Core Books like Plato’s Republic and Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon are foundational to a liberal arts education. What place do they have at CUNY community colleges? To address this question we invite you to join a webinar that features a range of engaged voices:
Friday, May 7, 2021 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Critical to the Core is open to all students, faculty, and staff at CUNY. It will be moderated by Syreeta McFadden (BMCC).
This event is a collaboration between the Core Books programs at LaGuardia Community College and the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Core Books: A Multi-Campus CUNY Humanities Initiative is funded with a generous grant from the Teagle Foundation.
Alhelí Alvarado-Díaz is a historian and the creator of Shooting the Core, a project for the reinterpretation of Core Texts through film and media. She received her Ph.D. in modern intellectual history from Columbia University and has taught in core curriculum programs at Columbia, NYU, Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts since 2010.
Christina Katopodis is Executive Director and Postdoctoral Fellow of Transformative Learning in the Humanities. a three-year initiative at CUNY supported by the Mellon Foundation. She is a scholar of environmental studies, sound studies, and American literature. Katopodis is the co-author with Cathy N. Davidson of Transform Every Classroom: A Practical Guide (forthcoming). She has taught as an adjunct at Hunter College, New Jersey City University, and Tallahassee Community College. While at the Graduate Center, she was awarded the Diana Colbert Innovative Teaching Prize from the PhD Program in English and the Dewey Digital Teaching Award from the New Media Lab.
Syreeta McFadden is a writer and lecturer of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Her work on gender, politics, race, and culture has been published in Break Beat Poets 2: Black Girl Magic and Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings from the #MeToo Movement. McFadden has contributed to The Atlantic, New York Times Magazine, and The Guardian US, and she is frequently featured in local and national radio and television. She holds degrees from Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College.
Dan-el Padilla Peralta is Associate Professor of Classics at Princeton University, where he is affiliated with the Programs in Latino Studies and Latin American Studies and the University Center for Human Values. A Dominican by birth and New Yorker by upbringing, Padilla holds degrees from Princeton, Oxford, and Stanford. He is the author of Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League and Divine Institutions: Religions and Community in the Middle Roman Republic. Padilla’s current projects include studies on Roman history and book-length essay on race and racism in the disciplinary identity of Classics.
Elizabeth Weybright is a Ph.D. candidate in English at CUNY and a Teaching and Learning Fellow at Macaulay Honors College. Previously, she taught courses in literature and World Humanities at City College. Her dissertation project, “Sound Minds: Women's Novels, Vibrational Experience, and the Listening Imagination (1790-1876)” positions women writers as key interlocutors in discourses surrounding acoustic science and sound aesthetics in the nineteenth century. Her work has appeared in European Romantic Review and is forthcoming in a Romantic Circles Praxis volume on sound studies.