• For Longer Lives, Lifestyle Matters

    December 26, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, Hunter College

    Life expectancy has risen by 30 years over the last century, an increase that can only be sustained by healthier lifestyles, says Kenneth Olden, founding dean of the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. “The U.S. does not have the resources to combat the health care problems associated with chronic diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s disease…We have to promote healthier living,” says Dr. Olden, former director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and now head of the state-of-the-art CUNY facility, set to open in 2010. His lecture, “Cancer Susceptibility: Genetics Loads the Gun but Environment Pulls the Trigger,” inaugurated the CUNY Science Cafe Series.
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  • Free Music for a Cause

    December 26, 2008 | Sustainable Times

    Dr. Robert Paaswell, co-chair of the Sustainable CUNY Task Force on developing a sustainable transportation infrastructure, Michael Martin, Prez of MusicMatters on engaging artists as well as fans to help save the environment and Ted Brown, executive director of the CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development on how computer programs can fight global warming. Featured Green Artists: Beavin Lawrence, The Jim Small Band.
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  • Doctor Atomic: The History, Science and Scientists of the Bomb

    December 21, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

    Part of the Science & the Arts Series at CUNY’s Graduate Center, this is the first of five symposia produced in collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera, which recently presented “Doctor Atomic”, a new opera by John Adams, which centers on the moral dilemmas surrounding the development and use of the atom bomb in World War II. Adams comments, and historians Richard Rhodes and Robert S. Norris, along with physicist Norman Ramsey, discuss the science and politics behind the bomb and the decision to use it. CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein moderates.
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  • Solar's Bright Future in NYC

    December 17, 2008 | Sustainable Times

    Vincent Cozzolino on the business of solar energy in NYC, part 2 of Ed Begley Jr and David Ortiz on the potential of geothermal energy. Featured Green Artists: Emily Zuzik, Peggy Atwood.
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  • Celebrating the Old York Library

    December 17, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

    By the time the real estate investor and developer Seymour B. Durst died in 1995, he had filled most of his five-story townhouse on East 61st Street with more than 10,000 books, as well as thousands of photographs, postcards, maps and pamphlets. The collection, which he started in 1962, came to be known as the Old York Library. In 2000, it was turned over to the CUNY Graduate Center and is now open to the public by appointment. At an event entitled, “Reading Old York,” a group of celebrated New Yorkers, including Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Jimmy Breslin and cartoonist/playwright Jules Feiffer, gathered at the Graduate Center to read selections from the collection.
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  • Can Individualism Be Fair?

    December 17, 2008 | Baruch College, CUNY Lecture Series

    The ideal of “equality and justice for all” as promised in the Constitution, sounds noble, but it’s not necessarily in sync with the American drive for upward mobility, says Yale Law School Prof. Peter Schuck. “We value the opportunity to become wealthy more than we value equality,” said Prof. Schuck, speaking at the Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Lecture Series at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs. Referring to greed in the mortgage industry and the nation’s subsequent economic meltdown, he said, “These challenges are so hard to resolve because they reflect our commitment to individual autonomy.”
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  • Want to Learn? Go Teach

    December 16, 2008 | City College, CUNY Lecture Series

    Laughter carried Frank McCourt through 30 years of teaching English literature to more than 12,000 students in the New York City school system. “Teenagers are crazy, and I was in hysterics half of the time,” said McCourt, the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of “Angela’s Ashes,” and other critically acclaimed works. “At the end of a day of teaching you have 175 stories because they are always up to something.” McCourt delivered the fall Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture at City College with a talk entitled, “If You Want to Know Yourself, Go Teach.”
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  • Her Prose: Hansel and Gretel Revisited

    December 16, 2008 | Baruch College, CUNY Lecture Series

    Francine Prose knows what it’s like to write a New York Times best-seller, because she did with her book, “Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them,” (2006). At a reception in her honor at Baruch College, Prose read and discussed “Hansel and Gretel,” a short story she first published in 1986. “When you have just written something, you think, what a great imagination you have,” said Prose,” who is currently the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence at Baruch College. “But when something sits around for decades, suddenly you begin to realize how it reflected reality.”
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  • The Media as a Political Institution

    December 16, 2008 | City College, CUNY Lecture Series

    Without the press, argues veteran television journalist David Diaz, the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government would not function properly. “When United States senators were asked in a survey how they knew what was going on in the Senate, the overwhelming majority of them cited the press,” says Diaz, who worked as both a correspondent and anchor for WNBC and WCBS during his 27 years covering news in New York City. Currently a Distinguished Lecturer in Political Science at City College, the five-time Emmy Award winner and City College alumnus spoke as part of the CCNY Center for Worker Education’s fall lecture series.
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  • Crafting An Eloquent Beginning

    December 10, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

    John Jay College Associate Professor John Matteson, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for his book “Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father,” compares the beginning of biography to the overture in an opera. “The opening paragraph should reflect the character of the subject, the way the music of a great aria fits the mood of the words being sung,” said Prof. Matteson, who read from “Herman Melville: A Biography (Volume I),” by Hershel Parker, at an event entitled “An Eloquent Beginning,” hosted by the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the Graduate Center. Prof. Matteson, fellow Pulitzer Prize honorees David Levering Lewis and Annalyn Swan, and other authors read at the event.
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