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School of Arts and Humanities

From the Dean

pettipieceWelcome to the School of Arts and Humanities! As the School’s Dean, it is a pleasure to serve the departments that fulfill the College's mission of offering a Liberal Arts Education with strong and vital creative programs. Our courses and degree programs are among the best in the Bronx, producing numerous art exhibitions, television shows, dance recitals, musical performances and theatrical productions each year. Our faculty features a former Poet Laureate, an Oscar-winning composer, an Emmy-winning television series producer, actors, artists, art historians, CGI animators, dancers, historians, journalists, literary critics, novelists, performance artists, philosophers, poets, writers...all leaders in their respective fields. They are an exceptionally talented and active artist-scholar-teacher group, dedicated to training a new generation of talent...See more

School of Arts and Humanities Mission

The School of Arts and Humanities mission is to synthesize our nine departments missions, nearly three dozen program goals, and collective hundreds of courses outcomes, all aimed at broadly educating students and instilling them with critical thinking and problem solving skills. Further it is to provide students with collaborative experiences, creative career preparations that ultimately lead to their Lehman College graduation, and to their living meaningful, productive, successful and well-rounded lives.

2014- 2015 Arts and Humanities “Works in Progress" Lecture Series

All talks take place from 12:30-2:00 PM. Coffee, tea and cookies are served.



WHEN: September 24, 2014, 12:30-2PM

WHERE: Speech & Theatre B20

WHO: Ni'Ja Whitson Adebanjo, Lecturer, Dance & Theatre Department

TALK: A Meditation on Tongues: Re/Imagining Black & Queer Masculinities

OVERVIEW: This talk will engage gender and sexuality as a site; an embodied locale by which to (re)vision the political/cultural work of Black Queer artists of the 1980s and 1990s. Here, we question the appropriation of language, gender, sexuality, toward a reconstruction of Spirit and the Self.



WHEN: October 29, 2014, 12:30-2PM           

WHERE: Art Department Room FA005

WHO: Herbert R. Broderick, Professor, Art Department

TALK: A Hellenistic Moses in Anglo-Saxon England

OVERVIEW: The talk will be based on my forthcoming book to be published by the University of Notre Dame Press (no date yet for publication) entitled – Moses the Egyptian in the Illustrated Old English Hexateuch (London, British Library Cotton MS Claudius B.iv) – where I demonstrate that Moses is depicted with 10 distinctive attributes in this mid-11th-century Anglo-Saxon manuscript, including the first extant example of  Moses shown with “horns,” a motif familiar to many people from Michelangelo’s famous statue of Moses in Rome. The majority of these attributes can be shown to be derived from late Romano/Egyptian art associated with the representation of generals, kings, and priests.



WHEN: December 3, 2014, 12:30-2PM

WHERE: Music 313

WHO: Peggy S. Conner,  Assistant Professor and Externship Coordinator, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

TITLE: What’s in a word: Spoken word learning in a hyperpolyglot

OVERVIEW: Hyperpolyglots, talented language learners who have learned to speak over a dozen languages, provide a unique opportunity to look at the process of spoken word learning. Here I present the case of a hyperpolyglot who speaks over 2 dozen languages and compare his performance with that of monolingual speakers of American English on a dynamic assessment of novel spoken word learning. The quantitative and qualitative results of this assessment are discussed from a psycholinguistic perspective as they inform us about the unique talents that may underlie prodigious language learning.


Faculty Spotlight

The School of Arts and Humanities welcomes new faculty members:

Gina-snapshot detailThe School of Arts and Humanitie welcomes Associate Dean Gina Dominique Hersey, who joined Lehman College's Academic Administratvie team, and the Art Department faculty last Fall. For fourteen years prior to her appointment she was a Professor of Art & Art History at Delta College. During the last four years, she was also the Art Department Chair. She maintains an active studio art practice and regularly exhibits her work. Dean Dominique Hersey was the recipient of the 2012 Barstow-Frevel Scholarly Achievement Award.

Nija Whitson Picture In the Department of JCT (Dance & Theater, Dance), Ni'ja Whitson (Lecturer) joins the Dance faculty. Ni'Ja Whitson, MFA is an interdisciplinary artist and independent choreographer who draws from a nexus of African Diasporic performance practices. Her research and performance work has been presented in Africa, Brazil, Canada, and across the United States. She is currently a Movement Research Artist in Residence and a 2013 Creative Capital "On Our Radar" artist.

