Now in its 20th year, the Colgate Writers’ Conference has blossomed into a cooperative literary haven for writers of all ages and literary interests. This past week, more than 40 writers enjoyed workshops, craft talks, and readings. For many, it was the opportunity to return to a collegiate environment (several even experienced an early morning fire alarm in a first-year residence hall) ripe with intellectual sharing and inspiration. They came, they wrote, they collaborated. Here are some reflections: Read more
On April 24, 1915, the arrests of 250 cultural leaders in Constantinople/Istanbul set in motion the mass-killing of more than a million Armenians in Turkey. The Armenian genocide became the template for genocide in the 20th century.
Peter Balakian, Colgate’s Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the humanities, a leading international expert on the subject, has discussed the genocide on The Charlie Rose show and on 60 Minutes with Bob Simon. He is the author of numerous books including The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response, and Black Dog of Fate, both New York Times “notables” and best sellers.
Devil’s food cupcakes with red, orange, and yellow “tongues-of-fire” frosting, chili said to be hotter than Hell, and Adam’s apple turnovers were just a few of the extra touches that brought the story of Satan, Adam, and Eve to life during the reading of Paradise Lost on March 1. Read more
Colgate students earned three awards, including outstanding small delegation, as one of just three schools from the United States to participate in the Harvard National Model United Nations of Latin America in Peru last month.
Howard Fineman ’70, H’11, one of Colgate’s most well-known alumni in the media field, has been appointed global editorial director at the Huffington Post. Fineman, who was previously an editorial director at the company, will now be in charge of supervising U.S. news coverage as well 13 international editions and others that will come online in the future. Read more
Colgate Professor Peter Balakian recently joined four other American writers on a U.S. State Department-sponsored trip to Istanbul, Turkey, and Yerevan, Armenia.
The trip, part of the University of Iowa International Writers Program, was a cultural exchange designed to encourage dialogue between the two countries as the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide draws near.
Our class starts the same way it does on any other Thursday, except this week English professors Jennifer Brice and Jane Pinchin walk in with renowned author Jonathan Franzen. They introduce him and say, “He knows the drill,” which we all know means we get to spend the next 75 minutes asking him any questions we want.
Franzen starts by saying, “I am a writer, and I am alive.”
Twenty-five years ago, professor Frederick Busch designed Living Writers as a way to bring students together with famous writers.
In the summer of 2012, I interned at a Buffalo-based law firm and promptly learned that I did not want to be a lawyer. However, during one day that summer, I was browsing the Internet for interviews with one of my favorite bands, called Every Time I Die, when I stumbled across a music website called MindEqualsBlown.net, and discovered that it was looking for writers. I sent in an application, wrote several trial pieces, and became a volunteer staff writer that September, thus beginning my journey into the world of music journalism.
Colgate students are participating in internships in a variety of fields and locations this summer. This post is by Natalie Sportelli ’15, an English major from Jamesville, N.Y., who is working at Forbes magazine.
This summer, I moved to New York City to work for the editorial department at Forbes magazine. Covering business, politics, investing and more, Forbes Inc. is a dual-platform media company that publishes a biweekly magazine, operates a high-traffic website, and hosts summits where the world’s foremost leaders in their fields come together to discuss topics like philanthropy, health care, and entrepreneurship.
Jessica Hall ‘14, of Gallatin, Tenn., has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to South Korea.
Hall, a double major in English literature and anthropology, has had a strong interest in South Korean music and theater since high school. Her senior thesis in anthropology focused on Korean popular music and the fan communities that have developed around it.
Emma Ellis ‘14, of Northwood, N.J., has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Mongolia.
Ellis, an English major with a concentration in creative writing, was a peer consultant at Colgate’s Writing and Speaking Center, where she found helping students to effectively communicate their thoughts to be inspiring and personally gratifying. Ellis said she hopes to have similar impact on her students in Mongolia.
Marjorie Bradley Kellogg, associate professor of English and scene designer at Colgate, was recently awarded The Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design. The prestigious award was presented by the Theatre Development Fund earlier this month at the Hudson Theater in New York City.
Kellogg was presented with the award by Kenny Leon, the director whose most recent Broadway work includes Holler If Ya Hear Me, A Raisin in the Sun, and Fences.
Major grants and Picker Research Fellowship awards for 2014-15 are funding dozens of faculty research projects both on and off campus, with subjects ranging from Middle English punctuation to Russian climate science to the creation of an experimental documentary.
For biology professor Endga Hagos, his major grant funding will help continue research into the workings of the cancer-suppression gene Kruppel-like factor 4, a known tumor suppressor that plays a major role in the prevention of colon cancer.
Gloria Borger ’74, P’10, chief political analyst for CNN and a member of the first coeducational class to graduate from Colgate, will deliver the keynote address at Colgate’s 193rd commencement on Sunday, May 18, in Sanford Field House.
Borger is CNN’s chief political analyst, appearing daily on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The Lead with Jake Tapper, and across CNN’s prime time programs.
Since joining the network in 2007, she has reported on a variety of political and breaking news topics ranging from the death of Osama bin Laden to the 2013 government shutdown. She was a prominent analyst during CNN’s election night coverage. She writes a regular column for CNN.com. Read more
Colgate University is conducting Twitter interviews with alumni from around the world. The first interview was Monday with Michael Sippey ’90, an English major who is an advisor to Twitter after having worked there as vice president of product development, and who also worked at SAY Media and at Six Apart.
On a recent day in New York City, a dozen students from the on-campus Colgate Entertainment Group met Colgate alumni and toured such locations as Viacom and NBC Universal.
The daylong itinerary helped students get great advice and see that a large number of alumni in the entertainment field are part of a strong network living in New York City as well as in California. The trip helped alumni in the entertainment industry connect with the university.
In a letter to the editor in the Book Review section of today’s New York Times, Howard Fineman ’70 recalled the teaching talent and dedication of Fred Busch. The author of The Stories of Frederick Busch died in 2006 and his posthumous collection of stories has received rave reviews.
Fineman, one of Busch’s first students at Colgate, gave a plug to Living Writers, the popular program of the English department that draws leading writers to the university to give public readings and meet with students in the classroom: “He began a visiting writers series — one of the first of its kind — that continues at Colgate to this day, and he left behind generations of appreciative students (and many professional authors, editors, screenwriters and journalists) … ”
Colgate professor Peter Balakian’s essay about the villa where Nazi SS leaders made the plan to annihilate the Jews of Europe was published this week in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The essay comes as events are scheduled around the world in observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is January 27. That day recognizes the date that Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz death camp in Poland in 1945.
Before last summer, Arielle Sperling ’14 hadn’t so much as gone fishing, never mind touched a fish. But during her internship in Ashton, Idaho, Sperling found herself hip-deep in trout. The environmental studies major from White Plains, N.Y., was the only Colgate student in a group of researchers who were looking at the habitat selection of adult rainbow trout.
Every year, Colgate sends a student to intern with the Henry’s Fork Foundation through a fellowship program funded by the late Jeffry Timmons ’64 and his wife, Sara. This year’s group was trying to gain a better understanding of where the fish feed and to determine the water variables (depth, temperature, flow rate, and substrates) of those spots.