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Model EU Simulation at CCNY Teaches Diplomacy

Amid increasing flashpoints around the globe, 150 students from the United States and Europe spent the pre-Easter period at The City College of New York learning about the tenets of diplomacy and problem solving. The occasion was the 28th SUNY Model European Union Simulation, March 26-28, hosted by City College for the first time. Eighteen institutions, including universities from Belgium, Germany, France and Ireland, participated. The 18 schools each assumed the role of a European Union (EU) member nation and presented that country’s position on several topical issues. These included
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CCNY Team Excels at Model UN International Conference

An 18-member student team from The City College of New York won the Distinguished Delegation Award at the 25thNational Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference in Manhattan March 26. The City College undergraduates, who represented Uruguay, received the award from the National Collegiate College Association (NCCA) for their outstanding work during deliberations in assigned committees. “Our students demonstrated their knowledge of the United Nations as well as their skills in diplomacy, public speaking and negotiations” said Rafal Szczurowski, adjunct instructor in CCNY’s international studies
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NEH Awards Summer Stipend to CCNY Historian Lale Can

City College of New York historian Lale Can, whose expertise includes Ottoman and Middle East history, has won a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend to finish a book on trans-imperial pilgrimage across Asia at the turn of the 20th century. The award is part of $22.8 million in grants for 232 humanities projects announced by the NEH in Washington, D.C. According to Can, “Spiritual Citizens: Central Asians and the Politics of Pilgrimage in the Ottoman Empire, 1869-1914,” promises to be a unique contribution to the literature on the late Ottoman Empire and Central Asia, as
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Joanna Ventour Wins NY Women in Communications Scholarship

Joanna Ventour, a junior in The City College of New York'smedia and communication arts (MCA) department, has won aNew York Women in Communications (NYWICI) Scholarship for 2015. The advertising and public relations major with a 3.90 GPA is one of 19 recipients of the highly competitive award. The award is open to residents of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Winners are selected on the basis of academic excellence, need and a demonstrated commitment to the field of communications. As a NYWICI Scholar, Ventour will receive a $5,000 scholarship for tuition and a paid summer
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CCNY Graduate Sabina Pringle, ’14, wins Fulbright to Colombia

Unschooled as a child, Sabina Pringle has been teaching English in Spain since graduating from The City College of New York last fall with an honors degree in English. She is now the recipient of a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Colombia. Pringle will travel to the South American nation this August on a year-long English Teaching Assistantship at a Colombian university. She will also represent the United States as a cultural ambassador. “It will be a wonderful experience and I look forward to learning so much,” the Harlem resident said from Valencia where she is teaching English to
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Rebecca Solnit to Present Mumford Lecture at CCNY, April 2

Rebecca Solnit, the distinguished writer, historian, activist and urbanist, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Lewis Mumford Lecture on Urbanism at The City College of New York, Thursday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. Her talk, in CCNY’s Great Hall in Shepard Hall, will be entitled “Atlases against Empire: A Woman Measures the City." The author of 15 books on topics ranging from the environment and landscape to art, politics and hope, Solnit will expand on her long project to combine nuanced personal observation and rigorous historical analysis of the ecology of space. “Her work has recast the
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March 25, 2015

Basel Abbas, a graduate student in The City College of New York’s digital and interdisciplinary art practice MFA program, is a co-winner of the 2015 Sharjah Biennial Prize. The international award is given out by the United Arab Emirates-based Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF). Abbas, a Harlem resident, and his collaborator, Ruanne Abou-Rahme, won for their work “The Incidental Insurgents (2012–15),” a three-part mixed-media installation that the SAF jury said “spatialises a contemporary search for a new political language and imaginary.” It will be presented as a solo exhibition at the Office for
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International Prize for CCNY Art Major Basel Abbas

Basel Abbas, a graduate student in The City College of New York’s digital and interdisciplinary art practice MFA program, is a co-winner of the 2015 Sharjah Biennial Prize. The international award is given out by the United Arab Emirates-based Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF). Abbas, a Harlem resident, and his collaborator, Ruanne Abou-Rahme, won for their work “The Incidental Insurgents (2012–15),” a three-part mixed-media installation that the SAF jury said “spatialises a contemporary search for a new political language and imaginary.” It will be presented as a solo exhibition at the Office for
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CCNY Dean Gilda Barabino Elected AIMBE President

Dr. Gilda Barabino, dean of the City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, was elected president of theAmerican Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering(AIMBE) at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. March 16. She will serve a two-year term beginning in 2016. Barabino is currently chair of AIMBE’s committee for underrepresented minorities. Her election as president came on the day Dr. Marom Bikson, professor of biomedical engineering in the Grove School, was inducted into AIMBE’s College of Fellows for his outstanding research. Barabino has served as dean of the Grove
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Emmy Award Winner John Johnson, ’61, ’63MA, Gifts Papers to CCNY

Growing up in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and Harlem, John Johnson wanted to be the first person in his family to attend college. He was accepted by many universities but chose The City College of New York because of its excellence and free tuition for those who qualified academically. “I received a first class education that allowed me to compete at all levels,” recalled the retired Emmy Award-winning television news anchor, artist and author. “City College gave me the wherewithal to sit down and interview Nelson Mandela. It gave me the wherewithal to sit down and interview Bill Clinton and
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