Centers & Institutes

 
 

Centers & Institutes

The Graduate Center is home to more than thirty interdisciplinary research centers and institutes focused on areas of compelling social, civic, cultural, and scientific concerns.

American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning

Founded in 1981 by the distinguished labor historian Herbert Gutman and Stephen Brier and directed since 1998 by Joshua Brown, ASHP/CML has gained an international reputation in the fields of public history and history education. As one of the few history organizations with a full-time staff composed of scholars, artists, media producers, and educators, ASHP/CML’s Who Built America? books and documentaries, digital and online projects (including our new blog and podcasts), and our seminars combine rigorous humanities content with innovative methods of presentation. Cited as a model for public humanities programming, ASHP/CML’s projects and programs have received numerous grants and awards.

In 1990 the American Social History Project became an official research center at the City University of New York. Known as the Center for Media and Learning, it has been affiliated with The Graduate Center, The City University’s doctorate-granting institution, since 1996. The organization is now most commonly known as ASHP/CML, combining our public and university identities. In 1998, ASHP/CML assumed stewardship of the New Media Lab, GC’s state-of-the-art facility for the development of doctoral digital media projects.

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New Media Lab

The New Media Lab (NML) assists City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center faculty and doctoral students from a variety of academic disciplines to create digital projects based on their own scholarly research. Often, the NML provides a stipend to support student work done at the Lab. The NML is under the auspices of the Center for Media and Learning / American Social History Project.

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Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation

The Brook Center is a scholarly facility associated with the doctoral program in music at The City University of New York Graduate Center. Founded in 1989 by the renowned musicologist Barry S. Brook and renamed in his memory after his death in 1997, the Center’s objectives are to promote and provide a setting for wide-ranging research and documentation activities in music; to offer professional training to students, music researchers, editors, iconographers, and archivists; to serve as a resource center for CUNY, for New York City, and for the nation; and to disseminate the results of its activities to the scholarly community and to the world at large through publications, conferences, and exhibitions. Faculty members at The Graduate Center are often involved in the Brook Center’s activities, and there are employment opportunities for graduate students, independent scholars, and editors.

The Brook Center also houses a number of valuable archives, in addition to those associated with the current projects described here, including papers and sound recordings of Barry S. Brook, Gustave Reese, and Emanuel Winternitz.

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Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments

The Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments (CSFRI) is devoted to fostering and serving as a resource for scholarly research on all aspects—organology, sociology, repertory, performance practice, etc.—of all free-reed instruments, from the harmonium, so popular in India, and mouth-blown sheng family of Southeast Asia, China, and Japan to the western "art-music" repertories for the English concertina and accordion to the many types of "squeezebox" and harmonica as used in myriad folk traditions.

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18th-Century Symphony Archive (1720-1840)

This project has resulted in the publication of 550 hitherto unavailable symphonic scores in sixty volumes (and a thematic catalogue) by Garland Publishing. The materials from this project form a valuable archive of microfilms and photocopies of some 3,600 original sources (scores and parts), both for those symphonies that were published by Garland and for many others. As such, it is probably the largest archive of 18th-century symphonies in the United States. It is available at the Brook Center for use by scholars of the 18th-century symphony as well as students and conductors for whom its resources are vital. Ruth Halle Rowen’s Symphonic and Chamber Music Score and Parts Bank Thematic Catalogue of the Barry S. Brook Facsimile Archive (Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon, 1996) serves as a catalogue to the collection.

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Foundation for Iberian Music

The Foundation for Iberian Music is a cultural and educational initiative intended to promote and disseminate the classical and popular traditions of Iberian music, including those rooted in the Mediterranean, Latin American, and Caribbean cultures.

The Foundation presents interdisciplinary programs that bridge the gap between academic and general interests, including:

  • Public events such as concerts, lectures, and exhibitions.
  • Scholarly activities including publications and conferences, as well as the development of a comprehensive archive of scores, books, and recordings.
  • Professional opportunities that foster exchange among students, scholars, performers, composers, musicologists, and music educators. Student employment, scholarships, dissertation grants, and fellowships will be available.

