Selected Events from Baruch College's Multicultural Calendar
The Baruch community—faculty, staff, and students—develops, sponsors, and supports a range of programs and events dealing with diversity and multicultural issues. The Freshman Seminar Program, which prepares all incoming first-year students for their academic career through special lectures and activities, includes a session entitled "Sensitive Issues of Identity and Relationship Building in a Multicultural Society." The Baruch Community also celebrates Caribbean Culture Week, Indian Culture Week, Jewish Heritage Week, and Asian Cultural Month in addition to Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, and Women's History Month. The following list includes selected examples of diversity-related programs and events held during the past academic year:
- Marc Gobe, author of the book Emotional Branding and president, CEO and executive creative director of d/g*worldwide, delivered a speech called “Emotional Branding in a Global Context: Bridging the Transatlantic Divide through Emotional Branding.” The event was hosted by the Weissman Center for International Business
- Fredric S. Mishkin, an author, member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the former Alfred Lerner Professor at Columbia University, spoke at length about the drawbacks and benefits of globalization. Click here to watch his presentation, entitled “Globalization: A Force for Good?”
- Professor Kyra Gaunt of the Departments of Fine and Performing Arts and Sociology/Anthropology gave a presentation based on her book, The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop.
- Italian and Italian-American faculty and staff, along with members of the student club Societa Italiana, held an informal gathering to celebrate Italian heritage and culture.
- The Department of Black and Hispanic Studies hosted "The African Presence and Influence on the Cultures of the Americas," an interdisciplinary conference featuring a presentation from Professor Farah Jasmine Griffin of Columbia University.
- "Race in America: Advancing Equality in the 21st Century," a panel discussion on discriminatory housing patterns and segregated schools hosted by the Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Lecture Series and the School of Public Affairs.
- The Women of Color Network at Baruch held a round table discussion on challenges faved by women of color working in higher education, and their successes in surmounting these issues.
- Allan Wernick, a professor of law at the Zicklin School of Business and chair of CUNY's Citizenship and Immigration Project led "Understanding the Challenges International Students Face," a discussion on sponsorship issues and other information for international students.
- "Investing in India—Opportunities and Challenges", a panel discussion featuring A.R. Ghanashyam, deputy consul general at the Consulate General of India; Anil Gulati, principal of Coda Capital; and Savita Wakhlu, managing director of Jagriti Communications, was sponsored by The Midtown Small Business Development Center and The Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College.
- Troy Duster, professor of sociology and director of the Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge at New York University, delivered the 11th Annual Donald H. Smith Distinguished Lecture, entitled "A Post-Genomic Surprise: The Molecular Re-inscription of Race." Dr. Duster is also and Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California at Berkeley.
- Baruch's Sidney Mishkin Gallery hosted "Oscillating Impulses/Pulsiones Oscilantes: Contemporary Mexican Prints", an exhibition that includes works by Layla Cora, Rafael Charco, Hector Mercado, Israel Mora and Alvaro Villalobos.
- The College held several events in celebration of Black History Month, including panel discussions on the Civil Rights movement and black women on Wall Street, a workshop featuring success stories from young black entrepreneurs, and a tribute to black culture and history through song and dance from the Harlem Renaissance to the emergence of hip-hop in the 1980s.
- Women’s History Month celebrations included a screening of the film Saadia: A Moroccan Woman in the Resistance, and a series of panel discussions, including "Domestic Violence: When Do We Know?" and "Successful Women in Business."
- The Baruch Performing Arts Center staged a performance of Top Girls, a play by Caryl Churchill and directed by Jonathan Bernstein. The College also hosted "Out of Bounds: Trespassing in Chilean Women’s Writing", a talk and discussion with Chilean author Lina Meruane.
- A two-day conference titled "Malnutrition in Africa" highlighted graduate student research on the challenges of disseminating nutritional information in several African nations, including Djibouti, Liberia, Kenya, Niger, Madagascar, Namibia, Mozambique, and the Sudan. Click here to read more about this conference.
- Rwandan President Paul Kagame spoke to Professor Murray Rubenstein’s history students about the challenge of rebuilding Rwanda in the aftermath of the genocide. His speech detailed ongoing steps to improve the country's economic development, and touched on the country’s portrayal in the international media.
- "Globalization and the Good Corporation: An International Conference” drew attendees interested in corporate social responsibility and the economic, environmental, and human rights implications of globalization. Topics covered included “Marketplace Innovations for Reducing Global Poverty,” “Trends in Corporate Citizenship,” “The Role of Ethics and Compliance Officers in Large Corporations, “Industry-Wide Voluntary Approaches to Corporate Social Responsibility,” and “Doing Good: The Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability on Corporate Reputation.” Participants came from Australia, South Africa, Thailand, China, Mexico, Bolivia and India. Baruch College's President Kathleen Waldron delivered the keynote address, which was organized by the International Center for Corporate Accountability.