Student Recognition Ceremony, Fall 2014

by on December 18, 2014 in Events with No Comments »

One week ago, as the Fall 2014 semester drew to a close and students prepared for their much-earned holiday break, we at the LEC hosted our third Student Recognition Ceremony, in which we honor MCNY students who have had three or more sessions in the LEC this semester. The ceremony was, as usual, held in the 12th floor Art Gallery at the Manhattan campus and M.C.ed by LEC and Mentor Program Coordinator Dwight Hodgson. President Thompson gave a speech in which he announced the college’s permanent move to its Rector Street campus; he was followed by Dan Katz, Vice President for Academic Affairs. LEC Specialists commented next, and then alumna Clarita Liepolt, M.P.A. Emergency Management, gave the keynote address. Closing remarks from Director of Academic Support Parker Pracjek. Fruits, veggies, sandwiches. Pictures below.


President Thompson.


Dwight Hodgson and Parker Pracjek.


Barrington Scott, LEC Math Specialist.


Keynote Speaker Clarita Liepolt.


Final remarks.


Rules Are Never Neutral — Even in Grammar

by on December 12, 2014 in Must Reads with 1 Comment »

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In The Case for Black With a Capital B, Lori Thorps considers the evolution of the descriptor “Black.” In particular, she unfolds how political and cultural disenfranchisement — that is, racism — has been reflected in rules of capitalization in the US.


December Book Discussion Groups!

by on November 25, 2014 in FYE Read with No Comments »

Join us for our wrap up discussion of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao!  Haven’t had a chance to finish the book? Haven’t even started it? Curling up with a good novel is an excellent way to spend a long, holiday weekend (and sneak away from family!)
Bronx Extension Center: Wednesday December 3rd @ 4:30PM
Manhattan Campus: Wednesday, December 10th @ 4:30PM

Here’s a bit more about the book, about the author, Junot Diaz, and some book club discussion questions to get you thinking. See you next week! And have a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving.


The Importance of Straight Talk

by on November 20, 2014 in Must Reads with No Comments »

anne williamsIn this interview with the New York Times, Anne Williams-Isom, chief executive of the Harlem Children’s Zone, a nonprofit antipoverty organization, talks about the importance of her mentors.


Junot Diaz Loves Libraries

by on November 11, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »


In this excerpt from his interview with Bill Moyers, Junot Diaz reflects on his first experience in a library and how it opened up the world of reading for him.


Junot Diaz Reflects on Being a Student

by on November 6, 2014 in Must Reads with No Comments »


In his New Yorker essay “MFA vs. POC,” Junot Diaz explores the role of race in writing workshops and the POC voice in literature.


What It Means To Be “Articulate”

by on October 28, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »

Here’s an NPR audio piece about poet and scholar Jamila Lyiscott. She explores the different meanings of being called “articulate” as an African American who speaks highly polished, academic language.




The Scariest Book You Ever Read

by on October 23, 2014 in Must Reads with No Comments »

mathisWhat scares us? In a blog post, two writers, Ayana Mathis (left) and Francine Prose, talk about their encounters with terrifying books. Interestingly, both refer to books they first read as young children.


LEC Student Profile: Shawnese Singleton

by on October 21, 2014 in Paths To MCNY with No Comments »

Picture1Shawnese has lived in Teaneck, NJ, and Harlem. She learned about MCNY when her cousin graduated from here with a Masters in Public Affairs. The school felt at home for her from the first day. She liked the small class settings, which allowed her to really know her professors, and the class schedule worked with hers. She is only in her first Purpose as an undergraduate in Human Services — she takes classes at the Bronx Extension Center but one day she hopes to do her Masters here as well.


FYE Read: Getting the Conversation Started

by on October 16, 2014 in FYE Read with 2 Comments »

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Hello FYE folks!

Our first discussion group of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is just around the corner. We just wanted to throw out some questions to get you started thinking about how we may want to shape our conversation. And that’s what this is — a conversation, a chance to think together about the book and to get to know one another.

People have been coming up to me and to the Writing Specialists and saying how much they love the book. So, we know that at least some of you are enthusiastic. Some of you totally devoured it! For the purposes of our discussion, we’ll assume that not everyone has finished, so we will just be discussing the first half of the book or so.

*What stands out for you about the book so far?
*What do you think about the style in which the book was written? There are multiple narrators and footnotes and there is a lot of slang. How did the author’s decisions about aspects things affect your experience? Why do you think the author made these choices?
*Which character do you relate to most closely? Why?
*The book deals with all sorts of themes, from being an alienated teenager to domestic violence, what themes stand out for you?

Post your responses here, and we can talk about all of these things and more in our discussion group!

Join Us!

Bronx Extension Center: Tuesday October, 22 at 4:30 pm
Manhattan Campus: Wednesday October, 29th at 4:30 pm




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