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News and Events

Spring 2020

Rourke Named Undergraduate Faculty of the Year

Undergraduate Faculty of the Year Kerry Rourke

Senior Lecturer in English Kerry Rourke is the Undergraduate Faculty of the Year, receiving the accolade during the Virtual Senior Awards Ceremony on May 15. Students praised her as a challenging and supportive teacher and mentor.

“Professor Rourke fosters an inclusive environment in her classroom that allows her students to feel confident and comfortable bringing their personal life experiences to the collective discussion,” said one student nominator.

“Professor Rourke has transformed my way of thinking. She challenged me to think above and beyond my comfort zone,” said another.

Undergraduate Dean Ian Lapp echoed their sentiments. “Kerry Rourke has my greatest admiration as a transformative teacher, masterful mentor, innovative course designer, and wonderful colleague and friend to myself and so many across campus.”

Rourke has taught a variety of course offerings and served as director of the Writing Center and faculty trainer for all Senior Seminar instructors.

“I am grateful for this honor,” said Rourke. “The ultimate collaboration is with students. I never tire of that first day of classes, when the potential, the stories, the heartbreaks and successes walk in the door (real or virtual) with the students. I know we are about to share a dynamic exploration that will join us as co-learners for life. I appreciate the Class of 2020’s faith in me, and I hand it right back to them with a large dose of gratitude for our shared experiences.

The 2020 Wooten Prize for Excellence in Writing

1st Place: Evan Gaudreau for the essay “The Dangers of Misinformation: Greenwashing and Its Effects on the Environment.”
2nd Place: Britney Aguayo for the essay “The Weapon of Mass Inequity: Racial Capitalism.” 
3rd Place: Xueer (Cher) Ning for the essay "The Morality of Lying: A Contrast Between Western and Eastern Ethics."                                          

Dell Marie Hamilton: Until the Edge of Meaning

Artist Talk & Reception 
Thursday, March 5, 5:00 P.M.

Exhibit on View March 5-May 18
Hollister Gallery
M-F 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Working across a variety of mediums including performance, installation, video, painting and photography, Dell Marie Hamilton uses the body to investigate the social and geopolitical constructions of memory, gender, history and citizenship. With roots in Belize, Honduras and the Caribbean, she frequently draws upon the personal experiences of her family as well as the folkloric traditions and histories of the region. For this show at Babson College, she will be presenting photographic images as well as new works on paper.

Honeyland

Presented by The Babson Global Film Series

The Babson Global Film Series and Arts and Humanities Division will screen Honeyland, directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov, on Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the Carling-Sorenson Theater. A guest speaker will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.

The visually stunning and emotionally stirring Oscar-nominated documentary Honeyland captivated viewers at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, earning three highly coveted awards.  The filmmakers spent three years documenting the life and work of Hatizde Muratova, the last in a long line of wild beekeepers. She is thrown into upheaval when an itinerant patriarch with seven children and a herd of cattle arrives and tries to turn this empty patch of territory into a literal land of milk and honey sufficient to feed his family. As the New York Time’ A.O. Scott observes, the conflict that results over scarce and fragile resources feels, “like a microcosm of the human predicament at a time of environmental catastrophe.” From this complicated and fractious terrain, the directors have shaped a “luminous neorealist fable, a sad and stirring tale of struggle, persistence and change” that speaks profoundly to our own time.

Waterline Reading Series Showcase

Tuesday, March 3, 5 p.m.
Glavin Chapel

Presented by the Division of Arts & Humanities

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

Ronald Gonzalez: Seeing Through My Eyes

Artist Talk & Reception 
Tuesday, January 28, 5:00 P.M.

Exhibit on View January 28-February 27
Hollister Gallery
M-F 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

 Aged, found objects, their inherent physicality shaped and hardened by history are the core materials of Ron Gonzalez's anthropomorphic sculptures.  The artist combines these found objects with leather scraps, soot, wax, and wire to build sculptural heads that contain a sense of past, present, and future within their aggregate anatomies. For Gonzalez, the objects that have been the most hard-worn or degraded, those that reached the "point of no return" are the most compelling, because they reflect finite human existence while simultaneously taking on new beginning as a raw material. There is a stored vulnerability to each of these heads, their hybrid persona having been uniquely defined by the selection of objects pieced together to make them whole. 

