• A Grandson’s Portrait of a Political Pioneer

    January 9, 2019 | Book Beat, Brooklyn College

    Thirty years after emigrating from the British West Indies in 1915, Bertram L. Baker became the first black person ever elected to office in Brooklyn. Baker was a pioneering state legislator, city power broker and leader of social justice causes with a national impact. In “Boss of Black Brooklyn,” his grandson, Brooklyn College journalism professor Ron Howell, tells the story of Baker’s rise during a fascinating era of black history in New York and the nation.

  • Digging Deep for Ancient Graffiti

    December 12, 2018 | Book Beat, Brooklyn College

    Brooklyn College history professor Karen Stern has spent the past decade shining a searchlight on the writings and drawings that have been found on the walls, passages and doorways of sites throughout the ancient world. In her new book, “Writing on the Wall: Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity,” she reveals new clues about the lives of ordinary Jews nearly 2,000 years ago.

  • Confronting The American Way of Policing

    April 17, 2018 | Book Beat, Brooklyn College

    Alex Vitale has been an impassioned advocate of police reform for 25 years, and now the Brooklyn College sociologist is making waves with his new book, The End of Policing. Vitale, who runs the Policing and Social Justice Project at the college, argues that police in recent decades have taken on an expanded, intensified and largely […]

  • The Malmedy Trial: A Case of Truth, Justice and False History

    July 19, 2017 | Book Beat, Brooklyn College

    In 1944, a notorious Nazi combat unit captured and executed 84 American soldiers – an episode that became known as the Malmedy Massacre. Most of the Germans were later sentenced to death for war crimes but eventually released – for reasons that today are the stuff of mythology. In “The Malmedy Massacre: The War Crimes Trial Controversy,” Brooklyn College historian Steven Remy investigates the truth about the worst atrocity against American soldiers in World War II.

  • Impress Yourself

    June 6, 2016 | Brooklyn College

    In an emotional address to 2016 Brooklyn College graduates, best-selling author and Brooklyn College alum Paul Beatty expressed gratitude to English Professor Louis Asekoff for encouraging him to be a writer. Beatty said: “Go out there and impress yourselves, because everything comes after that.”

  • Why Julia de Burgos Matters

    August 4, 2015 | Book Beat, Brooklyn College

      Brooklyn College professor Vanessa Pérez Rosario examines the life of Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos and her growing legacy in New York City. Her book, “Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon,” has been hailed as the first study on the poet’s life written in English.

  • Understanding Diversity

    June 23, 2015 | Brooklyn College, Newsmakers

    Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams urged Brooklyn College graduates to explore the world in all its forms. “Go visit a mosque, or synagogue, or Buddhist temple,” said Adams, who served in the NYPD for 22 years and holds a B.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “Understand how diversity helps us to develop our full personhood and become great people.”

  • Alice Kober and ‘The Riddle of the Labyrinth’

    May 28, 2013 | Brooklyn College, CUNY Lecture Series

    In her new book, “The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code,” Margalit Fox chronicles the pursuit to decipher Linear B — an unknown script dating to the Bronze Age — and how key research by a Brooklyn College classics professor, Alice Elizabeth Kober, helped to crack its code. But “because […]

  • From a Family Loss

    October 1, 2012 | Book Beat, Brooklyn College, Newsmakers

    Author Joshua Henkin says that when it comes to families, Tolstoy was right — it’s adversity that keep them interesting. “All happy families are the same, unhappy families are unhappy in their own way,” says Henkin, citing the iconic Russian novelist to describe his latest novel, “The World Without You.” Henkin, who directs the MFA program in fiction writing at Brooklyn College, discusses his book, which revolves around a family mourning the death of their son in Iraq and how a calamity impacts family members for years to come. “Tragedies do big things to the most stable kinds of people.”

  • Helping Working Families Move Forward

    March 14, 2012 | Book Beat, Brooklyn College, Newsmakers

    Third Way initiatives that would combine both liberal and conservative ideas could help the millions of Americans who are out of work, said Robert Cherry, co-author of a new book, Moving Working Families Forward: Third Way Policies That Can Work. “We propose that the government buy up a million housing units and turn them into subsidized housing,” says Cherry, professor of economics at Brooklyn College and at the Graduate Center. “This policy would combine the liberal view that government should spend money to help people move forward and the conservative idea of efficiency-it’s the cheapest way for the government to create affordable housing.”