Archive for 2010

New FDA Powers Over Fruity, Sweetened Smokes

November 24, 2010 | CUNY Lecture Series, York College

By the stroke of his pen, President Barack Obama granted the Food and Drug Administration its broadest power ever to regulate the tobacco industry. “For the first time, we can require companies to reveal certain ingredients in tobacco products,” says FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. And “now we can force them to comply with the ban on fruit and candy-flavored cigarettes, which are particularly pernicious in recruiting young smokers to a lifetime of addiction.” Dr. Hamburg discussed the challenges of keeping tobacco products out of the mouths of children, and the impact of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, enacted in June 2009, at a York College presentation, “The New FDA.”
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Public meeting of the Board of Trustees

November 23, 2010 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Public meeting of the Board of Trustees, November 23, 2010.
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Ground Zero Mosque: Tolerance and Debate

November 22, 2010 | Baruch College, CUNY Lecture Series

Park51, the proposed 13-story Islamic cultural center — dubbed the Ground Zero mosque by the media — has stirred emotions and spawned an ongoing debate over how appropriate it is to have a Muslim center two blocks from the World Trade Center. According to Jonathan Tobin, executive director of Commentary magazine, the controversy has broadened into one that now questions America’s tolerance for Islam in general. “The debate is no longer about what is appropriate or not appropriate,” says Tobin, who participated in a Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Lecture Series panel entitled,” The Ground Zero Mosque: To Build or Not to Build,” sponsored by Baruch College School of Public Affairs. While many of the panelists defended the right to construct the center, Tobin was also concerned about the rights of those who speak out. The debate has “turned into one where virtually anyone who has voiced dissent about this issue has been branded a bigot,” says Tobin.
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Gotham: a Refuge for Cuban Heroes

November 22, 2010 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

Two Cuban revolutionaries, Félix Varela and José Martí, would find both prosperity and purpose in New York City during the 1800s. “They were drawn to Gotham because of its tolerance for political expression,” says Carmen Boullosa, a Distinguished Lecturer at City College, “and by the possibility of winning moral and financial support.” Varela, a Catholic priest who fled a death sentence by the Spanish crown, went on to publish a Spanish-language newspaper in New York that advocated the independence of Cuba and the abolition of slavery, and Martí, a beloved poet and essayist, became a national hero of the Cubans. Boullosa explores the historical and cultural connections of the Spanish-speaking world with New York City during the past two centuries, in a panel moderated by Mike Wallace and presented by the Gotham Center for New York City History at the CUNY Graduate Center.
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Commercialized Look for Black Women

November 16, 2010 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

Stereotypes within the black community and the larger culture shape the way we perceive beauty in African-American women, according to panelists on “Black Women and Commercialized Beauty” at the Graduate Center’s Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean. From slender, light-skinned TV stunners to Tyler Perry’s cinematic riff on Mammy to the “Hottentot Venus” – the South African woman displayed and sometimes caged in Paris until her death in 1815 – these stereotypes bring both distortion and truth, panelists say. Speaking are Queens College associate professor of urban studies Dana-ain Davis; former Hunter adjunct English instructor and novelist Eisa Ulen Richardson; and MacArthur-winner Deborah Willis, chair of NYU’s Department of Photography and Imaging and author of “Black Venus 2010: They Called Her ‘Hottentot.’”
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Judges in Robes … and Lab Coats

November 16, 2010 | CUNY Lecture Series, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

For more than 70 years the court opinion in Frye v. United States set the standard for scientific evidence: It would be admissible in court if it was based on science generally accepted as reliable in the scientific community. But in 1993, a landmark decision by the Supreme Court in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, ruled the decision on scientific evidence would rest with the trial judge. In a lecture entitled, “Judge and Jury: Psychology in the Courtroom,” part of the Serving Science Cafe Series, Margaret Bull-Kovera argues that the Daubert ruling was too broad and judges are ill-suited gatekeepers of admissible scientific expert testimony. “Guess how many judges have training in science?” asks Bull-Kovera, professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminial Justice. The answer: “Not many.”
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If There Are Humans, There Will Be Eavesdropping

November 2, 2010 | Book Beat, Lehman College

Eavesdropping is a vital part of human communication, says John Locke, professor of linguistics at Lehman College and language sciences at the Graduate Center. “It’s essential,” Locke says, it’s one of the ways humans gather needed information. “You can tell people not to — but they’ll do it anyway.” In his new book, “Eavesdropping: An Intimate History,” Locke draws on documentation of the practice from centuries ago right up to today’s world of Facebook and YouTube. But Locke does have some fears about the ocean of personal postings in cyberspace. “I worry about those who could be seriously damaged in the future. All of us need to be on guard if we donate information about ourselves in the form of words or visual images that the recipient will respect that material.”

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Ron Carter: A Half Century of Bass Note Bounty

November 2, 2010 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

Jazz master Ron Carter gained national recognition in the 1960s as a member of the Miles Davis quintet. But it’s the breadth of his work — with scores of top artists — and his appearances on over 2,500 albums that have made him one of the most-recorded bass players in history. Some writers only ask about the five years with Miles (1964-68), and “I guess I’m stuck with that” connection, Carter told music critic Gary Giddins, in a conversation at the Graduate Center, but “I’ve made some great records, with some great artists.” In speaking of his 50-year career, Carter, who taught music at City College for nearly two decades, said he moved to the city from Detroit when he was a young musician because, “In New York, race didn’t matter — if you played good enough, you could find work.”
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Earmarks of Waste

November 2, 2010 | Baruch College, CUNY Lecture Series

Earmarks — tax money set aside in budgets for small projects — are a big waste of time and should be eliminated, says Carol Kellerman, head of the Citizens Budget Commission, an agency that tries to make sure New Yorkers’ taxes are spent wisely. “We shouldn’t have earmarks at all,” she says. “Members spend an inordinate amount of time working on these very small earmarks and aren’t spending enough time scrutinizing, asking questions and pressuring the mayor on the $63 million billion budget,” says Kellerman, who participated in a Peter F. Vallone Sr. Lecture Series panel on “Pork Barrel Spending: Are Earmarks Kosher?,” sponsored by Baruch College School of Public Affairs.
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Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration

November 2, 2010 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration, Monday, November 1, 2010.
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