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Education Week Teacher: "Response: 'Courageous Conversations' Are Needed to Discuss Race in Schools"

09/28/2017

Education Week Teacher: "Response: 'Courageous Conversations' Are Needed to Discuss Race in Schools"

Response From Dr. Mara Lee Grayson

Dr. Mara Lee Grayson is a lecturer of English at Pace University whose research focuses on racial literacy in composition studies and memoir writing as self-reflection. Her scholarship and creative work can be found in Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Columbia Journal, and Fiction, among other publications. Her book on racial literacy is forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield:

While people tend to think of themselves as unique, everyone is influenced by the cultural contexts of the larger society and the smaller families and communities of which they are a part. Unpacking these social and cultural influences is integral to understanding race, racism, and implicit bias. In the classroom, teachers can assign an informal, ungraded Racial Autobiography to encourage students to begin to reflect upon their experiences with and understanding of race and identity.

The racial autobiography is built from the model of the broader literacy narrative. Instead of inviting reflection upon early reading and writing experiences, the racial autobiography asks students to recall their early experiences learning about race and racism. The structure for the assignment is flexible and should serve the needs of the class and its students. Teachers may ask for an essay, a list of short answers, or a thematic personal story. Useful questions to get students thinking include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • When did you first learn about race?
  • Was race talked about in your home?
  • What does the word "culture" mean to you?
  • Did you grow up near people who looked like you, spoke your language, or shared similar customs?
  • Have you ever felt out of place because of your race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic class (or some part of your "culture," however you define that term)?
  • Have you ever been discriminated against? How so?
  • Have you ever discriminated against someone else? How so? Why?

This assignment is especially useful early in the schoolyear, when students may not yet be fully comfortable sharing their ideas and experiences openly in the classroom, especially where complex, emotionally charged issues like racism and identity are concerned. The racial autobiography invites reflection without the pressure of direct interpersonal interaction. Not only does the practice of reflective writing encourage students to see how they themselves fit into larger questions about race and racism, beginning with what they know from experience eases students into conversations and debates than can otherwise seem abstract and difficult to articulate. Assigning the essay early on also helps the teacher establish a baseline of racial awareness for each student; teachers can then shape the rest of the curriculum to respond to the needs of the students in the classroom.

After students write their autobiographies, they should further reflect (in guided in-class activities, free writing, or class discussion) upon how those experiences might contribute to their understandings of the world. Reflecting upon their own experiences with race, racism, and identity helps students see that what is normative in society may not feel normal or typical for everyone. In classroom interaction, the recognition that all knowledge is situated may help students become more open to listening to their peers' perspectives. Once students have gotten to know one another inside the classroom, instructors can invite students to share their personal narratives in small groups. The embodied learning that occurs when students share with and listen to one another can be transformative in understanding others' experiences and perspectives.

Teachers too can benefit from intensive reflection upon their own experiences with race and racism—and teachers should never assign a personal essay they themselves would not be willing to write. Before bringing this activity into their classrooms, teachers should write their own racial autobiographies and then reflect, through additional writing or in conversation with likeminded colleagues, about the ways in which their own social identities might influence their beliefs about education, pedagogy, and the students they teach.

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Public: "Lowey Announces Nearly $450K To Improve Safety For Sexual Assault Survivors"

09/28/2017

Public: "Lowey Announces Nearly $450K To Improve Safety For Sexual Assault Survivors"

The City of White Plains, in collaboration with Pace University/Women's Justice Center (PWJC), Westchester Independent Living Center, El Centro Hispano, My Sister's Place (MSP), The Loft, and Westchester Jewish Community Services, will use this funding to support activities in its 'TRUST' (Training, Response, Underserved Support Team) project. Specifically, 'TRUST' will:

  • Support overtime costs for two White Plains Department of Public Safety (WPDPS) police officers, who will monitor offenders, conduct follow-up home visits, and make cross-referrals for services for victims;
  • support a bilingual attorney, and a supervising attorney from the PWJC, who will represent victims at protection order;
  • support a domestic violence advocate/counselor from MSP, who will receive calls via their hotline from victims who have met with officers during home visits, and will offer access to services;
  • conduct outreach and multi-disciplinary team meetings with project partners to reduce domestic violence in the disabled, Hispanic, and LGBT communities; and
  • provide training for law enforcement on the trauma-informed response to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, to increase understanding of the impact of trauma, encourage trauma-informed practices and techniques, and provide strategies for developing and implementing trauma-informed policies department-wide.

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Jewish Standard: "Living in many worlds"

09/28/2017

Jewish Standard: "Living in many worlds"

...Dr. Viswanath was living in Jersey City then, teaching at Rutgers; he taught there until 1995, when he moved over to Pace University. That’s where he teaches now — he is a professor of finance at the university’s Lubin School of Business. He took courses at the Jewish Theological Seminary, as well as continuing his study of Yiddish. At some point, his interest in Judaism went beyond his interest in religion in general.

