From the Chair
Welcome to the English Department at Lehman College, CUNY. We are a vibrant community of readers, writers, scholars, and professionals made up of students and faculty from the Bronx, New York City, and the surrounding tri-state area. Our diverse course and program offerings—available via a wide array of web-enhanced courses featuring stimulating face-to-face discussions, as well as a limited number of online courses for working or distance students—meet the needs of various populations, including:
* Undergraduate MAJORS in English Literature, Creative Writing, or Professional Writing who want to develop the intellectual range and analytical and research skills required for professional careers
* The 25-30 talented, hard-working, and ambitious Majors in the Department's multi-year ENGLISH HONORS PROGRAM (EHP), a dozen or so of whom write senior honors theses each year, doing pre-professional research and writing in one-on-one tutorials with faculty mentors
* Undergraduate MINORS in English Literature, Creative Writing, Professional Writing, or the interdisciplinary minor in Professional Communications (open to all majors including English) who want to strengthen their transcripts with evidence of their training in analysis, research, and online writing
* GRADUATE STUDENTS pursuing a first-rate and affordable MASTER OF ARTS in ENGLISH or MASTER OF SCIENCE in EDUCATION/ENGLISH, or NON-DEGREE STUDENTS students looking for pre-MA or post-MA graduate courses in Literature, Writing and Rhetoric, Creative Writing, and (soon) Professional Writing.
* Undergraduate students seeking a compelling combination of GENERAL EDUCATION and WRITING INTENSIVE courses in English, American, and world literatures in English, as well as those seeking additional training in discipline-specific pre-professional writing (such as Business, Health Science, and more)
The English Department provides invaluable one-on-one ADVISING of Undergraduate Students taking any course above the General Education level, and guides its Graduate Students step by step through their academic careers.
ENGLISH DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR BILLY COLLINS IS NOW POET LAUREATE OF THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN!
ENGLISH LECTURER DHIPINDER WALIA IS THE 2016 FACULTY LEHMAN HERO FOR CREATING LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND ENCOURAGING STUDENT ENGAGEMENT!
ENGLISH ADJUNCT LECTURER G. D. PETERS IS LEHMAN COLLEGE'S ADJUNCT TEACHER OF THE YEAR FOR 2016!
ENGLISH ADJUNCT LECTURER CATHERINE KAPPHAHNIS THE WINNER OF THE CHRISTHOPER DOHENY AWARD (2015)!
LEHMAN STUDENT PUBLICATIONS:
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- "That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket…. Throughout the major U.S. tech hubs, whether Silicon Valley or Seattle, Boston or Austin, Tex., software companies are discovering that liberal arts thinking makes them stronger." – Forbes Magazine (2015)
- "Pursuing a degree in English equips you with skills that are easily transferable and vital to professional roles, including time management skills, critical thinking, and logic." – Jordana Lopez-DaSilva (LC ’11)
- The Lehman College City and Humanities Program has a series of weekly events this semester, most taking place at the Studio Theater.
- The CUNY Institute for Irish American Studies is offering a variety of events in various venues during the historic 2016 anniversary year.
- The Lehman College Beyond the Bachelor Program collaborates with departments around Lehman College to groom promising students for prestigious scholarships, fellowships, internships, and careers.
RECENT FACULTY PUBLICATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:
Sondra Perl has received the 2016 Exemplar Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. The CCCC Exemplar Award is presented annually to a person whose years of service represent the highest ideals of scholarship, teaching, and service to the entire profession. A second edition of Perl's Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction (Cengage Learning) appeared in 2013.
Allison Amend, Enchanted Islands (Nan A. Talese Books, forthcoming 2016). Inspired by the mid-century memoirs of Frances Conway, Enchanted Islands is the dazzling story of an independent American woman whose path takes her far from her native Minnesota when she and her husband, an undercover intelligence officer, are sent to the Galápagos Islands on the brink of World War II. Amend's previous novel is A Nearly Perfect Copy (Nan A. Talese Books, 2013).
