President's Report for April 2021

Student Affairs

Enrollment Management Update

 

The Office of Admissions is working remotely to recruit and assist students for the summer/fall 2021 semester. Admissions counselors continue to host virtual college fairs, high school visits, 1:1 counselor visits and information sessions. In collaboration with the Central CUNY office, QCC hosted a virtual college fair and engaged with over 200 students. Recommendation files continue to be delivered from the Central Office and Admissions staff are reviewing applications remotely. As of Wednesday, March 24th, we are seeing an increase in matriculated students from fall 2020.

 

The Office of Academy Advisement has been advising students throughout the month of March, as we prepare for the start of continuing student registration beginning the week of April 5th. We continue a very robust remote advising operation, leveraging virtual services with Zoom, Blackboard and Starfish. Academy Advising will also be onboarding Tiger Advisers for April, who will serve as student leaders that will assist both new and continuing students with the technology tools needed to ensure timely registration for summer and fall 2021. Lastly, we continue to engage with our students through various platforms, including our ongoing Instagram Live sessions throughout the entire semester, encouraging registration for fall as a priority before the end of the semester.

 

Commencement Ceremony

Queensborough’s 60th Annual Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 11:00 am.  This year’s ceremony, similar to last year, is an online/virtual event.  Ceremony events will include tributes to our graduates from QCC President, Dr. Christine Mangino; Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Timothy G. Lynch; faculty leaders, and special guest speakers.  Outreach is underway for Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and Spring/Summer 2021 eligible graduates.  Thanks to the generosity of the QCC Student Activities Association, Inc. Board of Directors, all class of 2021 graduates are eligible to receive a complimentary cap & tassel to commemorate the occasion.  We are happy to report that, to date, 394 students have indicated they would like a complimentary cap & tassel.  For additional information on this year’s commencement ceremony, please visit the Commencement website and encourage students to do the same as well as check their Office365 student e-mail account.

 

Student Resources

 

  • All currently enrolled students wishing to receive financial aid for the Fall 2021 and/or Spring 2022 semesters were advised to complete the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the Priority Filing Date of April 23, 2021. Students who miss this date are encourage to complete the FAFSA immediately.  For more information and zoom appointments for assistance, please visit our QCC Financial Aid Website.

 

  • Faculty and staff are asked to encourage our students to avail themselves of the valuable and free resources through the QCC Advocacy Resource Center (formerly Single Stop).  Services provided include (but not limited to) public benefits screening, financial coaching, legal assistance, tax preparation services, housing assistance, food pantry referrals, and more.  Additional information can be found online at the QCC ARC website.

 

  • Emergency funding is available to students who face a financial crisis that puts at risk their continued enrollment toward their QCC degree. Supported through a grant from The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, the funds provide one-time, emergency grants to students in good standing with short-term financial emergencies to enable them to remain in school, rather than being forced to leave or drop out. Please refer students with short-term financial emergencies to Ms. Amawati Gonesh, Advocacy Resource Center Administrator (formerly known as Single Stop), via e-mail at AGonesh@qcc.cuny.edu. Additional information can be found online at the QCC Scholarship website.

 

  • Student Government Elections will be held online beginning Wednesday, April 14th through Wednesday, April 21st.  Information regarding the upcoming elections, including voting instructions and candidate information, will be disseminated to all students through their Office365 student e-mail account in the coming weeks.  This information will also be shared on the QCC Website.

 

  • As part of CUNY 2021 Summer Corps, CUNY has partnered with the NYC Mayor’s Office to provide up to 5,000 paid summer jobs for CUNY students through the 2021 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). This program supports a critical component of CUNY’s vision for high quality undergraduate education, ensuring that our students compliment their award-winning academic experience with meaningful career-driving workforce opportunities before graduation.  Beginning early July, selected students will have the opportunity to be employed over the summer for a 6-week paid position at 25 hours per week.  More information will be made available to the QCC community as we receive it from CUNY Central.

 

  • Representatives from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance will help students prepare and e-file their income tax return virtually during a webinar Zoom session at no cost.  Zoom sessions will be held every Wednesday and Friday, beginning February 17, 2021 and ending on April 14, 2021.  Pre-registration is required.  As such, students should call the Advocacy Resource Center (formerly Single Stop) at (718) 631-6347 or e-mail ARC@qcc.cuny.edu.  Session days and times are as follows:  Wednesdays between 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Wednesdays between 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm, Fridays between 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, and Fridays between 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm.

