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Archive for March, 2013

Winning the “God’s Particle” Lottery

March 13, 2013 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

For physicists, it’s like hitting the mega millions jackpot over and over. “After decades of thinking and searching, it seems that one of the major building-blocks of our understanding of what the world is made of has fallen into place,” says Neal Weiner, professor of physics at New York University, about the announcement that the […]

Steve Earle Speaks Candidly of His Life in Music

March 13, 2013 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

To write a good song you have to find a connection between what you know and what the audience knows, according to three-time Grammy award winner Steve Earle. “Early on, I wrote a song called “Little Rock on the Road” — about my then 3-year-old son — while I was on the road,” said Earle, […]

From the Beginning, a War to End Slavery

March 11, 2013 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

Graduate Center history professor James Oakes shatters a widespread belief that the Civil War was first a war to restore the Union and, only gradually, when it became a military necessity, a war to end slavery. “Liberty and union, now and forever, were one and inseparable,” says Oakes. “That is what Lincoln and the Republicans […]

Morgenthau Urges Action on Immigration Reform

March 6, 2013 | CUNY Lecture Series, Hunter College

Former New York District Attorney Robert Morgenthau reiterated his longtime commitment to the rights of undocumented immigrants, while urging lawmakers to pass a comprehensive reform policy. “It’s extremely shortsighted to lock them up,” said Morgenthau, who has called for changes in the immigration laws themselves, spoke at event sponsored by the Roosevelt House Public Policy […]

Rosa Parks’ “Rebellious Life”

March 6, 2013 | Newsmakers

There’s a myth about Rosa Parks – a pivotal figure in the American civil rights movement who refused to give her seat on a Montgomery, Ala. bus to a white passenger. The myth is that Parks was a quiet, humble woman until that historic moment. But, in the revealing new book, “The Rebellious Life Mrs. Rosa Parks,” Brooklyn College political science professor Jeanne Theoharis documents more than a decade of activism leading up to her stand against segregation on Dec. 1, 1955. Perpetuating the myth of a “meek and tired” Parks, argues Theoharis, erases the resistance she faced and fails to recognize the racial injustice that still exists.

Sotomayor’s ‘Beloved World’

March 5, 2013 | CUNY Lecture Series, Hostos Community College

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor hopes that telling her own story won’t just paint a picture of her personal life, but of the experiences that can help us all to overcome what divides us. “If you speak a different language, if you have a different color skin, if you come from a background that is different from the norm — people forget these are superficial differences,” says Sotomayor, while reading from her new book My Beloved World. Speaking at the Heritage Lecture Series at Hostos Community College, she recalled stories from her Bronx neighborhood and her family. In writing her memoir, Justice Sotomayor wanted words to “paint pictures” of her experience to emphasize the values shared across all cultures. “At essence, everyone shares the most common of values,” she says.