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Huffington Post: Here’s What is Really Means to be Intersex

January 27, 2017 | Books, CUNY in the News

Hanne Gaby Odiele, a 28-year-old Belgian supermodel, recently became one of the first public figures to be openly intersex. The globetrotting model, who’s walked the runway for designers such as Chanel and Prada, has found a new role as an advocate for perhaps the most misunderstood and stigmatized gender identity. This week, Odiele announced that […]

City Lab: New York City Has Been Zoned To Segregate

January 27, 2017 | Books, CUNY in the News

New York City is often romanticized as a mecca of multicultural urban living. But as diverse as it is, residents from very different backgrounds don’t often live in the same neighborhoods. In fact, New York is in second place after Milwaukee as far as black-white segregation goes. Today, historical color lines are being redrawn through […]

Huffington Post: Trump & The Insurance Game

January 23, 2017 | Books

Insurance is a complicated business; it sells protection so one could hedge against potential losses in the future. Insurance companies don’t deny reality. They base their product on detailed programs and actuarial tables in order to assess the risks of future activities. Donald Trump’s inaugural address was also based on protection but unlike the insurance […]

Wall Street Journal: Did God Die in 1859?

January 23, 2017 | Books

Did God Die in 1859? David S. Reynolds reviews “The Book That Changed America: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation” by Randall Fuller. Did Charles Darwin kill God? That’s how some describe the impact of Darwin’s landmark 1859 book, “On the Origin of Species.” Without directly challenging the Bible, Darwin undermined its premises […]

NY Times: Exploring New York, on Foot and With Maps

January 17, 2017 | Books, CUNY in the News

When William B. Helmreich was growing up on the Upper West Side, he and his father would play a game they called last stop. They would take a subway line to its terminus and wander a new neighborhood. After they exhausted the last stops, they got off at the penultimate stations. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/12/nyregion/brooklyn-nobody-knows-william-b-helmreich.html

Quartz: Silicon Valley tech workers are using an…

December 22, 2016 | Books

Stoicism is having a moment. The ancient Hellenistic philosophy, more than 2,000 years old, has recently been profiled in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Guardian. And, as these articles note, Stoicism has caught on among those pioneers of social trends: Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Ryan Holiday, who’s written several popular books with […]

The Gothamist: Race, Displacement, and City Planning in NYC

December 22, 2016 | Books

This week, Gothamist sat down with Hunter College urban planning professor Tom Angotti, professor of urban affairs and planning at Hunter College and an editor of Zoned Out!, a new book on the impact of government planning and housing policies on communities of color. We spoke to Angotti, who also contributed to the book, about […]

Eureka Alert: Siobhan Roberts to Receive 2017 JPBM Communications Award

December 13, 2016 | Books

Siobhan Roberts, a journalist and biographer based in Toronto, Canada, will receive the 2017 JPBM Communications Award for Expository and Popular Books. The Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) represents the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Presented annually, the JPBM […]

NY Times: A Dilemma for Humanity: Stark Inequality or Total War

December 9, 2016 | Books

Is there nothing to be done about galloping inequality? Last year the typical American family experienced the fastest income gainssince the government started measuring them in the 1960s. But the top 1 percent did even better, raising their share of income higher than it was when President Obama took office. Mr. Obama has led the […]

Wall Street Journal: Our Noble Cousin: The Octopus

December 6, 2016 | Books, CUNY in the News

Our Noble Cousin: The Octopus Around 600 million years ago there lived in the sea a small unprepossessing worm, virtually eyeless and brainless. For some reason this species split into two, thus seeding the vast zoological groupings of the vertebrates and the invertebrates. On one branch sit the mammals; on the other sit the molluscs […]

SAT Press Releases: Young Author Receives National Recognition

December 6, 2016 | Alumni, Books

The FIFTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL Beverly Hills Book Awards® recognized Death: An Exploration in the category of Death and Dying as a Winner. The competition is judged by experts from all aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence. […]

LA Times: What is the alt-right? A refresher course on Steve Bannon’s fringe of conservation

November 16, 2016 | Books

The chairman of Breitbart News will be President-elect Donald Trump‘s chief strategist in the White House. Steve Bannon’s promotion in the Trump empire — he served as CEO of Trump’s presidential campaign — was met with horror from civil rights groups and Jewish and Muslim organizations. http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-what-is-the-alt-right-a-refresher-1479169663-htmlstory.html

Washington Post: The potentially severe consequences of Trump’s deportation plans

November 16, 2016 | Books

In an interview aired Sunday, Donald Trump told “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl that he would deport as many as 3 million undocumented immigrants after he takes office next year. It remains to be seen whether the president-elect will fulfill this pledge, and if he does, how quickly he would seek to do so. In any case, two new analyses […]

Washington Blade: New book ‘America’s War on Same Sex Couples’ explores rocky road to equality

November 16, 2016 | Books

For his new book, author and professor Daniel R. Pinello interviewed 325 people in 175 same-sex relationships in Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin for empirical background to carefully trace the unfolding of marriage laws and have plenty of real-world examples to demonstrate its effects. The result is the new book “America’s War […]

The Republic: Donald Trump: Leaping from business to politics

November 8, 2016 | Books

Donald Trump was angry: A reporter had the gall to suggest that ego was behind his purchase of New York’s famed Plaza Hotel. When he thought about it, though, he decided it was true — and admitted as much in a big, big way. “Almost every deal I have ever done has been at least […]

Inside Higher Education: Q&A with authors book on austerity in public higher education

November 4, 2016 | Books

It is taken as an axiom in many administrative circles that public colleges and universities cannot rely on government funding sources to fuel their budgets in the future. A new book from a pair of City University of New York Graduate Center professors examines how that conclusion came to be and describes in blistering terms […]

Chronicle of Higher Education: Our ‘Prophet of Deceit’

November 1, 2016 | Books

By the same token, this rather basic and unarguable fact already reveals something significant about his candidacy. Whereas such glaring inconsistencies would have undoubtedly torpedoed a conventional candidate, remarkably, for more than a year, they left Trump more or less politically unscathed. Trump himself quipped in January: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth […]

Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Expert: Non-Whites Must Flex Growing Political Muscle Now

October 26, 2016 | Books

Based on longstanding efforts to squelch their voice at the polls, people of color in the United States must prepare themselves for the political power they stand to gain through population increase—or risk being ruled by a White minority like the old apartheid system in South Africa. That was the warning that Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, […]

Inside Higher Education: Voter registration data show Democrats outnumber Republicans among social scientists, 11.5 to 1

October 4, 2016 | Books

In any election cycle, there are bound to be references — some of them disdainful — to “liberal academe.” A new study is sure to elicit a least a few more such references, finding that social scientists who are registered to vote skew overwhelmingly Democratic — 11.5 for every one Republican at top universities, to […]

NY Times: Pronoun Privilege

September 30, 2016 | Books

My fall classes started recently, and I had to face the pronoun question. It’s simple for me: My appearance matches my preferred pronoun, so I don’t worry about anyone misstating it. But some of my students are transgender or gender nonconforming, and they want to announce how others should refer to them. Or do they? […]