 

  • The Finch College Alumni Community College Transfer Scholarship application period is now open for all eligible female students. The scholarships, worth $5000, are awarded to second-year female community college students who will graduate from QCC at the conclusion of spring 2021 and transfer to a four-year university for fall 2021. For additional information, including eligibility requirements and application deadline, visit their website.

 

  • The Point Foundation LGBT Scholarship Program for Community College Students is the nation's largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. Point's multifaceted support of its scholarship recipients (“scholars”) extends far beyond direct financial contribution toward the cost of their education. Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development programs and events.  To be selected for the scholarship, students are evaluated on academic performance and potential, financial need, their involvement in school and community, and goals for the future. This selective program aims to support LGBTQ leaders in their growth as student activists so that they can continue to inspire change in their communities both before and after transferring.   The awards range between $2,000 and $4,800 per year.  The deadline to apply is May 3, 2021.  Learn more about the scholarship by visiting the Point Foundation website.

 

  • The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity is not a traditional scholarship focused on rewarding academic achievement and financial need.  Its specific goal is to reward and encourage innovative and creative problem solving.  The scholarship aims to honor students who excel as creative problem solvers and to help make their higher education goals more accessible. The award amount is $5,000 per year and the deadline to apply is May 3, 2021. Learn more about the Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity.

 

  • The Guttman Scholarship for High-Achieving Community College Graduates is now available for eligible students to apply.  The program is open to students who will be graduating, meet the appropriate academic requirements and will be transferring to one of the eligible four year CUNY campuses for the Fall 2021 semester.  Please visit the Guttman scholarship website for additional information.  The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Friday, April 9th by 5:00 pm.

 

Upcoming Events

  • The QCC Office of Career Services will be hosting an Employer Information Session for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Wednesday, April 14th at 12:00 pm.  At this event, students will learn from experts about NASA missions and research.  NASA’s journeys have propelled technological breakthroughs, pushed the frontiers of scientific research, and expanded our understanding of the universe. These accomplishments, and those to come, share a common genesis: education in science, technology, engineering, and math.  NASA STEM Engagement strives to increase K-12 involvement in NASA projects, enhance higher education, support underrepresented communities, strengthen online education, and boost NASA's contribution to informal education. This event is free but, registration is required.  To register, please visit here.

 

  • On Friday, April 16th at 1:00 pm, as part of the QCC Thrive Series, you are invited to participate in event Combining Mindfulness, Wellness and Community for Joyful Living: Mindfulness Oriented Psychotherapy.  In the past several decades, mindfulness training has been increasingly integrated into Western psychotherapy practice. The number of articles published on mindfulness-based intervention has increased enormously in recent years. This Presentation will explore different aspects of mindfulness training, especially its clinical purpose.  This event featuring Dr. Peter Lin, Associate Chair, and Professor at St. Joseph's College. Dr. Peter Lin is a licensed Psychologist who specialized in mindful-oriented psychotherapy.  He received an M.S. in Biostatistics from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) from Yeshiva University (Ferkauf Graduate School & Einstein School of Medicine). Workshop will explore the role of mindfulness in psychotherapy. This event is sponsored by Mindfulness Club, Psychology Club and Office of Student Activities and requires pre-registration.  To register, visit here.

 

  • As part of Asian Heritage Month, you are invited to attend the event, Chinese Calligraphy- Featuring Cha Huang on Monday, April 19th at 4:00 PM.  Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and the Asian Heritage Month Committee, during this interactive event participants will learn basic Chinese calligraphy and writing their names or a phrase. Participants will receive an image of their choice via email after the event. Event is open to students, faculty and staff.  This event sponsored by the Asian Heritage Month Committee and Office of Student Activities and requires pre-registration.  To register, visit. here.

 

  • The Asian Heritage Month celebration continues with the Chinese Opera on Tuesday, April 27th at 4:00 PM.  This one-hour event regarding Chinese opera will contain a brief historical introduction of the style of this art form, and an explanation of how to appreciate it. This will be followed by a demonstration from two famous operas. The Through a combination of live and pre-recorded video, attendees will be treated to two famous dramatic pieces, Kunqu and Peking Opera. Event is open to students, faculty and staff.  This event is sponsored by the Asian Heritage Month Committee and Office of Student Activities and requires pre-registration.  To register, visit: here.

 

  • Concluding the celebration of Asian Heritage Month is QCC’s Annual Asian Cultural Festival, taking place on Wednesday, May 5th at 1:00 PM.  This celebration will include a variety of pre-recorded cultural presentations dance and musical performances by QCC students and community members.  This event is free to the QCC community but, pre-registration is required.  To register, visit: here.

Academic Affairs

Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

 

A new lecture series has been approved for the College that focuses on supporting junior faculty members. This lecture series will include topics such as: “Minding the Work that Sustains You,” “Maintaining Work-Life Balance on the Tenure Track,” “Finding and Managing Grants,” among others. Speakers are nationally recognized experts in the areas of DEI and faculty development. The first 30 minutes of each session will be dedicated solely to junior faculty of color, with an additional hour dedicated to all faculty. 

 

Office of Research

 

Upcoming Events:

 

  • Responsible Conduct of Research Workshops: Thursday, April 15th at 9 a.m., Monday, May 3rd at 1 p.m. All faculty members and students who are involved in a research project on campus are required to complete the RCR CITI online training and the in-person/synchronous workshop. RSVP here.
  • Undergraduate Research Brown Bag Lunch Discussions: The next UR Brown Bag Lunch Discussion will be on April 28th (12:10 pm on Zoom). If you are interested in presenting at a future event, please contact Joan Petersen (JPetersen@qcc.cuny.edu).
  • The 2021 Spring Student Symposium - a celebration of QCC faculty-mentored students’ coursework, research, and creative work(s) during the academic year, will be held on Friday, April 23rd  from 10 am to 3 pm. Please register and save the date.

 

Academic Momentum

 

STEM Tuition Waiver

 

The balance of the FY 21 STEM Tuition Waiver Program funds will be used for the 2021 summer session.  Students will be allowed to take one STEM course over the summer, up to a maximum of 5 credits.

 

We are hoping to support over 800 students in an effort to promote credit accumulation in STEM courses.  Students must be NYC residents and in good academic standing in order to be considered.

 

Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) and office of educational technology: ​

 

The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) hosted a series of virtual events (March 1-12) based on George Takei's They Called Us Enemy, a graphic memoir showing the impact of internment on the Japanese-American family and community. This year, 35 faculty members from ten different disciplines participated in this high impact practice and the Common Read experience was a great catalyst for building community and engagement across the campus particularly during this unusual and difficult time. CETL acknowledges the commendable effort of Common Read Coordinator, John Yi  (English Dept.) for successfully organizing a range of interdisciplinary events on themes and topics such as: identity, race & ethnicity, family, Japanese American Internment, trauma, mental health issues, art, literacy & research, ethnography, American history, biography & memoir, LGBTQ+ rights, hate crimes & bias, propaganda, family oral history, theatre & performing arts, etc. ​Approximately 900 attendees (students, faculty, and staff ) participated in these dynamic and enriching events. More information about Common Read is available here​.​ 

In collaboration with the Academic Development and eLearning committees, CETL will be hosting a series of workshops on online pedagogy in April-May. These workshops will include topics such as communicating with students, online teaching tips, scaffolded lessons, establishing community, universal design for learning, and other relevant issues. For more info, please visit the CETL webpage.

​The Office of Educational Technology (OET) will offer a new cohort of the eLearning Institute between April 9 – May 6, 2021. The Office of Educational Technology has received over 30 applications. The application deadline is Friday, March 26th. After the successful completion of the eLearning Institute, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion issue by the Office of Academic Affairs. The Office of Educational Technology has also offered 7 live webinars on Instructional Technology and Distance Learning topics this semester. Our reports showed more than 61 registrations for these webinars. 

 We strongly recommend all faculty to visit the OET web site to see a complete listing of all upcoming Distance Learning Webinars and Professional Development Opportunities. Office of Educational Technology

 

Currently, the Office of Educational Technology is offering Drop-in Virtual Office Hours through Blackboard Collaborate. Faculty can join the OET Virtual Office to speak with an IT Academic Specialist, Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  and 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.​

 

 

Continuing Education and Workforce Development

 

CEWD Announcements!

