remembering sidney harman


Sidney Harman

A Personal Recollection
of Sidney Harman
by Roslyn Bernstein

Sidney Harman, keynote speaker, at Baruch College's 44th Commencement.



Founded in the fall of 1998 by Professor Roslyn Bernstein, who has served as its director for sixteen years (1998 - 2013), the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program brings distinguished writers to the Baruch College campus every semester. Whether they are poets, playwrights, novelists, journalists, essayists or critics, the Harman Writers-in-Residence enrich the Baruch environment, creating a lively literary salon for students and faculty. Endowed by alumnus Dr. Sidney Harman (’39), the Harman Residency reflects his belief that “good writing is revelatory. It is not merely a transference of fully formed material from brain to paper. Writing is an act of magical creation; writing is discovery.”

The Harman Program relies on an intense workshop design, where visiting writers teach small classes and hold individual conferences.  Students are encouraged to hone their personal styles and to find their own creative voices.

In addition, the Harman Program sponsors student  creative writing competitions, literary internships, individual guest readings, and a week-long residency.

Hear the past and present Harman directors talk about the history of the program

Hear what students say about the program...

Fall 2016 Writer-In-Residence: Monique Truong

AmitavMonique Truong is a novelist and food essayist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her novels are The Book of Salt (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), a national bestseller, New York Times Notable Fiction book, and recipient of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award; Bitter in the Mouth (Random House, 2010), recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Rosenthal Family Foundation Award; and the forthcoming The Sweetest Fruits (Viking Books). She was a 2015 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellow, 2012 Visiting Writer at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 2010 Guggenheim Fellow, and 2007 Princeton University’s Hodder Fellow. Truong is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School.

Click here to apply now for our Spring 2017 course!


We are now accepting RSVPs for our Fall 2016 Writing Workshop with Quincy Scott Jones and Nina Sharma. Those who attend can hear the authors discuss their own work, as well as work on writing in the workshop with feedback from the authors. Lunch will be sereved and the first 20 students to RSVP will get a free copy of Jones' book, The T-Bone Series. The workshop will take place on Thursday, November 10th.


For information about residency, email Prof. Bridgett Davis or visit her homepage.
Phone: (646) 312-3927

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