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Hostos Professor Dr. Linda Hirsch and Lehman Professor Jim Carney, Hosts of Ed Cast

July 31, 2012 (Bronx, NY) - EdCast, a CUNY educational TV program and collaborative effort between Hostos Community College and Lehman College, won a 2012 Telly Award honoring excellence in cable TV programming.

Hostos Professor Dr. Linda Hirsch co-hosts, writes and co-produces the program with Lehman’s Jim Carney and it was their work on the program, “Battling Bullying,” that earned them the award.

“Battling Bullying”, examined what schools, parents and children can do to combat bullying. Dr. Hirsch interviewed Mark Weiss of Operation Respect, an organization founded by Peter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul & Mary, on the issue.

She also conducted a Skype interview with Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, the basis for the film Mean Girls, to discuss bullying and gender and what parents can do to help children defend themselves against bullying both in and outside of the classroom.

Co-host and producer Jim Carney paid a visit to Dr. Stuart Chen-Hayes, a leader in counselor education at Lehman College to learn how teachers and administrators are trained to recognize and deal with bullying in a school environment and beyond.

Dr. Hirsch has been with Hostos since 1975 and works as a full professor in the English Department. She is co-coordinator of the Hostos CUNY WAC (Writing Across the Curriculum) Initiative, which she implemented in 2000.

In addition to her work at Hostos, Dr. Hirsch has also published two children's books and was a literacy consultant for the television show Ghostwriter produced by the Children Television's Workshop, better known as the Sesame Workshop.

Before creating EdCast with Executive Producer Jerold Barnard and Jim Carney, she produced and hosted a segment on education for BronxTalk and Open, two television programs on BronxNet.

Jerold Barnard is the show’s Executive Producer and Lehman College provides the studio and crew support for EdCast.

EdCast was created out of my belief that there needs to be a place for sensible and more thorough discourse about education removed from politics and the one-minute sound bite,” Hirsch said. “With the swirl of controversy surrounding education today, and the criticisms surrounding our schools and teachers, EdCast strives to provide a forum for meaningful conversation about educational principles and practices so that parents and other viewers can make informed decisions about education.”

EdCast, described as “a show created and produced by educators for everyone interested in education,” was launched on CUNY-TV in early 2007.

CUNY TV, channel 75, is a cable channel serving the five boroughs of New York City with educational, cultural and public affairs programs.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2012 enrollment of over 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

Media Contact:
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu

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