Languages and Literatures

From the Chair

IdheThe Department of Languages and Literatures offers a variety of courses in French, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Courses in Arabic and Chinese are offered off campus as part of the Lehman-Manhattan College Language Consortium. The Department also offers courses in literature and culture conducted in English, some of which satisfy the distribution requirement. In addition, a special Spanish-language sequence is offered for heritage speakers of Spanish to enable them to preserve and enhance their knowledge of Spanish. The Department also participates in the interdisciplinary programs in Comparative Literature, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Linguistics, and Multilingual Journalism. For students majoring in fields with international or global goals, the department offers courses in phonetics, business, translation, reading in the arts and sciences, journalistic writing and health professions. Read more


Faculty Spotlight

AminAmin 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 joined the Languages and Literatures Department at Lehman College in 2013. He has previously offered courses ranging from elementary to advanced French language, grammar, and culture; introduction to literature and special topics on French theater and 20th and 21st century French film and novel; interdisciplinary studies on modern France as well as the Francophone world. He has published articles and presented at conferences on avant-garde European theater, new media, critical theory, French 19th and 20th century poetry, and psychoanalytic studies. He has collaborated, within and beyond university walls, with cultural organizations on both sides of the Atlantic alongside French and American theaters. In that context, 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.


Prof. Gerardo Piña-Rosales at The Royal Spanish Academy


Prof. Gerardo Piña-Rosales was invited to the presentation of the 23nd edition of the Dictionary of the Spanish Language at the Royal Spanish Academy in Madrid, Spain. During the ceremony (Oct. 17th), Prof. Piña-Rosales, who is the President of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language, and a Corresponding member of the Royal Spanish Academy (founded in 1713), had the opportunity to greet the King and Queen of Spain, benefactors and advocates of the new Dictionary.


News & Announcements

Valère Novarina’s The Animal of Time at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival, as part of the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival, which will showcase play readings by nine of the world’s most respected dramatists from Afghanistan, Argentina, Cuba, France, Germany, Indonesia, Kenya, and Uganda.

The festival will present The Animal of Time, a performance of the English translation by Prof. Amin Erfani of Valère Novarina’s L’Animal du temps, a theatrical adaptation of Le Discours aux animaux. In this musical performance, the protagonist speaks to animals—that is to say the audience—while taking them on a journey into the depth of language, one that reinvents itself every time the actor opens his mouth. This theatrical performance features actor Chris Kayser, director Valéry Warnotte, musicians Frédéric Lamarre and Adrien Tronquart, and technician Rafaël Georges. The performance will be followed by a conversation with Valère Novarina.

Please read our special interview with Prof. Amin Erfani here.

LOCATION: The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center
DATES: May 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm.

Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the Lehman College.

Valère Novarina is the best-known and most influential avant-garde dramatist working in France today. He is the author of over 20 plays, including Le drame de la vie (The Drama of Life, 1984), La chair de l’homme (Man’s Flesh, 1995), L’origine rouge (The Crimson Origine, 2000), L’acte inconnu (The Unknown Act, 2006). He is also a theorist of the stage and has produced a number of books devoted to stage aesthetics, the need for a different kind of actor training and the relationship of theater to other arts. He has received many awards and his play, L’acte inconnu was commissioned as the featured play of the 2007 Avignon Theater festival. Novarina's translated text, The Animal of Time, will appear in the next Martin Segal Theater publication.


Macaulay Honors College Student Wins Jack Nash Scholars Award for Study in Japan

Romi Zayas, a junior in the Macaulay Honors College at Lehman and a scholar in the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, will embark on a trip of a lifetime to Tokyo where she will study advanced Japanese at the Kanda University of International Studies this spring. She’s doing so with some help from a Jack Nash Scholars Award—a one-time scholarship grant of $10,000 for education expenses—and from Macaulay’s Opportunities Fund.



New Language Requirement

From Fall 2013, the new Lehman General Education Language Requirement is 6 credits for all students not entering with an Associate’s Degree. All elementary level courses have been changed to 3-credit equivalents.

101 ---> 111 (4 hours, 3 credits )

102 ---> 112 (4 hours, 3 credits )

Spanish Heritage Sequence:

103 ---> 113 (4 hours, 3 credits )

104 ---> 114 (4 hours, 3 credits )

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