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Inventing Genealogies: An Artist Reclaims Her Identity
Artist kate-hers RHEE was born in South Korea and was adopted as a baby by white Americans. She calls herself a survivor of "gender-biased sex selection" and says the South Korean government fabricated her family tree to falsely classify her as an orphan. Her efforts to recover her identity are showcased in the New Media Artspace's new online exhibition, "Inventing Genealogies."

"Inventing Genealogies" includes video, photos, documents, and testimonials related to RHEE's odyssey as she looked for her birth parents, took a new name, sought a new passport, and struggled to learn and speak nothing but Korean during a sojourn in South Korea. Viewers tunnel through rings of a family tree made of documents from the bureaucratic paperwork RHEE faced, with each step linking to different artworks. Written commentary is presented in scrambled language. Viewers must click to make the text readable, an allusion to the process of learning to communicate as a non-native speaker and the idea of so-called “broken languages.”

The exhibition is sponsored by the Sandra K. Wasserman Jewish Studies Center, curated by Professor Katherine Behar (Fine and Performing Arts), and produced by the New Media Artspace Student Docent Team. Read more about the show here and see it here. A lecture by the artist is scheduled for October 26, 6-7:30 pm, livestreamed on YouTube.
Thursday Workshop: Social Media for Academics
The CUNY Graduate Center and Baruch Weissman are co-presenting a workshop on "Social Media for Academics" on Thursday, October 14, noon to 1 pm.

Get tips for using Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to promote your work, find and build community, publicize events, and maybe even have some fun. We'll get you started on Twitter if you're not already there, and we'll also offer pro tips for veterans, along with examples from Baruch and GC colleagues who are already using social media effectively.

Presenters will be Graduate Center social media coordinator Coralie Carlson and Weissman communications manager Beth Harpaz, who worked together at The Associated Press. Carlson also managed social media for WNBC-TV and teaches journalism at Hunter. Register here. (Note: The registration form gives 11:45 am as the start time but it will start at noon.)
Tour the World in Six Artworks

Professor John Maciuika (Fine and Performing Arts) will kick off the lecture series "A Tour of the World in Six Artworks" with a presentation based on material from his book Lithuanian Architects Assess the Soviet Era. He'll explain how our living spaces affect our actions in a talk titled "How Do You Gain Independence When You Have Lost Your Freedom?: The Case of Architecture at Lazdynai, Lithuania, 1962-1974." 

The event takes place Thursday, October 14, at 1 pm. Register here.

"A Tour of the World in Six Artworks" presents a series of masterclasses by art historians connecting world cultures with the fine arts. It's part of the Global Student Certificate Program at the Weissman Center for International Business. The programs are open to entire Baruch community. The other presentations will look at documentary filmmaking; a Filipina dance artist; a Senegalese mixed-media artist; a Bangladesh housing complex designed by the renowned architect Louis Kahn; and themes in Native American art. Read more about the series here.
Faculty Publications and Honors
Professor Barbara Katz Rothman (Sociology/Anthropology) got an outstanding review from The Lancet for her recent book, The Biomedical Empire: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

"Rothman doesn’t deny that biomedicine has saved lives during the pandemic," The Lancet said. "But her concern is the growing power of biomedicine" as an all-powerful "evil empire" which “cannot expand without the constant recreation of needs." The empire's "success depends on exploiting existing wants and divisions in society."

Rothman writes: “There must be a way to put both health and care back into healthcare.”
Professor Emily Johnson (Journalism) did an audio story for Deutsche Welle after a recent reporting trip to a refugee camp in Sudan. The story looks at the healing power of musical traditions among Tigrayan refugees and soldiers who have fled the conflict between Ethiopia's central government and the northern region of Tigray.
Professor Rafael Walker (English) addressed the "hateful legislation in conservative states" banning LGBTQ history and critical race theory in an article for Education Week titled "You Can’t Legislate Away Black and Gay Educators and Students." He writes: "This academic year, conservative states have asked students and teachers to keep their politics and their identities—but not their germs—to themselves. Many have followed Tennessee’s example of attempting to block mask mandates and yet have demanded another kind of masking—an ideological muzzling that threatens untold numbers of teachers and students.
Professor Els de Graauw (Political Science) published “Mayoral Leadership, Immigrant Sanctuary, and Multilevel Policy Dynamics in San Francisco” in the journal Territory, Politics, Governance. The article analyzes immigrant sanctuary policies and practices in San Francisco between 1985 and 2018 to theorize the role of mayors in developing, defending, and adjusting city efforts to shield undocumented immigrants from federal immigration authorities.
The New York Times Book Review published a review of Jocelyn Nicole Johnson's My Monticello by Professor Bridgett Davis (Journalism). Davis praises the debut collection of short fiction as "startling and powerful," with "finely drawn Black characters awash in microaggressions even as they strive to be and have more," including a dystopian futuristic novella about Black and brown neighbors who take refuge from a white mob inside Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.
A documentary short by Professor Eugene Marlow (Journalism) called Zikkaron/Kristallnacht: A Family Story was selected for showing at the Paris Independent Film Festival in late October. The film describes Kristallnacht, the night in 1938 when the Nazis destroyed thousands of Jewish-owned stores, buildings, synagogues, and homes, from the perspective of Marlow’s maternal family in Leipzig. An original score by Marlow was performed by his Heritage Ensemble.
The latest op-ed from Bloomberg columnist Professor Andrea Gabor (Journalism) looked at the pressures on school boards as "culture-war battlegrounds" for mask and vaccine mandates as well as "curricular battles over U.S. racial history."
The CUNY Graduate Center website showcased the Latinx Visions podcast hosted by Black and Latino Studies Professors Rojo Robles and Rebecca Salois. Salois and Robles both earned their PhDs at the GC. The GC story was then picked up by CUNY Briefs, which are distributed to several hundred thousand people by email.

