May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is designated as Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage (AANHPI) Month. In 2021, it was previously known as Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. It started when Jeanie Jew, a Capitol Hill staffer, shared the idea with Rep. Frank Horton who introduced the legislation in 1992.

City Tech and the Library will be celebrating AANHPI Month in various ways. On Thursday, May 2nd, there will be a panel discussion how to combat Anti-Asian hate at the Academic Complex, Rm. A105 at 2:00PM. According to Stop AAPI Hate, there have been over 11,000 reported instances of violence against Asian Americans since 2020. Learn more about the panel.

The library will also host weekly films to celebrate the month from the library’s collection in the Multimedia Screening and Meeting Space:

Thursday, May 9, 2:30PM – Asian American Stories of Resilience and Beyond Parts 1 & 2 (58 minute runtime)
A series of short PBS documentaries that highlight Asian American life and experiences

Thursday, May 16, 2:30PMRising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March (54 minute runtime)
“Following the aftermath of the March 2021 mass shootings at three spas in Atlanta, this film chronicles how the Asian American community came together to fight back against hate.”

Wednesday, May 22, 2:30PM Breaking the Model: Asian American Shorts Collection “Breaking the Model: Stories of Asian American History and Presence brings together four different short documentaries exploring immigration, genealogy, gentrification and resilience within America.”

Can’t make the screenings? You can access these through the library’s subscription to Alexander Video Online (AVON).

For more information, contact Prof. Junior Tidal –

Eclipse Today & A Message from the Vision Care Program

"JAXA/NASA Captures 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse" by NASA Goddard Photo and Video is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

JAXA/NASA Captures 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse” by NASA Goddard Photo and Video is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

There is a solar eclipse today. There may be free eclipse glasses at the Brooklyn Public Library located on Cadman Plaza.

See below for more information from the Vision Care Department.


A message from CityTech’s Vision Care Program’s Director, Steven Indelicato, regarding today’s solar eclipse:

Dear CityTech Community,

Everyone is excited to experience today’s solar eclipse!

This is when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, thereby obscuring the view of the Sun from a small part of Earth.

In New York City, we will be experiencing a 90% partial solar eclipse. The last time we experienced a total eclipse was in 1925.

The eclipse is set to begin today in New York City at 2:10 p.m. EST and last until 4:36 p.m. EST, for a total of two hours and 26 minutes.

During this time, it is important to know how we can best protect our eyes to prevent damage.

Wearing eclipse glasses or certified solar viewers to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard is a must.

Please be sure to visit your local New York City Public Library for free ISO certified glasses.  

Never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection (i.e., eclipse glasses or certified solar viewers), and understand that traditional forms of eye protection, such as sunglasses, do not provide adequate protection for an eclipse.

Failure to protect our eyes could lead to fatal vision problems, including retinal and ocular damage, which has the potential to cause irreversible blindness or partial vision loss.

So, have fun today as you enjoy this rare phenomenon, but always exercise caution!

For more information or questions, kindly send us an email at

City Tech Graduate Fair – Thursday, 4/11 at 11:30AM

City Tech’s Graduate School Fair will be held on Thursday, April 11 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM in the Academic Complex Lobby.

Over 100 graduate programs from more than two dozen graduate schools will be represented (e.g., New York University, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,  Southern California Institute of Architecture, University at Albany, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, Fordham University, Binghamton University, SUNY).

Privacy Workshop Friday, March 1st in the Library at 10:30AM

Do you have concerns about digital surveillance, the security of your personal data, or who can view your information online? Wondering why virtual advertisements and algorithms follow you around? Worried about how to make secure passwords and not always forgetting them? Confused about social media privacy settings or what information the apps you use might be collecting about you?

Join Prof. Junior Tidal on Friday, March 1st in the library at 10:30AM in the Multimedia Screening and Meeting Space across the hall from the media lab.

Learn more about privacy and take control of your digital identity! In this hand-on workshop, City Tech faculty, students, and staff will learn how to protect themselves against surveillance and unwanted data collection. Specific topics covered will include: password security, social media privacy, browser settings, and alternative search engines.

Turntable & Vinyl Record Workshop – Wednesday February 28th from 1pm-2pm

Did you know that the City Tech library has a collection of vinyl records and portable turntables that you can borrow? On Wednesday, February 28th from 1pm – 2pm in the library’s Multimedia Screening and Meeting Space, come explore our collection and learn about playing vinyl records and borrowing equipment.

We’ll cover use of a turntable and how it works, how to handle vinyl records and turntables, and how to find and borrow vinyl records from the library. There will be hands-on time and an opportunity to explore the library’s collection.     We’re growing our collection of vinyl records through the  #CityTechSoundsGood | #CityTechSuenaBien project.

Your input is welcome! 

This workshop was made in part through a grant from the American Libraries Association.

Can’t make the workshop? Suggest your vinyl request from this link.

Stream Oscar Winners and Nominees through Swank

The library has updated it’s streaming collection through Swank.

The following Academy Award nominees and winners can be streamed to currently enrolled City Tech students:

August: Osage County

Barbie (restricted; contact Prof. Junior Tidal)

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Brokeback Mountain

Everything Everywhere All At Once


Taxi Driver

The Godfather

There are many other films beyond these that are available for streaming.

For questions & more information, contact Prof. Junior Tidal.