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Department Events

Fall 2017

Tues. Dec. 12 @ 3:30 Hammond 314 - Amanda Parsons defends her thesis "20th Century/Current Asian-American Writers and Motherhood"
Thurs. Dec. 7 @ 3:30 SCI 314 - Jessica Daigle defends her action research project "Teaching Grammar"
Tues. Dec. 5 @ 3:30 Hammond 314 - Amanda Beaulieu defends her action research project "Metacognition about Writing"
Mon. Dec. 4 @ 3:30 Miller Oval - Catherine Woods defends her action research project "Facilitating Dialogue about Literature"
Thurs. Nov. 30 @ 3:30 Miller Oval - Matthew Marchetti defends his thesis "Horror Film and Chaning Images of Family"
Wed. Nov. 8 @ 3:30 Miller Oval - English Rally for students interested in our department and opportunities afforded by studying English. Refreshments provided.
Tues. Oct. 31 @ 3:30 Hammond 214 - English Graduate Colloquium hosts Diego Ubiera's talk “Critical Pedagogy and Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed”
Wed. Oct 25 @ 2:00 Miller Oval - Bethany Ball will read from her debut novel What to Do About the Solomons

Spring 2017

Wed. May 10 @ 3:30 Miller Oval - Katherine Hughes defends her Master's thesis "The Merry War: Love and Courtship in Much Ado about Nothing and Cinematic Adaptations by Joss Whedon"
Tues. May 2 @ 3:30 Miller Oval - Kristin Seed defends her Action Research project "Engaging Secondary Students in Independent Reading"
Mon. May 1 @ 3:30 Miller Oval - Café event for ENGL 3025 Paris the Absurd and Experimental. Organized by Elise Takehana.
Thurs. Apr. 27 @ 3:30 Falcon Hub - DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld, Megan Normandin, and Christian Reifsteck read poetry and offer an open mic.
Tues. Apr. 25 @ 11:30 Miller Oval - Jan Freeman will read poetry from her collection Blue Structure and answer audience questions.
Tues. Apr. 25 @ 2:00 Miller Oval - Jan Freeman, poet and publisher, will host a session on how to start a career in publishing.
Fri. Apr. 21 @ 3:30 Falcon Hub - Release party and open mic for Route 2 volume 11.
Tues. Apr. 11 @ 3:30 President's Hall - English Studies department hosts the annual High School Writing contest.
Sun. Apr. 2 @ 2:00 Worcester Public Library - Faith Chesbrough will compete at the Worcester County Poetry Association College Contest.
Thurs. Mar. 30 @ 3:30 Hammond Hall - Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society induction ceremony.
Mon. Mar. 27 @ 3:30 Ellis White - "From Exclusion Acts to Executive Orders: Immigration and the US." The discussion will be led by Dr. Eric Boehme (POLS), Dr. Ben Railton (ENGL) and Joana dos Santos (United Neighbors of Fitchburg).
Fri. Mar. 24 @ 8:00 Hammond - 2nd Annual Medieval Studies Workshop for Middle and Secondary Educators. Organized by Dr. Kisha Tracy.
Tues. Feb. 21 @ 3:30 Hammond Hall - Research Speed Dating Social for faculty. Organized by Elise Takehana and Katy Covino.

Area-Wide Literary and Writing Events

Student News

March 2017 - Natalie Chase and Holly Cormier present a poster at the CTL Teaching and Learning Week that explores how teachers can incorporate Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences in their classrooms and assignments.

May 2016 - Kate Domenichella takes the position of Technical Editor at Analog Devices. Kate was also featured in Sentinel & Enterprise in "Five Fitchburg State grads, five stories to inspire."

Spring 2016 - Dr. Kisha Tracy and students Jessica Blouin, Sarah Farrell, Rebecca Johnson, and Kathleen Morrissey's article “Chaucer Pilgrimage Site: Pedagogical Benefits of Combining Physical and Digital Learning Spaces” forthcoming in The Leaflet.

March 2016 - Robert Gosselin to present "The Failure of the Psalm and the Evolution of the Song: The Music of The Last of the Mohicans" at the NeMLA Convention.

January 2016 - Kate Domenichella wins Internship Scholarship for her position at Publishing Solutions Group.

October 30, 2015 - Dr. Kisha Tracy and students Kathleen Morrissey, Jessica Blouin, Sarah Farrell, and Rebecca Johnson will be presenting "Chaucer Pilgrimage Site: Pedagogical Benefits of Combining Physical and Digital Learning Spaces" at the New England Association of Teachers of English 2015 Conference on October 30, 2015.

