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Powell School Launches New Events Programming

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Powell School Launches New Events Programming

An education forum, U.N. Week talk, discussion on gender violence, and five special series kick off the Powell School's public programming.

Dean_Pittman, assistant secretary of state for international organizationsThis fall, the Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York is presenting a wide-ranging and robust slate of more than 20 talks, forums, and other events. (View the calendar here.) Speakers include global finance specialists, acclaimed thinkers about human rights, and The New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak.

September Events
Colin L. Powell School programming began with a mayoral debate watch party and accompanying discussion focused on school choice issues. Produced by Powell Public Scholar Terri Watson, an associate professor in CCNY's School of Education, the evening targeted local voters and students and included a voter registration table staffed by members of the League of Women Voters.

Mid-month, Constitution Day events on September 19 and 20, produced by Assistant Professor of Political Science Dan DiSalvo, featured a talk by History Professor Darren Staloff on Alexander Hamilton's significance, a seminar with  Rajan Menon, the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair in International Relations in the Department of Political Science, and a tour of Alexander Hamilton's Hamilton Heights home, adjacent to the City College campus. Dean Pittman, acting assistant secretary of state for international organizations, rounded out September events with "The Case for Multilateralism." Additionally, the Powell School' launched its new "Conversations with City" breakfast series. The first event, "Egypt in Transition: Military Power and Civic Governance," featured Michele Dunne, formerly Atlantic Council vice president and director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, and now with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Mona El-Ghobashy, an assistant professor of political science at Barnard College who focuses on political mobilization in Egypt. “Conversations with City,” hosted at the University Club, is designed to bring the Powell School’s mission of social research, expertise, learning, and leadership to a midtown setting. The series is partially sponsored by a generous grant from the Dalio Foundation.

October Highlights
October highlights included the first of the Powell School Economics Department's series of seminars, during which speakers from Fordham and Franklin and Marshall universities tackled subjects such as the incentives that lead to and constrain corruption. Additionally, the Skadden Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies presented a thought-provoking talk on "Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of the Law" by Dean Spade, an associate professor at the Seattle University School of Law and a current fellow at Columbia University. 

Simultaneously, the Powell School's Psychology Department is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a series of talks and alumni events. In October, notable alumnus Jeffrey Halperin, a distinguished professor of psychology from Queens College, presented a talk on neuropsychological functioning of teens with attention deficit disorder. Closing out the month, the Powell School presented the second in its series of breakfast talks in midtown Manhattan. This one examined the sobering issue of "Gender Violence, Masculinities, and the Search for Women’s Security in South Asia,” featuring Babar Bashir, managing director of Rozan, a Pakistani organization that focuses on domestic violence and abuse, masculinity, and mental health, and Merle Gosewinkel, senior program officer for the Women's Peacemaker Program (WPP), and international nonprofit organization. Moderating the event was Patti Ackerman, director of City College’s women’s studies program and a senior trainer for the WPP.

November Themes
On November 11, the Colin L. Powell School launched its year-long thematic examination of forgiveness in relation to its five disciplines (anthropology, economics, psychology, political science, and psychology). The first event will feature a discussion of sovereign debt forgiveness by speakers with insider perspectives. They include Fulvio Dobrich, principal, Meldrum Asset Management and managing director, Galileo Fund. Dobrich, a graduate of the class of '71, is also a member of the Powell School's Board of Visitors and the 21st Century Foundation of the City College of New York. He will be joined by Vasili Tsamis, chief operating officer of the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation. The second event in the forgiveness series takes place on November 21 with "Memories of a Forgotten War," a documentary examining the Korean war, memory, family reunion, and reconciliation, which will include a Q&A with the co-director. 

On November 14, the Skadden Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies invites New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak to discuss "The Robert's Courts: A Reporter's Reflection." Four days later City College will host Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor, who will deliver the Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture. November's final public event will be a tribute to the life of Marshall Berman on Friday, November 22. Berman, a noted urban intellectual and Powell School political science professor and distinguished lecturer, enjoyed a 46-year academic career at City College.

December Discussions
December's spotlight event on December 10 is the inaugural lecture for City College's human rights forum, cosponsored with CCNY's Center for Worker Education and its Division of Humanities. CCNY Dean of Humanities Eric Weitz, professor of history, and Joel Rosenthal, president of the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, will present.

The Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership's mission includes being a center of discourse on issues that affect not only the wellbeing of people in our neighborhoods and city, but also people around the globe. All events are free and open to the public with an RSVP unless otherwise noted. For more information, email: