Honors Program Events for 2020 Fall Semester

The Springfield College Honors Program has a full schedule of events planned for the 2020 fall semester. Led by Honors Program Director Rebecca Lartigue, the Honors Program begins its second year and includes learning about many subjects, learning beyond the classroom, and encourages students to take responsibility for their learning.

In its second year, the Springfield College Honors Program has a full schedule of events planned for the 2020 fall semester. At left, Honors Program Director Rebecca Lartigue, welcomes students at the 2019 orientation program.

 

The Springfield College Honors Program has a full schedule of events planned for the 2020 fall semester. Led by Honors Program Director Rebecca Lartigue, the Honors Program begins its second year and includes learning about many subjects, learning beyond the classroom, and encourages students to take responsibility for their learning.

Wednesday, Oct. 14

7:00-8:30 p.m.

Zoom meeting ID 369 895 6287

Conversations with "What We Made: Art in the Time of Covid" Exhibit Artists
A panel of exhibit artists and Prof. Jessica Poser, Gallery Director, will talk about the art they’ve been creating during the pandemic. Audience members are encouraged to visit the exhibit in the William Blizard Gallery or the online exhibit space prior to the panel discussion. A Q&A will follow.  

Organized by the Honors Program. Email honors@springfieldcollege.edu for more information.

All members of the campus community are welcome to this event.

Thursday, Oct. 15

7:00-8:30 p.m.

Zoom meeting ID 369 895 6287

Covid-19 Experiences--Our Stories

Join this event and take turns interviewing and being interviewed by a partner about your Covid-19 experiences. Interview audio files will be shared with the Covid-19 Experience website at https://sccovid19.omeka.net/

Organized by the Honors Program. Email honors@springfieldcollege.edu for more information.

All members of the campus community are welcome to this event.

Friday, Oct. 16

12:00-1:15 p.m.

Zoom meeting ID 916 217 9407

Tombstones

Guest speaker Rob Zott will speak about his Tombstones art project.

See http://www.robertzott.com/tombstones.htm

Organized by Prof. Becky Lartigue for her HNRS 282 (Interdisciplinary Seminar on Names) course. Email rlartigu@springfield.edu for more information.

All members of the campus community are welcome to this event.

Monday, Oct. 26

1:30-2:20 p.m.

Zoom meeting ID 926 8020 6347

Language Judgments as (Micro)aggressions

(*An OMA A SEAT at the Table event)

A panel of Black students will correct misunderstandings about African American English as a language variety (sometimes popularly called “ebonics”). Topics to be addressed include: how value judgments of pronunciation, grammar, usage, and language "correctness" reflect cultural biases that we can overcome; how no language variety is inherently "better" than any other; and why we must commit to being respectful of people's language varieties.

Organized by Prof. Becky Lartigue for her ENGL 377 (History of the English Language) course. Email rlartigu@springfield.edu for more information.

All members of the campus community are welcome to this event.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

12:00-1:15 p.m.

Zoom meeting ID 916 217 9407

“Are Blacks Names ‘Weird,’ or Are You Just Racist?”

(*An OMA A SEAT at the Table event)

Inspired by Jamelle Bouie’s article of this name, this session will explore issues of racism, classism, and implicit bias around first names. Names are obviously deeply personal: this session will explore the effects of people circulating urban legends (twins "Orangejello" and "Lemonjello"), mocking names for expressing ethnic identities, and bringing their biases when they read resumes. 

See https://www.thedailybeast.com/are-blacks-names-weird-or-are-you-just-racist

Organized by Prof. Becky Lartigue for her HNRS 282 (Interdisciplinary Seminar on Names) course. Email rlartigu@springfield.edu for more information.

All members of the campus community are welcome to this event.

Friday, Oct. 30

1:30-2:20 p.m.

Zoom meeting ID 926 8020 6347

How Lexicographers Work: Updating Definitions, and More

Guest speaker Peter Sokolowski, Editor-at-Large, Merriam-Webster, will talk about the dictionary’s recent update of its definition of racism, as well as answering questions about the work of lexicographers. 

