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February 27, 2007


NEW YORK, February 27, 2007 – Educators, union members, politicians, activists, independent scholars, and students will convene March 23-24, 2007 at The City College of New York (CCNY) Center for Worker Education (CWE) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Center’s founding.

“CWE's impact and involvements in the New York area has been extensive, and we are going to acknowledge and celebrate them fully during the week of events in March,” said Daniel E. Lemons, Dean of the Division of Worker Education. “The outstanding series of events includes a VIP reception for our many political, union and CUNY supporters, a full-day academic conference, and a gala evening celebration.  At that grand finale to the week we plan to ‘pull out the stops’ and revel with alumni, students and friends, celebrating the huge success that CWE has been and continues to be.”

The 25th anniversary coincides with a remarkable convergence of events at CWE.  “In this 25th year, we have become a division of the College of Liberal Arts and Science, we are moving to a totally new and larger facility at 25 Broadway, and our 2500th graduate received a bachelor's degree in June 2006,” added Lemons. 

The celebration kicks off Friday, March 23, with the debut of a CWE historical exhibit and documentary that tells the story of the Center, its ties to union members, labor leaders, and its special relationship with City College. The short film narrates the Center’s history through several perspectives— CWE founders, the current dean, staff and faculty, current students and alumni.

Through these stories, the film highlights the Center’s casual academic setting, mentoring staff and faculty, along with unique individuals who chose CWE as their academic institution of choice.  It is directed by CCNY alum Octavio Warnock-Graham (MFA ’06) and produced by Andrea Weiss, CCNY Professor of Film and Video Production and a noted documentary filmmaker and non-fiction author.

The following day, CWE host a one-day Women and Work Conference, “Women and Work: Myths, Realities, and Representations,” and a 25th Anniversary Gala for current students and alumni. “This interdisciplinary conference will focus on the historical, social, political, and cultural factors that impact on the meanings and experiences of women’s work, both locally and globally,” said Kathlene McDonald, Chair of the CWE 25th Anniversary Committee. “We have an excellent selection of panels, films, workshops, and speakers, with over 60 presenters, from within both academia and the labor movement, and from the United States as well as from Bangladesh, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, and Turkey.”

Ed Vargas, Assistant to the President of UNITE-HERE will deliver the opening remarks. Vargas’s talk will commemorate the Triangle Fire, which broke out at the Triangle Waist Company in New York City on March 25, 1911, claiming the lives of 146 young immigrant workers. Conference participants will have their choice of 20 panels, roundtables and workshops addressing such topics as: women and the labor movement; the double (or triple) shift for women; women’s rights in the global economy; women, work, and public policy; women’s work and education, and race, class, gender, and work.. 

Additionally, participants may attend several films, including Transnational Tradeswomen (with Q & A to follow with filmmaker Vivian Price), and visit an all-day unseenamerica exhibit, sponsored by the 1199/SEIU Bread and Roses Cultural Project. Elsa Barkley Brown (Professor of History, Women’s Studies, and African American Studies at the University of Maryland) will deliver the closing keynote address: “Clothes, Class, and Travel: Rewriting the Domestic Narrative.”

Registration information and a complete schedule of the day’s events can be found on the CWE web site: Registration is $30 in advance/$35 at the door ($10 in advance for non-CWE students/$15 at the door; fee waived for CWE students, faculty, and staff).  Registration forms must be received by March 15 for advanced registration. All events will take place at the Division of Worker Education’s new facility, 25 Broadway, 7th floor, in Lower Manhattan.

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 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 13,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

CWE Contact Information

Elena Romero, Communications Coordinator, CWE, (212) 925-6625 x 258,