Jane K. Cleland, Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot: How to Write Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats (Writer's Digest Books, forthcoming 2016). This guide teaches you how to navigate genre conventions, write for your audience, and build gripping tension to craft an irresistible page-turner. Cleand's Ornaments of Death (Minotaur Books, 2015) is the tenth book in the Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series.
Jessica Yood and Marcie Wolfe, eds, Public Voices: Writing Across Lehman College (National Writing Project, 2016). Ten years of research into writing across the curriculum and faculty development examined in relation to the history of urban education and of "urban pedagogy." Yood was honored as Lehman College's Teacher of the Year at the 18 September 2015 Academic Convocation.
Jennifer MacKenzie, My Not-My Soldier (Fence Modern Poets Series, 2014). MacKenzie's debut volume is an unfettered travelogue of embodied intellect and flights of gorgeous observance.
Paula Loscocco, Phillis Wheatley's Miltonic Poetics (Palgrave, 2014). Phillis Wheatley, the African-born slave poet, is considered by many to be a pioneer of Anglo-American poetics. This study argues how in her 1773 POEMS, Wheatley uses John Milton's poetry to develop an idealistic vision of an emerging Anglo-American republic comprised of Britons, Africans, Native Americans, and women.
Grace Russo Bullaro and Elena Benelli, eds., Shifting and Shaping a National Identity: Transnational Writers and Pluriculturalism in Italy Today (Troubador Pubilshing LTD., 2014). This volume targets key issues in the controversies that revolve around migration in contemporary Italy, adopting an interdisciplinary approach to works of fiction and non-fiction. It aims to move the discourse forward from migration to transmigration; from nationalism to transnationalism.
The National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis awarded the 2014 Gradiva Award for Poetry to Salita Bryant for her prizewinning poem, “Anatomy Lesson: A Poem” (2013). Bryant is the author of Addie Bundren Is Dead (Finishing Line Press, 2011).
Tyler T. Schmidt, Desegregating Desire: Race and Sexuality in Cold War American Literature (University Press of Mississippi, 2013). A study of race and sexuality and their interdependencies in American literature from 1945 to 1955, Desegregating Desire examines the varied strategies used by eight American poets and novelists to integrate sexuality into their respective depictions of desegregated places and emergent post–World War II identities.
Margot Mifflin, Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo (PowerHouse Books, 1997, 2013). This expanded third edition chronicles the history of tattooed women and women tattooists in Western culture from the early 1880s to the present.
Walter Blanco, ed. and tr., The Histories. By Herodotus (Norton Critical Editions, 1991, 2013). This expanded second edition contains the whole of Herodutus's text along with a judicious selection of critical essays.
Mario DiGangi received 2012 Lehman College Distinguished Scholarship Award. Since joining the English Department in 1998, Mario DiGangi has published two monographs (including his Sexual Types: Embodiment, Agency, and Dramatic Character from Shakespeare to Shirley, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), over a dozen articles, and editions of several Shakespeare plays (including The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream).
Siraj Ahmed, The Stillbirth of Capital: Enlightenment Writing and Colonial India (Stanford University Press, 2011). This book targets one of the humanities' most widely held premises: namely, that the European Enlightenment laid the groundwork for modern imperialism. It argues instead that the Enlightenment's vision of empire calls our own historical and theoretical paradigms into questions.
William Fisher, Materializing Gender in Early Modern English Literature and Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2006). Winner of the 2006 Best Book Award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Through examining some of the everyday items that helped establish a person's masculinity or femininity, this book offers a new analysis of gender identity in early modern English literature and culture.
Janis Massa, Teaching and Learning in a Multicultural Classroom (James Nicholas Publishers, 2003). Massa's illustrates a dramatic transformation occurring in the ESL classroom as students, who initially lacked confidence and self-esteem, transform themselves into savvy, articulate, active and self-confident learners.
James A. Anderson, Black Enterprise Guide to Investing (Wiley, 2001). Start investing with $250, $100, or less; harness the financial markets and meet your goals for the future; invest on the web; find a broker or financial planner to suit your needs; teach your kids about investing; learn how to invest safely and successfully: Anderson's book is a powerful resource for novices and experienced investors, alike.
Last modified: May 26, 2016