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The Monthly Newsletter of the Graduate Center – Nov. 2013, Issue No. 4

CUNY Month celebrates university-wide performances, lectures, and exhibits. On November 18, speak with graduate admissions professionals from the Graduate Center and other colleges at the CUNY Graduate Fair! Click on the image above for additional info and here for more GC events.
Featured Podcasts & Videos


Juan Battle on the Social Justice Sexuality Project
Juan Battle (Prof., GC, Sociology, Public Health, Urban Education) discusses his groundbreaking research with LGBT people of color in JustPublics@365's podcast series. Battle serves as the Coordinator of the GC's Africana Studies Certificate Program.


Margaret Chin Discusses Garment Workers
In another episode of JustPublics@365's podcast series, Margaret Chin (Assoc. Prof., Hunter, Sociology) speaks about immigrants, working poor families, race and ethnicity, and Asian Americans who lost or changed jobs during the recent recession.



Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art — An Interview with Gail Levin
Distinguished Professor Gail Levin (Art History) discusses her book, which addresses the life and work of Theresa Bernstein and her many contributions to twentieth-century art.


The Creative Pulse: A Conversation with Philip Glass
Legendary composer Philip Glass speaks about his music and how the process of collaboration with exceptionally creative minds (including Richard Sera, Ravi Shankar, and Godfrey Reggio) has shaped his career.


Study with the Best: Technology
Study with the Best features Professor Barbara E. Weinstein, executive officer of the Doctor of Audiology Program, and Professor Lev Manovich (Computer Science).


The GC's Philosophy Ph.D. Program Welcomes Prospective Students
Watch faculty and students from the Philosophy Ph.D. Program discuss what students can expect and gain from one of the "best graduate programs in philosophy" on the East Coast.
Upcoming Events


Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences
See part of ITS's fall events: "Quantum Condensed Matter" with guest speaker Professor Leo Radzihovsky (University of Colorado) and "From Unitary Dynamics to Statistical Mechanics," featuring Professor Marcos Rigol (Penn State).


Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art
Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art is a traveling exhibition curated by Distinguished Professor Gail Levin (Art History) with the assistance of her doctoral students.


Fernando Arrabal: About Alfred Jarry and 'Pataphysique
Join the Martin E. Segal Theatre for a day with Fernando Arrabal, a self-described "desterrado," "half-expatriate, half-exiled," and an an accomplished director of seven full-length feature films.


The Leon Levy Center for Biography Presents: Scott Anderson on Lawrence in Arabia
Gary Giddins, director of LLCB, will interview Scott Anderson, author of the bestseller Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East.
Press Coverage Highlights  


Literature by the Numbers
We have started to become comfortable reading books through Kindles, iPads, and other devices, observes Matthew K. Gold, a professor of digital humanities at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. "Are we willing to have them help us read, and help us perform the critical interpretation?"


New York's Growing Mexican Population
The Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies (CLACLS) was featured in BBC Mundo and NY1 Noticias for their study on NYC's growing Mexican population. In NY1 Noticias, Professor Laird Bergad (History), who serves as director of CLACLS, comments on their findings.


Private Money, Public Parks
Professor Setha Low (Anthropology) directs the Public Space Research Group, which studies the health of the public commons across the United States. Again and again, she sees a confounding pattern: "No organized constituency speaks for parks," Low notes. "So like schools and libraries, parks suffer from chronic underfunding."


Associate Provost Ann Henderson on Women in the Sciences
In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Ann "Adjie" S. Henderson discusses nearly a century of discrimination against women scientists in American higher education.
GC Community News  


GC Professor Receives Award from the American Psychological Association
Tracey Revenson, professor of psychology and deputy executive officer of the psychology program, has been awarded the Nathan Perry Career Service Award in Health Psychology.


Anthropology Student Wins Fullbright-Hays Fellowship
Mark Drury, a doctoral candidate in the anthropology program, won a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for his research on the "Structure of Disjuncture: An Anthropology of Western Sahara's Decolonization."