Drawing together world-renown musicians and scholars in the field, the Foundation for Iberian Music is the only endeavor of its kind entirely dedicated to the study, research, and performance of Iberian music. In addition to its general objectives, the Foundation aims at increasing knowledge of the reception and influence of Iberian music in the United States, and to further understanding of the links between folklore, contemporary popular genres, and classical music. It seeks insight into the multi-cultural, multi-linguistic constitution of the Iberian Peninsula, encompassing Christian, Islamic, and Jewish traditions.

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French Opera in the 17th and 18th Centuries, A Facsimile Series

This anticipated seventy-five volume facsimile series of approximately 100 orchestral scores will provide a comprehensive panorama of the history of French opera from its origins to the end of the 18th century. The works were chosen on the basis of their historical significance and intrinsic value, and will, ultimately, provide a judicious balance of operatic genres: tragédies lyriques, opéras ballets, opéras comiques, comédies mélées d’ariettes, and musiques de scéne. Very few of the works projected are available today in full score.

Each volume contains facsimiles of the score and libretto, an extensive introduction (dealing with the composer, the librettist, the opera, the sources, and performance history), a summary of the plot, iconographic materials, bibliographies, and appendices. Facsimiles are of the best available contemporary source: in autograph, contemporary copy, or first edition that appeared during the composer’s lifetime.

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Music in Gotham: The New York Scene (1863-1875)

The Music in Gotham project chronicles the rich heritage of New York city toward the end of the Civil War and in the following decade by drawing on newspapers and periodical sources as well as private diaries, beginning with the years following those covered in Vera Brodsky Lawrence’s three-volume set, Strong on Music: The New York Musical Scene in the Days of George Templeton Strong. Music in Gotham is currently working to produce a searchable database and narrative covering the performance and reception of musical events in New York City from 1862 to 1875.

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Pergolesi Research Center

The Giovanni Battista Pergolesi Complete Works Edition was begun in 1977 under the direction of Barry S. Brook at the Pergolesi Research Center, with the backing of the Research Foundation of the City University of New York and grants by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The goals of the Center include the publication of the first critical edition of the authentic works of this great Neapolitan composer. Research for the 18-volume edition has determined the extent of Pergolesi’s Authentic compositions: four opere serie, two intermezzi, two commedie musicali, one dramma sacro, one oratorio, two Masses, various works for a Vesper service, the breathtaking Stabat Mater, six cantatas, seven instrumental pieces, and a few smaller works. The first volume of the edition to appear, Adriano in Siria (vol. 2), was released in 1986, published jointly by Pendragon Press and Ricordi of Milan. Three additional volumes have since appeared: Livietta e Tracollo (vol. 6, 1991), Instrumental Music (vol. 17, 1993), and the two versions of the Salve Regina (vol. 15, 1994). The other volumes are underway.

The Pergolesi Research Center includes an extensive microfilm archive of Pergolesi manuscripts and an Internet research site on Pergolesi.

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RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) is a comprehensive bibliography of writings on music serving the global music research community. Today RILM has over 600,000 records in 214 languages from 151 countries. RILM's International Center is housed at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.

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Research Center for Music Iconography

The Research Center for Music Iconography (RCMI) was established in 1972 by Barry S. Brook with an assistance of Emanuel Winternitz, to conduct research into musical subject matter represented in artworks. Before musical events were photographically documented, artworks were the only source of pictorial representations of various events, and therefore crucial in assisting us with information about music history, such as:

  • instruments (some of them no longer in existence) and their structure, playing techniques, and use in ensembles; performers and composers;
  • the relationship of the type of instrument to social class, gender, and cultural milieu;
  • the symbolism of music and its meaning within a given social, theological, and philosophical framework; musical notation;
  • performance settings (concert halls, theaters, opera houses, and outdoor music), including details of the acoustics in historical settings, or the makeup and placement of musical ensembles;
  • the social function of music: religious, mythological, civic, military, and everyday.

