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The Monthly Newsletter of the Graduate Center – March 2014, Issue No. 7

GC Welcomes New Faculty


NYT's Paul Krugman Joins the GC
The Graduate Center is pleased to welcome noted economist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman. Krugman, professor of economics and international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, will be joining the Graduate Center's Luxembourg Income Study Center in 2014 as distinguished scholar and the faculty of the Graduate Center as professor in the Ph.D. Program in Economics in 2015.

Click here to read about Krugman's move to the GC on his blog The Conscience of a Liberal.



Duke Scholar and Publisher Move to GC

The GC welcomes leading technology scholar Cathy N. Davidson, who will join the English Ph.D. program faculty effective July 2014. Davidson is currently the John Hope Franklin Humanities Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English at Duke University. She is also cofounder of HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory).

Ken Wissoker, editorial director of Duke University Press, will become director of intellectual publics and visiting distinguished lecturer at the GC next fall. He will develop and convene programs featuring Graduate Center faculty and other scholars across the disciplines.

New Appointments at the GC

Congratulations to GC professor Virginia Teller (Computer Science), who was appointed professor emerita, and Philip Kasinitz, appointed presidential professor in the Ph.D. Program in Sociology.

Featured Video


The Science of Selfies
Dan Riskin of the Discovery Channel's Daily Planet talks with GC Ph.D. student Alise Tifentale (Art History) about Selfiecity, a project using 3,200 Instagram selfie photos to explore how people represent themselves using mobile photography in social media. The Selfiecity project is coordinated by Professor Lev Manovich (Computer Science).
Upcoming Events


A Question of Africa
Focusing on the work of writers of the African diaspora, "A Question of Africa" will bring together contemporary writers and artists to read and discuss their work and its contemporary contexts. This event is cosponsored by IRADAC on March 10.


Technology as Classroom: The Media Environment as Pedagogy
While software and connectivity may enhance many courses when used appropriately, their deeper value may be in the example they provide of how different technologies influence learning, interaction, and thought. "Technology as Classroom" is cosponsored by the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative, the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program, and the Extra-Institutional Education Seminar in the Humanities on March 12.


A History of Comedy in New York City
Join members of the Museum of American Humor for an evening of readings from some of Gotham's greatest humorists: James Thurber, Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, Calvin Trillin, Fran Lebowitz, Woody Allen, and more. This event is sponsored by the Gotham Center for New York City History on March 17.


Biography in Its Time: 6th Annual Leon Levy Conference
On March 19, the Leon Levy Center for Biography presents four panel discussions: on biography and music, literary theory and biography, biographers and history, and American writers and the fragility of fame.
Press Coverage Highlights  


Selfiecity Project Applies Demographic Analysis and Pattern Visualization to Instagram Photos
Lev Manovich, professor of computer science at the Graduate Center, is coordinator of Selfiecity, a project using Instagram selfie photos, taken between December 4 and 12, 2013, in Bangkok, Berlin, Moscow, New York, and São Paulo.

The project analyzes the subjects' demographics, poses, and expressions and offers an interactive component, Selfiexploratory, to allow visitors to filter and explore the photos themselves. Manovich was also cited for Selfiecity in the Wall Street Journal, Bold Economy (German blog), the Atlantic, Wired, and National Geographic.



The End of American Exceptionalism
In the Atlantic, GC professor Peter Beinart (Political Science) suggests "conservatives are right: The attitudes they say make America special—religiosity, patriotism, and mobility—are fading. And it has nothing to do with Barack Obama."


'Tiger Mom' Talks Culture and Success in America
On NPR's "On Point," distinguished professor Richard Alba (Sociology) debates Amy Chua and Jeb Rubenfeld about the thesis of their controversial book The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America.


Paul Krugman Leaves Princeton for the Graduate Center
Tom McGeveran of Capital New York writes, "Krugman cited the shift in his work toward income inequality as part of the reason for the move, in addition to the ease (and, he suggests, proximity to Zabar's) of doing his academic work here in the City."
GC Community News  


Commons In A Box Wins Digital Humanities Award
The Graduate Center and CUNY project Commons In A Box (CBOX) won a 2013 Digital Humanities Award for "best DH tool or suite of tools." Digital Humanities Awards, given annually, are nominated and chosen by the public.


Noson Yanofsky's Book Wins PROSE Award
Noson S. Yanofsky (Prof., Brooklyn, Computer Science) has won the PROSE Award for the best publishing on popular science and popular mathematics for his book The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell Us (MIT Press, 2013).


"Everything on Paper Will Be Used against Me": Quantifying Kissinger
The official Twitter account of WikiLeaks, a not-for-profit media organization, shared GC student Micki Kaufman's (History) text analysis of the Digital National Security Archive's Kissinger Memcons and Telcons with 2.17 million Twitter followers. To follow Micki Kaufman, click here.


History Graduate Accepts Princeton Postdoc
Alumna Sara Pursley (2012), the first student in the Middle East major in the Ph.D. Program in History, has accepted a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Princeton Society of Fellows, starting in fall 2014.


GC Economics Student Wins NBER Fellowship
Alice Zulkarnain, a student in the GC's Ph.D. Program in Economics, won the National Bureau of Economic Research's Pre-doctoral Fellowship for the 2014–15 academic year for her dissertation proposal, "The Effects of the Dutch Delayed Retirement Credit (Doorwerkbonus)."


GC Psychology Student Receives Award from La Caixa Foundation
Clara Vila-Castelar, a student in the Graduate Center's Ph.D. Program in Psychology, in the clinical psychology training program at Queens College, was awarded a grant from La Caixa Foundation in her native Spain.
Faculty & Alumni Books
Spanish and Portuguese Across Time, Place, and Borders
In Spanish and Portuguese Across Time, Place, and Borders, professor Laura Callahan (Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages) highlights the range possible for scholars trained in a department of linguistics and literature, and shows that these disciplines need not be mutually exclusive.


Lethal But Legal: Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health
Distinguished Professor Nicholas Freudenberg examines how corporations have affected—and plagued—public health over the last century and outlines reforms that aim to strike a healthier balance between large companies' right to make a profit and governments' responsibility to protect their populations.


The Psychology of Diversity: Beyond Prejudice and Racism
In this social-psychological study of diversity, Deborah L. Vietze (Prof., City/GC, Psychology, Urban Education) and colleagues look at its challenges and benefits and emphasize why and how an understanding of the subject can offer insights and opportunities and help prepare people for a global society.
Philosophy of Biology
In this introduction to the philosophy of biology, Peter Godfrey-Smith, distinguished professor of philosophy at the GC, provides sophisticated and innovative coverage of the central topics and many of the latest developments in the field.


David Lynch Swerves: Uncertainty from Lost Highway to Inland Empire
Beginning with Lost Highway, director David Lynch "swerved" in a new direction, one in which very disorienting images of the physical world take center stage in his films. Seeking to understand this unusual emphasis in his work, alumna Martha P. Nochimson (English, 1976) engaged Lynch in a long conversation of unprecedented openness in David Lynch Swerves.


Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn: The Collected Letters
Alumna Claudia Moreno Pisano (English, 2010) edited Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn: The Collected Letters. Pisano is an associate professor of English at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY.
In Memoriam
Howard H. Lentner (Prof. Emer., Baruch, Political Science) and John A. Moyne (Prof. Emer., GC, Linguistics, Computer Science).

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