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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 CUNY Graduate Center Language Reading Program depending upon enrollment patterns and program needs and goals.

French:
Level I: 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. 


Level II: 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.


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). 

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.

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.