GC Professor Named President of the American Academy of Nursing
The American Academy of Nursing has elected Diana J. Mason president of the academy. Mason is a faculty member in the GC's Nursing Ph.D. Program.
Faculty & Alumni Books
A Companion to Marx's Capital, Volume 2

According to David Harvey (Dist. Prof., GC, Anthropology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, History), the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression shows no sign of coming to a close, and Marx's work remains key in understanding the cycles that lead to recession.


Pandemics and Emerging Infectious Diseases: The Sociological Agenda
Lily Hoffman (Assoc. Prof., City, Sociology) discusses the resurgence of infectious disease as a threat to public health in our globalized world, which presents social as well as biomedical challenges.


Pierre Reverdy
Reverdy's poetry has exerted a special attraction on American poets from Kenneth Rexroth to John Ashbery. This new selection features the work of fourteen distinguished translators, including Mary Ann Caws (Dist. Prof., GC, Comparative Literature, English, French), and offers readers the essential work of an extraordinary writer.
Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Germany: Courts and Adjudicatory Practices in Frankfurt am Main, 1562-1696
Alumna Maria Boes (History, 1989) reveals shifting and fluid attitudes towards crime and punishment and how these were conditioned by issues of gender, class, and social standing within the city's establishment.


Minerva's Night Out: Philosophy, Pop Culture, and Moving Pictures
Noel Carroll (Dist. Prof., GC, Philosophy) addresses the philosophical aspects of popular films and pop culture in thought-provoking essays at the intersection of the popular and the profound. He ranges across the philosophy of Halloween to psychoanalysis and the horror film.


Narrative Inquiry: A Dynamic Approach
In an important new contribution to the field of narrative research, Colette Daiute (Prof., GC, Psychology, Urban Education) explains the principles of what she terms "dynamic narrating" and how it compares to other forms of narrative research.
The Ethnic Project: Transforming Racial Fiction into Ethnic Factions
In the United States, ethnicity is often positioned as a counterweight to the fiction of "race," and we celebrate our various hyphenated-American identities. Vilna Bashi Treitler (Assoc. Prof., Baruch, Sociology) argues that we do so at a high cost: ethnic thinking simply perpetuates an underlying racism.


Technology and Culture in Twentieth-Century Mexico
This volume, coedited by Araceli Tinajero (Assoc. Prof., City, Hispanic & Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages), offers a novel approach to Mexican studies by considering the complex relationship between technology, politics, society, and culture.


Fixed Point Theorems and Their Applications
Professor Emeritus Martin Moskowitz's latest book, cowritten with GC alumnus Ioannis Farmakis, focuses on fixed point theorems. Their importance is due to their wide applicability. The book is written for graduate students and professional mathematicians, physicists, economists, and engineers.
More Than Two to Tango: Argentine Tango Immigrants in New York City
Anahi Viladrich (Assoc. Prof., Hunter, Public Health) presents the world of Argentine tango and its glamorous façade of music and movement. The book offers a detailed portrait of Argentine immigrants for whom tango is both an art form and a means of survival.


Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries (Studies in Social Inequality)
This state-of-the-art volume, edited by Janet Gornick (Prof., GC, Political Science, Sociology), presents comparative, empirical research on a topic that has long preoccupied scholars, politicians, and everyday citizens: economic inequality.


Shakespeare and Politics: What a Sixteenth-Century Playwright Can Tell Us about Twenty-First-Century Politics
This volume, coedited by alumnus Bruce Altschuler (Political Science, 1980), gleans valuable lessons from the writings of William Shakespeare and applies them to contemporary politics, covering over a dozen different plays that take up perennial political themes.
In Memoriam
Albert Bermel (Prof. Emer., Lehman, Theatre) and Tom Traficante, director of academic budgeting, planning, and resource allocation in the Provost's Office.

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