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

The Irish Section of the Department of Languages and Literatures in collaboration with the CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies will be hosting a two-day symposium focused on Irish language literature and the history of Ireland on Friday and Saturday, February 19-20, 2016. Keynote speakers include authors Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh and Fionnuala Uí Fhlannagáin from Ireland. A pre-conference event will take place on Thursday, 2/18/2016, at the CUNY Graduate Center in Room 9207. Dr. Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh of the National University of Ireland, Galway, will read from her new volume of poetry Tost agus Allagar (2016). This will be a bilingual event. Saturday and Sunday events, 2/18-19/16 will take place at Lehman College. There will be 16 talks by Irish language and literature students, scholars, and authors. These will take place in the Music Building and Speech & Theatre Building with registration each morning in MU-313. Papers will be read in English on Friday and in Irish (Gaelic) on Saturday. The complete schedule is available at . Registration for the talks is just one fee of $20 for both Friday and Saturday with lunch included each day. Lehman College students attend for free. An Irish Benefit Dinner will be held at Rory Dolan's Restaurant at 6pm Friday. All are welcome. The dinner is $30 for all which includes the meal, soda, coffee, and tea. Honorees at the dinner will be Dr. Séamus Blake and Eileen Houlihan Zurell. Music will be by John Redmond. For more information e-mail or phone 718-960-6776.


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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