A College of Staten Island panel, “Ebola and the Global Collapse of Public Infrastructure,” discusses how the spread of the physical virus throughout parts of Western Africa has been joined by an epidemic of racist hysteria and ignorance by the media and many elected officials in the United States. The panel examines the infrastructure of […]
As the number of major retailers hit by cybercriminals continues to grow, thousands of fresh credit- and debit-card numbers have turned up on so-called carding sites, where hacked credit-card data is sold. Speaking at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Tom Holt, associate professor at Michigan State University, provides insight into the underworld of stolen […]
With tensions bringing law enforcement officers and their civilian critics to an apparent standoff, both sides are now looking for ways to find a balance between safety and civil liberties. Civil rights activist Connie Rice sits down with New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton at John Jay College to discuss current issues dealing with […]
A discussion of African-American comedians and comedy includes an exploration of the pitfalls of writing biographies of living figures as author Mark Whittaker addresses why his recent book, Cosby: His Life and Times, omits the accusations of sexual aggression now mounting against Bill Cosby. The event, “Cosby, Pryor and the Biography of African-American Comedy,” was moderated by Gary Giddins, executive director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the Graduate Center. The panel included Whittaker and two other authors of books about African-American comedians, Scott Saul and Mel Watkins, who examine the evolution and polarities in African-American humor in the work of Cosby and Richard Pryor.
John Tytell, a longtime professor of modern American literature at Queens College, discusses his latest book, “Writing Beat and Other Occasions of Literary Mayhem,” a new look back at that idiosyncratic period of postwar American literature. An author best known for his preeminent historical work on the Beat generation of writers, Tytell’s book is a reflection on writers and writing from someone who’s been doing it, and teaching it, for more than 50 years.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Fiscal Affairs, January 5, 2015.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs, January 5, 2015.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration, January 5, 2015.
When it comes to writing fiction it often helps to listen to the words, “I deleted the first three hundred pages I wrote — the voice was wrong,” said author Roxana Robinson, referring to her latest novel, Sparta, which examines the Iraq’s war psychological wounds on a young man. Robinson, a visiting faculty member in the Department of English at Hunter College, spoke at the Creative Writing MFA Distinguished Writers Fall Lecture Series. The prolific author of five novels, three story collections and a biography of Georgia O’Keeffe, Robinson says that while her subject may change the motive remains the same. “For me, it’s always emotion that drives the narrative.”
In the early 1980s, Lehman College conducted interviews with hundreds of Bronx residents — public figures, community leaders and regular folks — for an oral history project about the borough before, during and after its decade of arson, crime and abandonment. Thirty years later, Emita Hill, a former Lehman professor and vice president, and Janet Munch, a research librarian at the college, have collected some of the project’s most enduring stories into a new book, Bronx Faces and Voices: Sixteen Stories of Courage and Community.