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Fall 2018

Mon.  Nov. 19 @ 3:30 Miller Oval - Wafa Unus presents "Facts are not Truth: Why Journalism Education and Media Literacy Matter" in our graduate colloquium series
Mon. Oct. 29 @ 3:30 Miller Oval - alumnus, Ross Caputi, speaks in our Graduate Colloquium series
Tues. Oct. 23 @ 3:30 Miller Oval English Studies rally
Tues. Oct. 16 Submissions for Route 2 are due to Send your poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and criticism.
Tues. Oct. 2 @ 6:30 Hammond 314 - Sarah Fawn Montgomery gives a talk and reading from her memoir, Quite Mad.
Sun. Sept. 30 @ 12-4pm Kisha Tracy, through her Cultural Heritage through Image project, is hosting a Cultural Heritage Day at the Fitchburg Art Museum. There will be activities for adults and children, and there will be a specific focus on teaching cultural heritage K-16. 

Spring 2018

Thurs. Feb. 8 @ 5:30 Fitchburg Historical Society - Dr. Kisha Tracy delivers a talk, "Finding the Ancient and Medieval in Fitchburg" connecting local history with ancient and medieval texts.
Wed. Feb. 14 @ 3:30 President's Hall - Dr. Ben Railton delivers his Harrod Lecture "Exclusion & Inclusion: The Battle to Define America"
Wed. Feb. 21 @ 4:00 Ellis White - Dr. Kisha Tracy delivers talk "Race, Racism, and the Appropriation of the Middle Ages".
Fri. Feb. 23 @ 7:00 pm Porter Square Bookstore, Boston - Dr. DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld reads her poetry from the anthology Nasty Women Poets.
Tues. Mar. 20 @ 3:30 President's Hall - Susan Navarre speaks at the Nancy Kelly Memorial Lecture. Her talk is titled "Fitchburg's Women from the Gilded Age to World War II: Private Lives and Public Roles"
Wed. Mar. 28 @ 2:00 Hammond 314 - Jimin Han reads from her novel A Small Revolution.
Mon. Apr. 2 @ 3:30 Archives Hammond S03 - Book reception for Dr. Kisha Tracy's monograph Memory and Confession in Middle English Literature
Thurs. Apr. 5 @ 3:30 Hammond Hall Main Lounge - Sigma Tau Delta Induction Ceremony
Thurs. Apr. 5 @ 5:00 Hammond Main Lounge - Sigma Tau Delta and LASO host writer and editor Angie Cruz for a reading and talk.
Sat. Apr. 28 time and location TBA - Fitchburg State hosts the 17th Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference titled "Shakespeare for 'All Time'". See the Call for Papers (PDF) for further details. Abstracts are due March 28.
Tues. May 8 @ 3:30 Mazzaferro Center - Route 2 Release Party and open mic
Tues. May 15 @ 3:30 President's Hall - The English Studies department hosts the annual High School Essay Contest Reception and Route 2 reception.

Area-Wide Literary and Writing Events

Student News

Summer 2018 Professional Writing student, Savanah Hippert, secures an internship at PulseMag in Worcester. Read her stories on the local cultural scene.

Spring 2018 Sigma Tau Delta wins Best Honors Society at Fitchburg State University

February 2018 - Volume 11 of Route 2 is voted BEST in literary journal category at Bookbuilders of Boston Book Show. Congratulations to Dr. Steven Edwards and his Editing and Publishing students.

November 2017 - Dr. Kisha Tracy and her Capstone students publish a website on regional literary history.

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. Diego Ubiera's article "Caribbean Exceptions: The Problem of Race and Nation in Dominican Studies," will be published in the Latin American Research Review spring 2019, in vol. 54, no. 2. 

Dr. Aruna Krishnamurthy's book chapter "Teaching Politics and Poetics of Land through William Cobbett's Rural Rides" will be published in the edited collection Teaching Laboring-Class British Literature of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries for winter 2018.

Dr. Kisha Tracy's co-edited anthology The Ballad of the Lone Medievalist, published by Punctum Books is available August 2018.

Dr. Aruna Krishnamurthy reviews Oliver Lovesey’s Postcolonial George Eliot in her "A Contrapuntal Eliot," published in Catalyst.

Dr. Michael Hoberman's latest book, A Hundred Acres of America: the Geography of Jewish American Literary History, published by Rutgers University Press, is available for purchase Winter/Spring 2019. 

Dr. Kisha Tracy is the founder of the undergraduate journal Feudal Endeavor: Open Access Undergraduate Journal of Medieval Studies and alumnus, Sarah Huff serves as Assistant Editor.

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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