President's Report for September 2021

Student Affairs

Enrollment Management Update

  • The Office of Admissions was busy throughout the spring and summer processing applications, converting admitted students to matriculates and preparing students for their advising/registration appointments. While working remotely, the Office of Admissions hosted online information sessions and individual student appointments.  With the return to campus, in-person assistance was provided. Recruitment for spring & fall 2022 will begin during the first week of September.

 

  • The Office of Academy Advisement hosted primarily virtual and limited in-person services the first week of classes to support advising and registration.  In addition, Academy Advisement hosted a kick-off on August 30th on Instagram Live with Vice President Mitra and student leaders to welcome students, and provide some answers on vaccination policies, advisement, and course modalities.  Academy Advisement plans to host a series of live social media sessions during the fall 2021 semester to highlight support services and activities for students. Academic Advisement in the Academies will remain mostly virtual this fall through Zoom, Starfish and Blackboard, and all students will be assigned their adviser by mid-September.  The Offices of Academy Advisement as well as ASAP and all other advising units were busy throughout the spring and summer advising their student cohorts: both new and continuing students.  They hosted online information sessions and individual student appointments to assist students with advisement and registering for classes.  With the return to campus, in-person assistance was provided. As of August 27, 2021, our Fall 2021 enrollment was as follows: Total headcount of 11,009, total continuing students of 5,950, total new students: 5,059 broken down as follows: 2,301 first-time freshmen, 674 transfer students, 920 readmitted students and 1,143 non-degree which includes high school programs. (Note: Registration for the fall 2021 enrollment cycle ends on August 31, 2021.  Final enrollment numbers will be provided in the next report).

 

  • The Office of New Student Engagement hosted a successful Online New Student Orientation. The orientation program offered information and resources that are important for all new students prior to starting their education at QCC.  With the return to campus, the Office of New Student Engagement placed a series of tables throughout the campus to welcome students back and answer questions. The offices of Admissions and New Student Engagement are working on the recruitment schedules and events for the spring & fall 2022 enrollment cycles and look forward to collaborating with campus constituents.

Personnel Announcements

  • As a result of a successfully completed search, the Division of Student Affairs is excited to announce the appointment of Ms. Patricia Ramos as the Director of Admissions and Recruitment at Queensborough Community College.  In this role, Ms. Ramos will provide vision, leadership, and oversight of all of the day-to-day functions of the Office of Admissions.  In addition, she will oversee the Office of New Student Engagement. Ramos joins the QCC community with over a decade of higher education and enrollment management experience.  She recently served as the Director of Admissions and Recruitment at our sister CUNY institution, Bronx Community College, where she developed, directed, and managed all activities and services related to recruitment, admissions, and enrollment of new students.  Prior to that, she served as the Director of Undergraduate, Graduate, and International Admissions at Metropolitan College of New York.  She has also held positions as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Berkeley College and Utica College, respectively.  Her educational credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from SUNY Cortland and a Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Administration from CUNY Baruch College.  I ask that everyone please join me in giving Ms. Patricia Ramos a warm Queensborough welcome.  She can be reached via e-mail at PRamos@qcc.cuny.edu.

 

  • The Division of Student Affairs is also proud to announce the promotion of Ms. Tikola Russell to the position of Dean of Students.  In this role, Dean Russell will provide direct oversight and leadership to the Office of Military & Veterans Services; Athletics; Center for International Affairs, Immigration & Study Abroad; Health Services; Student Activities; Student Conduct; Black Male Initiative; and Services for Students with Disabilities.  She will also continue to serve as the college’s Academic Integrity Officer.  Tikola first joined Queensborough Community College in October 2018 as the Assistant Dean for Student Development/Conduct. Since her initial appointment, Dean Russell quickly and seamlessly acclimated herself to the QCC campus environment in her role as the college’s Chief Judicial Affairs Officer.  She has a passion for student conduct and believes in the power of having honest and thoughtful conversation with students, as it is her belief that mistakes do not define a person but rather serve as the starting point for positive change and growth.  Her experience as a seasoned higher education professional spans a decade, working closely with residence halls, student activities, title IX, athletics, intercultural centers, and Greek letter organizations at Stonehill College and Bridgewater State University, respectively.  Additionally, prior to her arrival at QCC, she served as the Associate Director for Student Conduct and Community Standards at Columbia University.  Tikola is highly committed to the development and success of our students and is a fierce advocate for social justice and equity.  Her educational credentials include a Bachelor of Arts in English from Bridgewater State University and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University - both earned in her home state of Massachusetts.  Please join us in congratulating Dean Russell on her new appointment.

