Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Awards Night Victors!

The Heritage Studies department made out big at this year's Leadership Banquet. Kerry Pintabona and myself won two of the three "Graduate Student Star" awards, while Dr. Kate Edney won the "Lifesaver" award. Yay to us! And thanks to all those that nominated us and work with us everyday. This department wouldn't be the success that it is without the enormous team effort it takes to keep everything rolling. 


Poetry Night

Last month, as part of National Poetry Month, Heritage Studies teamed up with the English Department to host our second ever Poetry Night. With about thirty-five people squeezed into the lounge it marked another successful event. Students, faculty, and staff participated by reading different works; poems and songs, original and otherwise. Check out some pictures from the event below. 


 Rachel was the bravest of us all and led the night off (above), while 
Dr. Julia Lisella read some original work of her own (below)


 Here I am reading one of my favorite pieces by John Wilmot, the 2nd Earl of Rochester (below)


This is the poster we made for the event. I was a little sad when not everyone realized what I wrote for the description was actually in the form of haikus, and not just me writing poorly. 


Friday, May 1, 2015

Two More Master's Theses Successfully Defended

The past few weeks have been awful busy as classes have come to an end and two more of our graduate students have successfully defended their theses. First, we had Kerry Pintabona, who channeled the work of such theorists as Marshall McLuhan and Alison Landsberg to defend her thesis, "Framing Artwork in a Digital Age." Then we had Sarah Sedman successfully defend her microhistory of her grandmother, which was entitled, “Toby Sedman: Jewish American Lower Class Woman." It was truly wonderful work by both of these young scholars. 

Congrats again to Kerry (left) and Sarah (right)!