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Barbara Paul-Emile

Professor, English and Media Studies
Maurice E. Goldman Distinguished Professor of Arts & Sciences
Ph.D., University of Colorado-Boulder, 1971
MA, New York University, 1963
BA, New York University, 1962
Office: Adamian Academic Center 077 | 781.891._2184 | bpaulemile@bentley.edu
                       


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Barbara Paul-Emile, Professor of English and the inaugural Maurice E. Goldman Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University 2000 – 2015, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado - Boulder, and MA and BA degrees from New York University where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Paul-Emile’s work centers on 19thc English Romantic Literature, Myth, and Caribbean Literature. She served as a member of the faculty at University of Colorado – Boulder at Vassar College, and as the Associate Director, and later Research Fellow, at the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute, (presently, Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study) Harvard University. <br> Dr. Paul-Emile, first African-American to be tenured and to be promoted to full professor at Bentley University, was named Massachusetts Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and by the Council for the Support and Advancement of Education. She was honored by the University of Massachusetts, receiving its Distinguished Scholar Award. She was also awarded Bentley University’s highest teaching honor: The Adamian Award for Teaching Excellence, and is a four-time winner of the Teaching Innovation Award, a two-time winner of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award, and the recipient of several publication awards. <br> Dr. Paul-Emile was selected by the Women of Harvard Club Committee as an honoree for demonstrated leadership and outstanding achievement at their 3rd Annual Boston’s Most Influential Women’s Award Ceremony, 2014. <br> Building travel components into her courses, Dr. Paul-Emile leads 16 classes to several international destinations such as Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore and the Caribbean, among others. She has offered innumerable papers at academic conferences and has been engaged in extensive creative writing which includes publication of the novel, Seer, winner of the Chelson Award, and a collection of visionary and contemplative poems, The Dance of Life: Poems for the Spirit. In 2015, she published Mosaic: A Collection of Caribbean Short Fiction. Presently, she is composing a collection of visionary poems and completing a scholarly review of the poetry of the English Romantics: Slavery and the Romantic Vision: Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey.

Teaching Interests

Mythology & Folklore; Caribbean Literature; English Romanticism European Tradition Ethnic literature/ American Minorities;

Research Interests

Creative Writing: Fiction & Poetry; Caribbean Literature; Mythology & Folklore; English Romanticism

Consulting/Practice Interests

Short Story & Poetry Readings; Public Talks: The Hero in Myth & Folklore; The Spirit of the Warrior Woman; Caribbean & Afro Am. Cultural Themes; Facing Life's Challenges: Motivational

Professional Links

http://www.bentley.edu/faculty/paul-emile-barbara

Awards and Honors

2020, Adamian Lifetime Teaching Excellence Award, Bentley University
2016, Valente Center Research Fellow, Bentley University
2016, Honoree amongst Bentley Leaders - Library Exhibit , Bentley University
2016, Nominated for the Dr. Gregory Adamian Award for lifetime teaching excellence., Bentley University
2016, Participation in Centennial Video celebrating Bentley's 100th Anniversary, Bentley University
2014, Boston's Most Influential Women Honoree, 2014, Women of Harvard Club
2010, Martin Luther king Jr. Leadership Award, Bentley University
2007, Publication Award, Bentley University
2005, Chelson Award for Fiction: SEER. a novel., First World Publishing
2005, Publication Award, Bentley University
2005, Publication Award, Bentley University
2004, Maurice E. Goldman First Distinguished Chair in the Arts and Sciences,
2001, Caribbean Literary Achievers, COJO (Coalition of Jamaican Organizations)
2001, Teaching Innovation Award, Bentley College
1998, ALANA Faculty Award
1998, Teaching Innovation Award, Bentley College
1996, Publications Award, Bentley College
1995, Martin Luther King Faculty Award, Bentley College
1995, Massachusetts Professor of the Year - Carnegie Foundation & Council for the Advancement & Support of Education (CASE)
1995, The Adamian Award for Teaching Excellence, Bentley College
1995, Massachusetts Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation & Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
1992, Publications Award, Bentley College
1992, Teaching Innovation Award, Bentley College
1991, Distinguished Scholar Award: Honoring Black Scholars in New England, University of Massachusetts
1979, Faculty Recognition Award: Black Student Alliance, Vassar College
1962, Phi Beta Kappa, New York University

Publications

Journal Article(s)
Paul-Emile, B. H. (2006). Honoring Diversity: Self-Discovery and the 'Voice of the Other' in Selected African American and Caribbean Works. The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, vol. 5 (15).

