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SPRING 2014

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.

Professor 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.

Professor 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.

Professor 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

Professor 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.

Professor 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.

Professor 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."

Professor 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.

Spring 2013 Semester

Congratulations to Kerry Rourke

Kerry Rourke was honored with the Professor of the Year Award by the undergraduate class of 2013 at graduation ceremonies on May 18, 2013

2013 Carpenter Prize Recipient - Mary Pinard

Every year since 1982, Babson College has awarded The Carpenter Prize for Exceptional Contributions to Babson College to a staff or faculty member who has demonstrated 1) a commitment to high standards in his or her professional and personal life, 2) outstanding service to the College over a period of years, and 3) sensitivity and concern for students and colleagues. This award was named for Walter Carpenter and it is considered one of Babson’s most prestigious awards for a faculty or staff member. The 2013 winner is Mary Pinard, Professor of English and Chair of the Arts and Humanities Division - and a Babson faculty member for over 20 years.

The 2013 Wooten Prize for Excellence in Writing

1st Prize: Shirley Zhao for the essay "The Month During Which I Felt."

2nd Prize: Derek Brown for the essay "On the Ineffability of Love."

3rd Prize: Carly Moore for the essay "A Working Girl Accesses Opportunity Through Sexuality."

WATERLINE READING SERIES

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Glavin Chapel 5:30pm

Mary O’Donoghue, Fiction Writer

 

Mary Pinard, Poet
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Glavin Chapel 5:30pm
Melissa Leonard, Creative Non-fiction Writer
Elizabeth Young, Fiction Writer
Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

 

GLOBAL FILM SERIES - TROUBLE THE WATER

Tuesday, March 26th

Carling-Sorenson Theater 7:00pm

The second documentary film in this semester’s Global Film Series will be screened. TROUBLE THE WATER (Directors, Carol Deal, Tia Lessin, 2008) examines the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans from the inside-out, challenging much of the media coverage of this disaster.

Hollister Gallery Shows

David Akiba "Sightlines" David Akiba

March 26 to May 25 Hollister Gallery

Opening: March 28, 5pm-7pm

Talk: April 5, 5pm

During "the fraction of a second that the shutter is open" David Akiba’s telephone lens captures solitary figures as they travel through a nearly unpopulated urban landscape. The aerial viewpoint creates a layered space in the photographs that echoes the experience of moving through a city.

The Tenth Annual MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. LEGACY DAY CELEBRATION

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2013 - 5:00 pm

CARLING-SORENSON THEATER

Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor at The Atlantic and author of The Beautiful Struggle, will speak at Babson College’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Day event.

Events include a keynote address, an awards presentation, and creative and speech contests. This year’s theme is "Race and the Persistence of Social Inequality in Contemporary America."

Ta-Nehisi Coatesalso covers culture, politics, and social issues for The Atlanticmagazine and its website, TheAtlantic.com. Coates’s blog for The Atlanticwas named one of the best blogs in 2011 by Time Magazine. His memoir, The Beautiful Struggle, is a poignant story about the hardships of growing up in Baltimore with a father who was a former Vietnam Vet and Black Panther who started his own underground black press and dedicated his life to carrying his sons across the shoals of inner city adolescence. Currently, Coates is working on his next project, a book about the Civil War.

The Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet 2013: Louis de Paor

Wednesday February 13th, 2013 7:30pm

Sorenson Center, Babson College

Born in Cork, Louis de Paorhas been involved with the contemporary renaissance of poetry in Irish since 1980. He taught at University College Cork before moving to Australia in 1987, where he taught at Melbourne University and worked in local and ethnic radio. He was Vising Professor of Celtic Studies at Sydney University in 1993 and Visiting Fellow in 1992. He returned to Ireland in 1996 and became Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at National University of Ireland Galway in 2000. He was the Jefferson Smurfit Distinguished Fellow at the University of St. Louis-Missouri in 2002, and he received the Charles Fanning Medal for Excellence in Irish Studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2009. He is four-time winner of the Oireachtas Award, the premier award for a collection of poems in Irish. He is also the recipient of the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award from the University of St. Thomas, the first poet writing in Irish to receive that distinction.

De Paor’s reading on February 13th will be bilingual. This event is free and open to the public.

2013 Arts & Humanities Foundation Speaker

Temple Grandin

THINKING DIFFERENTLY: HOW AUTISM AND A VISUAL MIND HAVE SHAPED TEMPLE GRANDIN’S LIFE AND WORK

February 6, 2013

Knight Auditorium 5:00 pm

The Arts and Humanities Division, in partnership with the Dean’s Office, Disability Services and the John D. White Lecture Series, hosted a talk by this year’s Arts & Humanities Foundation Speaker, Temple Grandin, world renowned animal welfare researcher and leading autism advocate, to a capacity audience at Knight Auditorium.

This year’s Arts & Foundation theme is "Nature, Culture, and Progress." Central to Dr. Grandin’s talk was the question "What counts as ’normal?’". Dr. Grandin argues that, as a person with autism, her brain and her perspective on the world are not normal. Her different way of looking at things has resulted in groundbreaking research in the area of livestock handling because, Dr. Grandin claims, she sees things that people with "normal" brains overlook.

Dr. Grandin is currently a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Her books include the current best seller The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Aspergers, and Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, Animals Make Us Human, Animals in Translation, Thinking in Pictures; and Emergence: Labeled Autistic.

The event was followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Video of Dr. Grandin’s talk

Fall 2012 Semester

The Empty Space Theater presents WORKING

Directed by Professor Beth Wynstra

Musical Direction by Professor Sandra Graham

October 25, 26 & 27 at 8:00 pm

Carling-Sorenson Theater

Tickets can be bought at the door for $5.00

According to Mary Pinard, Chair of the Arts and Humanities Division, "through its very particular attention to people’s (work) lives--from the receptionist to the domestic, from the gas meter reader to the copy boy, from the public school teacher to the money manager--and how the nature of work informs how they live, Working: The Musical offers a rich thematic source for our fall Arts and Humanities and History and Society foundation courses. Some faculty are including in their course materials excerpts from Studs Terkel’s seminal 1972 text, Working: People Talk about What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, on which the musical is based. Many students from these foundation liberal arts courses will be attending the play later this week and engaging in class discussions about its relevant themes in the weeks to come."

2012 Faculty Teaching Awards

On September 5, 2012, Kerry Rourke, Director of the Writing Center and Lecturer, was awarded a 2012 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

2012 Awards for Excellence in Scholarship

Associate Professor English Elizabeth Goldberg was awarded a Babson Faculty Scholarship Award in recognition of important scholarly work on September 5, 2012.