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Tadler Center for the Humanities

Charolette Gordon


Welcome to the Tadler Center for the Humanities. My name is Charlotte Gordon. I am a distinguished professor of English and the author of six books.

Founded in 2018, the Tadler supports interdisciplinary work in the humanities through fellowships, programming, and special projects. In everything we do, we seek to represent a diverse range of voices and perspectives.

We hope to see you at one of this semester's upcoming events.

Upcoming Events at The Tadler Center for the Humanities

January O'Neil

January O'Neil

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
3:30 pm in Center for Belonging.

Poet January O'Neil will read from her new book, Glitter Road.

January Gill O'Neil is an associate professor at Salem State University and the author of Glitter Road (2024), Rewilding (2018), Misery Islands (2014), and Underlife (2009), all published by CavanKerry Press. From 2012-2018, she served as the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. The recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Cave Canem, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, O'Neil was the 2019-2020 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. She currently serves as the 2022-2024 board chair of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). She lives in Beverly, MA.

Tickets available here

Finding Her Beat

Finding Her Beat: Film & Discussion

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 | 7 p.m.
Rose Theater

Join us for a film screening of Finding Her Beat. A master of Japanese drumming and a Korean adoptee from Minnesota boldly convene an all-female troupe to perform Taiko, the Japanese drumming art that has been off-limits to women for centuries. As the early menace of Covid rumbles in the background, the group faces down hurdles to prepare for a historic performance in snowy St. Paul. Buoyed by dynamic drum performances and do-or-die spirit, Finding Her Beat is an energizing and uplifting story of music, cultural expression and sisterhood.

This event is co-sponsored by the Endicott College Center for Belonging.

Tickets available here

Brittany Perham

Brittany Perham

Thursday, March 28, 2024
3:30 PM in Wax 327

Poet Brittany Perham will read from her award winning book, Double Portrait.

Brittany Perham's most recent book, Double Portrait (W.W. Norton, 2017), was selected by Claudia Rankine for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She is also the author of The Curiosities (Free Verse Editions, 2012); and, with Kim Addonizio, the collaborative word/art project The Night Could Go in Either Direction (SHP, 2016). Her work has received support from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, the James Merrill House Foundation, the University of Kentucky Mill House Residency Program, the Vermont Studio Center, the Wallace Stegner Fellowship Program, and Yaddo. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University and she lives in San Francisco.

This event is not ticketed.

Stephanie Land

An Evening with Stephanie Land: Exploring Resilience in Pursuit of Dreams

Thursday, April 11, 2024 | 5 p.m.
Klebanoff Auditorium

Author Stephanie Land is coming to Endicott to talk about her new memoir, Class, on April 11, 2024, at 5 p.m. in the Klebanoff Auditorium. Land's first book, Maid, a best-seller, was the basis for the Emmy-nominated Netflix series of the same name. In both books, Land explores her life as a single mom, struggling with poverty, domestic abuse, and the challenges of pursuing a college degree. The talk will last for 45 minutes with a 15-minute Q&A for attendees afterwards.

After the talk, there will be a book signing and reception directly outside of the Klebanoff in the lobby. 

More information about Stephanie Land and her work:

Maid was a story about a housecleaner, but it was also a story about a woman with a dream. In Class, Land takes us with her as she finishes college and pursues her writing career. Facing barriers at every turn including a byzantine loan system, not having enough money for food, navigating the judgments of professors and fellow students who didn’t understand the demands of attending college while under the poverty line—Land finds a way to survive once again, finally graduating in her mid-thirties. A Good Morning America Book Club Pick, Class was praised as “eye-opening and heartrending” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), “raw and inspiring” (People), and “intimate, utterly revealing” (The New York Times).

Land writes about economic and social justice, domestic abuse, chronic illness, and motherhood, and has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, and The New York Review of Books, among many other outlets. A writing fellow at the Center for Community Change, she has worked with Barbara Ehrenreich at the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

Tickets available here

Past Events at The Tadler Center for the Humanities

  • Past Events


    April 20; Kiese Laymon

    MacArthur Fellow and award-winning author of the groundbreaking essay collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America and the genre-defying novel Long Division, will be speaking about his work, including his beststelling memoir, Heavy: An American Memoir.

