Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Participating Faculty

Babette Babich, Ph.D., Boston College
After studying biology, Babich turned to philosophy, writing her dissertation in Germany and Belgium.  A professor of philosophy at Fordham, she has also taught in Milwaukee, San Diego, Tübingen and Washington, D.C.  Babich the is the author of Eines Gottes Glück, voller Macht und Liebe; Words in Blood, Like Flowers; and Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Science.  She is a contributing editor of several book collections on continental philosophy of science, aesthetics and critical theory, and serves as executive editor of the journal, New Nietzsche Studies.

John Erman, B.A., U.C.L.A.
Erman has been directing films and television since the early1960s. He has won an Emmy, two Director’s Guild awards, the Christopher, the Peabody, and the Humanitas Prize. He has worked with stars such as Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland, and Marlon Brando.  He is perhaps best known for his work on Roots and the first film about AIDS, An Early Frost. He currently teaches in the Graduate Film program at Columbia University.

Marianne Geiger, Ph.D., New York University
Geiger, a recipient of Fordham's Bene Merenti medal, has taught a broad range of courses in American and European history at Fordham over the past 30 years. Her current research interests center around the historiography of revolutions. Her publications include a chapter in Portraits of American Women (Oxford, 1998) discussing Mercy Otis Warren's history of the American Revolution.

Juliana Gilheany, Ph.D., New York University.
Gilheany had been with College at 60 for more than 15 years.  Her areas of specialization in American studies include foreign relations, Supreme Court cases, women’s history, and the Civil War.  She has taught in other colleges of Fordham as well as Manhattan College and New York University.

Nina Goss, Ph.D., University of Washington

In addition to more than 20 years of teaching courses in writing and literature, Goss is the editor of Montague Street, a print journal, as well as co-editor and contributor to a book of essays, Dylan at Play, from Cambridge Scholars Press.

Laura Greeney, Ph.D., Fordham University. 
Greeney has combined careers in publishing and teaching and has taught American and British literatures and composition at Fordham, Elderhostel, and the Institute of American Language and Culture since 1988.

Kathryn John, M.A., New York University. 
Currently at work on her doctorate on Ludwig von Beethoven, John teaches music history at Fordham College at Lincoln Center and maintains a private
practice.   She has been with College at 60 since 1984.

Howard Krukofsky, M.A., Columbia University.
Twice a recipient of Fordham’s prestigious Bene Merenti medal, Krukofsky has been on the faculty for over 40 years, teaching American, intellectual and European history.  He retired as the director of Pre-professional Programs at CUNY’s Hunter College and is a national officer of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Bannon McHenry, M.A., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Currently at work on her doctorate on the architecture of James Renwick, McHenry has taught as an adjunct at Hunter and Queens Colleges; has lectured widely at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Morgan Library and the Smithsonian; and has published numerous articles and book reviews.

Robert C. O’Brien, Ph.D., Fordham University.
Recently retired from Fordham, where he was a faculty member of the philosophy department for 50 years, O’Brien will continue his tenure at the University with the College at 60. He has taught courses across the philosophy spectrum, particularly early modern and modern philosophy.

Byron Shafer, Ph.D., Harvard University.
An emeritus associate professor of theology and religious studies at Fordham and the pastor emeritus of Rutgers Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, Shafer also served for many years as the Protestant host of “Religion on the Line,” an interfaith call-in radio program on WABC. In retirement, he has been a visiting professor of Old and New Testaments at United Theological College in Bangalore, India, as well as an adjunct professor at Fordham.

George Shea, Ph.D., Columbia University. 
A professor emeritus of classical languages at Fordham, Shea taught courses in Latin language and literature as well as classics in translation.  He has published three books on Latin poetry in addition to articles and reviews in both classics and other areas of general scholarly interest and he has a special interest in international education, having taught and lectured in Japan, Australia, and Italy, where he directed Fordham’s summer study program.  During his 15-year tenure as the Dean of Fordham’s College at Lincoln Center, he was instrumental in developing the groundbreaking College at 60 program for senior adults and the innovative Excel program for mature learners returning to college.

Marie Sheehan, Ed.D., Columbia University.
A recipient of Fordham’s prestigious Bene Merenti medal, Sheehan has been teaching psychological issues at College at 60 since its inception in 1973. She also maintains a private therapeutic practice.

Robert Spiegelman, Ph.D., City University of New York. 
Spiegelman is a sociologist who has incorporated film for many years as an integral part of his courses at Fordham, Long Island University, and the College of Staten Island. He is an accomplished statewide public speaker with the New York Council for the Humanities.  In addition to his innovative sociology/film courses for College at 60, he also teaches sociology of media and urban sociology at Fordham Colleges at Rose Hill and Lincoln Center.   Spiegelman is an original member of Fordham’s groundbreaking Excel Program, a pioneer in lifelong learning and adult education.   He is also a screenwriter and creative producer, with several feature film and documentary projects under development.

Philip Suchma, Ph.D., Ohio State University
Currently an adjunct professor of American cultural history and interdisciplinary studies, Suchma has specialized in sport history and the development of cultural urban spaces. He has published numerous articles and book reviews as well as a book chapter for The Rise of Stadiums in the Modern United States: Cathedrals of Sport. In addition, he has been a reviewer for the Journal of Sport History and Sociology of Sport Journal.

Sharon Suchma, M.A., Hunter College. 
An alumna of Fordham in medieval studies, Suchma is now working on her doctorate on the photography of 1930s America. In addition to teaching at Fordham, she has taught courses on modern art and the history of photography in a number of colleges, including Pratt, Parsons, the New School for Design, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Brooklyn College. She has also done curatorial work for shows that focus on the history of abstract art in New York City.

Cira Vernazza, M.A., Fordham University. 
Currently an associate dean in Fordham’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies and director of the College at 60 Program, Vernazza has taught modern European history for over 12 years at Fordham. Her degree speciality is English and European history of the 16th and 17th centuries, and she is a recipient of the University’s Archbishop Hughes Medal for Service.

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