On Tuesday, April 16, the annual Springfield College Humanics Lecture was held in the Fuller Arts Center with Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics for 2018-19, Anthony C. Hill, presenting his lecture focused on healthy masculinity.
“When I was first named Professor of Humanics, I realized I just wanted to dig deeper on this topic,” said Hill. “I am not going to stop working on this topic after the lecture, I am just getting started in working as a mentor for young men at the high school level and college level.”
Hill, a professor in the Springfield College School of Social Work, recapped his work on the topic, including hosting an event on the ropes course at East Campus this past October in partnership with the 100 Males to College Program for area high school youth. Hill talked about his work with two populations on the topic of healthy masculinity.
The first group is high school young men with whom Hill is addressing issues of violence, drug use, violence against women, sexual assault, sexual harassment, homophobia, and bullying, to educate them to be healthy and respectful. Additionally, Hill is working to increase their knowledge about college and the workplace.
His second area of focus is the males of Springfield College through the Men of Excellence student group. This past fall, Hill presented a workshop to the group about the importance of self-care for themselves as college students, and they, too, expressed interest in the issues surrounding healthy masculinity.
Hill’s goals are to work with both high school and college students to build young men of character and ensure academic success.
“I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work as a professor in the city that is my home,” said Hill. “To be able to work with these young men is so very special. I have enjoyed every day being the Distinguished Professor of Humanics and the work doesn’t stop here, we have a lot of momentum moving forward on my topic.”
Friends in Humanics Scholarship Recipients - Also part of the Humanics Lecture was the presentation of the Friends in Humanics annual scholarship recipients. This year, more than $25,000 was raised benefitting 10 Springfield College students with financial aid moving forward.
The Friends in Humanics scholarship assists deserving Springfield College students who demonstrate financial need, academic scholarship, leadership on campus, care and concern for community, and embody the Humanics philosophy. Since 1999, employees of Springfield College have had the opportunity to support this scholarship, and Springfield College undergraduates have been awarded this scholarship each year.
Since fall 2011, present and past Distinguished Springfield Professors of Humanics have helped emeritus Professor Peter Polito sponsor fundraisers, through which current and retired faculty and staff have contributed. Annual distributions from the Peter and Claire Polito Friends In Humanics Scholarship Endowed Fund are added to this scholarship.
2019-20 Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics – At the conclusion of this year’s lecture, it was announced that Springfield College Professor of Psychology Judy L. Van Raalte has been named the 2019-20 Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics.