Press Release: In The News: a summary of media coverage (September 2002 - February 2003)

This compendium of appearances in the news by The Graduate Center and its people reflects not just the visibility of the institution but the significant role its expertise and activities play in the wide realm of public interests and events that the media chronicles. It is a brief summary of how we relate to the world at large. It does not include the hundreds of public event "listings" in such places as the New York Times, the New Yorker, Time Out New York, Free Time, the Village Voice, the New York 1 Community Calendar, and many other publications and TV and radio stations. Following the summary of placements are reprints of sample articles.


Fall and winter of 2002-03 brought extraordinary positive media attention to the full scope of public programs and "Scholarship for an Urban World" offered by The Graduate Center's many constituents, including a particularly significant number of feature articles in The New York Times. To begin this report, we'd like to highlight the extensive coverage generated by...

Clinton-Havel-Wiesel Symposium
In his final U.S. appearance as Czech president, Vaclav Havel joined former President Bill Clinton and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel at The Graduate Center for a program on "The Playwright as President." The packed Proshansky auditorium was filled with luminaries and media. On Sept. 23, articles ran in The New York Times and The New York Sun, and the symposium and following reception were noted in Newsday "Side Dishes" column. James Barron included the event in his "Boldface Names" column in the Times on Sept. 24, and CSPAN later broadcast the taped symposium, as did CUNY TV. On Oct. 24, The New York Review of Books published President Havel's speech, and in a Jan. 6 article about President Havel, The New Yorker mentioned his appearance at The Graduate Center. In addition, the evening received extensive coverage from Eastern European media.

Sidney Hook Conference
Last summer, a Graduate Center conference on philosopher Sidney Hook, organized by the Center for the Humanities, had drawn considerable pre-event attention related to the withdrawal of several participants. Subsequently, the conference itself garnered considerable coverage. The Chronicle of Higher Education ran a story Oct. 28 and interviewed Distinguished Professor John Patrick Diggins about his decision to rejoin the conference. On Nov. 3 The Boston Globe published an in-depth report on the conference. On Nov. 5, The New York Sun also reviewed the event. A two-page article in The Chronicle of Higher Education on Nov. 8 discussed Hook's legacy and highlighted the panels in The Graduate Center program.

Gaudi's Hotel Attraction
In 1908, the visionary Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi sketched plans for a skyscraper hotel to be built on what would become the World Trade Center site. In conjunction with its art gallery exhibition related to photographs of Gaudi works, The Graduate Center presented a discussion of his "Hotel Attraction" and in the process essentially broke this remarkable story to the English-speaking world. A week before the presentation, on Jan. 16, The New York Times printed a short preview and one of Gaudi's sketches, followed by a more extensive Metro-front feature article with photos in the Jan. 21 edition of the Times, and a color illustration and notice ran in that week's "Above and Beyond" section of The New Yorker. The event itself was attended by international journalists, and stories ran in the Jan. 23 London Times, the Ottawa Citizen, on Spanish television stations Antena 3 TV and TVE and on TV stations around the world via the Reuters TV news. French and Russian national TV outlets also covered the event. Among print outlets, the story was carried Jan. 24 in Building News, Jan. 25 in El Correo Digital, and the Jan. 29 edition of Lan Vanguardia Digital.

Brundibar Children's Opera
The Graduate Center's production of Brundibar - an opera originally performed by children in a Nazi concentration camp - garnered considerable attention. Big Apple Parent carried a story in its February issue, detailing how the Czech opera came to be performed at the Terezin concentration camp. The Feb. 6 Wall Street Journal ran a lengthy feature about the opera and The New York Times followed suit on Feb. 13, including a Nazi propaganda photo of the original production along with the preview. New York magazine accompanied its listing information with a story and photo featuring members of the Young People's Chorus in its Feb. 17 issue. Then, The New York Times reviewed the performance favorably, running a photograph with the review. Produced by The Graduate Center, the performance was presented at the Henry Street Settlement.

ARIS Coverage Continues
Though released and extensively covered over the past year and a half, The Graduate Center's 2001 American Religious Identification Survey, co-directed by Professor Egon Mayer (Sociology), continues to intrigue the national media and is a valuable source of information on religion in the United States, as proved by its use in news articles. New York Jewish Week compared the survey's findings to other national studies in a Sept. 27 story, The Washington Post discussed it in a Nov. 3 story about those with no religion, USA Today featured the findings in a Dec. 4 story about religion and family gatherings and again on Dec. 12 in a story about Hispanic Catholics. The Public Perspective utilized the survey in February issue for a story about a growing population of Americans who do not identify with any religion.

Articles/Programs About The Graduate Center, Its Faculty, Alumni, & Students

Great Music for a Great City
The "Dvorak in America" concert, part of The Graduate Center's "Great Music for a Great City" series, was featured in The New York Times "Classical Music and Dance Guide" on Sept. 6.

Comics and Counterculture
"Super-Heroes in the 60s: Comics and Counterculture," a Graduate Center Continuing Education program series, was previewed in the Sept. 6 issue of Comics Buyers' Guide. The series was also profiled in the Oct. 9 issue of The New York Press.

A New View of New York
Professor William Kornblum (Sociology) was profiled in "The Boating Report" column in The New York Times on Sept. 8. The article detailed Professor Kornblum's adventures in urban sailing, as he explores in his book At Sea in the City.

Professor's Book Acclaimed
Distinguished Professor Mike Wallace (History), director of the Gotham Center, was cited in the media many times in connection with his latest book, A New Deal for New York. Reviews appeared in The Nation, Vice Magazine, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Gotham Gazette, The New York Sun, The New Republic, New York Observer, Time Out New York, The Washington Post, City Limits, and Publishers Weekly. A review also ran on Bloomberg News.

Art History Founder Noted
Professor Emeritus Leo Steinberg (Art History), who was a founder of the Ph.D. Program in Art History at The Graduate Center, was profiled in the Sept. 10 edition of The New York Times.

Studying Student Achievement
An article about a recent project of Distinguished Professor Michelle Fine (Psychology, Urban Education) studying the student-achievement gap ran in Education Week on Sept. 11. On Oct. 10, Professor Fine was also mentioned on the Associated Press wires for a study she conducted about conditions in California public schools.

Horowitz and Horovitz
Graduate Center president Frances Degen Horowitz was interviewed following a Bravo broadcast of Israel Horovitz's film "3 Weeks after Paradise," which commemorates the attacks of 9-11. Horovitz and President Horowitz discussed the film and the scholarship he established at The Graduate Center from the proceeds of the project.

Sept. 11 Archive Featured
The American Social History Project's Sept. 11 Digital Archive was mentioned in a story in the Sept. 11 New York Times and also in a story on's technology news.

Alumna's Book Reviewed
Sitdown with the Sopranos, a book edited by Graduate Center alumna Regina Barreca (English, '87), was reviewed in by The New York Times on Sept. 15 in an article about books on the television series.

A Brilliant Solution
The most recent book by Professor Carol Berkin (History), A Brilliant Solution, was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review on Sept. 15.

Mina Rees Chair Named
In its Sept. 27 issue, The Chronicle of Higher Education Gazette announced the appointment of Distinguished Professor Victor Kolyvagin to the new Mina Rees Chair in Mathematics at The Graduate Center.

Legacy of the Subway Study
Alumnus Ira Goodman (Psychology, '78), a student of the late Professor Emeritus Stanley Milgram (Psychology), was interviewed for WNYC-FM's program "The Next Big Thing" on Sept. 29 about Professor Milgram's study of people's willingness to give up their subway seats.

Hirshon Views Patton
An extended profile and photograph of Professor Stanley Hirshon (History) appeared in the Oct. 7 issue of Newsday. The reporter visited Professor Hirshon's graduate class at Queens College, observing his interaction with students, and also discussed his latest book, a biography of General Patton. The biography was reviewed in The Weekly Standard on Dec. 2, which praised Hirshon's completeness and the attitude that irascible warriors are needed in times of trouble.

Recording Disappearing Languages
Graduate Center Alumnus Denny Moore (Anthropology '84) was profiled in the Oct. 11 issue of Science magazine. He has been working in South America to record and analyze little studied and vanishing languages along the Amazon river.

