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School of Arts and Humanities

From the Dean

Welcome 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

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School of Arts and Humanities Mission

Lehman College's School of Arts and Humanities is home to nine departments: African and African American Studies; Art; English; History; Journalism, Communication, and Theatre; Languages and Literatures; Latin American, Latino, and Puerto Rican Studies; Music; and Philosophy.

Each department offers undergraduate degree majors and minors, most provide courses to the school's several interdisciplinary programs, and they collectively contribute to the school mission of fulfilling the larger institutional mission to provide students with an excellent undergraduate liberal arts education.

The school of Arts and Humanities also offers graduate programs in Art and Art Education, English, History, Music teaching, and Spanish education.

All of our degree programs and courses instill strong skills in critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and collaboration, because being liberally educated is the first step to being successful in life, wherever one's life leads them.

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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.

FALL 2014 SCHEDULE:

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

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

WHERE: Music 313

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.


SPRING 2015 SCHEDULE:

WHO: Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Assistant Professor, Department of JCT

WHEN: February 25, 2015          

WHERE: Music 313

TITLE: Deconstructing Networks

OVERVIEW: Jonah will discuss his project theme that challenge and subvert accepted notions of network interaction and experience. Projects he will discuss include “BumpList”, an email community for the determined, “Alerting Infrastructure!”, a website hit counter that destroys a building, "Email Miles” a mileage meter for email, “PoliceState” a physical network visualization about counterterrorism, “StockBank” a networked piggy bank, and the Scrapyard Challenge Workshops that he has been running since 2003.

Projects: www.coin-operated.com

Scrapyard Challenge Workshops! www.scrapyardchallenge.com

Twitter: @coinop29

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WHO: Olivia Moy, Assistant Professor, English Department

WHEN: March 25, 2015          

WHERE: Music 313

TITLE: Gothic Stanzas: Female Confinement in the Romantic & Victorian Sonnet Tradition

OVERVIEW: Reading important metasonnets by William Wordsworth, John Keats, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christina Rossetti, this paper demonstrates how English sonnets of the nineteenth century were often cast in terms of female confinement, borrowing thematic clichés from sensation novels of Britain’s 1790s gothic mania.  Close readings and literary analysis focus on the ways in which Romantic and Victorian poets reappropriated gothic tropes as poetic form.

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WHO: Collin O’Neil, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy     

WHEN: April 29, 2015,

WHERE: Music 313

TITLE: Honor Among Thieves

OVERVIEW: When two people plan to commit some wrong together, e.g., Bonnie and Clyde planning to rob a bank, each may trust the other to do their part.  If Bonnie fails Clyde, her failure may be experienced by Clyde as a betrayal.  But can a genuine betrayal of trust have occurred, when letting Clyde down was the morally right thing for Bonnie to do?  I’ll explain why a genuine betrayal is possible, in terms of the idea that we have a moral reason to live up to the honor bestowed by trust. 

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Faculty Spotlight

The School of Arts and Humanities proudly welcomes ten new faculty members:

The Department of English welcomes Assistant Professor David Hyman. Hyman received his BA from Vassar College and his PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center. He previously taught and consulted for the New York City Department of Education. His academic interests include comics studies, narrative genre studies, composition, the scholarship of teaching and learning, disciplinary history, and literary theory.

The Department of Journalism, Communication and Theater welcomes new Assistant Professor Jonah Brucker-Cohen. Brucker-Cohen is an award winning researcher, Digital Media and Networked Culture artist, and writer. He received his PhD from the Networks and Telecommunications Research Group's Disruptive Design Team in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Trinity College, University of Dublin. His thesis is titled "Deconstructing Networks" and includes over 80 creative projects that critically challenge and subvert accepted perceptions of network interaction and experience. His work has been exhibited at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, ICA London, Whitney Museum of American Art (Artport), Palais du Tokyo, Tate Modern, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, and other venues. His writing has appeared in WIREDMakeGizmod, Neural and additional publications. His Scrapyard Challenge workshops have been held in over 14 countries in Europe, South America, North America, Asia, and Australia since 2003.

The Department of Philosophy welcomes new Assistant Professor Marcello DiBello. DiBello was born and raised in Milan, Italy. He obtained his MSc in Logic from the University of Amsterdam, and his PhD in Philosophy from Stanford University.  His research is on how statistics and probability are used in criminal and civil trials, and is interested in how we reason, reach conclusions, and handle disagreements. He enjoys exploring new places, new cultures, and the outdoors. His favorite philosophical quote is from Aristotle- "to be is said in many ways".

The Departments of English and Journalism Communication and Theater jointly welcome Jennifer MacKenzie. Newly appointed Assistant Professor MacKenzie received her BA from the College of Letters at Wesleyan University and her MFA in creative writing from the University of  Iowa's Writers Workshop where she was a Truman Capote fellow. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection My Not-My Soldier (Fence Modern Poets Series, 2014) and the chapbook Distant City (Finishing Line, 2013). She is the former editor of the Damascus-based monthly magazine Syria Today and her articles and essays have appeared in the Huffington Post, Guernica, the Near East Quarterly, Killing the Buddha and the Kenyon Review online. 

