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School of Arts and Humanities

Deans Award posterFrom the Dean

pettipieceWelcome to Arts and Humanities at Lehman College! As the Dean, it is a pleasure to introduce The School of Arts and Humanities, a 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 producer, actors, artists, art historians, CGI animators, dancer/performance artists, historians, journalists, literary critics, novelists, philosophers, and writeres...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

The School of Arts and Humanities mission is to assist in fulfilling the Lehman College and City University of New York's institutional mission of providing students with the best possible public liberal arts undergraduate and graduate educational programming available. The School's ten departments: African and African American Studies; Art; English; History; Journalism, Communication, and Theatre; Languages and Literatures; Latin American, Latino, and Puerto Rican Studies; Music; Philosophy; and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, specifically offer their own undergraduate and graduate degree programs, majors and minors, as well as support interdisciplinary programs in: American Studies, Business and Liberal Arts (BALA), Comparative Literature, Computer Graphics Imaging (CGI), Disabilities Studies, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, and Women's Studies. The School of Arts and Humanities departments, interdisciplinary programs, and courses contribute to the collective academic mission of instilling students with strong critical thinking and problem solving skills by providing them with collaborative experiences and creative career pathways that lead to meaningful, productive, successful and well-rounded lives.

2013-2014 Arts and Humanities “Works in Progress" Lecture Series

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

LECTURE 6: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 12:30- 2PM, Music- room 313

“Women Writers and the Canon:Valeria Miani and Isabetta Coreglia

ALEXANDRA COLLERAlexandra 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?

Faculty Spotlight

This year School of Arts and Humanities welcomed a new Associate Dean and several 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, and 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

Distinguished Professor of English Billy Collins reads "Grand Central", written for the 100th Anniversary of Grand Central Station

plato 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.

News and Announcements:

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: Apr 15, 2014

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