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Dershowitz Papers Go to Brooklyn College

December 6, 2011 | Brooklyn College, CUNY Lecture Series

Lightning-rod defense attorney, Harvard law professor, author and commentator Alan Dershowitz embodies “chutzpah” – Yiddish for audacity, gall and nerviness, and one of his book titles. He’s never avoided controversy, and he’s never forgotten where he comes from. That’s why he chose Brooklyn College, his alma mater, to house the papers – case files to photos to hate mail (answered back, of course) from his illustrious 50-year legal career. “In My Own Defense: The Papers of Alan Dershowitz,” will be on view at Brooklyn College until Jan. 3, 2012.

Meeting the Challenge of Child Abuse

November 30, 2011 | Brooklyn College, Newsmakers

What if scientists discovered a disease that affected millions of children and the exposed could pass it on to their own children? asked James Mercy, acting director of the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “If we had a disease in the headlines that was framed like that, what do you think we would do? But the truth is we have such a disease. It’s called violence against children.” He spoke at the National Consultation to End Child Abuse and Violence Against Children organized by the Children’s Studies Center for Research, Policy and Public Service at Brooklyn College.

Policing Protests: White-Collar Work

October 5, 2011 | Brooklyn College, Newsmakers

The Occupy Wall Street protests, which began on September 17, have shown some distinctive policing strategies, according to Alex Vitale, a Brooklyn College associate professor in sociology who specializes in police response to demonstrations. One thing “has been the use of supervisors — so-called white shirts, lieutenants and up — to do a lot of the arrests and be kind of a front line of interaction, rather than having patrol officers do it,” said Vitale, in an interview at the center of the protests in Zuccotti Park in Manhattan’s financial district. “I think, in part, it’s an attempt to avoid the overuse of force and escalation of conflicts but, unfortunately, some of those supervisors have made mistakes and have escalated the conflict.”
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A Rhodes Scholar’s Dream to Help

February 16, 2011 | Brooklyn College, Newsmakers, William Macaulay Honors College at CUNY

For 2011 Rhodes Scholar Zujaja Tauqeer, the dream of becoming a doctor — like both her parents — was instilled in her and her older sister at a very young age. “We had to finish our education and become doctors, and nothing has changed except that we’re in a different country,” says Tauqeer, a senior, studying medicine and history at Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College. As victims of religious persecution in Pakistan, the family was granted asylum in the U.S. in 1998, eventually settling in Staten Island. Tauqeer, who is the seventh student in CUNY’s history to win a Rhodes Scholarship, plans to attend the University of Oxford in England this fall and hopes to return someday to her native Pakistan. “I’d like to work there to improve social stability through medicine.”
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Two Sides of Protein Amyloids

April 12, 2010 | Brooklyn College, CUNY Lecture Series

Protein amyloids, partly-crystalline protein fibers formed from identical sequences in molecules of the same protein, are best known for their link to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, says Brooklyn College biology Chair Peter Lipke. “Protein amyloids were discovered as the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Prof. Lipke at the Serving Science Cafe Lecture Series. “Cells in the central nervous system look for amyloid formation and try to get rid of them, but if they can’t, the cells commit suicide and lead to terrible medical consequences.” In his lecture “Protein Amyloids in Yeast Infections, Sherry, Mad Cow Disease, Ale, and Alzheimers,” Prof. Lipke said they can also be put to good use, as when beer, champagne or sherry yeasts use amyloid proteins to stick together, enabling brewers and vintners to easily remove the aggregates from the brew.
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The Buzz at Brooklyn College

February 16, 2010 | Brooklyn College, Newsmakers

Recently installed Brooklyn College President Dr. Karen L. Gould is preparing to launch a five-year strategic plan this fall that will create new schools of business, sciences and art while building on the Flatbush institution’s “wonderful tradition of excellence and affordability,” she says. A new branding campaign for the 80-year-old college, using old and new technologies to promote school, faculty and student accomplishments, is part of the mix. Dr. Gould, Brooklyn’s ninth, and first woman, president, said, “It’s a very important time for us to be looking at the image we want to project in all our communications …. but we also need to determine where we’re heading and how best to communicate those new directions.” The former California State University, Long Beach provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, who took over at Brooklyn in August, discussed key initiatives and the challenge of running a large public institution during an economic crisis.
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“We Will Survive”

February 3, 2010 | Brooklyn College, Newsmakers

Port-au-Prince native Régine Latortue, who described the Jan. 12 earthquake in her homeland as a “death of a nation,” is among the leaders of the Brooklyn College community leading the relief effort. A professor of comparative black literature and Haitian studies for more than 30 years, Prof. Latortue has served as an adviser to the college’s Office of Student Affairs and Haitian-American Student Association, in a joint effort to raise funds and other means of support for Haiti. In an interview at her Flatbush home, she discussed the fundraising effort and her faith in the spirit of the Haitian people. “It’s going to be very hard, but we’re strong and resilient people,” she said. “I’m very confident that we will survive this as well.”
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Being Young, Arab and Muslim in America

December 5, 2008 | Book Beat, Brooklyn College, Newsmakers

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the reports of hate crimes and harassment in Arab-American communities has exploded, says Moustafa Bayoumi, associate professor of English at Brooklyn College, and, youth, in particular, are being affected. “They are the ones in the eye of the storm today,” he says. “The ones that people are most ready to judge because of their faith or because of their ethnic background.” In his new book, “How Does It Feel To Be A Problem? Being Young and Arab in America,” Prof. Bayoumi chronicles the lives of seven, young men and women from Brooklyn and the realities of being Arab and Muslim in the post-9/11 world.
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Leonard Lopate: Grab the Opportunities

June 25, 2008 | Brooklyn College, CUNY Lecture Series

There’s more to life “than simply finding an occupational niche and making the big bucks,” Leonard Lopate, host of WNYC’s “The Leonard Lopate Show” for more than 20 years, told Brooklyn College’s class of 2008. Lopate, whose guests have run the celebrity gamut from Bono to Bloomberg and everyone in between, advised the graduates to grab opportunities as they come up, because they might not come again. Lopate, recipient of Brooklyn College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, spoke about growing up in Bedford-Stuyvesant and his first job as a gospel music DJ on WBAI. “I hope that your years at Brooklyn College have inspired you to continue to question conventional wisdom and have alerted you to the dangers of becoming cynical, or losing your sense of intellectual curiosity,” he said.
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Storytelling with Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt

June 4, 2008 | Brooklyn College, CUNY Lecture Series

During their 26-year marriage, prolific authors Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt have published more than 30 works of fiction, nonfiction, poems and screenplays, but both writers still pursue their ideas differently. Ms. Hustvedt’s latest work, “The Sorrows of an American,” published this spring, was partly inspired by classes she taught to patients at the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic in New York, while Mr. Auster says he relies on a good night’s sleep for new stories. “I’m a great believer in the powers of the unsconscious … sleep can really give you great ideas for the next day.” In a discussion at Brooklyn College moderated by WNYC radio host Leonard Lopate, Mr. Auster and Ms. Hustvedt talk about their influences and read excerpts from their current novels, including Mr. Auster’s “Man in the Dark,” due out this August.
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