways we make (and don't make) connections to one another in our overly digital world.  In its exploration of profound subjects such as human communication, romantic relationships, death and the afterlife, and familial ties, Dead Man's Cell Phone asks us to consider how we memorialize the dead, how that remembering changes us, and how technology both brings us together and keeps us apart.

Global Film​ Series - The Clan

The Clan.jpgThe Babson Global Film Series and Arts and Humanities Division will screen The Clan, directed by Pablo Trapero, oWednesday, October 26, at 7 p.m. in the Carling-Sorenson Theater.  

In what the New York Times ​has referred to as a "wrenching, exciting...study in the banality of evil," this critically acclaimed film explores the terrifying pathology of an outwardly normal family who "happens to keep hostages tied up in the basement."  These crimes are simultaneously all the more compelling and sinister because they take place during the Argentine military dictatorship in the 1980s, a regime that violently "disappeared" its opponents, and are based on real-life events of a family whose crimes were enabled by a climate of political violence and repression.  By examining this period from the perspective of the perpetrators and collaborators, this film compels viewers to consider the complex psychology of authoritarian power and the moral justifications we allow. There will be a post-screening discussion. ​​

Hollister Gallery 

Cross Stitch and Mixed Media by Katrina Majkut

In Control Exhibit On View:
October 27- December 21, 2016​​​​
Artist Talk and Reception:
Thursday, October 27, 5:00 PM, Hollister Gallery​

The artwork in the series, In Control rejects the stereotypical domestic functionality of samplers. Historically, embroidery prepared women for marriage. Samplers represented domestic skill levels and specific cultural and religious values to potential husbands who sought a woman with the right skills to establish a household – make clothes, darn socks. Cross-stitch was used to advertise and represent womanhood, wifedom and motherhood but bodily functions, autonomy and diverse lifestyles was not part of this textile practice. The “domestic craft” of In Control attempts to directly challenge this by attempting to stitch all products related to women’s health and needs with a fully comprehensive, bipartisan and medically honest approach.

Reginald Dwayne Betts:  The Circumference of a Prisonbetts-reginald-dwayne.jpg: Youth, Race, and the Failures of the American Justice System

Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 p.m.
Carling-Sorenson Theater

Betts knows the hazards of juvenile incarceration firsthand.  Arrested at age sixteen, Betts served eight years in an adult prison, coming of age behind bars.  Poet, memoirist, and attorney, Betts will speak about the years he spent in prison and about the current state of the criminal justice system - including sentencing juveniles as adults, solitary confinement, maximum security prisons, and the collateral consequences of a criminal record - while presenting promising ideas for reform. There will be a book signing immediately following.  For more information on this Speaker please visit www.prhspeakers.com.  

Presented by the Arts and Humanities Division, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Undergraduate School.

Global Film​ Series - 99 Homes​​

99 Homes.jpgThe Babson Global Film Series and Arts and Humanities Division will screen 99 Homes, directed by Ramin Bahrani, on Wednesday, September 28, at 7 p.m. in the Carling-Sorenson Theater.

In sunny Florida, unemployed single father Dennis Nash lives a life that is far from sunny.  After being evicted from his home, he reluctantly makes a deal with the devil by signing on to work for the ruthless real-estate broker who had evicted him.  In a suspenseful and high-stake climax, Nash face a difficult choice between his desire for the good life and his ethical convictions.  This gripping movie pits individual achievement against communal morality, compelling its characters - as well as its audience - to confront the complexities of doing business in 21st century America.  ​​​​There will be a post-screening discussion.

Mary O'Donoghue Honored with Award  ​​for Excellence in Scholarship

Mary O'Donoghue, Associate Professor of English in the Arts and Humanities Division, was recently awarded a 2016 Babson College Award for Excellence in Scholarship.  The College presents four such honors each year, for achievements in scholarship across three years.  This year's three other recipients were Vikki Crittenden (Marketing), Tom Davenport (TOIM), and Denise Troxell (Math & Science).  Mary O'Donoghue's award was made for her work in short fiction and translation of Irish-language poetry from 2013 to 2015.

Hollister Gallery 

Sculpture and Installation by Andrea Thompson with
Poetry by Mary Pinard


Breaking Prairie Exhibit On View:
September 15 - October 20, 2016​​​​
Artist Talk and Reception:
Thursday, September 15, 5:00 PM, Hollister Gallery​

How do we value the land? In the early 20th century, vast areas of prairie grasslands in the American Great Plains were converted to farmland, forever altering the landscape. The bushels-per-acre accounting of agriculture came at the cost of native plant species, which are superior at capturing carbon, preventing erosion, and supporting a thriving ecosystem. The hubris of westward expansion becomes evident when contrasted with scenes from the day-to-day reality of farming life. In Breaking Prairie, sculptor and installation artist Andrea Thompson offers a new work that questions how we measure the worth of wild and cultivated landscapes.

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​

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. 

​​Hollister Gallery Show​

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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.

Hollister Gallery Show

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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

eh 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. 

FALL 2015

​​Hollister Gallery Show

​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 Da


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 Lo


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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 mfeld@babson.edu 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 5:3
ichael 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.​​