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In his new book Why Not Say What Happened, renowned cultural historian Morris Dickstein focuses on a subject close to home—his life and times. On Wednesday, March 18, Dickstein speaks with fellow GC professor Gary Giddins about this “acutely observed, slyly funny memoir.” Free, registration required.

GC Events  


States of Violence: The Diaspora Responds
On Friday, March 13, activists, artists, and academics discuss current manifestations of and resistance to state violence across the Americas.


Food Futures: Critical Perspectives
Marc Edelman (GC/Hunter, Anthropology) leads a discussion on Friday, March 20, with Smita Narula of the United Nations and Joel Berg of the NY Coalition Against Hunger.


Bill T. Jones in Conversation with Robert Reid-Pharr
On Thursday, March 26, the GC’s Reid-Pharr (English) talks with the master choreographer, dancer, and director about his boundary-breaking work.
GC Community News  

Futures Initiative Map Examines Diversity of CUNY Student Population
In new research visualized on a series of maps, Futures Initiative Fellow and doctoral student Michael Dorsch (Earth and Environmental Sciences) offers new insight into the diversity of students who attend colleges throughout CUNY.


Mayor de Blasio Invites Michelle Fine and María Torre to Join NYC Task Force on Schools
Michelle Fine and María Torre, GC professors of psychology and co-founders of the Public Science Project (PSP), were recently invited by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office to join the Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline.

Role-Playing History Game Co-Developed by Center for Media and Learning Debuts Online
“City of Immigrants,” a role-playing game co-developed by a team of historians and educators at the GC’s American Social History Project/Center for Media & Learning (ASHP/CML), launched in partnership with WNET.


Merih Uctum Presents Reports on Economic Risks at NY State Assembly Meetings
Merih Uctum (GC/Brooklyn, Economics) presented her assessment of potential risks to the state, national, and international economies at two recent meetings of the Economic Advisory Committee of the NYSA Ways and Means Committee.

New GC Maps Reveal Potential Electoral Strength of Democrats in Staten Island
New maps of Congressional District 11 created by the GC’s Center for Urban Research reveal the surprising strength of Democrats in the area, which spans all of Staten Island and part of southern Brooklyn.


Record Number of Psychology Doctoral Students Receive SIOP Awards
Four candidates in the Ph.D. Program in Psychology will receive awards at this year’s Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) conference—the organization’s highest number ever bestowed for a single doctoral program in one year.
Press Coverage Highlights  

3 Reasons Long Island Is Dying
The Atlantic’s CityLab highlights a series of interactive maps created by the CUNY Mapping Service, part of the GC’s Center for Urban Research, that show how Long Island’s communities have changed over the past four decades, with specific economic and housing repercussions.

A Digital Collage of Broadway Made From Strips of Data
Also in The Atlantic, a new interactive data visualization—featuring the work of Lev Manovich (Computer Science) and four GC students—provides an entirely new view of New York through Instagram images, Twitter posts, data from 140 million taxi rides, and other information.

Anti-Homeless Spikes: ‘Sleeping Rough Opened My Eyes to the City’s Barbed Cruelty’
Setha Low (Psychology/Earth and Environmental Sciences/Anthropology), in a feature story in The Guardian, was quoted about the creeping encroachment into public space that has “culminated in the multiple closures, erasures, inundations and transfigurations of public space at the behest of state and corporate strategies.”
Featured Faculty Books
Loft Living: Culture and Capital in Urban Change
Since its initial publication, Loft Living has become the classic analysis of the emergence of artists as a force of gentrification and the related rise of “creative city” policies around the world. This 25th anniversary edition, with a new introduction, illustrates how loft living has spread around the world and that artists’ districts—trailing the success of SoHo in New York—have become a global tourist attraction. Sharon Zukin (Brooklyn) serves on the doctoral faculty in Sociology at the Graduate Center.


Global Land Grabs: History, Theory and Method
In the wake of the 2008 world food crisis, a surge of land grabbing swept Africa, Asia, Latin America, and even some regions of Europe and North America. Investors have uprooted rural communities for massive agricultural, biofuels, mining, industrial, and urbanization projects. Contributors to this volume critically scrutinize alarmist claims of the first wave of research on this topic. Marc Edelman (Hunter) serves on the doctoral faculty in Anthropology at the Graduate Center.


Interactive Democracy: The Social Roots of Global Justice
Is it possible to fulfill the dual aims of deepening democratic participation and achieving economic justice, not only locally but also globally? This book proposes an integrative and interactive approach to the core values of democracy, justice and human rights. Carol Gould (Hunter) serves on the doctoral faculty in Philosophy and Political Science and is the Director of the Center for Global Ethics and Politics at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center.
In Memoriam  
Prof. Gerald Turkewitz (GC/Hunter), a member of the Psychology doctoral faculty, died in New York on February 24.

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