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Obama at War:  What He's Learned - and What We've Learned - from Afghanistan

Andrew Polsky, Professor of Political Science, Acting Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences

Please note: This event takes place Friday evening at Roosevelt House (47-49 East 65th Street).

Barack Obama inherited an unpopular war in Iraq and ended it quickly.  He has not been able to do so in Afghanistan.  Why has he struggled to find an exit from Afghanistan?  How has this influenced his response to other national security crises?  And how has Afghanistan shaped the response of Congress and the American people to those crises?  Join us for a special Friday night at Roosevelt House talk and Q-and-A with Andrew Polsky, professor of political science, acting dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and author of Elusive Victories:  The American Presidency at War.


Athletics Brunch honoring Coach Ed Zarowin

Please join alumni and friends for brunch to honor Coach Ed Zarowin for his many years of service to the athletic program.


Nursing at Hunter: State of the School Address and Inaugural HBSON Alumni Lecture

Dean Gail McCain and Dr. Elizabeth Capezuti (MS'84)

Dean Gail McCain, the Joan Hansen Grabe Dean and Professor of the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing (HBSON) will give a State of the School Address followed by the inaugural HBSON Alumni Lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Capezuti, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Chair in Gerontology & Professor.


Children's Storytime

Arlene Alda (HC'54)

Children's book author and Hunter College alumna Arlene Alda will read from a selection of her works followed by a Q&A for kids. In addition to being an award-winning writer, Arlene's photographic work has been shown at Nikon House, Soho Gallery, and at The Fashion Institute of Technology.


Fermin Volleyball Memorial

Be a spectator or a competitor in this special volleyball match honoring the memory of Fermin Pena.


Reading My Father: A Memoir

Alexandra Styron, Visiting Professor, MFA Program in Memoir

Alexandra Styron is a visiting faculty member in memoir. She is the author of the Reading My Father, an account of growing up being the daughter of acclaimed novelist William Styron, and the novel All the Finest Girls. Ms. Styron's reading will be followed by a Q&A.


Common Core: One Set of Standards for an Immensely Diverse Nation?

Dr. David M. Steiner, Founding Director of the CUNY Institute for Education Policy at Roosevelt House and the Klara and Larry Silverstein Dean at the Hunter College School of Education

Dr. David M. Steiner is Founding Director of the CUNY Institute for Education Policy at Roosevelt House and the Klara and Larry Silverstein Dean at the Hunter College School of Education. His work at Hunter has achieved national recognition for innovation in video analysis, clinically-rich teacher preparation, and partnership with charter school networks.


Artificial Intelligence: What it can do and where it is going?

Dr. Susan L. Epstein, Professor, Department of Computer Science

If you didn't study computer science at Hunter, here is your chance to understand what AI (artificial intelligence) is all about. If you did study computer science, consider this an update on recent developments in the way we are making the future. No technical background is required for this talk. It asks big, thoughtful questions and reports on how AI research addresses them.


Thomas Hunter Honors Program: 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Thomas Hunter Honors Program celebrates 50 Years of Innovation. Revisit memorable colloquia and instructors from the 50-year history of the Thomas Hunter Honors Program.


Alumni Fun & Games

Let your competitive nature shine through and reconnect with alumni to play fun school yard games inthe Gymnasium. Don't forget to bring sneakers!


Leubsdorf Gallery Tour: Héctor Fuenmayor, Citrus 6906

Dr. Harper Montgomery, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Distinguished Lecturer of Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art

Venezuelan artist Héctor Fuenmayor's historic work, Citrus 6906 (originally Amarillo Sol K7YV68), 1973/2014, will be installed in the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery in the lobby of the Hunter's West Building from April 5 to May 3, 2014.  The conceptual and environmental work, now in the Colección Cisneros, was initially realized in 1973 for the artist's first solo exhibition at the Sala Mendoza in Caracas, Venezuela.  This tour will be led by Dr. Harper Montgomery, the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Distinguished Lecturer of Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art. Dr. Montgomery will discuss Fuenmayor and experimental practices in Caracas during the late 1970s and early 80s with the aim of engaging visitors in a conversation about some of the key issues raised by the work.

NOTE: The gallery tour will be take place at 10:30 AM and again at 3:00 PM. Space is limited.


Health Science & Nursing Building: Sneak Preview

Hear Ennead Architects speak about Hunter's new Health Science & Nursing Building being built as a joint venture with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.


Lunch with President Jennifer J. Raab

Join President Jennifer J. Raab for lunch and hear her State of the College Address.


Summer in the City: John Lindsay, New York, and the American Dream

Joseph P. Viteritti (HC'69), Thomas Hunter Professor of Public Policy at Hunter College and Chair of the Urban Affairs and Planning Department

Hunter alumni and Thomas Hunter Professor of Public Policy at Hunter College and Chair of the Urban Affairs and Planning Department Dr. Joseph P. Viteritti will discuss New York City during the Lindsay Administration. Dr. Viteritti is the editor of a new book on Lindsay called Summer in the City: John Lindsay, New York, and the American Dream.


Dessert and Reception: Sponsored by the Thomas Hunter Society

Klara Silverstein (HC'54, MA'56), Elizabeth Witten (HC'81) and President Jennifer J. Raab

Hear about all the strides that Hunter has made over the years due to the generosity of its alumni during an intimate conversation with Hunter alumna Klara Silverstein and President Jennifer J. Raab.


The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating: A Novel

Carole Radziwill (HC'95) in conversation with Anthony DeCurtis (HC'74)

New York Times best-selling author and Hunter alumna Carole Radziwill will read from her new novel The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating. In addition to being one of the Real Housewives of NYC, Carole is an award-winning journalist whose first book, What Remains, spent over 20 weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List and was nominated for the "Books for a Better Life" award.

Anthony DeCurtis (HC'74) is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, where his work has appeared for more than thirty years. He holds a PhD in American literature from Indiana University, and is a Distinguished Lecturer in the creative writing program at the University of Pennsylvania.


Wild Art with Joachim Pissarro

Joachim Pissarro, Bershad Professor of Art History and Director of the Hunter College Galleries

Wild Art co-authored by David Carrier and Joachim Pissarro, the Bershad Professor of Art History and Director of the Hunter College Galleries, is a visual exploration of everything and anything from outside the exclusive and rarefied spectrum of the 'Art World'. At its heart, this book raises the question of what constitutes 'art' by celebrating the artists and art forms that are usually ignored by the art establishment.


Film Screening: My Brooklyn

Kelly Anderson, Associate Professor, Department of Film and Media Studies

My Brooklyn is a documentary about director Kelly Anderson's personal journey, as a Brooklyn "gentrifier," to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. While some people view these development patterns as ultimately revitalizing the city, to others, they are erasing the eclectic urban fabric, economic and racial diversity, creative alternative culture, and unique local economies that drew them to Brooklyn in the first place.

Kelly Anderson (Director, Producer, Editor) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College. Allison Lirish Dean (Producer, Original Research) graduated from Hunter with a masters in urban planning in 2008. She also holds degrees in music composition and theory from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (M.Mus), and Brandeis University (Ph.D.).


Preventing Diet-related Disease in New York City

Dr. Thomas A. Farley and Dr. Nicholas Freudenberg

Thomas A. Farley is the former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and currently serves as the 2014 Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Dr. Farley will speak in conjunction with Dr. Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Faculty Co-Director, New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College City University of New York School of Public Health and Hunter College. Together they will discuss and debate the prevention of diet-related disease in New York City.


Health Care Reform: Chaos or Opportunity?

Mary Ann Christopher, MSN, FAAN - President and Chief Executive Officer, VNSNY; Edwidge Thomas DNP - Director of Clinical Prctice Affairs, NYU College of Nursing; David Keepnews PhD, JD, RN, FAAN - Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Programs, Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing; Arthur Klein MD, President of Mount Sinai Health System; Moderated by Diana Mason PhD RN FAAN, Rudin Professor, Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing 

Panelists will discuss health care reform's impact on nursing from the perspectives of CEOs from hospital, community, business and advanced practice nursing.


Exploring Chemistry: A Hand-on Experience for Kids and Grown-ups

Join Hunter's Chemistry faculty for cool demonstrations and hands-on activities for kids and grown-ups in Hunter North Room 1403.


Paper Bag Players: Hiccup Help!

The Paper Bag Players Hiccup Help! has funny stories, zany characters, lively music, incredible sets, and lots of audience participation! It will have children 3 to 8 years old laughing, singing, and dancing in the aisles!


Children's Dance Workshops

Alumni from Hunter's Dance Department will teach workshops in a variety of styles for kids 8+.


Hybrid Family Nurse Practitioner Education in Haiti: An International Collaboration Model

Dr. Steven Baumann, RN and Dr. Carol Roye, RN

Nurses are the front-line of health and wellness in a society.  There is a critical need for increased support for the nursing community in Haiti as they continue to deal with the health and well-being of their country.  This session will introduce you to the important work being by accomplished by members of Hunter's Nursing faculty via Promoting Health in Haiti.


The Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Trust

Dr. Emily Braun, Distinguished Professor at Hunter College and the Graduate Center; Director of the Art History Program, and Deputy Chair of the Department of Art and Art History

In addition to serving as a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College and the Graduate Center; Director of the Art History Program, and Deputy Chair of the Department of Art and Art History, for the past 26 years Emily Braun has acted as the private curator to art collector Leonard Lauder. During that time, she has helped him shape a renowned collection of 78 cubist artworks that Mr. Lauder has recently donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Professor Braun will discuss her role in the creation of the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Trust.


Reflections of Animal Minds

Dr. Diana Reiss, Professor Department of Psychology

Dolphins and elephants, like humans and our close relatives the great apes, are large-brained highly social species that exhibit empathy towards others and exhibit the advanced cognitive capacity for mirror self-recognition. A new type of translational science is needed that applies our basic knowledge of these beautiful minds into applied global policies for their protection. Learn about cutting edge research with Hunter professor Dr. Diana Reiss who conducts groundbreaking research in animal communication, cognition, and welfare.


The Weiner Monologues: A Special Performance

Co-Created by John Oros (HC'12 ) and Jonathan Harper Schlieman (HC'13)

Anthony Weiner was a rising star in the Democratic Party until his online exploits ended his career. Then he ran for mayor, and it looked like he would be back on top, until his junk was in the news again. Using Greek tragedy as a model and the ups and downs of Weiner's career as an entry point, The Weiner Monologues is a conversation about the personal and the communal in the age of the Internet. Guests will also be treated to scenes from two student productions: Clickbait and Bending All the Rules.


Poetry Slam

Join us for a poetry slam featuring Hunter faculty and alumni including Tom Sleigh, Meena Alexander, Catherine Barnett, Donna Masini (HC'84), Mark Bibbins (HC'95) and more.


Women at the Top:  Why So Few?

Dr. Virgina Valian, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Hunter College Gender Equity Project

Why are there so few women at the most prominent levels of business, law, science, medicine, and academia?  And what can we do about it?  Dr Valian will explain how and why women are disadvantaged and men advantaged - even though everyone sincerely intends to be egalitarian and meritocratic attitudes.  Gender schemas - held by men and women alike - produce subtle overvaluations of men and undervaluations of women.  As a result of many small differences, men are able to accumulate advantage more quickly than women.  Dr Valian will include remedies, concentrating on efforts at Hunter College.


History of the Civil Rights Movement

Dr. David Hodges

Dr. David J. Hodges is Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College and is the author of Introducing Anthropology and The Cultural Anthropology of Education.  Dr. Hodges has been a member of the Hunter faculty since the 1970s and his areas of expertise include U.S. race relations, civil rights, human rights, the application of anthropology to education, prison education and prison reform.


Alumni Dance Concert

A concert of group works performed by alumni of Hunter's Dance program. All ages are welcome to attend.


Macaulay Honors Reception

Did you graduate from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter? Join us for the first-ever Macaulay alumni reunion and catch up with old friends, former professors and meet some of today's Macaulay seniors.


Thomas Hunter Honors Reception

Join fellow THHP alums for a 50th Anniversary Party celebrating more than 300 innovative interdisciplinary courses, their instructors, and the achievements of our alumni.


Jazz & Cocktails

Wrap up an amazing Homecoming 2014 with the Hunter Jazz Ensemble. The Hunter College Jazz Ensemble performs a wide repertoire representing different stylistic periods and concentrates on the development of ensemble playing and improvisational skills.

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