Languages and Literatures

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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


ZeldaWe congratulate our colleague retired Prof. Zelda Kahan Newman on her recent translation of The Thirteenth Hour: Poems by Rivka Basman Ben-Haim. Please join us for a reading and discussion at the Leonard Lief Library on Monday, September 26, 2016 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the Treehouse Conference Room 317. RSVP by September 22nd to . For more information, please contact or phone 718-960-7756. Light Refreshments will be served.







News & Announcements



Representations of fashion and clothing in Hispanic Literatures

April 7 and 8, 2017

The Spanish section of the Department of Languages and Literatures of Lehman College of the City University of New York, has organized the symposium “Representations of fashion and clothing in Hispanic Literatures”. This event takes place on the 7th and 8th of April, 2017 in Lehman College's campus. The even is a space of academic dialogue around the topic of fashion in Hispanic literatures. From different critical perspectives, the conferences presented at the event will study the topic of fashion and dress in works from different periods and literary genres.

For more information, please visit the webpage of the symposium:

You can also contact our organizing committee (

ORGANIZERS: Marco Ramírez Rojas, Carmen Saen-de-Casas, Juan Jesús Payán, Daniel Fernández, Oscar Martín.


Bilingual Dramatic Reading of La nuit juste avant les forêts by Bernard-Marie Koltès

March 28th, 2017 7pm at the Maison Francaise Event sponsored by the NYU Department of French

Bilingual dramatic reading, in French and English, with graduate student Tony Haouam and undergraduate students Tahina Mukit, Alexa Pearce, and Grace (Ge) Gao.

Organized and directed by Anna G. R. Miller (Department of French).

Followed by discussion with Amin Erfani (translator, playwright, doctoral lecturer of French at Lehman College, CUNY).

Bernard-Marie Koltès is one of the most famous French playwrights of the 1980s. Most well known for his 1986 play Dans la solitude des champs de coton and for his long-running collaboration with Patrice Chéreau, he remains largely unknown outside academic and scholarly circles in Anglophone countries in spite of being widely performed, read, and studied throughout Europe. Written in 1977 and first published in 1980, La nuit juste avant les forêts represents the debut of Koltès's mature style.


On the occasion of Women's History Month and Le Mois de la Francophonie, March 2017

The Department of Languages and Literatures, The Department of African and African-American Studies & The Women's Studies Program of Lehman College, CUNY

Invite you to a lecture by

Lydie Moudileno
University of Pennsylvania

Une "condition noire" au féminin
(lecture in French)

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Carman Hall Multimedia Room B75

Lydie Moudileno évoquera ce que l'historien Pap Ndiaye a appelé dans son essai de 2009 "la condition noire" de certaines minorités françaises. Il s'agira en particulier de considérer le cas des femmes issues de l'immigration, telles qu'elles sont représentées dans la fiction contemporaine.
Auteure de nombreux travaux sur les productions culturelles et écrivains de la diaspora africaine, Lydie Moudileno est professeure dans les départements de French and Francophone Studies, Africana et Comparative Literature à l'Université de Pennsylvanie.

Copies of a recommended short story to read in advance can be obtained in the Department of Languages and Literatures: Carman Hall room 257, (718) 960-8215.

Post-lecture discussion and reception with Professor Moudileno hosted by the Francophone Club of Lehman in the Student Life Building at 3:30 p.m.


New Language Requirement

As of Fall 2013, the new Lehman General Education Language Requirement is 6 credits for students who began their college studies at Lehman. Transfer students’ language requirement depends on how many credits were transferred and whether or not any transferred courses have been processed as fulfilling this portion of general education. See Academic Advising for verification of your individual language requirement. Students transferring into Lehman with an Associate’s Degree do not have a language requirement. For more information on how the language requirement applies to different student profiles, please see flowchart HERE.


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 )


Click here for more information.

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