He also began an era of new construction designed to meet important needs, including most notably new apartments for students and a new art center and theater joined by a new state-of-the-art museum. The latter two facilities gained wide acclaim for the university’s commitment to the arts and for is advancement of new programs in art, music and dance.A new school of journalism was established drawing increased recognition for its focus and its programs of study as a department. Broadcast journalism was also incorporated into the new school building upon an already highly successful emphasis on written journalism in prior years.
Dr. Wickenheiser was a driving force leading the University into the 21st century. From the outset he supported the development of Clare College, the new core curriculum introduced by the faculty in 1998. Experts (National Endowment for Humanities) have called the curriculum "ground breaking" and referred to it as "a national model". Dr. Wickenheiser also played a key role in revitalizing the Franciscan values of the university and expanding University Ministries. He was also influential in helping to establish the Franciscan Center for Social Concern.
Teaching Statement: As a scholar of nineteenth century American literature and culture with a special interest in Walt Whitman and his beloved New York, I am delighted to live and teach in the place that inspires me most (and just happens to be my hometown). I enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to use the city’s rich cultural history and vast, ever-changing resources as part of my students’ learning experience. In “American Outlaw: Walt Whitman’s Radical Cultural Legacy”, my sophomore seminar investigating Whitman’s epoch-shaping ideas of race, gender, politics and art, I take students on guided literary tours and assign projects involving New York City archives and historic sites. Students in my seminar “Art of the Book in America” designed, printed and bound their own books at the Center for Book Arts, a world-class facility in Chelsea. This semester in the “Cultural Foundations” sequence, my students and I viewed and critiqued an exhibition of Michelangelo’s and Vasari’s works at the Morgan Library (to follow up our study of Vasari’s Lives of the Artists) and attended a new production of the “Barber of Seville” at the Metropolitan Opera (to enhance our discussion of Rossini’s libretto and score). We will end the semester with a reading of Whitman’s poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” as we cross the Brooklyn Bridge. And thus, in Seneca’s words, “homines dum docent discunt”: I continue to find remarkably fertile ground for my growth as teacher and scholar within—and just outside—the classrooms of NYU.
Dr. Carter Kaplan is a professor, writer and editor. He has pioneered the application of poetry and fiction to the study of analytic philosophy, as presented in his book Critical Synoptics: Menippean Satire and the Analysis of Intellectual Mythology (Fairleigh-Dickinson, 2000). In addition to a number of academic articles and reviews, he is the author of the novel Tally-Ho, Cornelius! (Mustard Lid, 2008), and the Aristophanic comedy Diogenes (International Authors, 2011). He is the point-of-contact for International Authors, a consortium of professionals, artists and scholars dedicated to publishing books that exhibit outstanding literary merit. He is the editor of Emanations, International Author's annual anthology of fiction, poetry and essays. An on-going account of his adventures can be found in his blog, Highbrow.
His collection numbers in the thousands of titles and includes over 50 first editions of works of John Milton, including all 17th century editions of Paradise Lost. His collection of 18th century editions includes the rare first American edition of Paradise Lost published by Robert Bell in 1777. He has a Masters in English Literature from the University of Washington and spent 2 years in the Ph.D. Program there before leaving to accept a position at Microsoft in the early 1990's. He has personally digitized and freely shared much of his 17th century collection with scholars and aficionados. Through his generosity, tens of thousands of his digitized books and images have been downloaded worldwide. The 1651 folio copy of his Defensio was consulted for the upcoming Oxford Complete Works of John Milton. Many of his titles can be accessed and downloaded. His collection of Miltoniana includes artwork of Terrance Lindall, busts of Milton in parian and alabaster, a copy of the Milton Shield, and various commemorative medallions. He currently lives in Alexandria Virginia with his wife and two young daughters. His wife currently serves as a political appointee in the Executive Office of the President, enthusiastically serving and supporting the Obama administration.
dall is an American artist who was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1944. Lindall attended the University of Minnesota and graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College in New York City in 1970, with a double major in Philosophy and English and a double minor in Psychology and Physical Anthropology. He was in the Doctor of Philosophy program in philosophy at New York University from 1970 to 1973. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America 2006. Information about this artist is also on file in the Smithsonian Institution Library Collection. Lindall's art has been on the covers of numerous books and magazines and has been exhibited at many galleries and museums, including the Brooklyn Museum, Hudson River Museum, the Museum of the Surreal and Fantastic and the Society of Illustrators Museum. There is an artists file on Lindall in the Thomas J. Watson Library of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Lindall is also considered by many world-wide to be the preeminent authority on contemporary surrealism. He is also considered to be one of the foremost illustrators of John Milton's Paradise Lost.
Yuko Nii is an artist, and philosopher who founded the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center in Brooklyn in 1996, which has since received international acclaim. Her work has been shown at numerous museums, art galleries and universities in the U.S.A. and Japan, including one person shows at The Berkshire Museum, MA, Monique Knowlton Gallery, Haber Theodore Gallery (both in New York City), NY, Vered International Gallery, Easthamton, NY, Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ, The International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, Ginza Kaiga-kan, Tokyo, Japan, and including many group shows in such venues as The Brooklyn Museum, NY, The Bronx Museum, NY, The Hudson River Museum, NY, The Parish Museum, Southhampton, NY, The Guild Hall, Easthampton. NY, The World Trade Center, Lincoln Center and The United Nations General Assembly Building (all in N.Y.C, NY), and more.
Dr. Mark Daniel Cohen, Editor, Hyperion: On the Future of Aesthetics, an e-journal published by The Nietzsche Circle, a philosophical society based in New York City. Assistant Dean and Controller, Media and Communication Division European Graduate School EGS), Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Independent Writer/Art Critic. Writer and public speaker on philosophy, contemporary art, and aesthetics with over 400 book chapters, articles, art reviews, and essays in publication in a variety of art exhibition catalogues and commercial, academic, and art school journals. Currently, several books on art and philosophy are in production.
Dario Rivarossa, translator, essayist, journalist, lecturer, surrealist artist and photographer as well as a freelance editor. He is an active member of the Dante Alighieri Society.He is a member of the project "Milton Revealed," University of Berkeley and a member of the translation team for the international project "The Complete Works by Raimon Panikkar. He is also editor of the online magazine "Food, Art & Travel". He is a 2011 finalist of the Premio Italia – World SF prize for science fiction, category Translators. He has written out and illustrated John Milton's entire Paradise Lost as haiku, now property of the renowned Robert J. Wickenheiser Collection..
Dr. Horace Jeffery Hodges, Universal Intellectual Blogger and Commentator at Large: Teaches at Ewha Womans University, Seoul. Studied at University of California, Berkeley, Masters Degree in History of Science, Doctorate in History. Tuebingen, Germany: late 1980s, Fulbright Scholar; early 1990s, Friedrich Naumann Scholar. Postdoctoral positions in Australia and Jerusalem -- on Australian Research Council and Golda Meir fellowships, respectively. “Gypsy Scholar” career in South Korea as a professor teaching a variety of subjects, including literature, religious studies, theology, history, and political science, along with essay composition and research methods. Publications in same variety of subjects, with particular emphasis upon John Milton. Also editing and translation work. And lots of blogging! “As the mode of transportation for this 'local' work, I use my bare or socked feet, which early in the morning get me from my bed to my desk, but in my imagination, I sprout wings and fly off on a variety of wide-ranging and adventuresome intellectual journeys . . .”