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Chase F. Robinson Installed as President at GC Convocation
The Graduate Center celebrated its Fall convocation on October 6, welcoming CUNY leaders for the installation of Chase F. Robinson as the GC's fifth president.
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William Deresiewicz in Conversation with Morris Dickstein
Do America's top universities and colleges turn idealistic students into high-achieving professionals dedicated to lucrative careers but with stunted values and little intellectual curiosity? William Deresiewicz, a former professor at Yale and the author of Excellent Sheep, believes they do. In a November 4 conversation with the Graduate Center's Morris Dickstein, a distinguished literary critic and cultural historian, Deresiewicz will discuss what is wrong with the system of elite education and what should be done to change it.


Paul Krugman and Jeff Madrick in Conversation
Does conventional economic wisdom represent how the economy actually works? If so, then why does following its assumptions, such as a faith in free markets, fail to predict a financial crisis like the Great Recession? On November 10, Jeff Madrick dismantles the prevailing notions that have led to massive inequality and a near-constant state of economic calamity, while examining marginalized ideas that could help turn the tide. Madrick talks with Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman.


Music Theory Students in Recital
Join some of the Music Program's students in recital on November 19 at the Graduate Center's Elebash Recital Hall.
GC Community News  

GC Awarded Funding for National Language Resource Center
The Graduate Center has been awarded a U.S. Department of Education grant to establish a National Language Resource Center, a highly selective honor that will enhance research and development of language education. The new center will operate as part of the Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context.


GC Announces Schomburg Center Fellows
The Graduate Center has created several fellowships and initiatives in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the world's leading research facility focused on the global African and African diaspora. Programs are designed to enhance the collection, preservation, and access to materials that document black life, while providing an immersive experience for students.

GC Professors Awarded Mellon Sawyer Seminar Grant
The Graduate Center has been awarded a $175,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures entitled "Cultures and Histories of Freedom: Ideology, Slavery, and Creolization, 1500-1900." Directed by Professor Herman L. Bennett and Distinguished Professor Robert Reid-Pharr, the seminar will convene over the 2015–16 academic year, exploring the relationship between black racial formation and political modernity's most notable concept: freedom.


Lev Manovich Unveils First Study of Instagram Photos from 2014 Ukrainian Revolution
Professor Lev Manovich (Computer Science) announced a new study of over 13,000 photos taken during the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution and shared on Instagram. Titled "The Exceptional & The Everyday: 144 Hours in Kiev," the study uses data visualizations to explore patterns in images shared during February 17-22.

Janet Gornick Delivers Keynote Address on Inequality to UN General Assembly
Professor Janet Gornick (Political Science and Sociology), who serves as Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Center Director and Director of LIS in Luxembourg, delivered a keynote address to the United Nations General Assembly on October 7. Her keynote address, titled "High and Rising Inequality: Causes and Consequences," was delivered to senior delegates from 193 member states of the General Assembly, as well as representatives of UN development agencies.
Press Coverage Highlights  

While Moms Get Less Pay, Fathers Garner "Daddy Bonuses"
In 2010, men without children earned 40% less than men who were fathers, according to a study by Justine Calcagno, a social psychologist and Ph.D. candidate. The study is based on personal income data in the Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

Big Idea, Tall Order
"When it comes to ideas, bigger is definitely better for Cathy N. Davidson [...] Davidson's newest idea, the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, might just be her biggest yet. This summer, she was lured away from Duke by the Graduate Center to do something truly unique, on a grand scale: foster interdisciplinary and collaborative teaching and learning across the CUNY system, in a way that inspires reinvestment in public higher education.

Narendra Modi is not Reagan. Or Obama. Or Evita. Or Margaret Thatcher
"It is true that a race to the future cannot be won by looking backwards, but neither can anyone actually outrun the past," writes Manu Bhagavan in an op-ed for Quartz. Bhagavan is a professor of history at Hunter College and the graduate Center and Chair of the Human Rights Program at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute.
Featured Faculty Books
The Frankfurt School, Jewish Lives, and Antisemitism
The history of the Frankfurt School cannot be fully told without examining the relationships of Critical Theorists to their Jewish family backgrounds, Professor Jack Jacobs (John Jay, GC) asserts in his latest book. Jewish matters had significant effects on key figures in the Frankfurt School, he writes, among them Max Horkheimer, Theodor W. Adorno, Erich Fromm, Leo Lowenthal, and Herbert Marcuse.


Crowds and Politics in North Africa: Tunisia, Algeria and Libya
This book takes predominant crowd theory to task, questioning general wisdom about 'mob psychology' that remains prevalent today. It offers a synchronic study of crowds, crowd dynamics, and the recent relationships of crowds to political power in Tunisia, Libya, and Algeria, with far-reaching implications embedded in its thesis. Andrea Khalil (Queens) serves on the doctoral faculty in French.


Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism
Picking up where the Enigma of Capital left off, Harvey examines the internal contradictions within the flow of capital that have precipitated recent crises. He contends that while the contradictions have made capitalism flexible and resilient, they also contain the seeds of systemic catastrophe. David Harvey is a Distinguished Professor of anthropology, earth and environmental sciences, and history at the Graduate Center.

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