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2016/17

ANNUAL REPORT

The City College of New York

DIVISION OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES AT THE CENTER FOR WORKER EDUCATION


TABLE OF CONTENTS 2016/17 Annual Report 1 - LETTER FROM THE DEAN Juan Carlos Mercado

16 - CWE LAUNCHES DESIGN YOUR CAP EXHIBITION Over 300 votes received for 15 exhibited mortar board caps at the Center

2 - IAS CHAIR UPDATE Department of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (2016-2017)

17 - ESCRITURA Y CIUDAD / WRITING AND THE CITY Creative Writing Seminar in Spanish - January 9-20. 2017

3 - MASTER’S PROGRAM UPDATE M.A. in the Study of the Americas Continues to Flourish

18 - COMMENCEMENT 2017

4 - NEWS BRIEFS DOWNTOWN

20 - VALEDICTORIAN: JANET SAINES CARDOZA, CWE CLASS OF 2017 Janet Saines Cardoza: Top of Her Class After a 26 Year Hiatus

7 - QUEST UPDATE Quest: CCNY’s Lifelong Learning Program Continues to Grow

21 - SALUTATORIAN: KELLY APONTE, CWE CLASS OF 2017 Kelly Aponte Paying It Forward through Education Studies

8 - DIVISIONAL COMMITTEE ON INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE DCIE adds presence to CWE website

22 - ALUMNI UPDATE CWE Alumni Group Moves Forward with New Initiatives to help spark new alumni interest

8 - BE YOUR BEST SELF Meet the students and Alumni selected to represent the best of the best this year by the Divisional Committee on Inclusive Excellence 10 - TRANSATLANTIC NEW YORK International Conference - May 24-26, 2017 11 - THE AMERICAS POETRY FESTIVAL OF NEW YORK 2016 60 POETS, REPRESENTING 22 COUNTRIES AND 10 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES 12 - 3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE HISTORICAL LINKS BETWEEN SPAIN AND NORTH AMERICA Alcalá de Henares (Spain), April 26-28, 2017 13 - THE 4TH THE AMERICAS FILM FESTIVAL OF NEW YORK (TAFFNY) Continues to offer a compelling week-long program

24 - FACULTY SPOTLIGHT Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken leads Annual Showcasing Student Research and Creative Work 2016 Teacher of the Year Mikael Awake Launches online CWE publication, The Grate 26 - STAFF SPOTLIGHT Jason Chappell, Admissions Coordinator 26 - STAFF AND FACULTY HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS Academic Year 2016-2017 IBC - DIRECTORY BC - INSTITUTIONAL FRIENDS AND AFFILIATES

15 - CWE STUDENT AFFAIRS INTRODUCES SEVERAL NEW INITIATIVES Extending & Expanding Our Reach

MISSION STATEMENT The primary mission of the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for

scholars. In providing its program, CWE seeks mutually beneficial relationships with

Worker Education (CWE) is to provide an excellent education to working adults from

labor unions, community-based organizations, city agencies, and employers in both

New York City and surrounding regions. CWE offers an interdisciplinary Bachelor of

the non-profit and private sectors who share our educational mission. With a dual

Arts degree, a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education, and a number

focus on excellence and access, and by reaching out to the community, CWE aims to

of certificate programs. CWE serves a population that would be otherwise underserved

be a positive force in lower Manhattan and in the New York metropolitan area.

by the college, and its courses and educational programs are specifically designed for students whose access to higher education may have been limited or interrupted due to financial limitations, work responsibilities, and family obligations. A spirit of open inquiry, curricular innovation, and academic integrity are linchpins of the CWE mission. Equally important are respect for diversity among faculty, staff and students, and a continuous search for our common ground as learners, teachers, and Executive Editor: Elena Romero

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Assistants to the Executive Editor: Jennifer Arroyo

Photography: Carlos Aguasaco, Cel Garay/XCEL Photo, Shakila Hoque, Mohammed Hossain, Juan Carlos Mercado, Elena Romero

Writers: Carlos Aguasaco, Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken, Sophia Demetriou, Kathlene McDonald, Elena Romero, Jennifer Arroyo, Michael Wellner, and Danielle Zach


LETTER FROM THE DEAN JUAN CARLOS MERCADO

I

am happy to report that

our Poetry Festival took place at

CWE has had a wonderful

four main venues: the Center For

year in terms of our program

Worker Education CCNY, the Walt

expansion

and

successful

Whitman Birthplace State Historic

academic events.

Site and Interpretive Center, the Consulate of Argentina in New

CWE continues to graduate

York, and the Cervantes Institute.

students in great numbers. This

year

graduates,

we which

had

TAPFNY 2016 featured sixty poets

165

representing twenty-two countries

included

and reading their creations in ten

both BA and BS recipients.

different languages.

We had seven MA recipients and 1 BA/MA awardee. A total of 74 of our undergraduate students are graduating with

Probably the most exciting of all

CWE - Faculty and Staff

Latin Honors. We had 19 Phi

of our annual events was The Americas Film Festival of New York (TAFFNY). Taking place June

Beta Kappa members and numerous Golden Key members. This is an

8-16 for the fourth year, TAFFNY showcased feature films in fiction

extraordinary accomplishment we can all be proud of.

and documentary as well as shorts and animations that represented

This year, we added two new tracks in the Master in the Study of the Americas Program: the Dominican Studies track in conjunction with the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (DSI) and the Human Rights track. The program is the first of its kind in the nation and has been applauded by Congressman Adriano Espaillat. We expect that students from many backgrounds will be interested in a program that examines and highlights the Dominican society and economy. The Dominican Studies specialization will focus on the legacy and the socioeconomic development of the Dominican people in the Dominican Republic and the United States and on the relationship between the two countries. We believe our students will greatly benefit from having a specialized track as they examine the Americas and topics such as racial and ethnic identities, migration and immigration, popular culture, politics, gender, and human rights. CWE is very proud of the success we have obtained from hosting leading academic events. We gladly co-hosted the International Conference “Transatlantic New York” related to the contribution of writers, journalists, artists, and filmmakers from Latin America, the

the rich diversity of cultures, languages, and stories of the Americas. The Festival began at the Cervantes Institute with the New York premiere of J: Beyond Flamenco (La Jota), directed and presented by legendary Spanish director, Carlos Saura. Preceding the screening we held an intimate conversation between Saura and Richard Peña, Professor of Film and former Director of the New York Film Festival, on Saura’s prolific filmography. We honored Saura with a TAFFNY Lifetime Achievement Award for his enormous contributions to film and society. TAFFNY closed with an Awards Ceremony of The Americas Short Films Competition at the National Museum of the American Indian, followed by the New York premiere of Angry Inuk, an awardwinning and deftly realized documentary that recontextualizes the role and ethics of activism in anti-seal hunting campaigns. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (Inuk) lead a Q&A after the screening. You will find more about our accomplishments in the pages of this report. I am proud of what we have built, and I am confident we will continue to take CWE to new heights. Sincerely,

Caribbean and Spain that have lived in New York and whose work expresses or assumes such experience. The Conference, held May 24-26, was in collaboration with Brown University and the Cervantes Institute. We held a total of 39 panels at CWE, 140 participants, and two keynote speakers at the Cervantes Institute. For the third year, we hosted The Americas Poetry Festival of New York (TAPFNY), a multilingual poetry festival and conference organized by poets and professors Carlos Aguasaco (CCNY), Yrene Santos

Juan Carlos Mercado

(CCNY) and Carlos Velásquez Torres (NMHU). Held October 12-14,

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IAS CHAIR UPDATE DEPARTMENT OF INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS & SCIENCES (2016-2017)

D

rawing on the wide range of expertize

in US/Indigenous History. In the Spring, faculty

across our interdisciplinary faculty and

and staff met to apply an interdisciplinary lens

staff, we developed some exciting and

to critical topics in the Trump era, with faculty

innovative courses, programs, and events this

and staff sharing their expertize on topics such

year. In the Fall and Spring semesters, we

as “Immigration” and “Activism and Solidarity,

introduced three new BA/MA courses, primarily

Past and Present.”

geared toward students in the Americas

Over the course of the year, we offered a wide

concentration or the BA/MA or MA in the Study

range of cultural and intellectual programming.

of the Americas (although also counting for other

Associate Professor of Latin American Cultural

concentration areas, such as Literary, Media

Studies Carlos Aguasaco helped organize

and Visual Arts; History, Politics and Society;

The Americas Film Festival of New York,

Urban Studies and Public Administration; Social

The Americas Poetry Festival of New York,

Welfare; and Global Labor Studies). Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken, Caribbean

and

Assistant Postcolonial

Professor

the

of

Literatures,

developed “Crime Narratives in the Americas,”

Transatlantic

Conference, IAS Chair Kathlene McDonald

and

New

York

International

the

Third

International

Conference on the Historical Links between Spain and North America. Frances S. Patai

Susanna Rosenbaum, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, taught “Race in the 21st Century,” and Susanna Schaller, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, taught “Urban Sustainability.”

Postdoctoral Fellow Danielle Zach organized multiple events through the City College Human Rights Forum. And Assistant Professor of History Justin Williams and the members of our Divisional Committee on Inclusive Excellence organized a talk on resistance to the Dakota

In the Spring, three of our part-time faculty members designed new

Access Pipeline at Standing Rock and its connection to Indigenous

electives that drew on their expertize and practice in the arts. Film

resistance in the US.

director and commentator Ron Kopp taught “The Global City on Film.” Grace Ali, founder and editorial director of OF NOTE magazine, introduced “Imprisoned: Artists Examine Mass Incarceration in the US,” based on a special OF NOTE issue she curated <www. ofnotemagazine.org/the-imprisoned-issue/>.

And

creative

writer

Mikael Awake developed the “Online Media Publishing” workshop, which launched CWE’s new, student-run online creative journal, The Grate.

And finally, MA Director Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken and the MA Committee, Patai Fellow Danielle Zach, and I worked to develop two new tracks for our MA in the Study of the Americas, one in Human Rights, in connection with our Frances S. Patai Program in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies, and one in Dominican Studies, in partnership with City College’s Dominican Studies Institute. Both tracks are awaiting final approval, and we expect to launch them in Spring 2018.

Also this year, we continued the Interdisciplinary Teaching and Scholarship Lunch Series, with a focus on innovative interdisciplinary Professors Marlene Clark (English) and Martin Woessner (History and Society) presented their sabbatical research, with Prof. Clark sharing her work on de Kooning’s six numbered women paintings and Prof. Woessner his project on the “Metaphysical Vision” in Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven. Later in the Fall, HEO advisor Deborah EdwardsAnderson shared her MA thesis research on Dakota Commemorations

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Photo by Cel Garay/Xcel Photo

faculty and staff research. At our first session in the Fall, Associate


MASTER’S PROGRAM UPDATE M.A. IN THE STUDY OF THE AMERICAS CONTINUES TO FLOURISH

G

aining the approval for two

we enrolled ten new students. In

new tracks in our M.A. in

September 2016, we graduated

the Study of the Americas

two students; in January 2017,

for 2016-2017 constitutes our

we graduated three students;

most

and, in June 2017 we graduated

significant

Dominican

achievement: and

one student. Of these graduates,

Human Rights track. Throughout

Agatha Samudio, now works at

the Spring semester, Chairperson

the Brazilian-American Chamber

Kathlene McDonald, current M.A.

of

Director Alessandra Benedicty-

Soriano, thanks to courses taken

Kokken, incoming M.A. Director

under the aegis of Urban Planning

Susanna

Studies

track

Rosenbaum,

and

Danielle Zach, Acting Director of Human Rights Studies and Frances S. Patai Postdoctoral Fellow in Holocaust, Genocide, and

Human

worked

closely

Rights

Studies

with

Ramona

Commerce,

Inc.;

Diana

and Studies Assistant Professor From Left to Right: Dean Juan Carlos Mercado; Chairperson Kathlene McDonald; Director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Ramona Hernández; Congressman Adriano Espaillat; Executive Vice Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz; Interim President of CCNY Vince Boudreau; NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez ; and Assistant Director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Anthony Stevens-Acevedo at the Press Conference to announce the new MA in the Study of the Americas: Dominican Studies track on May 31, 2017. 

Hernández and Anthony Stevens-

Susanna Schaller works with the Department

of

Transportation;

and, Jhwanda Norris, will begin an M.A. in Political Science at New York University. Our alumni are also doing very well: Jarrettia Adams began a Ph.D. in the

Acevedo at the Dominican Studies Institute to develop the two tracks. As

Rutgers-Newark American Studies program; Ellis Rua, this summer just

early as Spring 2018, students in our M.A. in the Study of the Americas

started Columbia Journalism School; Nelson Santana gained a position

will have the option to get one of three degrees, which will read on their

as Assistant Professor/Collection Development Librarian at Bronx

diploma as follows: “M.A. in the Study of the Americas”; “M.A. in the

Community College, and Hesley Keenan was hired to teach a history

Study of the Americas: Human Rights”; or, “M.A. in the Study of the

course at Bergen Community College. Going into the Fall 2017 semester,

Americas: Dominican Studies.” The Human Rights track emerges from

we have 28 active students, of which five will begin or continue to write

the Division’s initiatives and increased curriculum in Human Rights

their theses, and two of whom are BA/MA candidates. We have accepted

Studies, which has grown out of programs such as the Frances S. Patai

six students, but we are not yet certain of how many will matriculate.

Program in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights; The Americas Film Festival of New York, whose focus is cinema that deals with human rights; the M.A. in the Study of Human Rights Conference in 2010; our lecture series course on Human Rights in 2014; our Human Rights Club for both BA and MA students developed in 2015; our pro-seminar in Human Rights in 2016; as well as our close relationships to the Smithsonian

As regards recruitment, in 2016/2017 we held one open house that we advertised on the City College listserves (alumni, faculty, and staff), which attracted 17 potential students, which 3 of our accepted Fall 2017 candidates attended. We also had a table at the graduate fair organized by the City College Graduate Admissions Office.

National Museum of the American Indian and the Museum of Jewish Heritage, both located downtown. The second track was developed in close collaboration with the Dominican Studies Institute, housed at City College, as well as the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College. To major in either track, students must take four classes (out of the total ten) in the designated track specialization. In the Fall 2016 semester, we enrolled five new students; in Spring 2017,

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NEWS BRIEFS DOWNTOWN “Charging Bull” has been in its position on Wall Street for 30 years. The small gold sculpture called “Sketchy Dog” appeared for just a short time as it was permanently removed.

The “Fearless Girl” was originally given a one-week City Hall permit that Photos by Juan Carlos Mercado

was later extended to 30 days and later given a year-long extension to remain in place through February 2018.

The “Fearless Girl” statue was installed on March 7, 2017-the day before International’s Women’s Day

THE FEARLESS GIRL DEBUTS ON WALL STREET The “Fearless Girl” has made quite an expression on Wall Street and

the world. Tourists and students alike have continued to flock the Bowling Green area to take a glimpse and snap a picture with the

bronze sculpture looking directly at the Charging Bull. The sculpture by

Kristin Visbal, commissioned by the investment firm State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) via McCann New York, depicts a Latina girl measuring approximately 50 inches and weighing about 250 pounds.

Installed on March 7, 2017, the day before International Women’s Day, the “Fearless Girl” serves as an advertisement for an index fund which

comprises gender-diverse companies that have a higher percentage

of women among their senior leadership. The plaque below the statue states, “Know the power of women in leadership. SHE makes a

difference,” with “SHE” being both a descriptive pronoun and the fund’s NASDAQ ticker symbol.

The statue has come with controversy. Arturo Di Modica, who had

installed the Charging Bull in 1989, has asked that the statue of the girl be removed. He argues that the statue exploits his work for commercial purposes

and

alters

the

perception of the bull and has

called the Fearless Girl “an

DC 37 members receive a certificate of completion after successfully completing courses at CWE.

CWE PARTNERSHIP WITH DC 37 One year ago, Dean Mercado and CWE Recruitment Coordinator Trisha Baboolal met with some officers of District Council 37, New York City’s largest public employee union, to discuss the possibilities of working together. As a result of that meeting, CWE entered into an

agreement with the District Council 37 Education Fund (DC 37) to serve the educational needs of their members. “This is part of CWE’s history— our relationship with unions,” stated Dean Mercado. “This one

is more formal because we are entering into a long-term relationship related to certificate programs but also eventually, to credit bearing classes/programs.”

Since 1971, the DC 37 Education Fund has made it possible for

thousands of DC 37 members to improve their academic skills,

advertising trick.”

In late May, another sculpture showed up on Wall Street adding a small dog lifting its

Photos by CWE Front Desk

hind leg for a call of nature

on the statue of the “Fearless Girl.”

Artist

created

and

Alex

Gardega

positioned

a

paper mache sculpture –a pub urinating on or near the

girl -- out of support for fellow sculptor Di Modica, whose

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CWE kicked off its first computer training program for DC 37 members in Fall 2016.


members for civil service examinations and provided financial help and guidance in their higher education endeavors. Members of DC 37 are typically eligible for classes and programs paid for by DC37. CWE

now has this great opportunity to provide computer learning services to

these members many of whom do not own computers, and still many others who are simply looking to enhance their computer skills for better work opportunity.

“TAKE YOUR CHILDREN TO WORK DAY” A HIT AT CWE Children of CWE employees once again benefited from joining mommy and daddy at work. For the third straight year. CWE hosted its own Bring

Your Children to Work Day. Participants included: Gabriela, Gionna and Grace Durham (Elena Romero’s daughters); Adrianna Hernandez

(Robert Hernandez’s daughter); Mya, Sabrina and Sienna Woods (Nina

Woods’ daughters); Connor Jaggernath (Trisha Baboolal’s son); and Naomi and Olivia Chappell (Jason Chappell’s daughters). The children

CWE kicked off its first computer training Program in Fall 2016. Some of

participated in a breakfast Meet and Greet; a Wall Street Walking Tour,

II, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Internet as a Research

OP.

the courses offered are: Introduction to Computers, Microsoft Excel and

Seaglass Carousel ride, a pizza party and CWE Tour/Certificates/Photo

tool. We are providing DC37 members three 10-week Sessions each

DANIELLE ZACH BIDS FAREWELL

year during Fall, Winter and Spring. All classes are hands-on utilizing the Computer Lab or our laptop mobile lab. At the end of the courses

Danielle Zach, Acting Director of

students who have successfully completed coursework receive a

Human Rights Studies at the Center

certificate of completion. After this first year we are extremely proud that

for Worker Education and Frances

close to 160 students have been certified. Feedback from students and

S. Patai Postdoctoral Fellow, was

DC37 officials reveals that the students are thrilled about this program

given a farewell luncheon on May

that is meeting their needs and especially about our instructors who are

17 in the conference room. “I was

knowledgeable, patient and are great at working with adults.

so overwhelmed by the turnout

Our instructors include our very own Robert Hernandez, Evadne Smith-

and all of the warm wishes and

McLilley and Sujan Niraula, and other very competent instructors from

embraces that I was at a loss for

our uptown campus, Christhin Montejo and Samantha Arato. Davi

words to express just how thankful

Saroop, the CWE Admin Services Coordinator/Business Manager,

I am to have been a part of the

works closely with Dean Mercado on planning and design, and day to

CWE community,” she said. “The

day running of the program. Thank you to Kyana Herrera who assists

Danielle Zach

with administrative support, and Nina Woods who ensures that IDs are printed so that proper ID protocols are followed.

critical scholarship of the faculty,

and genuine CWE-wide dedication to students have been a profound

We are already preparing for the second year of this Program and are

source of inspiration and professional enrichment these past three

“We believe that reconnecting with this Union is a huge step for CWE

Zach, who joined CWE in August 2014, taught a number of courses

very excited about continuing to work with DC37 and its members. and DC 37 and we look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship,” Photo by Elena Romero

collaborative dynamic of the center,

concluded Mercado.

years.”

related to interdisciplinary studies, genocide, social science, and racism in society. Besides teaching, Zach has been involved in research and

editing of academic publications on a broad range of topics, especially

international intervention in civil wars and the responsibility to protect humanitarian, human rights, the United Nations, and global governance.

Zach left CWE for a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Adelphi University. We wish her the best.

TWO CWE ADJUNCTS TALK MEDIA AND LEGAL ETHICS DURING THE AGE OF TRUMP Adjunct Professors Lawrence Fleischer and Elena Romero hosted

an intense talk entitled “The Clash of Professional Values: Media and Legal Ethics in the Age of Trump” on April 6 inside the auditorium.

“Never before in American history has the clash between the ethics Naomi and Olivia Chappell, Grace Durham, Connor Jaggernath, Gionna and Gabriela Durham

of journalism and those of law been of such great importance,” said

Fleischer, who has practiced law for 40 years and serves as counsel CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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language knowledge, technical skills and clerical skills. It has prepared


NEWS BRIEFS DOWNTOWN to Gotlin & Joffe. “Between Hulk Hogan and Donald Trump, the changing universe

in value systems between privacy and the

kidnapping of almost 300 girls in Baga, Nigeria, among other cases) and to generate international solidarity.

CONGRATS TO CWE COLLEGE ASSISTANT TUAN CASSIM

public’s right to know has ever been so controversial.” The lecture sought to tease

We are especially proud of CWE

out the competitive values of journalistic

College Assistant Tuan Cassim, who

and legal ethics and was successful at it.

graduated City College on June 3

Utilizing current stories in the news as well

with a degree in psychology. Upon

as past court cases, the professors covered

graduation, Cassim has been traveling

key topics including fake news, individual Lawrence Fleischer

and now calls Amsterdam home as

privacy, anonymous sources, and universal

he continues to study psychology

access to presidential press conferences.

CWE EXHIBITS TRIBUTE TO THE “DISAPPEARED” EXHIBITION CWE

and cognitive neuroscience at Vrijie University. Tuan Cassim

showcased

a “Tribute to the Disappeared,” an

IN MEMORIAM

of the thousands

Dorota Gaweda 1968-2017

exhibition in honor of men and women disappeared

in

Mexico as well as other victims of injustice around the world. Curated

by award-winning visual artist Andrea Arroyo, the exhibition was on display from September 26-October 31, 2016 at the Halls at Bowling Green Gallery at CWE.

The exhibit commemorated the two-year anniversary of the disappearance of the students from the Teachers College in Ayotzinapa,

Mexico, on September 26, 2014. The exhibition featured a selection of printed images sent by over 300 artists from around the world, and

it also included a community participation component. The exhibition

was presented in partnership with CCNY’s Human Rights Forum, and Frances S. Patai Program in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies.

“Tribute to the Disappeared” created in 2014 gathered images from

over 300 international artists and collectives so far. Participants, ranging from 16 to 89-years-old, included established and emerging artists from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, who work in a variety

of media (painting, drawing, collage, embroidery, video, installation, poetry, performance) as well as “non-artist” members of diverse

communities. For the project, the concept of disappearance comprises forced disappearances, as well as non-literal disappearances carried

out through injustice, invisibility, and discrimination. “Tribute to the Disappeared” aims to create awareness about human rights abuses

around the world (Disappearances in Juarez and Ayotzinapa in Mexico,

police brutality toward communities of color in the United States, the

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It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of CWE student Dorota Gaweda, who lost her battle with cancer this spring. Dorota was proud to be part of the CWE community. She was a one-of-a-kind classmate with a kind soul and a warm, familiar face. She loved to strut around in high heels. Dorota was close to completing her BA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences with a concentration in Childhood Studies. After her diagnosis, she was determined to carry on and finish her degree. When she started advanced chemotherapy, she was disappointed that it might impede her goal of finishing her degree, and she resolved to resume her coursework as soon as possible. She would say, “I’ll find a way, don’t worry. I have to do this.” Unfortunately, her illness was too advanced, and she was unable to do so. Dorota loved learning, loved to push herself to accept and overcome challenges, and genuinely loved, and was loved by, her classmates, advisors, and instructors at CWE. She is very much missed, and our deepest sympathies are with her family and friends. Her diploma was awarded posthumously.


QUEST UPDATE QUEST: CCNY’S LIFELONG LEARNING PROGRAM CONTINUES TO GROW

Q

UEST, the CCNY/CWE Community for Lifelong Learning, has just concluded its best year in its 22-year history. We finished 2017 with 250 members, who come from a rich diversity of

backgrounds, and are engaged in a wide variety of activities. On the academic front, our formal courses include topics as diverse as The Constitution, The Tumultuous Sixties, The Role of Immigrants in our Society, Shakespeare, The Old Testament as Literature, The Oral Interpretation of Poetry, Artists & Their Work, Great Love Stories, The Women’s Movement, and many more. And our activities are not confined to the classroom: here in the city we have visited such cultural attractions as The American Folk Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Architecture Museum, and the International Center of Photography. We also sponsor a continuing program at the Museum of Modern Art. Every other Wednesday afternoon we invite a distinguished outside speaker to talk to us on a topic of his or her choosing. Such speakers have included distinguished actors and actresses, best-selling authors, leading diplomats and foreign affairs experts, and more.

Quest CCNY Tour 31-Oct-2014

operation, including deciding exactly what courses will be offered each semester; scheduling the actual classes; the teaching of each class; and almost all administrative functions are managed and accomplished by our members. Our members are continually learning as well as teaching; indeed, preparing to teach a class may well be the best way to learn the subject. In fact, our greatest strength may just be that we are a peer-learning institution. And because we manage all aspects of the program ourselves, we are empowered to shape the Quest experience in the way that we want – rather than conforming to an outside organization’s rigid rules and regulations. Quest classes are held four days a week, Mondays through Thursdays. Before classes begin in the morning, and at lunch time, members gather in our lunchroom to discuss the news of the day, review that morning’s classes, share personal stories, and generally try to solve the world’s problems. It is all extremely congenial. We are fortunate,

Malta & Sicily June 2017

It’s worth noting that our activities are not confined to the Greater New York area. We have an active travel program that has seen our members visit such places as Malta, Sicily, Cuba, New Orleans,

indeed, to share space with our friends at CWE, whose students also realize and appreciate the value of continuing to learn as adults. Michael Wellner Immediate Past President June 2017

Canada, Ireland, and Iceland, among others. Our members are delighted to remain active in their retirement, and welcome the opportunity to study subjects that they did not, for whatever reason, get to explore in college. Equally important is the sense of community that Quest provides. With so many seniors living alone, we believe that this is a critical component of our success. Indeed, what makes Quest so unique is precisely this sense of community. Our entire

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DIVISIONAL COMMITTEE ON INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE DCIE ADDS PRESENCE TO CWE WEBSITE

D Jaskiran Dhillon

uring the 2016-17 academic year,

others) issues helps demonstrate the Center for Worker Education’s

the CWE Divisional Committee

commitment to fostering on open learning environment that reflects

on Inclusive Excellence continued

New York City’s dynamism. In addition, we are excited to showcase

its work celebrating the diversity of our

our “Be Your Best Self” campaign online. Each year, we produce

community. In commemoration of National

posters profiling CWE students and alumni from different backgrounds

Native American Heritage Month, we were

for new student orientation. We are confident that a public display of

happy to host a talk by Jaskiran Dhillon,

this ongoing collection can aid in recruitment and retention efforts by

Assistant Professor of Global Studies at

showing that City College is an inclusive space that routinely produces

The New School and member of the New

excellence. Our students have truly remarkable life stories and we are

York Stands with Standing Rock Collective, on the issues surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

happy to share them with the world! In the future, we look forward to continuing and expanding our work in

The committee’s largest project has been digitizing the past four

accordance with our mission and the needs of our students.

years of our activities on the City College website. We hope that a public record of our programs on important LGBT, African American, Italian American, Native American, Dominican and Women’s (among

BE YOUR BEST SELF MEET THE STUDENTS AND ALUMNI SELECTED TO REPRESENT THE BEST OF THE BEST THIS YEAR BY THE DIVISIONAL COMMITTEE ON INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE Paul Yuen

Regionals every season he’s been with the program. Three straight

The City College of New York

Sportsmanship Award (2010, 2011, 2012). In addition, Coach Yuen and

Women’s Fencing Coach, Class of 2017 B.A. Interdisciplinary Arts & Science

times, CCNY has been honored with the EWFC Roi Green Spirit

his staff have been recognized as the EWFC Coaching Staff of the Year

an impressive four times (’07 -’08, ’08 -’09, ’13 -’14, ’14 -’15). CCNY

Concentration: History, Politics & Society

fencers are a mainstay on the annual list of EWFC All-Conference

(2015) as Head women’s fencing coach;

A student at CWE since fall 2015, Yuen intends to take a semester or

Honors: Coaching Staff of the Year award and inducted into CCNY Athletic Hall of Fame Resides in: Forest Hills, NY

honorees.

two off after graduation. This would serve two purposes. One, it will give him time to find a full-time job (would love to be a full-time fencing

Paul Yuen has been the head coach of the City College of New York

coach) as well as save money for graduate school. And two, he can use

the assistant coach for two years prior.

is torn between attending business school or entering the health care

women’s fencing team since the 2006-2007 season, having served as Under Yuen’s leadership, the Beavers have been one of the premier

programs in Division III women’s fencing, qualifying for the NCAA

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this time to figure out what he wants to study in graduate school. Yuen field. “My goal is to get an M.B.A or Ph.D.,” he said.


BE YOUR BEST SELF MEET THE STUDENTS AND ALUMNI SELECTED TO REPRESENT THE BEST OF THE BEST THIS YEAR BY THE DIVISIONAL COMMITTEE ON INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE Sheila Romero

them the tools to guide their own learning. “I love working with small

NYC Department of Education

are overflowing with hope and great clues about how to make it in this

School Psychologist,

people,” she says. “They require a lot of care and patience. Their minds

Class of 2012

world.”

B.A. Interdisciplinary Arts & Science

Woods-Dionne has won several awards at CWE as well as a Black

Concentration: Literature, Communication & the Arts

Honors: Summa Cum Laude

Resides in: Staten Island, NY

Sheila Romero attributes her interest in psychology to CWE alum and

professor, Soye Zaid-Muhammad. “He pushed me into it. His classes really clicked with me and I have always been fascinated with someone

else’s thinking. It’s rewarding to see if you can help someone have a better life.”

Europe Summer School in Amsterdam, Netherlands. “Before CWE,

I was feeling extremely frustrated with the lack of challenge and

inspiration in my online classes. But after just one class here at CWE, I was revived and rejuvenated. This program has inspired me in incredible ways.”

This fall, she will begin her graduate school journey at the University of North Carolina, School of Social Work. She plans to become a children

and family therapist and develop therapeutic solutions for children of diasporic ancestry.

She decided to study school psychology at Long Island University at

the suggestion of Muhammad. “I wanted to be able to read IQ scores and reports and see how it relates to children who are experiencing difficulty with school.”

Nicholas Patrick

Public Relations Director, Pfizer Class of 2008

She wishes she would’ve known earlier when her now adult son was

B.A. Interdisciplinary Arts & Science

a school psychologist in District 10 in the Morris Heights section of

& the Arts

experiencing reading problems as a kid. Romero currently works as the Bronx.

While serving four different schools in predominantly

Latino communities in the Bronx (MS390, PS396, MS228, and X1075) presents its challenges, Romero loves working with students and their parents to find solutions to whatever issues they are facing. The ability

to communicate with parents in their native, often only, language allows her to make a more significant impact on her students’ development and success.

Concentration: Literature, Communication Honors: Summa Cum Laude

Resides in: New York, NY

A well-rounded corporate communications professional, Nicholas

Patrick has worked in a variety of capacities within his field. Currently, he

is the public relations lead for a market-leading cardiovascular product, driving both U.S. and global efforts. His day-to-day responsibilities

include developing and executing comprehensive communication

Realizing the serious need for more bilingual school psychologists,

plans for “unbranded” disease awareness PR campaigns in the

psychology fall 2017.

company’s science teams present key research findings. He recently

Romero will begin Cappella University’s online Ph.D. program in school

Lavoya Woods-Dionne

Owner, Play by the Park Preschool Class of 2017 B.A. Interdisciplinary Arts & Science

Resides in: Brooklyn, NY

U.S. and upcoming medical congresses around the world where the completed work on a television project with the syndicated game show

“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” that integrated trivia questions about the cardiovascular condition Pfizer products treat as a way to raise awareness of the condition.

Concentration: History, Politics & Society

Prior to his career at Pfizer, Patrick worked in the media relations group

Society (2016) and Ada Shepard Award and

manager at Barclays. In his first professional job, Nicholas served as

Honors: Member of Alpha Sigma Lambda

at Tyco International. He has also worked as a client marketing event

Quest Award (2016)

an assistant to New York society decorator David Easton.

LaVoya Woods-Dionne has been teaching preschool for 10 years and feels that by giving her students the freedom to play, they become inspired and self-directed. Four years ago, she opened an Outdoor

Education, a Reggio-Inspired Preschool in Brooklyn. It is a small

operation making a big impact as it takes children into Prospect Park to teach them to find comfort with nature, their own bodies, and give

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TRANSATLANTIC NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE - MAY 24-26, 2017

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his year our division joined efforts with the Transatlantic Project at Brown University and Instituto Cervantes –New York- organizing the renowned Transatlantic Conference. This conference centered on

the city of New York and called for presentations about any of the writers, journalists, artists, & filmmakers from Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain that have lived in New York and whose work expresses or assumes such experience. Scholars from around the world responded massively to this initiative. The program included thirty-nine panels featuring one hundred and twentyfive scholars representing more than forty universities from Europe and the Americas. CUNY TV was present to cover the event and will feature interviews with some of the most distinguished participants on its show Nueva York.

