English Department


Esmeralda Santiago and Billy Collins
come to Lehman: March 2012

On March 21 Lehman welcomed acclaimed author Esmeralda Santiagoto Lehman as the keynote speaker for the annual Lehman Lecture. Nearly 400 people packed the Lovinger Theatre to hear Ms. Santiago speak, and she did not disappoint. The author of the acclaimed memoirs, When I Was Puerto Rican and Almost a Woman, and the new historical novel, Conquistadora, Ms. Santiago spoke about her life as an immigrant and as a writer, and inspired the entire audience.

It was a great day for Lehman to host such an honored guest who sympathizes with and touches so many across generations. In attendance were Lehman students and faculty, students and teachers from the High School of American Studies, Walton High School, Celia Cruz High School, and many others from our community. Like all great works of art, readers see and feel pieces of themselves in Ms. Santiago's books. Click here for the podcast of Ms. Santiago's talk from that day.

To kick off National Poetry Month, on March 29 Distinguished Professor and renown poet Billy Collins read along with Lehman professors Salita Bryant, Jason Koo, and George Green. The Lovinger Theatre was again packed with over 350 people in the audience. Each poet read from published and upcoming work and showed a diverse range, touching on the witty, tender, edgy, and passionate. The full video of Billy Collins reading is below.

The Arts and Literature are alive and well here at Lehman. For a full listing of Arts and Humanities events for this semester, please click here. If you have suggestions or recommendations for the kind of literary, artistic, or cultural events you'd like to see at Lehman, please email arts.humanities@lehman.cuny.edu.

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Esmeralda Santiago, during lecture and signing books

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Prof. Terrence Cheng, Esmeralda Santiago, President Ricardo Fernandez, and VP Mario Dellapina


George Green, Salita Bryant, Jason Koo, and Billy Collins


Salita Byrant and George Green

Billy Collins reading on March 29, 2012




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