The Department of Journalism, Communication and Theater welcomes new Assistant Professor Jennifer McCabe. McCabe is an actor, director and writer. She received her MFA in Acting from The Actors Studio, New School Drama, New York, NY. She has portrayed characters in film, including, The Pack, The Darkling Plain, The Projectionist, Straight Forward, A Trace of Menace, and Hangover; in television, she played Doc Leslie Stevens on Law and Order SVU, was featured in Sex And The City; and on stage, most recently in the solo show, America’s Daughters, produced by an Epic Theater Ensemble.

The Department of English welcomes new Assistant Professor Olivia Loksing Moy. Loksing Moy received her BA in English from Princeton University and her PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She specializes in nineteenth-century literature with an emphasis on poetry and poetics. Her research interests include Romantic and Victorian literature, the gothic novel, poetry and poetics. She has been published in the Tennyson Research Bulletin and awarded by the MVSA.

The Philosophy Department welcomes new Assistant Professor Collin O'Neil. O'Neil received his PhD in philosophy from UCLA. Prior to his Lehman College appointment he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health, a bioethicist at the Division of AIDS, National Institutes of Health, and an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at the Center for Bioethics, New York University.  He specializes in the ethics of communication, medical ethics, and research ethics. He is currently working on projects on trust, the fair use exception in copyright law, and the ethics of withholding care from subjects in clinical trials.

The Department of Languages and Literatures welcomes new Assistant Professor Marco Ramirez-Rojas. Ramirez-Rojas completed his undergraduate degree in Literary Studies at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá. He received his MA and PhD in Spanish from the University of Ottawa, Canada. His expertise is in Latin American twentieth century poetry. He has conducted research projects, published articles and book chapters about the works of Rodolfo Hinostroza, León de Greiff and Rafael Courtoisie. His conference topic presentations include “neobarroco”, “modernismo”, avant-garde literature, Latin American literary tradition, comparative studies between Latin American and French literature, and contemporary historical novels. He has taught Spanish language and special topics courses on Latin American narratives, and has collaborated with various universities and institutions abroad.

The Department of Art welcomes new Assistant Professor David Schwittek. Schwittek's BA is from SUNY New Paltz, and he received his MFA from Parsons School of Design. His academic interests include: Documentary Film-Making, Web Design, Writing, Photography, Print Design, Motion Graphics, Song Writing, Sound Design, and Video Editing. His films have received awards at Parsons Animation and Digital Film Festival, Rochester Short Film Festival, Buffalo Niagra Film Festival, Sound Shore Video Festival, and Heart of Gold International Film Festival.

The English Department welcomes new Lecturer Dhipinder "Rosie" Walia, who received her BA in English and Communications from Queens College, and her MFA from Adelphi University. Her research interests inlcude Indian and British literatures. She has been teaching English Composition, Business Writing, and Literature at Lehman College since 2010. Previously Ms. Walia worked as a communications specialist and CUNYfirst trainer. She is a member of AWP and is currently working on a collection of short stories titled, "The Other 1984 and other stories."

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News and Announcements:

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Penny Prince who was chosen as a 2014 ASCAP Plus Award recipient. These awards, given by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, reflect the continuing commitment to assist and encourage ASCAP composers. They are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the unique prestige value of each writer’s catalog of original composition,s as well as recent performances in areas not surveyed by the Society.

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Lehman College's Professor of Art History, Herbert Broderick delivers a talk titled "Me and the Man of La Mancha: Pursuing the Impossible Dream (Considering Moses in the Illustrated Old English Hexateuch)" during When the Dust Has Settled (or, When Good Scholars Go Back . . . ), a Colloquium Co-sponsored by the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence and the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University, and Sponsored by the Department of Art and Archeology at McCormick Hall, Princeton University on Friday 14 November 2014, during Session 1: Back to the Middle,1:30 – 2:30 pm.

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Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Assistant Professor of Digital Media and networked culture, Lehman College, City University of New York, spoke at the October 16, 2014 DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER). Jonah Brucker-Cohen discussed his projects and work in the theme of “Deconstructing Networks” that challenge and subvert accepted notions of network interaction and experience. Projects he discussed included “BumpList,” an email community for the determined, “Alerting Infrastructure!,” a website hit counter that destroys a building, "Email Miles,” a mileage meter for email, “PoliceState,” a physical network visualization about counterterrorism, “StockBank,” a networked piggy bank, and the Scrapyard Challenge Workshops that he has been running since 2003. DASER is a monthly discussion forum on the intersection of art and science held at the National Academy of Sciences. See Brucker-Cohen's talk:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dERko8Pem8

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School of Arts and Humanities Languages and Literature Chair and Associate Professor, Thomas Idhe and History Adjunct Assistant Professor Diane Auslander presented at Harvard University's 35th Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium during October 2014. Irish Comparative Literature students also attended. Pictured, from left to right: Irish Comp Lit BA student Conn Mac Aogáin, Chair Thomas Idhe, Irish Comp Lit BA student John Faubion, and History Adjunct Diane Auslander.

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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: Nov 24, 2014

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