Allison James, Alumna, at the United Nations!

Posted: October 27th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

ALLISON-AJAMES@COUNCIL.NYC.GOV-7734 Allison James graduated magna cum laude in June 2014 from CUNY Baccalaureate with a degree titled “Environmental Economics.” Raising a daughter and working in the financial industry on Wall Street, Alison began her CUNY career at BMCC, earning an associate’s degree, and later found CUNY BA as a means to develop an individualized degree that took into account her professional background and academic goals.

She is presently pursuing a graduate degree at The New School’s program in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management – a perfect fit for her! And, recently, she has had the privilege to speak, on behalf of her boss, City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez (who is chair of the Transportation Committee), at THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT, CARBON REDUCTION, AND ECO-DRIVE AS A SOLUTION TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY.

Congratulations, Allison!


Summer’s “Lost Time” Reading

Posted: August 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Marcel Proust. Getty Image

Marcel Proust. Getty Image

An interview with Justice Stephen Breyer in The New York Review of Books (November 7, 2013) “On Reading Proust,” caught my attention because I always felt that I was missing out by not having read Marcel Proust’s masterpiece À la recherche du temps perdu. In fact, 2013 marked the centennial of the first published installment, with the final one published posthumously in 1927. So, I figured that these were signs that I could not ignore and so I immediately downloaded Proust onto my Kindle.

There it waited patiently (as many books still do on my Kindle) until I took the plunge, which has been challenging, exciting and a bit disorienting. Proust, even in translation, is not necessarily an “easy read,” in particular because sentences can go on for a page so that by the end it is difficult to remember the subject. But, I found that this is one of the remarkable achievements of Proust because once you ignore parsing sentences and allow them to simply be absorbed rather than scrutinized they become more than just a string of dependent clauses. It is, in fact, closer to how we think than we may be aware – reminiscent of James Joyce, who actually dined with Proust months before Proust’s death in 1922. Although they claim to have not read each other’s works, I am sure that Joyce would have admired Proust’s prose.

I am presently only about half way through so cannot make judgments about the entire work but suffice it to say that Proust’s insights into human behavior and his penetrating gaze into social discourse are a joy to read and to be a part of. Reading mostly on my short subway commute to and from Brooklyn I have at times become oblivious to the nearby humanity and am transported back to the fin de siècle society of Paris — a true respite that may only last for minutes but that stays with me for a lot longer.


COMMENCEMENT 2014!

Posted: June 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Congratulations to all the graduates and their families and friends who attended yesterday’s commencement ceremonies. It was truly memorable. We wish you all the best as CUNY Baccalaureate alumni.

View from Podium

View from Podium


CUNY BA in CHINA!

Posted: April 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

The Forbidden City, Beijing The Academic Director of CUNY Baccalaureate was in China for two weeks accompanying a small group of professors and administrators from Brooklyn College, including the President, Karen Gould, and exploring partnerships with numerous Chinese universities in Shanghai, Yangzhou and Beijing. CUNY BA was very well received because of its interdisciplinary mission and its academic flexibility and rigor.  The photo was taken on April 25, 2014 in The Forbidden City, Beijing.


Janet Carlile: A Faculty Mentor

Posted: March 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Microsoft Word - Document3 Professor Janet Carlile, a faculty mentor for Olivia Kotz’s area of concentration in “Interdisciplinary Studies of the Human Body,” is a tenured Professor of Art at Brooklyn College, where she has taught since 1971. Her paintings are in numerous collections including the Hirschorn Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress and many others. She is also the director of the Red Mountain Gallery in Ouray, Colorado where her work is displayed. But you don’t have to travel to Colorado to see her beautiful paintings: many of them are available through her website at www.janetcarlile.com


The Importance of Teaching and Sharing

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Toddlers helping and sharing in the playroom   ChipsNotSharing On March 1, 2012 the NY Times reported a study that appeared in “Science” (vol. 335, no. 6072, 1114-1118), which highlighted “one of the most important aspects of modern human society: the power of teaching.” Observing the interactions of children in contrast to chimps and monkeys in solving a puzzle box (and being rewarded for success in each of the three stages) it was clear that children cooperated with, motivated and taught each other throughout the process while chimps and monkeys shared neither their rewards nor their knowledge. The researchers concluded: “the most effective means through which you can cooperate is through teaching.” And this cooperative spirit of passing along knowledge explains “why we have particle accelerators and sophisticated medicine,” which are only possible through the cumulative effect of sharing knowledge from one person to the next.


Professor Susan Crile on CUNY TV!

Posted: December 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Microsoft Word - Document2 Professor Susan Crile, Department of Art and Art History at Hunter College and a CUNY BA faculty mentor, is a noted painter and printmaker, who is featured on CUNY TV’s program, Study with the Best, airing Wednesday, January 1 at 8:00am, 2:00pm, 10:00pm and Saturday, January 4 at 3:30pm. Congratulations!


New Play by a CUNY BA Alumna!

Posted: November 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

London Postcard - Tree of Seeds Kayhan Irani, B.A. 2008 (Theatre and Social Change) and an Emmy award winning writer, is a performer and a senior trainer at the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory N.Y. — the oldest Theater of the Oppressed training center in the US.

She directs participatory arts projects with government agencies, community based organizations, international NGOs and with the general public. She has led theater for change projects in conflict zones such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

As a recent Fulbright-Nehru Fellow to India, for eight months she undertook research for a new play, entitled “Tree of Seeds,” which is having its first staged reading in London. Congratulations, Kayhan!


Digital Humanities and CUNY BA

Posted: November 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

MattGold Matthew K. Gold, Associate Professor of English and Digital Humanities, NYCCT and Graduate Center and Director of the CUNY Academic Commons is our newest CUNY BA faculty mentor.  He is working with CUNY BA student Eileen Clancy on her area of concentration in “Digital Humanities.”

Professor Gold will be speaking at Arizona State University on Thursday, November 21st, at an event that will inaugurate a new Digital Humanities Seed Lab there:

Digital Humanities, Recursive Communities, and the Future of Scholarly Communication

Why do the digital humanities matter, even to those not currently involved in DH? From data-driven explorations of digitized texts to networked pedagogical experiments that connect classrooms across institutions and countries, the digital humanities is fostering new possibilities for academic work. Describing the broad contours of this emerging field and exploring in particular the areas of scholarly publishing and digital pedagogy, this talk builds on Christopher Kelty’s notion of “recursive publics” to argue that academics should play an active role in the creation and sustenance of the digital platforms they use, or soon will be, in their research and teaching.


The Importance of Teaching and Sharing

Posted: November 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Image: Chris Gash

Image: Chris Gash

On March 1, 2012 the NY Times reported a study that appeared in “Science” (vol. 335, no. 6072, 1114-1118), which highlighted “one of the most important aspects of modern human society: the power of teaching.” Observing the interactions of children in contrast to chimps and monkeys in solving a puzzle box (and being rewarded for success in each of the three stages) it was clear that children cooperated with, motivated and taught each other throughout the process while chimps and monkeys shared neither their rewards nor their knowledge. The researchers concluded: “the most effective means through which you can cooperate is through teaching.” And this cooperative spirit of passing along knowledge explains “why we have particle accelerators and sophisticated medicine,” which are only possible through the cumulative effect of sharing knowledge from one person to the next.


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