News and Events

Professor Missy-Marie Montgomery will read from her new poetry collection Half-Life of Passion on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dodge Room of the Flynn Campus Union. This reading is part of the William Simpson Fine Arts Series.

In November, Learning in Later Life students will join Springfield College undergraduates in two English courses: British Literature I, where they will study The Gest of Robin Hood, an early version of the outlaw tale; and History of the English Language course, where they will discuss "Language Judgments: Whose English is ‘Best’?"

As part of the William Simpson Fine Arts Series assistant professor Paul Thifault served as a discussion panelist following a screening of the PBS Frontline documentary Kind Hearted Woman on Oct. 26. Moderated by Jody Santos, documentary filmmaker and associate professor of communications, the panel included Joyce Vincent of UMass Amherst and the film's director, David Sutherland.

Associate professor and fiction writer Justine Dymond read at the Greenfield Spoken Word Festival on Oct. 25.

2015 National Day on Writing

Assistant professor Anne Wheeler organized the College-wide participation in NCTE’s National Day on Writing. This event, which Springfield College celebrated for the first time this year, recognizes the importance of writing nationwide and its impact on our communities.

On Oct. 14, professor Becky Lartigue and alumna Alanna Grady '15 participated in Springfield Stories, a night of storytelling to celebrate the city of Springfield held at the Bing Arts Center. Lartigue organized the event with funding from a 2015 Springfield Cultural Council Grant, a local affiliate of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. A recording of the evening’s live program can be accessed here.

Professor Missy-Marie Montgomery attended the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association conference in Santa Fe, N.M., from Oct. 8-11, to present “Responding to Student Writing." The presentation was adapted from her book chapter, “First-Year Students’ Perception and Interpretation of Teacher Response to Their Writing,” which appears in Beyond the Frontier: Innovations in First-Year Composition, published by Cambridge Scholars in 2015.

On Oct. 8, professors Paul Thifault and Becky Lartigue presented “More than Smoke Signals:  Sherman Alexie’s Works and World“ at the Mason Square Branch of the Springfield City Libraries.  Librarians, educators, and community members gathered to discuss the works of Sherman Alexie in advance of his visit to campus for the Arts and Humanities Speakers Series.

As part of the American Library Association’s annual Banned Books Week, members of Sigma Tau Delta, faculty, administrators and staff gathered in the Academic Commons at Babson Library for a “Read-In” of books that been challenged for their subject matter and themes. Banned Books Week raises awareness about community challenges to books and creates dialogue around the importance of reading these books. 

Professor Paul Thifault's article "Catholic-Indian Crossings in Hobomok and Hope Leslie," which examines early tales of interracial marriage between white settlers and Native Americans, appears in the 2015 issue of the annual journal Literature in the Early American Republic

Professor Paul Thifault became managing editor of Studies in American Fiction (Johns Hopkins University Press), the only major scholarly journal devoted exclusively to American fiction. Essays in the Fall 2015 issue reconsider important works of literature from timely perspectives including environmentalism, book-banning, and economic policy.

“La Hierba,” a poem by English and communication and sports journalism major Jordan Karnes '16 was published in the literary journal Third Wednesday (volume 7, number 4, summer 2015).

In May, professor Allie Eaton and Jasmine Jiles '16 attended the dedication of a memorial bench to honor Cynthia Hesdra, who escaped slavery and became a prominent businesswoman and conductor for the Underground Railroad. The bench was placed by the Toni Morrison Society in Morrison’s hometown of Nyack, N.Y.

Professor Becky Lartigue’s poem “The Problem” was published by First Class Lit in July.

Professor Margaret Lloyd gave a reading during April (National Poetry Month) at Worcester State University. She also read her poetry from her most recent collection, Forged Light, at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem. In July, she read poems as part of “Chatter Sunday” in Albuquerque, N.M.  She has now finished her fourth volume of poems, Traveling on My Own Errands: Voices of Women from the Mabinogi.