Coincidental or Intentional?

Posted: November 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Taci's BeytiBecause the temperature dropped to 36 degrees this morning I was forced into wearing a heavier coat than usual so I decided on a leather jacket I had not worn for a while. When I dug my hand into a pocket I pulled out a menu from a Turkish restaurant, Taci’s Beyti, on Coney Island Avenue, where my wife and I had dinner with her colleague, Sharona Levy, two years ago in October 2013! Everyone has found lots of forgotten items in pockets, so this alone was not surprising. Yet, in this case, what was a bit shocking is that I had been thinking, for whatever reason, about this dinner and could not remember the name of the restaurant. So, I wonder if my selecting this particular jacket this morning was not simply accidental but that my subconscious remembered I had worn it that evening? The mind is mysterious.

CUNY BA Alumna Teaching Acting & Film

Posted: November 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

film-slateCathy Haase, a CUNY BA alumna, is now an adjunct professor at City College. She will be co-teaching several interesting courses in the Spring that may be of interest:

MCA 31132-BC
Acting The Camera (Lecture)
Fr 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Comp Goeth CG318
Jan 29, 2016-
May 28, 2016

MCA 31152-1EG
Film Without Scripts (Lecture)
Mo 9:30AM – 1:15PM
Shepard S-491
Jan 29, 2016-
May 28, 2016

THTR 23900-5AC
Acting for the Camera (Lecture)
Fr 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Comp Goeth CG318
Jan 29, 2016-
May 28, 2016

THTR 33600-1EG
Perf Prac In Film (Lecture)
Mo 9:30AM – 1:15PM
Shepard S-491
Jan 29, 2016-
May 28, 2016

My Own “M Train”

Posted: November 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

M TrainLike most people I have a morning routine. Mine takes me walking along 35th Street, having ascended into Manhattan from the “B” Train, usually 10 minutes before 7AM. At that hour the city is relatively quiet and, at this time of the year, just welcoming the morning sun. So, the ether is cast in a salmon color haze while I and a handful of familiar, although unknown, faces greet me with typically downcast or sometimes glazed eyes, such as the young man dressed in a hoody hosing the sidewalk in front of the Hotel Metro, who will courteously stop spraying while I pass, attempting to avoid the streams of water. Also familiar is a lighted sign across the street declaring simply HOTEL, its letters defined by round amber bulbs, like the studs on a Texas shirt, shining somewhat eerily in the gloom. I’m not sure why, but it reminds me of Paris. And, with several burned out bulbs on the “E” it is as if the Lanford Wilson play, Hot l Baltimore, is an actual place.
Approaching Fifth Avenue and peering downtown I see a great puff of black smoke crossing the sky in the distance, surprisingly not so much conjuring reminiscences of 9/11 but instead of the thousands of starlings seen in Rome during late Fall and Winter as they perform a synchronized dance, like schools of fish in a wine dark sky.
I was shaken, however, from my thoughts by the sound of a helicopter hovering overhead, its blades cutting through the air, making cicada-like, rhythmic thumps in my ear. These sounds shake my brain cells into remembering how we, as kids, would tape pliant but sturdy squares of cardboard onto the spokes of our bike tires so they would catch and release the edges as we road, making similar thwack-thwack-thwacks to the dismay of the neighborhood. Why these memories should come to mind was likely because I had been just before immersed in Patti Smith’s new book, M Train. No, not THAT M Train, but rather her personal M(emory) Train (of thoughts). A book I highly recommend, along with her earlier one, Just Kids.

Free Admission to Rubin Museum!

Posted: September 18th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Crowned Buddha Shakyamuni (detail); Kashmir or northern Pakistan; 8th century; Brass with inlays of copper, silver, and zinc; Asia Society, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art, 1979.044

Crowned Buddha Shakyamuni (detail); Kashmir or northern Pakistan; 8th century; Brass with inlays of copper, silver, and zinc; Asia Society, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art, 1979.044

The Rubin Museum of Art will provide free admission to all CUNY students, faculty and staff with a valid CUNY ID. This truly remarkable museum is an arts and cultural hub in New York City’s vibrant Chelsea neighborhood that inspires visitors to make connections between contemporary life and the art and ideas of the Himalayas, India, and neighboring regions. With a diverse array of thought-provoking exhibitions and programs—including films, concerts, and on-stage conversations—the Rubin provides immersive experiences that encourage personal discoveries and spark new ways of seeing the world. Emphasizing cross-cultural connections, the Rubin is a space to contemplate ideas that extend across history and span human cultures.  If you haven’t been there, you MUST go.

150 West 17th Street


Posted: September 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

NYSCapitolPanoramaThe New York State Assembly Intern Committee sponsors the Session Internship at the State Capital starting every January. The SESSION INTERNSHIP offers college students a chance to participate in state government and the legislative process through a well-structured practical learning experience. Assembly Session Internships give students an advantage in today’s job market, providing real government experience in a comprehensive academic Program.
The Assembly Intern Committee awards a $5,025 stipend to each Session Intern in the January 4, 2016 to May 11, 2016 Internship. Most colleges grant Session Interns a full semester of credit, as recommended by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS). To view a copy of the 2012 National CCRS revalidation site report, please visit us online at:
The Assembly offers up to 150 college students an opportunity to get involved in state government and gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative process. The Assembly Intern Committee carefully balances the academic curriculum with the experiential and the theoretical aspects of the internship. In addition to daily responsibilities, Interns are also assigned research and administrative responsibilities in an Assembly office.
As part of the Session Internship academic requirements, Interns complete: an Orientation; a work/learning contract and regular evaluations; an academic course taught by the Professors-in-Residence with required readings; discussion groups and a major research paper; Issue Policy Forums scheduled on Monday and/or Tuesday including evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the Assembly Intern Committee’s Annual Mock Session and Awards Ceremony.
The Session Internship is a comprehensive program requiring specific academic hours. Students are strongly advised not to enroll in additional courses. Interns with specific additional academic requirements should receive written or explicit approval from the Assembly Intern Office prior to the start of the 2016 Session Internship year.


Posted: September 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

There is a discounted CUNY student membership rate of only $20 for the year.
CUNY Student Membership Benefits include:
 One year of free admission to the Intrepid Museum, the Space Shuttle Pavilion and the submarine Growler
 Access to the members-only admission line
 Invitations to the annual after-hours Members Open House, exhibition previews and special events
 15% discount on admission for guests
 Discounts and presales for tickets to select public programs
 $5 discount on Guided Tours
 15% discount at the Museum store and restaurant, and discounts with participating neighborhood businesses
 Exclusive member emails and the biannual newsletter Intrepid Advancements
 Ticket reservations and express admission for two to the Summer Movie Series

CUNY students may join by calling the Membership Department at 646-381-5030 or showing their CUNY student ID at the Membership Desk of the Intrepid Museum Welcome Center.
One Intrepid Square, 12th Avenue and 46th Street, New York, NY 10036-4103

CUNY’s 2015 “Salute to Scholars”

Posted: June 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Salute to Scholars Summer 2015 CoverIn the 2015 CUNY’s “Salute to Scholars” four CUNY BA students are profiled (Hogai Aryoubi; Joshua Trinidad; Ilana Gelb; Angglelia [Angel] Sutjipto) and 11 others are listed for a total of 15!

Congratulations to all these remarkable students.


Posted: June 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

CUNYBAinCubaI recently traveled to Cuba and took with me a CUNY BA messenger bag. CUNY BA students, when you travel (even within NYC!) be sure to take one along (if you don’t have one already, you can pick one up, for free, at our main office) and send us a picture.

Allison James, Alumna, at the United Nations!

Posted: October 27th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

ALLISON-AJAMES@COUNCIL.NYC.GOV-7734Allison James graduated magna cum laude in June 2014 from CUNY Baccalaureate with a degree titled “Environmental Economics.” Raising a daughter and working in the financial industry on Wall Street, Alison began her CUNY career at BMCC, earning an associate’s degree, and later found CUNY BA as a means to develop an individualized degree that took into account her professional background and academic goals.

She is presently pursuing a graduate degree at The New School’s program in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management – a perfect fit for her! And, recently, she has had the privilege to speak, on behalf of her boss, City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez (who is chair of the Transportation Committee), at THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT, CARBON REDUCTION, AND ECO-DRIVE AS A SOLUTION TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY.

Congratulations, Allison!

Summer’s “Lost Time” Reading

Posted: August 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Marcel Proust.  Getty Image

Marcel Proust. Getty Image

An interview with Justice Stephen Breyer in The New York Review of Books (November 7, 2013) “On Reading Proust,” caught my attention because I always felt that I was missing out by not having read Marcel Proust’s masterpiece À la recherche du temps perdu. In fact, 2013 marked the centennial of the first published installment, with the final one published posthumously in 1927. So, I figured that these were signs that I could not ignore and so I immediately downloaded Proust onto my Kindle.

There it waited patiently (as many books still do on my Kindle) until I took the plunge, which has been challenging, exciting and a bit disorienting. Proust, even in translation, is not necessarily an “easy read,” in particular because sentences can go on for a page so that by the end it is difficult to remember the subject. But, I found that this is one of the remarkable achievements of Proust because once you ignore parsing sentences and allow them to simply be absorbed rather than scrutinized they become more than just a string of dependent clauses. It is, in fact, closer to how we think than we may be aware – reminiscent of James Joyce, who actually dined with Proust months before Proust’s death in 1922. Although they claim to have not read each other’s works, I am sure that Joyce would have admired Proust’s prose.

I am presently only about half way through so cannot make judgments about the entire work but suffice it to say that Proust’s insights into human behavior and his penetrating gaze into social discourse are a joy to read and to be a part of. Reading mostly on my short subway commute to and from Brooklyn I have at times become oblivious to the nearby humanity and am transported back to the fin de siècle society of Paris — a true respite that may only last for minutes but that stays with me for a lot longer.