Archive for 2009

Board of Trustees Public Meeting

November 24, 2009 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Public meeting of the Board of Trustees, November 23, 2009.

Reading in a Digital Age

November 24, 2009 | CUNY Lecture Series, William Macaulay Honors College at CUNY

No matter what platform one chooses, reading will remain an “extraordinary adventure,” according to Ann Kirschner, dean of the William E. Macaulay Honors College. “It’s all about reading — the way you are transported to another place,” said Kirschner in a panel discussion entitled “Reading in a Digital Age,” held at Macaulay. “The goal is to figure out how technology can make creative content better — not fight with it.” Participants included New York Magazine Editor Adam Moss; Lisa Holton, former president of Scholastic Books and Fairs; and Ben Vershbow of Digital Ventures Group at the New York Pubic Library. Bill Goldstein, founding editor of nytimes.com/books, served as moderator.
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Storm Tracker

November 23, 2009 | Newsmakers

If you think the probability of a monster hurricane hitting the metro area is slim, think again, says geologist Nicholas Coch. “New York and Miami are acknowledged by the National Hurricane Center as the most dangerous places for a hurricane to make landfall,” says Coch, a professor in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Queens College. Prof. Coch, who has conducted research in sedimentology, coastal geology, and most recently, in hurricanes and their damage patterns, discusses the havoc caused in New York by past storms, including a Category 2 that swallowed an entire island. “Hog Island existed a thousand feet off the coast of the Rockaways and after August 23, 1893, it had disappeared.”
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Eggs, and Chickens, Grow in Brooklyn

November 23, 2009 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Newsmakers

Raising backyard chickens for eggs is a growing trend as the locavore movement gains ground in the city. But Declan Walsh is taking the process further. “We had been raising layer hens for six years and raising chickens for their meat seemed like a natural progression,” said Walsh, who, when not tending his brood in his Red Hook backyard, is director of community outreach at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Walsh raises the same breed used by commercial hatcheries — Cornish rock broilers — until they are ready for the local slaughterhouse. Walsh, who is organizing an event at the college in December with Just Food, a non-profit working to unite city residents and local farmers, discusses the pros and cons of raising chickens in the city. “It’s easier to find somebody to take care of them than a dog,” said Walsh, “because there’s a built-in incentive — a great egg.”
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Religious Wars and Peace

November 17, 2009 | Book Beat

Like others who felt compelled to make something good out of so much evil, Paul Moses turned to religious history after 9/11 as he struggled to make sense of the senseless. As a reporter for Newsday, Moses wrote the main story on that horrific day. Not long after, he read a story about Saint Francis of Assisi that would become the kernel of a book. Eight years later, “The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and St. Francis of Assisi’s Mission of Peace,” captures a meeting between St. Francis, who crossed enemy lines to gain an audience with Malik al-Kamil, the sultan of Egypt, in 1219. “If, in the middle of a Crusade, Francis and the sultan can speak to each other with great respect, than we, today, should be able to sit down and talk to each other, as Christians and Muslims,” said Moses, now a professor of journalism at Brooklyn College. In a discussion about his book, Prof. Moses draws lessons from the past and sees a future where dialogue can triumph over war.
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Board of Trustees Public and Budget Hearing

November 17, 2009 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Public hearing on items on the Board of Trustees Calendar for the February meeting of the Board, November 16, 2009.

Immigrants In Between Cultures

November 10, 2009 | CUNY Lecture Series, York College

In 1963, as a teenager fresh out of high school, Elizabeth Nunez came to the United States from Trinidad and began to experience the longing many immigrants have felt as they struggled to adapt amid changing traditional values and cultural upheaval. This theme is at the heart of her latest novel, “Anna in Between,” about a young woman returning home to the Caribbean island of her youth as her mother, battling breast cancer, faces her own mortality. “The genesis of the novel came primarily out of a deep sadness and loss that I felt when i started to write it,” said Nunez, Distinguished Professor of English and provost at Medgar Evers College. The author of five previous novels, Prof. Nunez reads from latest book as part of the Provost Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series at York College.
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Private Wealth, Public Good

November 10, 2009 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

The American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie believed his steel fortune should be used for the greater good, says David Nasaw, author of the biography “Andrew Carnegie.” At a roundtable discussion of how Carnegie, J.P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller shaped modern philanthropy, Nasaw, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Professor of History at the Graduate Center, described Carnegie’s outlook: “Without the tremendous rise in the population in the United States there would have been no need for his steel, which was used for the rails to bring Americans west …so the money was not his, it was the community’s.” The event, “Foundations of Modern Philanthropy, Private Wealth to Public Good, 1889-2009,” was sponsored by the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in cooperation with CUNY Graduate Center, and featured Peter J. Johnson, author of “The Rockefeller Century”; Patty Stonesifer, special advisor to the trustees, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Jean Strouse, author of “Morgan, American Financier,” and was moderated by Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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Changing Dynamic of Public Relations

November 10, 2009 | Baruch College, CUNY Lecture Series

No matter what platforms people choose for communication, the business of public relations essentially remains the same, according to industry experts. “You still need to build a personal brand that stands for something,” says Don Middleberg of Middleberg Communications, whose client list includes American Express, Consumer Reports and Reuters. “Whether it’s personal contacts, bloggers, or journalists, someone still needs to pick up your phone call or answer your e-mail or tweet.” Middleberg was part of a panel discussion at Baruch College that explored ways to meet the unique challenges brought on by the decline in print outlets and the rise in social marketing media tools such as Twitter and YouTube. Other participants included Peter Himler, founder of Flatiron Communications; Bill Southard, founder of Southard Communications; Jeff Gluck of IBM and Dave Armon, past president of PRNewswire, who served as moderator.
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Billy Collins, American Poet

November 9, 2009 | City College, CUNY Lecture Series

For one of America’s most beloved poets, writing poems is still a leap of faith. “You hope that someone is going to read it,” Billy Collins, who served two terms as the U.S. Poet Laureate, joked at a Book Talk lecture sponsored by City College’s Center for Worker Education. A Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College, where he joined the faculty in 1968, the prolific Collins recently published his eighth volume of poetry, “Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds.” Reading from his 2001 collection, “Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems,” Collins discussed his technique. “It’s all very exploratory,” said Collins. “I think of the pen as an instrument of discovery or a flashlight, which may lead me somewhere.”
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