The Graduate Center also wrote about research investigating fluorescence in moray eels that was co-authored by Professors Jean Gaffney and David Gruber and two PhD students. The study was published in Frontiers in Marine Science.
EVENTS
  • October 12, 5:30 pm, Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center presents author Corie Adjmi. For Zoom registration link, email Carina.Pasquesi@baruch.cuny.edu.
  • October 13, 12:30-2 pm, Sponsored Programs and Research, Pre-Award webinar through MS TEAMS. RSVP to SPARRSVP@baruch.cuny.edu.
  • October 14, noon-1 pm. Social media for academics. Workshop presented by Baruch Weissman and the CUNY Graduate Center. Zoom registration here.
  • October 14, 1 pm: Professor John Maciuika kicks off "A Tour of the World in Six Artworks" with a look at Lithuanian architecture in the Soviet era. Register here.
  • October 21, 1 pm. Professors Jennifer Caroccio Maldonado (English), Gustavo Quintero (Black and Latino Studies) and Rojo Robles (Black and Latino Studies) host a screening of the film Patitos comiendo arroz, followed by conversation with director Javier Antonio González. Register here.
  • October 26, 6-7:30 pm, lecture by New Media Artspace visiting artist kate-hers RHEE livestreamed on YouTube.
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Student News
Research by Industrial/Organizational Psychology PhD student Irina Kuzmich for her thesis was published in the journal Personnel Assessments and Decisions. The article, "Identifying Faking on Forced-Choice Personality Items Using Mouse Tracking," was co-authored by Professor Charles Scherbaum and was highlighted by the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology's newsletter SIOP Source.

The research looked at "mouse tracking," which tracks human motor movements in the use of a computer mouse. Those movements are connected to cognitive processing. Kuzmich asked study participants to purposely fake their answers to a personality test to see if mouse tracking could be used to detect false input. The research showed "that there is a distinguishable difference in the behavioral response of those who are faking ... compared to those who are responding honestly."
Eight master's degree students in the Arts Administration program won Nagelberg Scholarships of $1,515 each. Students applying for the award wrote an essay imagining what they would do to address needs and priorities if they were heading an arts or cultural organization. The winners were Monique McField, Isabelle Montesinos, Emma Minkoff, Olivia Meyer, Viktoriya Molchanova, WeiGine Wang, Mariam Sharvshidze, and Brianna Anderson.
Dear Professors: We Could Use Your Input!
SEEKING VETERANS: We're looking for Baruch students and alumni who have served in the military in the post-9/11 era to take part in an event honoring Baruch veterans November 9. Know someone whom we should invite? Email baruchwsas@baruch.cuny.edu.

SEEKING ALUMNI: Have you seen our #WhyWeissman video testimonials from Baruch Weissman alumni? Four recent grads now in journalism, nursing, veterinary school, and a history PhD program salute the caring faculty, small classes, and career prep they experienced here. Watch them on YouTube and email baruchwsas@baruch.cuny.edu if you know any alumni who might be good candidates for future #WhyWeissman videos, especially if they can help represent the diversity of our student body.

FACULTY BIOS: Baruch’s tech team is working on a long-term fix for our website’s pop-up faculty bio pages, which do not generate unique URLs. Ultimately our faculty bios will be like those on Zicklin’s website, but this won't happen until late next year. We can implement a short-term fix, but the resulting URLs will be very long. For example, a URL for a bio for a hypothetical Professor Albert Einstein in Natural Sciences would look like this: https://weissman.baruch.cuny.edu/weissman-academic-departments/natural-sciences/natural-sciences-faculty/#AlbertEinstein. Do you have an opinion on a short-term fix with long URLs? Improvement, or not worth it? Let us know: baruchwsas@baruch.cuny.edu.
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