New York’s Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum and Charles Ellison, Host of “The New School,” Join Local NAACP Student President on Urban Focus, December 23

December 22, 2009 | Medgar Evers College

Betsy Gotbaum, the New York City Public Advocate, reflects on her eight years in the city’s second-highest elected office on the next Urban Focus, the weekly radio program broadcast in conjunction with the DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy at Medgar Evers College.

Ms. Gotbaum, who was elected in 2001 and reelected in 2005, decided not to run for reelection even after the city’s term-limit law was changed by the City Council to allow officials to run for a third term. Her term ends Dec. 31. The show will be broadcast on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m.

The program also includes an interview with Charles Ellison, the host of “The New School,” the public affairs on the Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Network. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed urban political thriller TANTRUM. He is also the director of the Center for New Politics and Policy at the University of Denver. He is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, Politico’s “The Arena” and TheRoot.com.

Also in the show, Franklin Hill, the president of the newly-formed NAACP chapter at Medgar Evers College, discusses the goals and objectives of the organization and his vision for how the veteran civil rights group plans to have impact in the upcoming year.

The show’s host is Jonathan Hicks, a DBC senior fellow and former political reporter for The New York Times who recently traveled to West Africa and reported from both Liberia and Nigeria. His reports can be found on DBC’s blog, at http://duboisbunche.org/call-and-response/.

Urban Focus is broadcast every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is broadcast nation-wide via the Internet at http://streaming.intacs.com/clients/medgarevers. In Brooklyn, the program will be aired on BCAT TV on Channel 70 (Cablevision), Channel 57 (Time Warner), Channel 44 (Verizon) and Channel 84 (RCN). Urban Focus will also be archived on the DuBois Bunche Center’s website, at www.duboisbunche.org.

Through interviews with politicians, policy makers, industry practitioners, scholars and expert analysts, Urban Focus will explore a range of issues that affect underserved communities and communities of color from Crown Heights, Brooklyn, to Cape Town, South Africa. The discussions will serve to both draw attention to problems and highlight solutions for issues of concern to these communities.

About Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.