 

QCC CEWD received another grant funding $435,000 from the Next Generation Job Linkage program that was part of the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process. The funds are part of the application to support Building Career Pathways and Talent Pipelines. In response to the Public Health crisis and worsened due COVID, QCC CEWD will offer workforce development for qualified candidates to become Certified Recovery Peer Advocates (CRPAs). CRPA training program is a workforce development program aiming to support unemployed and underserved adult learners (18+) who have lived experience with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and hold a High School Diploma/HSE equivalent. The program provides them with a pathway to become a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate.  QCC will establish a NYC-based CRPA Workforce Development Institute, to train new CRPAs, recertify current CRPAs with yearly required continuing education courses, work with treatment providers, including inpatient and outpatient hospitals and health care systems providers with education and technical assistance to integrate CRPAs into their Healthcare organization systems and to provide educational best practices and leading-edge research to the local NYC community, as well as to the entire New York State community, and beyond.

Office of Institutional Advancement

 

Annual Fund Campaign

During these unprecedented times, your donation to the Annual Fund Campaign will make both an immediate and life-long impact on Queensborough’s students. Faculty and staff may choose to support faculty development, merit scholarships, the QCC Food Pantry, the Coronavirus Community Fund or another key service or program that resonates deep within them. Click here to make your online donation or mail in your check payable to the QCC Fund, Inc. to Queensborough Community College, Office of Institutional Advancement, Room A-508, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11364. 

 

Fight Campus Hunger Virtual Game Night – Monday, May 17, 2021, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The grassroots student fundraiser, in partnership with the SGA, MSA and BSA, is raising funds for the food pantry on campus. Students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the College are ALL welcome to participate and/or become fundraising champions by posting the following message on their social media:  Help Us Fight Campus Hunger - Please Support the Queensborough Food Pantry.

The suggested minimum contribution for students is $5, and for alumni/faculty/and staff to participate/sponsor a student player is $10. Click here to register/donate.

 

All funds raised support the Queensborough Food Pantry.

 

Art Gallery

 

Virtual Exhibitions:

This past month, the QCC Art Gallery created its first virtual gallery tour exhibit, P.O.T.U.S., an exhibition presented in-house in 2020 during the presidential election year. The installation was inspired by the generous donation to the gallery’s permanent collection by the Spanish sculptor, Josefina Brunes, who donated her ceramic busts of many of the former presidents of the United States.  This virtual tour allows the viewer to "walk through" the exhibition and also focus on individual sculptures and exhibition signage detailing the president's term of office and party affiliation, accompanied by a characteristic quote. In addition, the viewer can link to other selected videos presented at the exhibit.

The visual enjoyment of the ceramic busts is combined with educational text and a video describing the process in which the president is elected.

 

 

 

Kupferberg Holocaust Center

 

 

 

KHC Exhibit Talk: Women in the Nazi Concentration Camps
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. EDT
Click here to register

 

Join Dr. Azadeh Aalai, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Queensborough Community College, for a discussion about the intersection between gender and persecution, including how victimization varied for male versus female Jews. The role women played, not only as victims, but also as perpetrators and rescuers during the Holocaust will be explored, with a specific focus on the concentration camp experience. This lecture will include a special look at the KHC’s original online exhibition, The Concentration Camps: Inside the Nazi System of Incarceration and Genocide.

 

Virtual Conference: The State of Romani Human Rights in the Balkans

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 9:00 a.m. to 1:30.p.m. EDT

 

Each panel requires individual registration:

Please join the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and the Kupferberg Holocaust Center for a conference on the state of Romani human rights in the Balkans. For more information, including the agenda and registration links, please click here:

 

9:00 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. - Opening Remarks & Conversation about Romani Human Rights in Europe

Register here for the Zoom webinar or tune in on YouTube Live.

 

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Panel I: A Roma Educational Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Register here for the Zoom webinar or tune in on YouTube Live.

 

  • Velma Saric, President of the Post Conflict Research Center, BiH
  • Miloš Bogičević, Head of Human Rights, OSCE Mission to BiH
  • Mirko Pincelli, Photographer and filmmaker working on documenting the lives of Roma communities in BiH
  • Dalibor Tanić, Roma activist and Editor-in-Chief of UDAR, a regional Roma multimedia portal 
  • Moderator: Laura Cohen, Executive Director, Kupferberg Holocaust Center

 

12:45 p.m. -1:40 p.m. - Panel II: What is going on in Europe and the Balkans? & Closing Remarks

Register here for the Zoom webinar or tune in on YouTube Live.