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Xenakis Project of the Americas

The Xenakis Project of the Americas was established at the Brook Center in early 2010. XPA aims to become a resource and media center for all things Xenakis in the Americas, and to present public programs of Xenakis’s works in cooperation with recognized new music presenters, as well as the works of others inspired by him and by his unique philosophy of the arts. Those spearheading the project include Sharon Kanach, Joel Chadabe, Claire Brook, and Daniel Cooper, with the support of Françoise Xenakis.

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Music in 21st-Century Society

Music in 21st-Century Society is a series of talks and debates by major cultural figures addressing the changing consumption, creation, context, and valuations of music in modern society. They are presented by the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation of the CUNY Graduate Center.

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Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies

The Bildner Center brings together scholars, policymakers, civil society leaders, and other stakeholders to further understanding and foster policy-oriented research concerning the governance, security, and economic well-being of peoples in the Americas. Founded in 1982 with the support of businessman and philanthropist Albert Bildner, the center has been directed by sociologist Mauricio Font since 2000.

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Center for Advanced Study in Education (CASE)

The Center for Advanced Study in Education (CASE) conducts basic and applied research concerned with improving and upgrading the quality of education in urban areas. CASE serves as a forum for consideration of policy issues, as a center for interdisciplinary approaches to educational problems, and as a clearinghouse in areas of educational research.

CASE draws its researchers from among the faculty of the colleges of the City University of New York, as well as from students and faculty of the Graduate Center, and maintains a close affiliation with the Graduate Center’s Ph.D. Program in Educational Psychology.

Funding for CASE projects originates with private industry, foundations, and city, state and federal agencies. While some of CASE’s work is national in scope, much of it is focused on New York City and New York State.

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Center for Jewish Studies

The Center for Jewish Studies is committed to fostering research and special projects in the many disciplines comprising Jewish Studies. It aims to serve the more than 80 faculty scholars across CUNY who are in the field of Jewish Studies or working in areas related to Jewish Studies by providing opportunities for communication, gatherings, and cooperative programs and projects. The Center for Jewish Studies sponsors publications, public lectures, teacher training seminars, research and oral history projects that explore a wide range of historical and contemporary Jewish issues. From time to time, the Center for Jewish Studies also hosts scholarly gatherings that are conducted in cooperation with national and international cultural and academic institutions. The Center offers fellowships and travelling fellowships for graduate students pursuing research in Jewish Studies.

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Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies

The Rosenthal Institute pursues interrelated research, publications, and educational programs on the Holocaust. The Institute also coordinates occasional in-service courses for teachers, offers special as well as scheduled public lectures, videotapes survivor testimonies, sponsors a limited number of fellowships to young scholars, responds to public inquiries about Holocaust-related matters, and publishes monographs in its Holocaust Studies Series.

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Institute for Sephardic Studies

The Institute for Sephardic Studies is devoted to research, special projects and curriculum development on the civilization of the Jews of Spain and the Middle East. It offers public lectures and teacher training workshops and encourages the study of the Sephardic experience in the doctoral programs at the Graduate Center. Its oral history collection explores the experience of Sephardic Jewish immigrants to the United States. Among its ongoing projects is the development of education modules to integrate the Sephardic experience in teaching Jewish History.

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Center for Human Environments

The Center for Human Environments (CHE), brings together psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, earth and environmental scientists, and public health experts whose research addresses the relationship between people and their physical settings. By providing a forum where the social sciences meet environmental research, CHE seeks to produce deeper understanding of, and potential solutions to, the problems faced by schools, neighborhoods and larger communities, nonprofit organizations, community-based groups and advocacy movements, and government agencies.