Rohatyn Honored at Benefit
On Oct. 13, Newsday columnist Liz Smith mentioned The Graduate Center's benefit honoring Felix G. Rohatyn, the former ambassador to France and former head of the Municipal Assistance Corporation. On Nov. 21. Rohatyn, president of Rohatyn Associates LLC, received the President's medal at the Fourth Annual Foundation Dinner at The Graduate Center.

Engravings Exhibition Reviewed
The exhibit "Canaletto/Piranesi: Views, Real and Invented" at The Graduate Center was reviewed in the Oct. 17 edition of The New York Sun, which also reproduced one of Canaletto's engravings. The exhibit was also reviewed in the Oct. 24 edition of Time Out magazine.

Rare Honor Conferred
Distinguished Professor Sheldon Weinbaum (Engineering) was profiled in The New York Times on Oct. 23 after achieving a rare honor: being elected to all three of the national academies: engineering, medicine and science. Only two other people have been so honored in the past 20 years. For this accomplishment, he was also profiled in the Nov. 15 edition of The Chief.

Airline Workers Studied
A study of the impact of 9-11 on New York airline workers headed by Professor William Kornblum (Sociology) was covered widely in the media, and Senator Tom Daschle attended the press conference at the Graduate Center announcing the findings. The New York Times ran a story on Oct. 23, and it was covered that day by NY1 News and 1010 WINS-FM. The Associated Press also carried the story on its wire and Newsday ran a story on Oct. 24.

The "Remembering Theresienstadt" concert at The Graduate Center, featuring music performed by people incarcerated in the Nazi concentration camp, was highlighted in the "Classical Music and Dance Guide" in the Oct. 25 New York Times.

Technology Conference Covered
A pedagogical conference at The Graduate Center, "Making Technology Work in Our Classrooms: A Forum for Educational Leaders and Decision Makers," was reviewed in the November issue of Education Update.

Beyond Baroque Reviewed
Publishers Weekly reviewed a book by Professor Ammiel Alcalay (Comparative Literature), Beyond Baroque, in its Nov. 25 issue.

New Menand Book
American Studies, a collection of essays by Distinguished Professor Louis Menand (English), was reviewed in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 10 and was featured in the New York Times "Books in Brief" column on Dec. 1. Meanwhile, interviews with and profiles of Professor Menand ran the San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 24 and in the Dec. 15 edition of Newsday.

Brazilian Governor Visits
A talk at the Bildner Center with Germano Rigotto, governor of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, was reported in the December issue of The Brasilian, which also ran a picture of Rigotto and Graduate Center President Frances Degen Horowitz.

Legacy of Mina Rees
Mina Rees, first president of The Graduate Center, was featured in an article in the December issue of American Mathematical Monthly that detailed her work in attracting federal support for mathematical research and guiding the development of computers.

Philharmonic Concert Listed
The celebration of the New York Philharmonic's 160th anniversary at The Graduate Center was highlighted in the "This Week" column of The New York Times on Dec. 2.

Professor Receives Research Award
Assistant Professor George Mylonakis (Engineering) was cited in the Dec. 4 New York Times when he became the youngest-ever winner of the Shamsher Prakash Research Award.

Dialect and Identity
Professor Ricardo Otheguy (Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures, Linguistics) was featured in a Dec. 5 article in The New York Times about the interaction between Spanish dialects and latino identity. This article was reprinted in the San Juan Star and the San Antonio Express. He was also quoted in the Feb. 16 issue of 7 Dias, the magazine section of El Diario.

Holocaust Scholar Honored
Distinguished Professor Emeritus Randolph Braham (Political Science), director of The Graduate Center's Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, was profiled extensively in the Eastern European press when he was honored in Hungary on his 80th birthday for his work on the Hungarian holocaust. He was presented with a Festschrift on December 13, an event that was previewed by Szabadsag on Dec. 9. The ceremony was covered by Elet Es Irodalom on Dec. 13, Nepszava on Dec. 16, Nepszabadsag on Dec. 19, Hetek on Dec. 20, and Magyar Hirlap on Jan. 2. He was also profiled in Revista Mea from Tel Aviv. Professor Braham's honor was also featured in a New York Times "Bulletin Board" item on Dec. 11 and the Jan. 31 issue of the Jewish Sentinel.

