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Tadler Center for the Humanities

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.

Julian Aguon

Fall Speaker

Environmental Justice: A Conversation Between Environmental Lawyer Julian Aguon and Johanna Chao Kreilick, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists

September 23, 4 p.m. Klebanoff Auditorium

Union of Concerned Scientists President Johanna Chao Kreilick will moderate a discussion with activist-writer Julian Aguon, an Indigenous human rights lawyer and writer from Guam. The topic will be the role of the humanities, law and science in advancing climate justice, democratic practice and nuclear abolition.

Aguon is the founder of Blue Ocean Law, a firm that works at the intersection of Indigenous rights and environmental justice. He is one of the most compelling thinkers and writers of our times, whose prose and poetry provide a searing commentary on entrenched systems of power, while also shining a light on the inspiring acts of everyday heroes. Aguon’s most recent book,  No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies, is part memoir, part manifesto, and a coming-of-age story that serves as a call for justice.
 
Julian's books will be for sale after the event. 
 

Upcoming Events

Fall 2022

Fish Tales, Thursday, September 29, 7:30–10:30 p.m.
Watch students and professors tell their own personal stories on the theme, "Song."  Featuring Megan Hemenway, Professors Rich Nastasi, Luke Reynolds, and Hugo Burnham.

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Spring 2023

 

Keise LaymonApril 20, 2023, 5 p.m.

  • 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 
     
  • 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 fall 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 Fall 2023 are due February 1, 2023.

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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 artists who are among the most important voices of our time.

     

    2022 Speakers

     

    Julian Aguon is an Indigenous human rights lawyer and writer from Guam. He is the founder of Blue Ocean Law, a progressive firm that works at the intersection of Indigenous rights and environmental justice. He serves on the Global Advisory Council of Progressive International.

     

    Fish Tales,Watch students and professors tell their own personal stories on the theme, "Song."  Featuring Megan Hemenway, Professors Rich Nastasi, Luke Reynolds, and Hugo Burnham.

     

    Young Vo, The 5 Things I've Learned So Far; Young Vo is an acclaimed animator, illustrator, and author of children's literature. His recent book Gibberish was praised by the New York Times as "a tender reflection of what it feels like when linguistic connections spark and fizz, and one’s first few words suddenly multiply to equal 'home.'" 

     

     

    Past Speakers

     

     

    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.

     

    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.

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    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. 

     

    Dr. Imani Perry. 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.

     

    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.

    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.