Faculty Voices

What We Can Learn From Art Painted Inside Guantánamo

Erin Thompson in The Nation: “We spent the day at a beach in Brooklyn. Skyscrapers floated in the distance and my toddler kept handing me cigarette filters she had dug out of the sand. When…

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The Untold Story of Innovator Bonnie Nelson’s Contribution to Academic Freedom & Tech

By Kathleen Collins – In 1980, Bonnie Nelson was at the forefront of library technology. At the time, Nelson was John Jay College’s newest librarian, and she was tasked with helping President Gerry Lynch conduct…

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Art Censorship at Guantánamo Bay

Erin Thompson in The New York Times: “Moath al-Alwi’s prayer rug is stained with paint. Every day, he wakes before dawn and works for hours on an elaborate model ship made from scavenged materials —…

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The Suffix That Tells the Story of Modern Science

David Munns in The Atlantic: If you grew up in the United States in the 1980s, chances are you’ll remember riding the Gravitron at the local fair, or struggling to get past level one of…

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One year after the most chaotic presidential transition

Heath Brown in The Hill: ‘Presidential transitions have always been the healthy protein between the amuse bouche of the campaign and decadent dessert of inaugural festivities. It’s not a meal without it but it’s rarely savored, either…

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Why I belong at John Jay: Mental health stigma is a social justice issue

By Philip Yanos – I am sitting around a large table at a National Institute of Mental Health grant review meeting and am asked to introduce myself to my colleagues. I lean in to a…

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Our Fragile Democracy

By Andrew Majeske – On September 5, 2017, I received an email from The Claremont Institute sent to subscribers of the Claremont Review of Books. I subscribed to this publication in early 2017, after realizing…

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This World of Humans

This World of Humans is a new science podcast hosted by biology professor Nathan Lents and produced by Sam Anderson (co-editor of Fierce Advocate). It is a science podcast dedicated to recent advances in biology…

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Schools need specific anti-gang plans

James Mulvaney in Newsday: “Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plan to send state troopers to Long Island schools to address growing gang violence will not succeed without the full support of local communities. The plan lacks a…

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Against the “Melting Pot” Metaphor

Mike Wallace in Lit Hub: “In February 1915 the Nation magazine had run a two-part essay, “Democracy versus the Melting Pot: A Study of American Nationality,” by Horace Kallen, at that point a professor of…

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