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

Monday, October 27, 12:45pm-2:00pm, LCC375AB.  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).

Tuesday, November 4, 12:45pm-2:00pm, Lindsay 30.  Franny Choi, poet, performer, and recipient of the Frederick Bock Prize, “Floating, Brilliant, Gone: Spoken Word with Franny Choi.” Co-sponsored by the Department of English and Media Studies, the Creative Writers’ Forum, the Multicultural Center, the Gender Studies Program, and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Wednesday, November 5, 12:45pm-2:00pm, AAC 254. Working Seminar with Sung-eun Choi, Assistant Professor, History, “Globalizing the Settler Colonial Framework: Comparative Views of France, Israel, and the United States.” Dr. Choi’s research focuses on modern France, immigration and national identity, and empire and decolonization.

Monday, November 10, 6:30 pm, Wilder Pavilion.  International Film SeriesThe Lives of Others (Germany, 2006, 137 minutes).  This screening is part of Bentley’s 25th year anniversary events commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Friday, November 14, 12:00pm-5:00pm, La Cava Executive Dining Room.  Bentley University Second Annual Research Colloquium: "Big Data and Other Sociotechnical Innovations."  Research will be presented by participants of the Valente Center Humanities Research Seminar, as well as Bentley faculty members and doctoral students.

Monday, November 17 - Thursday, November 20, McGladrey Art Gallery, Bentley Library. Exhibit: “The Virtual Wall:  A 25th Anniversary Commemoration of the Fall of Communism in Germany.”  A reception will be held on Monday, November 17, at 4pm in the McGladrey Art Gallery with remarks by the German Consul General of New England, Rolf Schütte. A painting exhibit will continue through December 9. Co-sponsored by the Department of Global Studies and the Dean of Arts and Sciences. In partnership with the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany for New England and Northeastern University.

Thursday, November 20, 3:35pm-4:50pm, Lindsay 30. Parmesh Shahani, founder of the Gondrej India Culture Lab, "Creating an Open Source Corporation:  Lessons from the Field.”  Dr. Shahani is editor-at-large for Verve magazine, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a Yale World Fellow, a TED Fellow, a Utrecht University-Impakt Fellow, and author of Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India (Sage, 2008).  His work addresses creativity and innovation as well and gender and queer studies. Co-sponsored by the Global Studies Department, the Gender Studies Program and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Monday, December 1, 3:35pm-3:35pm, Smith 303.  Media and Culture Faculty Work Showcase.  Recent work in multiple media formats will be presented by English and Media Studies faculty members Casey Hayward, Liz LeDoux, Jeff Stern and Val Wang.


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