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.                       

Spring 2015 Valente Center for Arts and Sciences Event Calendar

Cancelled due to storm - to be rescheduled - TBA - Wednesday, January 28, 7:00pm, Wilder Pavilion. Panel Discussion on Whose Voice Gets Heard? :  Economic Inequality and Political Participation in the U.S., co-sponsored with the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and the Office of the President.

  • Introductions: Gloria Larson, President, Bentley University
  • Noah Berger, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center
  • Hahrie Han, Associate Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College
  • Kay Schlozman, the J. Joseph Moakley Professor of Political Science at Boston College
  • Moderator: Juliet Gainsborough, Associate Professor of Global Studies and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University

Thursday, January 29, 7:45pm, Koumantzelis Auditorium. Screening of Dear White People (Justin Simien, 2014, 108 minutes). Co-sponsored with the Office of Student Activities, the Multicultural Center, and the International Film Series.

   Humanities Fellows 2014-15  

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