Hop Hop Studies Committee Faculty & Staff Interest Meeting TODAY at 3PM Over Zoom

Hip Hop Studies Committee – Faculty & Staff Interest Group Meeting  

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2023  

Time: 3:00 PM via Zoom 

Hosted by the Diversity and Inclusion in the Curriculum & Education Committee (DICE) (Subcommittee of the College Council Curriculum Committee) and  

The Inclusion Diversity Equity and Access (IDEA) Committee of the General Education Committee. 

For Questions or Information, please contact Prof. Dionne Bennett at dbennett@citytech.cuny.edu 

Books for Asian American Pacific Islander Month

Japanese Wave Pattern
Shisma, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Originally designated as a week by President Carter in 1978 and observed the following year, President George H. W. Bush designated it as a month in 1992.

The Ursula C. Schwerin Library has a book display to celebrate the month long observance. You can view the display in the coming weeks which features a variety of books from the library’s collection, including non-fiction, fiction, cookbooks, and more. Until then, the City Tech community may view the available books through this digital collection, which was curated by Prof. Junior Tidal and implemented by Jen Hoyer.

Additionally, the library has a streaming video collection that celebrates AAPI month, and the City Tech AAPI Faculty and Staff Association are hosting a number of events , including a film screening, a bystander intervention training to combat anti-Asian violence, and an art exhibit, to mark the occasion.

Streaming Films for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is AAPI month. City Tech students, staff, and faculty can celebrate with these streaming film selections:

Blue Bayou
As a Korean-American man raised in the Louisiana bayou works hard to make a life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past as he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.

Blue Bayou trailer


Alfred “Boogie” Chin is a talented high school basketball player from Queens, New York, who dreams of playing in the NBA. His parents, however, have a different plan for him: they want him to focus on getting a scholarship to an elite college instead. While already burdened with high expectations, he finds himself struggling more as he tries to navigate high school, a new girlfriend, and fierce on-court rivals.

Boogie trailer

Crazy Rich Asians

“Crazy Rich Asians” follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things.

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Grappling with the onset of middle age, a Chinese immigrant discovers that she can traverse across time and space. Teaming up with her alternate lives, the unlikely allies realize that they alone possess the power to protect the world from calamity, plunging them into the midst of an outlandish quest.

Everything Everywhere All At Once Trailer

Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March

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. Offering a conversation about race, class and gender, the film takes a deep dive into this critical moment of racial reckoning, exploring the struggles, triumphs and achievements of AAPI communities.

Good Americans

This series traces the story of Asian Americans, spanning 150 years of immigration, racial politics, and cultural innovation. It is a timely look at the role that Asian Americans have played in defining who we are as a nation. During the Cold War years, Asian Americans are simultaneously heralded as a Model Minority, and suspected as the perpetual foreigner. It is also a time of ambition, as Asian Americans aspire for the first time to national political office.

Event! Scholarship for the Public Good: Paths to Open Access Online, 2/9, 4 PM

open access logoScholarship for the Public Good: Paths to Open Access Online

Thursday, February 9, 2023
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Open access scholarly literature—roughly, scholarly works that are online and free of charge for all—has developed over the past 20 years from wild idea to widespread reality. Open access journals, books, and repositories are now established parts of the scholarly ecosystem, and many consider near-universal open access to be inevitable.

But publishing itself is not cost-free, so how can open access be achieved? There are many possible paths, some now common, some more experimental. Which of these paths align with our values as researchers, and with the mission of the Graduate Center and CUNY as a whole? Which empower the research community? Which should we pursue, and which should we eschew?

The first event in the “Scholarship for the Public Good” series (learn more below) will explore various paths to open access. The event will feature three experts:

•    Peter Suber (Harvard University) will describe the institutional open access policies passed by the faculties of Harvard and many other universities.
•    Heather Paxson (MIT) will discuss the transition of society journal Cultural Anthropology from subscription-based to open access, and its ongoing quest to fund publication without article processing charges (APCs).
•    Leslie Chan (University of Toronto) will examine high-profit publishers’ problematic approaches to open access (high APCs, vertical integration, and more).

