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Division Of Interdisciplinary Studies At The Center For Worker Education

A Message from the Dean

Juan Carlos Mercado


We’ve had lots to celebrate over this past year. The Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education has had an extraordinary year in terms of academic and professional achievements, events and awards.

As we continue to grow the Center as an academic and cultural destination, CWE focuses on producing events that speak to all facets of the intellectual mind. Since 2007, we hav
e been offering the Book Talk Lecture Series. This year, themed, City on City, the series brought CCNY faculty members to the Center to discuss New York City’s past, present and future. Prominent faculty members discussed their research about the people, environment and images of New York. Also held as a hybrid course, students read and discussed assigned readings before the lectures and continued discussions on-line.

CCNY recently entered a three-year agreement with the government of Mexico to host the Cátedra Cultura de México, a series of Mexican culture lectures, on campus as well as offsite locations. Cátedra Cultura de México promotes Mexico's greatest artis
tic and intellectual productions in the United States and the United Kingdom. It provides established artists and young emerging Mexican creators with opportunities to visit American and British universities. Among the U.S. schools that participate in the initiative are Harvard, Princeton, Brown and University of Chicago. The City College of New York now joins these prestigious universities.

 In addition, we had as part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, the first Latin American Poetry Festival of NYC 2012, with the participation of more than 50 writers from NYC, the country and Latin America. It was an extraordinary event of three days of reading and music. Prof. Aguasaco was the organizer of this very successful event.

For Black History Month, Warren Orange and Elena Romero organized the fourth annual “Is Hip Hop History?" Conference.  Our latest exhibit, MANHATITLAN, by award-winning Mexican artist Felipe Galindo (Feggo) had the Center covered in the New York Daily News;  and Felipe and the Center were both showcased when I appeared with him as guests of Joe Torres” TIEMPO program in WABC Channel 7. The humorous artwork demonstrates how Mexican and American cultures intertwine.

CWE received several honors this year. CWE student Christopher Nickerson won first prize in the CUNY CLASP speech contest, a first in CCNY history. Also, Prof. Elizabeth Matthews won the President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Service for the inaugural year of the President’s Awards. We added several new faculty and staff members. Justin Williams and Susanna Rosenbaum joined the faculty, teaching history and anthropology, respectively. Sophia Demetriou joined the Center from our uptown campus. She now heads the Office of Student Affairs and provides students with the same services found on the main campus.

I wish to extend my thanks to CWE’s staff and faculty for helping me make all these great things a reality. Further, I’d like to add my recognition to President Lisa Staiano-Coico and Provost Maurizio Trevisan for their support and encouragement.As Dean, my goal is to reinforce and continue improving the educational offering to our students. If you are a current CWE student, you will find this site has the up-to-date information you need.

As always thank you for your support, a
nd again welcome back!  Here’s to a wonderful new school year.

Juan Carlos Mercado