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The Monthly Newsletter of the Graduate Center – April 2014, Issue No. 8

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Graduate Center Wins NEH Digital Humanities Grant
The Graduate Center has won a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. These grants support the planning stages of innovative projects and digital initiatives that enhance new analysis, research, and scholarship in the study of digital humanities. Doctoral students Erin Glass (English) and Jennifer Stoops (Urban Education) conceived of the winning project: "Social Paper."
Featured Videos


Art and Craft: Teaching Writing
In this second installment of Chancellor's Conversations, Interim Chancellor Bill Kelly speaks with two of contemporary literature's most distinctive stylists: Professor André Aciman (Comparative Literature) of the Graduate Center, author of Harvard Square, and Colum McCann of Hunter College, author of Let the Great World Spin, which was awarded the 2009 National Book Award for Fiction.


Sixth Annual LLCB Conference: Biographers and History
The Leon Levy Center for Biography presents "Biographers and History," featuring Distinguished Professor David Nasaw (GC, History), author of The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy; Amanda Vaill, Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War; and Brenda Wineapple, Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise.
Upcoming Events


ARC Seminar with Chad Alan Goldberg
On April 10, Chad Alan Goldberg, ARC distinguished visiting professor at the Graduate Center, discusses the portrayal of the relation between Jews and capitalism in "Between Imaginaries of Domination and Suppression."


Capital in the Twenty-First Century
The French economist Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics) will present a lecture on his new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University), Paul Krugman (Princeton University), and Steven Durlauf (University of Wisconsin–Madison) will comment. The event will be introduced and moderated by GC Professor Janet Gornick and Branko Milanovic (Luxembourg Income Study Center) on April 16.


Live@365 Presents Flamenco Gitano: Miguel "El Funi" & Juan del Gastor
Direct from Andalucía, Gypsy flamenco's charismatic icon "El Funi" (Miguel Peña Vargas) returns to New York for his first solo concert here in more than twenty years on April 16.


Modern Japanese Drama: Cody Poulton and Peter Eckersall
On April 23, Professor Peter Eckersall (Theatre) joins Cody Poulton, coeditor of The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Drama, in conversation about the current trends in Japanese theatre.
Press Coverage Highlights  


A Relentless Widening of Disparity in Wealth
In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty offers a general theory of capitalism that returns distribution to the center of the analysis. The LIS Center's Senior Scholar Branko Milanovic, an expert on the global distribution of income, called it "one of the watershed books in economic thinking."


Recruiting Top Faculty in Public Higher Education
In a bylined article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Interim President Chase F. Robinson highlights the Graduate Center's role in public higher education and discusses its success in attracting prominent faculty.


Report: 1 in 10 Community College Transfers Lose Nearly All Course Credits
While past research has shown that community college students have a significantly lower chance of attaining a bachelor's degree than those who start directly at four-year schools, the root of the problem isn't in something community colleges are or are not doing to prepare students, says David Monaghan, a sociology Ph.D. candidate at the GC, in US News & World Report.


Expanding de Blasio's Agenda for Youth Opportunities
In the Gotham Gazette, Professor Robert Cherry (Brooklyn, Economics) and Professor David Bloomfield (Brooklyn, Urban Education) weigh in on occupational training and its impact on education for NYC's youth.


A Play Offers a Rare Chance to Forget the Killing
Rami G. Khouri of the Daily Star highlights the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center's effort, under the "able leadership of executive director Frank Hentschker," to offer the public an illuminating reading and discussion of Saadallah Wannous's play, Rituals of Signs and Transformations.
GC Community News  


Michelle Fine Wins Education Award
Michelle Fine, distinguished professor of psychology and urban education at the Graduate Center, has won the 2014 Deborah W. Meier Award for Heroes in Education from FairTest, the National Center for Fair and Open Testing. Fine will receive the award at an event in New York on May 28.


GC Professors Join NAS Panel on Integration of Immigrants
Distinguished Professors Richard Alba (GC) and Nancy Foner (Hunter) of the Ph.D. Program in Sociology have been appointed to the National Academy of Sciences panel on the Integration of Immigrants into American Society.


