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  • Twins Hannah, left, and Emily Reilly. Feb 21, 2018 —
    A comedy-horror short film produced by Merrimack twins Emily and Hannah Reilly is among 12 semifinalists in New England Sports Network’s video production contest for the popular “NESN Next Producer” television show.
  • Nov 13, 2017 —
    Merrimack’s popular director of media instructional services, Kevin Salemme, will deliver the honors program’s annual Last Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Cascia Hall.
  • Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Brittnie Aiello presents a diploma to an inmate during a ceremony ... Jan 30, 2018 —
    Eleven inmates at the Essex County Sheriff’s Department Middleton (Massachusetts) Jail earned four credits from Merrimack College as part of an innovative program in which they completed the new course “Institutions and Inequality” at the end of the fall semester.
  • Nov 13, 2017 —
    More than 150 Merrimack students participated in the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian Muslim Relations’ annual Kristallnacht commemoration, “Shattered Glass, Shattered Lives,” Nov. 8 at Temple Emanuel of Andover. The event included a performance by the Merrimack Concert Choir, under the direction of Hugh Hinton.

Notable & Quotable

  • Joseph Vogel, assistant professor of English, published an article, “The Confessions of Quentin Tarantino: Whitewashing Slave Rebellion in ‘Django Unchained,’” in the March 2018 issue of the Journal of American Culture.

  • Michael DeCesare, professor and chair of sociology, was quoted in a Feb. 7, 2018, Boston Globe story about the ongoing search for the next president of Harvard University. DeCesare, who chairs a committee on university governance at the American Association of University Professors, said the school ought to pick an academic, to send a message to faculty that their work is important. “For Harvard to kind of reaffirm the importance of an academically oriented president would go a long way,” he said.

  • Debra Michals, assistant professor and director of women’s and gender studies, was interviewed for a March 9, 2018, segment on WBUR radio about a new study that claims bones found on Nikumaroro Island in 1940 very likely belong to famed aviator Amelia Earhart, who disappeared over the Pacific in 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate the globe. Because the new study, by researcher Richard Jantz, relied on reinterpreting an original analysis of the bones more than four decades ago rather than the bones themselves, which long ago disappeared, Michals said his study is not likely to close the book on the case. “The mystique around the disappearance of Amelia Earhart will lead a lot of people to that conclusion — that without the real bones, how do we know?” she said.

  • Debra Michals, assistant professor and director of women’s and gender studies, was quoted in a Feb. 2, 2018, Boston Herald story about inspiring places to visit during Black History Month, which is celebrated nationally in February. Michals suggested Harriet Tubman Historical Park, a national park in Upstate New York, which celebrates the famed leader of the Underground Railroad. “What makes her so incredibly striking is that she went back several times after her own escape to freedom to help others,” Michals said. “I don’t think most people today could comprehend what kind of inner fortitude and dedication to the larger cause of freedom that that must have taken.”