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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Le Laboratoire Cambridge

Amy Damon, one of our graduates from last year, defended her master's thesis in the fall on deaccessioning in museums. Since then she's taken on a new job at Le Laboratoire Cambridge, a brand new gallery in the heart of Cambridge. The museum describes itself as

"a unique art and design center that invites visitors to explore the experiments and wonders of innovators of all kinds discovering at frontiers of science - from leading artists and designers to chefs and master perfumers. Founded in 2007 in Paris by renowned inventor, writer, and Harvard Professor David Edwards, Le Laboratoire now opens in Cambridge as the new center of ArtScience Labs, a global organization dedicated to the development of the most radical ideas that transform the way we learn, imagine and evolve. The design, and architecture, of Le Laboratoire Cambridge, is the work of French designer Mathieu Lehanneur and the American architects Zeke Brown and Josh Fenollosa."

The exhibit which ended earlier this week, "Vocal Vibrations," was recently featured on PBS. If you tune into the second part of the video you'll see Amy exhibiting one of the pieces for the gallery.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Adam Capen, Jr. Public Lecture

 Karen Dropps, who recently defended her master's thesis in Heritage Studies, presented her work on Stoughton resident Adam Capen, Jr. in a public lecture, Sunday March 15 at the Stoughton Historical Society. Congrats Karen!

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