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Voicing Student Activism: Bridging Theory and Practice

This poster advertises a panel titled "Voicing Student Activism: Bridging Theory and Practice," which the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter hosted on March 17, 2010, at Hunter College. The panel brought together [...]

The Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH), 2007-2008

These are a collection of photographs of members of the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH) taken during the club's early years. From top to bottom, CRAASH members are seen tabling and petitioning in Hunter [...]

"We Accuse"

“We Accuse The Members of the Emergency Financial Control Board of Crimes Against the Community” flyer was created by the Community Coalition to Save Hostos (CCSH) for the May 10, 1976 march that proceeded from El Barrio to the headquarters of [...]

CUNY Edu-Factory

“CUNY is becoming an Edu-Factory… and we need to be talking about it.” In conjunction with Equity Week, this poster was created as a teaching-resource. Using the factory as a way to visualize the precarity of contingent labor and how it [...]

Photos from COEH Office

Taken in and around the offices of Hunter College's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, these photographs capture several lighthearted moments amongst Center staffers in the late 1990s. Pictured from top to bottom are: Bill Capune, Ted [...]

Photos of a COEH Bowling Party

At a bowling party in 1999, these photos capture several key members of Hunter College's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH). In the first photo, they are (from left to right): Ted Outwater, Elena Schwolsky-Fitch, Ellen Kirrane, [...]

Community Health Worker Training Artwork

Created in 2000 by Ted Outwater, then associate director and environmental specialist for Hunter College's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), these illustrations reflect some of the challenges that faced community health [...]

Black Nations/Queer Nations? Poster

This poster promotes one of the early conferences sponsored by CLAGS, Black Nations/Queer Nations?. The conference was held at the CUNY Graduate Center over the course of three days from March 9th to 11th, 1995. This conference was among the first [...]

Queer Middle Ages Poster

This poster advertises the Queer Middle Ages conference, which was held by CLAGS on November 5th and 6th 1998 at the CUNY Graduate Center and on November 7th, 1998 at New York University. The conference was one of the first to address the growing [...]

Queer Futures: Local Politics Global Change Conference Poster

This poster promotes the Local Politics Global Change conference which was held on April 23rd and 24th, 1999 under the sponsorship of CLAGS and the NYU Faculty Working Group on Queer Studies. The central aim of the conference was to explore the [...]

Homonationalism and Pinkwashing Poster

This poster advertises the Homonationalism & Pinkwashing Conference that was held by CLAGS at the CUNY Graduate Center on April 10th and 11th, 2013. The conference addressed the way in which some groups use a focus pro-queer arguments as a means [...]

"We're all in this Together": CUNY in Solidarity with the Home Care Strike

This flyer promoted an April 17th CUNY rally held in opposition to budget cuts and tuition hikes. The CUNY rally participants joined Local 1199 and DC 1707 home care workers on the picket line. One of the core tenets of the Graduate Student [...]

Harlem Demonstration

"Why pay more for less" read a protest sign. As student takeovers spread to more City University of New York (CUNY) campuses, CUNY students organized marches and rallies across the city. These images show students marching to City College in Harlem, [...]

Albany Demonstration: “Save CUNY, Stop the Budget Cuts.”

A series of photographs taken in 1991 at a rally in Albany, NY, ranged from Hunter College students from the School of Social Work and Bronx Community College students to a baby with a Tax the Rich sign. Union members, workers, and students [...]

A Spring Romance Blossoms for CUNY's Chancellor?

Satirical leaflets made by Occupy CUNY about Chancellor Matthew Goldstein's relationship to Kroll, Inc., a security advising company that CUNY hired to conduct a biased investigatory report about a November 21, 2011 incident at Baruch College. On [...]

"Policing Public Education? Hell No!" Stencil

Stencil made during November 2011 CUNY struggles against tuition increases and NYPD/CUNY security assaults on campus dissent. CUNY hired Kroll, Inc , a security advising company to conduct a biased investigatory report about a November 21, 2011 [...]

Transforming Assembly

This promotional flyer and schedule invited students of all ages to the James Gallery for a week of activities in celebration of public education. In collaboration with the Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency’s exhibition Common Assembly, [...]

Okputrid: Kroll Security Group's Profile

This mock okCupid (online dating site) profile was made for Kroll Security Group. The summary describes him as enjoying providing data mining, intelligence, and on-the-ground security to corporations and universities and that he is “looking [...]

OkPutrid: Chancellor Goldstein's profile

This mock okCupid (online dating site) profile was made for Chancellor Goldstein. The fields satirically emphasize his support of tuition hikes, and his partnership with Kroll Security group in the wake of the November, 21st 2011 protest at Baruch [...]

Occupy Data Hackathon

This flyer is for an Occupydata hackathon, which was held at the Graduate Center on September 28th and 29th. Occupydata NYC was a collective of developers, designers, researchers, artists, occupiers, and hackers who were discovering new ways of [...]