 

Student Resources

  • 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 are 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, via e-mail at AGonesh@qcc.cuny.edu. Additional information can be found online on the QCC Scholarship website.

 

Upcoming Events

The Office of Student Activities will host the Fall 2021 Virtual Club Fair on Wednesday, September 22nd from 12:10 pm - 2:10pm via Zoom. Join a student club or organization! Queensborough Community College recognizes that student organizations are an important part of the college experience. Students that are active in campus life are more likely to succeed in college.  Learn more about the 40+ student groups on campus. Featuring student officers from current student groups and organizations, QCC students will be able to obtain information regarding upcoming events and join a student group. Find ways to become an engaged student at the Fall 2021 Club Fair!  For additional information, contact the Office of Student Activities at QCCStudentActivities@qcc.cuny.edu.  To register for this event, visit: here.

Academic Affairs

OFFICE OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION:

 

The Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity, Dr. Kerri-Ann Smith has been leading the college’s Task Force for Anti-Racist Curriculum Review. The task force has been actively developing guidelines that are both antiracist and culturally responsive, focusing on discipline-specific methods. The task force consists of 13 members from various disciplines at QCC. Members of the task force will engage in the Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning course, offered by the Office of Academic Affairs.

 

She has also been collaborating with the Office of Affirmative Action and Diversity and the President’s Executive Advisor for Equity on DEI programming for the college.

 

Upcoming Events: “Thriving in Academia Lecture Series” on September 24 at 1pm (Dr. Patricia Matthew) and November 12 at 1pm (Dr. Andre Hudson).

 

Office of Research:

 

Announcements:

 

  • The QCC CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP) has been awarded $133,500 to fund twenty-four faculty-student teams in STEM and Social sciences to engage in one-year mentored research experiences. Applicationsare being accepted until September 13, 2021.

 

  • CUNY has transitioned to the IRB Manager Softwarefor all IRB applications required for faculty & staff engaging in research involving Human Subjects. Contact the QCC Human Research Protection Program Manager Dr. Anissa Moody (amoody@qcc.cuny.edu) for additional information.

 

 

  • Summer Research Activities: 

 

Twenty students and twenty faculty conducted research on campus with students this summer. There were thirty students in the QCC CUNY Research Scholars Program, six students in the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program, eight students in the QCC Summer Intensive Research Program (SIRP), ten students in the physics REU program, twenty-two students in the QCC-NASA Virtual Summer Internship Program, eleven students in the New York University Grossman School of Medicine Science Immersion Program, two students at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the Community College Internship (CCI) Program, one student at CCNY in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (CSURP), one student at John’s Hopkins in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program and one student at Columbia University in the Northeast Regional Alliance (NERA) Med Prep Program.

 

Upcoming Events

  • Research Committee meetings: scheduled for the first Wednesday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Research Notification Forms required for all faculty engaging in any type of research are due on September 30th.
  • Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) Workshops (RSVP): Tuesday, September 21: 12:10 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 

OFFICE OF CONTINUING EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (CEWD)

 

