In Case You Missed It: June 2014

On Thursday, March 27, 2014 Hostos welcomed the acclaimed Cherrie Moraga, the Chicana writer, feminist, activist, poet, playwright whose works explore the ways in which gender, sexuality, and race intersect in the lives of women of color. She co-edited with the late Gloria Anzaldua, the groundbreaking American Book Award-winning The Bridge Called my Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color.

The Quality of Justice
After-Arrest & beyond in the Bronx

The Center for Bronx Non-Profit (CBNP) continues to draw top-notch leaders from the nonprofit sector centered in service, action, and transformation. This event addressed life after incarceration in the Bronx. Community and philanthropy leaders gathered to discuss how they are playing roles in shifting and changing the severely truncated landscape for the formerly incarcerated. The expert panel took questions and proposed ideas to broadened the conversation and even hold a city-wide panel in the Bronx that includes the Department of Education.

Guest panelist (left to right): Eileen Newman, Director CBNP; Sharun-Goodwin Jones, Assistant Commissioner of NYC Dept. of Probation, Bronx Adult Services; Victoria Sammartino, Voices Broken; Reverend Que English, Bronx Clergy Coalition; Yvonne L. Moore, Abigail E. Disney; Kate Rubin, Bronx Defenders; Assistant Prof. Héctor Soto, Hostos Community College; María Mottola, New York Foundation; Julie Peterson, Pinkerton Foundation; Marianna S. Schaffer, David Rockefeller Fund; and Ruben Austria, Community for Youth.

11th Annual Faculty Spring Luncheon

The Grants Office of the Division of Academic Affairs held its 11th Annual Faculty Spring Luncheon on Thursday, May 22, 2014 honoring Hostos’ PSC CUNY Research Award Recipients for 2014-2015.

The ceremony was organized by Grants Officer Lourdes Torres and presented by SVP Esther Rodríguez-Chardavoyne and Provost Carmen Coballes-Vega:
The Hostos 2014-2015 PSC CUNY Research Award Recipients:

Professor Matthew Bethancourt
Professor Jason Buchanan
Professor Kris Burrell
Professor Vyacheslav Dushenkov
Professor Sarah Hoiland
Professor Orlando Hernández
Professor Inmaculada Lara Bonilla
Professor Gregory Marks
Professor Tram Nguyen
Professor Felipe Pimentel
Professor Van Phan
Professor Yoel Rodríguez
Professor Mohammad Sohel
Professor Jennifer Tang

Word for Word Poetry: An Evening of CUNY Poets

On the evening of Tuesday, May 20th, five individuals affiliated with the City University of New York participated in “An Evening of CUNY Poets,” an event produced by the Bryant Park Reading Room and curated by Anne Lovering Rounds, an assistant professor of English at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College. This was part of the Reading Room’s Word for Word Poetry Series, which runs in the park throughout the spring and summer.  

As curator of the event, Professor Rounds, a poet herself, aimed to highlight the diversity of CUNY’s creative voices and draw connections among them. In her opening remarks, she mentioned some similarities between the art of teaching and that of poetry, saying that both provided “opportunities to enter the perspective of another person.”

The faculty poets who performed their own work on this occasion were Carl James Grindley of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, Alex Long of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Salita Bryant of Herbert H. Lehman College. Hostos professor of theatre and speech Ángel Morales read selected poems by his colleague in the Humanities Department, Distinguished Professor Isaac Goldemberg, who could not attend. Hostos sophomore Annelly Chalas assisted Morales in a bilingual presentation of Goldemberg’s poetry.  

Grindley opened the event with several poems from his book Lora and the Dark Lady and closed his set with “Hart Crane Goes Berserk.” He was followed by Long, who read from his book Still Life. Bryant’s set featured a long poem, “Anatomy Lesson,” as well as selections from her book Addie Bundren is Dead. The final readers of the evening presented poems from Goldemberg’s book Diálogos Conmigo Y Mis Otros (Dialogues with Myself and My Others), including “Diáspora” (“Diaspora”) and “Oración Fúnebre” (“Funeral Oration”). Chalas read the poems in English, followed by Morales reading in Spanish. As moderator of the event, Anne Lovering Rounds introduced the readers and described each poet’s style and approach.    

The Bryant Park Reading Room is an outdoor venue. As night fell, the poems were underscored by street music and other elements from the soundscape of midtown Manhattan. Approximately 50 people attended the reading, including passersby who were attracted by the performances.

Paul Romero, the director of tourism and visitor services at Bryant Park and the organizer of all readings in the Reading Room’s poetry series, described the program as being “rich in content.” As one audience member remarked, referring perhaps to the balmy weather as well as the poems he had heard, “You couldn’t have asked for a better evening.”

Bryant park Poetry Series Photo Gallery:

Hostos Hears From President Of
Guttman Community College

On April 10, 2014, President Scott Evenbeck of Guttman Community College, CUNY’s newest college, visited Hostos and spoke to faculty and staff about the experience of creating a new institution of higher learning from the ground up and the priority of ensuring student success through innovative programs, including Summer Bridge and First-Year Experience.

With programs at Hostos like the Student Success Coaching Unit and its own Summer Bridge Program, it is clear the two community college’s share the same philosophy when it comes to student support systems.

“Our goal really is to create an environment of success for our students,” President Evenbeck said. “In that regard, we share the same mission as Hostos.”

Established on September 20, 2011, with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s approval of A Master Plan Amendment, The New Community College at CUNY was the University’s first new community college in more than 40 years. The second community college in Manhattan was inspired by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein’s interest in improving graduation rates for CUNY’s diverse urban students with a wide range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

The New Community College at CUNY officially opened its doors in midtown Manhattan overlooking Bryant Park on August 20, 2012 with an enrolled inaugural class of 300 students. As an open-admissions institution, the college accepts applicants who have a high school diploma or a GED.

Enrollment will grow to approximately 5,000 when the college moves to its permanent home at 59th Street and 10th Avenue.

Professor Alisa Roost Published
in ACADEME Magazine

Two years ago Professor Alisa Roost had a veteran in her class who was struggling.  She found very little research on techniques that might have allowed her to better serve him in the classroom. From that experience Alisa reached out to her brother Noah, a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of PTSD, and together they began a series of discussions. In the end, her student did well, but sister and brother continued on and went on to write, Supporting Veterans in the Classroom. The article was published in the May-June issue of the prestigious ACADEME magazine from the American Association of American Professors.

The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.

Gissette Forte, Hostos’ acting Benefits Manager, has written and published a poetry book titled, La Voz del Alma (The Voice of the Soul). Forte’s poetry is heartfelt. Its sincerity rests in Forte’s self-assured melodic voice. If you enjoy poetry and read or are learning Spanish, this is a perfect little summer companion.

Physical copies of La Voz del Alma can be purchased in Jackson Heights’ Spanish bookstore Barco de Papel and in and Barnes & Noble online and in her native city of Panamá.