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February 6, 2012 | CUNY Matters, The University

CUNY, The New York Times and JPMorgan Chase Launch “The Unforgiving Economy” Calendar and Website

A unique exploration of “The Great Recession” in the context of economic upheaval throughout U.S. history is now available on a dynamic website and a richly illustrated companion calendar.

“The Unforgiving Economy” calendar, supported by The New York Times and JPMorgan Chase, was created by a team of archivists and historians at the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College, under the supervision of professor Richard K. Lieberman. It includes pages of economic milestones, starting with John Rolfe planting the first tobacco in Virginia in 1612 and British and Dutch pirates trading 40 to 60 enslaved Africans for provisions in Virginia in 1619.

“In the aftermath of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression,” Chancellor Matthew Goldstein wrote in the introduction to the calendar, this “is a timely look at the economic history of the United States, helping readers to understand the patterns of economic growth and crises in our nation’s history.” The project “received valuable input from the University’s finest scholars, whose participation underscores the integrity of the content.”

Illustrated with scores of photographs and graphics drawn from the Archives and the Times, the calendar also offers overviews of key facets of economic history, one each month, from agriculture to the environment, from black migration northward to the role of 19th-century robber barons, from advertising and credit to the underground economy.  The University is also releasing a “this date in history” app that draws upon research done for this and other CUNY wall calendars over the past seven years.

CUNY’s new this-date-in-history app reveals, for example, that on Jan. 18, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson and allied leaders opened the Paris Peace Conference in hope of settling issues arising from World War I. The app — which also draws from prior CUNY calendars on voting rights and citizenship, women’s leadership, immigrants, city life, freedom, health and public higher education — can be downloaded for free from Apple’s App Store and Android’s Market.

It can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.laguardiawagnerarchive.lagcc.cuny.edu/mobil_app/home1.php

The text and most of the images from the University’s eight calendars are at www.cuny.edu/freedom.

Helping Haiti’s Universities

CUNY is helping  create a network of three public universities located outside of Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince, which was leveled by the 2010 earthquake that took a quarter-million lives and left 1.5 million homeless. Since 85 percent of Haiti’s higher education institutions were in the capital, decentralizing is expected to promote greater access to education while strengthening regional workforces and economies. CUNY also has established a fellowship program giving six Haitian students from each of the regional universities a $500 stipend for books, etc.

But higher education is only one problem in the island nation. In a new anthology — Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake — York College assistant professor of African American Studies and Anthropology Mark Schuller, who also teaches at the University of Haiti, and Latin America specialist Pablo Morales, present analyses by scholars, journalists, health professionals and activists who portray the aid community in Haiti as dominated by unwieldy, out-of-touch nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and past foreign interventions that set the stage for the quake’s epic death toll — all critical to understanding a country where some 500,000 people remain homeless.

Kempton Award Winners Announced

Undergraduate student journalists who described the plight of people who live in rat-infested tenements (Matthew Perlman, Hunter College), provided a compassionate look at undocumented immigrants surviving by collecting cans and bottles for the deposits (Basilisa Alonso, Lehman College), urged Africans to work for the good of their continent (Ngozi O. Onuoha, City College) and run a multilingual online news source (thebronxjournal.com – created and maintained by Lehman College journalism students who take The Bronx Journal Workshop) have won the University’s annual Murray Kempton Award competition named for the famed columnist who captured the soul of the city while often serving as its conscience.  Winners receive $500.

Vet Services Earn High Rating

The University again is included in Military Advanced Education’s annual Guide to America’s Top Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities – which set its bar higher for inclusion in the 2012 roundup than in previous years. “No school is more dedicated to promoting quality educational programs that serve all branches of our Armed Services and I am proud to be able to work with you to increase your military enrollments,” Military Advanced Education associate publisher Glenn R. Berlin said in his announcement to CUNY.

State Approves New Degree Programs

The state Education Department has approved a number of new degree programs, including: at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the nation’s first M.A. in entrepreneurial journalism; at Hunter College, a B.A./M.A., M.A. and M.F.A. in dance plus a D.N.P. in community and public health nursing; at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a B.A. in law and society and a B.A. in philosophy; at New York City College of Technology, a B.S. in math education and a B.S. in radiological sciences; at Queens College, a B.A. in middle eastern studies; at the School of Professional Studies, a B.S. in health information management and an M.S. in information systems; at Borough of Manhattan Community College and John Jay College, a joint A.S./B.S. in accounting for forensics/economics; at Hostos Community College, an A.S. in police science and an A.A.S. in game design; and at LaGuardia Community College, an A.S. in theater arts.