Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Professorship
Dr. Marie Frazee-Baldassarre '43, '46 M.A., left a generous bequest to Montclair State University for the creation of an English Department chair named in her honor. After earning a bachelor's degree, Miss Frazee joined the staff at Montclair State as a secretary in the Office of the Registrar. She earned a master's degree from Montclair and a doctorate from Columbia Teachers College. She worked her way through the ranks in the Registrar's Office before joining Academic Advising, where she was the adviser to the then School of Mathematics and Science. She also taught in the Department of Counseling, Human Development, and Educational Leadership.

Marie Frazee-Baldassarre worked for her alma mater for more than 45 years. "The only time I remember Marie asking for anything for herself was when she retired and she sheepishly inquired whether she could take her antique Royal manual typewriter with her into retirement," said former Provost Richard Lynde, who had the typewriter refurbished for her. "She will be remembered by generations of Montclair State alumni who knew her simply as Miss Frazee" (from Alumni Life 2003).


Lucy McDiarmid was appointed the first Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Professor of English. According to Dr. Frazee-Baldassarre's will, "The income of the fund may be used for the salary and related expenses for the professor including pensions, research, books, secretarial expenses and other purposes related to or connected with the work of the professorship." Professor McDiarmid, who took up this post in January 2009, has used the funds available to her for research, for professional travel, and for books and films on Irish subjects, which will be donated to the University upon her retirement.

In addition, McDiarmid has established the Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Lecture Series and the Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Irish Poetry Readings. The purpose of these visits is not only to provide stimulating conversation and lively company for the Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Professor (as indeed they have), but to enrich the lives of Montclair State University students, faculty, and staff by introducing them to many of the best Irish poets and Irish Studies scholars working today. Each scholar delivers a lecture to one of Professor McDiarmid's classes, engaging in discussion with students and faculty for an hour following the talk, and eats lunch or dinner with interested members of the English Department. The visiting Irish poets give a public reading attended by McDiarmid's students as well as those of other faculty teaching poetry courses. The students themselves host the poets at lunch before the reading and at coffee afterwards, so they are able to talk with the poets for an extended period of time and ask them questions about their writing.



Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Lecture Series

Spring 2017
Yopie Prins, University of Michigan

Fall 2016
Adrian Frazier, National University of Ireland Galway
Declan Kiberd, University of Notre Dame

Spring 2015
Marjorie Howes, Boston College
Patricia Coughlan, University College Cork
Angela Bourke, University College Dublin

Fall 2014
Matthew Campbell, University of York

Spring 2014
Kevin Holohan, Brooklyn
Patricia Coughlan, University College Cork

Fall 2013
Theo Dorgan, Dublin
Heather O’Donoghue, University of Oxford

Spring 2013
Mary Trotter, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Anne Fogarty, University College Dublin

Fall 2012
Margaret Mills Harper, University of Limerick

Spring 2012
Clair Wills, Queen Mary, University of London

Fall 2011
Nicholas Grene, Trinity College Dublin
Yopie Prins, University of Michigan

Spring 2011
Nicholas Allen, National University of Ireland, Galway
Angela Bourke, University College Dublin
Claire Connolly, Cardiff University

Fall 2010
John Waters, Glucksman Ireland House, NYU
Tony Tracy, National University of Ireland, Galway

Spring 2010
James L. Pethica, Williams College
Rhona Richman Kenneally, Concordia University, Montreal
Anne Fogarty, University College Dublin
Maria DiBattista, Princeton University
Nicholas Grene, Trinity College Dublin

Fall 2009
Margaret Kelleher, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Spring 2009
Adrian Frazier, National University of Ireland, Galway
Margaret O'Callaghan, Queen's University Belfast



Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Irish Poetry Readings

Spring 2017
Ocean Vuong
Saskia Hamilton
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
Colette Bryce

Fall 2016
Vona Groarke
Alan Gillis

Spring 2015
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Fall 2014
Saskia Hamilton, Barnard
Paul Muldoon, Princeton

Fall 2013
Paula Meehan
Bernard O’Donoghue

Fall 2012
Nick Laird
Vona Groarke

Spring 2012
Saskia Hamilton
Dennis O'Driscoll

Fall 2011
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
Bernard O' Donoghue

Fall 2010
Vona Groarke
Michael Longley

Fall 2009
Paula Meehan
Harry Clifton
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
Bernard O' Donoghue



Events Gallery



Professor Angela Bourke with students from Irish Women Writers, April 21, 2015



Poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill with students from Irish Women Writers, April 9, 2015



Professor Patricia Coughlan (picture of Irish writer Maeve Brennan reflected on her face) with students from Irish Women Writers, March 19, 2015



Professor Marjorie Howes with students from Irish Women Writers, March 3, 2015



Professor Matt Campbell with graduate students from the Modern British and Irish Poetry and Modernism seminars, November 18, 2014



Poet Paul Muldoon with students from The Art of Poetry, November 13, 2014



Poet Saskia Hamilton with students from The Art of Poetry, October 30, 2014



Professor Patricia Coughlan with graduate students from Contemporary Irish Literature, April 29, 2014



Kevin Holohan, novelist, with graduate students from Contemporary Irish Literature, March 4, 2014



Professor Heather O'Donoghue with students from Modern Poetry to T. S. Eliot, November 14, 2013



Bernard O'Donoghue after lunch with students from The Art of Poetry, November 14, 2013



Theo Dorgan with students from Modern Poetry to T. S. Eliot, October 31, 2013



Paula Meehan, Ireland Professor of Poetry, with students from The Art of Poetry, October 31, 2013



Paula Meehan, Ireland Professor of Poetry, after lunch with students from The Art of Poetry, October 31, 2013



Professor Anne Fogarty and students from The Irish Revival (graduate class) and Modern British Novel (Professor Greenberg's class), April 2, 2013



Professor Mary Trotter and students from The Irish Revival, February 26, 2013



Meg Mills Harper and students from the graduate seminar in Modern British and Irish Poetry (with Yeats's diagram for A Vision), November 20,2012



Poet Vona Groarke meets with students before her reading, November 8, 2012



Poet Vona Groarke with students after her reading, November 8, 2012



Poet Nick Laird meets with students before his reading, October 18, 2012



Poet Nick Laird with students after his reading, October 18,2012



Students in The Art of Poetry after lunch with Dennis O'Driscoll, April 19, 2012



Students in The Art of Poetry after Dennis O'Driscoll's reading, April 19, 2012



Poet Saskia Hamilton meets with students after her reading, February 23, 2012



Saskia Hamilton reading at Montclair State, February 23, 2012



Poet Saskia Hamilton with students before her reading, February 23, 2012



Nicholas Grene with students from the Modern Irish Drama (graduate) seminar, November 8, 2011



Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin after lunch with students in Professor McDiarmid's Art of Poetry class, October 13, 2011



Students wait for Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's poetry reading to begin, October 13, 2011



Angela Bourke with students from the Irish Revival class, April 5, 2011



Bernard O'Donoghue with students at Montclair State University, November 19, 2009



Michael Longley with students at Montclair State University, October 28, 2010



Maria DiBattista with students and faculty at Montclair State University, April 20, 2010



Harry Clifton signs his book for a student, Montclair State University, October 29, 2009



Paula Meehan reading at Montclair State, October 15, 2009