News and Events

Spring 2017

James Bradford, Undergraduate Teacher of the Year

​​​​James Bradford is an Adjunct Lecturer in the History & Bradford.jpgSociety Division at Babson College. He was awarded the John F. Richards Fellowship from the Afghanistan Institute of Afghanistan Studies to research the history of opium production, use, and trade in Afghanistan. His research led to the publication of his article, “Drug Control in Afghanistan: Culture, Politics, and Power during the 1958 Prohibition of Opium in Badakhshan,” in the Journal of Iranian Studies.
Bradford’s broader research interests include U.S. foreign policy, the illicit drug trade, and issues related to state building, globalization, and economic development in South Asia and the world. He also teaches classes on the global drug trade, human rights, political and social revolutions, South Asia, and U.S. foreign policy in the world at Berklee College of Music.

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

Summer 2015

Kandice Hauf Named Faculty Mentor for Global Scholars

​​​​​Associate Professor of History Kandice Hauf has been named faculty mentor for the Class of 2019 Global Scholars, Babson’s first full cohort of ten incoming international students receiving need-based scholarships. Kandice is an historian of China who has extensive international experience. She has taught, studied and conducted research in various countries, and has a strong commitment to mentoring students and fostering a diverse community.​​​

Spring 2015

Book Signing with Fred Opie

On Saturday, March 28, from 1:00-2:00pm, at the New England Mobile Book Fair, 82 Needham Street, Newton Highland, MA, Fred Opie will be appearing at a book party and signing for his new book, Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food Recipes, Remedies & Simple Pleasures. ​


​Fall Semester 2014

The Dual Life of Stephen Deets 

Stephen Deets is featured in the most recent issue of Babson Magazine, honoring the legacy of his brother, Michael, who worked to improve Baltimore’s Charles North neighborhood.  Read the full article and learn how Deets, Associate Professor of politics, became heavily involved in revitalizing Charles North: "The Dual Life of Stephen Deets."


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Spring Semester 2014 


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.

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.

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



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,  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


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  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.