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CUNY Lecture Series

Gay Talese Gives Curiosity the Credit

December 5, 2013 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

Legendary journalist Gay Talese admits that a lot of his talent stems from his innate curiosity about his subjects, real or imagined. “I’m not creating anything. What I am doing is trying, as best I can, to befriend people, including people I’m interviewing or want to interview,” said Talese, who discussed his life and times with CUNY Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly as part of the Extraordinary Lives Series at the Graduate Center.

Exile and Instability for Refugees

October 9, 2013 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

Two literary masters, Andre Aciman and Aleksander Hemon, discuss displacement, exile and memory at a Graduate Center event. “It’s so easy to expect that by virtue of being in the U.S. you have to be happy, but the transition is a traumatic experience,” says Hemon, a native of Bosnia, whose novel, “The Lazarus Project,” was […]

NYC’s Economy, Now and Tomorrow

October 2, 2013 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

With the Bloomberg administration nearing an end, a panel at the Graduate Center reflected on the economic state of the city and its future. “New York has been very lucky to have had the creative economy,” says Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the Center for Urban Future, while acknowledging that as crucial as the arts […]

Unnecessary to Essential at Superspeed

October 1, 2013 | City College, CUNY Lecture Series

Not long ago a computer was hardly a necessity, and even if its modern magic was intriguing, it was out of the reach of the average person. “There were many people who thought I was throwing away my career,” says Internet pioneer Robert E. Kahn, when he started out in the field. “In the 1960s, […]

Contrasting Influences for Author Patricia Volk

September 12, 2013 | CUNY Lecture Series, William Macaulay Honors College at CUNY

In her new memoir, “Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli and Me,” Patricia Volk describes how two dynamic but difficult women helped shape her adulthood: One the Italian fashion designer, Elsa Luisa Maria Schiaparelli, the other her beautiful but strict mother. “They were both clothes crazy and imperious but Schiaparelli was enough not like my mother and […]

Even Fewer Have Much, Much More

August 13, 2013 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

In a discussion of economic growth and inequality at the Graduate Center, Paul Krugman pointed out that the Occupy Wall Street movement got the math wrong when it came to wealth distribution between the super-rich and everybody else. “It’s not the 1 percent but rather the 0.01 percent” of the population who have so much […]

The Power of Audio Storytelling

June 10, 2013 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Lecture Series

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 […]

Dershowitz-Beinart Israeli Debate, Round 2

June 3, 2013 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

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 […]

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 […]

Rethinking Kahn’s Architectural Vision

May 14, 2013 | City College, CUNY Lecture Series

In “Rethinking Kahn,” part of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture spring lecture series, architectural historian William J.R. Curtis discusses the legacy of famed architect Louis Kahn, including his final project — Four Freedoms Park — a four-acre memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt that was completed posthumously as “a powerful work of monumentality.” […]