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Thursday, October 18


197: Teaching Literature at LaGuardia Community College: Theory and Praxis
Limited Capacity seats available

This panel will explore the theory and praxis of engaging humanities scholarship and pedagogy at community colleges. This involves mobilizing the range of ways students and faculty use writing and literature to address questions of identity, academic discourse, class, nationality, migration, and transnationalism. Panelists will examine both why and how we engage community college students in literary study through close reading and transdisciplinary practices that challenge hegemonic epistemic structures while legitimizing narratives of diverse nations, cultures, and bodies. Members of the LaGuardia English Department will engage in dialogue with a LaGuardia alumnus currently pursuing an MA in English. This conversation will survey theories and scholarship, including Freire╒s problem-posing model of education and the African American, Reconstruction-era scholar-activist Anna Julia Cooper whose work with Freylinghuysen University prefigured the establishment of the American community college movement.

We will demonstrate how teaching, for instance, George Orwell╒s 1984, poems of Ntozake Shange, or Lynn Nottage╒s Sweat, offers opportunities for students to critically reflect on the canon while at the same time explore diverse literary representations of identities╤locally, nationally, and globally. The panel will conclude by highlighting the structural challenges to implementing a humanistic pedagogy and shed light on possible constructive responses.


Allia Abdullah-Matta

Associate Professor, CUNY LaGuardia

Nilo Bermeo

Adjunct Lecturer, LAGCC
Preferred Gender Pronouns: He/himBio: Nilo Bermeo is an Adjunct Lecturer of English at LaGuardia Community College, where he teaches course in developmental writing, composition, and technical writing. He also works as a tutor in LaGuardia’s Writing Center. He received his AA in... Read More →

Cristina Bruns

Associate Professor, LaGuardia Community College CUNY
Preferred Gender Pronouns: She/her Bio: Cristina Vischer Bruns, Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College, has over twenty years’ experience teaching college composition and literature courses. Her scholarship focuses on the experience of reading fiction and... Read More →

Tuli Chatterji

Assistant Professor, LaGuardia Community College
Preferred Gender Pronouns: She/her Bio: Tuli Chatterji is Assistant Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College. Her current research focuses on postcolonial intervention in composition studies where she contextualizes immigrant students’ multi-local experiences. Her publications... Read More →

Sorin Cucu

Associate Professor of English, LaGuardia Community College
Bio: Sorin Radu Cucu is Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College. He is the author of The Underside of Politics: Global Fictions in the Fog of the Cold War published by Fordham UP. His most recent article re-examines the Cold War reception of Herman Melville’s... Read More →

Jacqueline Jones

Associate Professor of English, LaGuardia Community College
Preferred Gender Pronouns: She/herBio: Dr. Jacqueline Jones is an Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College, and currently serving as a faculty mentor in the CUNY Humanities Alliance program. Her research interest includes 20th and 21st century African American... Read More →

LaRose Parris

Associate Professor of English, LaGuardia Community College
Preferred Gender Pronouns: She/herBio: LaRose T. Parris is Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College. Her transdisciplinary study, Being Apart: Theoretical and Existential Resistance in Africana Literature, was awarded the Nicolás Guillén prize for outstanding... Read More →

Gordon Tapper

English Department Chair, LaGuardia Community College
Preferred Gender Pronouns: He/himBio: Gordon Tapper is Chair of the English Department, LaGuardia Community College, and Chair of the CUNY English Discipline Council. His research interests include American Studies, Modernism, contemporary poetry, and Genocide Studies. Among other... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
GC, Room 197, Concourse Level 365 5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA
Friday, October 19


E-129: Student-Centered Extracurricular Models to Build Community & Explore Humanities
Limited Capacity seats available

The LaGuardia Mellon Humanities Scholars program is an extracurricular program of the CUNY Humanities Alliance. Its goal is to enrich LaGuardia students’ understanding of the Humanities, and help them build academic and career pathways in the Humanities. Humanities Scholars design and create individual projects that connect their personal interests, scholarly pursuits, and career goals. Through biweekly meetings and additional humanities enrichment activities, the Humanities Scholars are exposed to modes of critical and creative thinking, various historical and cultural perspectives, and aesthetic appreciation. With the student at the center, this group determines what they need to succeed to towards graduation and their future careers.

