Revisiting Ghosted History

Last week I had the opportunity to welcome an audience of fifty to a film screening and forum for the documentary Memory of Forgotten War. This compelling documentary focuses on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, sharing the deeply personal stories of four Korean War survivors. These narratives include dealing with, for some, recollections of daily bombings, searching for missing family members, and struggling to survive in a newly divided Korea.

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Memory of Forgotten War
Memory of Forgotten War was screened at CCNY Nov. 21.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Katherine Cho, Program Coordinator, Colin Powell School

Last week I had the opportunity to welcome an audience of fifty to a film screening and forum for the documentary Memory of Forgotten War. This compelling documentary focuses on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, sharing the deeply personal stories of four Korean War survivors. These narratives include dealing with, for some, recollections of daily bombings, searching for missing family members, and struggling to survive in a newly divided Korea.

With the division at the 38th parallel, residents of either country could no longer communicate with one another, and families that once easily moved between neighboring cities were cut off from each other. In addition to the forced physical separation, the documentary also highlighted the societal pressure of distancing any ties with North Korea relations, family members, and friends. Continue reading “Revisiting Ghosted History”

Speak Up and Speak Out Against Domestic Violence

At Speak Up Speak Out we want to empower students to take a stand against violence, and we believe that starts by educating ourselves about abusive relationships. We believe that domestic violence is prevalent in our society, that it exists across race, class, and gender lines, that it exists on our campus, and that we have both the opportunity and the responsibility to put an end to intimate partner violence.

by Gargi Padki, Community Engagement Fellow, Colin Powell School

Project Speak Up Speak Out will release a photo project that has been in development since early October on December 2nd at 12:30pm in the North Academic Center rotunda.

During our “16 Days Against Gender Violence,” we will display photos taken of over a hundred students, faculty, and staff at City College in order to start a dialogue about domestic violence awareness on our campus. Speak Up Speak Out is committed to breaking the silence of domestic violence and addressing violence in our communities as a public health issue. In the spring, we will begin recruiting volunteers to help in our continued efforts to engage the college community to speak out against domestic violence. Continue reading “Speak Up and Speak Out Against Domestic Violence”

Remembering “Rev”

The Reverend Eugene Callender—or “Rev” as he insisted we call him—served as the very first New York Life leader-in-residence in the early years of CCNY’s Colin Powell Center. He embraced the opportunity of working with our students with incredible joy and energy, and was particularly committed to bringing the lions of the civil rights struggle—people like Derek Bell and Vincent Harding—to campus to meet our students. He was a mentor and a leader to our students, and to many of us who had the chance to work with him.

The Reverend Eugene S. Callender speaking at the City College of New York. Reverend Callender passed away on November 2.
The Reverend Eugene S. Callender speaking at the City College of New York. Reverend Callender passed away on November 2.

by Vince Boudreau, Director, Colin Powell Center

The Reverend Eugene Callender—or “Rev” as he insisted we call him—served as the very first New York Life leader-in-residence in the early years of CCNY’s Colin Powell Center. He embraced the opportunity of working with our students with incredible joy and energy, and was particularly committed to bringing the lions of the civil rights struggle—people like Derek Bell and Vincent Harding—to campus to meet our students. He was a mentor and a leader to our students, and to many of us who had the chance to work with him. Continue reading “Remembering “Rev””

Supreme Conversations: Justice Sotomayor and Adam Liptak visit CCNY

The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, will visit City College of New York Monday evening to discuss growing up ‘Nuyorican’ in the Bronx. Sotomayor, who endured a difficult childhood dominated by her father’s alcoholism and his subsequent death, will discuss those years and her path of scholarly and professional excellence, which led to her becoming the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Sotomayor’s visit is timed to the new paperback release of her memoir, My Beloved World.

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Updated 12/14: View a webcast of Justice Sotomayor’s visit here.

The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, will visit City College of New York Monday evening to discuss growing up ‘Nuyorican’ in the Bronx. Sotomayor, who endured a difficult childhood dominated by her father’s alcoholism and his subsequent death, will discuss those years and her path of scholarly and professional excellence, which led to her becoming the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justice Sotomayor’s visit is timed to the new paperback release of her memoir, My Beloved World. In a recent interview with National Public Radio, Justice Sotomayor said she chose to write a “searingly candid” portrait of her life, in part, because “[t]o move people beyond just dreaming to doing, they have to be able to see that you’re just like them, and you still made it.”

Continue reading “Supreme Conversations: Justice Sotomayor and Adam Liptak visit CCNY”