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Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies

The Center for Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies was established at the Graduate Center in 2001. CLACLS promotes the study and understanding of Latin American and Caribbean cultures and the communities established in the United States, with a special focus on New York City, by peoples from this vast and extraordinarily diverse region. CLACLS has organized numerous public forums, lectures, symposia, academic conferences, public presentations of art, music, dance, and photography with colleagues from Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. With a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, CLACLS organized and helps administer an interdisciplinary M.A. concentration in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies in the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies.

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Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS)

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies provides intellectual leadership towards understanding and addressing the issues that affect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals and the members of other sexual and gender minorities. As the first university-based LGBT research center in the United States, CLAGS nurtures cutting-edge scholarship; organizes colloquia for examining and affirming LGBT lives; and fosters network-building among academics, artists, activists, policy makers, and community members. CLAGS stands committed to maintaining a broad program of public events, online projects, and fellowships that promote reflection on queer pasts, presents, and futures.

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Center for Place, Culture and Politics

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics is an interdisciplinary center providing an intellectual forum for the discussion of a wide range of vital contemporary topics at the CUNY Graduate Center. As the name suggests, most of the pressing political and economic issues of today occur at the nexus of place and culture. Since its inception, the center has become an eminent intellectual and public nucleus for these kinds of issues. The center runs a weekly seminar, hosts distinguished lecture series, and organizes conferences following a theme which changes each year.

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Center for the Study of Women and Society

Since 1977, the Center for the Study of Women and Society has promoted interdisciplinary feminist scholarship. The focus of the center's research agenda is the study of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class and nation in relationship to the experiences of women and men in societies around the world.

The center cosponsors with the Women's Studies Certificate Program intellectual exchange symposia and lectures--among scholars within CUNY as well as with visiting scholars. The center also seeks to collaborate with grassroots and professional organizations.


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Center for the Humanities

The Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY, was founded in 1993 as a public forum for people who take ideas seriously inside and outside the academy. By bringing together CUNY students and faculty with prominent journalists, artists, and civic leaders, the Center seeks to promote the humanities and humanistic perspectives in the social sciences. In the tradition of CUNY and the Graduate Center’s commitment to ensuring access to the highest levels of educational opportunity for all New Yorkers, all events are free and open to the public.

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Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work

The Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York opened in 1988. Since its inception, the center has focused on fostering connections between intellectuals and activists, and translating theoretical and conceptual work into practice.

Toward this end, the center has sponsored conferences, colloquia, and workshops in diverse areas, including: the crisis of urbanism; globalization and resistance movements; education; technology (technoscience); and the future of work. The center also supported the development of the Paolo Freire Institute, an organization of educational activists focused on advocating the democratization of education, especially for access to educational opportunity for traditionally excluded groups.

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Center for Urban Education Policy

The Center for Urban Education Policy was organized to provide a mechanism for systematic study and analysis of policy issues confronting urban education. The center sponsors forums, seminars and conferences on urban education policy, and serves as a resource center for the collection and annotation of reports, surveys, and studies related to this issue throughout the nation.

Roscoe C. Brown Jr.

Director
Graduate Center
Center for Urban Education Policy
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 100164309


Phone: (212) 817-7220

Center for Urban Research

The Center for Urban Research organizes research on the critical issues that face New York and other large cities in the U.S. and abroad, collaborates with public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and other partners, and holds forums for the media, foundations, community organizations and others about urban research at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Our website provides access to dynamic maps, data sets, and research findings about New York City and other metropolitan centers.

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Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (CPCS) is committed to strengthening civil society through education, research, and leadership training and focuses on giving, volunteerism, and nonprofit entrepreneurship by individual donors, foundations, and corporations in the United States and around the world.  Since its inception, CPCS has worked to highlight the philanthropic activities of different institutions and groups, with a particular emphasis on international civil society and the role of women in giving and associational life.

