• Made in the USA. And China. And England. And . . .

    March 28, 2018 | Book Beat, Graduate Center, Queens College

    The history of factories is an epic story with thousands of moving parts: A story of invention and innovation, progress and exploitation with vast economic, political, social and cultural consequences across continents and centuries. Joshua Freeman, a distinguished professor of history at Queens College and The Graduate Center, tells it all in his acclaimed new […]

  • Exposing the Perils of Stealth Advertising

    January 31, 2017 | Book Beat, Queens College

    In today’s online world, it’s becoming harder and harder to distinguish not only between real and fake news but also between news and a cleverly disguised sales job. In “Black Ops Advertising,” Queens College media professor Mara Einstein explores the dark arts of modern mass marketing and how its target – you – can fend off the deception.

  • How Art Becomes Iconic

    December 11, 2015 | Book Beat, Queens College

    Think of some famous works of art. Chances are you’ll name a few that are on everyone’s list – if not coffee mug – like Leonardo’s “Mona Lisa,” Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” and Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” John B. Nici, who teaches art at Queens College, looks at how those and other works reached rock-star status in his book, “Famous Works of Art — and How They Got that Way.” Hint: It doesn’t always have to do with artistic quality.

  • Andrew Goodman’s Legacy

    June 23, 2015 | Queens College

    David Goodman, brother of slain civil-rights activist Andrew Goodman, told Queens College graduates his brother’s story is linked to them. Goodman, a Queens College student, was murdered in Mississippi in June 1964 along with two other civil rights workers. “Andy had the idea that he could be a meaningful participant in our democracy – an idea that flourished right here, at Queens College. So as you learn, so shall you serve,” Goodman said.

  • The Rise of Sunset Park

    November 7, 2014 | Book Beat, Queens College

    With a $100 million investment from Mayor Bill de Blasio and the arrival of artisanal businesses like Jacques Torres Chocolates, Sunset Park seems poised for a revival. But the transformation of this eclectic Brooklyn neighborhood won’t be easy, says Queens College urban studies professor Tarry Hum. In her new book, Making a Global Immigrant Neighborhood: Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, Hum traces historical struggles and new challenges including job development, environmental issues, an underground sex industry, gentrification and forging alliances between Chinese and Latino immigrant communities.

  • Everybody Has a Story, says U.S. Poet Laureate

    December 13, 2011 | CUNY Lecture Series, Queens College

    “There’s something in you that you know should be told,” says U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, but “you have to stay at it forever because it doesn’t come easily.” Levine, at 83, sees an authentic story at the kernel of every true poem. A 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner, he was named poet laureate by the Library of Congress in August, and appeared at the New Salon in Queens, a partnership between the Queens College MFA Program for Creative Writing and Literary Translation and the Poetry Society of America.

  • Louis Armstrong’s Bountiful Later Years

    November 1, 2011 | Book Beat, Newsmakers, Queens College

    The author of a critically acclaimed new book, What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years, insists that although much has been written about the early and middle stages of Armstrong’s career, he was every bit as busy and creative in the last 25 years of his life. “There was only one Armstrong,” says Ricky Riccardi, who is also the project archivist for the Louis Armstrong House Museum research archive at Queens College. “The man who was making those canonical works in the 1920s was also a very funny man who loved doing pop songs, and, in the 1950s and ’60s still played an incredible trumpet,” adds Riccardi, “So why not take all of him.”
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  • W&W Joins ‘Say No’ to Violence Campaign

    June 15, 2011 | Newsmakers, Queens College

    Six out of every ten females worldwide will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the United Nations’ UNITE to End Violence Against Women campaign. “Violence against women and girls is not a women’s issue — it’s everybody’s issue,” says Carmella Marrone, founding director of Women and Work (W&W), a free, 15-week life-skills program for women in need and based at the Queens College Extension Center. In April, W&W earned membership in the UNITE to End Violence’s “Say No” campaign, which will enable the organization to expand its educational and outreach efforts even further. “The work we do locally now has a global face,” says Marrone.
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  • Racism: The Struggle Continues

    March 10, 2011 | CUNY Lecture Series, Queens College

    Julian Bond, social activist and former chair of the NAACP, says that although slavery was abolished nearly 150 years ago, achieving true racial justice is an ongoing struggle. “The truth is that Jim Crow may be dead,” says Bond, “but racism is alive and well.” Bond appeared at a Queens College Black History Month event celebrating the legacy of civil rights activist James Forman, whose family recently donated his personal library and audiotapes to the college’s Civil Rights Archive. Bond, who worked with Forman on the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s, said, “We need to have a constantly growing and always reviving activist movement across America, if we’re going to maintain and expand our victories.”
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  • ‘Everything Was Gone’

    March 10, 2011 | Book Beat, Queens College

    A year after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, Nicole Cooley saw the scale of destruction for the first time, as she drove from Florida to her hometown of New Orleans to visit her parents. “Everything was gone,” says Cooley, a professor of English at Queens College, recalling the ride with her husband and two daughters along Highway 90. “It was as if someone had erased all of the towns — from Mississippi to New Orleans.” Cooley, a poet and founding director of the MFA program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at the college, was so affected by what she witnessed, she devoted her next book of poems, “Breach,” (April 2010), to the tragedy and its aftermath. “I had to spend the next year working on this book about Katrina.”
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