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Public meeting of the Board of Trustees

June 30, 2014 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Public meeting of the Board of Trustees, June 30, 2014.

Making the Case for Marriage Equality

June 20, 2014 | CUNY Lecture Series, Hunter College

Former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson and litigator David Boies were once bitter rivals, arguing against each other before the Supreme Court in Gore v. Bush. Years later, the pair formed a legal odd couple thatbrought them back to the Supreme Court, this time on the same side arguing against California’s Proposition 8, which banned same sex marriage. The rivals turned allies are co-authors of Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality, in which they recall their five-year struggle that culminated in a landmark decision overturning Proposition 8 in the 2013 case of Hollingsworth v. Perry. Speaking at the Roosevelt House at Hunter College, the attorneys make an emotional case for marriage equality as well as the legal one. “Marriage is between two people that love one another that want to form a lasting, stable, permanent, eternal relationship with one another who want to become part of the community,” Olson says, “who want to raise their children in a community and who want to be a part of the economy and be part of everything that America stands for.”

The Scottsboro Boys’ Ordeal

June 18, 2014 | Book Beat

Few cases, if any, in American legal history can equal the injustice and racism suffered by the nine black teenagers who were falsely accused and wrongly convicted in Scottsboro, Ala., in 1931. In his book, The Scottsboro Boys in Their Own Words: Selected Letters, 1931-1950, Kwando Kinshasa, professor of sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, examines how the boys were arrested and charged with raping two white girls on a freight train and found guilty by an all-white jury. By using their own words, the letters present an original and authentic representation of their nearly two decades of incarceration, as well as a forceful expression of their struggle to maintain a sense of dignity and hope.

A CUNY Life

June 4, 2014 | CUNY Lecture Series, Hunter College

A lifelong advocate for health equity, Dr. Adewale Troutman, challenged the graduating class of the CUNY School of Public Health to take chances and to not be afraid of failure. “Consider both your highs and your lows to be your inspiration,” said Dr. Troutman, a professor and associate dean at the University of South Florida and past president of the American Public Health Association. In his keynote address, Dr. Troutman recalled his rough upbringing in the South Bronx and credits his decision to attend Bronx Community College and Lehman College, as the key reason he made it to out of the neighborhood, unlike many of his childhood friends. “These schools not only changed my life, they saved my life.”

Heidegger’s Private Anti-Semitic Notes

June 2, 2014 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

With the recent publication in Germany of the notebooks of Nazi philosopher Martin Heidegger, the controversial figure has been brought back to life. Richard Wolin, a Distinguished Professor of history at the CUNY Graduate Center, says Heidegger’s anti-Semitic views are clear. In a lecture, “Heidegger’s Black Notebooks: National Socialism, World Jewry and the History of Being,” Wolin says anyone who elects to downplay the extent of Heidegger’s “political folly stands guilt by extension of perpetuating the logic of philosopher betrayal.”

Committee on Academic, Policy, Program, and Research

June 2, 2014 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Academic, Policy, Program, and Research, June 2, 2014.

Committee on Facilities, Planning and Management

June 2, 2014 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings, Facilities Planning, Construction and Management

Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Facilities, Planning and Management, June 2, 2014.

Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration

June 2, 2014 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration, June 2, 2014.

Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs

June 2, 2014 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs, June 2, 2014.

Committee on Fiscal Affairs

June 2, 2014 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Fiscal Affairs, June 2, 2014.