Scholarship for the Public Good Event Series
“We believe that knowledge is a public good.” This statement of institutional values is emblazoned on the Graduate Center website. But there are many ways to interpret the statement, and many ways to enact the belief. How can we move from words to action—or to greater action—in the context of our scholarship?
•    How can we ensure that the public, as a matter of course, has cost-free access to scholarly works authored by Graduate Center researchers?
•    What changes could we collectively bring about if we centered our values in decisions about where we publish, peer review, and serve in editorial roles?
•    How can the library and institution as a whole support these efforts and resist high-profit publishers’ exploitative practices?
•    How might we reimagine “impact” and rework systems of evaluation and reward?
•    How does considering these questions and contributing to these changes benefit our students, our colleagues, our fields, and the public?

Hosted by the CUNY Graduate Center’s Mina Rees Library and the Provost’s Office, the “Scholarship for the Public Good” event series will examine these questions and more, and explore possible ways that everyone in the Graduate Center community—faculty, students, staff, and administrators—can foster a positive, public-minded ecosystem of scholarship.

Open Access Week Events on Climate Justice, Oct. 24-30

Map of Open Access Week events by geographical location

Open for Climate Justice is the theme for International Open Access Week 2022 which starts next Monday and runs from October 24-30.

There are many events this year of strong interest to City Tech faculty including talks on specific platforms and software for open science and open data. Other events are discipline specific; for example, I noticed several devoted to chemistry.

Climate justice is an interdisciplinary topic and non-STEM faculty will find programs of interest that integrate humanities and social sciences perspectives, for example Pratt and Punctum: A Program on Open Access and Climate Justice — International Open Access Week.

BWRC Annual Conference: Sea Level Rise and Brooklyn’s Jamaica Bay Communities

The Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center invites the City Tech community to join its virtual annual conference, held this Friday, May 13th, 9am-4pm.

This year marks the ten-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, a time when many of the city’s coastal vulnerabilities became glaringly apparent. Since then New York has taken major strides in making the coastline more resilient, yet immediate and long-term risks associated with global climate change and sea-level rise remain. Recent research on sea-level rise outlines the possibility, some would say probability, of the inundation, by the end of the century, of vulnerable communities along the Brooklyn waterfront, especially those along Jamaica Bay.

This full-day conference will explore these possibilities and the questions they raise for Jamaica Bay: What is the science behind sea level rise predictions? How will sea level rise affect the communities surrounding Jamaica Bay? What actions are underway and what further actions are being planned to mitigate these impacts? The main question the conference will address is: What can be done if none of the planned measures prevents the inundation of Jamaica Bay’s vulnerable neighborhoods? Leading these explorations will be local officials, community activists, business leaders, scientists, and academics.

Registration is free.

BWRC Annual Conference Program

Scholar on Campus Honoring Profs. Samaroo and Norouzi, May 4

Scholar on Campus 2022
City Tech’s annual Scholar on Campus is next week, Wednesday May 4, 2022. 

This event honors both the 2022-2023 Scholar on Campus, Professor Diana Samaroo and the 2020-2021 Scholar on Campus, Professor Hamid Norouzi.Please join us on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 for a celebratory hors d’oeuvre reception at 5:00 pm in the lobby of the New Academic Building (285 Jay Street). The reception will be followed by the Scholar on Campus presentations at 6:00 pm in A105.

If you would like to attend the reception and/or presentations in person or virtually, please fill out this form.

For colleagues and friends who will be attending virtually, the Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82635097443?pwd=b3VKZE5QT3YwYVNOelFuRnV1RzREZz09

Meeting ID: 826 3509 7443
Passcode: 748325

For non-CUNY visitors, please adhere to the City Tech visitors’ policy.

Please join us in congratulating Profs. Samaroo and Norouzi on this tremendous honor. Learn more about their accomplishments.

Event on Manga–Inside the Japanese Publishing Industry, 4/12

Manga event at BMCC

For Asian Heritage Month, BMCC is holding a Career Talk called “Inside the Japanese Publishing Industry” on Zoom. This event is open to all.

When: April 12th, 5:00PM-6:00PM
Register here: https://bit.ly/AHM2022manga

Interested in working in Japan or the Japanese publishing industry? Get expert advice from Mari Nishino, an New York City native, majored in Cartooning and Illustration at the School of Visual Arts. She is currently an English Manga Editor and Proofreader for Kodansha (株式会社講談社). If you have questions you can contact Elizabeth Yan, Information Technology Coordinator for the Center for Career Development, at eyan@bmcc.cuny.edu.