From Left to right: Professor Synos Mangazva, Professor Peter Roman,
Professor Ernest Ialongo, Dr. Eric Foner, Professor Linda Anderson,
Professor Kristopher Burell, and Professor Marcella Bencivenni
On October 1, 2014, the Social Sciences Unit of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department held its fall lecture for its “Social Science Speakers Series.” 
The Hostos family extended a warm welcome to Dr. Eric Foner, the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, as he came to campus to talk about his upcoming book, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad.
Dr. Foner focused his lecture on the history of the Underground Railroad in New York City as students, faculty, and staff all listened intently. After an entertaining lecture, Dr. Foner answered numerous engaging questions from the audience who filled the Savoy Multipurpose Room.
Dr. Foner was the second speaker in this speaker series, which will continue in the spring 2015 semester with a talk by historians, Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner, titled “America's Longest Epidemic: Childhood Lead Poisoning and the Crisis of Industrial Pollution?”.
Assistant Professor Kristopher Burrell of the Social Sciences Unit also participated in this event, along with Hostos Interim President David Gómez and Provost Carmen Coballes-Vega.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.  

Recently named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges.