Dr. Malcolm Compitello, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Head of the UA Department of Spanish and Portuguese for the past 23 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.
Karen Junghans, Chair of the Humanities Seminars Program Board, is a retired high school teacher of Spanish and English in an inner city school where she worked with troubled youth, and a retired registered nurse. She was involved as General Manager of her husband’s first two biotech companies. She has served on the Humanities Seminars Program Board since 2011 as a member of the Finance Committee and the Development Committee. She grew up in Maryland and received her B.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of Massachusetts and her R.N. Degree from Prince George’s Community College. Karen has served in a volunteer capacity on several church councils, developed and ran a program for the homeless and is a docent at Tohono Chul Park. She has taken over 40 classes with the HSP and looks forward to many more.
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.