Professor of Literature and Creative Writing Naomi Guttman had a busy summer: in early July, she traveled to the U.K. to give the paper, "Maple Moon: Landscapes of the Sugar Maple in a Time of Climate Change" at the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. The paper examines the history of maple syrup production and the current and projected effects of climate change on the sugarbush in the northeastern states and provinces.
She then spent three weeks teaching creative writing in Italy for Spoleto Study Abroad, an arts and humanities program for high school students. Students explored central Italy and produced poems, stories, and essays, including a collaborative Pecha Kucha made of sunflower haiku.
In September, Guttman published a book review of a book of poems by the Canadian writer Sarah Bernstein in the review section of Canadian Writers Abroad.