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 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.”
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.”
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Academic, Policy, Program, and Research, June 2, 2014.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Facilities, Planning and Management, June 2, 2014.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration, June 2, 2014.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs, June 2, 2014.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Fiscal Affairs, June 2, 2014.
In Tomorrow-Land:The 1964-65 World’s Fair and the Transformation of America, Joseph Tirellla,Lehman College’s associate director of public relations, celebrates the fair’s 50th anniversary, writing of its turbulent background, Robert Moses’ role in its creation, and the fair’s subsequent financial failure. Juxtaposed against the country’s civil rights movement and the social, political and cultural changes of the time, Tirella helps us understand the appeal of the fair and why its theme, “Peace through Understanding” was so useful to the United States’ position as a world leader during the Cold War era.
The tendency of the rate of return on capital to exceed the growth rate under modern capitalism is “a very strong force pushing toward potentially very large inequalities in wealth,” argues economist Thomas Piketty, author of the best-selling book Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Speaking at The CUNY Graduate Center, Piketty says “inequalities may return to, or be even higher than, 19th-century levels.” But that isn’t inevitable. “A proper progressive tax on net wealth” argues Piketty, “can be a way to try to increase wealth mobility and to make this vast quantity of wealth, which is in itself a good thing, more equally distributed.”