In examining the immigration situation along the U.S. southern border, Presidential Professor Philip Kasinitz reflects on his ancestors, telling the story of his grandfather, an “unaccompanied minor” who came from an "unpromising beginning" and transformed into a "very solid American."
 
 
John Torpey, director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center, published an op-ed, "US Should Admit Iran’s Proposed UN Ambassador, Even if He Participated in Tehran Hostage Crisis 35 Years Ago," in the International Business Times.
 
 
As part of the Selfiecity Instagram project team, Art History student Alise Tifentale looks at the selfie phenomenon in her essay, The Selfie: Making sense of the “Masturbation of Self-Image” and the “Virtual Mini-Me.” The essay reviews some of the most recent debates on the selfie phenomenon and places it into a broader context of photographic self-portraiture, investigating how the Instagrammed selfie differs from its precursors. The Selfie phenomenon should be viewed in the light of history of photography as a sub-genre of self-portraiture and as a new subject of vernacular photography studies as well as treated as a side product of technological developments that have led to the easy availability of image-making devices and image-sharing platforms.
 
 
Dr. Susan Opotow, a member of the doctoral faculty in psychology at the Graduate Center and the sociology department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York recently concluded an editorship of Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 2010-2013 (peer reviewed, published by the American Psychological Association). In the last issue, Opotow focuses on “Museums as Sites for Historical Understanding, Peace and Social Justice.” Working with guest editor David Dean, a Carleton University history professor and Co-Director of the Carleton Centre for Public History, Opotow and Dean explore Canadian history in which key psychological concepts, memory, trauma and identity, are examined through the lens of public history to yield a more nuanced understanding of peace and conflict.

Opotow initially connected with Dean in 2011 when she was the Distinguished Faculty of Arts and Social Science Visitor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada (Psychology, Interdisciplinary Studies, and in the Carleton Centre for Public History). Her introduction to the special issue on Canadian museums speaks to peace and conflict in interdisciplinary ways.
 
 
Are all Dutch racists? In the Netherlands a white Santa Claus figure is accompanied by “Black Pete,” a black-faced white servant, who distributes presents to children, a tradition, now challenged from newspaper pages to the United Nations. Jan Willem Duyvendak, a distinguished visiting fellow at the GC’s Advanced Research Collaborative, writes that the Dutch are resisting alterations to the tradition because they don’t consider it racist.
 
 
John Mollenkopf, distinguished professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center, and Steve Romalewski, director of the CUNY Mapping Service, explain in this analysis that Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio will win the general election if he retains the support of his primary voters, which will counter past elections when substantial numbers of Democrats voted against the Democratic mayoral nominee.
 
 
Jazzmine Clarke-Glover, human resources manager at the Graduate Center, was recently published by the College and University Association for Human Resources on-line magazine about how the Millennial generation can effectively contribute to your company as Baby Boomers retire.
 
 
Ann “Adjie” S. Henderson, the Graduate Center’s Associate Provost and dean for the sciences, discusses nearly a century of discrimination against women scientists in American higher education. In this opinion piece, she offers advice on how the Academy can overcome its second class treatment of women and take concrete steps to level the playing field for women in science. The original version of this article appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Conversation blog, Oct. 8, 2013.
 
 
John Rothman, volunteer archivist for the library at the Graduate Center, City University New York, discusses his career at the New York Times and his volunteer work organizing the papers of the presidents of the Graduate Center dating back nearly 50 years. Polly Thistlethwaite, the Chief Librarian of the Graduate Center also discusses John's contributions.
 
 
Anthony Picciano, professor and Executive Office of the Graduate Center’s PhD Program in Urban Education, examines the education reform policies of mayoral candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties in the run-up to the September 10th primary.