An Important Message from the Dean
Dear Members of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Community,
Welcome to the 2016-2017 academic year at the Lesley University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences! I hope that you have had an enjoyable and interesting summer.
As I write this message, I am enjoying my first week as your college Dean and watching the final stages of the construction work on Doble Campus. This area should look very nice and offer more functionality when the project is completed. I am delighted to share with you some great things happening in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
On Thursday, September 8, the Dean’s office will be celebrating the beginning of the academic year from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Please feel free to stop by the dean’s office located at 29 Mellen to chat, and enjoy some refreshments!
Also, there will be an Ice Cream Social for students from 1:00pm – 3:00pm on the same day. This event will take place in Marran Theater.
This year marks an important election year. In honor of Constitution Day, the Social Sciences Division for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will host a special event on Friday, September 16th. More information soon to come.There will be a Dean’s Open House for faculty and staff on Tuesday, October 4th. I hope that you will be able to come so that we can meet each other.As part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Reads tradition, the incoming first-year students are reading Between the World and Me – a recipient of the National Book Award - by Ta-Nehisi Coates that discusses both the history of race in the United States and how it applies, in the current climate, to his son. Shortly before classes begin, first year students will be discussing this book in small groups with each other and with a faculty facilitator. On October 13th, Randall Kennedy, the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law from Harvard University, will speak at Lesley and offer another perspective on the topic of race in the United States. If you have not done so already, I strongly encourage you to read Between the World and Me and to attend Professor Kennedy’s presentation.
I encourage you to review the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences calendar of events located on pages 22 through 24 of this newsletter. I hope you will be able to attend these events.
I look forward to meeting and working with you. I wish you an enjoyable, productive, and successful semester!
Steven S. Shapiro, Ph.D.Dean, College of Liberal Arts and SciencesLesley University
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