August 2015 - Jonathan Jena, Natasha Rocci, and Matthew Ramsden co-author "Can you Murder a Novel" with Prof. Elise Takehana, published as a four-part series.

July-August 2015 - Shannon Gugarty, Jonathan Jena, Jarad Nelson, and Ariana Garcia publish local pieces with The Alphabet Project at the Sentinel & Enterprise.

May 2015 - Alyssa Stanton and Chris Withers take positions as Correspondents at the Worcester Telegram.

May 21-24, 2015 - Jonathan Jena, Natasha Rocci, and Matthew Ramsden will present with Dr. Elise Takehana at the American Literature Association conference. Their paper is titled "Print to Digital Novel: Is It Still a Novel?"

Thurs. Apr. 23, 2015 - Award winners are announced at Convocation, including Jared Zanghi, Nicole Lucia, Jonathan Jena, Alyssa Stanton, Tava Hoag, Ian Wilkins, Katherine Domenichella, Jonathan Berglind, and Matthew Ramsden.

Faculty News

Dr. Chola Chisunka is awarded the 2017-2018 Fitchburg State Graduate Program Award.

Dr. DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld publishes her chapbook of persona poems, Rubbing Elbows, with Finishing Line Press.

Dr. Kisha Tracy's releases her book Memory and Confession in Middle English Literature, published by Palgrave MacMillan.

Dr. DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld reads her work at the Wrexham Road Reading Series at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College.

Dr. DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld receives a Whiting Foundation award to fund travel to Paris for the summer of 2017 for her continued work on a novel.

Dr. Kisha Tracy receives the Massachusetts Women in Public Higher Education Professional Development Award to fund her project titled "Teacher-Photographer: Transforming Perceptions of Cultural Heritage with Image"

Dr. Benjamin Railton publishes his book, History and Hope in American Literature: Models of Critical Patriotism.

Dr. Kisha Tracy "Confessions of a Self-Taught College Instructor: Embracing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning." appears in Hybrid Pedagogy.

April 25, 2016 - Dr. Kisha Tracy will be joining the international humanities Twitter account, We the Humanities, as the guest curator for the week of April 25th.

Dr. Kisha Tracy receives the Whiting Foundation Grant.

Dr. Katharine Covino-Poutasse presents “Equal Access for All: Critical Literacy at Work in an Urban, Early-Elementary School Reading Classroom” at the 47th annual MRA (Massachusetts Reading Association) Conference

Dr. DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld publishes her short story "Cat, Catfish, Cat" in Necessary Fiction and "Exhibiting Speculation in Nonfiction: Teaching 'What He Took'" in Assay.

Drs. Benjamin Railton, Joseph Moser, Heather Urbanski, Elise Takehana, Amy Sach to present at the 2016 NeMLA Convention.

Dr. Elise Takehana and Dr. AnnaMary Consalvo's article "Prying Open the Oyster: Creating A Digital Learning Space from the Robert Cormier Archive" is forthcoming in The ALAN Review.

Dr. Kisha Tracy's article "Julian of Norwich and the Sin of Forgetfulness" is forthcoming in the Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures.

Dr. Elise Takehana, in collaboration with Dr. AnnaMary Consalvo, curates digital archive exhibit on Robert Cormier and hosts a symposium on Cormier and censorship, October 1st, 2015.

Dr. Benjamin Railton is voted President of the Northeast Modern Language Association.

Dr. Elise Takehana serves as contributing writer for The Alphabet Project at the Sentinel & Enterprise.

Dr. Benjamin Railton received the 2015 Vincent J. Mara Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld received a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center where she will be working on a new novel.

Dr. Steven Edwards was selected by The Massachusetts Cultural Council from over 600 applicants in the state of Massachusetts as a 2014-15 Fiction/Nonfiction Artist Fellow. The prize was $10,000.

Dr. Michael Hoberman was the recipient of two fellowships during the summer of 2014. He was awarded a Sid and Ruth Lapidus Fellowship from the American Jewish Historical Society, which enabled him to conduct research and complete the writing of a journal article on Jewish family correspondence during the Revolutionary War. In addition, he was selected to participate in a Tikvah Advanced Summer Institute in New York City. The title of the Institute was “Is Judaism a Religion?”

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