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The Monthly Newsletter of the Graduate Center – Feb. 2014, Issue No. 6

Top GC News

Welcome New Faculty

The Graduate Center is pleased to welcome Distinguished Professor David Joselit, an accomplished scholar and critic, to the GC's Ph.D. Program in Art History, and Professor Peter Eckersall, a specialist in Japanese theatre and dramaturgy, who has been appointed to the Ph.D. Program in Theatre.

New GC Appointment

Congratulations to GC Professor Joan Richardson (English, Comparative Literature), appointed Distinguished Professor by the CUNY Board of Trustees on January 27. Richardson is a leading international scholar of American literature.
Featured Videos


NYC's New Schools Chancellor Has Proven Record, But Will That Mean Citywide Success?
Doctoral faculty member David Bloomfield (Brooklyn College, Urban Education) talks with Pix 11 about standardized testing and NYC's new schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña.


Open Access to Scholarly Literature: Which Side Are You On?
At the GC Library, Jill Cirasella, associate librarian for public services and scholarly communication, discusses Open Access and its major milestones in scholarly literature.
Upcoming Events


Cultural Capital Returns for Spring 2014
GC Public Programs presents a new series of Cultural Capital events that highlight NYC's creative economy.


Keynote Lecture: The Ecology of Natural Boundaries - Fixing Egypt's Frontiers
On February 20, Professor Nancy Y. Reynolds will discuss the impact of Egypt's geographical location, from its urban to rural centers and surrounding deserts. This lecture is sponsored by MEMEAC.
Press Coverage Highlights  


The Algorithms of Our Lives
In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Lev Manovich, digital scholar and professor in the GC's Ph.D. Program in Computer Science, writes about the computer age and software, and its evolution and impact on how people interface in a growing digital world.


Just How Wide Is New York City's Income Gap?
A new report from CLACLS at the Graduate Center, CUNY shows that NYC's income gap has become a "canyon" since 1990.


Why Theresa Bernstein Was the Jewish Artist of the Century
Gail Levin, distinguished professor of art history at Baruch College and a doctoral faculty member at the Graduate Center, is featured in the Jewish Daily Forward for her curation of the traveling exhibition Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art.


Digital Humanists: If You Want Tenure, Do Double the Work
As interactive databases and open access online journals fill academic dossiers, one question continues to be discussed: what happens when the scholars who build them come up for tenure? Professor Matthew K. Gold talks with Syndi Dunn, staff reporter at the Chronicle of Higher Education.


The Health Risks of Small Apartments
In the Atlantic, Susan Saegert, professor of environmental psychology at the Graduate Center and director of Housing Environments Research Group, warns that tiny living conditions can pose health risks for residents.
GC Community News  


Professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore Wins AAG Award
On January 22, the Association of American Geographers announced GC Professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore as the winner of the 2014 Harold M. Rose Award, which honors scholars who lead social change. The prestigious award recognizes Gilmore for her work in antiracism research and practice.


Alexander Named National Fellow at Indian Institute
The Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) named Distinguished Professor Meena Alexander (Hunter, English) a National Fellow at the IIAS, beginning July 2014.
Three Doctoral Faculty Members Named Distinguished Professors
Three doctoral faculty members from the GC's consortial faculty were recently named distinguished professors by the CUNY Board of Trustees. Read about Arthur Apter (Baruch, Mathematics), Jay Rosen (CSI, Mathematics), and Richard McCoy (Queens, English) here.
GC Grants Professor Emeritus Title to Two GC Faculty Members
The Graduate Center granted the title of professor emeritus to two faculty members in the Ph.D. Program in Philosophy: John Kleinig and Richard Mendelsohn. Kleinig's research interests include ethics and social philosophy, criminal justice ethics, and philosophy of the law. Mendelsohn specializes in philosophy of logic, philosophy of language, metaphysics, and modality.


GC Students Win Award in Science Education
Doctoral candidates Stephen E. Harris (Biology) and Marissa Bellino (Urban Education) have won the Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their work on DNA barcoding.


Economics Student Receives $150,000 for Project in China
Doctoral candidate Luz Salas (Economics) won a $150,000 grant from the Asian Development Bank for her project "Social Capabilities Opening the Door for Savings and Entrepreneurship Among Children and Youth."


Study with the Best: Stephanie Hackett
GC student Sephanie Hackett (Art History), a contributor to the recent exhibition Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art, was featured by CUNY TV in Study with the Best.
Faculty & Alumni Books
India and the Quest for One World: The Peacemakers
India and the Quest for One World is the gripping story of India's quest to create a common destiny for all people across the world based on the concept of human rights. As GC Professor Manu Bhagavan (History) recounts the story of this quest, iconic figures are seen through new eyes as they challenge all of us to imagine a better future.


Religious Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Making of Religious Identities
Exploring religious and spiritual changes which have been taking place among Indigenous populations in Australia, New Zealand, and some Pacific islands, GC Presidential Professor Bryan Turner's (Sociology) book focuses on important changes in religious affiliation over the last fifteen years. See also the Sociology of Islam.


Greek Americans: Struggle and Success
This is an engrossing account of Greek Americans—their history, strengths, conflicts, aspirations, and contributions. Blending sociological insight with historical detail, GC Professor Peter C. Moskos (Sociology) traces the Greek-American experience from the wave of mass immigration in the early 1900s to today.
Samuel Barber: A Thematic Catalogue of the Complete Works
GC alumna Barbara Heyman (Music, 1989) presents Samuel Barber: A Thematic Catalogue of the Complete Works, the first publication to list the entire musical output of Samuel Barber, one of the most beloved and frequently performed American composers.


The Modern Art Cookbook
Distinguished Professor Mary Ann Caws (Comparative Literature, English, French) explores a panoply of artworks of food, cooking, and eating from Europe and the Americas in the Modern Art Cookbook, which opens a window into the lives of artists, writers, and poets in the kitchen and the studio throughout the twentieth century and beyond.


Birthplace with Buried Stones
With their intense lyricism, Distinguished Professor Meena Alexander's (English) poems convey the fragmented experience of the traveler, for whom home is both nowhere and everywhere. The landscapes she evokes, whether reading Bashō in the Himalayas or walking a city street, hold echoes of otherness.
In Memoriam
Marie T. Filbin (Dist. Prof., Hunter, Biochemistry, Biology).

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