Bedford Stuyvesant, for decades the hub of African-American life in Brooklyn, is undergoing a housing crisis at an explosive pace as longtime black renters get priced out and aging homeowners sell their stately town houses to developers. At an event, “Bed-Stuy in Crisis,” Brooklyn College journalism professor Ron Howell gathered a panel of local business owners, community organizers and lifelong residents to discuss what, if anything, can be done to save this black urban community.
For Andrew Delbanco, the value of a college experience starts in the classroom. “It’s the best rehearsal space we have for democracy … where you learn the difference between an opinion and an argument.” In a lecture at City College “Do America’s Colleges Have a Future?” in the Sternberg Family Lecture Series, Delbanco, an alumnus of the college’s School of Engineering and a professor of humanities at Columbia University, discusses the importance of institutions like CCNY that continue to help new generations of young people discover their potential. “No place in America embodies that principle better than City 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.
Calling the Common Core State Standards Initiative the “most promising education reform of our time,” Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, urged educators at a symposium to see that the new standards are successfully implemented in the classroom. “Our job in urban education is not to reflect or affirm the nation’s inequities, said Casserly, speaking at the Common Core Standards at CUNY, at a forum hosted by CUNY’s Office of Academic Affairs to share practices of CCSS. “Our job is to overcome those barriers and to teach our children to the highest standards.”
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Fiscal Affairs, November 3, 2014.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration, November 3, 2014.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Facilities, Planning and Management, November 3, 2014.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Academic, Policy, Program, and Research, November 3, 2014.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs, November 3, 2014.
Speaking at a forum in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power reflected on the enormous strides taken by the LGBT rights community. “Forty-five years ago, this small group of individuals decided to fight back against a cycle of harassment, intimidation and bullying, sparking a national fight for equality,” said Power who, along with other LGBT activists, past and present, appeared at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House. “How far we have come from that time.”