  • Goran Miletic, Europe Director, Civil Rights Defenders
  • Deniz Selmani, Co-Founder and Program Director of Romalitico Skopje; Obama Foundation Leader, Europe Program
  • Additional speaker(s) TBA
  • Moderator: Tanya Domi, Harriman Institute

 

 

Remembering the Town Known as Auschwitz: Yom HaShoah Commemoration
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 6:00 p.m. EDT
Click here to register

 

The Rabbi Isidoro Aizenberg Memorial Lecture

 

In commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, join us for a discussion about the complexities of educating people about the Holocaust in a town that is synonymous with the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination and concentration camp in what was formerly Nazi-occupied Poland during WWII. Featuring Tomasz Kuncewicz, Director, and Maciek Zabierowski, Head of Learning & Special Projects, from the Auschwitz Jewish Center in Oswiecim, Poland. The Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation was established in 1995 in order to rebuild a Jewish cultural, spiritual, and educational center in Oswiecim. In September 2000, the Auschwitz Jewish Center opened its doors to visitors from all over the world. It is a non-governmental organization which exists to serve as a guardian of Jewish memory, as well as to educate the public about the Holocaust. Since August, 2006, the Center has been affiliated with the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York, USA. This event is co-sponsored by the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College and the Center for Jewish Studies at Queens College.

 

Indigenizing Institutions: A Conversation with Curator and Museum Worker, Taylor Payer 
Monday, April 12, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. EDT
Click here to register

 

Join Kat Griefen, Program Coordinator and Faculty Member in Queensborough Community College’s Gallery and Museum Studies Program, for a conversation with Taylor Rose Payer, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Taylor assists with developing relationships between the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College Library and Native American and Indigenous communities built around collaborative and collections-based research. She earned her M.A. in Public Humanities from Brown University and B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Dartmouth College. While in undergrad, Taylor interned at the Hood where she developed a deep interest in collections, art, and museum education. Since then, Taylor has had various curatorial, research, and education roles at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Portland Art Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, and the All My Relations Arts

 

 

 

Gallery. Co-sponsored by the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center and Gallery and Museum Studies Program in the Art & Design Department at Queensborough Community College.

 

Voices from Srebrenica: Survivor Narratives of the Bosnian Genocide
Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. EDT
Click here to register

 

In the hills of eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina sits the small town of Srebrenica–once known for silver mines and health spas, now infamous for the genocide that occurred there during the Bosnian War. In July 1995, when the town fell to Serbian forces, 12,000 Muslim men and boys fled through the woods, seeking safe territory. Hunted for six days, more than 8,000 were captured, killed at execution sites and later buried in mass graves. In honor of Genocide Awareness Month, join us for a special conversation with the authors of Voices from Srebrenica: Survivor Narratives of the Bosnian Genocide, who will discuss the practical and ethical challenges of working with heavily traumatized survivors; why it’s crucial to document their lives before, during, and after the war; as well as the how and why the tragic lessons of the Holocaust remain relevant. Featuring Hasan Hasanović, head of research at the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial and himself a genocide survivor, and Ann Petrila, professor of practice and coordinator of Global Initiatives at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work.

 

This event is presented in partnership with The Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University; The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center in Cincinnati; The Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College; and The Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at the US Military Academy at West Point.

 

A Prisoner’s Voice: Poetry of Psychological Resistance
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. EDT

Click here to register

 

Farewell, Auschwitz provides a glimpse into prisoner life in one of the darkest chapters of human history and brings to life the power of music and poetry to bring light to despair. Krystyna Zywulska was a Polish political prisoner at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland from 1943 to her escape in 1945. While imprisoned, Zywulska wrote lyrics and set them to familiar folk, classical, and popular tunes from the period and prisoners performed the resulting songs and shared the words as a means of coping with the horrors of the camp. Before imprisonment, Zywulska had not written a single song; Nazi oppression appears to have inspired her creative blossoming.

 

Farewell, Auschwitz: Music by Jake Heggie; Text from poetry of Krystyna Zywulska, written at Auschwitz, 1943-1945; Jennifer Gliere, soprano, Roz Woll, mezzo-soprano, Steven Dahlke, baritone, Mirna Lekić, piano.

 

This event is part of the 2020-21 Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and National Endowment for the Humanities Colloquium entitled, “Internment & Resistance: Confronting Mass Detention and Dehumanization.” This event is co-sponsored by the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) and presented in partnership with the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, Cincinnati.

