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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Slicing and Schmoozing at Russ & Daughters

April 29, 2013 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

Nostalgia buffs tend to romanticize it, but for generations of immigrants who were forced to live in its jam-packed tenements, the Lower East Side was a place to leave as soon as possible, according to Mark Russ Federman. “Today you have hotels, bars, clubs, restaurants — it’s a vibrant place,” says Federman, who was at […]

Winning the “God’s Particle” Lottery

March 13, 2013 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

For physicists, it’s like hitting the mega millions jackpot over and over. “After decades of thinking and searching, it seems that one of the major building-blocks of our understanding of what the world is made of has fallen into place,” says Neal Weiner, professor of physics at New York University, about the announcement that the […]

Steve Earle Speaks Candidly of His Life in Music

March 13, 2013 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

To write a good song you have to find a connection between what you know and what the audience knows, according to three-time Grammy award winner Steve Earle. “Early on, I wrote a song called “Little Rock on the Road” — about my then 3-year-old son — while I was on the road,” said Earle, […]

From the Beginning, a War to End Slavery

March 11, 2013 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

Graduate Center history professor James Oakes shatters a widespread belief that the Civil War was first a war to restore the Union and, only gradually, when it became a military necessity, a war to end slavery. “Liberty and union, now and forever, were one and inseparable,” says Oakes. “That is what Lincoln and the Republicans […]

Dershowitz, Beinart Debate Strategy for Israel

December 20, 2012 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

In a lively and often raucous discussion, famed jurist Alan Dershowitz and political journalist Peter Beinart debate the topic of Beinart’s provocative new book, The Crisis of Zionism, and the role of Israelis in the creation of the Palestinian state. “Every time Israel subsidizes more Israelis to move to the West Bank we make those Palestinian leaders, who reluctantly accept Israel’s right to exist, look like fools,” said Beinart, an associate professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, who also called for a boycott of Israeli products from beyond its 1967 eastern border. “Peter naively believes that if Israel resolves its problems with the Palestinians, the threat that Israel faces will go away,” said Dershowitz, to the audience at the Perspectives: Conversations on Policy and Place with Peter Beinart series at the Graduate Center. “But they won’t —- the problem is that the vast majority of Muslims don’t see the two-state solution as the answer.”