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October 27, 2020

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Reading with Margot Mifflin: Looking for Miss America: A Pageant’s 100-Year Quest to Define Womanhood

Looking for Miss America is the first feminist history of the Miss America pageant. From its start in 1921 as an Atlantic City tourist draw to its current incarnation as a scholarship competition, the pageant has indexed women’s status during periods of social change–the post-suffrage 1920s, the Eisenhower 1950s, the #MeToo era. This ever-changing institution has been shaped by war, evangelism, the rise of television and reality TV, and, significantly, by contestants who confounded expectations.

Spotlighting individuals, from Yolande Betbeze, whose refusal to pose in swimsuits led an angry sponsor to launch the rival Miss USA contest, to the first black winner, Vanessa Williams, who received death threats and was protected by sharpshooters in her hometown parade, Mifflin shows how women made hard bargains even as they used the pageant for economic advancement. The pageant’s history includes, crucially, those it excluded; the notorious Rule Seven, which required contestants to be “of the white race,” was retired in the 1950s, but no women of color were crowned until the 1980s. Written in deeply researched, fast-paced chapters that unpack each decade of the competition,  Looking for Miss America examines the heady blend of capitalism, patriotism, class anxiety, and cultural mythology that has fueled this American ritual.

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Teaching To Meet The Moment: A Talk on Learning through the Arts in Dark Times
Prof. Amanda Gulla of the Department of Middle and High School Education will give a talk on how to adapt teaching not only to teaching remotely, but to teaching responsively. "Many of our students, and many of ourselves, are at risk and experiencing various levels of trauma. The philosopher Maxine Greene (1998) spoke of the power of art to heal, and to move people "to hold someone's hand and act.""" In this talk, Prof. Gulla will discuss the power of aesthetic education to frame discussions of difficult topics, and show videos of Lehman students performing original poetry to demonstrate how engaging in close readings of works of art and creating their own art in response can help to give voice to our experiences of global events. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

12:30 – 1:45 pm

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

All Day
Withdrawal period 9/16/20 - 11/6/20 (Multi-Day Event)
Withdrawal period.  A grade of "W" is assigned to students who officially drop a class.
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CUNYfirst - IT Support
Support available via Zoom.
Zoom link TBD.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Reading with Timothy Alborn: All That Glittered Britain's Most Precious Metal from Adam Smith to the Gold Rush
From the early eighteenth century into the 1830s, Great Britain was the only major country in the world to adopt gold as the sole basis of its currency, in the process absorbing much of the world’s supply of that metal into its pockets, cupboards, and coffers. During the same period, Britons forged a nation by distilling a heady brew of Protestantism, commerce, and military might, while preserving important features of its older social hierarchy. All That Glittered argues for a close connection between these occurrences, by linking justifications for gold’s role in British society—starting in the 1750s and running through the mid-nineteenth century gold rushes in California and Australia—to contemporary descriptions of that metal’s varied values at home and abroad. Most of these accounts attributed British commercial and military success to a credit economy pinned on gold, stigmatized southern European and subaltern peoples for their nonmonetary uses of gold, or tried to marginalize people at home for similar forms of alleged misconduct. This book tells a primarily cultural origin story about the gold standard’s emergence after 1850 as an international monetary system, while providing a new window on British exceptionalism during the previous century.
Leonard Lief Library
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Blackboard (Faculty) - IT Support
Support available via Zoom.
Zoom link TBD.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Office 365 (Students) - IT Support
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