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January 25, 2010

Book Talk Lecture Series Returns to CCNY Center for Worker Education

Notable W.W. Norton Authors among Lecturers

The City College of New York (CCNY) Division of Interdisciplinary Studies, in collaboration with W.W. Norton & Company, will present the second installment of its successful “Book Talk” Lecture Series, February 1 through May 10. The lectures, which present prestigious CUNY and Norton authors, and cover such vital topics as health, American law, transportation, globalization and nature, take place at CCNY’s Center for Worker Education, seventh floor, 25 Broadway in Lower Manhattan.

“Book Talk continues to bring some of the best and most recognized authors in the country to the Center,” said Dr. Juan Carlos Mercado, Dean of the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies. “We are delighted to have W.W. Norton & Company collaborate with us on such an important lecture series.”David Biro

CCNY Interim President Dr. Robert E. Paaswell will inaugurate the series with a lecture on “Current Issues in Transportation Planning.” Other notable speakers include Norton authors:

  • David Biro, M.D., named one of New York magazine’s top doctors and author of “The Language of Pain: Finding Words, Compassion,” and “Relief;”
  • Richard Conniff, a Guggenheim Fellow, frequent commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and author of “Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time: My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals;”
  • Jon Jeter, former Washington Post bureau chief for southern Africa and South America and author of “Flat Broke in the Free Market: How Globalization Fleeced Working People;"
  • Fred Strebeigh, recipient of the 2009 Brodhead Teaching Prize from Yale University and author of “Equal: Women Reshape American Law;” and
  • Jennifer Cody Epstein, adjunct professor in the School of the Arts, Columbia University, and author of “Painter from Shanghai.”

The other speakers are Dr. Lou Marinoff and Frederick Kaufman. Dr. Marinoff is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at CCNY, founding President of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA), on the faculty of the World Economic Forum and author of “The Middle Way.” Mr. Kaufman is a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine who teaches at the City University of New York and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He is author of “A Short History of the American Stomach.”

All lectures are free and open to the public. They are held in the Center for Worker Education auditorium, located on the seventh floor at 25 Broadway, and begin at 6:00 p.m. The series is sponsored by CCNY Provost Zeev Dagan and the CCNY Office of Academic Affairs. For additional information, visit

Book Talk Lectures Schedule

Monday, February 1 – Dr. Robert E. Paaswell

Current Issues in Transportation Planning

Monday, February 8 – David Biro, M.D.
The Language of Pain: Finding Words, Compassion, and Relief

Monday, February 22 – Richard Conniff
Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time: My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals

Monday, March 8 – Jon Jeter

Flat Broke in the Free Market-How Globalization Fleeced Working People

Monday, March 22 – Lou Marinoff
The Middle Way: Finding Happiness in a World of Extremes

Monday, April 12 – Fred Strebeigh
Equal: Women Reshape American Law

Monday, April 26 – Frederick Kaufman
A Short History of the American Stomach

Monday, May 10 – Jennifer Cody Epstein
The Painter from Shanghai

CWE Contact:
Elena Romero, 212-925-6625, ext. 258,