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The Monthly Newsletter of the Graduate Center – Dec. 2013, Issue No. 5




News from the GC Foundation Board
Interim President Chase Robinson has announced that Jay Golan has joined the Graduate Center's Office of Institutional Advancement, effective November 11, as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Graduate Center Foundation.
Featured Videos


Income Inequality
GC Professor Janet Gornick (Sociology, Political Science), director of the Luxembourg Income Study Center at the GC, presents chapters from Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries (Studies in Social Inequality), along with contributing authors.


Scott Anderson on Lawrence in Arabia
Gary Giddins, executive director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography, interviews Scott Anderson, author of the much-discussed bestseller Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East.
Upcoming Events


Ideal Music for an Ideal City: Hungarian Classic Guitar
The Martin Segal Theatre presents: A Hungarian Classic Guitar Music Concert by Segal Center International Research Scholar Attila Szabó.


An Ideal Theater for an Ideal City: Todd London
The Martin Segal Theatre and GC Public Programs present an evening with Todd London, who will discuss his new book, An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art.
Press Coverage Highlights  


Hell on Shoe Leather: An Author's Legwork: 6,000 Miles on New York Streets
GC Professor William B. Helmreich (Sociology) chronicles four years of trekking into every corner of NYC's five boroughs, dead-end streets, and desolate industrial areas in "The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City."


Whose Feet Are Those? Negotiating Air-Travel Etiquette
GC Professor Setha M. Low (Anthropology, Environmental Psychology), director of the Public Space Research Group at the GC, comments on air travel in the New York Times. "People are trying to come up with strategies to make themselves feel comfortable in a world of tremendous mobility," she said.


Ask the Experts: Should Uncle Sam Take a Toke to Fill His Coffers?
Michael Grossman, distinguished professor of economics at the GC and director of the Health Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, offers his expert opinion on the consumption of cannabis and the social costs of legalized marijuana.


Above the Poverty Level: Colombians and Ecuadorians
According to a report by the Center for Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies (CLACLS), Colombians and Ecuadorians are the two groups of Hispanic immigrants who have experienced the lowest levels of poverty in the United States in the last twenty years. The report features comments from Laird W. Bergad, the director of CLACLS.


25 People Shaping the Future of Design
Complex Magazine named GC Professor Lev Manovich (Computer Science) one of twenty-five individuals who will pioneer the new frontier of design. This compilation of creatives involves a diverse group of professionals working in different disciplines, with a range of cultural reaches. Manovich was also featured in the magazine for his recent work on the Phototrails exhibition.


50,000 Strong to Change Higher Ed
Stephen Brier (Urban Education) and Matthew K. Gold (English), faculty members at the GC, will tie their Digital Praxis Seminar to the larger HASTAC (the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory).


Why State Universities Are Best
GC Alumna Gina Barreca (English, 1987) writes about her GC experience and why public universities are best. She says, "Even though later-boomer parents are determined to get their kid into the fanciest school possible, paying huge fees for private coaching and SAT prep, state universities are most usefully serving their students by looking towards the future rather than invoking the past. State universities welcome those for whom success is a right rather than an inheritance."


De Blasio's Search for a Schools Chancellor Continues
In NY1, GC Professor David Bloomfield (Urban Education) weighs in on mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's nomination for NYC's schools chancellor. Bloomfield also offers comments to Politicker in "De Blasio May Feel Pressure to Meet Diversity Vow With His Schools Chancellor Pick."


Examining Vote Breakdown from Election Day
Road to City Hall's Josh Robin interviews Steven Romalewski, the director of the GC's Mapping Service, about voting trends in the NYC mayoral race of 2013. Romalewski is also featured in the Wall Street Journal: "De Blasio Victory All Over the Map."
Reclaiming Label of a Progressive City
In the New York Times, writer Sam Roberts talks with GC Professor John Mollenkopf (Political Science, Sociology) about the future of New York City politics. "We need a progressive government, not just good government," says Mollenkopf, director of the Center for Urban Research at the GC.
A Year after Sandy, Mold a Lingering Problem for Buildings, Health
Researchers including Bill Sothern, a doctoral candidate at the GC and CUNY School of Public Health, have begun looking at ways to quantify a hurricane's health impacts. "We wish we knew just how big an impact this is having. We have anecdotal complaints: 'We cleaned our house, but we're having respiratory problems,'" said Sothern. Sothern is a certified industrial hygienist and founder of the East Harlem–based mold removal firm Microecologies.
All Things Considered: Indian Supreme Court Reinstates 150-Year-Old Gay Sex Ban
GC and Hunter College Professor Manu Bhagavan weighs in on the Indian Supreme Court's decision to reinstate a ban on gay sex in India. NPR's Melissa Block, a radio host for All Things Considered, speaks with Professor Bhagavan, who's an expert in human rights, constitutional history, and postcolonial studies.
GC Community News  


GC Professor Wins Holocaust Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award
The Holocaust Educational Foundation will award Professor Dagmar Herzog (History), Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar at the Graduate Center, the Distinguished Achievement Award in Holocaust Studies in November 2014.