New York and the New Deal
A conference sponsored by the Gotham Center, "New York City and the New Deal," was reviewed by The Nation in its Dec. 30 issue, mentioning Distinguished Professor Mike Wallace (History), director of the Gotham Center, and Distinguished Professor Frances Fox Piven (Political Science), who spoke at the conference.

Celebrating DNA's Birthday
The New York Times previewed the "Genomic Issue(s): Art and Science" exhibit at The Graduate Center in a Jan. 17 "Inside Art" column. Newsweek ran a story in its Feb. 24 issue. The exhibit was also featured in the March issue of Seed, which included The Graduate Center in its "Definitive Guide" to the 50-year anniversary of the discovery of the DNA structure, along with artwork that appears at The Graduate Center.

Teacher Training Commission
USA Today reported on Jan. 22 that a commission to study how high-quality public school teachers are trained, recruited, and retained will be headquartered at The Graduate Center.

Clementi Conference Covered
The Muzio Clementi concert in the Elebash Recital Hall was previewed in the "Footlights" column in The New York Times on Jan. 30 and featured in its Classical Music and Dance Guide on Jan. 31.

Ensemble Performance Reviewed
On Jan. 31, The New York Times reviewed the Firebird Ensemble's New York City debut concert in Elebash Recital Hall.

The State of Black Studies
The "State of Black Studies" conference at The Graduate Center was covered thoroughly by the press. A preview of the conference ran in the Feb. 1 edition of The New York Times and the Feb. 2 Daily News. National Public Radio ran a story the day the conference began, Feb. 7, and on Feb. 10 reviewed the conference and interviewed two of its participants. A story about the conference was also in the Feb. 13 edition of The New York Amsterdam News.

World Trade Center Book Reviewed
After the World Trade Center, a book co-edited by Professor Sharon Zukin (Psychology, Sociology), was reviewed in the Dec. 8 issue of The New York Times.

Book Reviews, Op-Ed Pieces, Articles by Faculty and Alumni, and Obituaries

Presidential Rhetoric
Professor Stanley Renshon (Political Science) wrote an op-ed piece for Newsday about President George W. Bush's rhetoric that ran Sept. 15.

Considering 9-11 Literature
Distinguished Professor Louis Menand (English) wrote a review of 9-11 literature, seeking to uncover insights there about the American soul, which appeared in The New Yorker on Sept. 16.

Scholarship of Gangs
Professor Joshua Brown, director of the American Social History Project at The Graduate Center, wrote a letter that was published in the Sept. 22 New York Times about the historical scholarship that can shed light on the events behind Martin Scorsese's film, Gangs of New York.

Appreciating Berlioz
Professor Raymond Erickson (Music) wrote a letter that was published in the Oct. 6 edition of The New York Times about the difficulty in appreciating the music of Berlioz.

NYC Tax Burden
Associate Professor Lynne Weikart (Urban Education) wrote a letter to the editor of Crains New York Business to correct the magazine's impression that the State of New York does not impose a tax burden on New York City.

Criminal Profiling
Steven Gorelick, vice president for institutional advancement, wrote a commentary piece about criminal profiling for the Oct. 30 edition of The Christian Science Monitor.

Professor Studied American Revolution
An obituary of Professor Emeritus Elmer James Ferguson (History) ran in the Queens Tribune's Oct. 31-Nov. 6 issue. Professor Ferguson, a veteran of World War II, was a scholar of the American Revolution.

Professor Was Presidential Advisor
An obituary of Professor Emerita Jeanne Noble appeared in the Nov. 2 edition of The New York Times. An advisor to presidents Johnson, Nixon, and Ford, Professor Noble was author of The Negro Woman as College Graduate and Beautiful, Also, Are the Souls of My Black Sisters.

Jazz in Modernist Context
Provost William Kelly (English) wrote a review of Jazz Modernism, a book that puts jazz in the context of other modernist movements, that appeared in The New York Times Book Review on Nov. 3.

Student Probes Connection
Marc Johnson, a student in the Ph.D. Program in Music, wrote an article for The Boston Globe about the alliance between radical politics and folk music that appeared Nov. 17.

Nasaw on Spanish-American War Book
Distinguished Professor David Nasaw (History) wrote a review for the Nov. 24 New York Times Book Review of First Great Triumph: How Five Americans Made Their Country a World Power, discussing the Americas expansionism that grew out of the Spanish-American war.