    April 4; Carolyn Cooke


    March 28; January O'Neil & Alexandra Marvar

    Emmett Till

    February 8; Phoebe Potts: Too fat for China

    Comic storyteller and professional Jew, as she tries, fails and eventually succeeds to adopt a baby.


    October 12; Laugh it Out III: Comedy, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Bethany Van Delft hosts a comedian showcase about issues of race, queerness, and inclusion

    September 29; Fish Tales, by the Gloucester Writers Center

    students and professors tell their own personal stories on the theme "Song"

    September 23; Fernande Tohme

    economics and philosophy

    September23; Julian Aguon and Joanna Kreilick, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists

    speaks on the themes of climate change and environmental justice

    September 12; Young Vo

    discusses new book, The 5 Things I've Learned So Far

    May 11; Elizabeth Matelski awarded Tadler Fellowship

    April 21; Imani Perry

    discusses new book, South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation

    April 12; Alex Gino

    Part of Endicott’s inaugural PRIDE celebration, reads from new book, Melissa

    March 30; Christine Schutt

    gives public reading of extracts from Pure Hollywood (2018) and visited Elizabeth Winthrop’s classes

    March 1; January Gill O’Neil and Alexandra Marvar

    Emmett Till


    April 15; Nancy Sherman

    speaks on her new book Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons for Modern Resilience


    October 6; Kate Bolick

    Discusses her new book Spinster

    February 18; Christine Schutt

    gives public reading of extracts from Pure Hollywood (2018) and visited Elizabeth Winthrop’s classes


    October 15; Phil DeLoria

    delivered a lecture on "The American Indian in American Popular Culture”

    February 28; Jill Lepore

    staff writer for The New Yorker and Harvard historian, discussed "The Rise and Fall of the Fact"


    November 8; Charlotte Gordon

    Tadler Center inaugural event/lecture on Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley

    October 9; Kate Bolick

    discussed Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own

  • About

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

    Founded in 2018, Endicott’s Tadler Center for the Humanities promotes the arts and humanities at the college and community level by:

    • fostering public awareness and understanding of the humanities through program offerings that engage audiences at local, national, and international levels;
    • supporting the core values of the humanities - including aesthetic exploration, intellectual inquiry, and historical understanding - through interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives; and 
    • encouraging dialogue, creativity, and inquiry through the support of bold and innovative work by artists, writers, scholars, and students in the humanities.
  • 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 award provides full time faculty members 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.

    Tadler Center for the Humanities Course Releases
    The Tadler Center for the Humanities will grant 1-2 course releases a year, based on the merit of the applications. The Tadler welcomes proposals from faculty who are working on long term projects, such as book length manuscripts.
    Application and Review Process
    Faculty submit proposals by the deadline listed below that include: 

    1. a description of the faculty member’s project; 
    2. the faculty member’s goals; 
    3. a timeline for the project;
    4. an explanation of how the course release will benefit the faculty member and the college; 
    5. confirmation that the faculty member has consulted with their dean around the planned course release, should it be awarded; and
    6. confirmation that the faculty member has not received an ECFA professional development course release
      for the same semester. 


    Proposals must be submitted no later than September 15 for the spring semester and February 15 for the fall semester. 


    Review Process:
    A three-person committee, appointed by the director, will decide on the merits of the proposals. The committee will send their recommendations to the director, who will have the final say on the applications. If a proposal is approved by the director, the director will send the decision to the provost who will ensure that the proposed course release aligns with the goals of the college before granting final approval.

    Please refer to the Professional Development committee's document for tips on how to write a successful application: 

    Apply Now


    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. 

  • Fellowship Winners
    Sara Johnson Allen, Professor of Communication, and Elizabeth Winthrop, Associate Professor of English, have won this year's Tadler Fellowships.

    Sara's current project is an exploration of cultural and political history, centering on her 17th century home in Ipswich, Massachusetts. She will work with local historians and archaeologists to uncover the history of the people who lived in her house over the last three centuries and thematically connect the story of the past residents with those living in the house since 2010: Sara's own family.

    Elizabeth Winthrop is using her fellowship to continue work on a novel which explores the ramifications of American foreign policy in the middle east, the rise and appeal of ISIS, and the aftermath of the group’s fall in 2019. The novel specifically tells the story of one of the many young western women who has traveled to Syria to join ISIS, and the fate of the child she has after the group has been defeated.