New York Times
Twice Quotes Wellerstein

For two recent articles, The New York Times turned to Alex Wellerstein, assistant professor of science, technology & society, for insight into American propaganda and secrecy concerning nuclear weapons.

The first piece, "The Black Reporter Who Exposed a Lie About the Atom Bomb," dives into the history of Charles H. Loeb, who questioned disinformation during World War II and exposed the fatal effects of America's nuclear strike against Hiroshima, Japan.

The second story, "How a Star Times Reporter Got Paid by Government Agencies," heavily features Wellerstein, who describes the late journalist William L. Laurence as “willingly complicit in the government’s propaganda project.”

Unearthing Hoboken History

An arch underneath Castle Point marks a cave that inspires many legends. Recently, the Hoboken Historical Museum joined Lindsey Swindall, teaching assistant professor, and students of the 'History of Stevens' class on a field trip to demystify the history of Sybil's Cave.

In the early 1800s, the Stevens family constructed this cave to attract visitors to Hoboken, which they envisioned as a natural getaway from New York City. The cave's small amount of natural water was likely sold to visitors as a health tonic, but over time, the cavern fell into disuse. Plants covered the opening until the early 2000s, when Bob Foster, the museum's director, and others rediscovered the cave.

Classes with Open Seats!

Students looking to round at their schedules for the Fall 2021 semester are encouraged to consider the following classes being offered by the College of Arts and Letters.
  • Modern Literature — HLI 312 A
    Professor Ogden — Days: T — Times: 10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
    Recitation— Days: R — Times: 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
  • Chaucer: The Journey & The Dreams — HLI 334 A
    Professor Sinnreich-Levi — Days: TR — Times: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
  • The Bible as Literature — HLI 415 A
    Professor McBryan — Days: T — Times: 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Elementary Chinese I — LCH 101 A
    Professor Jiang — Days: TR — Times: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Elementary Chinese II — LCH 102 A
    Professor Jiang — Days: TR — Times: 11:00 PM - 12:15 PM
  • Elementary French I — LFR 101 A
    Professor Mary Whitney — Days: TR — Times: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Elementary French II — LFR 102 A
    Professor Mary Whitney — Days: TR — Times: 11:00 PM - 12:15 PM

Meet The College's Class of 2021

Jordan Detlet

Graduating from the visual art & technology program, Jordan Detlet completed the capstone project, 'Stay for a While.'

"[The project] explores the ways we can reverse the detrimental effects of consumerism through recycling and repurposing fabric waste," said Detlet, who noted that over 5,787 pounds of clothes are burned or sent to a landfill every second.

After asking the community for fabric donations, Detlet reconstructed these materials into chairs. Head to to see "Stay for a While," now on display.

Eli Trakhtenberg

Graduating from the music & technology and science, technology and society programs, Eli Trakhtenberg completed two capstone projects, one being 'Indentity as Disorder: An Investigation Into Physician Bias & Transgender Health.'

Through an experimental survey design, the project examined the potential anti-transgender bias of physicians during clinical interactions. “There are well-documented disparities in quality-of-life for transgender individuals in the United States, such as infrequent or stereotyped media representation, reduced access to health services and poorer quality of care, and discriminative public policy,” wrote Trakhtenberg. “Anti-transgender discrimination in healthcare can extend to denial of coverage and treatment exclusion within the realm of insurance and extends to discrimination by practitioners and providers themselves.”

Learn more about Trakhtenberg's research.

Summer Events

Welcome First-Year Students

Please join us in welcoming the College of Arts and Letters' new students to campus. Enjoy some pizza, play lawn games, and mingle with our newest majors.

Questions? Reach out to Kaitlin Osborne (

Thursday, August 26th — 3:30pm - 5:00pm — MPK Lawn

Upcoming Webinars

The Writing & Communications Center's webinars help attendees develop fundamental communication skills, and graduates, undergraduates, staff, faculty, and alumni are all invited.

Find webinar descriptions, registration details, and Zoom links on

Edit Like A Pro
August 18 — 3 p.m.

Is Information Everything?

Astrobiologist Caleb Scharf, director of the Astrobiology Center at Columbia University, is a leader in the quest to find extraterrestrial life. In this upcoming Center for Science Writings talk, he will discuss the theme of his acclaimed new book, “The Ascent of Information,” which argues that the fundamental stuff of reality is not matter but information. Lee Billings of Scientific American says that Scharf presents “a transformative new way of looking at our increasingly data-driven existence.”

Wednesday, September 29 — 4 - 5 p.m.
Location: TBA


Can We Avert Climate Catastrophe?

Journalist David Wallace-Wells, who writes for New York Magazine and other media, is the author of the bestseller "The Uninhabitable Earth," hailed by The Washington Post as "this generation's Silent Spring" and by The New York Times as "a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet.” Wallace-Wells will discuss this book in the upcoming Center for Science Writings talk.

Wednesday, October 20 — 4 - 5 p.m.
Location: TBA

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