NYC Republican Convention
Distinguished Professor Mike Wallace (History), director of the Gotham Center, wrote an op-ed piece for the Jan. 11 New York Times about the Republican's plans to hold their 2004 convention in New York.

Professor Defends Exhibit
John GutiƩrrez, director of The Graduate Center's Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Sun that appeared in the Jan. 28 issue. He wrote to refute a Sun editorial of Jan 24 that suggested The Graduate Center's photo exhibition on Cuba was pro-communist.

Professor Reviews Lost in America
Distinguished Professor Morris Dickstein (English, Theater) wrote a review of Lost in America by Sherwin Nuland that appeared in The New York Times Book Review on Feb. 9.

Expert Quotes and Miscellaneous Citings

Debunking Childrearing Myths
Professor Steve Tuber (Psychology) was quoted in the September issue of Parenting magazine about childrearing myths.

9-11 Symposium
The "Death, Bereavement, and Mourning" symposium on the anniversary of 9-11 was included in a New York Times article on Sept. 3 about planned memorials, was mentioned on WNBC-TV on Sept. 10, and Clyde Haberman referred to the conference in his Sept. 13 New York Times column.

Mollenkopf Much in Demand
Distinguished Professor John Mollenkopf (Political Science), director of The Graduate Center's Center for Urban Research, continues to be called on regularly by the media for expert commentary. He was quoted in a Sept. 2 article in The New York Times about the distribution of work-at-home New Yorkers, was interviewed for a Sept. 8 Newsday story about the redistricting of State Senate districts and again on Oct. 24 story in a Times story about proposed changes to the City Council district map. On Nov. 2, Nov. 7 and Nov. 9 in the Times and Nov. 15 in the National Review, he was quoted about the ethnic breakdown of votes. The Washington Post interviewed him for a Nov. 24 story about New York City's change of fortune. He was also interviewed Dec. 15 in the Times about the proposed changes to New York City's fire department, the Dec. 18 Newsday quoted him on union politics, and on Jan. 8, he was quoted in a story in The Christian Science Monitor about the choice of New York City for the 2004 Republican National Convention. He was quoted in a Feb. 3 Times story about black political figures who emerged from Harlem, and he was also interviewed for a Feb. 23 story in Newsday about the ability of New Yorkers to engage people of other demographic groups about difficult topics like the possibility of war.

High School Rankings Questioned
Professor Paul Attewell's (Sociology) report, "The Winner Take All High School," was quoted in a Sept. 3 story in The Washington Post that questioned the validity of ranking high schools by the percentage of their graduates who attend Ivy League schools.

Analyzes NYPD Contract
Professor William Kornblum (Sociology) was quoted in the Sept. 5 edition of The New York Times in a news analysis regarding the New York Police Department contract settlement.

Assessing the President
Professor Stanley Renshon (Political Science) was interviewed for a story in the national weekly edition of The Washington Post on Sept. 9 about the scholastic assessment of President George W. Bush.

Professor Provides Labor Expertise
The media regularly relied on the labor expertise of Associate Professor Joshua Freeman (History). He was interviewed for the Sept. 5 New York Times in an article about the police contract negotiations, and for articles on the transit negotiations in the Oct. 10 Newsday and the Nov. 30, Dec. 13, Dec. 15, and Dec. 17 New York Times. For an Oct. 1 story in the Times, he was quoted about the union support for Gov. Pataki's reelection campaign. He was interviewed for a Jan. 12 story in the Times about the workers who dig New York's tunnels, air shafts, and foundations. In addition, he was interviewed along with Professor Mike Wallace, director of the Gotham Center, for a Sept. 9 story in The Washington Post about the memory of 9-11

Changes Since 9-11
Distinguished Professor Mike Wallace (History), director of the Gotham Center, was interviewed on Sept. 9 about the changes in New York City's culture since the attacks of 9-11. He was also quoted in a Nov. 24 story in The Nation about efforts to commemorate the attacks. In addition, he was quoted in a Feb. 15 story in The New York Times about the movie Gangs of New York.

