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Spring 2020

Tues. Feb. 25 @12:00 p.m. Hammond Main Hall - Third Robert Cormier symposium celebrating a digital archive exhibit of his work. The symposium features faculty and student panelists and a keynote by YA graphic novelist, Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Organized by Drs. Katy Covino and Elise Takehana.

Fall 2019

Thurs. Dec. 5 @3:30 p.m. Ellis White - Dr. Benjamin Railton speaks on a CFS panel of senior faculty on lessons learned throughout their career.
Tues. Oct. 29 @ 3:30 p.m. Hammond Main Lounge - Open mic creative writing event hosted by Route 2, the department's literary magazine.
Tues. Oct. 22 @11:00 a.m. Ellis White - Dr. Aruna Krishnamurthy hosts a film screening of Janani's Juliet and conversation with its Director, Pankaj Rishi Kumar.
Tues. Oct. 22 @ 3:30 p.m. Ellis White - Dr. Aruna Krishnamurthy hosts a film screening of Two Flags and a conversation with its Director, Pankaj Rishi Kumar.
Tues. Oct. 22 @ 3:30 p.m. Library Instruction Lab - Dr. Kisha Tracy and Renée Fratantonio lead a hands-on workshop, "(Mis)Appropriation of the Middle Ages: Confronting Misuses of History in the Age of the Meme."
Thurs. Oct. 17 @ 3:30 p.m. Archives Hammond S03 - Dr. Wafa Unus discusses her recently published book A Newsman in the Nixon White House: Herbert Klein and the Enduring Conflict between Journalistic Truth and Presidential Image.​
Tues. Oct. 15 @ 3:30 p.m. Ellis White - Drs. Kisha Tracy, Katherine Jewell, and Ben Lieberman speak on a panel titled "Nazi Symbolism & Propaganda: From Medieval Times to the Present."
Thurs. Sept. 26 @ 2:00 p.m. Ellis White - Dr. Kisha Tracy and Danielle Girard's talk on LGBTQIA+ representation in the Medieval period in "Unclouding the Rainbow in History."
Thurs. Sept. 26 @ 3:30 p.m. Ellis White - Dr. Lisa Gim moderates a panel titled "Literary Perspective of Maus" featuring Drs. Michael Hoberman, Heather Urbanski, and Katharine Covino.
Wed. Sept. 25 @ 2:00 p.m. When We Were Normal, an augmented reality tour of Fitchburg State's history, opens with a panel discussion amongst some of its creators: Dr. Elise Takehana, Faith Chesbrough, Daniel Hein, and Aaron Canterbury.
Tues. Sept 24 @ 2:30 p.m. Ellis White - Dr. Benjamin Railton's talk, “We The People: The 500-Year Battle Over Who Is An American,” addresses the conflicting exclusive and inclusive visions of the United States.
Thurs. Sep. 19 @ 5:00 p.m. Fitchburg Public Library - Dr. Kisha Tracy and Danielle Girard's talk on LGBTQIA+ representation in the Medieval period in "Unclouding the Rainbow in History."
Tues. Sept. 17 @ 3:30 p.m. Hammond Main Lounge - Dr. Wafa Unus leads a discussion on the free press and the federal court case Antonelli vs. Hammond. 

Spring 2019

Sun. July 21 @ 2:30 p.m. 300 Holman St., Lunenburg - "Unclouding the Rainbow in History," a talk on the presence of LGBTQIA+ people during the ancient and medieval eras. 
Sat. June 8 @ 9:00 a.m. Percival Hall - Fitchburg State hosts and Dr. Benjamin Railton organized the 2019 New England American Studies Association Conference with a keynote luncheon and talk at the Fitchburg Art Museum with Director, Nick Capasso.
Wed. May 1 @ 4:00 p.m. Ellis White Hall - "Remembering Fallujah" includes a screening of Le Parfum d'Irak followed by a discussion with the director, Feurat Alani; anthropologist Dr. Kali Rubaii; and Fitchburg State graduate and veteran, Ross Caputi.
Thurs. Apr. 11 @ 4:00 p.m. Mazzaferro Center - The Nancy Kelly Memorial Lecture features Renée Graham's talk "Women on the Hill: 2018 and Beyond."
Mon. Apr. 1 @ 12:30 p.m. CTL - Elise Takehana Speaker Series talk "Nice Outsides/Suicide Notes: Style and Statistics in Anagrams."
Mon. Mar. 25 @ 12:30 p.m. CTL - DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld Speaker Series talk, "The Ordinary as Resistance in Trauma: Continuing the Tradition of Black Women Poetry Writing through Trauma."
Tues. Feb. 5 @ 3:30 p.m. Hammond S03 - Michael Hoberman will discuss his recently published book, A Hundred Acres of America: The Geography of Jewish American Literary History
Mon. Feb. 4 @ 12:30 p.m. CTL - Katy Covino Speaker Series talk, "'It's Not What We Thought It Would Be': Novice Teachers Navigating Tensions in Identity."

Area-Wide Literary and Writing Events

Student News

February 2019 Dr. Kisha Tracy co-authors "Physical Disability, Muteness, Pregnancy, Possession, and Alcoholism from Ecclesiastical History" for the Medieval Disability Sourcebook with her graduate students Maura Bailey, Autumn Battista, Ashley Corliss, Eammon Gosselin, Rebecca Laughlin, Sara Moller, Shayne Simahk, Taylor Specker, Alyssa Stranton, and Kellyn Welch.

October 2019 Dr. Kisha Tracy's article "The Making of a Disability Heritage Exhibit" appears in The Activist History Review with quotes from her students.

Summer 2020 Dr. Kisha Tracy's study abroad course ENGL 3025: Ancient Literature & Heritage (PDF) will travel to Jordan.

September 2019 Dr. Michael Hoberman's book A Hundred Acres of America: The Geography of Jewish American Literary History is reviewed in Marginalia: The Losa Angeles Book Review.

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 the 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. Kisha Tracy exhibits her and her students' work "Disability Heritage: From the Medieval to the Local" at Open Sky. Read her article on the making of the exhibit published by The Activist History Review.

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 in 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 a 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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