Here is a collection of new books written by CUNY authors:
In her new book, Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change, Brooklyn College education professor Barbara Winslow traces Chisholm’s life from her upbringing in Barbados and Brooklyn to her historic election as the first black woman elected to Congress and ends with her iconic 1972 presidential campaign.
Walking the streets of New York with William Helmreich is a trip into the hidden soul of this chaotic and often misunderstood city. On a recent tour in East Harlem, he shared a history lesson on the Robert F. Wagner housing development. He unraveled mini mysteries painted into an immense mural. And his knock on a basement door unlocked a heartwarming secret.
For York College assistant nursing professor Margarett Alexandre, sometimes humanitarian aid can do more harm than good: To create lasting change, volunteer missions need to be about helping others help themselves.
Whenever he can, Stanley Greff starts his shift as a public safety officer at Kingsborough Community College by raising an American flag.
Newly arrived in the United States and working in a restaurant, Qiong Zhou wondered: “Is this job I will have all my life? Wash tablecloths and cleaning table, clean up cups and the plates?”
With the autumn sun blazing through Hunter College’s north studio, hip-hop choreographer Jennifer Weber leads a brash group of dance students in a master class that attempts to reinvent hip-hop.
One midsemester day at Queensborough Community College, Colleen Abbate arranged an array of black and white photographs on the blackboard ledge in the college’s photo studio. Then she stepped away and glanced back and forth between the images and her professor’s panning eyes.
Professor Sheldon Weinbaum, now 77, retired from City College in 2007. Or more accurately: “never really retired.” Hired in 1967, he is still very much a presence at City College and its Grove School of Engineering, advising graduate students, overseeing grants and participating in courses as a guest instructor.
As a living legend in American public secondary education, Rudy Crew developed a panoramic view of what works. He held leadership positions in six states, including New York. A national advocate for school reform initiatives, he began as a teacher in middle and high schools and was a principal as well.
When renowned Latin American author Gabriel García Márquez died in April, his passing sparked renewed interest in his rapturous novels filled with magic realism, especially the beloved Cien Años de Soledad, or One Hundred Years of Solitude.
MAURICE ASHLEY remembers it as if it were yesterday — or today: The move, bishop to e7, that made him an international grandmaster of chess, and the first black player in the world to achieve that most exalted status. “It was exactly 15 years ago — today’s my anniversary!” the onetime star of the City College chess team was saying one afternoon in his Brooklyn apartment. The coincidence triggered a checkmate smile and a burst of memories.
Sheryll Pang is no stranger to hardship, but it’s adversity that has driven her to succeed.
Pang, 25 years old, says that at 16 her abusive stepfather kicked her out of their house. And three years later, she became a single mother.
“I was told I was stupid and that I’d never amount to anything,” she says. “I really didn’t think I would be able to go to college. I did not believe I had the mental capacity.
As a child, Donna Masini read and wrote poetry but never thought becoming a writer was in the cards. But now she has published two books of poems: That Kind of Danger, which won the Barnard Women Poet’s Prize, and Turning to Fiction.
Elizabeth Butson knows what really matters and it’s not money. “It’s all about making a difference in the lives of others,” says the philanthropist. Butson, a former Philip Morris International advertising executive, reporter for Time/Life magazine and local newspaper publisher, spent her early life making opportunities for herself. Now she creates them for others.
When Sherry Cleary was in “nursery school,” years ago, a one-sentence progress report came home. It said: “Sherry hates worms.” She still does. Nevertheless, within minutes Cleary can devise a prekindergarten curriculum using worms to teach arithmetic, storytelling, basic science and more.
When Isabella Rossellini was a girl growing up in Italy in the mid-1960s, her father bought her a copy of King Solomon’s Ring, a famous book about animal behavior by Konrad Lorenz, an Austrian zoologist who later won a Nobel Prize and may have been the world’s first animal whisperer.
Chancellor James B. Milliken is putting forth his ambitious vision for a more global, more digital, more STEM-focused City University of New York that will build on CUNY’s rich history, raised academic standards and other strengths to develop a tech-savvy 21st-century workforce.
In the fall 2013 issue of CUNY Matters, Nobel prize-winning chemist and CUNY alumnus Jerome Karle, who passed away in June, was celebrated for his contributions to his field and to the University. Karle’s legacy is extended by CUNY scholars, men and women who advance the fundamental mission of the University: preserving, transmitting, and generating new knowledge. That work is embedded in CUNY’s DNA, passed from mentor to student, each identifying critical questions, unpacking data and positing new approaches and answers.
STEPPING OUT of the subway station at 149th Street and Third Avenue in the South Bronx, you hear the sounds of honking cars and noisy crowds pulsate through the hardscrabble streets like the borough’s heartbeat. But walking further, after passing a smoke-filled falafel truck, a pawnshop, and a weed-choked lot, you soon encounter a striking oasis of homes known as Via Verde, or the “Green Way.”