NCC Faculty Member Selected to Hold Kopecek Chair

“100 Years of Women’s Suffrage” will be the focus of Dr. Cara McClintock-Walsh’s research and programming

Dr. Cara McClintock-Walsh

Dr. Cara McClintock-Walsh, professor of English, has been selected to hold the Robert J. Kopecek Endowed Chair in the Humanities of Northampton Community College (NCC). Over the next three years, McClintock-Walsh will develop her proposal “To the wrongs that need resistance, to the right that needs assistance:  100 Years of Women’s Suffrage.” It includes studying women’s history, literature, and culture on the curricular level, the program level, the campus level and beyond to extend to the community.

The Kopecek Chair was established in honor of Dr. Robert J. Kopecek, who served as NCC’s president from 1977 until 2003. The endowed faculty chair is the result of the successful completion of a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant in 1997. It is intended for faculty who envision a long-term project in the humanities that involves research, initiative and student involvement.

The year 2020 marks the hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage in America, a milestone that will be celebrated locally, nationally and internationally. This historic commemoration grants NCC the opportunity to use the humanities to reveal and reflect upon women’s contributions to American life and culture.

While the 100 years between women gaining the right to vote and the current moment bear testament to the great progress women have made, women still struggle to achieve parity in most occupations and government. Recent groundswell movement and moments point to the ways in which the questions raised by first and second wave feminists remain relevant and urgent today.

Dr. McClintock-Walsh says, “I would like to take advantage of the fortuitous timing to focus attention on women’s history, literature, and culture on the curricular level, the program level, the campus level and beyond. Because feminism has always been plural, these projects will emphasize inclusivity and examine the lives and contributions of women from diverse racial backgrounds and sexual orientations. This project directly benefits our students, our curriculum, our faculty and our community.”

In addition to being a professor of English at NCC, Dr. McClintock-Walsh is also the coordinator of the honors program and teaches courses in women’s studies.  She earned her bachelor’s degree with honors in English from Gettysburg College, and her MA and PhD in literature from Boston University.  Her dissertation is entitled, “No Country: Anarchy and Motherhood in the Modernist Novel,” and she has presented chapters from her dissertation at the Futures of American Studies Conference at Dartmouth College and at the Maverick Voices International Conference in at Durham University in Durham, England.  Her recent scholarship involves examining the connections between Irish and African American theatre.  She has published articles on W.B Yeats and Raymond Carver and has presented at many conferences, both on literary and pedagogical topics.