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Spring Semester 2014 

Professor Marjorie Feld receives 2014 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. LEADERSHIP AWARD 

Professor Marjorie Feld received the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award during Babson's 11th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Day celebration on February 27, 2014.

This award was created in 2004 by the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Committee.  It honors members of the Babson community (students, groups, organizations, faculty, or staff) who reflect Dr. King's principles and ideals in philosophy and action.

Sadie Burton-Goss, Babson's Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, presented the award to Professor Feld, Associate Professor of History in the History and Society Division, in recognition of: courage and conviction in valuing differences; commitment to "seeing beyond borders" by building inclusion; acceptance of challenge and risk in achieving goals for the great good; and compassion for humanity.

 

Professor Frederick Douglass Opie on NPR

Professor of History and Foodways, Frederick Douglass Opie, talks about his blog series Lent Through the Lens of Food with Michel Martin, host of the NPR’ program Tell Me More. Click here to listen

Fall Semester 2013

Mary Godwyn, Associate Professor of Sociology,  interviewed people from India, the UK, the US, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Denmark, Lebanon, Italy, Turkey, Canada and China for a book (contracted by Springer-Verslag) about how business ethics is taught around the world.
Jim Hoopes, Professor of History, presented at the Australasian Business Ethics Society meeting. His paper “Virtuous Social Initiatives: An Islamic Family Business in Malaysia” is co-authored with Mohar Yusof and Leilanie Mohd Nor (Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, Malaysia).
Xinghua Li, Assistant Professor of Media Studies, published in Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture and in the Proceedings of the 2013 Conference on Communication and the Environment. She also presented at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Chris Chanyasulkit, Adjunct Lecturer, presented her research at the American Public Health Association 141st Annual Meeting. She was also re-appointed to the Massachusetts Asian American Commission.

Spring Semester 2013

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 Coates also covers culture, politics, and social issues for The Atlantic magazine and its website, TheAtlantic.com.  Coates' blog for The Atlantic was 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. 

Fall Semester 2012 

2012 Awards for Excellence in Scholarship

On September 5, 2012 Professor of History James Hoopes was awarded a Babson Faculty Scholarship Award in recognition of important scholary work. 

Spring Semester 2012 

A MASQUE OF CHARACTERS: An early 17th-century English entertainment  

April 4, 2012     
7:00 - 8:30 pm    
Glavin Chapel
Performed by Heart's Ease
Pamela Dellal, mezzo-soprano
Carol Lewis, viola de gamba
Olav Chris Henriksen, Renaissance lute
At the Stuart courts, the nobles not only enjoyed characters and revelry, but also appreciated music of depth and sophistication, timeless qualities that make this music as attractive today as it was four hundred years ago.   
 

MARY GODWYN, Associate Professor of Sociology, was the faculty recipient of Babson's 2012 Women Who Make a Difference Award on March 1, 2012.   

 

Marjorie Feld new Faculty Director of CWL

PROFESSOR MARJORIE FELD has accepted the position as Faculty Director of the Center for Women’s Leadership.  Together with Susan Duffy, the incoming Executive Director, she will form the leadership team for the CWL.  
 
Professor Feld's  book entitled Lillian Wald: A Biography has been acclaimed as being a social history of the ways that gender, class, and ethnicity come together in the context of cultural evolution.  Her work cuts across multiple academic disciplines, such as American history, women’s studies, and Jewish studies.  She has taught courses in U.S. history, U.S Women’s History, and U.S. Labor History.  She has been recognized as one of the influential women leaders on campus.   
 

The Ninth Annual

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. LEGACY DAY CELEBRATION

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012 - 5:00 PM
Carling-Sorenson Theater
Featuring KEYNOTE SPEAKER,  Rinku Sen
The Quest for Equality: Empathy and Global Justice in a Divided World 
Come together to reflect on the work and teachings of Dr. King, and the efforts that continue in his name today. Winner(s) of the Marthin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award,  The Martin Luther King Jr. Speech Contest, and The Martin Luther King Jr. Creativity Contest will be announced. A leading figure in the racial justice movement, Rinku Sen is the president and executive director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and publisher of Colorlines.com.  She has positioned ARC as the home for media and activism on racial justice, drawing on her extensive practical experience on the ground, with expertise in race, feminism, immigration, and economic justice. She has woven together journalism and organizing to further social change.  She has written extensively about immigration, community organizing, and women’s lives for a wide variety of publications.
 

Fall Semester 2011

Corporate Dreams 

PROFESSOR JAMES HOOPES’ latest book, Corporate Dreams: Big Business in American Democracy from the Great Depression to the Great Recession, was just published by Rutgers University Press.
 
In his review of the book Nelson Lichtenstein, MacArthur Foundation Chair in History, University of California, Santa Barbara states "In this expansive, engaging, and learned history of the ever-changing set of ideas and ideologies which have legitimated corporate power and profit in America, James Hoopes explores the presumptions, popular as well as academic, that have for so long sustained managerial authority and corporate prestige. Because Hoopes is a thoughtful ethicist, as well as an accomplished historian of business enterprise, his book has the kind of moral weight and political urgency that commend it to a very wide readership indeed."
James Hoopes is Murata Professor of Business Ethics. He has written several books, on subjects ranging from business history to American political theory, including Hail to the CEO: George W. Bush and the Failure of Moral Leadership.  
 

Spring Semester 2011

MARY GODWYN, History and Society, and Donna Stoddard, TOIM, have a new book, Minority Women Entrepreneurs: How Outsider Status Can Lead to Better Business Practices, published by Stanford University Press, USA and Greenleaf Publishing, UK.

Minority women start new businesses in the U.S. at four times the rate of non-minority men and women. Though minority women entrepreneurs in the United States are thriving, their stories are very seldom told, and few think of minority women as successful entrepreneurs. Minority Women Entrepreneurs gives voice and visibility to this group of business owners.

The second purpose of this book is to explain what makes these women different from the standard white, male business owners with whom most people are familiar. Through in-depth interviews and firsthand accounts from minority women entrepreneurs, the authors found that minority women use their outsider status to develop socially conscious business practices that support their communities in innovative and exciting ways.

Watch Mary Godwyn's interview on NECN.