L-R: Alicia Borinsky, Suzanne Jill Levine, Juan Carlos Mercado, Arturo Fontaine

Professor Ottmar Ette, Chair of Romance Literature at the University of Potsdam, Brandenburg, gave the opening keynote address at Instituto Cervantes. His presentation was entitled “Manhattan y las Islas dolorosas del Mar. De José Martí a las literaturas del mundo.” The second keynote event, at Instituto Cervantes, featured Romanian writer Norman Manea, recipient of the 2016 FIL Literary Prize for Literature in Romance Languages (Guadalajara, Mexico), in a dialogue with Prof. Robert Boyers (Skidmore College) & Dulce María Zuniga (University of Guadalajara). The Conference also included two plenary sessions at CWE’s Auditorium. The first plenary session on May 24th entitled “City College of New York y la literatura hispana” was chaired by Prof. Carlos Riobó (Chair of Classical and Modern Languages & Literatures) and included the participation of Hispanic writers with strong ties to CCNY: Jaime Manrique (Distinguished Lecturer), Carlos Aguasaco (Associate Professor), and Ernesto Quiñónez (CCNY alumnus, B.A. and M.A.). The second plenary session on May 25th

L-R: Carlos Aguasaco, Laura R. Loustau, Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé, Tess O’Dwyer, Giannina Braschi, Emilie Bergmann, Manuel Broncano, Francisco MorenoFernández

entitled “Manuel Puig y Nueva York” was chaired by Dean Juan Carlos Mercado and included the participation of Distinguished Professor and translator Suzanne Jill Levine (University of California in Santa Barbara), Prof. Alicia Borinsky (Boston University) and Chilean writer Arturo Fontaine. The organizing committee was composed by Dean Juan Carlos Mercado (CCNY), Prof. Carlos Aguasaco (CCNY), Ignacio Olmos (Instituto Cervantes), Ana Vázquez Barrado (Instituto Cervantes), and Prof. Julio Ortega (Brown University). Undoubtedly, our division has become a leader in matters related to the Study of the Americas. Our growing reputation has called the attention of international institutions and scholars seeking to build institutional bridges and intellectual cross-fertilization in both the Humanities and the Social Sciences. For further information please see www.nytransatlantico.com

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Ignacio Olmos, Ottmar Ette, Francisco MorenoFernández


THE AMERICAS POETRY FESTIVAL OF NEW YORK 2016 60 POETS, REPRESENTING 22 COUNTRIES AND 10 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES

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he Americas Poetry Festival of New York

General and Promotion Center of the Argentine Republic

(TAPFNY) reached its third year in the 2016

in New York. For this edition, the Festival also collaborated

edition. As a multilingual event that celebrates

with the Congreso Internacional de Literaturas that took

the rich diversity of the Americas, it has expanded its

place at St. John’s University. This year the Festival also

cultural reaches each year. In this third edition, the

established a collaboration agreement with the free non-

festival brought together sixty poets representing

profit app Poetizer (poetizer.com). Using this free App and

twenty two countries who read poetry in ten different

the hashtag #TAPFNY, poets from all around the world

languages. The organizers of TAPFNY are convinced

were able to submit their poems for consideration.

that inclusive diversity must be at the core of any effort

As in previous editions, the works of the featured poets

to achieve cultural or academic excellence. This year, the festival included a roundtable to discuss the role of translation in the dissemination of emerging poetry. Following the tradition initiated in the previous edition, in 2016, the organizers of TAPFNY named Mayan writer Jorge Miguel Cocom Pech as Poet of the Year.

appeared in both the festival’s website www.poetryny.com and the Multilingual Anthology 2016 published by Artepoetica Press and coedited by professors Carlos Aguasaco (CCNY), Yrene Santos (CCNY) and Carlos Velásquez Torres (U. of New Mexico), organizers of the event. The fourth edition of TAPFNY will take place on October 4, 5 & 6, 2017.

As always, the Festival had as its main sponsor and venue the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education. The other venues and supporters were the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center, Instituto Cervantes, and The Consulate

FEATURED POETS Jorge Miguel Cocom Pech [Maya

Daniel Shapiro [USA]

Seamus Scanlon [Ireland]

Nation, Mexico]

Kianny N. Antigua [Dominican Rep.]

Ralph Nazareth [India]

Kätlin Kaldmaa [Estonia]

Raymond Collazo [USA]

Patricio Lerzundi [Chile]

Verónica Aranda [Spain]

Zulema Moret [Argentina]

Elizabeth Lara [USA]

Rémy Durand [France]

Akram Alkatreb [Syria]

Asdrubal Hernandez [Venezuela]

Zhivka Baltadzhieva [Bulgaria]

Linda Morales Caballero [Peru]

Milton Fernando Romero Obando

César Eduardo Carrión [Ecuador]

Alex Lima [Ecuador]

[Ecuador]

Alexandra Botto [Mexico/USA]

Allia Abdullah-Matta [USA]

Vicente Robalino [Ecuador]

Christos Tsiamis [Greece]

Attila F. Balázs [Hungary]

Kadiri J. Vaquer Fernández [Puerto

Christopher Carmona [USA]

Marianela Medrano [Dominican Rep.]

Rico]

Consuelo Hernández [Colombia/USA]

Pedro Serrano [Mexico]

Raúl Pérez Torres [Ecuador]

José Gustavo Melara [El Salvador]

Pilar Gonzalez Santos [USA]

Jorge Aguilera López [Mexico]

Jacqueline Herranz-Brooks [Cuba]

William Marín Osorio [Colombia]

Sophia Yánez [USA/Peru/Ecuador]

Juan Navidad [Spain]

Elsa Batista Pimentel [Dominican Rep.]

María Helena Barrera-Agarwal

Kary Cerda [Mexico]

Regina Jamison [USA]

[Ecuador]

Keiselim A. Montás (Keysi) [Dominican

Mariana Vacs [Argentina]

Maryam Alikhani [Iran/USA]

Rep.]

Juana M. Ramos [El Salvador]

Tomás Modesto Galán [Dominican

Lola Koundakjian [Armenia/USA]

Margarita Drago [Argentina]

Rep.]

Manuel Iris [Mexico]

Rolando Pérez [Cuba]

Ely Rosa Zamora [Venezuela]

María Ángeles Pérez López [Spain]

Pedro Arturo Estrada [Colombia]

Emily Fragos [USA]

Amado Láscar [Chile]

Michelle Yasmine Valladares [India/

Fior E. Plasencia [Dominican Rep./USA]

USA]

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3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE HISTORICAL LINKS BETWEEN SPAIN AND NORTH AMERICA ALCALÁ DE HENARES (SPAIN), APRIL 26-28, 2017.

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or a third consecutive year, our division joined Instituto Franklin

at the conference. CWE’s MA student Andrea Lujan also presented

de la Universidad de Alcalá, and Instituto Cervantes -New York-,

her paper “Cante Flamenco: The American ‘La Pasionaria’ of Jane

in organizing this conference calling for presentations in different

Dudley’s Design.”

disciplines and areas of study with an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to the historical links between Spain and North America (Mexico, USA and Canada). The Conference aimed to provide a meeting place for academics and professionals with an interest in other disciplines related to this subject as well as to interact with other members within and outside their own disciplines in the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences. A delegation from City College including Dean Juan Carlos Mercado, Profs. Carlos Aguasaco, Danielle Zach, Gerardo Blumenkrantz, Francisco Uceda, and Nancy Tag traveled to Alcalá to present papers

Dean Juan Carlos Mercando, Dr. Fernando Galván (Rector Universidad de Alcalá)

Prof. Carlos Aguasaco, Dean Juan Carlos Mercando, Prof. Julio Cañero Serrano

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Dean Mercado and Prof. Aguasaco serve on the scientific and organizing committees respectively. In the conference, they also chaired panels and participated in launching the book North America and Spain: Transversal Perspectives – Norteamérica y España: perspectivas transversales edited by Prof. Julio Cañero who directs Instituto Franklin de la Universidad de Alcalá. This conference alternates between Alcalá and New York. The fourth version will take place in NYC in April 2018. For further details please visit: www.historicallinks.com

Dean Juan Carlos Mercando, Dr. Cristina Crespo Palomares, Dr. Mark Hugo López, Prof. Julio Cañero Serrano, Prof. Carlos Aguasaco

Dean Juan Carlos Mercando, Andrea Lujan, Prof. Carlos Aguasaco


THE 4TH THE AMERICAS FILM FESTIVAL OF NEW YORK (TAFFNY) CONTINUES TO OFFER A COMPELLING WEEK-LONG PROGRAM The Americas Film Festival of New York is back for its fourth editionthis year running a whole week and closing with our Awards Ceremony for our shorts in competition. The Festival aims to provide a dynamic space for the public and artists to meet and reflect on multiculturalism and diversity in our society.” Professor Carlos Aguasaco, TAFFNY coordinator, added that “with this fourth edition our Division of Interdisciplinary Studies continues to show its commitment to engaged scholarship in the Study of the Americas.” For the first time, Professor Alessandra Benedicty offered a summer course on cinema that included some of the films programmed in TAFFNY 2017.

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AFFNY 2017 had full houses for both the Opening and Closing Nights. The Festival began on June 8th at the Instituto Cervantes

As in previous years, TAFFNY 2017 was curated by film programmer Diana Vargas with the assistance of Samantha Choos.

with the New York premiere of J: Beyond Flamenco (La Jota)

directed and presented by legendary Spanish director Carlos Saura, who captures the vivacity and charisma of the “Jota,” a walts-like castanet dance of Spanish origin. Preceding the screening Saura and Richard Peña, Professor of Film and former Director of the New York Film Festival, held a dialogue on Saura’s prolific filmography. During the event, Ignacio Olmos, Director of Instituto Cervantes in New York, presented Carlo Saura with TAFFNY’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The evening wrapped up with a cocktail reception in the courtyard of Instituto Cervantes. This year, TAFFNY screened nine feature films from seven countries. Directors Marisol Gonzalez, Miguel Ángel Lamata, Juan Zapata and

Alethea Amaquq-Baril (Inuk)

Executive Producer Vanessa Montfort were present for Q&As during the screening of their feature films.

The Americas Short Film Competition is exclusively dedicated to the

About the Festival, Dean Juan Carlos Mercado, founder and chair of

promotion and exhibition of short-length audiovisual works by emerging

TAFFNY, said: “Thanks to the extraordinary success of past festivals,

filmmakers. This year, TAFFNY screened 49 short films selected from the more than two hundred submitted in the categories of Animation, Documentary, Experimental, and Fiction. The judges of the categories of Documentary and Animation were Álvaro Baquero-Pecino, Assistant Professor of World Languages and Literatures at CUNY; Cynthia Benitez, Film Programming Manager at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian; and Emmy award winning TV producer Wilson Reyes. The Judges in the categories of Fiction and Experimental film were Juan Zapata, acclaimed Colombian filmmaker; Kevin Moore, independent advisor, curator, and writer; and Michelle

L-R: Film programmer Diana Vargas, CCNY’s Dean Juan Carlos Mercado, Spanish film director Carlos Saura, CCNY’s Carlos Aguasaco, and Instituto Cervantes’ Ignacio Olmos.

Farrell, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Fairfield University. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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THE 4TH THE AMERICAS FILM FESTIVAL OF NEW YORK (TAFFNY) CONTINUES TO OFFER A COMPELLING WEEK-LONG PROGRAM

L-R: Khalil Charif, Cynthia Benitez, Michelle Farrell, Diana Vargas, Isa Feliu, Alex Lora, Wilson Reyes, Álvaro Baquero Pecino, Juan Zapata

Director Khalil Charif

Best Short Experimental went to Tupianas by Marcos Bonisson and Khalil Charif (Brazil) “for being highly aesthetic and seductively vague.” A full house attended the Closing Night Ceremony and Awards

WINNERS: El mes del amigo. Una comedia con atletas (The Friends’ Month. A Comedy with Athletes) by Florencia Percia (Argentina) won The Americas Award for Best Short Fiction for “its humor, wit, and skilled performances.” Best Short Animation was awarded to Argentine film CORP. by Pablo Polledri “for being informative, tongue in cheek, and necessary.” The animated short Alto el juego directed by Walter Tournier (Uruguay) also received a Special Jury Mention in the animation category. Best Short Documentary went to USA-Spain co-production The Fourth Kingdom by Adan Aliaga and Alex Lora “for its take on issues of immigration, race and environment in a globalized world.”

