English Studies Department News & Events

Department Events

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Fall 2020

  • Tues. Dec. 1 @3:30 pm Google Meets – Dr. Benjamin Railton and Dr. Elise Takehana speak on their recent books, Of Thee I Sing and Baroque Technotext.

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. Sep. 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. Sep. 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. Sep. 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. Sep. 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. Sep. 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. 

Area-Wide Literary and Writing Events

Student-Faculty Collaborations

Student News

  • June 2020 Students Kangsen “Yassay” Masango and Emmanuella Demosthenes publish their poetry in Malarkey Books’ all-Black authors special issue.
  • May 2018 Professional Writing student, Savanah Hippert, secures an internship at PulseMag in Worcester. Read her stories on the local cultural scene.
  • Apr. 2018 Sigma Tau Delta wins Best Honors Society at Fitchburg State University.
  • Feb. 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.

Faculty News

  • Jan. 2021 Ben Railton publishes his book Of Thee I Sing: The Contested History of American Patriotism with Rowman and Littlefield. 
  • Nov. 2020 Dr. DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld is nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
  • Nov. 2020 Michael Hoberman’s “The Counterlife of Judah P. Benjamin” appears in Tablet magazine.
  • Oct. 2020 Diego Ubiera is invited to contribute a chapter on Afro Dominican Studies for the Routledge Handbook of Afro-Latin American Studies.
  • Oct. 2020 Kisha Tracy keynotes at CHEurope’s conference “Critical heritage studies and the future of Europe.” Her talk is titled “The Significance of Disability Cultural Heritage.”
  • May 2020 Michael Hoberman’s “Jews Out West” appears in Tablet magazine.
  • Sep. 2019 Dr. Michael Hoberman's book A Hundred Acres of America: The Geography of Jewish American Literary History is reviewed in Marginalia: The Los Angeles Book Review.
  • July 2019 Ben Railton publishes his book We the People: The 500-Year Battle over Who is American with Rowman and Littlefield. 
  • Oct. 2019 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.
  • Feb. 2019 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. 
  • Dec. 2018 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.
  • Dec. 2018 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. 
  • Aug. 2018 Dr. Kisha Tracy's co-edited anthology The Ballad of the Lone Medievalist, published by Punctum Books is available in August 2018.
  • Apr. 2018 Dr. Aruna Krishnamurthy reviews Oliver Lovesey’s Postcolonial George Eliot in her "A Contrapuntal Eliot," published in Catalyst.