MCLA Faculty Authors Present Panel on Book Writing and Publishing

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NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — MCLA faculty members from different academic departments will present an April 6 virtual roundtable discussion about their most recent and forthcoming book publications from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 6. 
Featured speakers will share information about their books, writing practices, and publishing processes.  
This event is free and open to the public, and community members are welcome to attend. Register in advance at
Moderated by Assistant Professor of English Victoria Papa, who also directs The Mind's Eye, a research and praxis initiative at MCLA, featured speakers include professors from the College's English & Communications, Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, and Philosophy departments.  
Featured speakers: 
  • Caren Beilin, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and author of Blackfishing the IUD (Wolfman Books, 2019) 
  • Ingrid E. Castro, Professor of Sociology and editor/author of Childhood, Agency, and Fantasy: Walking in Other Worlds (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2021) 
  • Kelli Newby, Adjunct Instructor of English and author of The Good Girl's Guide to Fantasy and Adventure (self-published, 2021) 
  • Paul Nnodim, Professor of Philosophy and author of Beyond Justice as Fairness: Rethinking Rawls from a Cross-Cultural Perspective (Lexington - Rowman, 2020) 
  • Gerol Petruzella, Director of Academic Technology and author of The Cruellest Month: 30 days of microfic from the pandemic era (Shires Press, 2020) 
  • Jenna Sciuto, Associate Professor of English and author of Policing Intimacy: Law, Sexuality, and the Color Line in Twentieth-Century Hemispheric American Literature (University Press of Mississippi, forthcoming 2021)    
This event is co-hosted by the MCLA Alumni Office and The Mind's Eye. Learn more about the faculty members and their work at

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By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
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Board of Health Chairman John Meaney, who as general manager of Northern Berkshire EMS has been part of the group operating the clinic, said it wasn't clear how many North Adams residents that included. 
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