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    New York Times features Gastr del Sol (Professor David Grubbs)   A New York Times feature just appeared online about Gastr del Sol, a group that Professor David Grubbs formed in 1992 and that was […]

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    Graeme Steele Johnson featured in the Washington Post DMA clarinetist Graeme Steele Johnson’s research on and reconstruction of Charles Martin Loeffler’s octet was recently featured in this […]

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    SLU union meeting 05.06.24Update from colleagues on arrest and police presence at the CCNY encampment: Traumatizing experience. A SLU colleague was issued a summons for protesting at CCNY. However, approximately 30 students, staff, and faculty arrested at the CCNY encampment got felony charges. They were charged with burglary. Note: Columbia University students got misdemeanor charges. Shocked at the level of violence and brutality meted out against students. A SLU student got a police-inflicted concussion. How can SLU support students (including providing emotional support, assignment extension, and more)? Chancellor’s statement on the events: Frustrating Maddening Key Issues Raised: Process for identifying all SLU students arrested at the encampment/protests. Address the ongoing criminalization of students, faculty, and staff. Process and plan for supporting SLU students arrested or injured at protests. Address NYPD’s use of force on CUNY campuses. Address the suppression/repression of free speech on CUNY campuses. Create space for the SLU community to gather and discuss the moment we are in. Concretize a student support action plan (assignment extensions, and more) Grade boycott (at other universities). Proposed Demands and Next Steps Strategize SLU’s response to campus encampment and CUNY’s response (free speech suppression, NYPD on campus, criminalization of students, staff, and faculty). Actions: Draft letter on offering care and support to the SLU community. Draft letter on unfolding events at CCNY and across CUNY campuses from SLU as a social justice school. Remember the real demands. Identify opportunities to co-create with the student unions on ways to collaborate with labor unions. Plan a SLU community assembly scheduled for next week (5/17 more information will be shared with this group) Develop strategy/response for SLU’s commencement planning (if needed) Letter to Chancellor regarding Hochul’s antisemitism lawyers on CUNY campuses. Overall Possible Demands Demand CUNY drop all protest encampment-related charges. Endorse the five demands developed by student organizers. Amnesty for all students and faculty arrested at the CUNY/CCNY protests. Cops off campus. Other Possible PSC/SLU Actions and Next Steps Schedule a follow up meeting of SLU/PSC (mindful of commencement walk through schedule to avoid scheduling conflicts). Community Assembly (tentatively scheduled for 5/17 in the evening). Discussion/Report Back from the AGC meeting on May 1st SLU Leadership: Speak to SLU’s advisory board about aligning SLU’s investments to its social justice values. Open to a discussion with faculty and staff after speaking to the advisory board and lawyers (he knows) about the issue. Outreach to the Labor Advisory Board regarding labor’s interests and investment in the issue. Unique opportunity to engage the Labor Advisory Board. Raise the issue of free speech and the right to protest with SLU trustees. Seek out opportunities to organize and engage with other CUNY presidents. What can we do as a college? Draft and issue a SLU statement on student care and provide an analysis of the overall situation at CUNY re: the 5 Demands, free speech repression and use of police force at CCNY and other CUNY campuses. Outreach to the student union and retrieve letter that was drafted post AGC meeting; identify ways to co-create with the student union; and capitalize on this teaching moment on ways to act in solidarity with labor unions. Support and amplify students’ demands: Cops Off Campus and Free Speech! Stand in solidarity with UAW at NYU and Columbia. CUNY? Broader SLU concerns: What are our requests to SLU’s advisory board? Will there be a student speaker at commencement? What if there is not a student speaker? The report from colleagues is that there will be an alum speaker. Actions at SLU’s commencement and contingency planning. What is the public library’s protocol/plan if there is disruption? SLU-wide assembly planning committee to frame the issue and plan the assembly. Identify and discuss any safety precautions for SLU because of the encampment/protests. A reminder to name the problem and connect this moment to a history of traumatization. Align with CUNY students on the free speech vs. justice argument. CUNY-wide Community Concerns: Use of NYPD’s Strategic Response Group on campus. Deployment of NYPD on CUNY students. Militarization of CUNY campuses (we should pushback). Infiltration that is taking place on CUNY campuses. Examining the role of police as agents of a fascist state. Better understand commencement contingency planning based on CUNY Law School action last year. Antisemitism Lawyers on Campus: Do not speak to lawyers without union representation. Have these Hochul lawyers visited SLU yet? No obligation to speak to antisemitism lawyers if they come to SLU. Volunteer to write to the chancellor (?). Other Issues to Consider: Ways to incorporate SUNY into the conversation. Agree on a timeline for getting the advisory board to issue a solidarity statement. Follow up with student leaders to obtain a statement developed by SLU’s student union. Discussion on whether to endorse the five demands. Two colleagues voiced opposition. Suggestions: bring as many people together as possible and keep the conversation as broad as possible. Create space for dialogue on ending the repression and militarization of CUNY. Use the community assembly space to focus on the root cause of the problem and the real demands. Timeline: Next PSC/SLU meeting for the week of 5/13. Community Assembly planning committee met on 5/8. The tentative date for SLU’s community assembly is 5/17. Release statements to SLU community. Statement of Care (ASAP) SLU Solidarity Statement (ASAP) Other (?) Information shared at the PSC/SLU meeting on 5/6: Monday, May 6th: CUNY-wide worker’s assembly Reflect on and analyze the (heated) conjuncture and then move to discuss, deliberate, and democratically decide how to best: Respond to the recent repression of our students and colleagues by the NYPD and CUNY administration, Plan for the upcoming (Thursday, May 9th) emergency Delegate Assembly and Continue to stand in solidarity with our courageous students and with the Palestinian people. RSVP to the zoom here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpd-yuqD0qG9QmOddmTcDpwEYAUhsipuEH CCNY President’s Statement on Encampment: https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/presidentsoffice/blog/presidents-statement-encampment Statement of Solidarity that the encampment put out: https://bit.ly/cgsestatement Action letter designed for faculty & staff to pressure the Chancellor & CCNY President to get all charges dropped for encampment arrestees: https://actionnetwork.org/letters […] “SLU union meeting 05.06.24”

