2015 Medieval and Renaissance Forum

On Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, Keene State College will host the 36th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum. The two-day academic conference includes faculty panels with undergraduate presentations. Associate professor of English, Meriem Pages, is the director of the forum, which has been held at Plymouth State University for the past 35 years. Read a News Story on the Forum published on April 15.

Presentations by KSC faculty and students:

Spiritual Motherhood and Monastic Familia: Defining the Boundaries between Blood Kin and Monastic Familia in the Early to Central Middle Ages, Susan W. Wade, Keene State College–Friday April 24 at 9:30 AM

Imperfect Men:  Masculinity and Otherness in Early Modern Drama, Brinda Charry, Keene State College–Friday April 24 at 11:00

Peter, Piety and the Plague: Royal Intercession in 14th-Century Cyprus, Stephen Lucey, Keene State College –Friday April 24 at 2:25 PM

Love versus God: The Religion of Love in Medieval Literature, Gabriella Raccio, Keene State College –Saturday April 25 at 10:35 AM

The Need for Sympathetic Characters: An Analysis of Film Adaptations of Beowulf and The Romance of Tristan, Bethany Cooper, Keene State College–Saturday April 25 at 10:35 AM

Gender Fluidity in Medieval London: Considering Transvestite Prostitute Eleanor John as a Lesbian-Like Woman, Samantha Charland, Keene State College–Saturday April 25 at 3:00 PM

“Her Mood Will Needs Be Pitied”: Agency, Madness, The Pathetic, and Ophelia, Emily Cackowski, Keene State College–Saturday April 25 at 3:00 PM

For information about registering for the Medieval and Renaissance Forum, please contact Meriem Pages at mpages@keene.edu

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2015 Janet Grayson Lecture

This year the annual Janet Grayson Lecture Grayson will be the Keynote Address at the Medieval and Renaissance Forum.

Coppélia Kahn will be presenting at 4:30 PM on Saturday April 25 in the Mountain View Room on    “The Making of Shakespeares: Commemoration, Cultural Memory, and the Bard”, which examines the practice of commemorating Shakespeare’s birthday–supposedly April 23.  In this lecture, Kahn deals with theories about how events and iconic figures enter into historical memory and how Shakespeare in particular has become such a figure. Kahn is the author of Man’s Estate: Masculine Identity in Shakespeare (1981) and Roman Shakespeare: Warriors, Wounds, and Women (1997). She has published articles on Shakespeare’s plays and poems, and on gender theory, Freud, Jacobean drama, and questions of race and nation in 20th century constructions of Shakespeare. She is co-editor of Representing Shakespeare: New Psychoanalytic Essays (1980); Shakespeare’s Rough Magic: Essays in Honor of C.L. Barber (1985); Making A Difference: Feminist Literary Criticism (1985); and Changing Subjects: The Making of Feminist Literary Criticism (1993). Her current research concerns the creation of Shakespeare as a cultural icon in the 19th and early 20th centuries in discourses of race and empire. In 2009, she was president of the Shakespeare Association of America.

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Spring 2015 Student Scholarship

A Symposium on Undergraduate Research in Romantic Studies
Thursday, May 7, 3.30 to 5.30 in the Thorne Sagendorph Conference Room

This symposium on Romanticism features students in William Stroup’s ENG 495 Romanticism sequence: English majors Natalie Barnett, Bridget Goodwin, Joshua Snell, John White, and returning student Dr. Arthur Simington. For questions, please contact Professor William Stroup at wstroup@keene.edu

Writing Portfolio Class Reading
Wednesday, April 29 at 4 pm in the Thorne-Sagendorph Conference Room

The members of Jeff Friedman’s Writing Portfolio class—Nick Castine, Becca Falk, Jordan Lemerise, Jill Furcillo, Kelly Decerbo, Ryan Dooley and Collins Utterman—will be reading their fabulous stories, essays, poems. Please come to the reading and bring your students, your friends, your relatives, your children and your pets…Everyone is welcome. The reading is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you at the reading. For questions, please contact Professor Jeff * Friedman at jfriedman@keene.edu


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2014 Grayson Lecture: “Shakespeare’s Brainy Girls: Seeing Beyond the Hysterical”

Students Gabriella Raccio and Bethany Cooper, Grayson speaker Caroline Bicks, and professor Kirsti Sandy and Brinda Charry with professor Janet Grayson

Students Gabriella Raccio and Bethany Cooper, Grayson speaker Caroline Bicks, and professors Kirsti Sandy and Brinda Charry with professor Janet Grayson


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Dr. Caroline Bicks in the Mountain View Room

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Keene is Reading 2013-14: Andrew Solomon’s Far from the Tree

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Emily Robbins Sharpe introducing Andrew Solomon

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Andrew Solomon in the Mabel Brown Room

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Co-Directors of the Keene is Reading Program, Emily Robbins Sharpe and William Stroup with Andrew Solomon and Students

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The Eder Creative Writing Scholarship for 2014-2015

The Eder Creative Writing Scholarship for 2014-2015 has been awarded to Keene State Junior Rebecca Costanzo.

