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Friday, November 30, 2012 (Bronx, NY) - William Casari’s inspiration for Street Life was the crossover of the lived experience on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx and Avenida Mella in Santo Domingo, DR. His photographic essay will soon be on display in the A-Atrium at Hostos Community College (475 Grand Concourse). This project was made possible by a Professional Staff Congress (PSC-CUNY) Research Grant Award.

The Hostos Community College family is invited to attend the opening reception, which will be held in the A-Atrium on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at 5:30 p.m.  The photographs will be display beginning Monday, December 3.

“Having taken all the original photographs for my thesis Concourse Dreams:  A Bronx Neighborhood and Its Future, I not only became familiar with the neighborhood through research but also captured its changing streets through photographs of a new Yankee Stadium, a new shopping mall replacing a men’s prison, a new wing for the Bronx Museum, street life, and the reconstruction of the Grand Concourse itself.  This visual essay will be a continuation of my photographic and scholarly work in the neighborhood.  I see this initiative as a creative arts photography project coupled with social commentary to illustrate what connects our lives across continents--what is similar about us as people. The images will also show the heart of neighborhoods in the Bronx and Santo Domingo and what makes them relevant to daily life for the people who live there.” William Casari

For more information, go to the event Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/518627738147363/

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 Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to more than 7,000 students in 2012. The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu

Media Contact:
Ana M. Carrión - amcarrion@hostos.cuny.edu                             
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097 or 718-518-6513

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