Symposium on Feb. 25 explores Cormier legacy

January 31, 2020
Symposium on Feb. 25 explores Cormier legacy


Robert E Cormier

Fitchburg State will open its Robert E. Cormier archive in February for an exploration of themes in the celebrated local author’s enduring works.

“Twisted Intimacy: Disturbing Perversions and Genuine Warmth - A Symposium and Archive Exhibit on Robert E. Cormier’s Life and Work” will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 in the main lounge of Hammond Hall on the Fitchburg State campus, with a reception to follow in the university archives. Admission is free and open to the public.

The keynote speaker will be Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the acclaimed graphic memoir Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction. The Symposium programming, sponsored with support from The University of Texas at Tyler, will also include two expert panel discussions.

The first panel, featuring Deborah Stone (Nursing), Kori Ryan (Behavioral Sciences), and Lynne Kellner (Behavioral Sciences) will offer an exploration of theory, research and writing from their fields that will help shed light on some of the more subversive themes at the heart of the symposium.  In the second panel, faculty and librarians from diverse fields - including Laura Baker (EHPS), Annamary Consalvo (Education - UT Tyler), Katharine Covino (English Studies), and Asher Jackson (Archivist) will showcase a collection of pedagogic strategies and suggestions for those interested in using archives with students.

There will also be a panel talk with Fitchburg State undergraduate students Sarah Desiderio, Gregor Goodlett, Paul Kariuki, Brigid McCue, Kelly Mansfield, Peter Morales-Gomez, Lucinda Orne, Kat Pellerin, Matthew Sadowski, Lauren Saunders, Nicole Snow, Courtney Soares, and Maggie Woelfel, who will explore engagement with the Cormier archives as part of Honors English I, Writing I and Young Adult Literature.

Symposium organizers Katharine Covino (English Studies), Annamary Consalvo (Education - UT Tyler), and Elise Takehana (English Studies) can be contacted for further details.

The event is part of Fitchburg State University’s 125th anniversary celebration. Throughout the 2019-20 academic year, the university will be holding programs celebrating the breadth and diversity of the institution and the vitality of its campus community. 

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