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Center for Worker Education Announces Fall Book Talk Lecture Series

Paul H. Freedman, Chester D. Tripp Professor of History at Yale University, speaks November 1 to the Center for Worker Education Book Talk Lecture Series.

The City College of New York’s Center for Worker Education(CWE) has quickly built a reputation for bringing distinguished intellectuals to its Bowling Green campus.  This fall is no exception.  Eight notable speakers will take part in the Center’s free bi-annual Book Talk Lecture Series, to run September 13 - December 13.

“All of our lecture series have been extremely successful,” said Dr. Juan Carlos Mercado, Dean of CCNY’s Division of Interdisciplinary Studies based at the CWE.   “Each one has provided a forum for a rich exchange of ideas.   Students and lecture attendees are given the opportunity to meet prominent authors and engage in lively discussions.  Feedback from the program has been tremendous.”

Over the past two years, CWE has presented close to 50 guest lecturers.  They include professors from CCNY and other CUNY colleges as well as well-known authors who publish with W.W. Norton.

The Fall 2010 Lecture Series will offer:

  • Ofer Tchernichovski, CCNY professor of biology, September 13.
  • Darren Staloff, CCNY professor of history, September 27.
  • John Haworth, director of the National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center, October 13.
  • Raquel Chang-Rodríguez, distinguished professor of Hispanic literature and culture at the CUNY Graduate Center and CCNY, October 18.
  • Paul H. Freedman, Chester D. Tripp Professor of History at Yale University, November 1.
  • Jean Graham-Jones, professor of theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center and executive officer of the PhD program in theatre, November 15.
  • Jeffrey Blustein, professor of philosophy and Zitrin Professor of Biotethics at CCNY, November 29.
  • Rajan Menon, Anne and Bernard Spitzer Professor of Political Science at CCNY, December 13.

Students are very engaged throughout the entire lecture series. “I have always had an interest in the humanities; in this series my own literary experience was broadened by hearing authors discuss topics that I was not familiar with,” said CWE student Jeffrey Horowitz. “I found that sitting in on readings by published authors added another dimension to the literary experience.”

CWE will provide a live webcast for each of the eight lectures.  Each 90-minute presentation will take place at CWE, 25 Broadway, 7th floor, and will be convened by Assistant Professor Alessandra Benedicty, who recently won CWE’s Outstanding Professor of the Year Award. 

The series is sponsored by CCNY Acting Provost Daniel Lemons and the CCNY Office of Academic Affairs.  Those interested in attending should RSVP to 212-925-6625 ext. 241.

About the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies
The Division of Interdisciplinary Studies, 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 & Sciences.  It offers an excellent interdisciplinary BA degree in Liberal Arts with a number of special concentrations.  The Center for Worker Education also hosts the CCNY School of Education’s BS 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.

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



Ellis Simon
p: 212.650.6460