Are all Dutch racists? In the Netherlands a white Santa Claus figure is accompanied by “Black Pete,” a black-faced white servant, who distributes presents to children, a tradition, now challenged from newspaper pages to the United Nations. Jan Willem Duyvendak, a distinguished visiting fellow at the GC’s Advanced Research Collaborative, writes that the Dutch are resisting alterations to the tradition because they don’t consider it racist.
John Mollenkopf, distinguished professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center, and Steve Romalewski, director of the CUNY Mapping Service, explain in this analysis that Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio will win the general election if he retains the support of his primary voters, which will counter past elections when substantial numbers of Democrats voted against the Democratic mayoral nominee.
Jazzmine Clarke-Glover, human resources manager at the Graduate Center, was recently published by the College and University Association for Human Resources on-line magazine about how the Millennial generation can effectively contribute to your company as Baby Boomers retire.
Ann “Adjie” S. Henderson, the Graduate Center’s Associate Provost and dean for the sciences, discusses nearly a century of discrimination against women scientists in American higher education. In this opinion piece, she offers advice on how the Academy can overcome its second class treatment of women and take concrete steps to level the playing field for women in science. The original version of this article appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Conversation blog, Oct. 8, 2013.
John Rothman, volunteer archivist for the library at the Graduate Center, City University New York, discusses his career at the New York Times and his volunteer work organizing the papers of the presidents of the Graduate Center dating back nearly 50 years. Polly Thistlethwaite, the Chief Librarian of the Graduate Center also discusses John's contributions.
Anthony Picciano, professor and Executive Office of the Graduate Center’s PhD Program in Urban Education, examines the education reform policies of mayoral candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties in the run-up to the September 10th primary.