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Tadler Center for the Humanities

Enriching the intellectual life of the college and community through the arts & humanities.

Imani Perry

Featured Speaker

Dr. Imani Perry – April 21, 2022, 5 p.m. Rose Theater

A critically-acclaimed author and the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Imani Perry’s work reflects the deeply complex history of Black thought, art, and imagination and her understanding of the racial inequality embedded in American law. Her latest book, South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation, is a narrative journey through the American South, positioning it as the heart of the American experiment for better and worse.

  • About

    The Tadler Center for the Humanities was founded in 2018 to support interdisciplinary research, writing, and teaching in the humanities. The Center hosts public lectures, seminars, conferences and colloquia by visiting artists, writers, and scholars. It also offers funding for faculty projects, including the annual Tadler fellowship, as well as scholarships for outstanding students of the humanities. The Center's mission is to support engagement with the arts and humanities at the College and in the wider community. By bringing together students, faculty, and visiting scholars, the Center enriches the intellectual life of the college and links humanistic research to the public good.

    Mission Statement 

    The Tadler Center for the Humanities fosters interdisciplinary research and teaching that is relevant to current concerns at local, national, and international levels. Humanities scholarship plays a vital role in preserving and extending the values of compassion, understanding, creativity, and democracy in the contemporary world and is also a core element of Endicott College’s commitment to applied liberal arts learning and community engagement.

    By encouraging dialogue, critical analysis, and rigorous inquiry, the Center supports bold and innovative work by scholars and students in humanities disciplines bridging knowledge, creativity, and action.

  • Advisory Board
    Executive Advisory Board:

    Charlotte Gordon, Director, Tadler Center; Distinguished Professor of Humanities
    Samuel Alexander, Faculty Department Lead, Associate Professor   
    Anna Suranyi, Professor, History   
    Elizabeth Matelski, Associate Professor, History   
    Mark Herlihy, Dean, School of Social Sciences, Communication, & Humanities     
    Semahagn Abebe, Assistant Professor 
  • News
    November 2020

    Reverend Irene Monroe spoke to students about slave narratives and the legacy of slavery in America today.

  • Funding

    The Tadler Center supports Endicott faculty in all phases of their careers by providing funding for research, creative and interdisciplinary projects, guest speakers, innovative programming and an annual fellowship.


    Tadler Fellowship

    This annual award provides one full time faculty member with a course release in the spring semester and research funding on a case by case basis.  Proposals should reflect the Tadler Center’s core commitment to creativity, excellence, and inclusivity, as well as an active, innovative engagement with the humanities at the college and in the broader community. We are particularly interested in projects that support our core values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Applications for Spring 2023 are due March 11, 2022. 

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    Tadler Research & Programming Fund


    The Tadler Center is committed to supporting programming and research in the humanities at the college. Faculty and students are invited to apply for funding for speakers, colloquia, research, internships, and travel.  Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis, based upon the originality and quality of applicants’ research proposals, as well as the availability of funds. 



    Tadler Student Scholarship


    The Tadler Center sponsors scholarships for outstanding students in the humanities. For more info, please contact The Office of Financial Aid. 

  • Speaker Series

    Founded in 2019, through the generosity of the Tadler family, the Tadler Speaker Series brings nationally recognized speakers to campus, offering students and the community the rare opportunity to hear and engage with the scholars, writers, and artist who are among the most important voices of our time.


    2022 Speakers


    Featured Speaker: Dr. Imani Perry–April 21, 2022, 5 p.m. Rose Theater

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    Spring 2022 Speakers


    Alex Marvar, is a freelance writer and photographer based in Savannah, Georgia.  Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, Vanity Fair, and many other publications. January O'Neil, is the author of Rewilding (fall 2018)Misery Islands (2014), and Underlife (2009), published by CavanKerry Press. She is an assistant professor of English at Salem State University. From 2012-2018, she served as executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Her poems and articles have appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, American Poetry ReviewNew England ReviewPloughshares and many other publications.
    Alex and January will be speaking about their writing on Emmet Till and discuss his legacy March 1 from 3:30–4:45 p.m. in WAX 237. All are welcome.
    Novelist and short story writer, Christine Schutt, will be in residence March 28–31. She will teach writing workshops and give a reading from her work.  Schutt is the author of three short story collections, Nightwork; A Day, a Night, Another Day, Summer; and most recently, Pure Hollywood. Her first novel, Florida, was a National Book Award finalist; her second novel, All Souls, a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize.  A third novel, Prosperous Friends, was noted in The New Yorker as one of the best books of 2012.  Her stories have appeared in NOON, Granta, Harper’s,Oxford American, Fence, and other publications.


    Past Speakers


    Jill Lepore, staff writer for The New Yorker and Harvard historian, discussed "The Rise and Fall of the Fact" in a lecture at Endicott. Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker, and the host of the podcastThe Last ArchiveA prize-winning professor, she teaches classes in evidence, historical methods, humanistic inquiry, and American history. Much of her scholarship explores absences and asymmetries in the historical record, with a particular emphasis on the history and technology of evidence. As a wide-ranging and prolific essayist, Lepore writes about American history, law, literature, and politics. She is the author of many award-winning books, including the international bestseller, These Truths: A History of the United States(2018). Her latest book is IF THEN: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future,, longlisted for the National Book Award. She is currently working on a study of the history of attempts to amend the U.S. Constitution.



    Phil Deloria, leading Native American studies scholar, delivered a lecture on "The American Indian in American Popular Culture,” Dr. Deloria is Professor of History at Harvard University and a past President of the American Studies Association.  He has authored numerous books, including Playing Indian, which traces the tradition of white “Indian play” from the Boston Tea Party to the New Age movement, and Indians in Unexpected Places, which examines the ideologies surrounding Indian people in the early twentieth century and the ways Native Americans challenged them through sports, travel, automobility, film, and musical performance.  His most recent book is Becoming Mary Sully: Toward an American Indian Abstract.

    Christine Schutt, renowned author: Over a span of two days, celebrated fiction writer Christine Schutt gave a public reading of her work and visited two creative writing classes at the College.  On February 18, Schutt read "The Duchess of Albany" from her Pure Hollywood and Other Stories (2018) collection, and then took questions from the audience about the story, her writing process, and her career. The following day she visited two of Professor Elizabeth Winthrop's classes—Writing Short Fiction II and Writing the Novel II.  

    In addition to Pure Hollywood, Schutt is the author of two other short story collections: Nightwork and A Day, a Night, Another Day, Summer. Her first novel, Florida, was a National Book Award finalist; her second novel, All Souls, a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize.  A third novel, Prosperous Friends, was noted in The New Yorker as one of the best books of 2012.  Her stories have appeared in NOON, Granta, Harper’s, Oxford American, Fence, and other publications. Schutt has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and New York Foundation of the Arts grant.  She has twice won the O.Henry Short Story Prize, and her stories have been anthologized.