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Featured Video: A Conversation with Samantha Kretmar  

Samantha Kretmar (M.A. ’14) talks about how the M.A. in Liberal Studies Program not only enhanced her marketing career, but also “shaped lifelong intellectual skill sets and curiosities.”

GC Events  


GC Keynote Events Announced
GC Keynote Events for Spring 2015 will include public conversations, panels, and performances, featuring prominent artists, writers, and scholars, including Alison Bechdel, Eric Bogosian, Bill T. Jones, and Paul Krugman.


Black Entertainers and New York City History
Four authors—their subjects ranging from Harry Belafonte, to the PBS show Soul!, to women artists from the ’40s through the civil rights movement—gather for a unique discussion on black entertainment in New York. Free and open to the public on Tuesday, February 24.


Up Against the Law, Or, The Impossible Color of Separation
Colin Dayan (Ph.D. ’80, Comparative Literature) of Vanderbilt University visits the GC on Thursday, February 26, to present the inaugural Provost’s Distinguished Alumna/us Lecture.
GC Community News  

Ruth Milkman Featured in National Media Coverage of Paid Parental Leave
Professor Ruth Milkman (Sociology), a scholar of labor and labor movements, appeared on NPR and in the New York Times to discuss paid parental and sick leave, following President Obama’s call to make paid leave a national policy.


Eduardo Vianna Featured in New York Times Spotlight on Community Colleges
Professor Eduardo Vianna (LaGuardia/GC, Psychology) was featured prominently in a New York Times Sunday feature. “Some said, ‘Don’t go to a community college, you’ll never do any research,’” said Vianna, a Graduate Center alumnus. “In my case... the population deeply interested me, and I knew that I could make a difference.”

John Mollenkopf Contributes to ‘The Dream Revisited’ Forum on Ferguson
Distinguished Professor John Mollenkopf (Political Science/Sociology), who serves as director of the Center for Urban Research, is featured in an online “slow debate” among leading scholars, advocates, and practitioners on how racial and class segregation contributed to last year’s events in Ferguson, Missouri.


Matthew Gold Announces 'Debates in the Digital Humanities' Book Series
Professor Matthew K. Gold (NYCCT/GC, English) recently announced the Debates in the Digital Humanities Series (University of Minnesota Press), a new book series highlighting key tensions that are shaping the emerging field of digital humanities (DH).

Diana Diamond Receives International Research Award for Psychotherapy Paper
Professor Diana Diamond (City College/GC, Psychology) received the 2014 Research Award from the International Society for Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (ISTFP) for her paper on patients with co-morbid borderline and narcissistic personality disorder.


Call for Entries to the 2015 CUNY Film Festival
Filmmakers from the Graduate Center community are eligible to submit their films to the seventh annual CUNY Film Festival at Macaulay Honors College. Any film made primarily by currently enrolled CUNY undergraduates and graduate students, faculty, or alumni is eligible. The deadline for entries is February 27.
Student Spotlight  


Polina Nazaykinskaya’s 'Winter Bells' Performed by the Minnesota Orchestra
A symphonic poem by doctoral student Polina Nazaykinskaya (Music Composition) was recently performed by the Minnesota Orchestra. Nazaykinskaya’s first symphonic work, Winter Bells, was inspired by a visit to an old village in the Volga region of Russia, her homeland.
Research Grants  


National Science Foundation Grant
The Luxembourg Income Study Center, led by Professor Janet Gornick (Political Science/Sociology) continues to attract significant attention and support, reflected in a recent $1.5 million award from the National Science Foundation. The five-year grant further reinforces LIS, an international data archive and research center and one of the world’s most powerful resources for information.

Other Grant News

Also winning recent notable grants were Michelle Fine ($400,000, Tides Foundation; $116,000, Pinkerton Foundation), Matt Gold ($30,000, National Endowment for the Humanities), Bruce Homer ($77,000, in partnership with NYU), Ruth Milkman ($112,000, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation), and Rod Watts ($104,000, The California Endowment).

Press Coverage Highlights  

How Government Helps the 1 Percent
Professor Janet Gornick was quoted in a Washington Post op-ed outlining why the United States lags far behind in income equality. “Our inequality is already high because of the low minimum wage, the weakness of unions and very high levels of private-sector compensation at the top,” she said. “But on top of that, we are redistributing less than other countries and also have lower taxes on the highest incomes, particularly income from capital.”

NYPD Disciplinary Problems Linked to a ‘Failure of Accountability’
New York City now spends more than $100 million each year to settle lawsuits against the police, according to a WNYC report. Professor Candace McCoy (Criminal Justice) said, “The question is: What is the cutoff? What is the exact number beyond which you take this person off the street?”

Expert Advocates Freeing Minds of Prisoners to See Potential
In a Diverse Issues in Higher Education article, Professor Michelle Fine (Social Psychology/Women's Studies/Urban Education) contextualized the history of college-in-prison programs. “[Prisoners] are no longer just killing time [when enrolled],” she said. “They’re actually using time to rebuild a sense of self — intellectually, ethically and in terms of relationships.”

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