Organized by Prof. Becky Lartigue for her ENGL 377 (History of the English Language) course. Email rlartigu@springfield.edu for more information.

See https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/10/us/merriam-webster-racism-definition.html 

All members of the campus community are welcome to this event.

Monday, Nov. 9

7:00-8:30 p.m.

Zoom meeting ID 369 895 6287

Listen / Reflect / Act series: About Healthcare Equity

In this year-long series, non-people of color are invited to Listen to the voices of people of color, Reflect with others about those experiences, and commit to Act in an antiracist way. This second session features guest speakers addressing issues of racial equity in healthcare..

Organized by the Honors Program. Email honors@springfieldcollege.edu for more information.

Please note that this introductory-level program serves the needs of younger undergraduates and non-students of color, in particular; however, all members of the campus community are welcome to this event.

Sunday, Dec. 6-Saturday, Dec. 19

Honors Program Project Showcase

Projects from fall 2020 honors courses will be viewable at this online gallery: https://www.livebinders.com/b/2563893 [key=Pride].


Tuesday, Dec. 8 and Thursday, Dec. 10

12:15 - 1:05 p.m. each day

Zoom meeting ID 369 895 6287

Honors Program Project Showcase--Presentations and Q&A

Students will give remarks about their projects and answer questions during Tuesday’s or Thursday’s Common Hour. 

Organized by the Honors Program. Email honors@springfieldcollege.edu for more information.

All members of the campus community are welcome to this event.

The Springfield College Honors Program hosted its first event of the 2020 Fall semester on Wednesday, Sept. 23 titled, “All Politics Is Local: Getting Engaged, Where We Are.”

The evening was moderated by Springfield College Honors Program Director Rebecca Lartigue, and featured Springfield City Counselor and State Senator-elect, Hampden District Adam Gomez, Belchertown School Committee Chair Heidi Gutekenst, and LMV, NAACP, Democratic Committee, Restorative Justice Camille Elliott, who also is a member of the Springfield College Academic Success Center team.

The following is a breakdown of timestamps for the archived video.

0:00 to 2:38 – Becky Lartigue Introductions

2:40 to 14:28 – Adam Gomez opening remarks

14:58 to 22:20 – Heidi Gutekenst opening remarks

22:38 to 39:16 – Camille Elliott opening remarks

40:15 to 44:18 – Kyle Belanger, Springfield College Communications/Sports Journalism Professor and South Hadley School Committee Member remarks

44:50 – Beginning of question and answer segment

1:17:15 – Springfield College Business Management Professor and Springfield City Council Member Tim Allen

1:31:50 – 1:32:33 - Springfield College Assistant Professor of History Ian Delahanty leads reading of the Constitution of the United States in observance of Constitution Day.

In getting the event and discussion started, each of the panelists were given time to address how and why they have become involved in local politics, followed by a question and answer segment where the virtual audience could ask the panelists their questions.

The event helped connect the Springfield College campus community in talking about why voting is so important, and featured ways individuals can get involved in their local towns, cities, and communities. 

Constitution Day

At the conclusion of the question and answer segment, Springfield College Assistant Professor of History Ian Delahanty provided a reading of the United States Constitution, in observance of Constitution Day. Each year, Springfield College joins colleges and universities across the country in observing Constitution Day. On Sept. 17, 1787, delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the final draft of the United States Constitution after four months of debate, drafting, and revision.  Since 2004, all schools receiving federal funds have observed Constitution Day in some form during the week of Sept. 17.

#SCvotes

It was also announced that the Springfield College campus community is committed to making sure the student population gets out there and votes during this election season with the #SCvotes campaign. The groups on the campus like the Graduate Student Organization, Men of Excellence, Athletics, and Office of Multicultural Affairs, are collaborating to make sure the #SCvotes campaign will spread voting information to the student body. Starting immediately, there will be an upcoming video series where Springfield College students talk about why it's important to vote. Be on the lookout for outdoor registration booths on the campus with QR codes and forms for voter registration being available, as well as giveaways.