Through seminars and sponsored research projects that focus on women, social justice, cultural traditions of giving, and global civil society, the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society provides opportunities for CUNY faculty and doctoral students to explore common themes comparatively across disciplines.  The Center’s Leaders in Philanthropy series provides a forum where CUNY faculty and representatives of local foundations and nonprofit organizations come together to discuss key issues and trends in the philanthropic and voluntary sectors.  The Center’s signature International Fellows Program brings nonprofit practitioners and scholars to The Graduate Center from around the globe to conduct research and to meet with leaders from the global Third Sector.

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CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development (CISDD)

The CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development promotes economic development in New York City and encourages the growth of the New York software industry. Specifically, CISDD pairs CUNY's experienced faculty members with software industry professionals and governmental institutions to sponsor and develop the research and creation of new and marketable software technologies, provides specialized professional development courses, creates job opportunities and continues to build CUNY's reputation as a software center in New York.

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European Union Studies Center

The EUSC is dedicated to promoting research and debate on the diverse issues and challenges facing the European Union. The approach to the research and analysis is interdisciplinary; it includes political, economic, legal, social and cultural aspects of the Union as a whole, as well as relations between European Union member states, and the European Union's relationship to the rest of the world. The emphasis of the studies reflects the recent developments in the EU. In addition, the center explores the challenges of the Union's enlargement through the accession of central and eastern European countries, and, finally, the grand visions of a future for Europe.

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Gotham Center for New York City History

The Gotham Center’s mission is to examine and explore the City's rich history, and to make it more accessible to citizens and scholars, teachers and students, locals and out-of-towners. The center brings together an array of talented scholars and buffs, curators and archivists, librarians and teachers, filmmakers and preservationists, all of whom study, preserve, and present New York City's rich and fascinating past.

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Henri Peyre French Institute

The Henri Peyre French Institute sponsors a variety of conferences, seminars, and lectures that relate to the arts and humanities in French and Francophone culture, including exhibits, poetry readings, and artistic performances. The Institute also supports visiting scholars and encourages programs and projects of an interdisciplinary nature. A number of publications appear under its auspices.

Francesca Sautman

Director
Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 100164309


Phone: (212) 817-8367

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Howard Samuels Center

The Howard Samuels Center, founded in 1988, is a research center at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) specializing in applied and comparative research on local, regional, national, and international policies and politics.

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Human Ecodynamics Research Center

Director:
Dr. Sophia Perdikaris

Codirectors:
Dr. Thomas McGovern
Dr. Andrew Dugmore
Dr. Reg Murphy

The Human Ecodynamics Research Center (HERC) at the CUNY Graduate Center is coordinating the effort of scholars in a formal research collaborative addressing crucial issues of sustainability, resilience, and the future of humans on earth. HERC focuses on the past and present global interactions of humans and the natural world, using fields of inquiry and methods of investigation from anthropology, archaeology, sociology, geosciences, climatology, biological sciences, art, history, and political science.

Following initiatives by the National Science Foundation (NSF) the study of human ecodynamics is used to emphasize collective and cross-disciplinary ways of understanding:

- constant and often discontinuous change
- the ubiquity of human impact past and present
- the potential for rapid threshold crossing climate change
- complex conjuncture of “fast” and “slow” variables in time and space
- the increased role of geospatial perspectives and newly dynamic modeling in driving interdisciplinary investigations and synthesis

The team at the Human Ecodynamics Research Center (HERC) has been specifically tasked by the NSF Office of Polar Programs to develop an international and interdisciplinary research forum called the Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance (GHEA, www.gheahome.org).

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Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context

The CUNY Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context (ILETC) was founded in 2012 with the broad mandate of researching, supporting, coordinating, and advocating for language learning across the university. ILETC is supported through university-wide funding, as well as through the individual support of Hunter College, Queens College, and the CUNY Graduate Center.

