Fifty years ago, philosopher Hannah Arendt set off a firestorm with a series for The New Yorker, “Eichmann: An Report on the Banality of Evil,” calling him not a “monster” but a “clown.” In a lecture, Richard Wolin, Distinguished Professor of history at the Graduate Center, uses Arendt’s own language to counter her hypothesis. “If the Holocaust was evil then it was not banal, and if it was banal then it was not evil.” Wolin was joined by Jeffrey Herf, professor of history from the University of Maryland and author of “The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda During World War II and the Holocaust.”
For the month of March, Hunter College’s men’s volleyball sophomore Alexandru Barbulescu has been named the CUNYAC/ Hospital for Special Surgery Scholar-Athlete of the Month. This is the first time the sophomore has won the accolade.
Interim Chancellor William Kelly engages two of the University’s most distinctive stylists on the art and craft of teaching writing, Andre Aciman of the Graduate Center and the author of seven books, and Colum McCann of Hunter College, the 2009 National Book Award winner for his novel, Let The Great World Spin. Recalling his youth in Ireland, McCann jokes it was an uninspiring one. “No stories to tell — the worst thing for a novelist — I had a happy childhood,” and Aciman discusses the rewards of teaching at a public institution. “There’s no arrogance, no sense of entitlement — everybody wants to succeed.”
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Academic, Policy, Program, and Research, April 7, 2014.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Fiscal Affairs, April 7, 2014.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration, April 7, 2014.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Facilities, Planning and Management, April 7, 2014.
When City College sociologist William Helmreich found that no one had ever thoroughly explored all five of New York City’s boroughs, he decided to walk the entire city, block by block. By the end of his four-year adventure, he had walked more than 6,000 miles, worn out nine pairs of shoes and chronicled his project in the wildly popular book, The New York Nobody Knows.