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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. 

The theme of the 2014-2015 Humanities Seminar, "Intended Consequences? The Historical and Contemporary Problematic of Planning," will address the logic and logistics of planning, broadly construed. Cyrus Veeser, Coordinator of the Valente Center for the Arts & Sciences.


Spring 2015 Valente Center for Arts and Sciences Event Calendar


Thursday, April 9, 2:10pm, LaCava 305B. Working Seminar with Casey Hayward, Associate Professor of English and Media Studies, “Seeing RED: Addressing Systemic and Implicit Bias within the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice System.” Professor Hayward's non-fiction filmmaking focuses on creative approaches to solving entrenched problems both personal and social.

Monday, April 13, 2:10pm-4:00pm, LaCava 325C,  Undergraduate Student Research Assistant Showcase.  Meet student research assistants and learn about their projects with faculty members.

Thursday, April 23, 6:30pm, Wilder Pavilion.  International Film Series:  Screening of Les Chevaux de Dieu (Nabil Ayouch, 2012, 115 minutes).

Monday, April 27, 3:35pm, Morison 300 (Note: Room change). Working Seminar with Christian Rubio, Associate Professor of Modern Languages, "Towards a Secular Education: La Institución Libre de Enseñanza." Dr. Rubio’s research focuses on Modern Peninsular literature and culture, Spanish for Business, and Spanish in the United States.

Wednesday, April 29, 4:00pm-6:00pm, La Cava Faculty Dining Room. Annual Valente Center Book Party.  Celebrate colleagues who have published a book during the past year.  Co-sponsored with the Offices of the Dean of Arts and Sciences and the Dean of Business.

Humanities Fellows 2014-15

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.

Purposeful Platform

 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. Read more

Visiting Scholars

Dr. Alison Jaggar, Philosophy, Spring 2015

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