Welcome to Arts and Humanities at Lehman College! As the Dean, it’s a pleasure to introduce the school that serves the College’s mission of liberal arts education with strong, vital programs in the arts and humanities. The arts at Lehman are among the strongest suits in Lehman’s mission to serve its students and the community, whether through the College’s numerous theatrical and musical performances or exhibits in the studio arts. The humanities at Lehman feature a former Poet Laureate, an Oscar-winning composer, an Emmy-winning television series, and historians, philosophers, journalists, novelists, and literary critics who are leaders in their respective fields. See more
2013-2014 Arts and Humanities “Works in Progress Lecture Series”
All talks take place in Music 313, 12:30-2:00 PM
Coffee, tea and cookies are served
LECTURE 3: Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 12:30- 2PM, Music room 313
“Survival of the Falsely Accused: Prison Coping Strategies of the Black Panther Party”
Mary Phillips, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies
Attacked by governmental and state repression this project looks at the way in which former male and female Black Panther Party members survived within the prison industrial complex. This work offers an analysis of coping strategies including the role of discipline, meditation, community-building, and poetry as well as acts of resistance as a form of survival among political prisoners in the Black Panther Party.
LECTURE 4: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 12:30-2 PM, Music room 313
“Imagine that I am a Teacher”: Pedagogy as Possibility in Roland Barthes
Tyler T. Schmidt, Assistant Professor, Department of English
What usable models of teaching does Roland Barthes offer today’s professor? Drawing on Barthes’ most recent posthumous publications, How to Live Together and The Preparation of the Novel, which offer illuminating, detailed documentation of Barthes’ teaching practices, this talk examines these texts as both curriculum maps and pedagogical statements, exploring not only how knowledge is organized in these lectures and seminars, but how the performance of “teacher” is structured in these texts. This presentation will venture possible answers to the following queries about pedagogy: As critical educators, what can we learn from Barthes’ academic practice of notation (of life, of texts)? How does he reconceive the format of the lecture in ways we might emulate? Which of his teaching protocols are most adaptable and attractive to our own seminars that are constituted in very different institutions with very different students?
LECTURE 5: Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 12:30- 2PM, Music room 313
“Diversity and Corporate Cosmopolitanism in the Workforce of a Global Magazine Publishing Company"
Nicholas Boston, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism, Communication and Theatre
Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted at and around the New York headquarters of a major global magazine publishing company between September 2008 and October 2009, this paper explores discourses and practices of diversity in workforce hiring in the glossy magazine industry.
LECTURE 6: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 12:30- 2PM, Music room 313
“Women Writers and the Canon:Valeria Miani and Isabetta Coreglia”
Alexandra Coller, Assistant Professor, Department of Languages and Literatures
This lecture investigates two newly rediscovered female-authored pastoral dramas, forthcoming in The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series (Toronto), edited and translated by Alexandra Coller: Valeria Miani’s Amorosa speranza (Venice: Francesco Bolzetta, 1604), and Isabetta Coreglia, La Dori (Naples: Gio. Domenico Montanaro, 1634). The plays will be analyzed within the context of pastoral drama, that is, the canonical production of Torquato Tasso’s Aminta (1581) and Giovanni Battista Guarini’s Pastor fido (1589), the less well-known examples of Francesco Bracciolini, Francesco Contarini, and Muzio Manfredi, as well as against the backdrop of the more widely acclaimed pastorals of Isabella Andreini [Mirtilla, 1588], Maddalena Campiglia [Flori, 1588], and Barbara Torelli [Partenia, ms., comp. c. 1587].
As such, Miani’s and Coreglia’s early seventeenth-century plays attest to what Coller describes as the “fourth” generation of pastoral dramatic writing in Italy and the “second” generation of female-authored pastoral drama on the continent.
What can these female-authored dramatic works teach us about imitative and revisionist practices, the “negotiation” between canonical and non-canonical texts, as well as their own claims to originality?
2013-2014 Faculty Spotlight
The School of Arts and Humanities welcomes a new Associate Dean and several new faculty members
The School of Arts and Humanitie welcomes Associate Dean Gina Dominique Hersey, who joined Lehman College's Academic Administratvie team, and the Art Department faculty this August. She was a Professor of Art & Art History for the past fourteen years at Delta College, and Art Department Chair during the last four years. 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.
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.
The department of Languages & Literatures (French) welcomes Amin Erfan (Doctoral Lecturer of French) 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.
New 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.
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."
In 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.
Joining 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
Distinguished Professor of English Billy Collins reads "Grand Central", written for the 100th Anniversary of Grand Central Station
News and Announcements
Lehman College hosted the first “Artists Without Walls” event, featuring Peter Quinn, Malachy McCourt, Niamh Hyland and others. Click here to view the photos by Cat Dwyer!
Out From Plato's Cave: Anna Purves, Adjunct Lecturer in English, created a wonderful video with the help of David Schwittek (Art) and her students (including Melissa Garcia-Velez, pictured here), celebrating Plato, immigration, and the value of a Lehman education.
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: Nov 18, 2013