Why? “Probably because religion was so important to me when I was growing up,” he said. “I was always very interested in theology, from the time that I was exposed to the Vedas by my grandmother. I was always interested in logic, and this was such a logical thing. How do you prove the nature of God? I’ve always been interested in the relationship between logic and theology. God is beyond human feelings, so it is unnatural to develop a personal relationship with God. Having a personal relationship with God is both a contradiction and a necessity. It is a built-in contradiction.”

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Backstage: "How to Get Cast on Broadway"

09/28/2017

Backstage: "How to Get Cast on Broadway"

...Re-negotiate contracts. When your contract is up for re-negotiation for a TV show, Broadway show, or network commercial extension, you agent can negotiate an increase in pay. You need to understand the commitment and the possibility of having to turn down a larger, more lucrative offer for a competitive show or project. You need to take responsibility for the results once you sign or re-sign a contract.

Again, though, just because your chances are higher of finding and booking a gig with an agent than without one, that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. “Some actors will tell you that it’s not worth your time to go to an EPA or Open Call, that we’re not really looking, or only seriously seeing agent/manager submissions,” says JV Mercanti, a Backstage Expert and head of acting for the musical theater program at Pace University’s School of the Arts. “I can tell you that when casting the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Woman in White’ many years ago that seven of our ensemble members came from the EPA. Musicals and shows requiring younger people (think “Spring Awakening”) especially use these calls to find young, unrepresented talent. For plays, understudy roles can often be cast from these calls.”

Ultimately, if you do decide an agent is the right path for you and your career to move forward, actually getting one will be a feat all its own. Lucky for you, we’ve already devoted an entire guide (similar to this one!) to how to get an acting agent.

 

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Multichannel News: "One Day Immersion In Media, Entertainment & Technology and Girls Inc. Partner to Support Next Generation of Media Industry Innovators"

09/22/2017

One Day Immersion In Media, Entertainment & Technology and Girls Inc. Partner to Support Next Generation of Media Industry Innovators

Girls Inc. Awarded ODI Scholars Grant and Six Students Provided Opportunity to Attend Oct. 20 Conference in NYC

The Executive Committee for the 2017 One Day Immersion in Media, Entertainment & Technology (ODI) collegiate conference announced today that it has awarded Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Girls Inc. of New York City ODI Scholars Grants. As part of this grant, it will also provide six Girls Inc. students from Philadelphia and New York the opportunity to travel to and attend the 2017 ODI event, in association with Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and supported by the Emma Bowen Foundation, on Friday, October 20 at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University in New York.

For an entire, intensive day, One Day Immersion pulls back the curtain and connects the industry’s most influential media and technology executives with students and recent grads —our next generation of tech savvy, creative trailblazers. This one-day program offers unprecedented networking opportunities with some of today’s most successful entertainment and media imaginative thinkers, and includes interactive panel discussions with media executives, and the chance to learn about internships and job opportunities. The 2017 One Day Immersion in Media, Entertainment & Technology will feature a keynote interview by Time Warner Inc. Chairman and CEO, Jeff Bewkes.

The ODI Scholars program is spearheaded by Cable TV Pioneers and industry benefactors, Zenita Henderson, director, marketing operations and business development, Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers/International Society Broadband Experts, and board member, Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey; and Matt Aden, vice president sales and sales operations, Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers/International Society Broadband Experts. Henderson and Aden created the program with their vision of driving diversity and encouraging college students to seek STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) careers in the cable telecommunications industry.

“We are thrilled to partner with Girls Inc. this year to provide six well-deserving young women the opportunity to meet and learn from some of today’s top media and entertainment executives, and to share their creative ideas and passions as the next generation of media industry innovators,” said Aden. “This will be an unforgettable experience for them, and we are pleased to welcome them as our guests for the day.”

With a mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold; Girls Inc. responds to the changing needs of girls through research-based programs and public education efforts that empower girls to understand, value, and assert their rights. Girls Inc. serves over 150,000 girls annually through 83 affiliates.

“At Girls Inc., we provide girls with the tools they need to be strong, independent women.  Career exploration is a critical component of this goal,” said Dena Herrin, executive director of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. “One Day Immersion will help introduce these young women to careers they might not have encountered and allow them the opportunity to speak with women who have successfully navigated careers in this fast-paced and intriguing industry.”

Pam Maraldo, CEO of Girls Inc of New York City also expressed a high level of enthusiasm about their participation: "We are excited about having girls participate in this extraordinary program; experiences like the One Day Immersion are the key to creating the leaders of groundbreaking new developments in media of the future. It's an unprecedented opportunity."

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NY1: "Fundraiser held in East Harlem to help hurricane victims"

09/22/2017

NY1: "Fundraiser held in East Harlem to help hurricane victims"

A fundraiser was held in East Harlem Thursday to help the hurricane victims.

The event at the Julia de Burgos Art Center included music and dance performances and an art auction.

Organizers say the fundraiser is meant not only to help the victims, but the people here concerned for their loved ones.

