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.
As founder and executive producer of “Radio Diaries,” Joe Richman has urged people to record their own lives and histories since 1996, and along with the groundbreaking series, “Teenage Diaries,” has helped pioneer the genre of first-person narratives for National Public Radio. In a conversation at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Richman discusses the […]
In a follow-up discussion to their appearance last fall, jurist Alan Dershowitz and journalist Peter Beinart continued the debate, “The Crisis of Zionism,” as part of the Perspectives: Conversations on Policy and Place series at the Graduate Center. Beinart insists that with power comes responsibility. “Because Israel has emerged as a successful country, with millions […]
In his new book, Deadline and Disruption: My Turbulent Path from Print to Digital, Stephen Shepard describes how journalism is experiencing a “best-of-times, worst-of-times moment,” but that, in spite of the turmoil, will continue to thrive as it adapts to the ever-changing technology that delivers news content. “There is a bright future for journalism,” says Shepard, the founding dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and a former editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek. “More journalism is being done, on more platforms, by more people, than ever before in our history.”
Well-known for his best-selling works, often described as historical fiction, the author of Ragtime and Billy Bathgate resists the labeling of his writing. “There is something diminishing about the word ‘historical’ as applied to a novel,” says E.L. Doctorow, who spoke at the fourth annual Leon Levy Conference at the Graduate Center. “A work relegated to a genre, somehow feels less relevant than the here and now,” says Doctorow, the award-winning author of 11 novels, who delivered the conference lecture, “Biography in Fiction.”
New York City managed to survive the Great Recession largely intact and in roughly half the time it took the rest of the country to recover, thanks to its diversified economy combined with a bailout on Wall Street, according to Greg David, director of the Business and Economics Reporting Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. “The city has changed a lot — and manufacturing is no longer important,” says David. “Manufacturing is also cyclical — and the biggest sectors by jobs now are education and health, and they are not cyclical.” Formerly a business editor of Crain’s New York, David discussed his newly published book, Modern New York: The Life and Economics of a City.
Legendary Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin reminisced about his 50-plus years in journalism and the subject of his new biography Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodger general manager who helped break baseball’s color barrier in 1945. “The moment Jackie Robinson hit the grass field to start his role in American baseball, the world was changed once and for all — forever,” said Breslin. In a special appearance at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism hosted by its investigative journalist-in-residence, Tom Robbins, Breslin offered a time tested tip for getting the story: “Go to the loser ahead of the winner.”
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What Bill Keller, executive editor of New York Times, still enjoys, most, about journalism is what attracted him to it in the late 1960’s when he wrote for the Pomona College student newspaper. “The things I’ve always always found most satisfying about journalism was the exploratory function-wading into a big, puzzling situation and than explaining it in a way that people might fund find really engaging,” said Keller, who was at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, in an event sponsored by the New York Press Club and moderated by WNYC’s “On The Media” managing editor and host, Brooke Gladstone. Keller spoke about a wide range of issues, including the new online pay model, as well as the rewards of the job. “My favorite reaction, when people respond to a story, isn’t, gee, I didn’t know that, but, gee, I never thought of it that way-and editing the paper is a lot like that.”
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Despite record-setting losses suffered by Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections, President Obama still has the edge — if only by default — to be re-elected, says New York Times columnist, Gail Collins. “All of our presumptions about how well Barack Obama will do in the 2012 election are based on the incredibly awful Republican candidates that appear to be out there ready to run against him.” Collins was joined by Mike Allen, chief political correspondent for Politico, in a discussion at the Graduate Center hosted by Peter Beinart, associate professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and senior political writer for The Daily Beast, that examined the likely field of Republican candidates and what a second Obama term might mean for the nation.
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New York City’s High Line is much more than a magnificent public park built on a defunct, elevated railway. “The point of the High Line…is that it’s invitation to further action,” says Malcom Gladwell, staff writer for “The New Yorker” and best-selling author. “It’s a big, splashy symbol of all kinds of things that can be done in an urban environment.” As part of the Great Issues Forum at the Graduate Center, Gladwell, along with Jerilyn Perine, executive director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, and Robert Hammond, co-founder of the Friends of the High Line, discussed the topic, “The New York High Line: Is It a Model for the City or Not?” moderated by John Mollenkopf, director of the Center for Urban Research. To think of the High Line as a single, one-time creation “is to lose the value of it,” says Gladwell, “It’s a demonstration, to all of us, of what could be accomplished.”
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