Kroll Mask

This mask was made by the Graduate Center General Assembly for a "Kroll Monster" costume that was used in a series of agitprop materials to highlight CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein's relationship to Kroll, Inc. CUNY hired this security company to [...]

CCNY Protest Flier

This April/May 1969 flier was created to protest police presence on campus and police brutality that many student activists objected to at City College. College administrators requested the police in order to secure the conditions necessary to [...]

Anthony Penale as a Young Man

Anthony Penale was a City College lecturer and writing teacher in 1965 when he was appointed by English Chair Edmund Volpe as the first SEEK English coordinator/director. Penale became ill in the summer of 1967 and Volpe then appointed Mina [...]

Celebration for the first group of LaGuardia Community College paraprofessional students , May 1971

Fern Khan (at center of photo) and her students who were the first group of students to enroll at LaGuardia. These students were paraprofessionals employed by the Board of Education. The program was funded following an agreement between the [...]

Joe Shenker, founding president of LaGuardia with the first group of students who were paraprofessionals

In 1970, Joseph Shenker was appointed president of what was then still called "Community College Number Nine," which would soon become LaGuardia Community College. Still in his twenties, Shenker brought a youthful optimism and a spirit of [...]

"New York needs MORE college-trained people" (from Heald Commission Report)

This image from the Heald Commission Report shows the projected need for skilled and college -educated workers in its argument for additional colleges. Upon his election as governor in 1959, Nelson Rockefeller established a committee to examine the [...]

Arrest Bus - 1970 BMCC Student Strike

This photograph features Maria Ramos, the Student Government President in front of the the arrest bus. The students were demanding an end to increases in tuition fees, and a day care center for children of students. Maria Ramos also confronted Dean [...]

Winter Soldiers, Selection #1: William Steig

William Steig, famed American cartoonist and illustrator, created this illustration for inclusion in the 1941 book, Winter Soldiers: The Story of a Conspiracy Against Schools. The book, published by the Committee for Defense of Public [...]

Winter Soldiers, Selection #2: Philip Reisman

Philip Reisman, a social realist artist, created this print for inclusion in the 1941 book, Winter Soldiers: The Story of a Conspiracy Against Schools. The book, published by the Committee for Defense of Public Education, tells the story of the [...]

Winter Soldiers, Selection #3: Sylvia Wald

Sylvia Wald, a politically and socially conscious artist, created this illustration for inclusion in the 1941 book, Winter Soldiers: The Story of a Conspiracy Against Schools. The book, published by the Committee for Defense of Public [...]

Winter Soldiers, Selection #4: Marston Hamlin

Marston Hamlin created this illustration for inclusion in the 1941 book, Winter Soldiers: The Story of a Conspiracy Against Schools. The book, published by the Committee for Defense of Public Education, tells the story of the Rapp-Coudert [...]

Winter Soldiers, Selection #5: Art Young

Art Young, a socially conscious cartoonist and writer, created this cartoon for inclusion in the 1941 book, Winter Soldiers: The Story of a Conspiracy Against Schools. The book, published by the Committee for Defense of Public Education, tells [...]

Winter Soldiers, Selection #6: Harry Gottlieb

Harry Gottlieb, a social realist graphic artist, employed by the WPA, became a leader and active member of the Artists Union and the Artists Congress. A life-long member of the Communist Party, Gottleib created this illustration for inclusion [...]

Winter Soldiers, Selection #7: James Egleson

James Egleson, an American WPA artist, created this illustration for inclusion in the 1941 book, Winter Soldiers: The Story of a Conspiracy Against Schools. The book, published by the Committee for Defense of Public Education, tells the story of the [...]

Tucker Pamella Farley's Women and Literature Class

This photograph shows Tucker Pamella Farley (left) teaching her popular Women and Literature course in a discussion circle with her students. Farley taught at Brooklyn College from 1970 to 2005, where she was central to developing the Women’s [...]

Women's Studies Program Office

The Women's Studies Program at Brooklyn College, founded in 1971, was one of the first such programs in the country. Taken in 1982, this is one of the few photographs of the Women's Studies office located at 2157 Boylan Hall and features Pat [...]

PSC demonstration at Chambers St. Near City Hall

The Professional Staff Congress (PSC), the union of CUNY faculty and staff, staged this demonstration in 1976 in the midst of the city's fiscal crisis. Colleges were being threatened with closure and budgets were being cut. Union members urged the [...]

York College 1973 Demonstration

York College students join PSC pickets in opposing the May 1973 contract impasse. Demonstrators raise issues around tenure quotas, budget cuts, open admissions and the Professional Staff Congress union contract.

Gerald Meyer and Activists at City Hall

Gerald Meyer with students at City Hall to save Hostos Community College. Some of the student in leadership were on a hunger strike to dramatize the issues plaguing Hostos Community College and their need for better facilities. By 1977, the third [...]

Cartoon on College Protest

This political cartoon, originally from the LA Times and reprinted by the New York Times, reflects on the student unrest on college campuses across the nation in 1969. Depicting the military in charge at and around the desk of the [...]

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