Fall 2019

Professor Mary Pinard's Poetic Elegy class presents Poetry Anthology: Fly Me to the Void

Mary Pinard, Professor of English, is pleased to share Fly Me To the Void, an anthology of original elegies written and edited by her Poetic Elegy students. Each student contributed two original poems and a brief overview of who they are, what they enjoy, and where they are in their Babson careers. Please enjoy reading the attached pdf.

Fly Me To The Void (pdf)

Professor Sandra Graham receives the Music in American Culture Award

Sandra Graham, Associate Professor of Music, was presented with the Music in American Culture Award at this year’s Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society in Boston. Sandy was recognized for her recent book “Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry (Illinois, 2018).”

“Music historians will find Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry fascinating because instead of rehashing the already well-researched lyric import of the spirituals, Graham looks at the art form as the spark that ignited an entertainment industry.” -- ARSC Journal

At the Awards Ceremony, committee chair Andy Flory, Assistant Professor of Music at the Carleton College, read the following citation:

“Understanding race through music is a fundamental issue in musicological work that foregrounds American identity. This year’s award winner addresses this topic in a study of nineteenth-century commercial performance traditions. ‘This cogent and detailed study distills countless hours of research into a narrative that changes our understanding of the spiritual, one of the most fundamental genres in American music,’ wrote one committee member. Another found the book to be ‘expertly researched and written,’ noting that ‘it will quickly become a fundamental resource for scholars of American music, and African-American music, specifically.’ The field of writing about American music is strong and this book is among its finest.”

Laila at the Bridge

Laila at the Bridge

Presented by The Babson Global Film Series

The Babson Global Film Series and Arts and Humanities Division will screen Laila at the Bridge, directed by Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei, on Tuesday, November 12, at 7 p.m. in the Carling-Sorenson Theater. A guest speaker will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.

A story of heroism against impossible odds, this documentary follows Laila Haidari, an irrepressible survivor of child marriage and her own traumatic past.  In the face of physical threats, governmental opposition and the departure of the international community from an Afghanistan on the verge of collapse, Laila fights to keep alive her labor of love – a drug treatment center and a restaurant staffed by recovering addicts.  Laila at the Bridge is a portrait of a determined woman who risks everything and perseveres in the face of overwhelming challenges.  

Deindustrialization: Photographs by James Hunt

James Hunt

November 7–January 10 2019
Hollister Gallery

Artist Talk and Reception
Thursday November 7, 5 p.m.

Exhibit Hours
M-F, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. 

Babson Professor and photographer James Hunt has documented the once thriving textile mills of the nearby Blackstone River Valley. From Worcester to Providence, dams and mills were built along nearly every mile of River. Thousands of workers processed millions of tons of textiles over 200 years, generating vast wealth, for some. Most mill workers and the enslaved people and sharecroppers who grew the cotton did not share in that wealth. By the 1970’s, the River itself was described as one of most polluted in the US. Work and money went elsewhere. The mills remain, monuments to economic cycles of boom and bust, now abandoned, burned, repurposed, or left waiting.

Award-winning Arts & Humanities Professors

Professors Beth Wynstra and Wes Miller receive the Deans’ Award for Excellence in Teaching

This year two Arts & Humanities professors were award recipients: Beth Wynstra, Assistant Professor of English, received the Undergraduate Teaching Award and Wes Miller, Adjunct Lecturer, the Adjunct Lecturer Teaching Award. The Deans of the Undergraduate, Graduate and Executive programs, along with the Dean of Faculty, choose five faculty members to receive awards for excellence in teaching. For each award, they consider innovative teaching, skill at teaching in integrated and cross-disciplinary settings, and engagement with course and curriculum design.

Professor Jason Moghaghegh is awarded the Faculty Scholarship Award

Arts & Humanities’ Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Jason Moghaghegh, received the Conceptual Scholar Award. The Faculty Scholarship Awards are chosen by the members of the Babson Faculty Research Fund and the Dean of Faculty to recognize important scholarly work by faculty across the campus.

