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The Southwick Recital series was an Emerson tradition and one of the oldest oratory recitals in the United States. The series featured distinguished Emerson faculty and alumni/a, along with honored guest artists. The series was founded by Henry Lawrence Southwick in 1900 when he was dean of Emerson College, he later became the third president of Emerson in 1908.

1969 - 2001

An in-person event featuring faculty, student, and alumnae/i artists produced by the Department of Communication Studies. Welcome by Dr. Gregory Payne, Chair, Communication Studies Department; introductions by co-hosts Ken Grout, Executive-in-Residence, Oral Presentation of Literature Instructor, Communication Studies Department and Leo Wilson, a Junior Communications Studies major at Emerson; "Hungry and Scared: Salat, Schüssel, und Pommes Frites," a spoken word piece written and performed by Brent Smith; "Fish out of Water and into Concrete," a spoken word piece written and performed by Daniella Lopez-White; "I'll Make it Mine," a song written and performed by Najem Raheem; "The F Word," a spoken word piece written and performed by Jay Nagjee; "28 Years," a spoken word piece written and performed by Heidi Rose; "Without Words," a spoken word piece written by Leo Wilson and performed through dance choreographed by Caroline Larangeira; "Finding My Voice," a spoken word piece written and performed by Emma Palzere-Rae; and "Sweet and Sout Sweater," a spoken word piece written and performed by Ken Grout.


Alumni Recital held on June 16, 2001 in the Emerson College Library President's Room at 3 pm. Welcome by Professor John D. Anderson. Barbara Ann Ferreira '77 performed selections from "Shirley Valentine" by Willy Russell. Judith C. Espinola '61 performed "Rituals" by Nikki Giovanni, excerpt from "A Room of One's Own" by Virginia Woolf, "M. Dega Teaches Art and Science at Durfee Intermediate School Phillip" by Phillip Levine, "Beauty I Would Suffer For" by Marge Piercy. Michele Drabant Perkins G'84, Dr. Kenneth Crannell '55 G'57 performed a number of Robert Frost poetry, including: "The Pasture," "Mending Wall," "Ghost House," "Fire and Ice," "The Hill Wife," "The Last Word of a Bluebird," "Dust of Snow," "The Span of Life," "The Draft Horse," "The Runaway," "Departmental," "Out Out --," "Home Burial", and "The Telephone."


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