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Haldan Blecher

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 Haldan Blecher
Haldan Blecher
Political Science Major
City College Fellow

Haldan had a rocky start to his educational career. After dropping out of high school after sophomore year, he earned his GED and began attending the New School and Hunter College. Unable to find his calling, he again took himself out of school and moved to Europe to pursue a career as an electronic musician. He settled in Copenhagen, the city his mother was born in, and became a part of the musical and political subculture of the city. It was this exposure and experience in Denmark, and around Europe, that opened his eyes to the true breadth of the political and cultural spectrum. He became acutely aware of the United States' influence on the Danish political system and how many problems it had begun to cause. Living in Denmark also challenged many of his preconceived (and often rosy) notions of how a social-democratic system worked, and it piqued and developed his interest in political systems and information dissemination. After a few years in Copenhagen, he found himself drawn back to intellectual pursuits, with a renewed passion for political engagement and study; so he returned to New York to attend CCNY as a Political Science major. During his time at City, he has worked with Prof. John Krinsky and the homeless activist group, Picture the Homeless, on an ongoing project to design a sustainable model for permanent housing for very-low-income residents of New York City.