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Irving Rosenthal: CCNY Alumnus, Rethinking U.S. Aid

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Irving Rosenthal: CCNY Alumnus, Rethinking U.S. Aid

When Irving Rosenthal graduated from The City College of New York in 1952, he left a campus that was different than the one we see now--there was no North Academic Center and the division of social sciences had yet to be established--and yet, then too, it was a campus that taught children of immigrants, looking to make their way in realizing a vision for their America, as well as broadening their understanding of its relationship to countries around the globe. Rosenthal now returns to City College to teach a new class, "Rethinking U.S. Foreign Aid."
After graduating, Rosenthal found his calling in the Foreign Service. He had an illustrious career that spanned over 30 years and took him to every part of the world, working on issues of aid to foreign countries. This was during a time when the role of the United States as a global leader of support to countries in need was rapidly changing in response to changing world conditions, changing international attitudes toward U.S. influence, and shifting domestic views of our national security requirements.
 
This past April, after a meeting in Washington, D.C., hosted by Rosenthal and his close friend Ludwig Rudell (CCNY ’52, Economics), the idea for a new pilot class was launched. Visiting the campus in early June, Rosenthal met with the dean of the Colin Powell School, Vince Boudreau, to map out a fall semester class. “Rethinking U.S. Foreign Aid" places students at both the undergraduate and master’s level in a small and intense class that focuses its discussion on the political, policy, and operational perspectives of U.S. foreign development aid. 
 
The course gives students the opportunity to rethink and suggest policy reforms, so that the U.S. government might better use development assistance as an effective foreign policy tool in the 21st century. The course, scheduled as a two-semester program, will match students with high-level government officials now working in U.S. foreign aid, who will advise them on development issues. Students will also prepare an action memorandum to the U.S. President, recommending reforms to critical parts of the U.S. foreign aid program. The Spring 2016 semester will bring students teams to Washington to meet and work with development staff as “consultants” to help resolve specific development problems.
 
As the Colin Powell School continues to connect our current students with alumni from the past decades, we anticipate many opportunities for alumni to work with us on educational models, mentoring and career guidance for our current students. On behalf of the Colin Powell School and City College of New York, please welcome back Professor Irving Rosenthal.