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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 an Oscar-winning composer, an Emmy-winning television series producer, actors, artists, art historians, CGI animators, dancers, historians, journalists, literary critics, novelists, 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


The School of Arts and Humanities mission

Lehman College's School of Arts and Humanities 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 offer a variety of undergraduate degree majors and minors, provide courses to the school's several interdisciplinary programs, and contribute to the school mission of fulfilling the larger institutional mission to provide students with an excellent undergraduate liberal arts education. The school also offers graduate programs in Art Studio, English, History, Music Teaching, and Spanish Literature. 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.


Welcome new faculty members

James Mahon, Philosophy Department Chair and Professor of Philosophy comes to us most recently from Washington and Lee University, where he was Head of Philosophy. During 2011-2012 he was a Visiting Researcher at Yale Law School, and in 2006-2007 he was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University. In 2003 he was a Visiting Scholar on the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. He has served on the grant application panel for philosophy for the National Endowment for Humanities and is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. Professor Mahon is the author of Motivational Internalism and the Authority of Morality (2011), and has written and published numerous essays on moral philosophy and ethics.

J Bret Maney, Assistant Professor of English, just received his PhD in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania, and holds an M.A. in French from the Université de Paris 7 - Denis Diderot. In 2014 he was a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant recipient.

Sarah Ohmer, Assistant Professor of Latin American, Latino, and Puerto Rican Studies, joins us from the faculty at the University of Indianapolis. She holds a PhD in Latin American Literature, and is a recent Fulbright Scholarship recipient. Ohmer's Fulbright proposal, Witnessing Black Women’s Traumas: Ritual and Creativity-Based Activism in São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, took her to Brazil, and speaks to her broad range of academic scholarship.


Works in Progress Lecture Series

All talks take place in Carmen Hall #201, 12:30-2:00 PM
Fall 2015 SCHEDULE:


November 18, 2015

Marco Ramirez, Assistant Professor, Department of Languages and Literature

Redefining "Tradition" in XXth century Latin American Literature-Rubén Darío, Borges and Octavio Paz

This talk discusses the radical transformation of the concept of “Tradition” in Latin American XXth century literature. The study of the works of three major Latin American poets (Rubén Darío, Baldomero Sanin Cano, and Jorge Luis Borges) allows us to trace the shifting from the commonly accepted idea of a “handing down of canonical texts from one generation to another”, to an individual constructed genealogy that defies boundaries of language, nationality, and even chronological circumstances.


News and announcements

We are thrilled to announce that the Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities won a New York Emmy Award! The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences of New York, or NY NATAS, Emmy was earned for Dean Pettipiece's concept and the College's production of a ten video series that features lesser known cultural gems in the Bronx. Production was funded through a $100,000 grant from New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, or MOME. Best of the Bronx was created by Lehman College Multimedia Center production professionals in collaboration with the School of Arts and Humanities Digital Imaging, Journalism, Communications and Theater student teams. Many of the student crew members returned to the Lehman College Multimedia Center in August to celebrate as MOME presented the Production Team with our Emmy. Congratulations to the Dean and the Best of the Bronx production team on their accomplishment! http://www.lehman.edu/bestofthebronx/meet-the-crew.php Learn more about the project, and see the videos www.lehman.edu/bestofthebronx


Congratulations to African and African American Studies Assitant Professor Mary Phillips for being selected as a 2015-2016 CUNY Center for Place, Culture and Politics Faculty Fellowship recipient.


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 9, 2015

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