For FY21 during Pandemic, CEWD served a total of 6,019 students- 4,566 students from grant-funded programs and 1,453 from tuition-based programs. During a time of uncertainty and economic downturn, QCC CEWD served thousands of people through our workforce training programs and placed them into internships and/or jobs. Despite the challenges caused by COVID-19, CEWD was able to bring in highly competitive and high-profile grants such as the $5 Million Department of Labor Strengthening Community College Grant, entitled “Co-Designing an Integrated Accelerated Pathways Model with Employers and the Workforce Development System: Driving System Changes through the CUNY Community Colleges Consortium” (only 11 community colleges were selected to receive the awards in the U.S.) and $435,000 New York State Consolidated Funding supporting Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) entitled, “Building Career Pathways for Talent Pipelines.” In addition, CEWD/CUNY along with 5 other community colleges were selected national winners by the Education Design Lab (EDL) Community Colleges Engine Fund. This work allowed CEWD to work with faculty and employer subject-matter experts such as TIAA and Tishman Speyer to build the high value industry recognized credentials such as Software Engineering and Cloud Computing. With EDL funding, we have more than 400 people enrolled in the Cloud Computing bootcamp program. With Perkins funding support, CEWD offered Cloud Computing to more than 500 students and many of them are CUNY and QCC students as well as staff and faculty. Because of the great work, QCC CEWD has been selected to receive funding and participate in the New York City Jobs CEO Council to further enhance Software Engineering micro credential and offer it to CUNY students 215 (85% 4-year students and 15% 2-year students) and facilitated the AAS apprenticeship design program with Amex and Citi Group. This model was also replicated to the ACE Upskilling Program to serve an additional 150 people who are unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated. Many of them are CUNY graduates. I am very pleased to report that our CRPA and Tech Workforce Training programs had been recently publicly recognized by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul (now Governor). CEWD also runs High School Equivalency (HSE) review classes.  The most recent success rates have been Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 (total= 184 students), with 90% completion rate and 86% passing rate. Many of these students indicated that they would like to continue their studies with QCC or CUNY.

 

 

CEWD Announcements – (FY 2021-2022 NEW BEGINNING!)

 

CEWD received a fully executed contract ($385,740) from Department of Youth and Community Development to provide Out-of-School Youth workforce development programs (“Train & Earn”): (1) Hemodialysis Technician and (2) 5G Mobile Technician training programs. In addition, CEWD received a contract ($150,000) from the Department of Small Businesses (SBS) in collaboration with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to provide the Community Health Worker (CHW) workforce development program to train the City’s jobseekers and incumbent workers to support their career advancement. CEWD also received $10,000 from deLaski Family Foundation to purchase and implement a digital badging system to issue students stackable micro-credentials badges.

 

OFFICE OF CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING & LEARNING (CETL) AND THE OFFICE OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY:

 

The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) continues to offer virtual professional development opportunities and individual consultations regarding instructional practice, scholarship, and pedagogical strategies for using educational technology.  The High Impact Practices (HIPs) workshops provide ongoing support in integrating Academic Service Learning, Common Read, Global Diversity Learning, and Students Working in Interdisciplinary Groups, Undergraduate research, and Writing Intensive. In collaboration with the Kupferberg Holocaust Center, CETL has scheduled a new series of faculty development workshops on the theme of "Cultivating Compassion and Empathy" in order to facilitate our students' understanding about events of critical importance. QCC faculty will participate in training sessions provided by scholars in the field and engage in faculty-led discussions for creating lessons and assignments that help students become more compassionate. In collaboration with QCC's Academic Development Committee, CETL has scheduled a workshop series on the "Scholarship of Teaching and Learning" in order to support faculty in the process of systematic scholarly inquiry that focuses on teaching practices and student learning. All Faculty are encouraged to visit CETL and OET homepages to see a complete listing of all upcoming events and professional development opportunities.

 

The Office of Educational Technology:

 

Nine instructors have recently completed the eLearning Institute – Summer 2021 Cohort. After the successful completion of the eLearning Institute, these participants have received a Certificate of Completion issued by the Office of Academic Affairs. Approximately 130 instructors have completed the eLearning Institute since the College transitioned to fully online instruction.

 

Eight instructors have recently completed the Online Teaching Essential (OTE) course. The OTE course is a University-wide course managed by the School of Professional Studies (SPS – CUNY) and it is a critical component of the University’s ongoing efforts to support our faculty during this challenging time. Participants who completes the course will:

  • Gain first-hand experience in and appreciation of the needs of an online learner;
  • Identify widely accepted best practices for online teaching, including principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL);
  • Reflect on how to apply to one’s own course the instructional design principles, organizational and facilitation skills, and communication and assessment strategies introduced in the course;
  • Become familiar with the basic operations and features of a Blackboard classroom from both student and instructor perspectives.