André Aciman Published in the New Yorker
Distinguished Professor André Aciman of the GC's Ph.D. Programs in Comparative Literature and French published a memoir in a recent issue of the New Yorker. Aciman's poignant personal history, "Are You Listening?", recounts his relationship with his deaf mother and the unique way they communicated.


Robert Hatcher Honored by APA
Robert L. Hatcher (Adj. Prof., Psychology), director of the GC's Wellness Center, has received a presidential citation from the American Psychological Association (APA) in honor of "his incredible leadership in competency-based education and practicum training and extraordinary dedication to training future generations of psychologists."


D.M.A. Student Wins International Piano Competition
Graduate Center D.M.A. student Imri Talgam won the 11th Orleans Piano Competition on March 15 in Orléans, France, including prizes totaling €15,000. The competition is devoted to repertoire from 1900 to the present.


Urban Ed Alumnus Named White House Champion of Change
The White House has named GC alumnus Christopher Emdin (Urban Education, 2007) a STEM Diversity and Access Champion of Change. The honor recognizes individuals and organizations who are working to support and accelerate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) opportunities for African American students, schools, and communities.


David Olan Announces Winners of Dissertation Fellowships
David Olan, interim associate provost for humanities and social sciences, announced on April 1 that the Graduate Center has awarded dissertation fellowships to eighty-six Level III doctoral candidates for the 2014–15 academic year, for a total of $1,693,000 in stipends.
Faculty & Alumni Books
New Labor in New York: Precarious Workers and the Future of the Labor Movement
In thirteen fine-grained case studies, New Labor in New York, edited by GC Professor Ruth Milkman (Sociology) along with GC doctoral students and alumni, examines the most highly unionized large city and the efforts of NYC's community-based worker centers to organize this expanding segment of the workforce. The book offers a richly detailed portrait of the city's new labor movement and recent efforts to expand it on a national scale.


New York and Amsterdam: Immigration and the New Urban Landscape
This volume, coedited by Distinguished Professor Nancy Foner of the GC's Ph.D. Program in Sociology, brings together a distinguished and interdisciplinary group of American and Dutch scholars to analyze and compare the impact of immigration on two of the world's largest urban centers. The book also includes chapters by Philip Kasinitz (Pres. Prof., Sociology) and John Mollenkopf (Dist. Prof., Political Science, Sociology).


Reading Children's Literature: A Critical Introduction
Informed by recent scholarship and theory, Carrie Hintz's (Assoc. Prof., Queens) compact core text surveys the history of childhood and children's literature, examines key genres (from fairy tales and picture books to domesticity and adventure to works of nonfiction, history, realism, and fantasy) and explores topics of current and lasting interest (race and ethnicity, genders and sexualities, censorship and selection).
Romantic Intimacy
How much can we know about what other people are feeling and how much can we sympathize or empathize with them? This book, authored by Nancy Yousef (Assoc. Prof., Baruch), is an interdisciplinary study of shared feeling as imagined in eighteenth-century ethics, romantic literature, and twentieth-century psychoanalysis. Romantic Intimacy concludes with accounts of empathy and unconscious communication in the psychoanalytic setting, revealing the persistence of romantic preoccupations in modernity.


Postcolonial Citizens and Ethnic Migration: The Netherlands and Japan in the Age of Globalization
Alumnus Michael Sharpe (Political Science, 2008) published Postcolonial Citizens, which analyzes the political realities of Dutch Antillean citizens in the Netherlands and Latin American Nikkeijin (Japanese descendants) in Japan, who inherit host state access as postcolonial citizens and ethnic immigrants. Sharpe is assistant professor of political science at York College's School of Health and Behavioral Sciences.


Reading Arabia: British Orientalism in the Age of Mass Publication, 1880–1930
Alumnus Andrew C. Long (Comparative Literature, 2000) published Reading Arabia, which provides a deeper understanding about the ways Orientalist ideas have penetrated popular culture. Long teaches in the Department of Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University. He has published essays on such topics as modern writers and texts, conspiracy and informing, the pamphleteer, and the politics and culture in the modern Middle East.

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