NYPD’s Surveillance of Muslim Communities

NYPD’s Surveillance of Muslim Communities
Friday, October 28, 6:30 – 8pm
The Graduate Center, CUNY

Martin E. Segal Theater

365 5th Avenue
   New York, NY 10016
Limited seating, 
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After the 9/11 attacks, the NYPD became one of America’s most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies. In 2011, Matt Apuzzo led an Associated Press investigation that revealed how the NYPD deployed undercover officers into minority neighborhoods as part of a human mapping program, among other operations ultimately ruled illegal. 

Join us for “The Anatomy of Change: The NYPD’s Muslim Surveillance Program'” as we explore the process and impact of this investigation as well as what this masterfully executed project and tell us about NYC today. The conversation will feature
 Matt Apuzzo; one of his former editors, Michael Oreskes; Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, Linda Sarsour; and others.  Critically acclaimed author Moustafa Bayoumi will moderate.

Matt Apuzzo  is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times, where he focuses on issues related to national security and criminal justice.  He spent 11 years as a reporter with The Associated Press, where he received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting as part of a team that showed how the New York Police Department systematically spied on Muslim Americans. The series of stories led the NYPD to shutter one of the most controversial surveillance programs and forced the city to rewrite its intelligence-gathering policies. 
Michael Oreskes is the former Associated Press senior managing editor where he oversaw the AP’s investigation in the NYPD surveillance program. He is currently NPR’s Senior Vice President of News and Editorial Director.  During his tenure at AP, Oreskes supervised the timeliness and quality of AP’s global news coverage and worked with business and news colleagues to redefine the journalistic goals of the 169-year-old organization to better reach online and mobile users. He has also worked at The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, and The Daily News.
Linda Sarsour is the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, an organization dedicated to supporting and empowering the Arab Immigrant and Arab American community by providing services to help them adjust to their new home and become active members of society. Sarsour has been at the forefront of major civil rights campaigns including calling for an end to unwarranted surveillance of New York’s Muslim communities and ending police policies like stop and frisk. 


Moustafa Bayoumi is the author of the critically acclaimed How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America (Penguin), which won an American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. His latest book, This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror, was chosen as a Best Book of 2015 by The Progressive magazine and was also awarded the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. Bayoumi is Professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Writers’ Institute at the Graduate Center, CUNY.  This event is part of the Council’s “The Anatomy of Change: Journalism & Justice,” a series that explores the role of journalism in American society and is a part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative[nyhumanities.us2.list-manage.com].

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IR Talk

On Tuesday, October 18, we will be hosting Michael Walzer (Institute for Advanced Study) for a talk entitled “Global Government and the Politics of Pretending,” followed by a discussion and a wine and cheese reception. We are excited to be joined by such an outstanding scholar, and hope you will be able to attend. The talk will be held at 4:30 pm in Room 9204-05 of The Graduate Center, and is being co-sponsored by the Ralph Bunche Forum

Global Government and the Politics of Pretending

In this lecture I will try to answer two questions. First, what sort of global order should we be working for? I mean to give an unconventional answer to that question, which I won’t anticipate here. Second: what are the currently existing agencies of global governance and how well are they working? Not very well, I will argue, and then suggest some paths toward improvement.

Michael Walzer is a Professor Emeritus of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ. He previously taught at Harvard University for many years. As a professor, author, editor, and lecturer, Michael Walzer has addressed a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy: political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice and the welfare state. His books (among them Just and Unjust Wars, Spheres of Justice, The Company of Critics, Thick and Thin: Moral Argument at Home and Abroad, and On Toleration) and essays have played a part in the revival of practical, issue-focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life. For more than three decades Walzer served as co-editor of Dissent, now in its 62nd year. His articles and interviews frequently appear in the world’s foremost newspapers and journals. He is currently working on the third volume of The Jewish Political Tradition, a comprehensive collaborative project focused on the history of Jewish political thought. A new book, The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions was published in March of 2015.

You can see the event poster

UN Day Brooklyn

The United Nations Association Brooklyn Chapter is holding the 2nd Annual UN Day at Brooklyn Borough Hall. The event will feature an expert panel focusing on the role of the UN in addressing the threat of climate change.  This event will be a great learning experience and a lot of fun and it’s free.
Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
Brooklyn Borough Hall
Cost: FREE
4:30-6:30 Networking, leaning about different community, national and global NGOs focusing on UN/Climate issues.
6:30-7:45 Expert panel/speakers
7:30-9 Reception with food and live music
The Facebook event page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1024348484286395/.
Keynote Speakers will be:
* Yasmine Sherif – Human rights lawyer with 25 years’ experience with the UN in Afghanistan, Balkans, Cambodia, Sudan, and Middle East; Author of “The Case for Humanity: An Extraordinary Session” 

* George Garland – President of UNA-USA Southern New York State Division with extensive experience at US Environmental Protection Agency, World Health Organization and World Bank.

