The Sidney Harman
Upcoming Events & Announcements
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: Esther Allen
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
Fall '19 Non-Fiction Workshop with Beth Macy!
Writing from the Margins: Outsiders and Underdogs
In this course, students will mine the present and past for untold stories and unlikely heroes; read and write narratives that illuminate social issues and inspire change; and delve into the basic building block of nonfiction reporting — talking to strangers, then reading widely and talking to more strangers, and, finally, making connections to explain our changing world. Readings will include works by Bryan Stevenson, Katherine Boo, Jesmyn Ward, Kiese Laymon, Tracy Kidder, and Matthew Desmond.
Meet Our Fall '19 Writer-in-Residence Beth Macy!
Beth Macy is the author of three bestselling nonfiction books about marginalized people in America. Based in southwest Virginia for three decades, her reporting has won many national awards, including a J. Anthony Lukas prize and a Nieman Fellowship in Journalism from Harvard. Her 2018 book, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America, was called a “masterwork of narrative nonfiction” in The New York Times and named to more than a dozen Best Books of 2018 lists.
Gabrielle Bell was born in England and raised in California. Her work has been selected many times for Best American Comics and she has contributed to The Believer, Vice Magazine and The New Yorker. The title story of Bell’s book, “Cecil and Jordan in New York” has been adapted for the film anthology Tokyo! by Michel Gondry. Her first full-length graphic memoir, Everything is Flammable, was nominated for the LA Times Book Prize. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
HARMAN COMMUNITY CELEBRATES ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY!
On Dec. 4th, Harman writers past and present, Harman students, Founding Director Roslyn Bernstein, Director Bridgett Davis, Advisory Committee members, and guests were joined by Sidney Harman's granddaughter Grace Harman to mark the Harman Program's two-decade milestone. Students and writers alike shared their sentiments about the magical Harman writing-workshop experience.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the celebration.
Photo credits: Glenda Hydler
Fall '18 Writer-in-Residence Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Guests toasting the Harman Program's 20th Anniversary
Fall '06 Writer-in-Residence Susan Choi
Harman students toasting the Program
Fall '18 Writer-in-Residence
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Unveils New Work At Staged Reading!
On Tuesday, October 16, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins shared three works with a full audience at his staged reading. Professional actors read excerpts from three plays, including 2016 Pulitzer Prize nominee Gloria and two never before seen works. The event was moderated by playwright Phillip Howze.
Photo credits: Glenda Hydler
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (right) with Moderater Phillip Howze (left)
Jacobs-Jenkins with his Harman class
Harman Writing Fellow Camille Acker Offers Letter-Writing Techniques As a Way To Craft Rich Fiction
On Nov. 29th, students attended debut author Camille Acker's writing workshop, where she gave them epistolary-style exercises, shared her own career journey, and read an excerpt from herÊshort-story collection, Training School For Negro Girls.Ê
Photo Credits: Glenda Hydler
Camille Acker with Program Director Prof. Bridgett Davis
Acker signing copies of her book, Training School For Negro Girls
Student attendees with Acker and Prof. Davis
For more information:
Prof. Bridgett Davis, Harman Director
Visit Baruch College's Digital Media Library to watch full readings by Harman Writers-In-Residence.