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Inequality and Climate Change: Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern in Conversation  

On Earth Day 2015, two of the world’s leading experts on economics and the environment joined in conversation about the intersection of climate change and inequality.

GC Events  


‘Bridging Historias’ Conference
All educators—“whether in community colleges, four-year colleges, or even high schools”—are invited to attend this all-day event on Friday, May 8, which focuses on teaching Latino/a history and culture.


Conversations in the Commons with Peter Beinart: The Future of US-Iran Relations
On Tuesday, May 12, Peter Beinart (Political Science) hosts a discussion with Michael Doran, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and former senior director in the National Security Council under President George W. Bush, and Trita Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council.


Eric Bogosian: 'Operation Nemesis'
On Tuesday, May 19, the “born storyteller with perfect pitch” (New York Times) presents his new book about the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
GC Community News  

Pulitzer Prize and Guggenheim Fellowship Awarded to GC Students
Gregory Pardlo and Joshua Mehigan, both doctoral students in the Ph.D. Program in English, received honors of the highest distinction in April.


GC Study Finds NYC’s Child Poverty Rate 'Substantially Higher' Than National Average
New York City’s child poverty rate was 32 percent in 2010—10 percentage points higher than the national average that year, according to a new study by the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies (CLACLS).

Leith Mullings Named an Inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellow
Distinguished Professor Leith Mullings (Anthropology) was among the 32 scholars named as Andrew Carnegie Fellows in the program’s first year. The fellowship provides up to $200,000 to fund sabbaticals for research and writing.


Music Composition Student Awarded Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Doctoral student Polina Nazaykinskaya (Music Composition) was recently awarded a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, the premier graduate school award for immigrants and children of immigrants.

Winners of the 2015–16 Graduate Center Dissertation Fellowships Announced
Drawn from a pool of nearly 300 applications, the 91 winning students will receive awards varying between $5,000 and $22,000.
Featured Research Grant  


GC Digital Scholarship Lab Awarded Shared Grant to Launch Manifold Scholarship
The Graduate Center’s GC Digital Scholarship Lab, in partnership with the University of Minnesota Press, was recently awarded a $732,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch Manifold Scholarship—a major advancement for scholarly authorship in a digital environment.
Alumna/us Spotlight  


Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff (Ph.D. 2009, History)
A historian in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Historian, Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff published a New Yorker feature this week about basketball in France.
Press Coverage Highlights  

John Wilkes Booth and the Higher Law
Distinguished Professor David Reynolds (English) poses an intriguing question: when Booth killed President Lincoln, was he inspired by John Brown, the militant abolitionist whose public execution Booth had witnessed in Virginia six years earlier?

Mental Health at Work (Audio)
Professor Janet Gornick (Sociology/Political Science) comments on criticism leveled against Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book Leaning In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead (at 11:09 mark).

Futures Initiative at CUNY Inspires New Teaching Styles
Distinguished Professor Cathy Davidson (English), director of the Futures Initiative (FI), published an op-ed in the Chronicle of Higher Education about how the FI is enhancing success in the classroom and beyond.
Featured Faculty/Alumni Books
After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War
After Appomattox argues that the war did not end with Confederate capitulation in 1865. Instead, a second phase commenced that lasted until 1871—not the project euphemistically called Reconstruction but a state of genuine belligerency whose mission was to shape the terms of peace. The dawn of legal peacetime “heralded the return of rebel power, not a sustainable peace.” Gregory Downs (GC/City College) is a professor of history.


Writing Fashion in Early Modern Italy
The first comprehensive study on the role of Italian fashion and Italian literature, this book analyzes clothing and fashion as described and represented in literary texts and costume books of the 16th and 17th centuries. It also emphasizes the centrality of Italian literature and culture for understanding modern theories of fashion and gauging impacts on codes of civility and taste. Eugenia Paulicelli (GC/Queens) is a professor of Italian and comparative literature.


Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi
Throughout the 20th century, artist Isamu Noguchi was a master of what he called the “sculpturing of space.” But he struggled to embrace his conflicted identity as the son of a single American woman and a famous yet reclusive Japanese father. This biography observes the driving force of Noguchi’s creativity as intimately tied to his deep appreciation of nature. Hayden Herrera, an art historian and biographer, received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center.
A Remembrance
Distinguished Professor Jock Young (GC/John Jay, Criminal Justice/Sociology), who died in 2013, was recently lauded in several scholarly journals for his extraordinary research. Young, a revered critical criminologist and sociologist, was a theorist of global influence who stood “at the forefront of almost every major development in the sociology of crime and deviance,” as the Guardian noted.

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