Good scholarly work helps to change the world, and this year’s award winners have been part of making change happen. Congratulations to all!

Waterline Reading Series Showcase

Waterline Reading Series October 2019

Wednesday, October 30, 5 p.m.
Glavin Chapel

Presented by the Division of Arts & Humanities

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

The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow – A play by Rolin Jones

The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow

Directed by Olin College Professor Jonathan Adler
Produced by Babson College Professor Beth Wynstra, with support from Wellesley College Professor Marta Rainer

October 24, 7 p.m.
October 25, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
October 26, 7 p.m.
Carling-Sorenson Theater

Tickets $15; Babson faculty/staff $10; Students $5
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Presented by The Empty Space Theater

Jennifer is a typical 22-year-old California girl who reengineers obsolete missile components for the U.S. Army from her bedroom. When she decides to meet her birth mother in China, she uses her technological genius and entrepreneurial drive to devise a new form of human contact. Rolin Jones’ irreverent “techno-comedy” chronicles one brilliant young woman’s quest to determine her heritage and face her fears with the help of a Mormon missionary, a pizza delivery guy, and her astounding A.I. creation named Jenny Chow. An Obie Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, this play is all about the power—and limits—of technology to solve our problems.

The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc., New York, and is supported in part by a Babson-Olin-Wellesley Presidential Innovation Grant.

Crafting Political Discourse: A Conversation with Adam Farina ’15, Speechwriter

Adam Farina ’15, Speechwriter

Tuesday, October 1, 7 p.m.
Carling-Sorenson Theater

Foundations of Critical Inquiry (FCI) Speaker, presented by the Arts & Humanities and History & Society Divisions

At a time when the U.S. political landscape is dynamic and often divisive, speechwriters craft the persuasive, memorable, and influential messages that help win elections and keep citizens engaged. Adam Farina shares anecdotes about the power of political rhetoric and discusses how an entrepreneurship education prepared him for an unorthodox post-Babson career.

Excerpts – Installation by Naoe Suzuki

Naoe Suzuki painting

September 12–November 1,. 2019
Hollister Gallery

Artist Talk and Reception
Thursday September 12, 5 p.m.

Exhibit Hours
M-F, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. and by appointment

Excerpts is a new iteration of Naoe Suzuki’s work from her Artist-in-Residence projects from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a biomedical research institute. In this new iteration at Babson College, she will compose two pieces that use magic spells from the Edwin Smith Papyrus, the medical papyrus in ancient Egypt that included prognosis for the first time in recorded history. These pieces provoke and respond to each other, creating a rich dialogue on the ways that our understanding of knowledge, belief, and loss and discovery, inform medical science and the cycle of exploration.

Spring 2019

The 2019 Wooten Prize for Excellence in Writing

1st Place: Michael Ioffe for the essay God and Women in Machinal.”
2nd Place: Gioia de la Feld for the essay “Lights On, Lights Off.”
3rd Place: Benjamin Graham-Osborne for the essay "Family as a Source of Support and Dysfunction: The Haunting of Hill House Through a Noir Lens." 

Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown

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

“To read Jericho Brown’s poems is to encounter devastating genius.” – Claudia Rankine

This long-running poetry series has br​ought poets of highest distinction and international acclaim to the Babson campus. On Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m., we welcome Thompson Poet Jericho Brown to the Sorenson Center.​

Brown is the author of three collections of poetry: The Tradition (2019); The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets; and Please (New Issues, 2008), which won the 2009 American Book Award. He is the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland. Brown was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Hurston Wright Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, The New Republic, and The Best American Poetry.

Seed: The Untold Story

Seed: The Untold Story

Presented by The Babson Global Film Series

The Babson Global Film Series and Arts and Humanities Division will screen Seed: The Untold Story, directed by Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel, on Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Carling-Sorenson Theater. Speaker Hannah Traggis, Senior Horticulturist at The Gardens at Elm Bank, will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.

