Archive for 2007

Uranium For Sale

December 10, 2007 | City Safe

Two Hungarians and a Ukrainian were recently arrested in Slovakia on charges of smuggling, with intent to sell, a small amount of highly enriched uranium. Slovak Republic officials are 90% certain that the material, which could have been used to build a dirty bomb, among other things, originated in one of the former Soviet republics. Joseph King explains why the incident should concern Westerners– “The fact is that these materials are still floating around the former Soviet Union.”
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A New Shock Treatment, and its Victims

December 5, 2007 | CUNY Lecture Series

In her New York Times bestselling book, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” award-winning journalist Noami Klein explains how politicians exploit catastrophes — Hurricane Katrina and the 9/11 attacks among others — and the public’s state of shock to push through costly policies, regardless of the consequences. In a talk at the Graduate Center with Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography Neil Smith, Ms. Klein, who worked as a freelancer in Iraq, claims the will of free-marketers is so strong, that if natural or financial disasters fail to happen, economists and policy makers help precipitate one.
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Authority on Polling Explains How Much Can Go Wrong

December 4, 2007 | City Talk with Doug Muzzio

Can the openness of Iowa’s Democratic caucus system affect voting results (if your boss is standing in one candidate’s corner, do you want to march across the room to another’s)? How do polls influence a candidate’s campaign strategies (a candidate may have a large youthful following, but historically more older citizens actually vote). Micheline Blum, director of the Baruch College Survey Research Unit, discusses these and many other thought-provoking election topics, including what’s the most reliable polling method (it’s not the Internet).
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Crime Against the Undocumented Goes Unreported

December 4, 2007 | Citizenship Now! with Allan Wernick

Muggers are increasingly targeting undocumented immigrants workers who return home at night carrying their wages in cash. According to a story in The New York Times, these cash-carrying immigrants, known as “walking ATMs,” rarely complain to the police because of their immigration status. Allan Wernick talks about why this is such a painful fact of life for undocumented immigrants and what their employers can do to help them become less of a target.
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Liberal New York: How It Got That Way

December 4, 2007 | CUNY Lecture Series

Ethnicity–not race, as some historians have argued–drove the dynamically shifting political culture in the country and in New York City after World War II. That’s the argument put forward by Joshua M. Zeitz, professor of history at Cambridge University in his new book, “White Ethnic New York: Jews, Catholics and the Shaping of Postwar Politics.” In a lecture at the Graduate Center sponsored by the Gotham Center for the History of New York, Prof. Zeitz explains how the ideological conflicts among New York’s Irish Catholics, Italian Catholics and Jews, helped fuel the liberal political climate that shaped the postwar period in New York.
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Avishai Margalit on Sectarianism

December 4, 2007 | CUNY Lecture Series

A leading political theorist and social critic, Avishai Margalit talks about the varieties of political and religious sectarianism, both past and present, in the Irving Howe Memorial Lecture at the Graduate Center. Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Prof. Margalit, who is currently the George Kennan Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, discusses his own sectarian experience during the Yom Kippur War of 1973 and how it shaped his controversial viewpoint on separate Israeli and Palestine states.
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Presidential Politics: Parsing the Polls

December 3, 2007 | CUNY Lecture Series

Has media coverage of the presidential campaign morphed into a poll-driven horse race? Are poll-centric pundits unduly influencing election outcomes? The virtues and shortcomings of opinion polling are explored in this panel moderated by Mickey Blum, director of the Baruch Survey Research Unit, and featuring Kellyanne Conway, President and CEO of the Polling Company; Maurice Carroll, Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, and Douglas Schoen, a political strategist for Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election.
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Hoops, There It Is!

December 3, 2007 | CUNY Sports

CUNYAC executive director Zak Ivkovic discusses recent basketball successes across the conference, the conference’s media initiatives and offers a preview of upcoming CUNYAC action and upcoming telecasts on CUNY TV. Plus, highlights of this season’s championship events.
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Chancellor's Report to the Board of Trustees

November 29, 2007 | The Chancellor's Report

In his report to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein reviews the 2008-2009 budget request, details the University’s current fiscal standing, and discuses positive outcomes of university wide efforts to retain students. The chancellor also previews the upcoming report by a special state commission on higher education, and predicts the report will contain many “forward thinking recommendations.”
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Support for Higher Education

November 29, 2007 | Newsmakers

Lawmakers in Washington are showing their support for CUNY’s efforts in addressing what Chancellor Matthew Goldstein has called a matter of national security—the United States’ ability to compete in the global market place. At a meeting held recently with University leaders in Washington, Congressman Charles Rangel and Senator Chuck Schumer were among the members of New York’s congressional delegation to recognize CUNY’s commitment to educational opportunity and academic standards as the key to creating a competitive workforce for the 21st century.
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