Why Beijing Shouldn’t Be Celebrating
By Jeffrey Kucik and Rajan Menon
U.S. President Donald Trump did not waste any time keeping his promise to kill the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (TPP), an agreement that would have strengthened U.S. economic ties to 11 Pacific Rim nations. However, the common assumption that his decision amounted to handing China an unqualified victory, with the United States’ pulling back from global trade leadership and leaving China to take the helm, is an oversimplification.
TPP’s demise has doubtless provided China an opportunity to build greater influence in Asia. And Beijing has been quick to seize this opportunity. In his speech to the Davos World Economic Forum this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping presented his country as a reliable supporter, perhaps even the leader, of open markets and globalization. By contrast, Trump’s election has brought with it a good deal of global anxiety about Washington’s future commitment to a liberal economic order.
Photo caption: Fnu Duojizhand, Anasimon Takla, Juan Pablo Celis and Anne Joost
In 2013 the City College of New York (CCNY) became one of a handful of colleges in New York to be associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) as a nongovernmental organization (NGO). This year, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership and its interdisciplinary International Studies Program are revitalizing the NGO initiative.
Since 2013, CCNY NGO has worked on becoming an active member of international civil society and on promoting the participation of its academic community in United Nations activities. CCNY NGO complements other campus initiatives such as Diplomat-in-Residence, CCNY membership in the UN Academic Impact, and the Model United Nations (MUN), all of which are dedicated to educating future leaders in global affairs.
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From the Facebook Page of General Colin L. Powell, July 2, 2016:
Elie Wiesel, one of the greatest humanitarians of our time and a dear friend of mine has died. Holocaust survivor, Nobel Laureate, brilliant author, conscience of the world lived by the code “to forget the dead is akin to killing them a second time.”
He also faithfully served on the Board of Visitors of the Colin Powell School at the City College of New York. He loved youngsters. He will be missed, but his spirit will live on.
Alma and I offer our deepest condolences to his wife Marion, son Elisha and their family.
To learn more about the life of Dr. Wiesel, please visit:
The Elie Wiesel Foundation
Meet Michael Busch, Associate Director in the Office of Student Success at the Colin Powell School.
At the heart of our vision for the office of student success lies a vast expansion in the idea of what advisement should be. Narrowly conceived, advisors guide students through the classes they need to graduate. Properly expanded, student success connects young people to the requirements, opportunities and capacities they need to succeed on campus, and after they leave.
Michael Bush, Associate Director of the Office of Student Success, immediately grasped the possibilities inherent in this expanded definition of student success. As a teacher on this campus he’d spent years working with students on research papers, nurtured countless rough ideas into fully formed research papers. But in the world outside the classroom, student papers needed to speak to a broader audience.They needed to refine and struggle with first and second drafts, and to determine more precisely the need to which their work spoke. To prepare students to better shepherd their ideas, Michael devised the concept of the Annual Colin Powell School Undergraduate Student Research Symposium.
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Each issue of our newsletter includes an interview with a current student or member of our alumni network (which spans the globe). This issue features Sara Arcia, class of 2016 and president of the Sociology Department’s Student Club, the SocioLights.
Sara, tell us a little about yourself and what brought you to the Colin Powell School:
Sara: I am the youngest of three children and the first to go to college immediately after high. I was raised by a single mother and have an older brother and sister, who are all super supportive of me. I come from a working class family and was raised in the Bronx. College was really tough for me at first because I didn’t have anyone around who I could get advice from on what college would be like or how to navigate the application process. I wasn’t extremely confident when I sent my college applications because I didn’t have anyone to give me pointers on what was most important. When I came to City College for my campus visit, I really enjoyed the campus feeling and immediately felt a connection and started to imagine myself attending classes here.
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Do you know a young person who wants to be a leader in public service? Get access to world-class preparatory coursework and field experience without amassing piles of debt? Are you a scholar, educator, or community organizer looking to break down walls between the Academy and the surrounding community? Who knows that in order to find better answers to pressing questions of the 21st century, we need to hear more voices? Watch and learn more about the mission of the Colin Powell School—”A New Light in Harlem.”
Our original upload to YouTube got over 600 views in just a matter of days! We had to do a *tiny* bit of clean-up, so we uploaded a new version (click below).
The film features interviews with General Colin Powell, Dean Vince Boudreau, and faculty, students, alumni, and board members, spotlighting the amazing community we have up here on the City College campus.
Do you know a young person who wants to be a leader in public service? Get access to world-class preparatory coursework and field experience without amassing piles of debt?
Are you a scholar, educator, or community organizer looking to break down walls between the Academy and the surrounding community? Who knows that in order to find better answers to pressing questions of the 21st century, we need to hear more voices?
Watch and learn more about the mission of the Colin Powell School—”A New Light in Harlem.”
Members of the faculty have grown concerned about how you are thinking about and coping with issues of police brutality, the response of our justice system, and the protests that have occupied so much of our attention and emotional energy these past few weeks. We’ve noticed many of you with deep concerns and questions. We also know that many of you have felt compelled to join your voice with others in protest.
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While an Assistant Professor at CCNY, Clark and his wife, Mamie, a psychologist working with children in Harlem, studied children’s attitudes about race through experiments with dolls. These studies revealed the pernicious effects of segregation on children. Chief Justice Earl Warren, who wrote the majority opinion in the unanimous decision striking down segregation in schools as unconstitutional, specifically cited the findings from the Clarks’ 1950 paper.
This Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision—the Supreme Court case that delegitimatized the “separate but equal” standard when applied race-based segregation in public schools.
This year has marked the 75th anniversary of the Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership’s Department of Psychology. During this time, faculty have produced extraordinary contributions in their field, including research that has had wide-reaching societal impact. One of the more notable examples of this is Kenneth Clark. While an Assistant Professor at CCNY, Clark and his wife, Mamie, a psychologist working with children in Harlem, studied children’s attitudes about race through experiments with dolls. These studies revealed the pernicious effects of segregation on children. Chief Justice Earl Warren, who wrote the majority opinion in the unanimous decision striking down segregation in schools as unconstitutional, specifically cited the findings from the Clarks’ 1950 paper. Kenneth Clark was the first tenured African-American professor at City College of New York and in 1971 was designated president of the American Psychological Association.
On June 5, the Department of Psychology will celebrate this and other contributions in the culminating event of the year, “The Social World and the Meaning of the Message: A 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Psychology Department at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.” This conference both celebrates the past 75 years and looks ahead to the future. There will be a keynote address by Drew Westen, author of The Political Brain, The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation, and two panels. The first panel will feature research highlights including those of Kenneth Clark. The second panel looks at the future of social messaging, including its importance to and use in political messaging. Visit our eventbrite page for more information and to RSVP.
Visit the Department of Psychology’s website.
Read the president’s proclamation on the sixtieth anniversary of Brown v. Board.