The Sidney Harman
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Reading and Conversation with
April 14, 2020
For the first time this year, the Harman Program held its traditional reading and conversation with this semester's Harman writer, Jennifer Clement, via Zoom. Clement spoke brilliantly about her writing process, her "diptych" novels Prayers for the Stolen and Gun Love — one set in Mexico with a heroine who ends up in the United States, the other set in the United States with a heroine who ends up in Mexico. She also shared several of the astonishing journeys that her research has taken her on, and her work as the first woman president of PEN International.
April 2 Workshop with Spring 2020 Harman Creative Writing Fellow Ingrid Rojas Contreras
This semester, the Harman Program's Creative Writing Fellow was Ingrid Rojas Contreras, author of the award-winning novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree, whose essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review, Guernica, and other publications. On April 2, from her home in San Francisco, Rojas Contreras organized a Zoom workshop for members of the staff of Baruch's student literary magazine Encounters and other Baruch students and faculty. After introducing herself and her work, Rojas Contreras invited those in attendance — some of whom had logged on from as far away as Zaragoza, Spain -- to share their own work and participate in a series of creative exercises.
Thank you, Beth Macy!
In Fall 2019, the incomparable Beth Macy taught her students about "Writing From the Margins." Her course focused on helping her students find the untold stories that exist within their communities and lives.
We are grateful to Beth Macy and wish her all the best in her future projects and endeavors.
Photo Credit: Glenda Hydler
Harman Director Esther Allen (left), 1st Place Harman Contest Winner Erik Kantar (middle), and Fall ‘19 Harman Writer Beth Macy.
Macy spoke at the Fall 2019 Encounters Magazine Reception, where she announced the winners of the Fall 2019 Harman Narrative Writing Competition.
Congratulations to our exceptional winners and Encounters Magazine staff!
Beth Macy speaks about finding your passion and sticking to it at the Fall 2019 Encounters Reception.
Encounters staff members: Sam Salanga, Graphics Director; Joel Bautista, Editor and Video Producer; Hannah Lee, Managing Editor; David Betancur, Editor-in-Chief; Violet Webster, Editor and Podcast Producer.
Beth Macy and 1st Place Harman Contest Winner, Erik Kantar.
New Director Named for Harman Program
After serving for five years, this will be Prof. Bridgett Davis' final semester as Director of the Harman Program. Stepping into the position will be Prof. Esther Allen, Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature. A longtime member of the Harman Advisory Committee, Prof. Allen brings with her a love of global literature, rich expertise and genuine enthusiasm for the Program.
Also completing her tenure is Nikkia Rivera as the Harman Assistant. She will be graduating this summer, and replacing her will be Katherine Hernández, an English and Journalism double major with a minor in Spanish.
The Sidney Harman Program Director:
A member of the Harman Advisory Committee for the past six years, Prof. Esther Allen is a two-time recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships (1995 and 2010), a 2009-2010 Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. Her translation of Zama, by Antonio Di Benedetto, won the 2017 National Translation Award.
She co-founded the PEN World Voices Festival in 2005, and guided the work of the PEN/Heim Translation Fund from its inception in 2003 to 2010. In 2006, the French government named her a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres. She teaches in the Ph.D. Programs in French and in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures at City University of New York Graduate Center and in Baruch's Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature.
Her essays, interviews and translations have appeared in the New York Review of Books Daily, the Paris Review, Words Without Borders, Bomb, LitHub, the New Yorker and other publications. She is currently working on a biography of José Martí.
A Final Thank You
"It's been gratifying to be at the helm of this unique literary salon. To this day, I remain in awe of the Harman Program, which offers a simple yet astonishing gift to students, and to the Baruch community – a chance to engage with acclaimed poets and novelists and playwrights and journalists every semester. I look forward to witnessing the Program thrive well into its next 20 years." – Professor Bridgett Davis
"After working for the Harman Program for two years, I can say without a doubt that it's one-of-kind. Everyone involved has such a genuine love and respect for the Program and all it offers. You can't help but feel the warmth and support. I will forever be grateful for everything the Harman has taught me, and I'm excited for all those who will enjoy the Harman Program in the years ahead." – Nikkia Rivera
For more information:
Prof. Esther Allen, Harman Director
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