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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.



College Students from Japan Visited Lehman

On Thursday March 6th, 23 Japanese students from Yokohaman National University came to visit Lehman College. Many students studying Japanese at Lehman enjoyed the presentations that the Japanese students prepared on Yokohama and its history and culture. This event was part of the Kakehashi Project, the US-Japan Youth Exchange program that sent six Lehman students to Japan in May 2013.


For photos and videos from this year's event, please visit the Facebook page.



The department of Languages & Literatures is pleased to offer Summer
Language Institutes in French, Irish (Gaelic), Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.

Summer poster

Click here for the schedule of classes


pacoProf. Montaño Receives Arts and Humanities Teaching Award
Francisco (Paco) Montaño has mainly taught introductory and intermediate French during his time at Lehman, although he has also taught introductory Italian and
Spanish. He has received outstanding student and peer evaluations, while immeasurably improving the teaching of foreign language at Lehman through his work as the department’s Language Coordinator. Congratulations to Prof. Montaño!


Join us for Lehman College International Day!

International dayWith the the third annual "International Day" at Lehman on Monday, November 14th, the department of Languages & Literatures and Study Abroad Programs of Lehman College join institutions and organizations around the world in celebrating “International Education Week” (Nov 12-16), an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education, exchanges, and language programs worldwide. Read about International Education Week.

International Day will focus on cross-cultural issues, study abroad opportunities for students, and Lehman College language programs. The day's event will include international food samplings, mini foreign language lessons, and a study abroad information desk. You can downlad the flyer here.

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test

Lehman College is the official testing site of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. This year's test will be on Sunday, December 4th. For registration and other information, please visit the Japan Foundation website at

Lehman Italian Major wins Watson Fellowship and Tuisiani Scholarship for Excellence in Italian

PerlazaSophomore Italian major Sophia Perlaza has won a coveted spot in the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship program. The three-year program offers paid summer internships, mentoring and enhanced educational opportunities to New York City undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional promise, outstanding leadership skills and commitment to the common good.

Perlaza is a member of the Lehman Scholars Program and is a winner of the Lehman Scholarship and the Department of Languages and Literatures' Tuisiani Scholarship for Excellence in Italian. Read More.


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