365 Fifth Newsletter  |  Issue 43  |  Oct. 2018  |
He Hit a High Note
Nicolas Namoradze
takes home the world’s
largest prize for pianists.
News from the GC
Hurricane Sandy Damage in Brooklyn - photo from Wikimedia CommonsBook Cover
Six Years Since Sandy
What have we learned? Who will be safe in the next storm? Doctoral student Zachary Paganini shares his research on Canarsie.
Painting by Eugene Delacroix - Liberty Leading the People
What Is Liberalism, Anyway?
Professor Helena Rosenblatt, author of The Lost History of Liberalism: From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century, debunks some common beliefs in this Thought Project podcast.
Brooklyn Tides: The Fall and Rise of a Global Borough
This Is Not Your Grandmother’s Brooklyn
Professor Benjamin H. Shepard discusses his new book, Brooklyn Tides: The Fall and Rise of a Global Borough.
Urban garden
Urban Farmers Take Note
Can a thin layer of clean dirt safely bury the lead that is rampant in NYC topsoil? A new study by Professor Zhongqi “Joshua” Cheng reveals.
Just Published
Book cover - The Lost History of Liberalism: From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century
The Lost History of Liberalism: From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century
Helena Rosenblatt
Book cover - The Elusive Brain: Literary Experiments in the Age of Neuroscience
The Elusive Brain: Literary Experiments in the Age of Neuroscience
Jason Tougaw
(GC/Queens, Liberal Studies and English)
Book cover - New York After 9/11
New York After 9/11
Susan Opotow
(GC/John Jay, Psychology and Sociology)
New to the GC
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Overheard At the GC
There’s a lot to talk about these days, and the GC is proud to bring thoughtful conversation about today’s pressing subjects to its stages. Join us for lively discussions and astounding artistry.
Heather Boushey
Heather Boushey
Executive Director and Chief Economist at The Washington Center for Equitable Growth
“If we want to solve the problem of poverty, we need to spend more time thinking about where the power lies.”
Jerry Brown
Jerry Brown
Governor of California
“Roots are not enough. You need innovation, you need to blend opposites together in harmonious, greater integration. That’s what we’re having trouble with now.”
Come to Our Events
Jarlath Henderson
Experience the new Celtic folk scene with acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Jarlath Henderson.
Funded with a generous gift from the Baisley Powell Elebash Fund.
Pandits Rajan and Sajan Misra
A New Era for the ERA
Hear from black and Latina leaders who are at the forefront of the movement to ratify the ERA.
Presented with the ERA Coalition.
Nominate Extraordinary Alumni
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We will celebrate exceptional alumni at The Graduate Center’s Alumni Awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. We welcome your nominations for these recognitions: Alumni Achievement Award, Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award, and the CUNY Award. Learn more and send your suggestions here.


Professor Cindy R. Lobel (GC, Liberal Studies/Lehman, History), a GC alumna (Ph.D. ’03, History), passed away on October 2. Marilyn Weber, academic program coordinator of the GC’s history Ph.D. program, wrote in a note to faculty and students: “She will be especially missed by those in the Ph.D. Program in History who had the pleasure of teaching her, learning with her, and attending her annual teaching workshops and her presentations.” Her first book, Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York, won the Dixon Ryan Fox Best Manuscript Prize in 2013. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 13. Details are available here.

Professor Satadru Sen (GC/Queens, History) passed away on October 8. An expert in South Asian history, he authored five monographs, two collections of essays, and a co-edited volume. “We will dearly miss Satadru’s dedication to promising students, his penchant for activism of an intellectual stripe, and his sense of humor, however mordant. Satadru is survived by his wife Amanda, his daughters Mira and Leila, scores of fellow historians, and thousands of edified readers,” wrote Professor Joel Allen (GC/Queens, History). A visitation and remembrance will take place on Friday, October 12. Details are available here.

The GC community extends deepest condolences to their many friends, family members, colleagues, and admirers.

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