Brooklyn College

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 […]

Brooklyn College Education Professor Receives Standing Ovation at United Nations

January 7, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Trina Lynn Yearwood ’00 was an invited speaker at the United Nations (U.N.) symposium on “Education as an Imperative for a Transformative Post-2015 Sustainable Development,” which took place in November. The event honored the 25th anniversary of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, celebrated each year on November 20 as Universal […]

Adam Parris Named Director of Jamaica Bay Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay

January 5, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– The Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (SRI@JB) has named Adam Parris, an expert on social and environmental change in US coastal zones, as its executive director, effective Feb. 17, 2015. Parris will lead the SRI@JB in research and activities related to environmental resilience in urban coastal ecosystems. A partnership between the city […]

Alumna Wins Rare Mitchell Award for Postgraduate Study

December 12, 2014 | Brooklyn College

Keelie Sheridan (Brooklyn College, MFA ’13) Becomes CUNY’s second Mitchell Scholar What if the Oresteia — the ancient Greek plays about the triumph of jury-based justice over murder and revenge — took place in Ireland? Keelie Sheridan (Brooklyn College, MFA in acting, ’13) intends to reimagine that prize-winning trilogy (Dionysia Festival, 458 B.C.) during her […]

The Write Stuff

November 25, 2014 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Eleven years. Over 30 revisions. Full-time professions including a receptionist, jewelry salesperson, data entry clerk, and waitress—all while enrolled in Brooklyn College’s M.F.A. Creative Writing Program in Fiction. This is what it took for Marie-Helene Bertino ’08 M.F.A. to publish her debut novel, 2 a.m. at the Cat’s Pajamas (Crown Publishers, 2014). “Writing […]

Martin Sass ’63 Provides Gift to Establish Investment Academy at Brooklyn College

November 25, 2014 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Martin D. Sass ’63, founder, chairman and CEO of M.D. Sass, a leading name in investment management for 42 years, has endowed the M.D. Sass Investment Academy for the Brooklyn College School of Business. Launching in Fall of 2015, the M.D. Sass Investment Academy will include an undergraduate, student-run hedge fund. The hedge […]

A Salute to Service

November 25, 2014 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Glomani Bravo-López is a senior and business and finance major. He was a marine from 2005 to 2009 and did two tours in Iraq. He started at Brooklyn College in 2013. On Mon. Nov. 10, the college honored him and the more than 300 other veteran students on campus, as well as those who […]

British Academy of Film and Television Scholarships Support Aspiring Media Professionals

November 7, 2014 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Television and Radio is on a tear. Not only does it continue to graduate extraordinary media professionals, but four of the department’s graduate students also received Student Emmys for videos produced as part of a 2013 Summer Broadcast News Institute capstone class. Most recently, four TV and Radio graduate students have received $15,000 in scholarships from the […]

Jamaican Ambassador to the United States Delivers Annual Mendelsohn Lecture

November 7, 2014 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Dr. Stephen Vasciannie, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Jamaica to the United States, visited the campus on Oct. 16 to deliver the 2014 Martin and Syma Mendelsohn Lectureship in International Relations. The ambassador delivered his talk, “Jamaica and its Place in the Global Landscape,” to a packed room in the Brooklyn College Student […]

“Little Failure,” Big Ideas

November 7, 2014 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Gary Shteyngart is nothing if not self-deprecating. Earlier this month, after the esteemed author strolled to his seat on a landing at The Whitman Auditorium, he promptly announced to the students gathered for a reading of his best-seller, Little Failure: A Memoir(Random House, 2014), that “the best thing about the book is the cover.” After reading […]

Finding Pride in a Safe Space

October 9, 2014 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– It has been a busy year for David McKay ’93, adjunct professor of English, faculty adviser for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance (LGBTA) student club at Brooklyn College, member of the GLBTQ Advocacy in Research and Education (GLARE), and founding director of the college’s first-ever Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning (LGBTQ) Resource Center. “This new center has […]