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365 Fifth Newsletter  |  Issue 50  |  June 2019  |  To view in browser, click here.
Kristofer Eckelhoff in the GC library
From Soprano to Baritone
Kristofer Eckelhoff shares his journey from a lesbian in rural Arkansas to a man getting his Ph.D. in music and helping others in the trans community find their voices.
News from the GC
Polly Thistlethwaite, Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, and Emily Drabinski
#Pride in the Library
GC librarians Polly Thistlethwaite, Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, and Emily Drabinski, who identify as queer and lesbian, explain what drew them to the library in this podcast.
Perry N. Halkitis
Coming Out After Stonewall
How has coming out changed over the past 50 years? Perry N. Halkitis (Ph.D. ’95, Educational Psychology) shares the stories of 15 gay men in his new book.
David Nasaw
Retiring But Not Slowing Down
David Nasaw, the Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Professor of History and celebrated biographer, explains why his newest book is the "anti-'the good war' book."
Alicia Andrzejewski
On the Tenure Track
Alicia Andrzejewski (Ph.D. ’19, English) reveals what it took to land a faculty position at the College of William & Mary and why it’s hard to leave CUNY.
Just Published
Book cover - Film and Modern American Art
Film and Modern American Art: The Dialogue Between Cinema and Painting
Katherine Manthorne
(Art History)
Book cover - Illuminations on Market Street
Illuminations on Market Street
Benjamin H. Shepard
(GC/City Tech; Social Welfare/Human Services)
(Ph.D. ’06, Social Welfare)
Book cover - Machado de Assis and Narrative Theory
Machado de Assis and Narrative Theory: Language, Imitation, Art, and Verisimilitude in the Last Six Novels
Earl E. Fitz
(Ph.D. ’77, Comparative Literature)
New to the GC
Executive Director of the ASRC Annette Gray

Annette “Nina” C. Gray joins The Graduate Center this month as associate dean for the sciences and the new executive director of the Advanced Science Research Center.

Overheard At the GC
Inspiring words from the speakers at The Graduate Center’s 55th Commencement
Commencement speaker Michael P. Jacobson
Michael P. Jacobson
Professor of Sociology
(Ph.D. ’85, Sociology)
“We need the path forward that will require public strategies, action, and involvement of all kinds. So, who is going to do that? Who? You are. You’re going to do it because you have to do it, and if you don’t do it—if CUNY Graduate Center graduates don’t take this on, then nobody will.”
Commencement speaker Ashna Ali
Ashna Ali
(Ph.D. ’19, Comparative Literature)
“This is a manifestation of hard work, but also of what happens when we dare to imagine, despite all the forces that tell us what is not possible, and what is not for us. It is our daring, and our imagination, that makes us remarkable.”
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