What's What @ Lehman

chengI've been teaching @ Lehman since 1997, when I started as an adjunct in the English Department. I became a full-time professor in 2003, was assistant chair, then chair, and now I'm Acting Associate Dean in the School of Arts and Humanities. The 15 years that have transpired since coming to Lehman have not felt long, and that's a good thing.

I know a thing or two about Lehman: its students, faculty, culture, and general goings-on. When I post something it will be about Lehman, or about writing, or... Read More »
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Obscura, Spring 2012

obscura spring 2012Obscura, the literary magazine of Lehman College is edited and produced by Lehman students, and solely features the writing, artwork, and photography of our students and alumni.

The Spring 2012 issue is now available. If you would like to receive a hard copy of the magazine, contact the Department of English at 718-960-8556, or stop by Carman Hall, Room 302.

This issue also features work by two high school students, as a result of our growing partnership with the NYC Lab School for...

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Billy Collins Kicks Off National Poetry Month

poetsOn 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  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...

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Esmeralda Santiago, and the Importance of the Arts

On March 21 Lehman welcomed acclaimed author Esmeralda Santiago to 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...

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Writers Beware: The Collateral Damage of Linsanity

Now that Jeremy Lin has come down to earth, and the Knicks have shown themselves to be nothing more than playoff hopefuls this year, there remain two  lessons to be learned by student and professional writers alike.

With the rise of Jeremy Lin, who could ignore the pun frenzy in the media: "Linsanity"; "The Lin Dynasty"; "Lin-Diesel"; a virtual smorgasbord of puns! A headline writer's dream.

Until it became careless, unprofessional, and irresponsible. An ESPN writer was terminated for writing...

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A Breath of Fresh Air: Lehman Prepares for CUNY-wide Ban on Smoking

(The author of this article is Gregory Castro; it is being reposted here by permission of Meridian, the Student Newspaper of Lehman College.)

Effective this September, all CUNY schools will become smoke-free, making CUNY “the largest smoke-free public university system in the United States.” Students, faculty and staff will be required to step out of school grounds in order to smoke.

Cindy Kreisberg, the Director of Lehman’s Student Health Center, said that there will be no smoking “within...

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Meet our Graduate Students in Art!

Featuring Steven Dana, Stacey Zereilli, and Nelson Alvarez, art students working toward their MFAs.


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Bronx Residents Speak Out Against New District Lines

district mapIn late January, the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) released proposed district lines for the State Assembly and State Senate. Shortly after, LATFOR scheduled a series of meetings across New York state for the public to voice their opinions.

On January 31, Bronx residents had the opportunity to testify in front of a panel at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. The panel comprised of LATFOR members, including Senators Michael Nozzolio (R-Finger Lakes) and...

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One Step at a Time: Lehman Lightning Women's Basketball

women's basketballThe Lehman Lightning Women’s basketball team has picked itself up by the bootstraps. When assessing the team’s performance thus far, one can conclude that there has been constant, gradual improvement.

Initially struggling out of the gate at 4-6, highlighted by a 53-point thumping at the hands of national powerhouse Amherst College , the Lightning remained poised and confident. After a rough 0-3 start to the season, sophomore guard Chris Mary Martinez reassured that it was simply a matter of...

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