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The Monthly Newsletter of the Graduate Center – September 2013, Issue No. 2
News from the Provost's Office


Mario Kelly Named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Interim Provost Louise Lennihan announced that Professor Mario A. Kelly has joined the staff of the Provost's Office as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, effective August 1.
Featured Events

The Graduate Center presents a yearlong public programming series, "Cultural Capital: The Promise and Price of New York's Creative Economy," produced by the GC's Office of Public Programs in collaboration with the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC).


Martin Segal Theatre Announces PRELUDE.13
PRELUDE, the annual festival dedicated to artists at the forefront of contemporary New York City theatre and performance, celebrates its tenth anniversary at the Graduate Center from October 2–4.


James Gallery Presents "Observed Ratios"
What do the visual principles of modernism look like today in the hands of contemporary artists? Observed Ratios is on view at the Graduate Center's James Gallery from August 14 to October 19.


Sixth Annual Leon Levy Biography Lecture: David Levering Lewis
David Levering Lewis, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize in biography, will deliver the annual Leon Levy Biography Lecture on September 18.
GC Community News


GC Students Win Fulbrights
Five Graduate Center doctoral students have won Fulbright Awards for the 2013–14 year. The fellowships will support research in ecology, politics, and the arts in Europe, Asia, and Africa.


ARC Introduces Distinguished Fellowship Program
The Advanced Research Collaborative announces the inauguration of its Distinguished Fellowship Program at the GC, beginning in the 2013–14 academic year. Profiles of ARC's eight Distinguished Visiting Fellows and fifteen CUNY Fellows can be found on the ARC website.


GC Professor Receives Award from CapraCare Haiti
Professor Keville Frederickson was awarded the CapraCare ChangeMaker prize for her steadfast support of CapraCare's work and mission in promoting health change through individual acts of courage in Haiti.

GC Research Station Opened in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
A research field station for the GC's Nursing Ph.D. Program was established in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in August. The center, which is situated in the offices of Centre National de Recherche et de Formation (CENAREF), will serve as a hub for nursing faculty conducting research and/or assisting Haitian Kennedy Fellows with their research. CENAREF is a national organization that focuses on the use of research to improve conditions in Haiti from agriculture to education.
Press Coverage Highlights


Proof That Lots of New Yorkers Once Actually Liked Anthony Weiner
The results of past NYC elections, including Anthony Weiner's 2005 mayoral bid, have been plotted by the new NYC Election Atlas project from the Graduate Center's Center for Urban Research, CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism, and CUNY's Center for Community and Ethnic Media.


Fast Food Walkouts Fight Inequality

In CNN Opinions, Ruth Milkman, professor of sociology at the GC and academic director of CUNY's Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, discusses the "Fast Food Forward" movement, the demands of employees, and low wage jobs.

Professor Milkman was also featured in the New York Times, "New York City's Unionized Workers Are Mostly Minorities, a Study Shows." The article covers issues of shifting demographics and how NYC mayoral candidates will appeal to unionized workers, minorities, and women.

Faculty & Alumni Books
A Political History of Spanish
A Political History of Spanish: The Making of a Language, edited by José del Valle, brings together a team of experts to analyze the metalinguistic history of Spanish. Spanish is defined as a discursively constructed artifact which, as such, contains traces of the society in which it is produced and of the discursive traditions that are often involved and invoked in its creation. This is a comprehensive and provocative new work which takes a fresh look at Spanish from specific political and historical perspectives, combining the traditional chronological organization of linguistic history and spatial categories such as Iberia, Latin America and the US; whilst simultaneously identifying the limits of these organizational principles.


The Changing Politics of Education
Professor Michael Fabricant (Social Welfare) and Distinguished Professor Michelle Fine (Psychology, Urban Education) argue that the present cascade of reforms to public education is a consequence of a larger intention to shrink government. The result is that more of public education's assets and resources are moving to the private sector and to the prison-industrial complex. Drawing on various forms of evidence—structural, economic, narrative, and youth-generated participatory research—the authors reveal new structures and circuits of dispossession and privilege that amount to a clear failure of present policy.


The Handbook of Contemporary Cuba
The Handbook of Contemporary Cuba, authored by Maurico A. Font, director of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies and professor of sociology, is an up-to-date and comprehensive survey of the highly dynamic field of Cuban studies. It offers the latest research available from a broad array of disciplines and perspectives, with contributions from leading scholars from the United States, Cuba, Europe, and other world regions. The handbook's general introduction and its section introductions survey the key literature in the field in relation to rapidly changing events on the island and in global political and economic affairs.
My 1980s and Other Essays
Distinguished Professor William Koestenbaum's (English) essay collection opens with a series of manifestos—or rather, a series of impassioned disclosures, intellectual and personal—and then proceeds to wrestle with a series of major cultural figures, the author's own lodestars and lodestones: literary (John Ashbery, Roberto Bolaño, James Schuyler), artistic (Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol), and simply iconic (Brigitte Bardot, Cary Grant, Lana Turner).


The Routledge Guidebook to Plato's Republic
Newly revised under the Routledge Guides to the Great Books series, Professor Nickolas Pappas's (Philosophy) volume introduces the major themes in Plato's great book, including his ideas on the nature of justice, order, and the character of the just individual. This companion for reading the work examines the context of Plato's work and the background to his writing; each separate part of the text in relation to its goals, meanings, and impact; the reception the book received when first seen by the world; and the relevance of Plato's work to modern philosophy.


Everyone at the Table: Engaging Teachers in Evaluation Reform
Alumnus Will Friedman (Political Science, 1999) is coauthor of Everyone at the Table: Engaging Teachers in Evaluation Reform (Jossey-Bass, 2013). The book provides research-based insights and practical tools for productive teacher engagement in teacher evaluation. He is also coauthor of Toward Wiser Public Judgment (Vanderbilt University Press, 2011). Friedman is president of the nonprofit organization Public Agenda.


State Fragility, State Formation, and Human Security in Nigeria & Contesting the Nigerian State: Civil Society and the Contradictions of Self Organization
Mojúbàolú Olúfúnké Okome, ARC Distinguished CUNY Fellow and professor of political science at Brooklyn College, is editor of two new books on self-organization and state-society relations in contemporary Nigerian politics. State Fragility considers the roots, dynamics, and successes of the emergence of such broader forms of civil society, as well as the costs, ambivalences, and contradictions. Contesting the Nigerian State explores questions about state capacity, as well as the nature of the relationship between state and civil society, and the implication for the social, economic, and political health and well-being of the democratizing polity and its citizens.

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