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The Monthly Newsletter of the Graduate Center – October 2013, Issue No. 3

This month's issue of 365 Fifth features electoral commentary by GC experts.


Analyzing the Factors Behind Quinn's Collapse in Race for Mayor
"[Christine Quinn's] position might never have been as strong as it appeared in polls, to some fellow candidates, and in the news media, some said. 'With 20/20 hindsight, she may well have been in an impossible situation,' said Kenneth Sherrill, professor emeritus of political science at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and Hunter College."


A New Election Calculus
"Democratic candidates reached out across racial and ethnic boundaries in their quests to form coalitions broad enough to win the race for mayor—a sign of a decade of change in the New York City electorate and some still to come...

"Those changes are reflected in the makeup of the city electorate, making broad appeal, as opposed to strength within one racial or ethnic base, increasingly vital for candidates, said John Mollenkopf, director of the Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York."



Decide NYC Uses GC Maps to Showcase Voting Trends
Decide NYC, an organization that gathers city election data and information about candidates, featured the Center for Urban Research's District Maps to help New Yorkers identify new and incumbent candidates. Click on the GC's district to get an overview of the race to replace Speaker Christine Quinn as the District 3 City Council Member.
Featured Videos


Sixth Annual Leon Levy Biography Lecture: David Levering Lewis
David Levering Lewis, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize in biography, delivered the Leon Levy Center for Biography's annual lecture.


Liev Schreiber and Jesse Prinz on Happiness and 'Faking It'
Learn more about the science of the smile, happiness, and emotions with Jesse Prinz (Dist. Prof., GC, Philosophy) and Liev Schreiber.


The Story of GC Archivist John Rothman
John Rothman discusses his career at the New York Times and his volunteer work at the GC library. Polly Thistlethwaite, Chief Librarian at the GC, narrates.
Upcoming Events


Gotham Forum
The Gotham Center brings together an array of talented scholars and professionals for a series of forums that highlight New York City's rich and fascinating past.


Creative Pulse
Legendary composer Philip Glass will speak about his music and how the process of collaboration with exceptionally creative minds has shaped his career. "Creative Pulse" is sponsored by the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation.


Remembering Charles Rosen
An evening of music and brief remarks commemorates the memory of pianist and writer Charles Rosen (1927–2012). The program includes Beethoven's An die Ferne Geliebte, Babbitt's More Melismata, and works by Mozart, Brahms, Carter, and Schumann.
GC Community News  


Professor Cathy Spatz Wins Sutherland Award
Distinguished Professor Cathy Spatz Widom (John Jay, Criminal Justice, Psychology), a renowned scholar on child abuse and neglect and its consequences, is the recipient of the 2013 Edwin H. Sutherland Award from the American Society of Criminology.


The Museum of Modern Art Announces the Museum Research Consortium, Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Museum of Modern Art announces the creation of the Museum Research Consortium, a new partnership with the graduate art history programs at Princeton University, Yale University, Columbia University, the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.


4 Hands and 2 Hearts Beating as 1: Bound by Piano and, Soon, by Matrimony
Four days before their wedding, pianists and GC D.M.A. students Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee played a program of four-hand piano pieces at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village.

"Google Maps of the Week"
The NYC Election Atlas project, cosponsored by the Graduate Center's Center for Urban Research, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and the Center for Community and Ethnic Media, was named one of the "Google Maps of the Week" by Google Maps Mania.

Psychology Student Wins APA Award
Karyna Pryiomka (Critical Social/Personality Psychology) has won this year's Division 26 (Society for the History of Psychology) prize for best student paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.

GC Professor and Student Win Academy of Management Award
Karen S. Lyness (Prof., Baruch, Business, Psychology) and John Capman (Industrial/Organizational Psychology) won the Academy of Management's Careers Division 2013 Best Overall Paper award. They received the award at the academy's national annual conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Press Coverage Highlights


New York City's Unionized Workers Are Mostly Minorities, a Study Shows
"When political candidates in New York City appeal to unionized workers, they are reaching out for the most part to minorities and women," according to a study released by Ruth Milkman, a sociology professor at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and a colleague, Stephanie Luce.

Meena Alexander (Dist. Prof., Hunter, English) reads a poem, "Experimental Geography," from her recently published collection, Birthplace with Buried Stones.
Faculty Books
Frontiers of Test Validity Theory
Keith A. Markus's (Prof., John Jay, Criminal Justice, Educational Psychology, Psychology) book examines test validity in the behavioral, social, and educational sciences by exploring three fundamental problems: measurement, causation and meaning. The book summarizes the current state of the test validity theory field. Necessary background on test theory and statistics is presented as a conceptual overview where needed.


Writing Passion: A Catullus Reader
As well as presenting the Latin text of forty-six poems with line-by-line notes and vocabulary, Writing Passion, written by Ronnie Ancona (Prof., Hunter, Classics), provides an introduction to the life of Catullus and his body of work and includes historical and literary background. The second edition features four poems that were not in the first edition (75, 83, 92, and 107), which expand the elegiac selections about Lesbia, and an updated bibliography.


The Cambridge Handbook of Generative Syntax
Syntax has been at the center of generative linguistics from its inception and has developed rapidly and in various directions. Marcel den Dikken's (Prof., GC, Linguistics) handbook provides a historical context for what is happening in the field of generative syntax today: a survey of the various generative approaches to syntactic structure available in the literature; an overview of the state of the art in theory and in the interfaces with semantics, phonology, information structure, and sentence processing; and linguistic variation and language acquisition.
The Coup: 1953, the CIA, and the Roots of Modern U.S.-Iranian Relations
Ervand Abrahamian (Dist. Prof., Baruch, History, Middle Eastern Studies) has written a new and revealing history of the August 1953 CIA-orchestrated overthrow of Iran's democratically elected leader and its consequences. When the 1979 Iranian Revolution deposed Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi and replaced his puppet government with a radical Islamic republic under Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the shift reverberated throughout the Middle East and the world.


In Memoriam
Jean Anyon (Prof., GC, Urban Education) and Marshall Berman (Dist. Prof., City College, Political Science).

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