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    Professor David Grubbs awarded the Berlin Prize   Prof. David Grubbs was honored with a 2024-25 Berlin Prize by the American Academy in Berlin. Congratulations to Professor Grubbs!  

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    Letter to President BrumbergMay 7, 2024 Dear Interim President Brumberg, As you know, on April 25th, CUNY students, workers and community members established the CUNY Gaza Solidarity Encampment at City College, in order to call for Five Demands: • Divest! Immediately divest from ALL companies complicit in the imperialist-zionist genocide, including weapons, tech and surveillance, and construction companies. Commit to full financial transparency regarding CUNY’s institutional investments. • Boycott! Ban all academic trips to the Zionist state, encompassing birthright, Fulbright, and perspective trips. Cancel all forms of cooperation with Israeli academic institutions, including events, activities, agreements, and research collaborations. • Solidarity! Release a statement affirming the right of the Palestinian people to national liberation and the right of return. Protect CUNY students and workers who are attacked for speaking out against the genocide in Gaza and in solidarity with Palestinian liberation. Reinstate professors who have been fired for showing solidarity with Palestine. • Demilitarize! Demilitarize CUNY, Demilitarize Harlem! Get IOF and NYPD officers off all CUNY campuses, and end all collaboration, trainings and recruitment by imperialist institutions, including the CIA, Homeland Security and ROTC. Remove all symbols of US imperialism from our campuses: Rename the Colin Powell School of Global and Civic Leadership at CCNY and reinstate The Guillermo Morales and Assata Shakur Community and Student Center! • A People’s CUNY! We demand a fully-funded, free CUNY that is not beholden to zionist and imperialist private donors! Restore CUNY’s tuition-free status, protect the union, and adopt a fair contract for staff and faculty. On April 30th, CCNY management called the NYPD onto campus in response to the peaceful Encampment. The result was a militarized crackdown that terrorized and brutalized CGSE protesters, supporters and onlookers, and included the use of pepper spray and batons on students, workers and community members. The NYPD—including the Strategic Response Group, which the ACLU has declared one of the NYPD’s “most dangerous” units—wrought fear and violence on campus. At their hands, people exercising their First Amendment rights inside and outside the Encampment suffered broken bones, chemical burns, and other injuries. Close to 200 people were arrested; some, in violation of the law, were held without charges for over 36 hours. Now several CUNY community members are facing felony charges, whose gravity cannot be understated. It is essential that, as Interim President of the Graduate Center, you demonstrate support for any GC and CUNY community member who has suffered police brutality or legal repression. The PSC-GC Executive Committee asks you to: • Commit to academic amnesty for any GC-based organizer of the Encampment or protester arrested; no GC student should be penalized academically in their degree work at the GC. • Work to ensure that no GC students arrested or involved in organizing the Encampment will be retaliated against in their Graduate Assistant, Adjunct or other work duties across CUNY. • Identify financial resources at the GC that can be made available to those from the CGSE in need of legal support or compensation for belongings that were lost during the police raid. • Call on CUNY administration to refuse to participate in the prosecution of those arrested on April 30th. The night of April 30th saw an unprecedented assault on CUNY and on City College’s wider Harlem community. PSC leadership has already condemned the use of police force at the university and urged for the dropping of charges. It is essential that CUNY leadership on local campuses join this call and demonstrate concrete support for our students and workers, especially as they are being demonized by distorted “outside agitator” narratives. As CUNY students—both graduate and undergraduate—risk retaliation to mobilize around their Five Demands, and to call for CUNY to end its financial and academic ties to Israel and the industrial military complex, this is a moment where decisiveness from CUNY leadership is greatly needed. Signed, PSC-GC Executive Committee co-signed by PSC- […] “Letter to President Brumberg”

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    Peter Clark appointed to the New Zealand String Quartet   Congratulations to Peter Clark, CUNY Graduate Center DMA violinist, who has been named to the New Zealand String Quartet, the country’s leading chamber ensemble! See below for more details.  

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    Laurie Hurson (she/her) edited the blog post OER Student Showcase: Wednesday, April 3rd

    OER Student Showcase: Wednesday, April 3rd We invite members of the Graduate Center and CUNY community to join us for the OER Student Showcase on April 3rd from 12pm to 2pm in GC room […]

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    Nicolas Namoradze Appears in La Scena Musicale, Le Devoir and more Graduate Center alumnus Nicolas Namoradze (DMA Performance) has been making headlines with international performances in the last month. […]

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    Taylor Law event 03.07.24 More than 100 people attended our The Taylor Law: The risks and rewards of striking in New York State event with Labor Historian Joshua Freeman. It was a hybrid event held at the School of Labor and Urban Studies. The video of the event can be found on our YouTube channel. Due to technical difficulties, you can’t see Josh until about 10 minutes into the video, but you can hear him and there are […] “Taylor Law event 03.07.24”

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    Resocializing Reading by Jeff Voss Last year, during my WAC Fellowship at Kingsborough Community College led by the inimitable Cheryl Hogue Smith and Elizabeth Dill, Hogue Smith would repeat aRead More

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    Luke Waltzer (he/him) edited the blog post TLC Fellowships: 2024-2025

    TLC Fellowships: 2024-2025The CUNY Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center invites applications for Teaching and Learning Center Fellowships for the 2024-2025 a […]

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    Episode 2: Awakening Abolitionist Forces by Kristine Riley This is part two of a four-part series on abolitionist pedagogy, StarRead More

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    Professor Kofi Agawu Awarded by the IMS Prof. Kofi Agawu was honored with the 2023 the Guido Adler Prize by the International Musicological Society. Congratulations to Professor Agawu!  

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    Professor William Rothstein's Award Prof. William Rothstein was honored with the Deems Taylor/Virgil Thompson Special Recognition Award for his book, The Musical Language of […]

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    Voices from the Archive by Oriana Mejías Martínez In the last four years, I have been digging out archival materials for my research. From my perspective, it would not have been possible to hone tRead More

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    Angélica Negrón Feature   Former Graduate Center composer Angélica Negrón’s Merkin Hall concert in January was covered on the Graduate Center’s website, fo […]

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    Luke Waltzer (he/him) edited the blog post TLC Workshops: Spring 2024

    TLC Workshops: Spring 2024Below is the schedule of TLC Workshops during the Spring 2024 semester. Building Community with Routine and Ritual Kristi Riley and Oriana […]

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    PSC Letters to CUNY Board of Trustees and Chancellor Call for Open Presidential Search The Graduate Center Chapter of the PSC and PSC President Davis have each sent letters to the CUNY Board of Trustees and CUNY Chancellor calling for an open and inclusive search process that welcomes the whole of the Graduate Center community to select our next […] “PSC Letters to CUNY Board of Trustees and Chancellor Call for Open Presidential Search”

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    Professor Ursula Oppens Featured in the Times CUNY Graduate Center and Brooklyn College Distinguished Professor Ursula Oppens was recently featured by the New York Times, in […]

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    Professor Joseph Straus's new podcast Prof. Joseph Straus has just released the podcast, Twenty Stravinsky Analyses!   Each episode digs deeply into a short passage from […]

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