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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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, 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.
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.
Phil Klay, a former Marine who served in Iraq and a Hunter College MFA, ’11, discusses his acclaimed book, Redeployment, a poignant and powerful collection of short stories about war’s deep impact on soldiers in combat and when they return home. Klay recently won the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction.
In her new book, The Orphan Scandal: Christian Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, City College history professor Beth Baron recounts the brutal beating of a 15-year-old Muslim girl by Christian missionaries in 1933 and tells how the incident spurred the growth of one of Islam’s most influential political organizations.