The Center for Applied Liberal Arts offers a wide variety of courses and programs in the arts, writing, humanities, foreign languages, translation, and interpreting including:
Jenny McPhee is the Director of the Center for Applied Liberal Arts. A writer and translator, she is the author of The Center of Things, No Ordinary Matter, and A Man of No Moon, and co-authored Girls: Ordinary Girls and Their Extraordinary Pursuits. Her translations from the Italian include books by the authors Primo Levi, Natalia Ginzburg, Giacomo Leopardi, Curzio Malaparte, Paolo Maurensig, and Pope John Paul II. She is a co-founder and on the board of the Bronx Academy of Letters, a public high school and middle school.
Annelise Finegan Wasmoen is Academic Director of the MS in Translation. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Translation in the MS and oversees the Translation and Interpreting open enrollment program at CALA. Her research in literature and theater focuses on how ideas, texts, and traditions accrue new and sometimes unexpected meanings in the transfer across cultures. Her translations from Chinese into English include Can Xue’s novel The Last Lover, which received the Best Translated Book Award from Three Percent and was longlisted for the National Translation Award from the American Literary Translators Association. She also has a background in academic and textbook publishing. Annelise is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis, where she completed a Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies, and she holds a B.A. in Literature from Yale University.
Kristine Rodriguez Kerr is Academic Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of the MS in Professional Writing program. Her research interests include new literacy studies, educational justice, multimodal composing, participatory culture, and the teaching of writing in both traditional and non-traditional spaces of learning. Kristine holds an Ed.D. in Communication and Education from the Math, Science, and Technology department at Teachers College Columbia University; an M.A. in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University; and a B.A. in Professional & Creative Writing with a minor in Communication Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
Andrew Dicus is a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Applied Writing. In addition to teaching humanities courses in the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies, he works on curriculum, assessments, and faculty development relating to writing at NYU SPS, especially in CALA’s new Storytelling Lab. He holds a PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center, an MA in humanities from the University of Chicago, and a BA in secondary education from the University of Nevada, Reno; his scholarly work on eighteenth-century fiction and political philosophy has appeared in several academic journals, including Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Modern Philology, and Prose Studies.
Afua Preston is Associate Director of Administration. Afua has a love for romance languages and holds a B.A. in Italian Language and Culture from SUNY Purchase. She has been an NYU Administrator for over 22 years and 13 of those years were in the department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting.
As Associate Director of Administration and Programs, Susan Caplan is responsible for noncredit programming in the Humanities, Writing, Communication, and Publishing as well as CALA’s offerings within the NYUSPS High School Academy. She is also an Ed.D. candidate in Higher Education at NYU Steinhardt, where she is researching the history and future of the liberal arts in higher education
As Assistant Director, Alicia Kubes is responsible for the administration of CALA’s arts and design programming as well as special events and programs. Alicia comes to CALA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she managed the Moving Image Archiving & Preservation Program. She has a B.A. in Art History from Boston University, an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from NYU Steinhardt, and a Certificate in Arts Administration from NYU SPS.
Ken French is the the Program Administrator for CALA and has been working at NYU SPS since 2006. He lives in the NYU freshman dorm, Hayden Hall, with his husband, Professor John Moran, and their thirteen-year-old corgi, Zola Dean.
Anne Maguire is an Administrative Assistant for CALA’s Department of Humanities, Arts, and Writing. She came to CALA in 2015 from the Calvin Klein print archive. She spent 20 years as a moving image librarian, researcher, and archivist. She has worked independently with experimental film makers Barbara Hammer and Su Friedrich, and with Lelia Doolan on her documentary Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey. She wrote the book Rock the Sham!
Lorraine Camp has been an Administrative Assistant for CALA’S Humanities Arts and Writing Division for the last 6 years. Prior to CALA, she worked for NYU’s Corporate Learning Services, with past experience working in various divisions at NYU SPS. She was first employed at “DASH” Division of Arts Science and Humanities in 2009. Lorraine holds a B.S. degree from NYU/SPS and is currently in pursuit of her M.Div. at NY Theological Seminary.
Jervon Mercier is an Administrative Assistant for CALA’s Department of Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting. Jervon has worked with the Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting division of CALA for over 10 years. Prior to CALA he worked at SPS’s Arts and Humanities department and the American Language Institute. Jervon holds a B.S. from NYU SPS.
Cayla Delardi is an Administrative Aide for CALA’s programs in Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting. She holds a B.A. from NYU’s Global Liberal Studies program, where she worked as a Teaching Assistant prior to joining CALA. She is currently pursuing a Masters at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in Material Culture and Arts-Based Research Pedagogy.