During the March meeting of the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Milliken provided an update on state budget negotiations and said there must be no cut to CUNY’s budget. “As we continue to work with state leaders on the budget, we will not lose sight of the goal of continuing to provide the highest quality, affordable education to those students who, in so many instances, prove they can do the most with it…The investments that the taxpayers have made in CUNY continue to provide enormous returns as our colleges and leaders create new programs and new opportunities for our students, all contributing to the atmosphere of excellence at CUNY.”
Public meeting of the Board of Trustees, March 21, 2016.
Colum McCann’s advice to aspiring writers? Write. The Hunter College creative writing MFA professor reads “A Letter to a Young Writer” and his short story “What Time Is It Where You Are” at the Writing Center. Going against the common advice to write what you know, McCann urges young writers to “write toward that which you want to know. Better still, write toward that which you don’t know.”
Who is the Neapolitan novelist writing as Elena Ferrante? The world doesn’t know, yet the world has taken notice of such books as The Days of Abandonment and The Story of the Lost Child, the final story of her (or his?) Neapolitan quartet, which place Naples at the center of the universe. Ferrante’s translator Ann Goldstein and publisher Kent Carroll join The Graduate Center’s Giancarlo Lombardi and Bettina Lerner at Proshansky Auditorium to talk about Ferrante’s work, which one critic calls a social tapestry with an underlying feminist sensibility that explores the struggles and contradictions faced by women in the latter part of the 20th Century.
Cate Marvin possesses one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary American poetry, and in 2015 the College of Staten Island English professor was a awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. The speakers in her third collection of poems, “Oracle,” are haunting, passionate and sometimes bitingly funny women—and they’re all denizens of the borough where she’s taught and lived for a decade.
Donald Trump is the only pol “who screws up and his poll numbers go up,” says Maggie Haberman of The New York Times, and he seems willing to say anything. “It’s funny how when you’re president of the United States,” says Politico chief political correspondent and Brooklyn College alum Glenn Thrush, that “stuff you say has a tendency to actually happen.” The Trump beat reporters, in conversation with Peter Beinart at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, describe a Trump rally as “the angriest bar mitzvah you’ve ever been to.”
They could starve in India or work like slaves on the sugarcane plantations of British Guiana; that was the choice for thousands of Indians who left home from 1838-1917. One was journalist Gaiutra Bahadur’s great-grandmother Sajuria, who, pregnant and alone, immigrated in 1903. Bahadur seeks her story in Coolie Woman: An Odyssey of Indenture. Indenture provided cheap labor after Britain abolished slavery, and the indentured weren’t treated much better than slaves. Women had it worse, as victims of domestic violence. The abolition of indenture was “the first significant victory” for Indian nationalism, Bahadur tells a LaGuardia Community College audience.