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Newt Davidson Parody: Memo to Gov. Rockefeller on CUNY Planning

This recently discovered (August 2017) document from the papers of historian Judith Stein, is the only extant example of what preceded the Crisis at CUNY brochure. As explained in the interview done with four members of the Newt Davidson Collective, [...]

Email Chain with Students

In this email exchange from early March 2020, an adjunct instructor discussed student needs and concerns with their Latinx Studies class regarding converting the course to an online format. These frank dialogues revealed how much course design [...]

Initial Survey for Students Switching to Distance Learning

The instructor in a seminar on the works of Audre Lorde distributed this copy of a survey from March 2020 during the instructional transition. Though simple in style (only seven questions/three pages in length), the form revealed what concerns [...]

Tweet: Lehman President Explanation

This series of tweets from the president of Lehman College, Daniel Lemons, provided an official response to demands for CUNY's closure, explaining that the logistics facing CUNY's transition to distance learning were markedly different from other [...]

Telecommuting Plans

Released on March 15, 2020, this email represented an official communication from City University of New York (CUNY) Chancellor Matos Rodriguez on university guidelines, expectations, and intent to set up telecommunications for CUNY's operations. In [...]

Update on Hunter's Response to Coronavirus

In the same vein as other official communiques, this email from Hunter College regarding available resources sought to strike a balance between logistical planning and human apathy. Of particular interest was the focus in this message on libraries. [...]

Recalibration Period for Educational Equity

As many artifacts in this collection have suggested, the switch to online learning was abrupt for faculty, administration, and students alike. A week to transfer an entire university system to a digital format, especially when many community members [...]

College of Staten Island (CSI) COVID-19 News

This item was compiled by John Verzani and published on Github. It provided a multipurpose resource for the City University of New York (CUNY) community and the College of Staten Island (CSI) during the COVID-19 pandemic. This daily repository was a [...]

Open Pedagogy on the Open Lab

Published on March 21, 2020, this web guide discussed open pedagogy on New York City College of Technology's (City Tech) OpenLab blog, with two instructors providing tips and advice on distance learning techniques. The teachers focused on student [...]

Together Alone

In this video, Tomo Imamichi, Associate Professor at CUNY's La Guardia Community College, described his experience of teaching and learning at CUNY during Covid-19 through the use of music. Imamichi's video was initially uploaded to YouTube and made [...]

BMCC Data Facility

Printed in Prism, BMCC's 1971 yearbook, these photographs show students working in the college's data processing facility. The college offered several Data Processing courses and by the end of the decade had set up four data laboratories for student [...]

Petition in Opposition to Turnitin for Plagiarism Detection Software

This petition – opposing the CUNY Central administration's resolution to approve a contract with Turnitin for Plagiarism Detection Software – was crafted by Lisa Rhody, Luke Waltzer, and Roxanne Shirazi and circulated on December 3, 2020, [...]


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