"Westfield State University will host a Westfield Wednesdays 350th Anniversary Historical Lecture Series event titled "History of the Westfield Normal School," on Dever Stage in Parenzo Hall on March 6 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be presented by panelists L. Mara Dodge, Ph.D.; Walter Fogg, and Beth Ann Rothermel, Ph.D. Following the event, a photography exhibit will be on display in the Arno Maris Gallery, on the second floor of Ely Campus Center. Desserts and a raffle will be available at the exhibit.
Dr. Dodge is a professor and department chair of history at Westfield State, and editor of the Historical Journal of Massachusetts, published by Westfield State since 1972. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has taught at Westfield State since 1999. Her areas of prior research include labor history, women's history, legal/constitutional history, and the history of crime and punishment. She has also won an outstanding book award for her work, "Whores and Thieves of the Worst Kind": Women, Crime, and Prisons, 1835–2000. She is editing another book, which is anticipated to be published in August."