AP's "Lost New York" Photo Exhibit Found a Home at the Graduate Center
New Yorkers of past eras Lindy-hopped at the legendary Savoy Ballroom, packed the nosebleed seats for ball games at beloved Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds, rode the rattling Third Avenue El and thronged under the clock at the grand original Penn Station. Images of such long-gone city activities and landmarks—as well as the iconic World Trade Center towers, tragically felled not by progress but by terrorists—still survive in extraordinary photographs recently displayed at the CUNY Graduate Center. Many were taken by photographers working for Manhattan-based Associated Press, and the city they saw was shown in "Lost New York"—part of the larger exhibit based on the AP's recently published history, BREAKING NEWS: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else.
"It's a real, great pleasure for us to be associated with City University," said Tom Curley, President and CEO of The Associated Press. "This is such an important center in New York, and we can think of no finer place to house our exhibit and show off our history." The display included the "banquet" of New York City images of people and places to "customize" it for CUNY, said Chuck Zoeller, director of The Associated Press Photo Library and exhibit curator. The overall exhibit and book recount how AP's newsmen and newswomen covered some of the biggest stories in the news service's 161-year history—from President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address during the Civil War and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to World War II, the Iraq War and 9/11.
Top Filmmaker and Editors Are Mentoring Students
Top editors at leading publications are guiding students this semester in the new CUNY Graduate Center Writers Institute, and an Emmy award-winning filmmaker is teaching a documentary course via the Jack Newfield Visiting Professorship of Journalism at Hunter College.
The spring faculty of the new Graduate Center program features Jonathan Landman, deputy managing editor of The New York Times, and Daniel Menaker, executive editor-in-chief of Random House. Also on the 2008 faculty of the Institute: Robert Messenger, deputy managing editor of The Atlantic Monthly; Katherine Bouton, deputy editor of The New York Times Magazine; Rachel Donadio, editor and writer for The New York Times Book Review; Michael Miller, deputy editor at The Wall Street Journal. The program is coordinated by noted author Andre Aciman, who heads the Graduate Center's Comparative Literature Ph.D. program. Students are published writers who want to hone their skills in nonfiction writing. "I realized that over the years I have learned the most from editors . . ." said Mr. Aciman. "So, I wanted to offer a faculty that features famous writers' editors, rather than famous writers."
At Hunter, filmmaker Charles C. Stuart is teaching advanced documentary filmmaking for television and the Internet as the college's third Jack Newfield Visiting Professor. Stuart co-produced documentaries with Newfield, the crusading investigative reporter whose legacy is honored by the professorship at his alma mater. Newfield "gave voice to the disenfranchised, and it is in keeping with Jack's spirit that all the stories produced by the students in this course will have an element of social justice at their core," Stuart said.
New Vice Chancellors Appointed by Trustees
Two new Vice Chancellors, with responsibilities in the areas of human resources and labor relations, have been appointed by the CUNY Board of Trustees.
Vice Chancellor Gloriana B. Waters, who has been serving as Interim Vice Chancellor of CUNY's Office of Faculty and Staff Relations, will be responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing Universitywide Human Resources policies. Vice Chancellor Pamela S. Silverblatt, who has served as First Deputy Commissioner at the Mayor's Office of Labor Relations for the last six years, will have responsibility for CUNY instructional staff and classified staff labor relations, including negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, labor hearings and appeals.
Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, who recommended the appointments after a nationwide search, said: "Vice Chancellors Waters and Silverblatt each bring an impressive array of talent, experience and commitment to their respective positions. As the integrated university continues to develop and grow, their leadership will be essential to our progress."
Hear Malcolm X, Former Slaves Via New CUNY Site
Listen as Civil Rights activist Malcolm X delivers his impassioned "Message to the Grass Roots" calling for black unity, barely a year before he was assassinated during a Manhattan speech on the first day of National Brother-hood Week in 1965. Hear former American slaves describe lives of bondage and surprising reactions at the end of the Civil War. These rare opportunities to hear/read voices from American history are available via "Let Freedom Ring," the new 2008 CUNY/New York Times Knowledge Network calendar and website—fourth in a groundbreaking educational series exploring the fundamental American principle of freedom. Other themes in the series include "A Nation of Immigrants," "Voting Rights and Citizenship" and "Women's Leadership in American History." All are rich with facts, documents and rare photographs from The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College and the photo archives of The New York Times. The calendars have been prepared under the direction of CUNY Senior Vice Chancellor Jay Hershenson and LaGuardia Community College History Professor Richard Lieberman. Project co-sponsors are JP Morgan Chase and TIAA-CREF. For more, go to www.cuny.edu/letfreedomring and www.cuny.edu/freedom.
What Is Leadership? It's "Not All About You"
Women worldwide are gaining more respect personally and professionally—notably exemplified by their achievements at CUNY. Two recent events presented advice and role models to CUNY women students and honored administrators in top positions at the University.
At "Women's Leadership for Change: Building a Better New York," the Third CUNY Women's Leadership Conference held to inspire student interest in public service and women's issues everywhere, co-keynote speaker Sheryl McCarthy set the stage for discussion. Although women are "making great strides," she said, all over the world they still are brutalized, barred from controlling their own money and prohibited from participating in public or political life. Leadership, she said, is "about listening to the ideas, and concerns and the knowledge of others… delegating responsibility, encouraging other people to be creative and giving them credit for it. In short, leadership is not all about you," said Ms. McCarthy, Distinguished Lecturer in Journalism at Queens College and host of the weekly public affairs program "One on One" on CUNY TV.
At the second event—the 37th anniversary gala of The Feminist Press, the world's oldest continuing women's publisher—nine women Presidents and Deans of CUNY colleges and professional schools received the Sue Rosenberg Zalk Award, given for dedication and service to The City University of New York. The Feminist Press also honored Philip Alfonso Berry, Vice Chairperson of the CUNY Board of Trustees.