Brooklyn College

Paul Beatty ’89 M.F.A. Receives National Book Critics Circle Award

April 6, 2016 | Brooklyn College

Paul Beatty ’89 M.F.A. won the prestigious National Book Critics Circle fiction award for his latest novel, The Sellout. The critically acclaimed satirical work examines race and class through the outrageous actions and trials experienced by its protagonist. The National Book Critics Circle award is given to authors of works that represent “the finest books […]

Poet Ocean Vuong ’12 Wins $50,000 Whiting Award for Emerging Writers

April 6, 2016 | Brooklyn College, Uncategorized

Poet Ocean Vuong ’12 became the latest recipient of the prestigious Whiting Award, which comes with a $50,000 cash prize. The award, announced in March, is given to “emerging writers, and [is] based on the criteria of early-career achievement and the promise of superior literary work to come.” “Receiving this award meant I was being […]

Brooklyn College Student Wins $16,500 on Wheel of Fortune

April 1, 2016 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– It is not every day that a student is given the chance to test his knowledge of words and phrases before millions of viewers on the longest-running syndicated game show in television history. But that is what happened to Brooklyn College senior Matt Epstein when he won the opportunity to be a contestant onWheel […]

Political Science Professor Anna Law Wins NSF Grant to Further Research on Women Asylum Seekers

March 25, 2016 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Can a woman arrested on the U.S.-Mexican border, as she flees domestic violence in her home country, seek asylum in the United States? What if she’s bringing her children with her? Does she get pro bono legal representation when taken to the immigration court? Should they — given that asylum decisions may have life-or-death […]

Macaulay Honors College Student and Aspiring Physician Crowned Miss Upstate New York

March 25, 2016 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Not only is biology and broadcast journalism major Shelley Jain a finalist for a Fulbright scholarship, a regular on the Dean’s List, and a member of the esteemed William E. Macaulay Honors College and theCoordinated B.A.-M.D. Program, she’s also a beauty queen. Jain recently won the Miss Upstate New York contest, taking home $500 […]

TV and Radio M.F.A. Students Debut Talent Show Spotlighting Brooklyn Artists

March 11, 2016 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– A new, yearlong, capstone class in the Department of Television and Radio is not only preparing second-year M.F.A. candidates to hit the ground running after graduation, it has allowed them to break new ground as well. Eleven graduate students enrolled in Professor Jason Moore’s Multi-camera Producing and Directing class launched the first episode of […]

Music Without Borders: Conservatory of Music Professor Arturo O’Farrill ’96 Wins Fourth Grammy Award

March 11, 2016 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music Professor Arturo O’Farrill ’96 scored another victory for his band, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, burnishing his father’s legacy and his own in the process. At the 58th Grammy Award ceremony in Los Angeles, O’Farrill was presented his fourth award, this time in the Best Instrumental Composition category for his Afro […]

Two New MFA Programs Prepare Students for Careers in Film Scoring and Sonic Arts

March 11, 2016 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Brooklyn College will be offering two new master of fine arts degree programs starting next fall—one in Media Scoring and the other in Sonic Arts. The new programs are a partnership between the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College and the Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. “The path to music education in […]

Magner Career Center Provides a Way for Student to Uncover the Ancient Past

March 7, 2016 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– When senior Anastasia Danilova returned from a 10-day geological dig in South Dakota, made possible through the competitive Magner Career Center stipend, she knew that she would soon be meeting with Marge Magner ’69 to share her discoveries. Danilova could not find the words to express her gratitude to the Center’s namesake, so she […]

Doing the Math

March 7, 2016 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Laurie Rubel, an associate professor in secondary education, says she became a teacher partly because of a strong instinct to contribute to society. Her work is her social activism. Take City Digits, a project that she has spearheaded to design technology-infused mathematics curricula that investigates social justice themes in a local, urban context. It […]

Brooklyn College Student Speaks at Special United Nations Celebration of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

March 7, 2016 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Brooklyn College senior Mbachur Mbenga stood in front of a delegation of dignitaries and distinguished guests at the U.N. last semester, and delivered an address in celebration of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. “As the saying goes: ‘If you educate girls and women, you will educate an entire nation,’” she said and then went on to […]

Nurturing Tomorrow’s Leaders

March 7, 2016 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Last year Jennifer Mikhli-Forkosh, now a senior majoring in psychology, was the president of the student government and the first woman to hold that position in more than a decade. “I found that extremely surprising given that women comprise the majority of the student populace at this college,” she said. Women account for 60 […]

Mission Nutrition

January 19, 2016 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Jessica Jones ’12 is a self-described nutrition nerd. She says one of the first times she realized the impact of healthy eating was when she visited New York City’s farmer’s markets with her job at the Department of Health. She and co-worker Wendy Lopez would go to “food deserts,” and do cooking demonstrations and […]

Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Steiner Studios Offers Master of Fine Arts in Digital Animation & VFX

January 19, 2016 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– The Brooklyn College Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Steiner Studios, which is currentlyaccepting applications for the 2016-17 academic year, has recently added a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Digital Animation & VFX to its suite of degree programs. Feirstein is the first public graduate film school in New York, and […]

The Sacred and the Profane in Archie Rand’s Work

January 19, 2016 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Interlacing the sacred with the profane, Presidential Professor Archie Rand of the Art Department created a series of 613 paintings over a five-year period, based on the biblical commandments of the Torah. These works have been compiled in his latest book,The 613 (Blue Rider Press), a recent editor’s pick by the New York Times […]

TV & Radio Students Launch Web Mini-Series

December 14, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– On October 22, Television and Radio students launched a 12-episode web-based miniseries—the product of a cross disciplinary program that immerses undergraduates in every process of television production. Shot entirely at Brooklyn College, Unproductive revolves around five close-knit friends, all seniors at an unnamed college’s television department. Tasked with finishing a video for a class taught […]

Brooklyn College Scholars Draw Record Audience at TEDxCUNY Conference

December 7, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Beinecke Scholarship winner Sean DesVignes ’15 and Brooklyn College senior Sofia Ahsanuddin were among a select group of speakers at the recent TEDxCUNY conference, held at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. The second annual event was organized by Harry S. Truman Scholar and senior Jake Levin, and […]

Brooklyn College Student Support Programs Now Include a Food Pantry

December 7, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Just in time for the holidays, Brooklyn College has opened a food pantry funded by a grant from the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation. The pantry joins a constellation of student support services designed to help in emergencies with everything from tax preparation, housing, and certain uninsured medical expenses, to funds for textbooks, transportation, […]

Alumna Kate Benson’s Obie-award Winning Production Opens in New Venue

December 7, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Kate Benson ’14 M.F.A. was clear when she described her Obie-award winning play, A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes—which opens December 15 at the Apollinaire Theatre Company in Chelsea, Massachusetts—as a collaboration. “Because it had no stage directions, Lee and I spent a year […]

Feirstein School Helps Rising Filmmaker Rashan Castro ’14 Realize His Vision

December 7, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Rashan Castro ’14 is somewhat shy. But within massive concrete-and-metal spread of Stage 2 at theBrooklyn College Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Steiner Studios, he is a commanding presence, completely in his element. As an undergraduate, Castro won the “Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting” and “Audience Choice” awards for his short film […]