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The Progressive Pragmatist: A Mayor at Midpoint

October 5, 2017 | Book Beat, Hunter College

Even as he glides toward a second term as mayor, Bill de Blasio remains something of an enigma to many New Yorkers. In The Pragmatist: Bill de Blasio’s Quest to Save the Soul of New York, Joseph Viteritti of Hunter College and The Graduate Center says the mayor’s challenge is fulfilling his progressive promise in New York at a time of polarized politics in Washington.

From Struggle to Grace

June 6, 2016 | Hunter College

Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, counseled 2016 Hunter College grads on the importance of sleep in avoiding burnout and achieving success. “When we take the time to recharge and renew ourselves, we are more likely to find …solutions to the greatest challenges,” Huffington said.

Hello Young Writers

March 21, 2016 | CUNY Lecture Series, Hunter College

Colum McCann’s advice to aspiring writers? Write. The Hunter College creative writing MFA professor reads “A Letter to a Young Writer” and his short story “What Time Is It Where You Are” at the Writing Center. Going against the common advice to write what you know, McCann urges young writers to “write toward that which you want to know. Better still, write toward that which you don’t know.”

Growing Up, up in the Bronx

August 12, 2015 | Book Beat, Hunter College

Arlene Alda interviewed dozens of fellow natives of her home borough for “Just Kids from the Bronx.” The Hunter graduate, clarinetist, photographer, author and wife of Alan Alda sat down with generations of Bronxites from Al Pacino to Grandmaster Melle Mel. She reminisces with us about reminiscing with them.

Fortunate to be Americans

June 17, 2015 | Hunter College

Former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell, Jr. told 2015 Hunter College graduates: “We’re fortunate to be Americans.” In a rousing speech at Madison Square Garden, Mitchell urged grads to oppose any action that denies a child an education. He also instructed them to speak out against all forms of discrimination and injustice. “Never forget that in the presence of evil, silence makes you an accomplice,” Mitchell said.

Austerity as Policy — a Wolf at the Door

April 27, 2015 | CUNY Lecture Series, Hunter College

Andrew J. Polsky, professor of political science at Hunter College, sits down with Mark Blyth, author of Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea, for a conversation about some of today’s most urgent economic policy questions. Calling austerity in the U.S., “a problem too big to fill,” Blyth, an economics professor at Brown University, makes a strong case for why the turn to austerity, the policy of reducing domestic wages and prices to restore competitiveness and balance the budget, hasn’t worked.

Ken Burns, Geoffrey Ward at Roosevelt House

April 1, 2015 | CUNY Lecture Series, Hunter College

Filmmaker Ken Burns explains what drew him to the lives of Franklin, Eleanor and Theodore Roosevelt, and why their stories are so relevant today. “We found that they were so contemporary. They speak to the central questions of our time,” including notions of human rights, fairness and public service. Burns was joined by Geoffrey Ward, co-creator of the acclaimed PBS seven-part documentary, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.”

Califano Recalls the Johnson White House Years

March 9, 2015 | CUNY Lecture Series, Hunter College

For the generation accustomed to bi-partisan gricklock in Washington, Lyndon Baines Johnson continues to fascinate. Joseph A. Califano Jr.’s revised personal memoir, The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years, explores the Johnson style of leadership that “knew how to make Washington work.” One of the president’s closest advisers, Califano served as chief aide for domestic affairs from 1965 until 1969. He spoke recently at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House.

How ISIS Keeps Control of People and Territory

February 19, 2015 | CUNY Lecture Series, Hunter College

No extremist group has been able to maintain control over a territory and its people like ISIS — the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq. At Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, a group of experts including NPR Middle East correspondent Deborah Amos and Hunter history professor Jillian Schwedler, examine how ISIS, with its oil revenue, arms and organization, has been able to dominate these vast areas

How F.D.R. Became “the Sphinx”

February 4, 2015 | CUNY Lecture Series, Hunter College

Newsweek’s international editor and author Nicholas Wapshott discusses how Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to persuade the American people to abandon an isolationist spirit and enter World War II — dictating American foreign policy for decades to follow. His latest book, The Sphinx – Franklin Roosevelt, The Isolationists, and The Road To World War II, takes its “Sphinx” title from the nickname Roosevelt earned for his cunning rapport with the press.