News and Spotlights

Funded by an NSF grant, biologist and PhD student Nicole Pittoors travels to great depths to measure the health of the ocean. When people hear the term research cruise, they tend to focus on the word cruise. Ph.D. student Nicole Pittoors focuses on the research. She loves these excursions because...
Did the trend toward majority votes over consensus in England’s 17th-century Parliament sow seeds of potential discord in future democracies?    At a global moment when the resilience of modern democracies is being tested, William Bulman’s new book, The Rise of Majority Rule in Early Modern...
  Visiting Assistant Professor of English Laura Marie Marciano works with a close-knit group of creative friends to push the boundaries of both her art and her teaching.  Every year in mid-January, filmmakers, critics, and celebrities descend upon the ski resort town of Park City, Utah, for ten...
What could have been consumed in a fireplace was turned into beautiful bench seating for community use in art galleries by students in Professor Amy Forsyth’s Fall 2021 semester Furniture Design course. The white oak and black walnut wood — estimated at being between 150- and 175-years-old — was...
Olivia Landry’s third book asks what documentary film can do to unsettle colonialist conceptions of the colonized.  In the academic discipline of postcolonialism, the concept of the “colonial gaze” attempts to explain the relationship between the European colonial powers of the 19th and early 20th...
Graduate student Kristin Tremper finds links between public health and the creation of a strong America Kristin E. Tremper believes that the nation’s first president would have been on board with the mask mandate.  A Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History, her research investigates political...
Biologist David Zappulla explores an elusive substance that helps protect DNA, and he blazed his own pathway early on For some, the choice of a calling can be a lengthy task involving trial and error, soul searching, the balancing of diverse interests and talents, and serial major...
Archaeologist Allison Mickel documents and advocates for local workers at archaeological sites to finally be recognized for their expertise. Throughout history, Western archaeologists have hired local residents to perform the manual labor of excavation while excluding them from any of the...
Eckardt Scholar Raihan Alam ’23 creates a group dedicated to addressing tough sociocultural and political issues

San Francisco native Raihan Alam ’23 ran a Google search to find a liberal arts college far from home where he could gain independence, have quality instruction, and build...

Isabel Heslin ’21 traces the movement of an Italian landmark from the Villa Ludovisi to Rome’s Spanish Steps    Isabel Heslin knew she wanted to study ancient history since the age of 10. She was always interested in archaeology, specifically as it pertained to Egypt and areas of the Middle East...
Fusion Studio provides students with design agency experience while supporting Lehigh clients   Justine Gaetano works in an advertising agency based in New York but her all-time favorite project was as a student in Lehigh’s Fusion Studio, a campus graphic arts agency.   “It was one of Fusion’s...
Sean Gulick ‘99G studies an asteroid impact site as record of dinosaur extinction
Retiring theatre professor Pam Pepper closes her career with The Broken Machine, a timely play by the Theodore U. Horger ’61 Endowed Artist-in-Residence Liz Duffy Adams
  Editor’s Note: Three faculty members in the department of political science are currently engaged in research related to the 2020 elections in the United States. Richard Matthews is NEH Distinguished Professor and is the co-author of The Philosophic Roots of Modern Ideology: Liberalism...
Monica Powers ’20 reveals new evidence on first European hominins There  is intensive and ongoing research to more precisely determine the date of human arrival to Europe. And that’s where Lehigh senior Monica Powers, an innovative geological dating process and a small town in Spain...
College of Arts and Sciences graduate programs provide educational opportunities that help students grow into critical and creative thinkers. The role and importance of graduate education in Lehigh’s College of Arts and Sciences can be summed up in two words that pack a pretty powerful punch:...
Lehigh’s Humanities Center sits modestly on a slope off West Packer Avenue. Notwithstanding its porch, tea selection and inspiration from the busts of Aristotle, Plato, Hippocrates and Homer, the center is more than a charming space—it is where creative sparks can fly from the intersection of...
In December 2015, the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agency that funds high-quality research, education and public programs at colleges and universities, museums and other institutions across the United States, awarded the Africana Studies program a prestigious $500,...
The question is deceptively simple—and seemingly straightforward. It applies to every dimension of life, from the personal to the professional to the political and beyond. Yet, all too often, it goes unasked. On those occasions when the question is asked, it can cause intense internal conflict,...

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