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365 Fifth Issue
Featured Video: Convocation  

The Graduate Center held its 2015 Convocation on Wednesday, September 16, welcoming an incoming class of 400+ doctoral students and 162 master’s students. A brief video introduction (above) played as guests arrived to Proshansky Auditorium, followed by remarks from faculty, student, and alumni speakers. Read President Chase F. Robinson’s Convocation address.

Upcoming Events  

Artists at the forefront of contemporary New York City theatre and performance present an array of free events Wednesday, October 7 through Friday, October 9.
Gregory Pardlo


Reimagining the Mainstream: A Celebration of Gregory Pardlo
Conversation and readings on Monday, October 26, about the importance of diversifying mainstream literary culture, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning poet (and GC student) Gregory Pardlo.
Gotham Center

New York City and Water: A Historical Perspective
Also on Monday, October 26, the Netherlands’ Special Envoy for International Water Affairs joins other experts to discuss the City’s water management issues—present and future.
Community News  
David Bloomfield Appointed to New York City Children’s Cabinet


GC Receives Multimillion Dollar Grant for Humanities Teaching and Learning
The award will support a major humanities initiative to enhance pedagogical training for doctoral students. Visit the homepage soon for a formal announcement.
David Bloomfield Appointed to New York City Children’s Cabinet


The Graduate Center Welcomes New Faculty
Accomplished scholars joined the Economics, English, Linguistics, and Psychology programs this semester.
Public Science Project


David Bloomfield Appointed to New York City Children’s Cabinet
Professor Bloomfield (GC/Brooklyn, Urban Education) will serve as a Content Expert, part of Mayor de Blasio’s larger initiative to improve child safety and well-being.
Public Science Project


Public Science Project Research Presented at White House
A recent White House forum featured two GC-sponsored projects, both focused on the human impact of Broken Windows policing.
Ruth Wilson Gilmore


Ruth Wilson Gilmore Named Inaugural Eugene Grant Distinguished Scholar
Professor Gilmore (Earth and Environmental Sciences) was selected as the inaugural prizewinner by Purchase College-SUNY.
Biochemistry Student


Biochemistry Ph.D. Students Awarded NIH, American Heart Association Fellowships
“These awards to Mary Ellen Heavener and Kwangwoon Lee reflect the depth and excellence in biochemical research,” said Professor Edward Kennelly.
Economics Student


Economics Ph.D. Student Wins Award at NYC Media Lab Summit
Agustin Indaco presented the GC’s interactive installation “On Broadway,” which showcases New York City through the use of 40 million images and data points.
Alumna/us Spotlight  

Lindsay Green-Barber (Ph.D. ’12, Political Science)
Learn more about the newly named director of strategic research at the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).
Press Coverage Highlights  

Why Do Humans Need So Much Space?
Setha Low (Psychology/Earth and Environmental Science/Anthropology) spoke with the BBC about our complicated relationship with space (at marks 3:23-4:00, 6:12-7:23, 15:16-15:50).


Aylan Kurdi and the Photos That Change History
Joshua Brown (History) was highlighted in a Wall Street Journal feature on how iconic 19th-century images of poverty “remain our perception of poverty in many ways.”

Profs Vilna Bashi & Robert Cherry on the Job Market
Vilna Bashi Treitler (GC/Baruch, Sociology) and Robert Cherry (Economics) appeared on Bob Herbert's Op-Ed.TV. to discuss challenges facing the unemployed, particularly young black men.
Featured Faculty/Alumni Books
The Tea Party Divided: The Hidden Diversity of a Maturing Movement
While the Tea Party has matured and changed since it first burst onto the American political scene, the differences that now exist within the movement go largely unacknowledged. In his new book, Professor Heath Brown (GC/John Jay, Criminal Justice) focuses on understanding the diversity within the Tea Party, challenging the notion that it is a homogeneous political movement defined mainly by its ultra-conservatism, regionalism, and rigid political orthodoxy.


The State and the Private Sector in Latin America: The Shift to Partnership
Professor Mauricio Font (GC/Queens, Sociology) provides a fascinating account of the rise of public-private collaboration in a world region embattled until recently by advocates of statism and market reforms. Detailed discussions explore liberalization drives of the last part of the 20th century as strategic responses to changing global realities. While most studies of public-private partnership focus on narrow technical aspects, this volume provides a broad institutional, political, and economic framework to better understand dynamics.


Base Nation
Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World
More than two decades after the end of the Cold War, the U.S. still stations its troops at nearly 1,000 locations in foreign lands. These bases are usually taken for granted or overlooked entirely, a little-noticed part of the Pentagon’s vast operations. David Vine (Ph.D. ’06, Anthropology) shows that the worldwide network of bases brings with it a range of ills—and actually makes the nation less safe in the long run.

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