 

 

Peacebuilding Through Awareness & Improvisation - Part 2
Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 10:30 a.m. EDT
Click here for more information

 

This program is a celebration of a participatory action research methodology known as Social Presencing Theater, a body-based approach for sensing and enacting change. It is also an invitation to engage with Queensborough Community College’s (QCC) student and alumni practice group, which began in April 2018. Facilitators include members of QCC’s student and alumni practice group; Arawana Hayashi, a co-founder of Social Presencing Theater; Manish Srivastava, a global facilitator whose projects include partnering with UN agencies and NGO sectors; and QCC-CUNY Faculty members: Heather Huggins, advanced practitioner of SPT and Assistant Professor of Theatre and Aviva Geismar, Associate Professor of Dance. This event is presented in partnership by the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center, the CUNY-QCC Visual and Performing Arts Academy, and the CUNY-QCC Student Activities “Thrive” Series.

 

For a full listing of the KHC’s spring 2021 events calendar, as well as links to the recordings of all programs, please visit the KHC website

 

KHC VIRTUAL EXHIBITION:

 

The Concentration Camps: Inside the Nazi System of Incarceration and Genocide: khc.qcc.cuny.edu/camps

 

This original exhibition surveys the scope and brutality of the Nazi system of incarceration and genocide, underscoring the horrific consequences of intolerance, racism, and authoritarianism. Approximately 44,000 concentration camps and ghettos existed across Nazi-occupied Europe and North Africa during World War II. These incarceration sites, which Adolf Hitler used as a mechanism to terrorize and eliminate non-Aryan groups (those seen as “subhuman,” “useless eaters,” and not part of the pure, white, Germanic race), ranged from small barns to compounds with populations of a medium-sized city. These extensive networks of ghettos, transit camps, women’s camps, forced labor camps and extermination camps, to name a few, played a central role in the Holocaust—the annihilation of six million Jews—as well as the mass murder of millions more Poles, Roma and Sinti, homosexuals, people with disabilities, social outcasts, Jehovah’s Witnesses, as well as other political and religious opponents. In addition to the exhibit’s text, images, and artifacts, personal testimonies from local Holocaust survivors offer painful insights into these excruciating landscapes of degradation and dehumanization. This exhibit is curated by Dr. Cary Lane, KHC 2020-21 Curator-in-Residence and Associate Professor of English at QCC.

 

Visit the KHC's Education page for a complete listing of our comprehensive library guides and to view recorded events from our past NEH colloqui

 

 

Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC)

 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 – 7:00 p.m. EDT
Name That Tune on QPAC LIVE!

 

Join us for a new twist on the classic game – Name That Tune!

 

The fabulous DJ Bucciarelli hosts the show, with special appearances by Executive Director Susan Agin, to test your knowledge of music for a family fun night. Compete against friends or relatives around the corner, or across the country! A different theme each time. On-line scoring sheet and an Amazon Gift Card for the winner! Donations are appreciated and go to support QPAC! Any amount accepted (and appreciated). You won’t want to miss these exciting interactive on-line games.

 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 – 7:00 p.m. EDT
Name That Tune on QPAC LIVE!

 

Join us for a new twist on the classic game – Name That Tune!

 

The fabulous DJ Bucciarelli hosts the show, with special appearances by Executive Director Susan Agin, to test your knowledge of music for a family fun night. Compete against friends or relatives around the corner, or across the country! A different theme each time. On-line scoring sheet and an Amazon Gift Card for the winner! Donations are appreciated, and go to support QPAC! Any amount accepted (and appreciated). You won’t want to miss these exciting interactive on-line games.

 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. EDT 
A Prisoner’s Voice: Poetry of Psychological Resistance
Farewell, Auschwitz provides a glimpse into prisoner life in one of the darkest chapters of human history and brings to life the power of music and poetry to bring light to despair. Krystyna

Zywulska was a Polish political prisoner at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland from 1943 to her escape in 1945. While imprisoned, Zywulska wrote lyrics and set them to familiar folk, classical, and popular tunes from the period and prisoners performed the resulting songs and shared the words as a means of coping with the horrors of the camp. Before imprisonment, Zywulska had not written a single song; Nazi oppression appears to have inspired her creative blossoming.

 

This event is part of the 2020-21 Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and National Endowment for the Humanities Colloquium entitled, “Internment & Resistance: Confronting Mass Detention and Dehumanization.” This event is co-sponsored by the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) and presented in partnership with the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, Cincinnati.

 

 

Campus Cultural Centers

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The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.