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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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Alan Dershowitz at Brooklyn College

May 23, 2008 | Brooklyn College, CUNY Lecture Series

As a combative defense attorney, Alan M. Dershowitz cut his teeth representing such controversial public figures as Mike Tyson and O.J. Simpson. Today the Harvard Law School professor continues to make headlines with his outspoken views on everything from free speech (for) to torture (against). “Speech is very dangerous and very harmful and yet the arguments for censoring it are not as persuasive as the arguments for enduring the dangers and trying to prevent the outcomes in different ways,” said Dershowitz, in a lecture at the Woody Tanger Auditorium at Brooklyn College. An alumnus of Brooklyn College, class of 1959, Prof. Dershowitz, who donated his papers to the college’s library in 2005, discusses his 27th book, “Finding Jefferson: A Lost Letter, a Remarkable Discovery, and the First Amendment in the Age of Terrorism,” in which he argues the third President’s views on the limits of free speech.
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Easy Being Green

April 21, 2008 | Brooklyn College, CUNY Lecture Series

The move to a “green economy” is just around the corner and it will prove to be biggest economic revolution of our time, heralds Prof. Robert Bell, Professor of Management and Chairman of the Economics Department at Brooklyn College. Speaking at the Brooklyn College Sustainability Roundtable, Prof. Bell explains why moving away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy is possible now, why it hasn’t happened yet and how tomorrow’s economy will “turn waste into wealth.”
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