Brooklyn College

Meet Our Salutatorian

May 21, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Gisely Colón-López will receive her bachelor of arts degree in Puerto Rican and Latino studies, with a minor in anthropology and archaeology, at this year’s baccalaureate commencement ceremony, where she will also give the salutation before an audience of thousands. “It feels like a dream I never realized was possible,” says Colón-López, who was […]

Meet Our Valedictorian

May 21, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Ever since middle school, Joshua V. Kurian knew he wanted to be a doctor. He will begin to make that vision a reality when he enters medical school this fall, but not before he bids Brooklyn College farewell while holding onto one of the highest distinctions of all: valedictorian of the Class of 2015. […]

Two Professors Pen Separate Books on Influential Caribbean Literary Figures

May 21, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Two Brooklyn College faculty members have recently published books that shed new light on influential literary figures—one nearly forgotten and one who rose to prominence posthumously. English Professor James Davis’ book, Eric Walrond: A Life in the Harlem Renaissance and the Transatlantic Caribbean (Columbia University Press, 2015), takes a look at the life of […]

Four Brooklyn College Students Win Labor Arts Award

May 21, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Two visual artists, a writer and a poet are all winners of this year’s Labor Arts/CUNY Making Work Visible award, a contest that aims to expand students’ thinking about labor history. The annual contest, open to all CUNY undergraduate students, and sponsored by LaborArts.org and the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, awards prizes […]

Dayana Manashirova ’15 Secures Competitive Internship at Manhattan District Attorney’s Office

May 21, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– With the help of her philosophy professors, Brooklyn College senior Dayana Manashirova, a philosophy major, was the only CUNY student selected to be one of 11 interns at Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s Office. Originally from Baku, Azerbaijan, a country off the coast of Iran, Manashirova moved to the United States when she was three […]

Brooklyn College Junior Jake Levin Named Harry S. Truman Scholar

April 15, 2015 | Brooklyn College

The prestigious award will provide the Macaulay Honors College student with $30,000 toward graduate study.  BROOKLYN, Wed., April 15, 2015—Brooklyn College political science and philosophy major Jake Levin has been named a 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholar, an award that will grant him $30,000 toward tuition for his graduate studies, a number of professional development […]

Nobel-Prize Winning Columnist Paul Krugman and Political Analyst Thomas Frank Discuss the Obama Legacy

April 2, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Were Barack Obama’s attempts to tackle partisanship wise or did they only further contribute to the current political dysfunction in Washington? Did he do enough to push the economy along or would we be further ahead in the recovery had he pushed a big stimulus package? Is the president inadvertently responsible for the rise […]

New Book Sheds a Different Light on Nobel Prize Winner Wangari Maathai

April 1, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– It’s a central part of Wangari Maathai’s legacy that she was the first African woman to earn the Nobel Peace Prize for the global impact of her environmental activism. What’s less well-known is that she was the first woman in eastern and central Africa to earn a Ph.D. and the first Kenyan woman to […]

Brooklyn College Launches M.D. Sass Investment Academy

April 1, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– More than 130 students attended the launch for the new Brooklyn College M.D. Sass Investment Academy on Feb. 27 at 25 Broadway in Manhattan. Martin D. Sass ’63, whose generous contribution supports the initiative, was on hand to talk to students about his own professional journey. “There is no free lunch,” Sass told students. […]

Brooklyn College is a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Students

April 1, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Brooklyn College is listed among the nation’s colleges and universities producing the most U.S. Fulbright Scholars in 2014-15, according to a report recently released by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Awardees this year include: William Cheung, a CUNY […]

Legacy of Herbert Kurz ’41 Lives On

April 1, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– When Herbert Kurz ’41 (1920–2014) made two generous donations to the Brooklyn College Black and Latino Male Initiative (BLMI), the first for $99,000 and the second for $1 million, he intended for the funds to be used in a way that would create a solid academic foundation and political consciousness in students from underserved […]

Television and Radio Students to Launch Web-based Miniseries

April 1, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– While the digital revolution continues to transform nearly every aspect of life, the Department of Television and Radio is making sure its students stay ahead of the curve. A series of interconnected courses will now ground undergraduates in the entire television production process—from concept creation to screenwriting to production to delivery and distribution—culminating in […]

Literary Luminary Joins Brooklyn College Faculty

April 1, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Dinaw Mengestu is a bona fide literary A-lister. His first three novels were published to broad acclaim, earning him accolades from the the National Book Foundation, which presents the National Book Award,The New Yorker, and the New York Times. In 2012, the MacArthur Foundation bestowed him with their “genius award.” Yet one of the distinctions […]

Arturo O’Farrill ’96 Celebrates Third Grammy Win

February 17, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Afro-Latin Jazz composer and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill ’96, a professor at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and a two-time Latin Grammy-Award winner, became a triple award winner at the 57th Grammy Awards ceremony earlier this month.The Offense of the Drum, his first album with Motema Music, won in the Best Latin Jazz category. […]

Rockefeller Grant Supports City-wide Music Festival, Directed by Latin Grammy Award-nominated Professor Tania León

February 17, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Composers Now, a month-long, New York City-wide festival that features diverse works by living composers, recently received a grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Distinguished ProfessorTania León of the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music is the artistic director of the festival. “Many people can listen to a piece of music and have no idea […]

Live from Brooklyn College

February 17, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Julianna Forlano sits in a modest office with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves filled with thousands of CDs. She has also personalized the space with political pop art. “This used to be a closet, you know,” says Forlano, activist, humorist, licensed psychotherapist, radio personality, writer, and adjunct lecturer in theDepartment of Television and Radio. “You laugh, but […]

Rhodes to Leadership

February 17, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– “This is your time,” says Lisette Nieves ’92, to a room of 40 Brooklyn College students in the Student Center on January 13. She is the first of three Brooklyn College Rhodes Scholars and the first woman and person of color to receive the distinction in all of The City University of New […]

Talent to Spare

February 17, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– “One of my producers told me I was the first writer he’d worked with who didn’t have an actual meltdown on set,” says Elissa Matsueda ’07, M.F.A., screenwriter for the Lionsgate film Spare Parts. Succumbing to the enormous pressures and obstacles faced by writers in Hollywood was not an option as far as she […]

Buried Treasure

February 17, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– A research team led by Anthropology and Archaeology Professor Alfred Rosenberger recently discovered an undersea lemur graveyard, thought to be the largest collection of fossils representing the now extinct giant lemurs. The research was funded in part by the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society. Working with University of Massachusetts Professor Emerita […]

Kurz Foundation Funds the Black and Latino Male Initiative

February 17, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– When Nicole St. Clair, director of the Black and Latino Male Initiative (BLMI) at Brooklyn College, first heard about the $99,000 gift the Kurz Family Foundation made in February, she was beyond excited. “I was shocked,” she says. “I could not stop thinking about the wonderful opportunities the gift would allow — better technology […]