United States Religion
Professor Egon Mayer (Sociology), director of The Graduate Center's Center for Jewish Studies, was consulted many times in regards to religion in the United States. The Oregonian interviewed him for a Sept. 12 article about religion in Oregon. He was also interviewed in a Oct. 9 story in The New York Times about using statistics to inform religious policy. He was quoted in a
Oct. 6 story in Newsday about the decline of the Jewish population and again on Oct. 21 in a story about New York City's religious diversity. His website was mentioned in a list of resources by PBS's "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly."

Weiss Discusses Security Council
Distinguished Professor Thomas Weiss (Political Science) was interviewed by the BBC for the program "The World This Weekend" on Sept. 14 about the UN Security Council.

The Geography of Judaism
Professor William Helmreich (Sociology) was interviewed for a Sept. 27 story in The New York Times about the geography of Judaism in New York City.

Reconsidering Borough Presidents
Distinguished Professor David Nasaw (History) was interviewed for a Sept. 29 story in The New York Times about the efficacy of borough presidents since the city charter reform.

Italian American Exhibit Covered
Distinguished Professor Philip Cannistraro (History) was interviewed for a story in the October issue of American and Italian Weekly about an exhibit that documents the government profiling of Italian Americans in World War II.

Judy Blume Lecture Previewed
A lecture by children's author Judy Blume at The Graduate Center was previewed by The New York Post on Oct. 5.

AirTrain Accident Insight
Distinguished Professor Robert Paaswell (Engineering) was quoted in a Newsday article on Oct. 6 regarding the JFK airport AirTrain accident.

JFK, Jr., Institute Honors Pataki
The Graduate Center was mentioned in Newsday on Oct. 8 as the place where Governor Pataki was presented with a public service award from the John F. Kennedy Jr. Institute for Worker Education.

Baseball Program Noted
Dave Anderson, a columnist for The New York Times, mentioned the "Old Time Baseball" program at The Graduate Center in his column on Oct. 18 about the connection between the San Francisco Giants in the World Series and their ancestors, the New York (baseball) Giants.

Context on the Washington Snipers
The media consulted several Graduate Center faculty in regards to the Washington snipers. On Oct. 21, Professor Eli Silverman (Criminal Justice) was quoted in a story in The New York Times. Professor Louis Schlesinger (Criminal Justice) was quoted in two Oct. 23 stories and one Oct. 25 story in Newsday. Professor Phil Saigh (Educational Psychology) was interviewed for a Oct. 24 story in USA Today about children who may have been frightened by story. Professor Lawrence Kobilinsky (Biochemistry) was quoted in the Oct. 23 Daily News about the ammunition used in the attacks.

Professor Talks Politics
Professor Philip Kasinitz (Sociology) considered Governor Pataki's chances for national office for an article in the Oct. 31 issue of USA Today. He was also interviewed about the demographic differences between black Americans and black immigrants in the Feb. 17 editions of Newsday and The Boston Globe.

After-School Programs Fight Crime
Professor Eli Silverman (Criminal Justice) was quoted in a Nov. 8 story about the anti-crime effects of after-school programs in the Nov. 8 issue of the New York Post.

Training Journalism Students
Professor Philip Kasinitz (Sociology) was mentioned in the November Columbia Journalism Review for his participation in a journalism training seminar on immigration.

WWII "Enemy Aliens"
Distinguished Professor Philip Cannistraro (History), historical advisor to the Italian American Museum, was quoted by Newsday on Nov. 13 about an exhibit that explores the classification of Italian Americans as "enemy aliens" during World War II.

Evaluating Open Enrollment
Roscoe Brown, director of The Graduate Center's Center for Urban Education Policy, and Professor Barry Latzer (Criminal Justice) were quoted in a Nov. 14 story in the New York Sun evaluating the effect of the 1999 end to open enrollment at CUNY's senior colleges.

Considering Gangs of New York
Professor Joshua Brown, director of the American Social History Project at The Graduate Center, was interviewed for the Dec. 3 edition of USA Today, the Dec. 8 editions of The New York Times and The Daily News, and the Dec. 20 Boston Globe about the veracity of movies like Gangs of New York. Also an interview ran in December on Court TV. He was interviewed in the Jan. 11 issue of the French magazine Telerama, and his evaluation of the film's vision of New York's past was published in the Jan. 23 issue of The London Review of Books.