Presentation, followed by the screening of award-winning documentary Angry Inuk, a deftly realized work of investigation and exploration that re-contextualizes the role of ethics and activism in anti-seal hunting campaigns. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (Inuk) was present for a Q&A moderated by Audra Simpson, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University following the film. The fourth edition of The Americas Film Festival of New York took place in various locations of the city on June 8-16, 2017, showcasing feature films in fiction and documentary as well as shorts and animations that represent the rich diversity of cultures, languages and stories of the Americas. TAFFNY is a cultural project of the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education of the City College of New York (CUNY), in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, The Cervantes Institute, NY, NYU’s King Juan Carlos of Spain Center, the CCNY Division of Humanities and the Arts, and the CCNY Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. TAFFNY is made possible with the generous support of its partners and sponsors: the CCNY Division of Humanities and the Arts, the CCNY Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, Telemundo 47, Ron Barceló, Goya Foods, Consulate General of Argentina, NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, Quest, Ines Rosales (Tortas de Aceite), Aceites Castillo de Canena, Begonia Sangria, Ole Imports, and Event Model Agency.

Director Alex Lora and Isa Feliu

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CWE STUDENT AFFAIRS INTRODUCES SEVERAL NEW INITIATIVES EXTENDING & EXPANDING OUR REACH 2017. Eighteen students were inducted: Erica Alicea, Marc Bobkin, Michael Bohn, Shaila Dawson, Migdalia Feliciano, Gabrielle Gallo, Ruth Gerena, Kyana Herrera, John Kopyta, Jessie Narvaez, Sharda O’Loughlin-Boncamper, Julie Orelien, Kathryn Rivers, Yolanda Roberts, Jessie Salfen, Johana Sanchez, Alyson Sheinbaum, and Stephanie Velasquez. Senior Year Experience: Provides graduating students with programs and services that equip seniors with information and support for successful transitions from CWE to career and/or graduate studies. Senior Year Experience programming also seeks to bring students together as a community to share experiences and goals.Senior Year kicks-off in the fall with Senior Orientation and The Graduate School Fair. In the spring, Student Affairs hosts a Graduate Salute, Cap All smiles at the CWE Graduate Salute

T

o help students and alumni succeed and develop personally and professionally, CWE Student Affairs offers a comprehensive range of programs and services that respond to the complex needs of

a diverse multicultural constituency. Among the Office’s offerings are: individualized career and graduate education advisement, professional development workshops, walk-in clinics, Senior Orientation & Senior Year Programming, Graduate School Fair, and Express Learning Mini

Design Competition, Latin Honors Ceremony, which lead up to the CWE Graduation Ceremony and CCNY Commencement. This year, we graduated 166 bachelor’s and master’s candidates. Latin Honors Ceremony: This year, CWE and Student Affairs hosted its honors ceremony on Friday, May 19th. The auditorium was filled with honorees, their families and friends to celebrate our seniors’ accomplishments. Seventy-nine students were acknowledged this year as recipients or candidates for Latin honors. Of the 79, 12 were Early Childhood graduates.

Sessions (new this year). The Office’s commitment to student success is evidenced in its attention Photo by Cel Garay - XCel Photo

to creating programs that address specific areas: The Alumni Mentors Network: Piloted in the spring of 2016, it was developed to provide first semester new and returning students the opportunity to connect with alumni from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Its focus is to help students transition smoothly into CWE; develop their goals and expectations; and develop personally and professionally. The pilot, initially a collaboration with the CWE Alumni Group, expanded this past year to include alumni beyond the Alumni Group. In AY 2016 -’17, Student Affairs expanded the program from its original 10 mentors to 25; and from 10 mentees to 28 mentees. Student Affairs this past fall hosted a MIXER that brought together mentors and mentees. The event was well attended and provided both mentors and mentees the opportunity to share experiences. Sigma Alpha Kappa: CWE’s local chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda

Graduation vendors provide graduates with memorabilia from rings to yearbooks at CWE Graduate Salute.

National Honor Society is part of a national network of more than 300 colleges and universities that recognize and celebrate the academic achievement of full-time and part-time adult learners. The CWE Induction Ceremony this year was held on Thursday, May 11th,

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CWE LAUNCHES DESIGN YOUR CAP EXHIBITION OVER 300 VOTES RECEIVED FOR 15 EXHIBITED MORTAR BOARD CAPS AT THE CENTER

S

ince last year, CWE has hosted a “Design Your Cap” contest,

Denise Rosario with 39 votes came in as runner up. A huge Harry

which gets graduating seniors to submit a decorated mortar

Potter fan and also ECE major, she said books and movies have been

board cap for a prize. This year, the contest was expanded to

a part of her all-nighter routines while studying at CWE. She chose to

include an exhibition at the Center. Sixteen caps were prominently

highlight “ACCIO” in her design, which in the Harry Potter books and

displayed at the Center for three weeks in May for students, faculty,

movies is a summoning spell. The spell calls an object to the witch or

staff, and alumni to view and vote on. The exhibited caps received

wizard. Congrats to both on their designs and completing their degrees.

over 300 votes and the selection of a winner was a close call. The winning design received 40 votes and was the creation of Sera Rivera, an Early Childhood Education (ECE) major, who chose the film Moana as her inspiration. Her daughter Sophie is the muse behind the winning cap. “She loves Moana and baby Moana represents my daughter. The diploma in her hand shows her mommy did it and so can she. My beloved grandmother is also represented in the flower in Moana’s hair was her favorite,” Rivera said. Rivera uses the “How far I’ll go” quote, a key phrase from the film to signify the sky is the limit and through life’s obstacles one can be unstoppable.

Denise Rosario

Sera Rivera

OTHER PARTICIPANTS INCLUDED:

L-R: Yadira Morilla-Silva and Christina Ortiz

Jennifer Arroyo - Harry Potter

Anna Li - Pac Man

Yadira Morilla-Silva - Dr. Seuss

Linda Janet Saines Cardoszo - Ganesha

Jesse Salfen -Graduation Celebration

Genesis Villafane - Grace

Kaycie Johnson -Reaching for the Stars

Ruth Jimenez - Cap design inspired by mom

Kelly Aponte - Flower and the Butterfly

Kawshawn Kahn - Experiences and Memories

Ebony Parchment -Mom

Misuk Choe - The Tortoise and the Hare

Christina Ortiz - Puerto Rico

Yolanda Roberts - Never Stop Dreaming

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ESCRITURA Y CIUDAD / WRITING AND THE CITY CREATIVE WRITING SEMINAR IN SPANISH - JANUARY 9-20, 2017 SPONSORED BY THE MASTERS IN CREATIVE WRITING AT UNTREF AND THE DIVISION OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES AT THE CENTER FOR WORKER EDUCATION OF THE CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK

and symbolic meaning.” The Poetry classes were taught by María

rom January 9-20, 2017, our Division hosted the First Creative

and recipient of the Editorial Planeta Prize, among others. More than

F

Writing Seminar in Spanish. In this intensive seminar the participants explored the fundamentals of creative writing and

actively traveled around New York City. The centerpiece of the seminar

Negroni, who also directs the Master’s Program in Creative Writing at UNTREF in Argentina. The fiction seminar was guided by Guillermo Martinez, a professor at UNTREF’s creative writing graduate program twenty participants (from Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru) came to NYC to participate in this innovative academic and creative experience.

revolved around the City of New York as “a place of loss, discovery,

L-R, Top to bottom: María Negroni, Delfina Tropeano, Juan Carlos Mercado • María Negroni, Karen Luy de Aliaga, Guillermo Martínez • María Negroni, Katia Jasso, Guillermo Martínez • María Negroni, Lorena Croceri, Guillermo Martínez • María Negroni, Marcela Burcaizea, Guillermo Martínez • María Negroni, María Leguizamón, Guillermo Martínez • María Negroni, Fernando Maturana, Guillermo Martínez • María Negroni, Ana Abbate, Guillermo Martínez

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COMMENCEMENT 2017

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he Year 2017 marked a special milestone for both the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education and The City College of New York. CWE’s 7th annual graduation ceremony on June 2, 2017, marked CWE’s 36th Anniversary. The graduating class of 2017 represented 135 undergraduates in Interdisciplinary Arts & Science as well as Early Childhood Education. In

addition, CWE had four graduate students earning a Master’s degree in the Study of the Americas, and we also had our first BA/MA graduate. A total of 74 undergraduates graduated with honors. We have 19 Phi Beta Kappa members and several Golden Key members.

The CWE Graduating class of 2017 had 135 undergraduates in Interdisciplinary Arts & Science and Early Childhood Education as well as four graduates who earned an MA in the Study of the Americas.

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VALEDICTORIAN: JANET SAINES CARDOZA, CWE CLASS OF 2017 JANET SAINES CARDOZA: TOP OF HER CLASS AFTER A 26 YEAR HIATUS Saines Cardoza is now the Contracts Director at Hachette Book Group, handling acquisition work through contracts and negotiations for incoming creative projects. Her work requires a detailed eye and an understanding of the orchestration of how the publishing world operates. “I like being able to identify ambiguities in a business deal and then create clarity there.” Through constant negotiations and interactions with people at all levels in the industry, Janet finds working with knowledgeable colleagues and authors one of the most enjoyable aspects of her profession.  Saines Cardoza is already looking forward to grad school in the near future, possibly starting this fall.  She is particularly interested in a business foundations degree that will provide her with strong management and leadership skills to continue propelling her forward in her professional and personal life. Janet Saines Cardozo with Dean Juan Carlos Mercado

J

anet Saines Cardozo dropped out of college in 1988. She did this despite doing well, as luck would have it, throughout her professional career in publishing sans degree.

Throughout her life she has felt that her past, her present and her future were incomplete by not having been successful in completing her educational goals. Then one night in 2014, Saines Cardoza decided to apply to City College’s Center for Worker Education, to finish what she had started. “I made the choice on a lark one night after a routine meltdown stemming from feeling vulnerable professionally without my degree. I had a million reasons why completing this goal was impossible, but on that one night that I applied it seemed that all the stars aligned and committing to this suddenly didn’t seem impossible. It was a game changing moment for me, one that needed to come when I was ready to receive it and value it.” That move became one of the best decisions of her life. “I found a place- a group of people here- whose passion is to teach and guide usthe “adult learners” to experience again the magic of discovery. I had professors that inspired me to read books whose spines I would have never cracked on my own, to discuss- quite passionately- positions I didn’t even know I held until challenged- and most importantly, to feel empowered about taking my desire for knowledge seriously,” she says.   Having started as an assistant in the publishing industry 27 years ago,

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Janet Saines Cardozo at CCNY Commencement


SALUTATORIAN: KELLY APONTE, CWE CLASS OF 2017 KELLY APONTE PAYING IT FORWARD THROUGH EDUCATION STUDIES

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oming

from

a

community

of

limited

opportunity, Kelly Aponte’s determination to succeed was driven by witnessing the

people she loved struggle to survive and battle with addiction. Her secondary education had not adequately prepared her to succeed in a college setting; instead preparing her and her peers to conform to society and memorize information. Kelly’s first semester at the Borough of Manhattan Community College was not a strong one. She did poorly and was placed on academic probation. It wasn’t because she didn’t give it her all, or because she wasn’t smart enough, but because she was not as prepared as she felt she should have been. That slight stumble motivated her to work even harder and adjust her approach. She picked up her grades and managed to graduate with a 3.1 GPA from BMCC. After earning her associates degree, Aponte enrolled at the CCNY Center for Worker Education. At the time, she was unsure of whether the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program was the right path to continue on toward her bachelor’s degree. She entertained the idea of changing her course of study completely to something in healthcare. “Before getting to CWE I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue to pursue a degree in ECE. Actually I was positive I didn’t want to.” Turning to her CWE community for advice, Kelly ultimately changed her mind and decided to continue her studies in Childhood Studies.