* Juan Elias Chebly – Lead advisor, United Nations Environment Programme, founder, Voipebox.com and giveme-5.org
The Facebook event page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1024348484286395/.
RSVP on Facebook, unabrooklyn@gmail.com, or Eventbrite.

New internships on human rights, civil society, and Iran through Brooklyn College

Impact Iran, a project of Brooklyn College’s Human Rights in Iran Unit, is looking for student interns for this


Impact Iran (impactiran.org) is composed of 14 organizations, based in seven countries, working to promote civil, political, social, cultural and economic rights in our country through engagement with United Nations member states, the UN mechanisms, and through participation in intergovernmental processes. Some of our member organizations include Centre for Supporters of Human Rights, founded by Noble Peace Laureate, Shirin Ebadi; Article 19; International Campaign for Human Rights; and Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort (ECPM), founders of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty.


The student will intern closely with the UN Advocacy Officer in New York. The intern will monitor the work of the United Nations in New York, perform various short- and long-term research assignments, liaise with member-states, and assist with campaign strategy around the UNGA. Ideally, the candidate will be available for 15-20 hours per week from mid-September to mid-December.


Applicants should have a strong interest in some combination of international human rights, international relations, and engaging with civil society for social change. Applicants should demonstrate precise attention to detail, the ability to follow instructions, conscientiousness about checking one’s own work, a positive attitude, a proactive approach, and good judgment. French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, or Persian language skills a plus but not required.  


Please send a resume and reference  (name and contact) to Mani Mostofi (mani@impactiran.org) and Neda Shahidyazdani (neda@impactiran.org). The internship is unpaid but can be done for Brooklyn College credit.

Winter Program in China

We are pleased to let you know that we are accepting applications for our CUNY-BC winter 2017 China program.  This program is designed in such a way that all travel is education-related, with an academic focus on the courses we teach at real sites in China. The five cities we have chosen to visit are all sites of historic and cultural importance.  Click here for the Flyer: china-flyer and here for the program website: http://depthome.brooklyn.cuny.edu/bc-china/announcement.html
MA students can get credit for this course, so if you are interested, please send an email to MUngar@brooklyn.cuny.edu

International Affairs Fall 2016: New York events

UN Day celebration at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

The date this year is October 26, with a special focus on climate change. This free event should be lively and interesting, with an expert panel, discussion, networking, plus a buffet-reception and live music.  With participation by NGOs, community groups and activists, the event can promote community collaborations along with awareness about the UN and action on Sustainable Development Goals such as addressing climate change.
Because of the big response last year, RSVPs are strongly recommended. https://www.facebook.com/events/1024348484286395/
New York University Center for European and Mediterranean Studies
and the Network of East-West Women
Gender and Transformation: Women in Europe Workshop
Fall 2016 Schedule
 Fridays 4:30 to 6:00 pm, the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies  285 Mercer St., 7th Floor
September 16: Aušra ParkAssistant Professor, Political Science, Siena College  
“Shattering the Glass Ceiling in Eastern Europe: The Rise of Female Presidents (Lithuania, Latvia, Kosovo, Croatia)”
October 7: Fabio Mattiolli, Faculty Fellow, Center for European & Mediterranean Studies, New York University
 “Manhood and Authoritarian Financialization in Macedonia”
Nov 11: Victoria Apostol, Founder, the Group of Feminist Initiatives, Moldova
“The Rise of Religious Populism in Eastern Europe”
Dec 9 : Marina KingsburyLecturer, Political Science, University of AL at Huntsville
“Let’s Have More Russian Babies: How Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Shapes Family Policy in Russia”

Study Abroad Workshop

Preparing to study abroad? The Office of International Education & Global Engagement is pleased to announce that we are hosting a scholarship writing workshop! This event will be held in 1108 Boylan Hall from 12:30PM – 2:00PM on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.

Learn about scholarships and stipends that are available for study and research abroad. Learn the key points of a winning scholarship application and increase the quality of your written proposals. Practice with professionals and receive insider tips from IEGE. For more information and/or to RSVP, please contact the Office of International Education & Global Engagement at 718-951-5189 or visit http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/internationaleducation.

This workshop is open to all students, but is in high-demand and limited to 20 participants. We hope to see you there!