Movie Distributors Leave the Bronx Out in the Cold

My friend and I decided to look through the movie listings in the Bronx, where my she lives and I was visiting, to find out where those films were playing. Lo and behold, neither Lincoln or Argo, nor a single one of the serious Oscar-nominated films were playing anywhere in the vicinity. The vast majority of the films in local movie houses were explicitly violent.

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argo_bannedBy Wanda Mercado, Colin Powell Center Administrative Director

When asked, “what are you doing this weekend?” my response was merely, “a friend and I are planning to catch a movie”—either Lincoln or Argo, both Oscar-nominated films. Once the Oscar list is published, this is something that we, like so many other people, routinely do each year: We make an effort to see each of the major movies in advance of the awards. The top movies this year are complex; they evoke lots of human emotions and address complicated issued. One leaves thinking: “Let’s follow up with coffee and a long conversation to dissect the essence of the film.” Continue reading “Movie Distributors Leave the Bronx Out in the Cold”

Dee Dee Mozeleski: Propelling a Vision for the Colin Powell School

As the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service is integrated more fully and formally into the fabric of the Division of Social Sciences, and as the division is elevated to the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, my immediate goal is to help build the narrative for supporting Colin Powell School. I want to convey why it is so important to do this, not just for the current generation of students and faculty, but for the generations to come. —Dee Dee Mozeleski, Director of Development, Colin Powell Center

dmozeleski_v3When Dee Dee Mozeleski joined the Colin Powell Center in October as its first director of development, she hit the ground running. Mozeleski, a native of San Diego, has made New York her home for the past 20 years, building her career in development here and raising a daughter who is now at Penn State. Mozeleski brings extensive experience, professionalism, and dedication to the Center. Here, in a Q&A, she reflects on her experience and the goals ahead.

What drew you to the Colin Powell Center?
I first heard about the Center in 1997 when City College announced its opening. Over the years, I have stayed current with happenings on the CCNY campus because many of my friends have graduated from here. When I learned of the newly created director of development position, I thought that the person lucky enough to work in this position would have a chance to help shape what it means to fundraise for a program that takes the best and brightest minds from our campus and helps them to grow into leaders in their selected profession. Little did I know that I would end up becoming that lucky person.

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Framing and Deepening the Hurricane Sandy Response

The crisis of Sandy still serves as a catalyst to engage students in in-depth discussions on everything from the appropriate role of government, public resources, and infrastructure planning and development to scientists’ growing concern about climate change and disaster preparedness. In light of the urgency of the lasting crisis, how do we reconcile the bureaucracy of higher education timetables with the real-time needs of next-door neighbors and citizens, and expedite services? How do we make use of large-scale student resources and labor while remaining mindful of the students and staff who have been personally affected by the storm?

By Genéa Stewart, Director of Service-Learning

With the start of the new semester, service-learning practitioners across New York and New Jersey have a distinct opportunity to leverage the matchless teachable moment created by Hurricane Sandy for social change. But how exactly? When? What factors should educators and advocates consider in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy? How should we talk with our students?

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Partnering for a Cure

ALR Students

By Katherine Cho, Colin Powell Center Service-Learning Coordinator

The 2012 Fall Semester partnered service-learning professor Lynne Scott-Jackson and her Public Relations writing class with the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR).  Alliance for Lupus Research, the world’s largest private funder for lupus research, focuses on preventing, treating, and curing lupus.  (For more information, please visit ALR’s website.)

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Feb. 15 Conference to Explore the Public Sector

Want to explore public sector opportunities? Come to the 2013 Involvement Conference: Trending the Public Sector, sponsored by the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service and City Limits magazine.

WHEN: Friday, February 15, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: The Great Hall, Shepard Hall, CCNY campus
Free and open to the public. RSVP now.

Make a Difference? Photo by Ind(yeah), courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr.Want to explore public sector opportunities? Come to the 2013 Involvement Conference: Trending the Public Sector, sponsored by the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service and City Limits.

WHEN: Friday, February 15, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: The Great Hall, Shepard Hall, CCNY campus
Free and open to CCNY students. RSVP now.

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Kofi Annan to Speak at City College Friday, February 8

On Friday, February 8, Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, will deliver a special guest lecture at City College. His appearance, sponsored by the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service, marks the publication of his collected papers, a joint six-year CCNY-Yale project, led by principle investigator Jean Krasno. Professor Krasno is the Center’s initiative director for multilateral diplomacy and international organizations.

Kofi Annan will deliver a lecture at CCNY on February 8 at 10 a.m. Photo: Creative Commons/Alberto CabelloOn Friday, February 8, Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, will deliver a special guest lecture at City College. His appearance, sponsored by the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service, marks the publication of his collected papers, a joint six-year CCNY-Yale project, led by principle investigator Jean Krasno. Professor Krasno is the Center’s initiative director for multilateral diplomacy and international organizations. Continue reading “Kofi Annan to Speak at City College Friday, February 8”