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MCLA Professor and Author Caren Beilin to be 2021 Hardman Scholar-in-Residence

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. —Dr. Caren Beilin, an assistant professor in MCLA’s English & Communications Department, will offer a free community conversation at 5:30 p.m. on March 9, 2021, via Zoom, in her role as this spring semester’s Hardman Scholar-in-Residence.


This event is free and open to the public; visit to register. Beilin will also present a special faculty talk via Zoom at noon on March 9.


Beilin is a creative writer working at the intersection of feminism and disability poetics. She is the author most recently of the nonfiction book Blackfishing the IUD (Wolfman Books, 2019), a CLMP Firecracker Award nominee. Her other books include a memoir, Spain (Rescue Press, 2018), and a novel, The University of Pennsylvania (Noemi Press, 2014).


In addition to her work as a professor and author, Dr. Beilin has developed a new residency program in coordination with MASS MoCA that will invite young emerging writers into the MCLA and North Adams community. Her talk will highlight this new exciting programming and the ways the Hardman Special Initiative funding has been key to its launch.


Made possible through the Hardman Family Endowment, this series, which also includes the annual fall Hardman Lecture, presents in-depth discussions with some of the leading journalists of our time.


About MCLA:
At MCLA, we’re here for all — and focused on each — of our students. Classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate our students as individuals, as leaders, communicators, fully empowered to make their impressions on the world. In addition to our 125-year commitment to public education we have fortified our commitment to equitable academic excellence. For eight of the last 10 years, MCLA has been named a Top Ten College by U.S. News and World Report. MCLA also appears on the organization’s list of top National Public Liberal Arts Colleges, as well as on the top 50 schools in U.S. News’ Social Mobility Ranking, which measures how well schools graduate students who receive Federal Pell Grants.


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