 

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. 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, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For an in-person appointment, please contact bbsupport@qcc.cuny.edu

 

 

 

OFFICE OF GRANTS AND SPONSORED PROGRAMS

 

GRANTS AWARDED - May – August 27, 2021

 

Office of Academic Affairs

Dr. Michael Pullin, Associate Dean

RCN-UBE: Sustainable, Transformative Engagement across a Multi-Institution/Multidisciplinary STEM, (STEM)2, Network

National Science Foundation - Research Coordination Networks (NSF-RCN)

 

Art & Design Department

Prof. Jasper C. Lin

"The Misprint" (an animated short film)

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Dr. Hayes P. Mauro

Eugenics, Identity, and Visual Culture in Modern America

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Prof. Nathaniel Sullivan

The Criminal Type (After Galton)

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Biological Sciences & Geology Department

Dr. Rondi Davies

Glacial History of Long Island, NY: Mineral Provenance and Zircon Ages

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Dr. Sarbani Ghoshal

Adropin expression improves neuroinflammation and cognitive function in aging mice

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Enhanced

 

Dr. Regina Sullivan

Investigation of Cancer Cell Gene Expression after Treatment with Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Business Department

Dr. Roumen Vragov

Strategic Characteristics of Different Ranking and Payment Policies for Online Advertisers

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Chemistry Department

Dr. Tirandai Hemraj-Benny

Ionic Liquid-Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Composites for Supercapacitor Applications

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional B

 

Dr. Sharon Lall-Ramnarine

Exploring Novel Thioether Functionalized Ionic Liquids

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Engineering Technology Department

Dr. Guozhen An

Improve deception detection model using deep personality recognition.

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Dr. Raymond Lam

Torsional Mechanical Properties and Microstructures of Three-Dimensional (3D) Printed Thermoplastics

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

English Department

Dr. Leah Anderst

#MeToo: A Testimonial Imperative and A Collective Autobiography

Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships

 

Dr. Noelia Diaz

Lola Arias' Memory Sites: Bridging the Political and the Personal

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Dr. Zivah Perel Katz

Accessibility in Community College English Composition Classrooms

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional B

 

Prof. Susan Lago

Dislocation and Relocation: Travel in Pandemic-Time

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Prof. Manuel Martinez

Miami Don't Know (A Novel)

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Dr. Robert McAlear

A Digital Literacy Module's Effects on Student Researchers

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Prof. David Rothman

Aunt Dorcha and the Coney Island Cure

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Prof. Irvin Weathersby, Jr.

Revisiting Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and Other Sites of Oppression

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Dr. Tanya Zhelezcheva

Reading Forged Documents:  Thomas Traherne and Gilbert Coles in Dialogue

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Health, Physical Education & Dance Department

Prof. Aviva Geismar

Prof. Heather Huggins (Speech Communications & Theatre Arts Department)

"Dis-Place"

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional B

 

The Kurt R. Schmeller Library

Prof. Madeline Ruggiero

A Case Study of The Impact of Video Tutorials Versus Interactive Tutorials on Evidence-Based Research

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Prof. Vikki C. Terrile

Teaching Homelessness: A Phenomenological Study at CUNY Community Colleges

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Prof. Leslie Ward

Dr. Jody Resko (Social Sciences Department)

UDL and Open Pedagogy in Psychology 101: Engaging Students with Renewable Assignments

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Mathematics and Computer Science Department

Dr. Susana Couto Pinheiro

On A Stochastic Model for Two Interacting Epidemics with Coinfection

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Dr. Carolyn D. King

Dr. Clara Wajngurt

Women and STEM: Creating a Pipeline from Gateway Courses to STEM Programs for Talented Women at QCC

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional B

 

Dr. Wenjian Liu

Phase Transition of Epidemics Reconstructability on Galton-Watson Trees

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Dr. David N. Pham

Dr. Fei Ye

Pseudo-Kahler Structures on Double Lie Groups

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Dr. Biao Wang

Existence of incompressible area minimizing surfaces in doubly degenerate hyperbolic 3-manifolds with bounded geometry

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Music Department

Dr. Mirna Lekic

Out of One, Many - Mirage, a Recording Project

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional B

 

Physics Department

Dr. Kimberly Riegel

Determining Effectiveness of 3D Printed Perforated Panels as an Affordable Solution to Improve Recording Studio Acoustics

