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Monday, February 23, 2015

Spring 2015 Events

Two postings in one day? Impossible you say? Nay, I have delivered. Check out our events for this semester below

Italy Night
In honor of Drs. Pellegrino and Edney’s spring break class trip to Italy, our students will put on a night of presentations and food based on their experiences in Florence
Monday March 23
Morrison House
Please RSVP
The Glory of Columbia
Enjoy a staging of this classic 19th century production about Revolutionary War spies and the West Point controversy. Brought to you by a co-curricular mini-grant won by our very own, Sarah Vedrani
Wednesday April 1
Casey Theatre, Fine Arts Center

What’s In a Name?: A Pop-up Museum Exhibit
A co-curricular grant event brought to you by our wonderful Dr. Edney. Ever seen a flash mob? It’s like that, except with a museum. It’s going to rock
Thursday April 16
Second Floor College Hall Foyer
Poetry Salon Night
Come read your own favorite poem or something by your favorite poet. Light refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by our friends in the English Department
Wednesday April 22
College Hall 346
Cinco de Mayo
There really isn’t any better way to celebrate the end of the school year than by having our annual Cinco de Mayo celebration!
Friday May 1
College Hall 346
5:00-7:00 pm

Please contact

for any questions you might have or to RSVP for events 

Feast of the Seven Fishes

On Friday December 12 we held our second Feast of the Seven Fishes. For those of you who may not be aware, this is a southern Italian feast that has made its way into becoming a staple of Italian-American Christmas time traditions. The tradition grew out of a need to celebrate Christmas in grand fashion. Because fish is much more plentiful in southern Italy, not to mention how much cheaper it is than red meat, seven fish would be cooked and prepared for the whole family. Like any tradition, however, nothing stays the same forever, and the meal has changed in America to not only reflect the traditional fishes that would most often be eaten, but also the ones that are most available to us here. Due to the big crowds we were expecting (we had 38 people crammed into our lounge at one point, crazy) our meal turned into the Feast of the Nine Fishes. These included Fried Calamari, Bakala
two types of Eel, Baked Haddock, Merluts, Smelts, Linguine and Clams, and even some crab cakes for the less adventurous...not to mention our sides and desserts of course. We had three tables filled with food. Three. Check out some of the pics below

This was our main table, filled with fish and sides...and maybe a little vino

I caused a grease fire at one point. It was almost scary. Also, Dr. Florio and I were chastised for not practicing the old "clean as you cook" method. We ended up not having to do any cleaning ourselves, however, so I think we can confidently say we won that battle.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Goya Night

On November 21st Dr. Ortiz brought along some of her favorite Regis colleagues and students (not to mention her Hispanic Culture class) to the MFA to see the critically received "Goya: Order and Disorder" exhibit, which is the largest collection of the artist's works in North America in the past twenty five years. Dr. Ortiz was lucky enough to have seen both that original exhibit and this one. While the earlier exhibit focused on Goya's more naturalist portraits, this exhibit featured both his realist works as well as his more experimental, Romanticist paintings and sketches. 

Kerry and the two Sarahs outside of the MFA before the exhibit 

Group photo of everyone that attended the Goya exhibit

Me (above) giving a brief introduction to Goya before Dr. Ortiz's wonderful students present (below). As part of the work for their class, students attended the Goya exhibit, decorated, cooked, and presented at our "Goya Night" the week after Thanksgiving. Students focused on Goya's different styles, as well as how changes in his life influenced those styles. 

 The delicious cake one student made

 Some of the other delicious food Dr. Ortiz's students 
put together, including the best homemade
 flan this department has ever eaten 

Monday, January 26, 2015

NEMA Conference

It's been a while since our last post, but now that school has once again started it's back at it! The first in a series of posts where I try to catch up on all the events we had at the end of last semester is going to be focused on our department's recent trip to NEMA, the New England Museum Association. Professor Kathryn Edney, Karen Dropps, one of our 2014 graduates, myself, and our director, Dr. Raffaele Florio, attended the event. 

Karen had this to say about the conference: 

  • Back in November, I attended the NEMA annual conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts with several other members of the Heritage Studies department.  The conference was a three day gathering of over 1300 members of the museum field in New England.  I attended sessions on many subjects including, interactive exhibits, integrating core curriculum into exhibits, and graduate schools.  Overall it was a great few days in which I know I learned many new things and made some great new connections.  At our table, many interested participants were eager to learn more about our program at Regis College, and hopefully they may be members of the department in the future. 

The view of our conference bright and (super) early


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Question for You

Here's a totally hypothetical question for you. Say, for example, that it is nearing the end of the semester. Say that you and everyone around you are losing your minds as finals draws ever near. Say that you really need something completely random and bizarre to get you through just one more middle of the week, slug-it-out-with-academia kind of moods. Would a completely nonsensical election help you through it? Let's say, oh, I don't know, that your department needed to decide which of the following two uplifting figures was going to be your new, unofficial program mascot. 

One is a Dancing Diva Cow whose fashion sense is entirely her own,
and whose extracurricular activities would leave any 
aspiring starlet jealous

The other is Paddington Panda Bear, a sassy, lovable visitor from the 
far east who, while he may not be able to procreate 
in captivity, is more than willing to lend out 
hugs where he can to whomever he can

Which one would you choose for this entirely hypothetical, not insane election? 


Monday, November 3, 2014

Dia de los Muertos!

Our celebration was a success!

Thanks to the combined efforts of Heritage Studies and Campus Ministry our Dia de los Muertos celebration honored the spirits and then some. Some highlights of the night included a reflection and prayer courtesy of Sister Betsy, a presentation on the pagan, Latin American, and Catholic roots of Dia de los Muertos by Ben Remillard, and assorted presentations by Dr. Ortiz's seminar students. Of course, there was a copious amount of candy, drinks (including a deliciously warm cider brewed by our own Dr. Ortiz), and snacks courtesy of our department co-sponsors. The night was capped off with students trying their hands at sugar skull style face painting. A big thank you goes out to the 40+ people that showed up to our event.

Check out some of our pictures from the event below (check back for updates later in the week!)

Our brave intern Ana was the trendsetter of
the night thanks to her half-face painting

Amber, post-painting

Here, our resident artist Kerry is in the middle of one of
her many masterpieces of the night

The new face of our program?

For those of you who couldn't tell, that's Dr. Ortiz
behind the mask
Ana hard at work on our altar

The finished version
Dr Ortiz's students presenting an original song

Ana presenting as part of her Spanish seminar