Rebecca Costanzo is a junior Film Studies major with a concentration in film production and a minor in writing.  She came to Keene as a (terrified!) freshman from Bethel, Connecticut but is now glad that she chose Keene State. She has been a member of Phi Sigma Sigma since the spring of her freshman year and is happy to be part of a group of such amazing young women. When she is not with Phi Sig, she spends her time watching films and writing. Her plans for after graduation including working in the film industry as a screenwriter or script supervisor so that she can combine her two passions:  film and writing.  “I feel incredibly blessed to be receiving this award,” says Rebecca. “I cannot express my gratitude enough.”

Rebecca will be reading three of her poems at this month’s Meet New Hampshire’s Poet Laureate, Alice Fogel event on March 26, 2014. The event begins at 4:00 and will be held in the Mountain View Room of the Keene State College Student Center.

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Spring 2014 Events

Meet New Hampshire’s Poet Laureate: Alice Fogel
March 26, 2014 at 4 PM in the Mountain View Room

Alice Fogel will be reading from her poetry. There will be a book signing following the reading.

Keene is Reading Program: Andrew Solomon
March 5th at 7 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room

The 2013-14 Keene is Reading program welcomes Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (2012). Solomon tells the stories of families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender.

The Janet Grayson Lecture in Literary Studies: Caroline Bicks, “Shakespeare’s Brainy Girls: Seeing Beyond the Hysterical”
April 24th at 4 PM in the Mountain View Room 

Caroline Bicks’ talk will explore early modern ideas about female puberty and the cognitive development of adolescent girls. Ophelia’s privileged ability to see and remember Denmark’s past; Juliet’s theatrical skills; Miranda’s “beating mind” — all suggest productive mental abilities that go beyond the hysterical female who has dominated critical and artistic views of Shakespeare and the feminine. Bicks is Associate Professor of English at Boston College and the author of Midwiving Subjects in Shakespeare’s England and co-editor, with Jennifer Summit, of  The History of British Women’s Writing, volume 2. Her non-academic writing has appeared in the “Modern Love” column of the New York Times, on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, NPR’s “All Thing’s Considered,” and in the book and show Afterbirth: Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine. Her award-winning blog, Everyday Shakespeare: Where Bard Meets Life, inspired her humorous cocktail book, Shakespeare, Not Stirred (co-written with Michelle Ephraim, and forthcoming from Perigee in 2015).

All events are free and open to the public.

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Fall 2013 Events

For more information about these events, please go to the Events page.


“Law School Fair”

Students interested in a legal career are encouraged to attend this panel discussion on paths to a legal career and law school admissions by representatives from Northeastern School of Law, Suffolk University Law School, Vermont Law School, University of New Hampshire School of Law, and Western New England University School of Law. Law school admissions information from 1-2 and panel discussion from 2-3.

Tuesday, November 12, Alumni Center, Centennial Hall

Dr. Siobhan Senier, University of New Hampshire,”Digital Decolonization: Building an UnCommon Indigenous Literary Space”

Wednesday , November 13, 2013 at 4PM in Centennial Hall in the Alumni Center

“Resume Writing Workshop for English Majors and Writing Minors,” Beverly Behrmann (Academic & Career Advising) and Kate Tirabassi (English) will be leading a workshop and I’ll be answering students’ questions and workshopping resume drafts

Wednesday, November 13 from 2:30-3:30pm. The workshop will be held in the Student Center, Room 309.


Dr. Emily Robins Sharpe, Assistant Professor of English, “Representations of Jewish Participation in the Spanish Civil War”

Tuesday, December 3, 12:00 PM in Parker 212



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The Janet Grayson Lecture in Literary Studies

The Janet Grayson Lecture in Literary Studies will take place Thursday, April 25, in the Centennial Hall of the Alumni Center from 4-5:30. The speaker for the 2013 event is Virginia Mason Vaughan, Professor of English at Clark University. Professor Vaughan has published three books on Othello and co-edited The Tempest for the Third Arden Series. Her 2005 monograph, Performing Blackness on English Stages, 1470-1800, examines the representation of black Africans on the early modern stage. She recently completed two monographs: ‘The Tempest’: Shakespeare in Performance and Shakespeare in America (with Alden T. Vaughan). This lecture is co-sponsored with the Keene is Reading program

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Student Readings and Presentations

English 307: Writing in the World Service-Learning Project Presentations
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Morrison 110, 2:00-4:00
Students will have completed an 8-week service-learning project during which they developed a series of professional writing documents based on the needs and feedback of their client. The clients will attend the presentation and the campus community will be invited to attend.

Writing Portfolio Reading
Wednesday, May 1
4:00 Reading by KSC alumnus Christopher Locke in the Night Owl Cafe
6:00 Reading by Students in the Thorne Art Gallery Conference Room

Fifth Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
Thursday, May 2, Mountain View Room, 2:00-4:00

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