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Capital in the Twenty-First Century
French economist Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics) joined economic scholars Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University), Paul Krugman (Princeton University), and Steven Durlauf (University of Wisconsin-Madison) in a discussion on the main driver of income inequality—the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth, which threatens and undermines democratic values. The panel discussion was moderated by Branko Milanovic, senior scholar at the Graduate Center's Luxembourg Income Study Center (LIS), and LIS Director Janet Gornick, professor of political science and sociology. "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" was sponsored by the Advanced Research Collaborative and LIS and hosted at the Graduate Center on April 16. Click the image to watch the event on the Graduate Center's YouTube channel. Photo: Paula Vlodkowsky
Upcoming Events


Doug McAdam: Racial Politics and Social Movements
On May 9, Doug McAdam, the Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology at Stanford University, discusses the origins of movements and "contentious politics" that have divided today's America. This event is sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in Sociology at the Graduate Center.


Annual Celebration of CUNY Women Scholars and Scholarship
Join the GC's Center for the Study of Women and Society on May 9 in celebration of CUNY women scholars and faculty who have published books on gender topics within the last year.


Shaping Amorphous Thoughts: Recent Advances in Glass and Jamming Physics
On May 15, the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences at the Graduate Center presents a workshop that will cover recent research in the fields of jammed amorphous systems. Short lectures will be given by speakers Patrick Charbonneau (Duke University); David Reichman (Columbia University); Matthieu Wyart (NYU); Francesco Zamponi (ENS, Paris); and Romain Mari (City College, CUNY).


2014 Commencement
The Graduate Center's 50th Annual Commencement will be held at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, on June 3.

The Honorary Degree Recipients (Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa) are Dr. Eugene Goodheart, Mr. Leonard A. Lauder, and Dr. Jan T. Vilček. The President's Distinguished Alumni Medal will be awarded to Dr. Carol J. Oja (Music, 1985). The commencement address will be given by Uday Singh Meta (Dist. Prof., GC, Political Science), and on behalf of the graduates, Suzanne Tamang (Computer Science). Complete bios of the honorary degree recipients are here.

Students can tweet to @GC_CUNY with #GCGrad14, and join us on Instagram.

Press Coverage Highlights  


NYT Launches New Site with Study Produced by LIS Team
The New York Times has launched a new feature, "The Upshot," with an extensive report, "Losing the Lead," produced by a team from the Graduate Center's Luxembourg Income Study Center. The NYT-LIS study deals with the distribution and growth of household income across countries and found that the U.S. middle class is no longer the world's most affluent. The NYT site includes additional information about the data and a note on the process that led them to LIS.


How We Can Strengthen the World's Fragile Middle Class
In the Financial Times, Branko Milanovic, senior scholar at the Graduate Center's Luxembourg Income Study Center, writes, "Globalization has reduced poverty but inequality within nations endures."


GC in the New Yorker
Jonathan Blitzer of the New Yorker highlights the international buzz around Thomas Piketty's book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, as well as his talk on income inequality at the Graduate Center on April 16.


Heidegger's Notebooks Renew Focus on Anti-Semitism
It has long been one of the most contentious questions in twentieth-century intellectual history: how much, and what kind, of a Nazi was the German philosopher Martin Heidegger? Richard Wolin, a history professor at the Graduate Center, says in the New York Times: "The evidence now isn't just undeniable, it's over the top."


Opinion: With 100 Days under His Belt, Mayor Must Up His Game on Education
In WNYC, David C. Bloomfield, professor of urban education at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, writes "Bill de Blasio's first 100 days as the country's progressive leader in education have been marked by one huge victory, one huge loss, and a fair amount of bumbling as the new mayor tried to wrap his arms around the nation's largest school system." Photo: Kevin Case


Freedom to Be a Kid without Any Safety Rules – Radio podcast
In an interview with CBC/Radio-Canada, Roger Hart, professor of environment psychology and geography at the Graduate Center, addresses how parents and educators are torn over finding a balance for children's play in either safe or risky environments.


Twitter Awards Researchers #DataGrants
A research consortium from the University of California, San Diego, and Lev Manovich, professor of computer science at the Graduate Center, will gain access to Twitter's public and historical database for research that will analyze tweeted images to measure happiness."


