Dr. Malcolm Compitello, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Head of the UA Department of Spanish and Portuguese for the past 16 years, is the Program Director of the Humanities Seminars. After completing his education at St. John’s University (B.A. and M.A.) and Indiana University (where he received his Ph.D in Hispanic Literature) , he taught for eighteen years at Michigan State University before coming to the University of Arizona. He has taught several highly successful HSP seminars, which have ranged widely over Spanish cinema, art, literature, and politics. He has also served on the HSP Board of Directors for six years. Besides his administrative service, Malcolm has maintained an active research program. He is the author or editor of four books and author of over 30 scholarly articles. He is also the Executive Editor of the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies. Malcolm brings to the Program not only his skills and experience as Department Head but also his scholarship and his commitment to the advancement of humanistic endeavor in the broadest sense.
Janet Hollander, Chair of the Humanities Seminars Board, recently retired from a career in public education, corporate training and development, and management consultancy. She has served on the HSP Board as head of the Publicity Committee and as a volunteer for many other HSP activities. She grew up in the Rocky Mountain West and received her B.A. from Smith College and her M.A from the University of Connecticut. Janet has worked in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, including a wide range of projects from training management personnel in England, Germany and Brazil to writing the first anti-human-trafficking curriculum, which now is being used nationwide by more than 2,000 people in law enforcement, immigration law, and social work. She has attended dozens of HSP classes along with her husband Joe and continues to do so.
Kerstin Miller is the Senior Coordinator of the Humanities Seminars Program. She started working for the Humanities Seminars Program in 2000 and over the years has witnessed the Humanities Seminars Program growth from 8 yearly courses to the current offerings of 26 courses per year. Prior to joining HSP, Kerstin taught English Composition and Latin at the University of Arizona. A native of Germany, she holds an MA in English from Southern Illinois University and an MA in Classics from the University of Arizona.
Micah Lunsford is the Program Coordinator of the Humanities Seminars Program. Prior to joining the HSP team in 2016, he worked for several nonprofit organizations. A Tucson native, Micah holds a BA in Classics from the University of Arizona and an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He loves the smell of rain on the desert and thinks that Tucson hosts some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.