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Social Sciences Department

Dr. Chukwudi Ikwueze

Macroeconomic Indicators of Crime Incidents

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Dr. Julia Rothenberg

Community Arts Institutions under Duress

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Dr. Kersha Smith

Black Heirlooms: The Unbroken Narratives of African American Families

Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships

 

Dr. Celia Sporer

Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Providers

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Speech Communications & Theatre Arts Department

Prof. Arthur Adair

74a

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Enhanced

Dr. Franca Ferrari-Bridgers

Critical Listening and Elaborative Inferences

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A,

 

Prof. Christopher Julian Jimenez

WALTER MERCADO SAVED MY LIFE - A Full-Length play

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional A

 

Dr. Jodi VanDerHorn-Gibson

Kaleidoscopic Histories: The Resurgence of Afrosurrealism in Contemporary Performance

Professional Staff Congress – The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) 52 Traditional B

 

Office of Student Affairs

Ms. Tikola Russel, Assistant Dean

Dr. Christine Mangino, College President

QCC XL. Closing Gap, Reimaging Possibilities

GraduateNYC - College Completion Innovation Fund (CCIF)

 

 

ACADEMIC MOMENTUM PLAN

 

In our efforts to fulfill Queensborough’s goal of supporting the Academic Momentum Plan, the STEM Tuition Waiver Program was available to students for the Summer 2021 session.

 

The STEM Tuition Waiver was offered to students to support 863 courses.  Of those offered the waiver, 740 courses were completed, with a grade of A through F.  Those students with a W, WU, WN or INC grade did not receive the waiver. Of those students who completed, 49% received an A, 25% received a B, 16% received a C, 5% received a D, and the remaining 5% received an F.

 

The goal of the STEM Tuition Waivers is to promote credit accumulation in STEM courses while not jeopardizing TAP eligibility.  QCC students in good academic standing, a legal resident of New York City and enrolled in a degree or certificate program were offered the waiver to enroll in one STEM course (includes lab) during the Summer 2021 Session. Student fees are not covered by the waiver.

 

Office of Institutional Advancement

Art Gallery

 

September 9, 2021 – October 20, 2021

20th Anniversary of 9/11 Tribute

A curated selection of photography from the Gallery’s collection pays tribute to 9/11. The depth of work, taken by a firefighter on the ground, depicts the passion, sorrow and sacrifice felt across the nation during the aftermath of the events. This exhibition will be installed in the QCC Art Gallery.
 

October Virtual Exhibitions:

Juried Student Exhibition: Department of Art & Design

The Juried Student Exhibition displays a broad range of talent from the students currently pursuing their artistic aspirations here at Queensborough Community College. This is the twelfth annual student exhibition held in the QCC Art Gallery.
 

Installation:

October 15, 2021 – December 15, 2021

Architectural Designs - The Engineering Technology Department

A collection of architectural models embracing the talent and creativity from the students enrolled in Engineering Design courses here at QCC. The exhibition explores the techniques used to develop these models and architectural construction.

 

 

Kupferberg Holocaust Center

  

KHC ORIGIHNAL EXHIBITION:

 

The Concentration Camps: Inside the Nazi System of Incarceration and Genocide

 

On View and Online:

khc.qcc.cuny.edu/camps

 

This original exhibition at the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center surveys the scope and brutality of the Nazi system of incarceration and genocide, underscoring the horrific consequences of intolerance, racism, and authoritarianism. 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.

 

LAUNCH OF THE 2021-2022 KHC/NEH COLLOQUIUM:

 

Incarceration, Transformation & Paths to Liberation during the Holocaust and Beyond

http://khc.qcc.cuny.edu/neh-programs/

 

What does it mean to be transformed? In what ways does internment or incarceration alter a person, and how does liberation and freedom exist within larger systems of mass incarceration? Who gets to decide whether we are insiders or outsiders, and how does our perspective shift as a result? Is it possible to experience freedom when others are oppressed, and what does freedom look like? This colloquium includes events that seek to understand the Holocaust and different forms of mass confinement through the lens of transformation, whether from interned to liberated or victim to survivor.