Paul-Emile, B. H. (1999). Warrior Woman Takes Her Stance. Branchee Journal.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (1995). Gender Dynamics in James' Minty Alley. CLR James: His Intellectual Legacies.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (1994). William Wordsworth: An English Romantic Poet's Response to Colonialism. History of European Ideas, 19 (Nos 4-6, August 1994), 627-633.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (1986). Robert Southey's Social Commentary: Blacks and the English Poor. The New England Social Studies Bulletin, 44 (No. 1, Fall 1986), 12-15.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (1977). Wordsworth and Slavery. The Academic Quarterly, 5 (No. 2), 81-95.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (1975). Blacks in Captivity: Robert Southey's Response. UMOJA: A Journal of Black Experience, 2 (No 1).

Paul-Emile, B. H. (1974). Coleridge as Abolitionist. A Review of International English Literature (ARIEL), 5 (No.2), 59-75.

Books
Paul-Emile, B. H. (2015). Mosaic: Caribbean Short Fiction Collection. (link)

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2005). THE DANCE OF LIFE: POEMS FOR THE SPIRIT w/CD. Fairfield, Iowa, USA: Eunoia Press. (link)

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2004). SEER. Fairfield, Iowa: Sunstar Publishing Ltd. (link)

Book Chapters
Paul-Emile, B. H. (1997). Connecting with Literature: The Art of Involvement. In Roth, John K (Eds.),  (pp. 34-43). Bolton, MA: . Anker Publishing Co

Book Reviews
Paul-Emile, B. H. (2003). [Review of the book Latino Literature Today: An Anthology of Hispanic American Literature]. Longman Publishers.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (1990). [Review of the book Caribbean Women Writers: Essays from the First International Conference, by Selwyn Cudjoe]. University of Massachusetts Press.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (1974). [Review of the book Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies]. University of Colorado.

Conference Proceeding(s)
Paul-Emile, B. H. (2007). Slavery and the Romantic Vision: William Wordsworth and Robert Southey. Towson university and Loyola College , International Conference on Romanticism.

Conference Presentations

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2019). "Haitian Revolution: Thomas Clarkson and the English Romantics."

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2019). "Perspectives on Living a Visionary Life." Presented at the Unitarian Universalist's Multicultural Event, Berlin, MA.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2019). "The Dance of Life: Poems for the Spirit." Presented at the Carter Community Arts Center's Afternoon of Reading, Berlin, MA.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2018). "Caribbean Emancipatory Thought: Haiti and the English Romantic Poets." Presented at the Caribbean Studies Conference, Havana, Cuba.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2016). "Living in Difficult Times: Part 2."

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2016). "Haiti : Plce, Nation, Idea: Correspondence Between Henri Christophe & Thomas Clarkson, 1813-1820." Presented at the Carribean Studies Association, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Paul_Emile, B. (2015). "Cultural Folk Reading : Caribbean Short Stories." Presented at the Mattapan Public Library's Anancy Caribbean Folk Cultural Festival, Boston, MA.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2015). "Mosiac : Caribbean Short Fiction Collection." Presented at the Institute of Caribbean Studies, Washington DC.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2015). "Mosiac : Caribbean Short Fiction Collection." Presented at the CSA's Caribbean Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, Lousiana.

Paul_Emile, B. (2015). "Boundaries, Borders : Self Concept in Afro-Caribbean and African American Texts." Presented at the CSA's Caribbean Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, Lousiana.

Paul_Emile, B. (2015). "Healing Poems and Flute Music." Presented at the Virginia Thurston Healing Gardens, Harvard, MA.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2015). "Poetry and Flute."

