An Important Message from the Dean
Working on an academic schedule gives us so many chances
for new starts – there is, of course, the beginning of the school year in
September, the new calendar year in January, then the spring semester in late
January, culminating in the summer, which always brings a different pace even
if we are not teaching or taking courses.
So -- welcome to yet another new start.
Last semester saw visits by luminaries, Anita Hill and
Michio Kaku, among others; a “meeting of the minds” organized by first-year students,
where they posed an array of probing questions to their first-year faculty;
Dean’s Open Houses, where faculty and staff came together to discuss topics
they hope to share with their students, among them articles on what the future
will look like by Michio Kaku and an exchange on Islam between Ayaan Hirsi Ali
and William McCants. And these don’t
include events planned by divisions -- Math, Science and Pizza, Oh Yeah!
presentations by Natural Sciences and Math faculty on their research; the Art
Therapy Senior Show and opening reception, to mention just a few.
During the spring semester these activities will continue,
carrying forward our “themed” year, where we are exploring as a community
issues of equity – in racial, gender and economic terms.
Local, national and world events have buffeted, confounded
and often angered us this year, from the incidents that precipitated the Black
Lives Matter movement, to the attacks planned by ISIL and its supporters, to
the income inequality that has dominated much of our political discourse. We’ll take some time to inform ourselves as a
community, to gather knowledge that will allow us to make informed decisions
AND plan effective action.
In February we will be discussing Ta-Nehisi Coates’s 2014 Atlantic
article where he makes a case for reparations to African Americans. This is a prelude to the year-long focus on
his work Between the World and Me, the CLAS Reads choice for the next
academic year. This book, written as
letters to his teenage son, recounts his life and what it means to be an
African-American male in this 21st-century.
As part of the Boston Speakers Series, Dennis Ross will
give a talk and host a question and answer session on his book Doomed to
Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship
from Truman to Obama (2015). Dr.
Ross has served as a policy specialist and advisor on the Middle East to
Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton. He is presently William
Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
We are also planning a film, lecture and discussion on the
subject of homelessness.
Thoughtful, open discussion is a keystone of academe, the
heart of our work at Lesley. So let’s
get to work!
All best for a good spring 2016 semester,
Dr. Christine EvansDean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Director of the CLAS Internship Office; Assistant Professor of Psychology
Majors and Minors:
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Psychology and Applied Therapies
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees:
One-Year Cost: Full-Time
One-Year Cost: Part-Time
Tuition and Fees
Dual Degree Programs
Credit Toward Graduate Education - Lesley Dividend
Foreign Language Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The Child Homelessness Initiative
E-newsletter: News from 29 Mellen
Request more information
Schedule a campus visit
Get your application started today!