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The Jeanne & Dan Valente Center for Arts & Sciences

Welcome to the Valente Center for Arts & Sciences at Bentley University!

We are dedicated to fusing the arts & sciences into the educational, scholarly, and cultural life of Bentley University. We host a variety of campus-wide programs aimed at supporting Bentley’s core mission through diverse and creative A&S-related research, teaching, and learning. We work closely with both students and faculty through fellowships, seminars, research opportunities and so much more! To get involved or for more information, please browse our site, contact us, or stop by and visit us in Adamian Academic Center (AAC) 247. We look forward to working with you.

--The Valente Center Team


Valente Center Announcements

Call for Proposals: 2016-17 Valente Center Research Fellowships

The Valente Center for Arts & Sciences is thrilled to invite applications for faculty research fellowships for the 2016-17 academic year. Valente Research Fellowships are available to fulltime faculty at all levels, and may be used to support a broad range of Arts and Sciences-focused scholarly activities.

Please read the solicitation and application instructions closely, as the scope and requirements of the program have changed. The application cover sheet can be found here. The deadline for proposals for AY 2016-17 is Friday, February 12, 2016 at 5 pm.


The theme of the Spring 2016 Valente Center Undergraduate Seminar has been announced! : 

The Spring 2016 Seminar will focus on Music and Culture. 

Students will further engage through readings from books hand selected by faculty members. The course will delve deeper into music and its relationship to politics, the creative mind, technology, and the business world.

For more information, please visit our Undergraduate Seminar tab located under Student Opportunities.


Valente Center Visiting Scholar - Fall 2015

The Valente Center for Arts & Sciences was pleased to host our Fall 2015 Visiting Scholar, Dr. Thomas A. Birkland of North Carolina State University. Birkland is the William T. Kretzer Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public and International Affairs at NCSU, as well as the Associate Dean for Research and Engagement in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. 


Birkland is an expert in the politics of natural hazards and technological accidents, long-arguing that disasters provide opportunities for policy change and learning, with the idea that such change and learning constitute improvements in policies. His most recent work in refining "focusing event” theory seeks to understand why some "big" events gain attention, why others do not, and why such events may or may not yield policy change.

Valente Center Student Research Assistanships 2015-16

Bentley is a unique and exciting environment for undergraduate research in the arts & sciences.  The goal of the Valente Center Student Research Assistantship Program is to provide motivated Bentley undergraduates with meaningful research experiences alongside faculty mentors. All fulltime arts & sciences faculty are eligible for the student research assistantships as well as fulltime faculty working on interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research projects involving arts & sciences fields. 

AY 2015-16 Valente Undergraduate Student Research Assistants Announced!

The Valente Center congratulates the following faculty members and students on their research assistantship awards for AY 2015-16. Here’s to a productive and exciting year of research!

Faculty MemberDepartmentStudents
Bridie AndrewsHistoryVictoria Cerny
Ming Qiam
Thom DavisNatural and
Applied Sciences
Kathryn Foley
Bonnie FieldGlobal StudiesBrittany Yu
Janis GoganInformation and Process 
Izuchukwu Ononugbo
Jeff GulatiGlobal StudiesCaroline Quinn Ryng
Mateusz Macie Zeglen
Tony KiszewskiNatural and Applied SciencesAlberto Riveroll Usabiaga
David OuryMathematical SciencesBrian Regan
Christopher SkipwithNatural and Applied SciencesMarc Custodio


Humanities Fellows 2015-16

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) 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 (see press release). This is 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 theme of the 2015-2016 Valente Humanities Seminar, "Environmental Justice: Global to Local Contexts," will address the patterns of toxic pollution, food insecurity, differential public health outcomes, impacts of climate precarity (at any scale), and the lack of representation of minority communities and diverse participants in environmental politics and environmental movements, among many other possibilities.

Coordinator of the Valente Humanities Seminar 2015 - 2016 is Joni Seager, Professor and Chair, Global Studies, Bentley University.

The theme of the 2014-2015 Valente Humanities Seminar, "Intended Consequences? The Historical and Contemporary Problematic of Planning," addressed the logic and logistics of planning, broadly construed. 

The coordinator of the 2014 - 2015 Valente Humanities Seminar was Cyrus Veeser.