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Faculty

The faculty listed here teach at various times through the course of the year.  The list may be altered at the discretion of the Language Reading Program depending upon enrollment patterns and program needs and goals.

French:
Level I Section a1:  Parfait Kouacou has a Master's degree in French Literature from Arizona State University and is a PhD student in French at the CUNY Graduate Center.  He has worked as a French instuctor, a journalist, and as a Public Information Officer and Human Rights Officer at the United Nations.

Level 1 Section a2: Martine Gauthier

Level I Section b: Robert Diamond is a PhD student in Art History at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Robert, who has an M.A. in Art History and a B.A. in French, has acquired various levels of proficiency in several foreign languages. He has studied and traveled extensively in Europe, where he received his TEFL certification. Back in the U.S., he taught ESL for 5 years as an adjunct at Capital Community College in Hartford, as well as other adult education programs.

Level II: Tara Keny obtained her  M.A. in Art History from Boston University, having focused on Modern and Medieval French art,  and has her B.A.  from DePaul University in Philosophy and Art History.  While living in Paris for three years, she completed degrees in Art History, French Language, and French Literature  at  L'Ecole du Louvre,  La Sorbonne and L'Institut Catholique. She has acquired levels of proficiency in German, Spanish, Hungarian and Hebrew. Intermittently, she has worked as a research assistant in European painting departments  in museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad,  such as the MFA, Boston, the Louvre, RIchard Feigen & Co., and the Columbus Museum of Art, and has taught French privately over the past four years.

German:
Diana Toman, whose training has been both in the sciences (Princeton) and the humanities (Fordham University) received her degrees from Fordham University (Psychology and Comparative Literature) and has taught Comparative Literature at Queens College as well as all levels of German (Queens College, Hunter College and Jewish Theological Seminary).  Diana is also the Program Coordinator for the Language Reading Program.

Wladislawa Werth earned her BA from Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany and studied at the Kunstacademie Düsseldorf.   She has worked in art museums, galleries, and art book publishers in Germany and New York City. 

Italian:
Robert Diamond (see bio above)

Latin:
Nathan Oglesby is a PhD student in Classics at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He is also an adjunct lecturer at City College and Hunter College, where he has taught Latin, Greek and Latin Roots of English and Classical Mythology. He is happy to be part of the CUNY Graduate Center Language Reading Program.

Spanish:
Carmen Avena was formally educated in Spain, the Philippines, and the United States. She has taught in the leading universities in Manila, in the Foreign Language Institute, and in private secondary schools, and was a member of the faculty of the Academy of St. Aloysius.

Instructors from past semesters

French: Born and raised in France, Abigail Lapin Dardashti is a native French speaker with extensive experience teaching French at all levels.  She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in art history at the CUNY Graduate Center with a focus on postwar Latin American art and architecture.  She received her B.A. in Spanish and Art History from NYU and her M.A. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.  (Spring 2014)

Latin: Aramis López is a PhD student in Classics at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where he also received his MA in Classics in 2013. Aramis is an adjunct instructor at Hunter College where he teaches ancient Greek and classics in translation. He is also an instructor in the Latin/Greek Institute at The CUNY Graduate Center. (Spring 2014)