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The Little-Known Black Migration

June 8, 2015 | Book Beat, New York City College of Technology

Marta Effinger-Crichlow’s book, “Staging Migrations Toward an American West: From Ida B. Wells to Rhodessa Jones”, delves into a century of westward migration by African-American women – migration that’s both physical and symbolic. She chairs African-American Studies and is associate professor of theater and literature at New York City College of Technology.

Pardlo Dissects Pulitzer-Winning “Digest”

May 8, 2015 | Book Beat, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Gregory Pardlo won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his brilliant and complex collection, “Digest,” where he tackles an astounding range of issues from fatherhood and family to pimps and pop culture. In this podcast, Pardlo, a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center, describes how he chose his subjects and his desire to provoke deep emotion through poetry.

Gregory Pardlo on Totem

May 1, 2015 | Book Beat

Gregory Pardlo, a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center and former assistant professor at Medgar Evers College, was awarded this year’s Pulitizer Prize for poetry for his collection, “Digest.” In this interview recorded in July 2007, Pardlo discusses his intensely personal poetry and reads selections from his debut book “Totem,” winner of the American Poetry Review’s Honickman Prizein 2007.

Public Unions, Politics, and Power

April 7, 2015 | Book Beat, City College

City College political science professor Daniel DiSalvo tackles the contentious issue of public unions, pensions, and political influence in his new book, “Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences.”

From a Nickel to a MetroCard

March 25, 2015 | Book Beat

Every subway, bus and commuter train in New York is operated by a single government agency, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. But there was a time when public transit was provided by private companies–more than two dozen of them. Andrew Sparberg, adjunct lecturer, CUNY School of Professional Studies, traces the transition of the transit system in “From a Nickel to a Token.”

Nightcrawling in Gentrified New York 

March 4, 2015 | Book Beat

Sociologist Richard Ocejo spent years exploring the changing face of the city through an unusual and revealing lens–the burgeoning bar scene of Lower Manhattan. The John Jay professor tells about it in “Upscaling Downtown: From Bowery Saloons to Cocktail Bars in New York City.”

Inside the World of Eggs

February 26, 2015 | Book Beat

Hunter College bird expert and animal behaviorist Mark Hauber reveals unexpectedly glossy egg colors, fascinating facts, and still unsolved mysteries of the bird world in the stunning volume, “The Book of Eggs.”

What We Eat and Why We Eat It

February 2, 2015 | Book Beat

Alexandra Logue, a behavioral scientist and CUNY’s former vice chancellor for academic affairs, discusses the newly released fourth edition of The Psychology of Eating and Drinking. Her book explores the scientific research of every aspect of food behaviors, disorders, nutrition and weight—and separates real science from pop science.

John Tytell on the Beat Writers and Literary Mayhem

January 13, 2015 | Book Beat

John Tytell, a longtime professor of modern American literature at Queens College, discusses his latest book, “Writing Beat and Other Occasions of Literary Mayhem,” a new look back at the Beat Generation. An author best known as a preeminent historian of that idiosyncratic period of postwar American literature, Tytell reflects on writers and writing from the perspective of someone who’s been doing it, and teaching it, for more than 50 years.

Bronx Faces and Voices

December 11, 2014 | Book Beat

In the early 1980s, Lehman College conducted interviews with hundreds of Bronx residents — public figures, community leaders and regular folks — for an oral history project about the borough before, during and after its decade of arson, crime and abandonment. Thirty years later, Emita Hill, a former Lehman professor and vice president, and Janet Munch, a research librarian at the college, have collected some of the project’s most enduring stories into a new book, Bronx Faces and Voices: Sixteen Stories of Courage and Community.