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August 26, 2008


NEW YORK, August 26, 2008 – The City College of New York (CCNY) Center for Worker Education (CWE) will launch the first Distinguished Professors, Distinguished Lecturers and Endowed Chairs Lecture Series in CUNY this fall, CWE Dean Juan Carlos Mercado has announced.  The series, consisting of 13 lectures over 15 weeks, aims to expose CUNY students and the Lower Manhattan community to some of City College’s best minds. It will run from September 8 through December 15 and is free and open to the public.

“This endeavor will allow us to truly share the great talent and assets of City College across divisions and CUNY campuses, while serving the community as a whole,” said Dean Mercado. “To date, the response has been tremendous.”

Jerrilynn Dodds, Distinguished Professor of Art History and Theory in the School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, will kick off the series September 8. Her topic will be “From Coexistence to Cultural Genocide: Christians, Jews, Muslims and the Making of Artistic Identities.” The lecture will be preceded by a reception at 5 p.m. at which CCNY President Gregory H. Williams and Dean Mercado will present opening remarks.

The 90-minute presentations will take place at CWE, located on the seventh floor at 25 Broadway, on Mondays at 6 p.m.  John Calagione, an anthropologist who is also an academic advisor and senior academic coordinator at the Center, will serve as moderator.  The series is sponsored by the Office of the CUNY Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost.  Persons interested in attending should RSVP to 212-925-6625 ext. 241. A list of speakers and topics follows:

September 8  

Jerrilynn Dodds, Distinguished Professor of Art History and Theory in the School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, “From Coexistence to Cultural Genocide: Christians, Jews, Muslims, and the Making of Artistic Identities.”

September 15

Morton Denn, Albert Einstein Professor of Science and Engineering and the Director of the Benjamin Levich Institute for Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics, “The Chemical Engineer: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

September 22

David Diaz, Distinguished Lecturer in Political Science, “The Media as a Political Institution: The Fourth Branch of Government.”

October 6

Carmen Boullosa, Distinguished Lecturer in Foreign Language and Literature, “Mexican Eyes: America Seen from the South.”

October 20

Marshall Berman, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, “The Right to the City.”

October 27

Sheldon Weinbaum, Distinguished Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering, “Finding my Voice as a Scientist: A Personal Odyssey – Adventures of a Biomechanics Detective in the Big Apple.”

November 3

Raquel Chang-Rodriguez, Distinguished Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature, “Talking Back to the Conquerors: Guaman Poma de Ayala, a Native Historian from Peru.”

November 10

Gilbert Baumslag, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, “Games, Groups, Knots, Equations and Cryptography.”

November 17

Joyce R. Coppin, Distinguished Lecturer in Leadership and Special Education, “Current Issues and Challenges Facing School and District Leaders in Education in New York City.”

November 24

Alexander Couzis, Herbert G. Kayser Professor of Chemical Engineering, “Spatially Addressable Sensor Arrays based on Liposome Self-Assembly into Microwells.”

December 1

Michael Sorkin, Professor and Director of the Graduate Urban Design Program, “Eutopia Now!”

December 8

William Rossow, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering, “Role of Clouds in Earth’s Climate.”

December 15

Robert Paaswell, Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and Director, University Transportation Research Center for Region 2, “Transportation Mega Projects in New York: Behind the Scenes.”

About the Division of Worker Education

The Division of Worker Education, headquartered at the Center for Worker Education (CWE) in Lower Manhattan, is a division of The City College of New York’s (CCNY) College of Liberal Arts & Science.  It offers an excellent interdisciplinary B.A. degree in Liberal Arts with a number of special concentrations.  The Center for Worker Education also hosts the CCNY School of Education’s B.S. in Early Childhood Education.  Founded in 1981, the Division has become one of the leading educational institutions for working adults in New York City.  It attracts over 750 working professionals per semester and reflects the multi-ethnic composition of New York City.

About The City College of New York

For more than 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 14,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); The School of Education; The Grove School of Engineering, and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. For additional information, visit www.ccny.cuny.edu.

CWE Contact Information

Elena Romero, Communications Coordinator, CWE, (212) 925-6625 x 258, eromero@ccny.cuny.edu.