Press Release: Jeff Madrick to Propose New Policy Agenda in Public Square Talk

CUNY Graduate Center and Princeton Press Launch     
New Book-Speaker Series

The CUNY Graduate Center Political Science Program and Princeton University Press will launch their new, collaborative, Public Square book-speaker series on October 14 with a talk by New York Times columnist Jeff Madrick. Madrick will speak on "Changing Times: The Purpose of Government." The talk will begin at 6:30 pm in the Skylight Conference Room at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (34th Street). Admission is free, but for advanced registration and reservations, please call 212-817-8215.

Madrick's talk will trace the different roles government has assumed in the course of American industrialization and social activism, drawing attention to the present-day failure of both the conservatives and liberals to harness the American government's most critical quality: its adaptability and responsiveness to changing social needs and economy. Madrick will end by presenting a political and social agenda, oriented toward achieving equality before the law and equal economic opportunity in modern America.

The next speaker in the series will be author Martha Albertson Fineman, who will address the meaning of marriage in today's America on November 10, 6:30 pm. Other public intellectuals featured in upcoming 2004/05 Public Square programs will include Graduate Center Distinguished Professor Frances Fox Piven, American Studies Association President Amy Kaplan, and eminent labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein.

The Public Square book-speaker series showcases the works of public intellectuals who in their writings and teachings shape public opinion and political action. The CUNY Graduate Center Political Science Program hosts the discussion series in conjunction with its "Writing Politics" seminar, a new course designed to develop graduate students' skills in political analysis and literary journalism. Princeton University Press will publish the essays under its general interest catalogue. The book-speaker series, featuring essays on social justice as a means of helping frame and shape national debates, is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and Continuing Education and Public Programs at The Graduate Center.

Madrick is the editor of Challenge magazine and the author of two New York Times's "Notable Books of the Year," The End of Affluence (1995) and Taking America (1987). An Emmy-award winning economic reporter and commentator, Madrick graduated from New York University and Harvard Business School and currently teaches at Cooper Union.

The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York. The only consortium of its kind in the nation, The Graduate Center draws its faculty of more than 1,600 members mainly from the CUNY senior colleges and cultural and scientific institutions throughout New York City.

Established in 1961, The Graduate Center has grown to an enrollment of about 3,900 students in 30 doctoral programs and six master's degree programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The Graduate Center also houses 28 research centers and institutes, administers the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, and offers a wide range of continuing education and cultural programs of interest to the general public.

According to the most recent National Research Council report, more than a third of The Graduate Center's rated Ph.D. programs rank among the nation's top 20 at public and private institutions, nearly a quarter are among the top ten when compared to publicly supported institutions alone, and more than half are among the top five programs at publicly supported institutions in the northeast.

Submitted on: AUG 1, 2004

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