"Social Paper": Digital Humanities Grant to Aid Development of Collaborative Writing Platform
Matthew K. Gold, associate professor of English and digital humanities and executive officer of the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies, was featured in Campus Technology, along with GC students Erin Glass (English) and Jennifer Stoops (Urban Education), for their digital project: "Social Paper."


John Torpey Discusses Iran's UN Ambassador-Designee
John Torpey, director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center, published an op-ed, "US Should Admit Iran's Proposed UN Ambassador, Even if He Participated in Tehran Hostage Crisis 35 Years Ago," in the International Business Times.
GC Community News  


LLCB Announces Biography Fellows
The Leon Levy Center for Biography is pleased to announce its 2014–15 Biography Fellows: Esther Allen, for a biography of José Martí, the Cuban writer and political activist; Peter Filkins, for a biography of H.G. Adler, the German-Jewish novelist; Ruth Franklin, for a biography of Shirley Jackson, the American writer; and James Romm, for a biography of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, the Italian Renaissance philosopher.


Two GC Students Win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
Jessica Lynn Allen (Biology) and Danya Al-Saleh (Anthropology) have won 2014 Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF).


GC Professor Appointed President of SAH
David Nasaw, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. professor of history at the Graduate Center, was elected president of the Society of American Historians (SAH) for 2014-15.


Steve Greenbaum Named Jefferson Science Fellow
The U.S. Department of State has selected Steve G. Greenbaum (Prof., Hunter, Physics), executive officer of the Ph.D. Program in Physics at the Graduate Center, as a Jefferson Science Fellow for 2014–15.


Psychology Student Wins Award from Society of Behavioral Medicine
The Society of Behavioral Medicine has given doctoral candidate Kristi E. Gamarel (Basic and Applied Social Psychology) a Distinguished Student Award for Excellence in Research for 2014.


Philosophy Alumna Wins Guggenheim Fellowship
Alumna Eva Kittay (Philosophy, 1978) has been named a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow in the humanities. A distinguished professor of philosophy at Stony Brook University and a senior fellow of the Stony Brook Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics, she has been a pioneering scholar on questions of care and disability in the realm of philosophy.
Faculty Books
The Great Ethics of Aristotle
In this follow-up to The Eudemian Ethics of Aristotle, Peter L. P. Simpson (Prof., Staten Island, Classics, Philosophy) centers his attention on the basics of Aristotelian moral doctrine as found in the Great Ethics: the definition of happiness, the nature and kind of the virtues, pleasure, and friendship.


Research Handbook on Economic Models of Law
One of the great successes of the law and economics movement has been the use of economic models to explain the structure and function of broad areas of law. Matthew J. Baker (Assoc. Prof., Hunter, Economics), along with coauthor Thomas J. Miceli, employ a variety of economic methodologies to explore a wide range of topics, including torts, contracts, and legal procedure.


The Urban Ethnography Reader
Mitchell Duneier, visiting distinguished professor of sociology, and Philip Kasinitz, presidential professor of sociology at the Graduate Center, highlight urban ethnography's origins, practices, and significance and guide the reader through the major topics on which it has focused—from the community, public spaces, family, education, work, and recreation to social policy.
Mexican Screen Fiction: Between Cinema and Television
Paul Julian Smith, distinguished professor of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian literatures and languages at the Graduate Center, examines the flourishing of audiovisual fiction in Mexico since 2000, considering cinema and TV together. Mexican Screen Fiction covers material previously unexplored and engages with emerging themes, including violence, youth culture, and film festivals.


Transforming Urban Education: Urban Teachers and Students Working Collaboratively
Kenneth Tobin, presidential professor of urban education at the Graduate Center, and coeditor Ashraf Shady, one of several GC alumni who contributed to Transforming Urban Education, address novel constructs and approaches that are demonstrated in empirical studies in a wide range of schools, colleges, and even museums, in the contexts of science, mathematics, technology, literacy, and writing comic books.


The Color Bind: Talking (and Not Talking) About Race at Work
Workplace experts Erica Gabrielle Foldy and Tamara R. Buckley (Assoc. Prof., Hunter, Psychology) investigate diversity in office settings, looking at how both the "color blind" and "color cognizance" approaches have profound effects on the ways coworkers think and interact with each other. Based on an intensive two-and-a-half-year study of employees at a child welfare agency, the authors show how color cognizance helps workers move beyond silence on the issue of race toward more inclusive workplace practices.

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