Humanities

Professor Suzanne Westfall

January 24, 2014

Prof. Suzanne Westfall Provides Great Opportunities in the Arts

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When Suzanne Westfall steps into the classroom, she’s driven to develop students’ appreciation of theater and the arts. “I try to explore with them the expanse of the human spirit as it has expressed itself in the arts and sciences over the centuries, to show them that human beings in other times and places have [...]

Professor Markus Dubischar with former student Thomas Bolt ’12 in Kirby Library

December 5, 2013

Prof. Markus Dubischar Bridges Ancient Civilization and the Modern World

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When Markus Dubischar discusses teaching about classical civilizations, he uses exclamation points—lots of them. For him, ancient Greece and Rome are not just old texts or museum relics, but are alive in modern times. Making that connection is often eye-opening for students. “My enthusiasm in teaching classics is grounded in my conviction that knowledge about [...]

Professor Olga Anna Duhl

December 2, 2013

Prof. Olga Anna Duhl Embodies the Liberal Arts through Teaching and Scholarship

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It may not be common knowledge that the concept of a liberal arts education is based on classical and medieval models, but that fact perfectly illustrates the intersection of Olga Anna Duhl’s academic interests. And she delights in sharing that with her students. Duhl, professor of foreign languages and literatures (French) and co-chair of the Medieval, [...]

Students enjoy a dance class taught by Ben Munisteri in Kirby Sports Center.

November 12, 2013

Lafayette Receives $450,000 Grant to Bring Choreographers to Area Colleges

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Lafayette is the recipient of a $450,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that will bring established and emerging choreographers to the classrooms, studios, and stages of area colleges. The collaborative program will explore the use of dance as an art form and how its creative powers can be infused across a liberal arts [...]

Student Write-a-Thon

November 5, 2013

Students Get Inspired at Annual Write-A-Thon

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By Shehtaz Huq ’14 Ernest Hemingway purportedly bragged that he could write a story in six words. At Lafayette’s annual Write-a-Thon, students were given a little more leeway and asked to write a memoir in eight. Among 30 entries, film and media studies major Mara Natale ’16 (New Providence, N.J.) took first place with “I [...]

An audience volunteer is consoled by Marcus Vilmé ’17 as Mitch Mahoney

October 30, 2013

Photo Gallery: College Theater Presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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College Theater presented its production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Oct. 2-5 in the Williams Center for the Arts Black Box Theater. The interactive musical calls upon audience members to come up on stage and compete with the cast as guest spellers vying for the championship of a lifetime. The production was [...]

Music Professor Anthony Cummings teaches a course in the Williams Center.

October 30, 2013

Prof. Anthony Cummings Receives American Philosophical Society Award for Nino Pirrotta Biography

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The American Philosophical Society has awarded Anthony Cummings, professor of music and coordinator of Italian studies, its 2013 John Frederick Lewis Award for his book Nino Pirrotta: An Intellectual Biography. The award recognizes the best book published by the society during the award year. Cummings will accept the award in November at the society’s annual [...]

Michael Hezel '14, l-r, Professor Anne Raich, Jason Sheng ’15, and Eduardo Rodriguez '14 with the scissor-element truss-arch

October 30, 2013

Jason Sheng ’15 Explores Engineering Applications of Origami

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By Sean Grim ’14 What do an ancient Chinese lute, engineering design software, and the Japanese art of origami have in common? The link is Zhe “Jason” Sheng ’15 (Dalian, China), a double major in mechanical engineering and music. Through Lafayette’s START initiative and EXCEL Scholars undergraduate research program, Sheng is working with Anne Raich, [...]

Skillman Library at night

October 10, 2013

Skillman Library Celebrates 50 Years of Providing Innovative Services and Resources

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Skillman Library occupies a worthy place on Lafayette’s campus: the center. This academic year, it celebrates 50 years of being at the center of innovation in the way it provides resources and services and enables the high-level scholarship that is such an integral part of the Lafayette experience. Retrospective of Skillman Library View more images [...]

Robert Mattison

October 3, 2013

Professor Robert Mattison Writes Catalog for Painter Bill Scott’s New York Exhibit

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Robert S. Mattison, Marshall R. Metzgar Professor of Art History, has written an exhibition catalog for Philadelphia artist Bill Scott’s exhibit In Arcadia, which opens 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at the Hollis Taggart Galleries in New York City. View the catalog and exhibit Comprised of 20 paintings, the show runs until Saturday, Nov. 2, at the [...]