Sep 28, 2020  
2011-2012 University Catalog 
2011-2012 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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The Department of Humanities aims to develop in students an understanding and an appreciation of history and literature, philosophy and language, art and music. It hopes thereby to stimulate students’ imaginations and their joy in life. It also provides training in writing, in the fundamentals of research in the humanities, and in the basics of the fine arts. It undertakes to serve the entire University community by sponsoring lectures, concerts, and many other special events that show the best of the humanities and the fine arts.

The Department of Humanities offers a major in humanities and science.

The Department of Humanities offers minors in humanities, literature, music, Spanish, and creative writing.


Kevin Murphy
BA (Towson); MA, PhD (University of Maryland, College Park)
Associate Professor of History
Chair, Department of Humanities
Phone: 215.596.8725

Robert Boughner
BA (Duke); MA, PhD (Johns Hopkins)
Professor of Classics  
Phone: 215.596.8504

Ruth K. Crispin
BA (Brandeis); MA (Wisconsin-Madison); MLS (Peabody College, Vanderbilt); PhD (Vanderbilt)
Professor of Spanish
Phone: 215.596.8587

Michael Dockray
BA, MA, MA (West Chester)
Lecturer in English
Phone: 215.596.8907

Anne Marie Flanagan
BA, MA, PhD (Temple) 
Associate Professor of English
Phone: 215.895.1132

Christine Flanagan
BA (Univ of Rochester); MFA (Emerson College)
Associate Professor of English
Phone: 215.596.7543

Peter T. Hoffer
BA (Columbia); MA (Tufts); PhD (Pennsylvania)
Professor of German
Phone: 215.596.8905

Laurie G. Kirszner
BA (Barnard); MA (New York University); PhD (Temple)
Professor of English
Phone: 215.596.8899

Robert L. Manbeck
BA (Allegheny); MA (Temple)
Distinguished Assistant Professor of English
Phone: 215.596.8904

William A. Reinsmith
BA (St. Charles Borromeo); MA (Villanova); DA (Carnegie Mellon)
Professor Emeritus of Humanities

Kim Robson
BS (Allegheny); MM (New England Conservatory)
Assistant Professor of Music  
Phone: 215.596.7542

Roy R. Robson
BA (Allegheny); MA (Pittsburgh); PhD (Boston College)
Professor of History
Interim Director, Honors Program
Phone: 215.596.8525

Samuel R. Talcott
BA (Pennsylvania State); MA, PhD (DePaul)
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Phone: 215.596.7129

David Traxel
AB (California, Berkeley); MA, PhD (California, Santa Cruz)
Professor of History
Phone: 215.895.1133

Fellow in Humanities

Paul Halpern
BA (Temple); MA, PhD (SUNY, Stony Brook)
Professor of Mathematics and Physics
Phone: 215.596.8913

Visiting Faculty

Dennis Feltwell
MA (LaSalle University)
Adjunct Instructor in Religious Studies

Adjunct Faculty

Roxanne Evans
MA (LaSalle University)
Adjunct Instructor in Spanish

Georgianne McVay
BA (Webster); MA, PhD (Pennsylvania)
Adjunct Associate Professor of English

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