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Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas & the Caribbean (IRADAC)

The Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean, was founded to address the African presence in the Americas through scholarly research and public programs for the betterment of the lay public as well as the academic community. Its central mission is to foster understanding and critical interpretation of the history, development, conditions, status and cultures of the diverse peoples of African descent living in the various societies of the Western Hemisphere. Although its focus is on the black experience in Canada and the United States, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, the center's scope extends to any region of the African Diaspora in both its multidisciplinary scholarship and public programs.

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Latin/Greek Institute

The Latin/Greek Institute of the City University of New York, founded in 1973, is a collaborative effort of the City University Graduate Center and Brooklyn College. The Institute offers intensive, total-immersion programs in ancient languages during the summer that enable serious, highly motivated undergraduate, and graduate students to cover the material normally included in several semesters of conventional work in a single summer. All programs are team-taught by experienced instructors.

Rita Fleischer

Admin. Director for Foreign Languages
Graduate Center
Language Reading Program/Latin Greek Institute
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 100164309


Phone: (212) 817-2081

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Leon Levy Center for Biography

Established by a generous gift from the Leon Levy Foundation and envisioned as a hub for writers, scholars, students and readers of biography, the Leon Levy Center for Biography seeks to build connections between independent and university-affiliated biographers across the disciplines and to cultivate lively discussions about the art and craft of biography historically and in our time.

The center sponsors such events as the Annual Biography Lecture (in the fall), the Annual Conference on Biography (spring), and a number of public presentations and programs throughout the year to provide a forum for the public to appreciate the breadth and variety of biographical narratives and the intellectual issues fueling them. The center also offers four resident fellowships annually to fund the research and writing of outstanding biographies and two fellowships to CUNY dissertation students writing biography.

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Luxembourg Income Study Center

The Luxembourg Income Study Center, also known as the LIS Center, brings the resources of LIS to the Graduate Center. LIS, located in Luxembourg, is a non-profit microdata archive, research institute and center for training in cross-national comparative research.

The LIS Center aims to collaborate with other University Centers, encourage and provide supervision to students and faculty using the LIS microdata to research income, wealth or employment, and provide a learning platform for comparative research using the LIS and LWS microdata in the form of periodic seminars, symposia and courses devoted to research using the microdata.

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Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (MESTC), is a non-profit center for theatre, dance and film affiliated with CUNY’s Ph.D. Program in Theatre. The Center’s mission is to bridge the gap between academia and the professional performing arts communities both within the United States and internationally. By providing an open environment for the development of educational, community-driven, and professional projects in the performing arts, MESTC is a home to theatre scholars, students, playwrights, actors, dancers, directors, dramaturgs, and performing arts managers from the local and international theatre communities. Through diverse programming—staged readings, theatre events, panel discussions, lectures, conferences, film screenings, dance—and a number of publications, MESTC enables artists, academics, visiting scholars and performing arts professionals to participate actively in the advancement and appreciation of the entire range of theatrical experience. The Center presents staged readings to further the development of new and classic plays, lecture series, televised seminars featuring professional and academic luminaries, and arts in education programs, and maintains its long-standing visiting-scholars-from-abroad program. In addition, the Center publishes a series of highly regarded academic journals, as well as books, including plays in translation, written, translated and edited by leading scholars.

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Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC)

MEMEAC's mission is to promote the study of the Middle East and Middle Eastern Americans.  Established in 2001, MEMEAC is the only center in the country that incorporates the Middle Eastern American experience into Middle East Studies.

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Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies

The Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies engages in research, graduate training, and public education about international affairs and contemporary global problem-solving with a focus on multilateralism and international institutions. Founded in 1973 as the Ralph Bunche Institute on the United Nations, it was renamed in 2001 and given a broader interdisciplinary scope with the mandate to support and further strengthen international studies at the Graduate Center.