Amin ErfaniThe department of Languages & Literatures (French) welcomes Amin Erfan (Lecturer) as a faculty member. Erfani received his BA in French and Comparative Literature and his Master in French from Stony Brook University (SUNY). He subsequently received a PhD in French with certificates in Comparative Literature and Psychoanalytic Studies from Emory University. He has initiated a series of productions of contemporary French plays with his original English translations, particularly from works by Bernard-Marie Koltès, and Valère Novarina.

mary phillipsNew to the Department of African & African American Studies, is Dr. Mary Phillips (Assistant Professor), who received her B.S in Health Studies at Michigan State University, her M.A in African and African American Studies at The Ohio State Universit, and her Ph.D. in African and African-American Studies at Michigan State University. Her research looks at the intersections of black power and black feminist theories through the lens of the Black Panther Party.

peggy In the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, Peggy S. Conner (Assistant Professor) joins the faculty. Ms. Conner was recently awarded a Ph.D. in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She specialized in aphasia, dyslexia, fluency and multilingualism and her dissertation was entitled, "Novel spoken word learning in adults with developmental dyslexia."

Jessica Gordon-RothIn the Department of Philosophy, Jessica Gordon-Roth (Assistant Professor) joins Lehman College from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Ms. Gordon-Roth received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her B.A. in Philosophy from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. Professor Gordon-Roth's area of specialization is the history of early modern philosophy; especially John Locke.

Allan MulnarJoining the Department of Music, is new faculty member Allan Molnar (Lecturer). Allan Molnar resides in New York where he teaches at Lehman College and freelances in the music industry. Previously, Molnar was active as a percussionist and educator in Toronto, Canada and is a recipient of the prestigious “Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence”. Allan Molnar is a Jazz Lecturer in the Lehman Music Department and serves as the artistic director and producer of the Johnny Pacheco Latin Music and Jazz Festival at Lehman College. Check out the Jazz Festival: www.lehman.edu/academics/arts-humanities/music/jazzfest.php


News and Announcements:



Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7PM in the Lovinger Theater, Dean Deirdre Pettipiece hosted the first annual Dean's Award Benefit for the School of Arts and Humanities, giving out four awards. The first two went to two Bronx arts community members Pregones Theater's founder Rosabla Rolon, and author Esmeralda Santiago. She also honored two Lehman School of Arts and Humanities faculty members, Distinguished Lecturer Michael Bacon and Distinguished Professor John Corigliano. Charles R. Hale, Arists Without Walls co-founder, was Master of Ceremonies. Lehman student dancers and Musical Theater cast members performed. Internationally renowned violinist Philippe Quint was featured in the final performance. It was a most memorable event.

Charles Hale, Deirdre Pettipiece and Joe McElligot

Charles Hale, Master of Ceremonies, Dean Deirdre Pettipiece and Joe McElligot

2014 Dean's Award student dance

2014 Dean's Award student dance

Rosalba Rolon

2014 Dean's Award Recipient, Rosalba Rolon, Pregones Theater founder

Esmeralda Santiago

2014 Dean's Award Recipient, Esmeralda Santiago, author (via video)

John Corrigliano. Michael Bacon and Deirdre Pettipiece

2014 Dean's Award Recipients John Corigliano, Michael Bacon with Dean Deirdre Pettipiece

Joe M and Gina D Hersey

Joe McElligot, Director City and Humanities Program and Associate Dean Gina Dominique Hersey

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Jerold Barnard, MMC Director, Lehman Studios

Henry Amy Dante

Henry Ovales, Assistant Director Lovinger Theater, Assistant Professor Amy Larimer, Dante Albertie, Director Lovinger Theater


Beryl Goldberg's Burkina Faso Portraits exhibition opening reception at the Leonard Lief Library

Show runs March 3-31 in the Library Gallery

Robert Valentine, Marie Marianetti, Bertrade Ngo-Ngijol Banoum, Gina Dominique Hersey, Beryl Goldberg, Deirdre Pettipiece, Janet Munch, Sharon Freedberg



Dean Pettipiece on NBC's "The Debrief" with David Ushery!

deirdre on usherytdf

TDF Partnership: Lehman, along with three other CUNY colleges, has embarked on a partnership with the Theatre Development Fund to bring the experience of live theatre to Lehman students and staff—including new courses, discounted memberships, and campus events. Click here for more details.

Proceedings are available for last spring's symposium "The City and Hispanic Literatures," sponsored by the School of Arts and Humanities and the Department of Languages and Literatures: click here to read them!

Give to Arts and Humanities! With the kind cooperation of the Lehman Foundation, we've created links that let you give to the program of your choice, including City and Humanities, Dance, Lehman Stages, Music, Theatre, and a new program called Access to the Arts. Click here to learn how it works.

Last modified: Aug 14, 2014

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