August 30, 2011 | Baruch Business Report
John Elliott, dean of Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business, and Terrence Martell, Zicklin’s Saxe Professor of Finance, look at results of the 2011 second-quarter “Chief Financial Officers Outlook Survey,” compiled by Financial Executives International and Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business. Optimism in the global economy dropped among CFOs, and executives are extending forecasts for the start of a U.S. economic recovery by more than a year, to the second half of 2012 or beyond. The survey for the quarter was conducted just as U.S. debt-ceiling discussions were taking place, and before Standard & Poor’s announced its decision to reduce its U.S. credit rating.
August 22, 2011 | City College
, CUNY Lecture Series
New York has long prided itself on the quality of its drinking water but there was a time — before the Croton Reservoir was completed in 1842 — when it was undrinkable. “The water was known for being notoriously bad then — even the horses didn’t want to drink it,” says Kevin Bone, in his lecture, “The Secret Life of New York City Water.” As part of City College’s School of Architecture Sciame Lecture Series, Bone, professor of architecture at Cooper Union, explained the impact that the Old Croton Aqueduct, which supplied the city with a clean and adequate water supply until it was replaced with a newer one in 1890, had on the city’s development in the post-Industrial Revolution era.
August 11, 2011 | CUNY Lecture Series
, Graduate Center
New York City’s enduring love for live theater has long nurtured companies, both on and Off Broadway, that have not only survived, but in many cases thrived despite the recent recession. “Theater will never die, as long as there is one person to tell a story and two people to listen,” says Casey Childs, executive producer of Primary Stages, a company he founded in 1984 dedicated to new plays. Casey was joined by Robert LuPone, artistic director of MCC Theater, and Jeffrey Horowitz, artistic director of Theatre for a New Audience in a discussion entitled, “25 Years of Off Broadway Theatre: Founders Look to the Future,” at the Graduate Center.
August 11, 2011 | New York City College of Technology
More than 200,000 Americans have volunteered for the Peace Corps since its inception in 1961, and for many of them it was a life-changing experience. “We really became more open, more interesting, and always better people than before we went,” says Aaron Barlow, an assistant professor of English at New York City College of Technology and editor of a new collection of essays entitled, “One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories.” Barlow, who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo from 1988 to 1990, explained how his own experience mirrored other stories featured in the book. “We thought we were going to help all these people — the truth is, we helped ourselves.”
August 1, 2011 | CUNY Lecture Series
, LaGuardia Community College
Humane treatment of animals, including those raised solely for slaughter, has been the lifelong pursuit of Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Speaking with students at LaGuardia Community College about animal welfare issues, Grandin recalled standing on a catwalk in the middle of a stockyard 20 years ago and thinking, “We brought these cattle to life, we should at least treat them right.” Her life and her work designing livestock handling facilities became the subject of the HBO movie “Temple Grandin,” winner of five Emmy awards in 2010. Grandin, who is autistic, has also been a longtime advocate for people with autism.