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For Immediate Release    Contact:  Shawn Mendoza
September 17, 2019         E-mail:
“1619 And Its Legacies: Symposium, Roundtable Discussion & Poetry Reading”

on winning the Mark Van Doren Award
for Teaching-2019

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The Hometown Historian
By Jill C. Shomer
Frank A. Guridy never saw himself becoming a professor. Born working-class in Inwood — “a stone’s throw from Baker Field” — and raised in the Bronx, he was in fact the first person in his family to go to college. After graduating from Syracuse in 1993, Guridy, an associate professor of history and African-American studies, completed his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2002. He taught at the University of Texas, Austin, for 12 years before starting at the College in 2016.
Rethinking Justice Internship
Columbia University-Metropolitan Detention Center Education Collaboration

The campus of Columbia University is dotted with monuments to illustrious alumni and high-minded ideals. But on a sunny afternoon earlier this week, about two dozen people gathered around the sundial in its central plaza to pay tribute to a momentous event that has gone uncommemorated in stone.

“Horam expecta veniet — await the hour, it shall come,” Frank Guridy, an associate professor of history at the university, proclaimed, reading a Latin inscription on the sundial. “I think it’s sort of poetic that things began here.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s image has been flattened into that of a non-threatening dreamer. But the truth is, he was a politically radical thinker who not only fought for racial justice but for restructuring the economic order in this country.

COLORLINES, by Obery M. Hendricks Jr

Fall 2014 Conference: Call for Proposals
"Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality?: Religion and the Burdens of Black Sexual Politics"

Deadline: April 15, 2014
Pot Reform’s Race Problem
The fight against marijuana prohibition must put racial justice at the center.
by Carl L. Hart
Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton all acknowledge illicit marijuana use in their younger years. Of the three, who do you suppose was most at risk for arrest and all of the associated negative consequences, including truncating his political aspirations?

Holder's Proposal Is Insufficient: Congress Needs to Decriminalize Drugs

By Carl L. Hart