In a world threatened by overpopulation and over-exploited land, is there a way out of the coming food crisis? For the makers of SEED: The Untold Story, the answer lies in the creation and maintenance of localized seed banks where the collection of traditional, often ancient seed species will ensure both planetary biodiversity and self-sustaining food supplies. This inspiring film tells the stories of courageous individuals and communities across the planet: tribal peoples, citizen-activists, farmers, and others all working to ensure the earth’s sustenance and survival. SEED: The Untold Story reminds us of the inherent and unstoppable power of community activism in pursuit of the preservation of our land, our communities, and our lives.

Waterline Reading Series Showcase

Ellen Argyros

Wednesday, March 13
Glavin Chapel 5 p.m.

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

Ixcanul

Global Film Series Ixcanul

Presented by The Babson Global Film Series

The Babson Global Film Series and Arts and Humanities Division will screen Ixcanul, directed by Jayro Bustamente, on Tuesday, February 12, at 7 p.m. in the Carling-Sorenson Theater. Speaker Katie B. Kohn, from Harvard University, will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.

Ixcanul,” which means “volcano” in the Mayan language, refers both to the peak that overlooks the Guatemalan coffee plantation where the film is set and to the restless and ultimately eruptive emotions at the movie’s core. Focusing on the bonds between two strong indigenous women, a mother and a daughter, Ixcanul questions how, in all cultures, the powerful may prey upon the vulnerable. Its message is urgent: for a society to be just, women must be empowered with the freedom to make decisions about their lives and futures.

World News: Alternate Views by Nancy Jenner

Artist Talk and Reception: Thursday January 31, 5 p.m.
Exhibit on View: January 31–March 1
Hollister Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.

In today’s media-rich culture, we are beginning to learn that everything we see or read is constructed, shaped by the news media we favor and our political inclinations. In these two installations, Jenner provides alternative ways to view the news of the world. Beginning with a pressing issue, environmental pollution in one and the toll of political conflict on families in the other, the pieces share references to art history but are as distinct as the issues, using different media and materials to build a visual narrative on the topic. The work doesn’t claim to have answers, only to provide perspective and, perhaps, cause us to be more circumspect in our conclusions and more motivated in our advocacy.

Fall 2018

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

The 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

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.

 

Lauret Savoy, Author of Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Landscape

Monday, September 24, 7:00 p.m.
Carling-Sorenson Theater

Geologist Lauret Savoy, author of Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Landscape, explores her identity as a woman of Indigenous, African, and European roots as those identities converge in the history of the land itself. In her provocative mosaic of personal journeys and historical inquiry across a continent and time, Savoy explores how the country’s still unfolding history, and ideas of “race,” have marked her and the land. From twisted terrain within the San Andreas Fault zone to a South Carolina plantation, from national parks to burial grounds, from “Indian Territory” and the U.S.-Mexico Border to the U.S. capital, Trace grapples with a searing national history to reveal the often unvoiced presence of the past.

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

Hollister Gallery 

Objects 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

wild-tales 3.jpgThe 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 Myles

"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

Artist 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 commentarty 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-suprano Krista River.  Interspersed through the song cycle will be poems written and recited by poet and Bason 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 

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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.

 

Fall 2017

Arts & Humanities Faculty Featured on Panel

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

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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 
Directed by Professor Beth Wynstra 
October 26-28 at 7:00 PM ​
October 29 at 2:00 PM
at the Carling-Sorenson Theater

Real estate and racism collide in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play that returns to the neighborhood portrayed in the classic A Raisin inthe 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.

 

Global Film​ Series - I Am Not Your Negro

The Babson Global Film Series and Arts and Humanities Division will screen I Am Not Your Negro, directed by Raoul Peck, on Monday, 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

Wednesday, 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

coming-of-age-1.jpgLashonda 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

April 5 - May 19, 2017
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, and , 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, , 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, on Tuesday, 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 , directed by Pablo Trapero, on . 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 , directed by Ramin Bahrani, on . 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  (2015); The Selvage (2012); , a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize and The Poets Prize; , a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award; and, winner of the 2003 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Gregerson’s poems have appeared in , , , , ,, , 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 , 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 , 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.