Podcasts

Podcasts from The City University of New York

Racism and Liberation

November 19, 2015 | CUNY Lecture Series

Racism remains troubling, but it is important for the black community to acknowledge that it still exists, says Ta-Nehisi Coates, acclaimed author of “Between the World and Me,” winner of the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction. In a frank discussion at Medgar Evers College on the legacy of racial violence in the U.S., Coates said: “It is a beautiful thing when you are firm, when you can stand and say, ‘You can’t lie to me. I know what happened.’…There’s a kind of freedom in that.”

A Privileged Experience

November 18, 2015 | CUNY Lecture Series, Newsmakers

What makes us special? “Being a public university in New York with a majority population of students of color gives CUNY a very, very special mission in the context of American life, something that most other universities do not share,” says Zujaja Tauqeer, who started at Brooklyn College and Macaulay Honors College, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, England, and is now at Harvard Medical School. “In the grand scheme of American life, it is very unique…What a privileged experience it is to be a New Yorker and go to a university with the kind of student population we have.”

Spilling Family Secrets

November 12, 2015 | CUNY Lecture Series

Pulitzer-Prize winning critic Margo Jefferson talks about her memoir on growing up in an upper middle class black family in Chicago, a place she calls “Negroland.” “I wanted to record a particular way of living as a person of color…that sense that we were bordered on one side by the larger world of blacks, on the other side by white people,” Jefferson said. In conversation with Hunter College professor Karen Hunter, Jefferson delves into pressures on the black elite to look, speak, and act in a way that would be acceptable to whites.

Committee on Academic Policy, Program and Research

November 2, 2015 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Academic Policy, Program and Research, November 2, 2015.

Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration

November 2, 2015 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration, November 2, 2015.

Committee on Fiscal Affairs

November 2, 2015 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Fiscal Affairs, November 2, 2015.

Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs

November 2, 2015 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs, November 2, 2015.

Committee on Facilities, Planning and Management

November 2, 2015 | 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, November 2, 2015.

Executive Committee Meeting of the Board of Trustees

November 2, 2015 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Executive Committee Meeting of the Board of Trustees, November 2, 2015.

Who’s Listening to Parents?

October 1, 2015 | CUNY Lecture Series, CUNY School of Law

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg put himself in charge of NYC public schools, and Bill de Blasio has continued mayoral control, but is that the best thing for students? Public Advocate Letitia James co-hosted a group of experts at CUNY School of Law to discuss it. She said parents citywide feel the school system doesn’t hear their concerns, and the group discussed how to improve the system.