At a Feb. 21 reception for this year's winners, Prof. Stanley Aronowitz, Chair of the New Visions Faculty Committee, offered Queens College's Cities and Civilizations Program as an example of the program's purposes. "It was proposed to solve problems of academic reorganization in the wake of retrenchment," he noted. "Several departments were merged into one: the Department of Classical, Middle Eastern, and Asian Languages and Cultures. The Program, proposed by Prof. Ammiel Alcalay and his Queens colleagues, was designed to explore how these disciplines could work collaboratively within their new administrative context."
All CUNY faculty are again invited to submit proposals for innovative programs involving two or more disciplines to the New Visions Program, which operates under the aegis of the Office of Academic Affairs. These can serve very diverse purposes, as suggested by this year's eight successful proposals involving grants of $6,500 to $13,000:
Three awards went to a cluster of community-organizing proposals: Hunter's Community Organization and Development Program (Prof. Terry Mizrahi, PI); the joint Kingsborough/Queens Student Interdisciplinary and Community-Based Union Program (Prof. Norah C. Chase, PI); and LaGuardiaUs Hidden Organizers Program: Preparing Community College Students to Become Community and Labor Organizers (Prof. Nancy Erber, PI). The only proposal to gain funding for a second year was Hunter's Community Organization and Development Program, which received additional support to complete a curriculum and institutionalize the program. The Hunter, Kingsborough/Queens, and LaGuardia teams will work collaboratively.
A request for proposals (RFP) for 1997 New Visions grants will be issued to all full-time faculty members on April 15, with proposals due in November. The faculty committee will provide technical assistance seminars for interested faculty in May and September (details will be included in the RFP). For further information, call Prof. Aronowitz (212-642-2428) or write to him at GSUC/Center for Cultural Studies.