Past Working-Class Studies Association President, and Professor of English at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, Michele Fazio has won the University of North Carolina’s System Award for Teaching Excellence.
The award is the highest post-secondary award in the state of North Carolina. Fazio will be formally honored and will serve as UNC-Pembroke’s winter commencement speaker.
Working-Class Studies Association Secretary Colby King will be giving a talk and a workshop on supporting the working class at the people’s universities this week at UNC-Pembroke. An Assistant Professor of Sociology at USC-Upstate, King will be discussing how state comprehensive universities (SCUs) host a large proportion of students, as well as faculty and staff, from working class backgrounds. He will describe Class Beyond the Classroom, a program he founded at Bridgewater State University with colleagues including fellow WCSA member Sean McPherson which worked to support students, faculty, and staff from these backgrounds through story-sharing events and other campus activities. Recognizing the contexts for SCUs today and their pivotal role in supporting working class college students, the events will highlight what working class college students, faculty, and staff, who also disproportionately represent a wide array of marginalized identities on campus, contribute to their institutions.
Please join other attendees for a reception and talk on “A Neglected Legacy: Reclaiming a Radical Past,” from former WCSA President, Michele Fazio, PhD at Lawrence Heritage State Park Sunday, October 6, at 2pm.
The exhibit tells the story of how Fazio, an Italian-American originally from Massachusetts, discovered her family’s hidden history. An alumna of MA’s Bridgewater State University, Fazio is an Associate Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
The exhibit is open daily from 9am until 4pm, October 6th through 28th.
1 Jackson Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
The program is supported in part by grants from the Lawrence Cultural Council and the Freetown Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.