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365 Fifth Newsletter  |  Issue 49  |  May 2019  |  To view in browser, click here.
Walt Whitman
Happy Birthday, Walt Whitman!
He was born 200 years ago. Now, his poetry and life can be explored in new ways via Jesse Merandy’s (Ph.D. ’19, English) “Vanishing Leaves,” the first digital dissertation at the GC.
News from the GC
LeRonn P. Brooks, Photo by Kay Hickman.jpg
Going to The Getty
The Getty Research Institute hired LeRonn P. Brooks (Ph.D. ’09, Art History) to help bolster its research and resources in African American art history.
Prof. Eleanore Wurtzel in the field of corn
Biotech in a Bronx Cornfield
Professor Eleanore T. Wurtzel (GC/Lehman, Biology) and colleagues have cultivated corn to alleviate childhood blindness.
Podcast - Rocio Gil
Between Two Lands
In this podcast, Rocio Gil (Ph.D. '19, Anthropology) shares the story of Mexico’s Moscogos: descendants of slaves who are returning to the U.S.
The Lung Block: A New York City Slum and Its Forgotten Italian Community
The Lung Block
In solving the mystery of his great-grandmother’s disappearance, Ph.D. student Stefano Morello (English) uncovered a much larger story.
New to the GC
GC doctoral student Gleneara E. Bates (Educational Psychology) works with a patient at Montefiore Hospital

Mellon Foundation Funding for Student and Faculty Fellowships

The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center offers new student and faculty fellowships as part of its Seminar on Public Engagement, which received renewed support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Just Published
Book cover - Navigating the Maze
Navigating the Maze: How Science and Technology Policies Shape America and the World
Michael S. Lubell
(CCNY/GC, Physics)
Book cover - Debates in the Digital Humanities
Debates in the Digital Humanities 2019
Matthew K. Gold
(English)
and Lauren F. Klein
(Ph.D. ’11, English)
Book cover - Mind Embodied
Mind Embodied: The Evolutionary Origins of Complex Cognitive Abilities in Modern Humans
Jay Seitz
(Ph.D. ’87, Psychology)
Come to Our Events
Looking up at the GC flags
05
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DISSERTATION SHOWCASE
Selected doctoral students present their dissertations in just three minutes each in the second “Inside The Graduate Center” event.
Richard Reeves, Vanessa Williamson, Andrew Yang, Leslie McCall
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CAPITALISM AND DEMOCRACY
Can these coexist? The Brookings Institution’s Richard Reeves and Vanessa Williamson, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and Professor Leslie McCall discuss.
Part of The Guardian’s “Broken Capitalism” series and the GC’s series “The Promise and Perils of Democracy.”
Cheryl Dunye
06
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LGBTQ PRIDE MONTH
Filmmaker Cheryl Dunye will talk about her work and receive the José Muñoz Award.
Presented with CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies.
Bollywood Gharana
06
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BOLLYWOOD GHARANA
Led by Abhijit Pohankar, the group presents a unique fusion of Bollywood hits and Indian classical music.
Presented with the Indo-American Arts Council. Part of Live@365: A Global Music Series.
Congratulations to …

Professor Andrea Alù (Physics), director of the Photonics Initiative at The Graduate Center’s Advanced Sciences Research Center, who received a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship — the Defense Department's most prestigious single-investigator award — of $3 million over five years.

Professors Li Ge (GC/Staten Island, Physics) and Rivka Levitan (GC/Brooklyn, Computer Science), who won NSF CAREER awards — five-year grants of approximately $500,000 given to researchers who have demonstrated exceptional promise in the early stages of their careers.

Distinguished Professor John Mollenkopf (Political Science and Sociology), director of The Graduate Center’s Center for Urban Research, who received the 2019 Contribution to the Field of Urban Affairs Award from the Urban Affairs Association for a “body of work has contributed to defining the field.”

Doctoral students Seth Powers (Theatre), Alexis Rodda (Music), and Lan Truong (Biology), who were awarded highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to conduct field research abroad.

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