Kelly Aponte with Dean Juan Carlos Mercado

At the Center, Kelly discovered what she is most passionate aboutthat is to transform the public education system in order to prepare children of color for higher education and have them receive an eyeopening experience, just as The Center for Worker Education provided her. Her goal is to obtain a doctoral degree in education policy to be able to reform the public education system to resemble the qualities of a privatized setting that would provide low income communities with a more liberal education. She also plans on using her creative fashion talents to open a business one day. “I would like to get certifications in sewing and wedding designing to be able to utilize my crafty and artistic nature; I have made handmade costumes and made my prom dress. I want to perfect my skills to be able to possibly start a business with unique affordable clothing.” Kelly completed her Bachelor’s  degree with a 3.9 GPA. “My experience at CWE was indescribable. Everything I learned was somehow interconnected like a puzzle, and truly changed me. I feel as though the knowledge I gained from my experience at CWE opened not just my mind, but my heart and soul as well. I am forever grateful for having the opportunity to have been part of such a wonderful institution.” Kelly will be attending Teachers College Columbia University for a

Kelly Aponte is Columbia bound this fall.

Masters of Education in the Anthropology Education department this fall.

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ALUMNI UPDATE CWE ALUMNI GROUP MOVES FORWARD WITH NEW INITIATIVES TO HELP SPARK NEW ALUMNI INTEREST

T

THE FOLLOWING EVENTS FOCUSED ON INCREASING THE PRESENCE OF THE CWE ALUMNI GROUP AND ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

relationships with current students who have the potential to become

CWE FALL SENIOR ORIENTATION:

he CWE Alumni Group has been hard at work recruiting new members and growing its presence. This year marked its 22nd anniversary. With a new president at the helm, the CWE Alumni

Group became very busy planning new and existing events to cultivate Alumni members.

At this event we held a table with information about the group and the

BAKE SALES

semester for the fall and also students who were going to be officially

This year our group held its annual fall and spring bake sales. The

events helped raise funds for our student scholarship that is given every year to a returning CWE student. This year, the CWE Alumni

Group provided a $1000 scholarship to a student. The bake sales were a high contributor to this cause. Highlights from the bake sale include:

homemade pastries, healthy snacks and the first ever CWE T-shirt and

Dunkin Donuts gift card raffles. Attendees: Alumni, Faculty, Staff

association. We welcomed and met with seniors who were at their last

seniors at CWE. At this event we were able to sell T-shirts and also promote a new pilot of offering advance renewal memberships to new

seniors (incoming alumni) with an incentive of receiving a free t-shirt. This wonderful option brought in 5 advance renewals. The results

became a promising incentive for the future. Attendees: Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Students.

and Students.

CWE NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

THEATER FUNDRAISER EVENT-THE COLOR PURPLE

mentees for our mentoring program. Students were given an incentive

An annual theater show was another winner for our group. The theater show was well attended and always a hit with our members. We sold

out tickets to see The Color Purple. All our events contribute to our

scholarship fund and Alumni Group T-shirts. Attendees: Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Students.

5TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY This annual event touches the heart. Alumni Group members volunteer to distribute free lunches to Harlem residents at St. Andrews Episcopal

Church on Christmas day. This event focuses on giving back not only

This event helped in exposing the group with visibility and to recruit

to join the association as students and receive all benefits of the association. We successfully signed up 2 students this year with

an great goal to continue to pilot the program. Attendees: Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Students.

CWE GRADUATE SALUTE The group hosted its annual graduate reception during the CWE

Graduate Salute. The reception is a way of congratulating the graduates, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportunity to recruit new members.

to alumni or students but to the entire community of NYC. This event

CAP AND GOWN PICK UP

for the focus of giving back to those in need. Attendees: Alumni, and

cords to anyone that missed the induction ceremony. Greeted students

is definitely a memorable one where members hold dear to their heart

At this event, we held a table with information, distributed certificates,

Students

and announced upcoming events.

WORLD AIDS DAY COMMUNITY EVENT @ CWE

CWE DIVISIONAL GRADUATION

This is a new event that the group has participated with CWE faculty

This current academic year 2016-2017, the allocation that was

for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to participate in the

cord for our affiliate group. We continued with the purchase of our

member Mary Lutz. This annual event was held on December 1

previously provided to us helped purchase the first ever pin and alumni

worldwide effort to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for

affiliate group t-shirts and sponsor events for alumni and students.

people living with HIV and commemorate those who have died. It is a global health day that is held at CWE. Attendees: Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Students.

PRE-MOTHERS DAY GOSPEL BRUNCH This event focused on the celebration of family. The entire community was encouraged to participate to celebrate Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day but also to participate to raise funds for our annual scholarship. It was a great two-

for-the-price-of-one deal that encouraged participation from students, staff and all members. The venue was at the wonderful BB Kings

Blues venue at times square. The event sold out and was a wonderful success.

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FACEBOOK FACULTY SNAPSHOT: To further increase the CWE Alumni Group presence, a Facebook Faculty Spotlight was created. Each month, a faculty member will be

selected and interviewed by communications committee Chairperson, Rose Reyes.


CWE ALUMNI GROUP NEW MEMBER INDUCTION CEREMONY

NINA WOODS NAMED CWE ALUMNI GROUP PRESIDENT

This spring, in collaboration with Executive Director of the CWE Office of Student Affairs and new Liaison to

Nina Woods has a strong presence at

held its first ever-Inaugural CWE Group Member

Woods

the CWE Alumni Group Sophia Demetriou, the group

CWE. As the CWE Office Manager,

Induction Ceremony for 2017 graduates. We officially recognized new

able

to

communicate

effectively with College Assistants, CWE

members of the AACCNY by being presented with a AACCNY certificate, a regalia cord, and CWE Alumni Pin. This first-ever event focused on

is

students, and alumni. So when she became elected as the new CWE Alumni

the crossing over from student to alumnus or alumna. This event was a

President for the 2017-2018 year, she knew she could put her skill

and Students.

recruiting new members, launching new initiatives, and building a

success and extremely memorable. Attendees: Alumni, Faculty, Staff

sets to the test. A 2012 CWE alum, Woods has been hard at work strategic plan.

The Alumni Group recently hosted the Inaugural CWE Alumni

Group Member Induction Ceremony for 2017 graduates.

Graduating students were officially recognized as members of the Alumni Association of CCNY (AACCNY) by being presented

with an AACCNY certificate, a regalia cord and CWE alumni pin.

This first ever event focused on acknowledging the crossing over from student to alumnus or alumna. Woods along with Sophia

Demetriou, Executive Director of CWE Office of Student Affairs CWE Board Members (Left to Right): Lebab Fallin ’08; Elaine Armstrong ’97; Renotti Alex-ander ’96; Ninoshka (Nina) Woods ’12 (President); Diane Turner ’03: Heather Lane ’08; Henry Sheehan ’09, ’13MA

and Liaison to the CWE Alumni Group, organized this very special

event. Don Jordan, Executive VP of the AACCNY welcomed the new graduates and participated in the ceremony.

When Woods is not heading the Alumni Group, she can be found

managing the front desk staff, following up with the custodial staff,

and responding to the demands of the faculty and staff. Woods oversees six college assistants, two custodial staff and one

security guard. Woods has worked for City College in a number of capacities for close to 15 years. Officers

Communications Committee

President

Andrea Lewis, ‘16 Miranda Guzman, ‘15

Ninoshka (Nina) Woods, ‘12 Renotti Alexander, ‘96 - 1st Vice CWE Alumni Group New Member Induction Ceremony

President

Dianne Turner, ‘03, ‘14MPH Secretary

Miranda Guzman, ‘15 - Treasurer

Board Of Directors

Left to Right: CCNY Alumni Association Executive V-P Donald Jordan, student Rose Winder, and CWE Group President Nina Woods

Fabio Arceyut, ‘15 Heather Lane, ‘08 Henry Sheehan, ’09, ‘13MA Irma Payne-Downes, ‘91 Keon Treadwell, ‘12 Lebab Fallin, ‘08 Lorraine Gamble-Lofton, ’97, ‘03MFA

Miranda Guzman, ‘15 Warren Orange, ‘93

Chair: Rose Reyes

Mentors

Fabio Arceyut, ‘15 Lebab Fallin, ‘08 Miranda Guzman, ‘15 Ninoshka Woods, ‘12

Membership Committee Miranda Guzman, ‘15 Heather Lane, ‘08

Social Events/Community Service Committee Chair: Renotti Alexander, ’96 Co-Chair: Elaine Armstrong

Andrea Lewis, ‘16 Felicia Stanley, ‘95

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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT ALESSANDRA BENEDICTY-KOKKEN LEADS ANNUAL SHOWCASING STUDENT RESEARCH AND CREATIVE WORK

F

rom May 8-13, 2017 we held the 2nd Annual Showcasing

Student Research and Creative Work at CWE, organized by Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken, Assistant Professor of Caribbean

and European Postcolonial Literatures and Cinema, with help from the full-time faculty. The mission of Showcasing Student Research

is to demonstrate that the research process is a practice that begins with small steps: ideas; questions; hesitant steps towards using the library databases, including setting up one’s library card and creating

off-campus usernames and passwords to access these databases; learning to recognize excellent journalism from equally superb peer-

reviewed scholarly journal articles and books; writing 2500-8000 word

final papers; producing one’s first sculpture or painting; or publishing

one’s first short story. As both Danielle Zach and Judy Hilkey noted,

the presentations forced students to get started on their final papers earlier than usual, and to really take ownership for their projects. Professors and students alike took the leap into the insecure space

of presenting their work to each other. Again, for the second year, the Student Research Week proved a joyous success for all involved.

Perhaps Assistant Professor of History Justin Williams summarized

and/or a service to enhance future needs for people with DD. -- Professor Judy Hilkey’s Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies presented preliminary findings related to their research question for their final paper.

The above presentations took place between participating classes on the given night. Students from all CWE classes were invited to attend.

On Wednesday night, the presentations were held in the auditorium

as a “show.” Three classes presented their end-of-year work. The event was notably the release of the much awaited first-ever CWE

online literary magazine, The Grate, an idea of Chairperson Kathlene McDonald. Under the superbly competent and motivating leadership of Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing Mikael Awake, the class

presented their process: the initial discussions of mission, scope, and name of site, platform and format; selection and delegation of

student roles; solicitation of writing; publication of the first edition;

and, marketing and dissemination. At the event, Awake also

received the 2016-17 Outstanding Teaching Award for the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies.

the accomplishment the best when he presented his students from

Susanna Schaller’s Urban Politics and Policy class also presented a

proud to now proclaim you, ‘Researchers,’” he movingly exclaimed.

who is now a Master of Urban Planning Candidate at Hunter College,

the required course Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies: “I am The 11 participating classes and projects were: -- Elizabeth Matthew’s ECE II: Development, Assessment, Teaching

and Learning in Inclusive Settings. They presented ideas for toys that contribute to developmental goals for child learning.