Paul_Emile, B. (2015). "Poetry and Short Fiction Reading." Presented at the Bentley University's Valente Center for Arts and Sciences, Adamian Center, Bentley University.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2015). "Campus Dialogue on Race and Equality." Presented at the Campus Teach-In, Bentley University.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2011). "First Unitarian Church in Belmont." Presented at the Poetry w/ Flute.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2011). "Haiti Rises - New Poems Read and Discussed." Presented at the Haiian Studies Organization's Haitian Studies Conference, Kingston, Jamaica.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2010). "Higher Education in Haiti: After the Earthquake." Presented at the University of Massachusetts, Boston Campus's Rebuilding Higher Education in Haiti, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2008). "Being the Hero of Your Life: Bringing Your Piece to the Puzzle of Life." Presented at the Montego Bay High School for Girls's Montego Bay, Jamaica, High School Prize-Giving Ceremonial Day, Montego Bay, Jamaica, West Indies.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2007). "Slavery and the Romantic Vision: William Wordsworth and Robert Southey." Presented at the Towson university and Loyola College 's International Conference on Romanticism, Maryland, USA.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2006). "THE WAY FORWARD: IDENTITY, ETHNICITY AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES." Presented at the Caribbean Studies Association, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, West Indies.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2005). "HONORING DIVERSITY: SELF-DISCOVERY AND THE 'VOICE OF THE OTHER' IN SELECTED AFRICAN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN WORKS." Presented at the International Diversity Conference, Beijing, China.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2005). "A WRITER'S LIFE: LIVING AND WORKING AS A WRITER IN BOSTON." Presented at the The Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2005). "FAITH IN OUR WRITING: TURNING INWARD AND HONORING THE CREATIVE SELF." Presented at the The Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2004). "THE SPIRIT OF THE WARRIOR WOMAN." Presented at the International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2003). "Presented at 'Revisiting Slave Narratives/Les Avatars Contemporains des Recits d'esclaves' Conference at Paul Valery University." Presented at the Les Avatars Contemporains des Recits d'esclaves Conference at Paul Valery University, Montpelier, France.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2002). "The Teaching of Diversity: New Techniques." Presented at the AAHE National Conference, Anaheim, California.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2002). "Mythic Themes in Chicano Corridos." Presented at the III International Conference on Chicano Literature, University of Malaga.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (2000). "Images and Thought forms in Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea." Presented at the Caribbean Studies Association, St. Lucia, West Indies.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (1999). "Education and the Caribbean Student in the US." Presented at the Panel Presentation, World Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (1999). "Caribbean Basin Initiatives." Presented at the White House Presentation and Briefing, Washington, DC.

Paul-Emile, B. H. (1999). "Warrior Woman Takes Her Stance." Presented at the Women's Leadership Conference, Tuscon, Arizona.

Service

Department Service
Committee Member for Evaluation Committee , 2015 - Present
Committee Member for The Literature Committee, 2015 - Present
Committee Member for Departmental Search Committee, 2020 - 2020
Committee Member for Departmental Search Committee, 2019 - 2019

University Service
Trustee Academic Affairs Committee, 2016 - Present
Committee Member for Curriculum Implementation Committee, 2015 - Present
Mentor (Faculty) for Mentor and Prepare Students for participation in education abroad courses., 2015 - Present
Mentor (Faculty) for Student Advising, 2015 - Present
University-wide Evaluation Review Committee for Promotion to Full Professor for Modern Languages Candidate - 2016
Mentor (Faculty) for A Global Friendship, 2014 - 2015
Guest Speaker for Multicultural Center and Office of Diversity, 2015 - 2015

Public Service
Board Member for Gawou Ginou Elementary School, 2005 - Present
Guest Speaker for Unitarian Universalist Gathering - 2020
Guest Speaker for Virgina Thurston Healing Garden, 2015 - 2015
Guest Speaker for First Religious Society - Unitarian Universalist - 2013
Guest Speaker for First Parish Church - 2013