William Bialek Receives the Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience
William Bialek, visiting presidential professor of physics and founder and director of the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences (ITS), has been awarded the Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience.


Two GC Professors Named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society
Michael Handel (Prof., Lehman, Mathematics) and Victor Pan (Dist. Prof., Lehman, Computer Science, Mathematics) have been appointed Fellows of the American Mathematical Society. Handel was recognized for "contributions to dynamics on surfaces, pseudo-Anosov maps, and automorphisms of free groups," and Pan for "contributions to the mathematical theory of computation."


Social Welfare Graduates Receive Prestigious Dissertation Awards
Amy Smoyer (Ph.D., 2013) and Jama Shelton (Ph.D., 2013) were recognized by the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) for their dissertations.


GC Alumnus Randol Contreras Wins UC Press First Book Award
Randol Contreras (Sociology, 2008) was awarded the 2013 PEN Center/UC Press Exceptional First Book Award for his book the Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream (University of California Press, 2012).


GC Librarian Joins ALA
Adjunct Reference Librarian Kai Alexis Smith has been selected to participate in the American Library Association's 2014 Emerging Leaders Program.


GC Announces New Five-Year Humanities Fellowships
In an initiative to promote innovation in doctoral education, the GC will award new Humanities Fellowships to students entering in Fall 2014.


New Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies
Interim President Chase Robinson has announced that John Torpey, executive officer of sociology and professor of sociology and history, has been named the new director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies (RBIIS).
Faculty & Alumni Books
The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City
In an effort to truly understand New York, the author, Professor William Helmreich (Sociology), who grew up in Manhattan, decided to walk virtually every block of all five boroughs—an epic journey that lasted four years.


Running Silver: Restoring Atlantic Rivers and Their Great Fish Migrations
Professor John Waldman (Biology, Environmental Sciences) tells the story of the past, present, and future of sea-river fish through research, historical accounts, personal anecdotes, interviews, and images.


Humanitarian Business
Thomas G. Weiss, presidential professor of political science at the GC, offers penetrating insights into the complexities and challenges of the contemporary humanitarian marketplace and exposes the increasingly competitive nature of the humanitarian world as well as the ways in which states and other actors seek to manipulate emergency relief.
Berenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt (Women in Antiquity)
Dee L. Clayman, who serves on the GC's doctoral faculty in classics, offers a portrait of a woman who had access to the cultural riches of both Greece and Egypt, ultimately using them to accrue unprecedented honors that were all but equal to those of the king.


Breathless: An American Girl in Paris
In this memoir, Distinguished Professor Nancy K. Miller (Comparative Literature, English, French) offers a glimpse into the intimate lives of girls in Paris, France, before feminism took hold.


A History and Sociology of the Willowbrook State School
David Goode, who serves on the GC's doctoral faculty in sociology and urban education, describes in great detail what life was like for the people who lived and worked at Willowbrook and how and why the institution evolved as it did.
The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience
GC Alumnus Perry N. Halkitis (Educational Psychology, 1995) examines the strategies for survival and coping employed by HIV-positive gay men, who together constitute the first generation of long-term survivors of the disease.


Family and Work in Everyday Ethnography
Sociology alumni Tamara Mose Brown (2008) and Joanna Dreby (2007) are coeditors of Family and Work in Everyday Ethnography, which includes chapters written by Professor Barbara Katz Rothman (Sociology, Public Health) and Sociology alumni Erynn Masi de Casanova (2009) and Randol Contreras (2008).


Unfinished Business: Paid Family Leave in California and the Future of U.S. Work-Family Policy
Ruth Milkman's (Prof., GC, Sociology) book documents the history and impact of California's paid family leave program, which began in 2004 and was the first of its kind in the United States.
In Memoriam
William (Jock) Young (Dist. Prof., GC, John Jay, Criminal Justice, Sociology) and Robert Wechsler, GC Foundation Board, 2003–13.

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