Gregory Pardlo won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his brilliant and complex collection, “Digest,” where he tackles an astounding range of issues from fatherhood and family to pimps and pop culture. In this podcast, Pardlo, a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center, describes how he chose his subjects and his desire to provoke deep emotion through poetry.
Stephen Sommerstein covered the historic 1965 march for voting rights as a student photographer for the City College newspaper. Fifty years later, his evocative photographs are on exhibit at the New York Historical Society and those five days in Alabama are still vivid in his memory.
Chancellor James B. Milliken apprised the Trustees on President Barak Obama’s visit to Lehman College to launch the “My Brother’s Keeper’s Alliance,” a non-profit group focused on improving opportunities for young black and Latino men. Chancellor Milliken also discussed the success of the 13th annual Citizenship NOW! Call-In and a reception honoring more than 200 CUNY students who were awarded TheDream.US scholarship. In addition, the Chancellor summarized the State budget, which includes increased funding for various programs and initiatives.
Executive Committee Meeting of the Board of Trustees, May 4, 2015.
Gregory Pardlo, a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center and former assistant professor at Medgar Evers College, was awarded this year’s Pulitizer Prize for poetry for his collection, “Digest.” In this interview recorded in July 2007, Pardlo discusses his intensely personal poetry and reads selections from his debut book “Totem,” winner of the American Poetry Review’s Honickman Prizein 2007.
Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the CUNY School of Public Health and Hunter College, discusses his latest book, Legal but Lethal: Corporations, Consumption and Protecting Public Health. Prof. Freudenberg points to several major industries that have contributed to the rise of chronic diseases—and what can be done to change these corporate behaviors. He spoke recently at the CUNYGraduate Center.
Andrew J. Polsky, professor of political science at Hunter College, sits down with Mark Blyth, author of Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea, for a conversation about some of today’s most urgent economic policy questions. Calling austerity in the U.S., “a problem too big to fill,” Blyth, an economics professor at Brown University, makes a strong case for why the turn to austerity, the policy of reducing domestic wages and prices to restore competitiveness and balance the budget, hasn’t worked.
Gregorio Millett, the Vice President and Director of Public Policy for amFAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, talks about the use of epidemiology to create targeted public policy strategies that address the national HIV/AIDS epidemic. A widely recognized researcher, Mr. Millett has worked at the highest levels of federal HIV policy, including several years as a senior adviser in the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, where he helped develop a diverse array of significant policy changes. He spoke recently at the CUNY Graduate Center.
City College political science professor Daniel DiSalvo tackles the contentious issue of public unions, pensions, and political influence in his new book, “Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences.”
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Fiscal Affairs, April 6, 2015.