Previous Humanities Scholars will share their experiences in the program and a bit about their individual project work, and the co-facilitators will share some of their methods. Mostly, we are excited to engage in a conversation with participants about how extracurricular programs can help build communities, engage students, and open up new worlds for community college students. We want to hear about experiences that you've had at your schools, and compare notes! 

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Kaysi Holman

Director of Programs and Administration, CUNY Humanities Alliance

Giselle Mendoza

Mellon Humanities Scholar, CUNY Laguardia Community college
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Stefanie Sertich

Professor, LaGuardia Community College

Ivan Taurisano


Friday October 19, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
LaGuardia, Room E-129, E Building 31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA


E-266: Humanities For All: Guided Pathways, Authentic Assessment & Liberal Education in Community Colleges
Limited Capacity seats available

To engage the most community college students with humanities learning, we need to reach beyond humanities majors to find ways to integrate humanities and liberal education into general education and other majors, including professional programs. At LaGuardia and Guttman Community Colleges, we affirm this principal with teaching, learning and assessment focused on college-wide Core Competencies that embody powerful aspects of humanities ways of thinking. As faculty build these Competencies into CUNY’s Pathways Core AND the curriculum of every major, they build a clear and accessible path to graduation. Strengthening curricular cohesion in every academic and professional program, this approach engages all students with the concepts and questions of liberal education, and builds the 21st century learning capacities that students need for success in education and career. Our session thus illuminates an innovative community college strategy for expanding the reach of humanities learning.

For our presentation, we’ll discuss how each of our institutions have
• Created Humanities-centered curriculum frameworks;
• Incorporated assignment design into authentic assessment;
• Improved access to Humanities education for all.

LaGuardia will highlight our Occupational Therapy and Natural Sciences programs. Guttman will present a brief overview of each of their five programs of study – Liberal Arts and Sciences, Human Services, Information Technology, and Business Administration.


Dr. Bret Eynon

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Dr. Laura M. Gambino

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Regina Lehman

Associate Professor, OTA Program Director, Faculty Co-Director of Assessment and Institutional Learning, LaGuardia Community College
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Dr. Preethi Radhakrishnan

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Justin Rogers-Cooper

Professor of English, LaGuardia Community College
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Friday October 19, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
LaGuardia, Room E-266, E Building 31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA


E-266: The New Hampshire Humanities Collaborative: Working Together to Address Grand Challenges
Limited Capacity seats available

Our session highlights how students and faculty can communicate the value of the humanities in community college/university collaborations and to audiences beyond campus. We will focus on the deep humanities collaboration in New Hampshire between the seven college Community System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) and the College of Liberal Arts at the University of New Hampshire. The NH Humanities Collaborative (NHHC), generously funded by the Mellon Foundation, will be in its third year in Fall 2018. The NHHC is a comprehensive state-wide approach to higher education humanities engagement, with faculty members at NH╒s colleges working together creatively to demonstrate how the humanities can inform discussion and deepen engagement in addressing grand challenges in the state and society. Our project shows how enriched curriculum and intentional pathways in the humanities at NH╒s community colleges can benefit students and the communities served by our colleges, including better enabling and supporting transfer to university humanities programs. Significant progress to date includes public humanities events with participation by community college and UNH faculty, students and community members; course equivalencies established; and deep faculty collaboration.

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Ross Gittell

Chancellor, Community College System of NH
ABOUTPreferred Gender Pronouns: He/himBio: Dr. Ross Gittell is well-known in economic and policy circles as an authority for economic analysis and forecasting. Prior to his appointment as Chancellor at CCSNH, he was the James R. Carter Professor at the Whittemore School of Business... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LaGuardia, Room E-266, E Building 31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA