Jill Iscol to Lead Discussion at Fellowship End-of-Year Ceremony

Jill Iscol, Diahann Billings-Burford and Jimmie Briggs will speak at the Powell Fellowship end-of-year celebration on May 8.

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Jill Iscol, author of Hearts on Fire, will speak at the Center on May 8. Photo: Lisa Weinert

On May 8, the Colin Powell Center will send another generation of young leaders into the world. The Colin Powell Fellowship closing celebration marks the end of a journey for City College students who have spent two years (one year for graduate students) working with community partners and learning how to apply their academic interests through public policy and public service to solve the challenges facing society.

The keynote event of the evening will be a panel discussion featuring Jill Iscol, author of Hearts on Fire; Diahann Billings-Burford, chief service officer of NYC Service; and Jimmie Briggs, executive director of the nonprofit Man Up. The invited speakers are exemplary leaders of the sort the Center aims to form: worldly, engaged and dedicated to helping others. Continue reading “Jill Iscol to Lead Discussion at Fellowship End-of-Year Ceremony”

One Way to Frame the Debate: Eliot Spitzer at the Center

Eliot Spitzer dispatched complex policy questions on Occupy Wall Street, Citizens United and the fate of health care reform during his talk at the Colin Powell Center.

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Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer speaks with Coordinator Michael Busch during the Center's "Conversations in Leadership" series.

Watching Eliot Spitzer dispatch complex policy questions during his March 27 talk at the Colin Powell Center (part of the new Conversations in Leadership series), I had the feeling that I was watching a professional ballplayer at practice nonchalantly knocking balls deep into the outfield. Whether you agree with him or not, the former governor’s highly candid views on issues such as Occupy Wall Street, Citizens United (a decision he supported), or the fate of health care reform, suggests why Current TV recently tapped him to host a new program. Here are a few of excerpts.

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Toward “Just Relationships”: Tania Mitchell at NYMAPS

Tania Mitchell challenged practitioners to set the bar higher and to make “social justice” an explicit goal of service-learning at the 2012 NYMAPS Symposium.

Tania Mitchell, Director of Service Learning in the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, deliers the 2012 NYMAPS keynote.
Tania Mitchell delivers the 2012 NYMAPS keynote address.

Though it happened several weeks ago, I’ve been thinking about Tania D. Mitchell’s keynote address at the 2012 NYMAPS* Symposium. Mitchell, a Stanford-based educator, has become a touchstone in the field of service-learning for her willingness to address the unspoken assumptions of the field. For faculty, community partners, and administrators, Mitchell’s directness has brought new freshness, energy, and yes, authenticity to the now-established pedagogy.

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Center Students and Staff Spend a Friday with North Korea and the Buddha

Staff and students of the Colin Powell Center were invited for a private tour of the Rubin Museum of Art and a photo exhibit on North Korea at the 8th Floor gallery.

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Center students and staff touring the "Windows on North Korea" photo exhibit at the 8th Floor. Photo: Alex Davies

On Friday, April 13, the staff and students of the Colin Powell Center were invited for a private tour of the Rubin Museum of Art and a photo exhibit on North Korea at the 8th Floor, a private gallery funded by Donald and Shelly Rubin. The afternoon was a chance for Center students to add a dash of culture to the end of their Spring Break and for staff to start the weekend a bit early.

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Center Hosts Symposium to Make Harlem Heart Healthy

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Join the Colin Powell Center on May 2 to make Harlem heart healthy.

Every hour, more than 100 Americans suffer heart attacks or strokes. In Harlem, these devastating effects of cardiovascular disease affect an even greater percentage of the population: East and Central Harlem have the highest rates of fatal heart disease in New York City. To combat this growing epidemic, the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service has joined forces with health professionals and New York City community leaders.

On Wednesday, May 2, the Center will present the 2012 New York Life Symposium, “Heart-2-Heart: Improving Heart Health in Harlem and Winning the Million Hearts Campaign,” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City College of New York.

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