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...

Spring 2016 Writer-In-Residence: Amitav Ghosh


Amitav Ghosh is the author of the bestselling The Ibis Trilogy; Flood of Fire, Sea of Poppies, and River of Smoke. Sea of Poppies was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008 and awarded the Crossword Book Prize and the Indiaplaza Golden Quill Award. Ghosh is also the author of The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace and The Hungry Tide. Born in Calcutta, Ghosh grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and studied in Delhi, Oxford and Alexandria. Ghosh’s work has been translated into more than 20 languages and he has served on the Jury of the Locarno Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival. In Jan. 2007 he was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest honors, by the President of India. Ghosh’s essays have been published in The New Yorker, The New Republic and The New York Times. He has taught in many universities in India and the U.S., including Delhi University, Columbia University, Queens College and Harvard. In 2010, Ghosh was awarded honorary doctorates by Queens College, New York, and the Sorbonne, Paris.

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Phone: (646) 312-3927

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