-- Danielle Zach’s Genocide: From the Colonial Era to the Present. They presented research posters.

-- Martin Woessner’s Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies. They presented an aspect of their cognitive maps/intellectual

workshop led by her former student Luisa P. Pérez, a CWE alumna, as well as an employee at the Neighborhood Development and

Commercial Revitalization, NYC Department of Small Business Services. Luisa worked under the aegis of Schaller’s urban planning courses, which have led quite a few students to find jobs

in urban planning. Also, as formerly mentioned, Professor Williams’s

Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies presented the Powerpoint and poster presentations that served to summarize and highlight their final papers.

autobiographies.

-- Danielle Zach’s Contemporary World Conflicts. Students presented research/policy papers in poster form.

-- Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken’s Writing for Interdisciplinary Studies

I. Students presentated on how to do a 5-part academic essay. They also presented the basic contributions to the humanities,

social sciences, and science of Freud, Jung, Darwin, Salomé, and Wynter.

-- Vincent Benedetto’s Art On and Off the Wall. They presented an art showcase.

-- Pat Sutherland-Cohen’s Issues of Adolescents and Adults with Developmental Disabilities. They presented the project titled “Time

for the Future: Dealing with Disability by the Year 2500: Supporting disAbilities in the Future.” The final project constituted a creative exploration, whose purpose was to enhance services in the field of

developmental disabilities. Each student prepared a poster board; gave a brief oral presentation; and wrote a short paper on a strategy

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As part of Showcasing Student Research, students from Danielle Zach’s class titled Genocide: From the Colonial Era to the Present presented research posters. Danielle Zach is Acting Director of Human Rights Studies and Frances S. Patai Postdoctoral Fellow in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies.


FACULTY SPOTLIGHT 2016 TEACHER OF THE YEAR MIKAEL AWAKE LAUNCHES ONLINE CWE PUBLICATION, THE GRATE

M

ikael Awake has been working at the Center for Worker

students’ work and just felt that a platform was needed to amplify them.

work-related year off, but has taught at CWE every semester

in the Spring of 2016, where a handful of his students read flash fiction

Education since the fall of 2012. After his first year, he took a

since the fall of 2014 as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Considering

himself lucky to be the primary instructor for creative writing at The

Center, Awake credits his students’ stories, generosity toward one

another, struggles and creativity as the motivating factor for why he returns to teach every semester.

He usually runs a traditional creative writing workshop in the fall, then a

more experimental, interdisciplinary course in the spring which is still in some way focused on creative writing. “It’s such a wonderful thing that CWE places such a high value on creative writing and has made space

for students who are serious about it. We have such dope writers who come through here, let me tell you.”

The more specific inspiration was the student showcase that was held pieces that they’d written in his Writing About New York class. “The vibe in the room was amazing, and I sought to recapture that energy when we started laying the foundations for The Grate.”

The ultimate goal of The Grate is to create an artistic community that

reflects 21st century New York in its entirety, highlighting aspects of

city life rarely encountered in other mainstream outlets. It seeks to contribute and rekindle cultural conversations by featuring work that is

not only beautiful, but also honest. With their motto being “To Ventilate

and Agitate,” The Grate’s creators hope it continues as an institution within CWE. A great deal of time was spent brainstorming and building it during the spring with the intentions of it growing, developing, and

Growing up in what he describes as “a very soul-crushing suburb outside

outlasting everyone who worked on it, including Mikael himself. There

get as far away—culturally, geographically, and psychologically from

calendar year and there has even been a semi-serious discussion of

to do something “writing related”. Although New York is a difficult city

This fall, Awake will be teaching Reading and Writing Short Fiction

Hughes, the Beats, and James Baldwin led him straight to the Big

students continue to help him manage The Grate.

of Atlanta,” Mikael came to New York to attend college. He wanted to

are plans in the works to put out a few podcast episodes in the coming

his hometown as possible. At an early age, he had known he wanted

Grate TV!

to sustain a career in the arts, being under the influence of Langston

and is also working on creating a viable framework to have a group of

Apple. To his disbelief, he was accepted into Columbia University, but did not enjoy much of his time there. With the exception of a few lifelong

friends and brilliant teachers, Awake’s experience at Columbia was

unpleasant. “I was miserable for most of my time there: a combination of homesickness and culture shock at being a person of color and

“I will say that my sense of what it means to live in the city in this

historical moment has been enriched by my work at CWE,” says Awake. “As a teacher, writer, thinker, and as a human, teaching here has definitely changed me. For the better.”

first-generation immigrant attending an Ivy League university, where

there were all these kids who came from money and privilege and who all seemed to know each other and were totally confident that they

belonged there.” Despite this struggle, he earned his Bachelor of Arts,

majoring in English and Theater Arts and continued on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from Syracuse University.

Being underemployed and failing to publish his first novel made Awake’s first year after graduate school more difficult than he had anticipated.

Not having a solid career plan and dealing with a temporary, but nonetheless terrible health situation sent him into a state of depression

and ensuing writer’s block. Before long, his health improved, he started writing again, and soon after began working at CWE. By 2016, he was awarded “Teacher of the Year” at CWE.

In May of 2017, Awake and a revolving staff of CWE students launched

an online outlet called The Grate. Operating under the auspices of an online media publishing course, the creation of The Grate is a result

of the hard work of many dedicated students, “many of whom went

far above and beyond what was required of the class to build the foundations of this hopefully permanent fixture of CWE’s cultural and

academic life.” Wake’s more general inspiration to begin The Grate was his exposure to the creative writing of students at The Center which he is consistently blown away by. He remembers reading and grading such profound, hilarious, beautiful, diverse voices in his

Left to Right (Online Publishing students working on The Grate CWE Librarian Seamus Scanlon and IAS Chair Kathlene McDonald present Mikael Awake with the “Teacher of the Year” award.

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STAFF SPOTLIGHT JASON CHAPPELL WILL EARN AN MA IN THE STUDY OF THE AMERICAS IN 2018

B

eing a returning adult student himself and graduate

and resources to prospective students while helping them

of The Center for Worker Education’s class of 2000,

assess whether or not their academic goals would be met

Chappell’s experiences help to guide him in his

through CWE’s programs. He describes it as, “there are

role as Admissions Coordinator. He started college at the

two aspects: the paperwork itself, and then there is creating

University of Missouri, but had a change of heart with his

the beginning of a relationship between the student and

major during his senior year leading him to take a leave

our environment.” Jason hosts around 24 Admissions

of absence from his studies. One semester off quickly turned into

Workshops each year where prospective students are invited to

a seven-year hiatus as he traveled across the country living and

learn more about the program and the entire admissions process.

working odd jobs in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Taos, New Mexico; San

Knowing firsthand what it’s like to return to college later in life, he tries

Francisco and Monterey, California. Chappell’s travels ended in New

to use that experience help them navigate the complexities of such

York, when he began taking classes at The City College of New York.

an important decision.

He credits his then advisor, Steve Leberstein (one of the founders

“Going back to college later in life can be very intimidating, and I try

of The Center) with helping him find “that sense of self” he doesn’t

to put those fears at ease by breaking down the process and sort of

remember having when he was a younger college student. “It was

demystifying it. And that continues into advising.  It’s more than simply

very transformative for me, and how I viewed my own education. Now

filling out forms and “take this class, take that class.” As advisors, our

I think the best that I can hope to do is to try to reproduce that

goal is also to help students to take a sense of ownership of their

experience for new students coming in.”

education, and to clarify and develop their own academic plan. I try

Jason started working at CWE during his final semester, as a parttime writing tutor. At the time, he was also working at New York University until he accepted an academic advisor position at the

to build that sense from a student’s very first visit to an admissions workshop. That takes a lot of explaining, but it also takes a lot of listening.”

Center for Worker Education and later entered the role of Admissions

Since completing his B.A. at The Center for Worker’s Education in

Coordinator in 2002. “Like all of the academic advisors at the Center,

Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and Sciences, Chappell has studied

I have many roles,” says Chappell. Though his primary role is

American History at The CUNY Graduate Center, and will earn an MA

processing the admission of each student and making sure they’re

in the Study of the Americas at CWE in May 2018.

eligible and have all of the required documentation, beyond that he greets each prospective student and welcomes them to CWE. Jason offers descriptive explanations of the College’s programs

STAFF AND FACULTY HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-2017 CARLOS AGUASACO, PH.D.

Books: Aguasaco, Carlos. Piedra del Guadalquivir (Poemas). Madrid: Editorial Polibea, 2017. Books Edited: Multilingual Anthology. The Americas Poetry Festival of New York. Co. Ed. With Yrene Santos & Carlos Velásquez Torres. New York: Artepoetica, 2016. Book Chapters: “From the Picaresque Novel to El Chavo del 8”. Resonances of El Chavo del Ocho in Latin American Childhood, Schooling and Societies. Eds. Daniel Friedrich and Erica Colmenares. London / New York: Bloomsbury Academic. 69-86. [Forthcoming].

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Invited articles: “Prólogo a Cinco movimientos y medio en el espacio de Mónica Lucía Suárez Beltrán. Bogotá: Editorial Babilonia, 2017. 9-10. “Epílogo a La gesta del caníbal de Jorge Aristizábal Gáfaro”. Bogotá: Rey Naranjo, 2016. 125-9. Poems: Aguasaco, Carlos. “Los nombres de Juárez”. Outrage: A Protest Anthology For Injustice in a Post 9/11 World. Eds. Rossy Evelin Lima and Christopher Carmona. Alamo, Texas, Slough Press, 2015. 11-12. Invited presentations and conferences: “Representations of García Lorca in American Poetry.” 3rd International Conference on the Historical Links Between Spain and North America: Hispanic


STAFF AND FACULTY HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-2017 Roots and Heritage Yesterday and Today. Alcalá de Henares, Spain, April 26th, 2017. “Estética de la memoria y la resistencia”. Universidad Carlos III. Madrid, Spain. April 25, 2017. “Latinos at the Dawn of a New Era”. Dialogue with Daniel Alarcón and Lina Meruane. Instituto Cervantes of New York. New York, March 20, 2017. “Don Quijote, Batman y El Chapulín Colorado”. Doctorado en Estudios Filológicos, Universidad de Sevilla. Sevilla, Spain. November 10, 2016. “Origen y futuro de la poesía”. X Feria del libro dominicano 2016. October 30th, 2016. “Bibliodiversidad del siglo XXI: edición y traducción de libros en Nueva York”. FILEM (Feria internacional del libro del Estado de México). Toluca, Mexico. September 3, 2016. “Don Chapulín de La Mancha ¡No contaban con mi astucia! México: parodia, nación y sujeto en la serie de El Chapulín Colorado”. FILEM (Feria internacional del libro del Estado de México). Toluca, Mexico. September 2, 2016. “Literatura emergente y traducción: el caso de la nueva literatura latinoamericana en los Estados Unidos”. IX Congreso Brasilero de Hispanistas. UNILA and UNIOESTE. Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil. August 23, 2016. Poetry Readings Lectura de poemas. Centro de Arte Moderno, Madrid, Spain. April 27, 2017. Gabinete Salvaje. Gallo Rojo. Factoría de Creación. Seville, Spain. November 9, 2016. Round Tables: Poetas de Nueva York. “Nueva York en español: Intersecciones hispánicas en EEUU.” XXXVI Asamblea general y congreso internacional de ALDEEU. Instituto Cervantes, New York. June 3, 2016. Press Coverage: Interviewed in Pura Política. NY1 Spectrum. April 22, 2017. (www.ny1noticias. com/nyc/twc-ny1-noticias/pura-politica/2017/04/22/esta-la-lengua-espanolaen-peligro-en-estados-unidos.html) Events organized at the College: Transatlantic New York. International Conference Organized by Division of Interdisciplinary Studies of The City College of New York –CUNY–, Instituto Cervantes NY, & Transatlantic Project at Brown University. New York, May 2426, 2017. For further details please visit: www.nytransatlantico.com Escritura y Ciudad. First Creative Writing Seminar in Spanish (January 9-20, 2017). For further details please visit: www.escriturayciudad.com The Americas Poetry Festival of New York 2016. October 12, 13 and 14. For further details please visit: www.poetryny.com Awards CCNY Faculty Travel Program. Spring 2017. To participate in 3rd International Conference on the Historical Links between Spain and North America. Alcalá de Henares, Spain. April 2017.

