Brooklyn College

Professor Tania León Directs City-Wide Festival

February 18, 2014 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Distinguished Professor Tania León has returned as artistic director for Composer’s Now, a month-long music festival spanning the five boroughs that features a wildly diverse array of works by living composers. “They will be in attendance at many performances, panel discussions, and other events. The opportunity to interact with the composers is a unique feature,” says León, […]

Remembering Folk Music Legend Pete Seeger

February 11, 2014 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Pete Seeger’s death at the age of 94 has left generations of people recalling his career as one of the most influential folk singers and activists of our time. Since the early 1950s, the “nation’s troubadour of conscience,” as public radio host Steve Curwood once called Seeger, has had a connection to Brooklyn College. Seeger […]

U.S. Postal Service Commemorates Shirley Chisholm ’46 with Stamp

February 11, 2014 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– On January 31, the U.S. Postal Service honored Shirley Chisholm ’46—the first black woman elected to Congress, and the first African-American to run for president—by issuing a limited-edition 37th Black Heritage Forever stamp. Chisholm joins several of the nation’s leading African-American pioneers featured in the Black Heritage stamp series begun in 1978 with the […]

Africana Studies Thrives at Brooklyn College

February 11, 2014 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Brooklyn College stands poised to celebrate a milestone. The Africana Studies Department will be turning 40 this year and the event will be highlighted by a fundraising gala in April. The gala will help put the spotlight on the department’s continuing efforts to attract the best faculty, offer the most engaging courses, and provide its students […]

BC Bound Provides Hopeful Trajectory for a New Group of Students

January 21, 2014 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Sasecie Bernard has a dream. A recent immigrant from Jamaica, Bernard, who lives in Brooklyn with her mother, wants to develop her artistic talents in a way that is useful to well-being of others. “My goal is to help people, especially children. I intend to double major in art and psychology and pursue a career in art therapy,” […]

Shirley Chisholm’s Trials and Triumphs Captured in New Biography

January 16, 2014 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Historian Barbara Winslow is a professor in both theSchool of Education and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. In 2006, she founded the Shirley Chisholm Center for Research on Women, a feminist think tank honoring the memory of the trailblazing alumna, activist, and politician. She also organized theShirley Chisholm Project on Brooklyn Women’s Activism Content to document and […]

Christman’s Lens

January 16, 2014 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Assistant Professor of Film Sarah J. Christman and her family turned her stepfather into a diamond. The process by which this occurred was covered in Christman’s award-winning documentary As Above, So Below, which was screened at the Museum of Modern Art during its “Documentary Fortnight” event in February. Christman’s stepfather, who had died of an aggressive form of […]

Theater History Professor Wins Award for Book on Spectacular

January 16, 2014 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Most people are familiar with the iconic imagery of the heroic man saving the damsel in distress who has been tied to the train tracks. That scene was a twist on one from an 1867 play, Under the Gas Light. What Amy E. Hughes, an assistant professor of theater history and criticism wants more people to […]

History Professor Studies Ancient Graffiti in Israel

January 16, 2014 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– For Karen B. Stern, making her way through the ancient tunnels and caves of ancient mortuary complexes in Israel is all in an ordinary day’s research. Her goal is to find and study carvings—pictures and texts—inscribed at the burial sites, carvings that the history professor calls graffiti, because unlike epitaphs, the inscriptions were made after the tombs […]

Brooklyn International: Discovering Untapped Potential

November 26, 2013 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Brooklyn College junior John Tan had the opportunity to employ his innate filmmaking skills during his recent expedition in Japan as a part of the study abroad program offered through the Office of International Education and Global Engagement. Despite this talent, he is not studying film at Brooklyn College. “I’m actually an exercise science major,” he says. Born and […]

Brooklyn International: Through a Wider Lens

November 25, 2013 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Morgann Gicquel is laser focused in his 8:30 a.m.cinematography workshop class despite the fact that he was burning the midnight oil the night before, only grabbing dinner at 1:00 a.m. over an old episode ofThe Sopranos. He has been keeping late hours recently because he is putting together a set for a film he is […]

Brooklyn Women’s Soccer Grabs CUNYAC Title for Bulldogs

November 14, 2013 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– In only their second year as an athletic program, the Brooklyn College women’s soccer team capped off a historic run, defeating the top-seeded College of Staten Island (CSI) by a score of 3-1 to capture its first City University of the New York Athletic Conference(CUNYAC) Championship and earn a berth in the upcoming NCAA Division III tournament. […]

Author Junot Díaz Speaks to a Packed Audience at Brooklyn College

November 14, 2013 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Renowned writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz visited Brooklyn College last week to do a reading and participate in a Q&A session with Professor of English James C. Davis. Díaz’s celebrated novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead Books, 2007), was required reading for all entering first-year students at the college. It appeared, judging from the […]

Brooklyn International: Giving Back in Barbuda

November 14, 2013 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Jen-I Costosa ’13 is undaunted. A Brooklyn native and a graduate, with honors, from Brooklyn College’s Children and Youth Studies Program, Costosa has overcome circumstances unimaginable to many. “My father died in 1989; my mom died in 1996. They both died of AIDS. So they were pretty much both gone before I graduated high school.” […]

Travel Required

November 8, 2013 | Brooklyn College, Uncategorized

BROOKLYN– Journalism major Alex Ellefson ’14 is considering a career as a foreign correspondent, so when he scored an internship at a newspaper in the Middle East, he figured he had found the perfect experience to polish off his college resumé. But it would be expensive to spend the summer in Jordan, where he had […]

NBA Executive Encourages Students to Do What They Love Best

November 8, 2013 | Brooklyn College, Uncategorized

BROOKLYN– As part of a continuing series, the Magner Career Center invited Jonathan Supranowitz ’94, vice president of public relations for the New York Knicks basketball organization, to talk about his road to success. A Canarsie, Brooklyn, native, Supranowitz has been with the Knicks for 14 seasons, beginning in 2000. “It’s important that you love whatever you choose to […]

Cultivating a Community

October 22, 2013 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Professor Louise Hainline is not afraid to get her hands dirty. A professor in the Brooklyn College Department of Psychology as well as the director of the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) and Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) programs, Hainline is also director of the Brooklyn College Garden, and has kept herself busy directing how best to use it. “As per […]

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts Names New Director

October 21, 2013 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– When asked how the arts can enrich the lives of both college students and people in the surrounding community, Jon Yanofksy, new director of the Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) laughs. “Whole doctoral theses have been written on that subject.” Yanofsky, who joined BCBC as its new director in July, has under his belt […]

A Journey to the Center of Psychogeography

October 17, 2013 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Two women dressed in white lab coats and turquoise scarves lead a group of people, identified only by a museum catalog number taped to their lapels, to a piano stuck in the trunk of a tree. The women ask the group to sing a lyric from an Elton John song before escorting them to […]

Remembering Brooklyn’s Literary Giants

October 7, 2013 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Jules Chametzky ’50, has enjoyed a renowned career as a writer, editor, and literary critic. A few years ago, he decided to write a personal biography about his life and his roots growing up in Brooklyn. “I wrote about 20 pages and I got bored,” he says. So instead, he ended up churning out […]