"It's a sad time right now. There's a lot of people that don't know where their families are and they're not communicating. So we want to be there to support our people in Puerto Rico, but we also want to be able to support one another here," said Adrian Roman, co-founder of "Defend Puerto Rico."

"I'm here to support my people and to help. Especially, this particular event really resonates with me and what we need to be doing in Puerto Rico because it's targeting communities that need it the most," said Aileen Cardona, professor of Latin studies at Pace University.

The director of the center says they will be collecting food, medicine and other donations from October 6 to October 10.

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Broadway World: "Aaron De Jesus, Nicolas Dromard, Mark Edwards and Cory Jeacoma to Star in JERSEY BOYS Off-Broadway"

09/22/2017

Broadway World: "Aaron De Jesus, Nicolas Dromard, Mark Edwards and Cory Jeacoma to Star in JERSEY BOYS Off-Broadway"

...Cory Jeacoma (Bob Gaudio) is thrilled to bring Bob Gaudio back to back to New York after recently wrapping the national tour production of Jersey Boys. Prior to touring, Cory performed regionally at theatres such as The Fulton Opera House and Maine State Music Theatre as well as participating in Lincoln Center's Sinatra Centennial Concert. Jeacoma is a graduate of Pace University's Musical Theatre Program. He is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates.

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NPR: "What Is The Impact Of This Rough Hurricane Season On Cruises?"

09/20/2017

NPR: "What Is The Impact Of This Rough Hurricane Season On Cruises?"

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with cruise analyst Andrew Coggins, a management professor at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, about this hurricane season’s impact on the industry.

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The Sacramento Bee: "Nikki Haley, usually a U.N. star, steps aside this week for Trump"

09/19/2017

The Sacramento Bee: "Nikki Haley, usually a U.N. star, steps aside this week for Trump"

...“It can be an awkward time for an ambassador of the U.N. because they have worked on cultivating messages and relationships … the day-to-day business of being a diplomat at the U.N. is a very delicate endeavor, everything is carefully phrased and thought through, and that is not how an elected politician necessarily works,” said Matthew Bolton, director of the International Disarmament Institute at Pace University and an expert on the U.N.

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U.S. News & World Report: "What's in an Online Physician Assistant Master's Program"

09/14/2017

U.S. News & World Report: "What's in an Online Physician Assistant Master's Program"

When researching different physician assistant jobs, Dave Cosenza realized that earning a master's degree would qualify him for more positions.

But he also knew that taking off from work for a full-time, on-campus program would result in lost income. His solution: pursue a physician assistant postgraduate degree online through the University of Nebraska Medical Center, which allows him to complete coursework around his own schedule, even far away from campus.

Open to practicing physician assistants, the virtual program allows Cosenza and his classmates to take courses in subjects including research, medical ethics and health care policy.

"It allows me to work and go at my own pace, whether I want to take seven or eight credits or just three or four credits a semester," says the 46-year-old Connecticut resident, who expects to graduate next year.

Consenza isn't alone. Some universities now offer master's programs online for practicing physician assistants who already have a bachelor's degree. That's happening as employer demand for PAs is projected to rise 30 percent between 2014 and 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In the past, PAs typically just needed an undergraduate education, says Denise Rizzolo, program director for the PA master's completion program at the Pace University College of Health Professions. But today, experts say, a master's is the industry standard.

Experts say these online completion programs enable PAs with college degrees to earn a master's, preparing them for more advanced roles. Some states also now require practicing PAs to complete that level of education, Rizzolo says.

At this time, there are few accredited online programs that provide initial PA training, experts say; that curriculum involves a lot of face-to-face interaction in a clinical setting. Because master's completion students generally already have on-site, real-world experience, a fully in-person education may not be as essential at that stage, though there may still be clinical or similar requirements, depending on a student's concentration.

PAs often work odd hours, and students generally live across time zones, says Rizzolo. Many courses in online master's programs are therefore self-paced, or asynchronous. While there are set deadlines, students can typically complete coursework whenever they wish during the week.

That doesn't mean courses aren't as challenging as those on a physical campus, school officials say.

"It is time-consuming for them," says Bert Simon, department chair of PA studies at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences—Mesa, a health sciences university in Arizona offering an online master's for PAs. "Even though it's flexible, it still is a commitment." Online students at ATSU should expect 10 to 20 hours of coursework a week, he adds.

Given the range of subjects that PA master's programs may cover, the types of assignments generally vary, experts say. Cosenza says he regularly completes research papers and open-book exams.

Students may also participate in discussion boards. In one online course at Pace University, says Rizzolo, students were asked in a forum about what changes in technology are having the greatest impact on their health care practices. They responded to the original question and then to each other, starting a dialogue.

Group work may also be assigned. Michael Huckabee, director of the division of PA education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, says that in an online clinical inquiry and writing course, students post a peer-reviewed article on a topic of their choice at the beginning of the term and then continue posting related studies every two weeks to explore the subject in greater depth. Students review two other classmates' articles, in the process answering questions and starting discussions.

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