 

2021-22 Faculty Fellows:

 

Dr. Azadeh Aalai, Associate Professor of Psychology

 

Dr. Mirna Lekić, Assistant Professor of Music

PROGRAMMING:

 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EDT  

 

KHC-NEH QCC Faculty Workshop

 

Holocaust Education and Transformational Learning

 

Dr. Azadeh Aalai, Associate Professor of Psychology, QCC

 

 

Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

 

QCC Welcome Read Event:

 

March: Book One - The Genre of Graphic Novel/Student Activism Then and Now  

Sybil White, Lecturer of English, QCC

Robin Ford, Assistant Professor of English, QCC

 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EDT

 

QCC Welcome Read Event

 

March: Book One - A Book Talk with President Mangino and Nate Powell

 

 

Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EST

 

Human Rights and the Museum Series

 

Museums as Places of Trauma and Healing: Staff Experiences

 

Dr. Ershnee Naidu-Silverman, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

 

 

 

For all public program information visit: KHC events website

 

 

                                            PLEASE NOTE:

 

All programming will be held virtually for Fall 2021.

 

Visit the Education page of the KHC website at khc.qcc.cuny.edu/education for a complete listing of our comprehensive library guides and to view recorded events from our past NEH colloquia.

 

 

Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC)

 

Friday, September 17, 2021 – 7:00 p.m. (no rain date)

 

Here Comes the Sun – The Music of the Beatles

 

This is a Drive-In Concert.

 

Location: The Bay Terrace Shopping Center

 

This Beatles tribute group does not impersonate the awesome foursome – they celebrate their music! Here Comes the Sun is five (5) extraordinary vocalists and multi-instrumentalists that love to recreate the fun and excitement of the greatest Rock n’ Roll experience ever! This 5-man band of college friends brings the popular hits and the “B-sides” of the most influential musical group ever – The Beatles. From Broadway, Lincoln Center, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, these performers combine their unique talents to create a fresh and vibrant concert experience. Audiences can't get enough – their vocals are perfection! Single Occupancy Cars: $50, Full Occupancy Cars: $100

 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 – 7:00 p.m. ET - FREE (Streaming on Facebook & YouTube)

Name That Tune/Bingo on QPAC Live!

Join us for a new twist on the classic game – Name That Tune with a special rapid Bingo round!
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. There will be an on-line scoring sheet and an Amazon Gift Card for the winner! You won't want to miss these exciting interactive games on-line.

 

Thursday, September 23, 2021 – 7:00 p.m. ET - FREE (Streaming on Facebook & YouTube)

 

QPAC Live! Presents The Cooke Book with Darrian Ford

 

THE COOKE BOOK is a celebration of Cooke’s innovative, but too brief, career that blazed a trail for Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, and many other icons of soul music and contemporary artists. The show includes songs from the legendary singer/songwriter that highlight Cooke’s musical journey in Gospel, and his transition to an international pop sensation with hits like Twistin’ the Night Away, Cupid, and You Send Me. Music and Q&A.

 

Thursday, September 30, 2021 – 7:00 p.m. ET - FREE (Streaming on Facebook & YouTube)

QPAC Live! Presents Acoustic Eidlon

A very special broadcast and something to broaden your musical pallet! Acoustic Eidolon is one of the most unique musical acts we've ever welcomed to QPAC LIVE! This married, musically-gifted, duo from Colorado perform inspired and beautiful interpretations of well-known classics in their own unique style. You've never heard anything like this before! Live Music & Q&A.

 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 – 7:00 p.m. ET – FREE (Streaming on Facebook & YouTube)

Name That Tune/Bingo on QPAC Live!

Join us for a new twist on the classic game – Name That Tune with a special rapid Bingo round!
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. There will be an on-line scoring sheet and an Amazon Gift Card for the winner! You won't want to miss these exciting interactive games on-line.

October 9, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Virtual Dance Workshop)

 

QPAC’s Broadway Dance-Along Workout Challenge for Kids!

 

QPAC invites children, ages 8-14, to participate in a new dance workout offered on Saturdays.  Choreography, as seen on Broadway and in the movies, is re-created to provide a fun way of working out. The workshop, which runs for 5 weeks in the fall and 5 weeks in the spring, will be taught by professional dance choreographers that reflect New York City’s multi-ethnic communities.  ONLY $10 per workshop

 

Tickets can be purchased online: QPAC Website or by calling the box office (718) 631-6311.

 

Fall workshops will be offered virtually.

 

Participants must have access to computer video & sound. Participants should dress comfortably.

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