Archive for 2008

Chancellor’s Report to the Board of Trustees

December 9, 2008 | The Chancellor's Report

Chancellor Matthew Goldstein discusses the University’s fiscal future and efforts to protect its academic core mission in the face of the worsening economy. The University is meeting the challenges, he said, through continuing budget restructuring and efficiencies, philanthropy and revenues from record enrollment growth. Increasingly, public universities are looking to the federal government for assistance and the Chancellor outlines CUNY’s partnership with other prominent universities and the Carnegie Corporation in a national effort to promote support for public higher education. The Chancellor also details recent achievements, including a new facility for Hunter College’s School of Social Work and the secured new financing to rebuild Fiterman Hall.
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Board of Trustees Public Hearing

December 9, 2008 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Public meeting of the Board of Trustees, December 8, 2008.

Being Young, Arab and Muslim in America

December 5, 2008 | Book Beat, Brooklyn College, Newsmakers

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the reports of hate crimes and harassment in Arab-American communities has exploded, says Moustafa Bayoumi, associate professor of English at Brooklyn College, and, youth, in particular, are being affected. “They are the ones in the eye of the storm today,” he says. “The ones that people are most ready to judge because of their faith or because of their ethnic background.” In his new book, “How Does It Feel To Be A Problem? Being Young and Arab in America,” Prof. Bayoumi chronicles the lives of seven, young men and women from Brooklyn and the realities of being Arab and Muslim in the post-9/11 world.
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Subcommittee on Audit

December 5, 2008 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Subcommittee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Subcommittee on Audit, Thursday, December 4, 2008.

President-elect Barack Obama and National Security

December 4, 2008 | City Safe

In his first post-election interview, Barack Obama told CBS’s “60 Minutes” why national security will be among his top priorities during this transitional time and in the early months of his presidency. Prof. Joseph King explains why this is essential for the safety of the country. “It’s reassuring to see that he has taken national security as a serious issue and understands that in this period of flux our enemies could take it as an opening.” Prof. King also weighs in on the new administration’s pick for the head of the Homeland Security Department, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano.
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Soros: Saving Green with Green Investments

December 4, 2008 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Lecture Series

Investing in green technologies will lead to a stronger economy, says billionaire financier George Soros. “The development of alternative sources of energy is where I see the way out of the global recession or depression,” Soros said at the forum “Beyond the Crisis: The Future of the Global Economy,” at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Also participating: Lawrence Summers, past president of Harvard University; former Nobel Laureate Robert Merton; Thomas Stewart, former editor-in-chief of the Harvard Business Review, and Peter Thiel, president of Clarium Capital Management.
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Civil Rights in the '60s: Basketball and Race Relations

December 4, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

On the court they were idolized, but off the boards these legendary NBA players suffered the same humiliations as many of their African-American contemporaries. “Being an athlete did not inoculate you,” said New York Knicks All-Star Dick Barnett, who went on to earn a Ph.D. in education at Fordham University. “And you were not immune to what every other black man in America was subject to.” At a Graduate Center panel, “Civil Rights in the ’60s: Basketball and Race Relations,” Barnett joined Boston Celtics great Thomas “Satch” Sanders; Detroit Pistons Hall of Fame shooting guard Dave Bing and Knicks-Baltimore Bullets star Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, co-producer of “Black Magic,” an acclaimed ESPN documentary about players and coaches at historically black colleges.
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Board of Trustees Public Hearing and Budget Hearing

December 4, 2008 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Public hearing on items on the Board of Trustees Calendar for the December meeting of the Board and the Budget Hearing of the CUNY Board of Trustees, December 3, 2008.

Bratton on Leadership

December 1, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

As New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s top cop and now as Los Angeles’ police chief, William Bratton understands the challenges of leading a police force and fighting big-city crime; under Giuliani, he introduced the CompStat system, which is still used to track crimes and devise strategies. “As a police chief, there has to be an expectation that the person is capable of leading in the good times and in times of crisis,” said Bratton, speaking at John Jay College’s Patrick V. Murphy Lecture Series on Police Leadership. Bratton discussed how some of his predecessors successfully handled the pressure of the job, including Patrick Murphy’s response to the infamous police corruption scandal of the 1970s.
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Edmund White On Rimbaud

December 1, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, Hunter College

The award-winning novelist, biographer and critic Edmund White is best known for his autobiographical fiction series, starting with “A Boy’s Own Story” (1982) about growing up gay in America. White has since published more than 20 books, including “Genet: A Biography,” (1993), about the French dramatist Jean Genet, for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography. White, a professor of creative writing at Princeton University, reads from his latest work, “Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel,” a biography of the French poet Arthur Rimbaud, as part of Hunter College’s Distinguished Writers Series.
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