Jeanne & Dan Valente Center for Arts and Sciences

Welcome to the Jeanne and Dan Valente Center for Arts and Sciences at Bentley. The center’s mission is to help make the arts and sciences a vital, integral and challenging aspect of undergraduate and graduate education at Bentley. The center promotes research and teaching in the disciplines and at the intersection of arts, sciences and business. The center, through its programs, promotes individual scholarship while encouraging cross-disciplinary discussion and research.                        

Upcoming Events: Fall 2014

October 15- October 22, Valente Center Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Dirk Kruijt, emeritus professor, Utrecht University, Netherlands. Dr. Kruijt is author of Guerrillas: War and Peace in Central America and Societies of Fear: The Legacy of Civil War, Violence and Terror in Latin America. His work focuses on peace and conflict, development studies and Latin American studies.

  • Faculty Seminar, Wednesday, October 15, 3:35pm -4:50pm. Morison 300, Dirk Kruijt, “Cuban Guerrilla Movements, 1960s - 2010s.”
  • Public Lecture, Thursday, October 16th, 12:45pm-2:00pm , Lindsay 30. Dirk Kruijt, “Violence and Resilience in Latin America.”

Wednesday, October 22, 11:20am-12:35pm, Lindsay 25. Deborah Willis, University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, “The Making of an Iconic Image.” Dr. Willis was a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow and Fletcher Fellow, and a 2000 MacArthur Fellow.  Her creative and scholarly work deals with images of African Americans. Co-sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Wednesday, October 22, 12:45pm-2:00pm, Smith 114.  Chuck Collins, “Inequality Matters:  How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It.”  The great grandson of the meatpacker Oscar Mayer, Collins is co-founder of “Wealth for the Common Good” and “The Patriotic Millionaires,” two organizations that advocate for fair tax policy.  Among the books that he has authored or co-authored is Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes, a book that Collins co-authored with Bill Gates.

Thursday, October 23, 6:30 pm, Wilder Pavilion.  International Film SeriesMugabe and the White African (U.K./Namibia/Zimbabwe, 2009, 90 minutes).

Monday, October 27, 12:45pm-2:00pm, Smith 212.  Bentley Faculty Panel on the 25th Anniversary of the Web.  Participants include Ben Aslinger (English and Media Studies), Mark Frydenberg (Computer Information Systems), Jeff Gulati (Global Studies), Dominique Haughton (Mathematical Science), and Randy Nichols (English and Media Studies).


Humanities Research SeminarDeadline Passed for Proposals

Humanities Seminar Tackles the Challenges of Successful Planning, June 4, 2014

All modern institutions plan, but what does it take to avoid glitches and develop an effective plan? Scholars participating in Bentley University’s Humanities Research Seminar will look through a multidisciplinary lens at the logistics and logic behind planning. Slated to launch this fall with support from a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, the unique initiative opens the door for collaboration among a diverse group of faculty and graduate students from top institutions.

National Endowment for the Humanities Honors Bentley University’s Commitment to Arts & Sciences with $395,000 Challenge Grant to Build Endowment for New Humanities Programming

Recognizing Bentley University’s innovative approach to business education by infusing it with a strong liberal arts focus, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded a $395,000 Challenge Grant to the institution to build an endowment for innovative humanities programming, a rare honor for a business school.  The funds will be released proportionate to the required match raised by the university over a five and a half year grant period. 

 The international speakers who visit Bentley each year do more than bridge countries and cultures. They share direct knowledge of people and events that many of us have only read about, while also serving to inspire.  

Purposeful Platform - Select link to read of those who bridged, shared and inspired on campus this past fall.  All were sponsored by the Valente Center for Arts and Sciences.


Visiting Scholars

Dr. Sigridur Ingibjorg Ingadottir, Global Studies, Spring 2014


Dr. Kristin J. Anderson, Psychology, Fall 2013 


Bjorn Machalett, Spring 2013, Natural Sciences                    

James Phelan, Spring 2013, English


Khedija Arfoui, Fall 2012, Modern Languages