DEBORAH EDWARDS-ANDERSON, MA “A Wetback Job.” https://grate.nyc/ May 2017. https://grate.nyc/2017/07/06/awetback-job/

ALESSANDRA BENEDICTY-KOKKEN, PH.D. PSC-CUNY Round 48 Award A, “Cosmopolitanism, the Culture Industry, and Competitive Suffering: Arabs, Blacks, Jews, and Whites” ($3,500) Outstanding College-Wide Service Award, Office of the President, City College of New York (May 2017). Benedicty-Kokken, Alessandra, Kaiama L. Glover, Mark Schuller, Jhon Picard

Byron, eds. The Haiti Exception: Anthropology and the Predicament of Narrative. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, Volume 7 (2016). Benedicty-Kokken, Alessandra. “On ‘being Jewish’, on ‘studying Haiti’… Herskovits, Métraux, Race, and Human Rights.” In Alessandra BenedictyKokken, Kaiama L. Glover, Mark Schuller, Jhon Picard Byron, eds. The Haiti Exception: Anthropology and the Predicament of Narrative. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, Volume 7 (2016): 52-73. Benedicty, Alessandra. Contributor to Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography for entries for “Jacques Stéphen Alexis” and “Kettly Mars.” New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2016). Benedicty-Kokken, Alessandra. Review of Ready to Burst by Frankétienne and Memory at Bay by Evelyne Trouillot. Small Axe Salon: A Literary Platform. (February 2017). Benedicty-Kokken, Alessandra. Review of L’Exotisme. La littérature coloniale, Louis Cario and Charles Régismanset, edited by Patrick Crowley and Roger Little. Paris: Editions L’Harmattan, 2016. (Spring 2017): 20-22. Benedicty-Kokken, Alessandra. “’When the Details Are No Longer Too Much’: The Embodied Citizen-Subject in Régine Michelle Jean-Charles’s Conflict Bodies: The Politics of Rape Representation in the Francophone Imaginary.” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal. (Spring 2017). Benedicty-Kokken, Alessandra. Review of Crossing the Water and Keeping the Faith: Haitian Religion in Miami, by Terry Rey and Alex Stepick. New West Indian Guide. (90-3&4, the second issue of 2016). Benedicty-Kokken, Alessandra. Review of On the Edge: Writing the Border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, by Maria Cristina Fumagalli. Society of Francophone Postcolonial Studies Bulletin: A Biannual Publication. (Fall 2016).

ELENA ROMERO, MS

Presentations: Co-Speaker. (April 6, 2017). “The Clash of Professional Values: Media and Legal Ethics in the Era of Trump.” The City College Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education (CWE). New York, New York. Panelist. (March 1, 2017). “Streetwear: Then + Now.” Bounce Media Inc. Soho House. New York, New York. Moderator. (February 6, 2017). “In conversation with Dapper Dan and Jeriana San Juan on Hip Hop and Fashion.” Black Fashion Designers Symposium at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). New York, New York. Moderator/Organizer. (April 19, 2016) “The Hip Hop Factor: Style, Fashion and Aesthetics of the Post-Soul Generation.” The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). New York, NY. Panelist. (July 13, 2016). “FashionModa Pro.” Probus, 4857 Broadway, New York, New York. Panelist. (February 19, 2016). Presentation on unpublished work, “The Butt Remix: Hip Hop and the Commodification of the Black Booty.” Black Portraiture{s} II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories Conference, Tischman Auditorium, New York University School of Law. Online Publications: Romero, Elena. “Jack of All Trades: In his latest work, Lin-Manuel Miranda takes on movie musicals, advice from Dick Van Dyke, and makes his dreams come true with Mary Poppins Returns.” Remezcla.com. Forthcoming, 2017. Romero, Elena. “Behind the Scenes of Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns: Remezcla goes to London to visit Cherry Tree Lane, meet the enigmatic flying nanny Mary Poppins, and catch a musical performance by Lin-Manuel Miranda CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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STAFF AND FACULTY HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-2016 as the lamplighter Jack.” Remezcla.com Forthcoming, 2017. Academic Journal: Romero, Elena. Contributing author. “The Butt Remix: Hip Hop and the Commodification of the Black Booty.” QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking’s “Sartoriality, Intersectionality, and Queer Worldmaking” issue. Ann Arbor, MI: Michigan State University Press, Forthcoming.

SEAMUS SCANLON

Awards & Scholarships Paris Writers Retreat with Wendy Goldman Rohm (May 29-Jun 2, 2017) PSC CUNY Research Grant Strand A (July 2016 to date) PSC CUNY Research Grant Strand B (Completed December 2016) Drama Scanlon, S (2016) The Long Wet Grass, Hudson Valley Writers Center (Nov 13) Scanlon, S. (2016) The Long Wet Grass, The Cell Theatre (Nov 11 Scanlon, S. (2016) The Long Wet Grass, Lehman College (Nov 10) Scanlon, S. (2016) The Long Wet Grass, ArtHouse Theater, Jersey City (Nov 7) Scanlon, S. (2016) McGowan, Gorey Town Hall, Co. Wexford, Ireland (Nov 11) Scanlon, S. (2016) McGowan, Palmerstown Parish Hall, Co. Dublin, Ireland (Nov 5) Scanlon, S. (2016) McGowan, Tuar Ard Arts Centre, Moate, Co. Westmeath, Ireland (Oct 28) Scanlon, S. (2016) McGowan, KMH, Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford, Ireland (Oct 23) Scanlon, S. (2016) The Blood Flow Game, IAWA Salon, The Cell Theater (Sep 22 Drama – Talkbacks - The Long Wet Grass (2016) Scanlon, S (2016) Hudson Valley Writers Center (Nov 13) Talkback with Tim Dwyer (Poet and Musician) Scanlon, S. (2016) The Cell Theatre (Nov 11) Talkback with Professor Geraldine Murphy (City College) Scanlon, S. (2016) Lehman College (Nov 10, 2016) Talkback with Professor Joe McElligott (Lehman College) Scanlon, S. (2016) ArtHouse Theater, Jersey City (Nov 7) Talkback with Jack Halpin (actor and director) Drama – Open Readings Scanlon, S. (2017) The Blood Flow Game, The Cell Theater, NYC, Mar 27, 2017 + Talkback with Janet Coleman and Kira Simring Scanlon, S. (2017) The Blood Flow Game, An Beal Bocht, NYC, Feb 12, 2017 Scanlon, S. (2016) The Blood Flow Game, Trident Bookstore, Boston, Dec 1, 2016 Scanlon, S. (2016) The Blood Flow Game, Galway Fringe Festival, (July 19) see www.galwayfringe.ie/event/the-blood-flow-game/ + Talkback with Professor Rebecca Chace Movies Scanlon, S. (2016) (Producer, screen play) The Long Wet Grass (movie shooting Oct 2016, Editing Feb 2017-Jun 2017) Scanlon, S. (2016) (Producer) The Resurrection Love Song (movie shot August 2016, Editing Dec 2016-Aug 2017) Fiction - Stories Scanlon, S. (2016) Degree of Difficulty, Akashic Books – Modays Are Murder (Oct) Available at www.akashicbooks.com/degree-of-difficulty-by-seamus-scanlon/ Readings

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Noir At The Bar, The Shade, NYC (April 2, 2017) American Conference for Irish Studies, NYU, NYC (Oct 28-29, 2016) The Americas Poetry Festival of New York, Instituto Cervantes (Oct 14, 2016)

CONSUELO SENIOR MSW, LMSW Senior, Consuelo. “Supporting the Social-Sexual Development of People on the Autism Spectrum.” Autism Spectrum News, Winter 2017, http://www.mhnewsautism.org/ Presentations & Conferences “Disability and Rehabilitation Services in the USA” Sino-American Summer Training Program at NYU 8/1/2016 P.E.A.R.L Institute, NYU “Sexual Consent – Empowering People with Disabilities to Make Their Own Positive Choices” The 2016 NYSRA Rehabilitation Summit, September 21, 22. “What Does Consent Mean for People with Disabilities?” WestCOP/Victim Assistance Services Conference 2016 -To Consent or Not To Consent. December 5, 2016. “Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities: The Other Dual Diagnosis” NYU Silver School of Social Work in Rockland County, Continuing Education Workshop, June 2, 2017

JUSTIN WILLIAMS, PH.D.

Presentations Williams, Justin. “Pan-Africanism in Ghana: African Socialism, Neoliberalism and Globalization,” presented at the 11th Annual Greater New York Area African Studies Workshop. CUNY Graduate Center, New York, April 7, 2017 Williams, Justin. “Pan-Africanism in Ghana: African Socialism, Neoliberalism and Globalization,” presented at the 42nd Annual New York African Studies Association Conference.  University at Buffalo, New York, March 31-April 1, 2017​

MARTIN WOESSNER, PH.D.

Publications: Woesnner, Martin. “Cosmic Cinema: On the Philosophical Films of Terrence Malick,” Philosophy Today, Online First Article, June 12, 2017. Woesnner, Martin. “When Punk Grows Up,” Review of “Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work,” The New Museum, New York City, Riot Material, March 12, 2017.  Woesnner, Martin. “There Will Be Feelings,” Review of George Toles, Paul Thomas Anderson (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2016), Los Angeles Review of Books, December 23, 2016.   Wiesnner, Martin. “American Arendt,” Review of Richard H. King, Arendt and America (Chicago: Chicago UP, 2015), Raritan XXXVI: 1 (Summer 2016). Presentations Woessner, Martin (Invited Speaker). “The Strength of Weakness: Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line as Hermeneutic Cosmology,” Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain (April 6, 2017).  Woesnner, Martin (Invited Speaker). “The Philosopher as Filmmaker: Terrence Malick and the Examined Life,” European School of the Humanities, Barcelona, Spain (April 4, 2017).  Woesnner, Martin (Invited Speaker). “Emergency Aesthetics: A Conversation with Santiago Zabala,” Yinchuan Biennale, China (September 10-12, 2016). Woesnner, Martin (Conference Presenter). “Between Golden Earth and Crimson Sky: The ‘Metaphysical Vision’ of Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven,” Society for United States Intellectual History Annual Conference, Stanford University (October 13-15, 2016).


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