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 such an honored guest who sympathizes with and touches so many across generations. In attendance were Lehman students and faculty, students and teachers from the High School of American Studies, Walton High School, Celia Cruz High School, and many others from our community. Like all great works of art, readers see and feel pieces of themselves in Ms. Santiago's books.

To kick off National Poetry Month we look forward to having Distinguished Professor and renowned poet Billy Collins reading on March 29, along with Lehman professors Salita Bryant, Jason Koo, and George Green.

The Arts and Literature are alive and well here at Lehman. If you want a full listing of Arts and Humanities events for this semester, please click here.

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