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United Nations Intellectual History Project

From 1999 to 2010 this research project traced the origins and analyzed the evolution of key ideas and concepts about international economic and social development as well as cross-cutting security issues born or nurtured under UN auspices. Directed by Senior Fellows Louis Emmerij and Richard Jolly and by institute director Thomas G. Weiss, UNIHP published sixteen commissioned volumes in a special series by Indiana University Press, including the capstone book, UN Ideas That Changed the World (2009). Seventy-nine in-depth oral history interviews are available in “electronic book” form on a CD-ROM.

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Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

The adoption of the R2P concept by the 2005 World Summit resulted in the institute’s hosting since 2008 of the GCR2P. Under the direction of Prof. Simon Adams, it focuses on advocacy, research, and policy related to the R2P norm. The International Advisory Board is co-chaired by Gareth Evans and Mohamed Sahnoun. The institute was the Research Directorate for the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS), whose 2001 report The Responsibility to Protect changed the framing of humanitarian interven¬tion into a discussion of the responsibility of countries to protect their citizens from mass atrocities. Five associated centres (in Accra, Oslo, Santiago, Queensland, and Nairobi) are currently collaborators.

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Academic Council on the United Nations New York Office

The institute hosts the New York Liaison Office of ACUNS, a worldwide network of scholars and practitioners who are interested in improved research and teaching about multilateralism. Founded in 1987 and headquartered at Wilfrid Laurier University, its executive director is Prof. Alistair Edgar, and Prof. Christer Jönsson (University of Lund) is chair of the Board of Directors. From 2000 to 2005, the institute housed an editorial office of Global Governance; and in June 2012, it hosts the 25th Annual Meeting.

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Program on States and Security

Since 2004 under the direction of Prof. Susan L. Woodward, the program studies the relation between the state, security, and development and promotes critical research on the concept of state failure and on international assistance to post-conflict countries. Its interactive website includes a searchable database of younger scholars, syntheses of policy-relevant academic research, insiders’ analyses of post-conflict state-building, and working papers.

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Center for Global Ethics and Politics

Originally at George Mason University and later Temple University, in 2009 Prof. Carol Gould reestablished it at the institute to explore the ethics of globalization and the development of more effective transnational understanding and cooperation to deal with vexing issues of poverty, ethnic and cultural conflicts, and environmental degradation.

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Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (RISLUS)

The institute conducts basic and applied research on the structure and use of language by social groups in New York and other urban settings, as well as on human, social, and educational issues associated with the language of urban groups.

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Saul Kripke Center

Established in 2007, the Saul Kripke Center houses the archives of Professor Saul A. Kripke, one of the Graduate Center's most distinguished philosophers and logicians, who has made significant and wide-ranging contributions to both mathematical logic and philosophy.

The center is currently creating a digital archive to preserve Professor Kripke's works, including recordings of lectures and seminars dating back to 1970, and lecture notes, manuscripts, and philosophical and mathematical correspondence dating back to the 1950's. The Center sponsors graduate fellowships for students enrolled in the CUNY Graduate Center's Ph.D Program in Philosophy. The Center also makes its archive available for visiting scholars and hosts regular "brown-bag lunch" talks as well as colloquia by distinguished Kripke Scholars.

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Stanton/Heiskell Center

Founded at the City University of New York Graduate Center in 1988, the Stanton/Heiskell Center for Public Policy in Telecommunications and Information Systems provides a forum that brings the private and non-profit sectors together with the education community to study the impact of technology on teaching and learning and its effect on school organization and reform. The center focuses on key education, and social policy issues that have widespread implications: issues regarding student achievement and professional development.

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The Writers' Institute at The Graduate Center

Now approaching its fifth year, The Writers’ Institute at the Graduate Center is designed with both creative ambitions and real-world practicalities. Our mission is to enable thirty talented, highly motivated and exceptionally qualified writers to hone their craft under the auspices of some of today’s most accomplished magazine, newspaper, and book editors. Take a look at the eminent faculty profiled on our home page.

Andre Aciman

Distinguished Professor
Graduate Center
Comparative Literature
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 100164309


Phone: (212) 817-8170

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