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Documentary Filmmaker Dives into Immigration Debate

In her new documentary film, “Underwater Dreams,” writer and director Mary Mazzio enters the highly charged atmosphere of immigration reform by telling the inspirational story of four sons of undocume >>

Chancellor Milliken: CUNY’s “Tremendous Potential” for the Future


Prevention Crucial to Containing Ebola


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John O’Keefe, Class of ’63, Wins Nobel Prize

Dr. John O'Keefe, a 1963 alumnus of The City College of New York, was today awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He is CCNY's tenth Nobel laureate, placing the institution among the top ranks of public colleges and universities nationwide. >>


A Message to the CUNY community from Chancellor James B. Milliken

Update on proposed amendments to University policies and procedures addressing sexual assault, sexual harassment and student discipline.  >>


Why Eating Lunch at Your Desk is Making You Fat

Preparing a healthy lunch at home is a luxury most of us don’t have time for. But—thanks to an alarming new study—it’s something we all should be doing regularly, as it’s seriously unhealthy to grab lunch around the office every day. >>


Criminal Justice System Reflects Income Gap

In his new book, The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap, bestselling author Matt Taibbi explores how the income gap between the wealthy and the poor is also reflected in who is targeted for prosecution and incarceration. “I’m trying to show the two different ways that the criminal justice system works for these two different types of offenders,” said Taibbi at an event at Hunter’s Roosevelt House. Taibbi, who won a National Magazine Award for his columns in Rolling Stone in 2008, was interviewed by ProPublica president and founding general manager, Richard Tofel, to discuss the inequity of American crime and punishment. ... <podcast>


Report On Credits For Transfer Students

A University-wide study has reported on ways to streamline course credit transfers among community and senior colleges. Too many transfer students find their college credits rejected by their receiving colleges, each of which has discretion to shape its own general education courses and credit requirements, according to the report of a working group convened by Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Lexa Logue. The report found that transfer students "confront a variety of uncertainties and risks, including the risk of having some credits rejected, which can slow their progress toward their degrees and increase their costs."... >>

Colleges Helped In Census Drive

The University played a significant role in the U.S. Census Bureau's massive effort to complete its 2010 New York City count. The University provided facilities in the five boroughs, 17 sites in all, to help the Census Bureau recruit and train students, staff, and community members for its biggest operation: going door-to-door to count households that failed to respond to mailed forms. Patricia A. Valle, an assistant regional census manager, stated that without the University's help "we would not have been able to test and train the thousands of people who came forward to be part of this tremendous undertaking."... >>

The Trial of the 19th Century

A new book by Harold Schechter, professor of American literature and culture at Queens College, recounts a sensational 1840s murder and trial that included an O.J. Simpson-like media circus and the jousting of well-matched legal teams for the prosecution and defense. Killer Colt: Murder, Disgrace, and the Making of an American Legend has a cast that includes the victim, a busy local printer named Samuel Adams, the accused killer, John Colt -- older brother of Sam Colt, inventor of the famous six-shooter -- New York Mayor Robert Hunter Morris, 90 witnesses, and an enthralled public. Was Colt guilty or not guilty? Read the book to find out.... >>

Pilot e-Textbook Initiative

The University has joined forces with IBM and New York City's Department of Education in a pilot e-textbook initiative at Stuyvesant High School aimed at better equipping students to succeed in higher education and then in a global workforce. In the trial program a group of 102 ninth graders will test Kindle DX e-book readers to download text and supplemental materials for geometry, biology and social studies classes. The partnership "takes aim at holding down costs and will offer students tools to better prepare them for college-level work," says Allan H. Dobrin, CUNY executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer. ... >>

The World Through Women's Eyes

International filmmakers brought "The World Through Women's Eyes" into focus at the Graduate School of Journalism in April with a global documentary festival launched to recognize the importance of such films in covering world events at a time of declining international news coverage. "It was all that we envisioned at the start and more ... not just filmmakers talking about films," says film board founder and chairman Lonnie Isabel. CUNY's journalism school has also started a documentary film class and Isabel expects that student film projects and discussions will be part of the next documentary festival. ... >>

CUNY's Website Is a Big HitCUNY's Website Is a Big Hit

The University's website -- www.cuny.edu -- has increased traffic by more than 50 percent to a record 1.64 million unique visitors per month since its 5.0 redesign one year ago. It is now the second most searched site on Google in the New York metropolitan area. In March 2011, the site produced a record 6.6 million page "hits" or pageviews. Among the most visited pages were the homepage, the portal log, admissions related pages, and employment and job search pages. In addition to providing vital services to faculty and students, the site, which is managed by the Office of University Relations, is also becoming a favorite for lifelong learners. ... >>

Honor for Anti-Apartheid Hero

Jonathan "Johnny" Clegg -- the renowned South African musician, human rights activist and anthropologist -- received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from The CUNY School of Law on April 5. Best known for songs such as "Asimbonanga" ("We have not seen him") -- a tribute to Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Victoria Mxenge, Neill Aggett and other anti-apartheid heroes and martyrs -- Clegg and his bands Juluka (the first mixed-race band in South Africa, formed with the Zulu musician Sipho Mchunu,) and Savuka defied apartheid laws by performing for racially mixed audiences, resulting in numerous arrests for Clegg and band members. ... >>

Rising Star at Queens College

Liliete Lopez, a graduate of Hostos Community College now attending Queens College, has been honored as a "rising star" by the Queens Courier. Because she is blind, Lopez wasn't permitted to go to public school until she moved to America from Nicaragua at 13. But she's flourished in this country. Since 2009, she's been the treasurer of the CUNY Coalition for Students With Disabilities, which represents 9,000 students. Last fall, she was elected vice chair of disabled student affairs for the University Student Senate. ... >>

CUNYfirst Speeds Things Up

At a recent conference at City College, Queensborough Community College students Aradhna Persaud and Ashley Grant gave the new CUNYfirst system a test drive. Persaud logged into her student center, checked her adviser-approved course plan, searched for classes and put two into her shopping cart. It was easy, she says and while it was just a demonstration, using CUNYfirst (fully integrated resources and services tool) will eventually be the normal routine for students, faculty and staff. It will replace a jumble of inefficient, campus-based computer systems -- some dating to the 1970s. When it's fully deployed, every University information system will seamlessly mesh with every other. ... >>

Professor Tracks Ex-Convict's Life

For eight years, Greg Donaldson, a communications and theatre arts professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, followed the life of Kevin Davis, a former prisoner who spent seven years behind bars. Out of that came the book Zebratown: The True Story of a Black Ex-Con and a White Single Mother in Small-Town America. The title refers to a neighborhood in Elmira, one of New York's many upstate cities noted for rusting factories and a big prison where "mixed-race couples and their children abound." ... >>

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Coworking at the Field Center for Entrepreneurship
Oct 24, 2014 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Baruch College

PhD Program in History Prospective Student Open House
Oct 24, 2014 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences Applied Math Seminar
Oct 24, 2014 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Graduate Center

Pedagogies of Embodiment: Diversity in Practice
Oct 24, 2014 | 4:00 PM
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