365 Fifth Newsletter  |  Issue 45  |  Dec. 2018 
An Epic Stroll
Through Manhattan
Professor William Helmreich on his latest work, The Manhattan Nobody Knows
News from the GC
Kyle Gorman
From Google to the GC
Professor Kyle Gorman came to the GC to co-direct the M.A. in computational linguistics.
Woman at computer
Nearly $250,000 for Women in STEM
The Henry Luce Foundation funds five math and computer science fellowships for women.
Maker in Brooklyn
The Rise of Hipsters and Makers in Brooklyn
How are artists reshaping Brooklyn? Ph.D. student Amanda Wasielewski explores this in her new book.
Cropped Book Cover - African Kings and Black Slaves
Slavery’s Roots Revealed
In his new book, Professor Herman L. Bennett disrupts the common narrative about slavery’s origins.
Just Published
Book cover - Understanding Sentence Structure
Understanding Sentence Structure: An Introduction to English Syntax
Christina Tortora
(GC/Staten Island, Linguistics)
Book cover - Unlearning Eugenics
Unlearning Eugenics: Sexuality, Reproduction, and Disability in Post-Nazi Europe
Dagmar Herzog
Book cover - The Debt Age
The Debt Age
Peter Hitchcock
(GC/Baruch, English)
What We Achieved in 365 Days
365, The Graduate Center’s first annual report in many years, is now out. From critically acclaimed books to record-breaking grants, get a snapshot of the tremendous accomplishments and contributions of GC scholars in 2017-2018. Read it here.
Library books
Congratulations to …
GC Flags in front of 365 Fifth Ave

Professor Eric Lott, named a distinguished professor by CUNY in recognition of his excellence in scholarship.


Professor Siraj Ahmed, who won the MLA’s Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies.


Professor Andrea Alù, named a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics.


Professor William H. Hersh, named a lifetime fellow of AAAS.

Overheard At the GC
This week, as part of The Promise and Perils of Democracy series, the GC hosted a timely conversation with two top economists on the 2008 financial crisis and what’s ahead for the U.S. economy.
Paul Krugman
Paul Krugman
Distinguished Professor
“Are you worried about what happens if another shock hits?”

Janet Yellen
Janet Yellen
Former Federal Reserve Chair
“Absolutely, because interest rates are low. … There’s much less scope to cut short-term interest rates than there has been historically in the United States.”

Professor Meena Alexander (GC/Hunter, English), revered poet and essayist and cherished member of the English department faculty, passed away on November 21 after a long battle with cancer. A winner of the PEN Open Book Award for her 2002 poetry collection, Illiterate Heart, she has been called “undoubtedly one of the finest poets in contemporary times.”

Professor Emeritus Randolph L. Braham (GC/City College, Political Science), an esteemed Holocaust scholar and founder and benefactor of the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies at The Graduate Center, passed away on November 25 at age 95. A Holocaust survivor, he was best known for his scholarship on the Holocaust in Hungary.

Lynette Gibson, who served in the theatre program as assistant program officer and who served CUNY for more than 30 years, passed away on November 22. Professor Peter Eckersall (Theatre) wrote, “For all of us Lynette was an exceptional friend and colleague who served our program with professionalism and distinction.”

The GC community extends deepest condolences to their many friends, family members, colleagues, and admirers.

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