Jorgensen Conference Noted
The Graduate Center was mentioned on the NPR program "All Things Considered" on Dec. 2 as being the host for conference on the legacy of Christine Jorgensen, the first celebrity transsexual.

Professor Runs for Governor
Distinguished Professor Stanley Aronowitz (Sociology, Urban Education), who was the Green Party candidate for governor, was interviewed Sept. 3 in The Legislative Gazette, the Sept. 27 Chief-Leader, the Oct. 9 New York Post, the Oct. 12 New York Times, and the Oct. 14 Newsday. An expert in labor relations, he was also interviewed on Sept. 6 in The Chief about the earnings of the president of Teamsters Local 237. He also talked about the MTA disciplinary rules in the recent contract dispute in the Dec. 14 edition of The New York Times. In addition, he was interviewed in the Dec. 18 Newsday about the chances that the Transit Workers' union would ratify the contract.

Life Behind the Gates
Professor Setha Low (Anthropology, Psychology) was interviewed for a Dec. 15 story in USA Today about gated communities. Professor Low spent 8 years interviewing residents of such communities, and her book on the subject, Behind the Gates, will be published in April.

Performance Previewed
A performance of the Elements Quartet at The Graduate Center was previewed in a New York Times article on Dec. 15.

Understanding Banned Movement
Professor Peter Kwong (Sociology) commented on Falun Gong, a banned Chinese spiritual movement, for the Dec. 19 edition of The New York Times.

Nondenominational Holidays
Professor William Helmreich (Sociology) was interviewed about the trend toward nondenominational seasonal greetings for a Clyde Haberman column in the Dec. 24 edition of The New York Times.

Professor Alford Acknowledged
The late Distinguished Professor Robert Alford (Sociology) was acknowledged by a writer for the London Independent for his analysis of how a shift in American news coverage from Enron to Saddam Hussein benefitted the Bush administration by getting corporate scandals out of the news.

From Book to Play
Professor Brian Schwartz (Physics), vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs, was featured in January's Playbill Online regarding his efforts to adapt Einstein's Dreams into a musical. The New York Times also ran a story about it on Jan. 28.

The Future of New York City
Professors Juan Flores (Sociology) and Sharon Zukin (Psychology, Sociology) were interviewed for a story about the future of New York City in the Jan. 5 edition of The New York Times. Professor Flores predicted a latino mayor and a fusion of ethnic food. Professor Zukin prophesized an increase in the Brooklyn Academy of Music as an "alternative cultural center" and the flattening of multistory retailers because "no one wants to go up in an elevator to shop anymore."

Latinos and the Census
John GutiƩrrez, administrative director of The Graduate Center's Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, was interviewed by Channel 7 news on Jan. 21 regarding latinos and the Census.

The Genius of Virginia Woolf
Distinguished Professor Mary Anne Caws (Comparative Literature, English, French) was interviewed for a story in the Jan. 24 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education about the genius of Virginia Woolf.

High School Peer Tutoring
Audrey Gartner, director of the Peer Research Laboratory at The Graduate Center, spoke about the value of high school peer tutoring programs for the Feb. 2 edition of The Boston Globe.

Student Offers Expertise

Jerry Sawyer, a student in the Ph.D. Program in Anthropology, was featured in a Connecticut Public Television special, "Slavery and Freedom in New England," on Feb. 9.

Regarding The Hours

Distinguished Professor Jane Marcus (English) was interviewed for Feb. 15 issue of The New York Times and the Feb. 22 issue of the Australian newspaper Courier Mail about the The Hours, a movie inspired by a Virginia Woolf novel.

Harvey on Amnesty at Oxford

The Amnesty Lecture by Distinguished Professor David Harvey (Anthropology) at Oxford University gained attention in the press. The London Guardian on Feb. 18 covered his lecture, calling him "one of the world's most distinguished geographers." In addition, an abridged version of his lecture appeared in the Feb. 14 edition of The Times Higher Education Supplement.

Representation in Ethnic Literature

Distinguished Professor Morris Dickstein (English, Theater) spoke about issues of representation in ethnic literature for the Feb. 22 edition of The New York Times.

Submitted on: JAN 1, 2003