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The Colin Powell School Invites You to Spend a Day with City College

The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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Conversations with City @ the University Club Ended Free  
Lunch at CCNY Ended Free  
Campus Tours Ended Free  
Meet the Dean Ended Free  
Human Rights Forum Ended Free  

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Celebrating more than 150 years as one of the premier universities in the country, the City College of New York is dedicated to providing access to excellence for students from New York City and around the world.

City College’s newest institution, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, embraces this historic legacy of public partnership.

On February 27, we invite you to "Spend a Day with City College," where you’ll get an insider’s view of our plans for the future.

Since its inauguration last May, the Colin Powell School's programming—including public lectures, service-learning courses, partnerships between faculty and community organizations, and more—is driven by our desire to blend the intellectual resources of a public university with the diverse energy of the city: its leaders, its communities, its global network.

We ask you to join us February 27 and get to know us.

8 AM-10 AM

Conversations with City at the University Club

"How to bolster resilience in children and their families: Ways to close the inequity gap"

The fourth installment of our breakfast lecture series will feature Dr. Don Meichenbaum, one of CCNY’s most distinguished graduates and a renowned expert in the field of psychology, focusing on the issue of domestic violence. The event takes place at the University Club in midtown (see more details and a note on dress code here.)

Following that event, please come back to campus with us. Over the next few hours, we’ll give you the chance to meet students, tour the CCNY campus, including a visit to our historic Alumni House, which is being renovated to provide new and beautiful space for many of our Colin Powell School programs. 

Transportation is available from the University Club to the CCNY campus. Spaces are limited. Please note in your registration if you require transportation.

11:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch on the CCNY Campus

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Campus Tours 

2:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Free Time

Take a moment to recharge your phones, tour our historic Hamilton Heights neighborhood, or visit with the Colin Powell School’s program directors to learn more about the mission of the school.

4:30 PM-6:30 PM 

Meet the Dean of the Colin Powell School

Join us in the Great Hall of Shepard Hall to meet the newly appointed dean of the Colin Powell School, Dr. Vince Boudreau. Dr. Boudreau has been with CCNY for over twenty years. Dean Boudreau will deliver remarks about the contributions of the Colin Powell School to the CCNY campus, and the community at large. A reception will immediately follow and feature faculty from the Colin Powell School departments who will showcase their key research initiatives, publications and the student projects. Refreshments will be served.


6:30 PM – 8:00 PM


The Human Rights Forum at City College of New York presents:

Search for Josef Mengele 

With David Marwell, director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, in conversation with John C. Torpey, professor, PhD Programs in Sociology and History, and director, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies Graduate Center, CUNY.

Moderated by Eric D. Weitz, dean of humanities and arts, professor of history, the City College of New York

Shephard Hall, Room 558

Photo: Melanie Einzig

">Photo: Melanie Einzig

Photo: Melanie Einzig

The subject of the Holocaust and its meaning in contemporary society has been a focal point of Dr. David G. Marwell’s career since 1980.  He served as the Chief of Investigative Research at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Special Investigations, where he conducted historical research in support of prosecution of Nazi war criminals living in the United States. He also played a major role in the Justice Department’s investigations of Klaus Barbie and Josef Mengele. From 1988 to 1994, Dr. Marwell was the Director of the Berlin Document Center, where he managed the center’s 25 million Nazi-era personnel files, and subsequently oversaw the transfer of the center’s administration to the German government.

Since joining the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in 2000 as Director, Dr. Marwell has overseen the Museum’s capital expansion (an 82,000 SF addition) as well as its programmatic expansion to include JewishGen and the Auschwitz Jewish Center.

He became president of the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation in 2006. 
Prior to coming to New York, Dr. Marwell was the Associate Director for Museum Programs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., where he supervised the museum’s educational programs, museum services, collections, exhibitions, and the expansion of the Museum’s technological and web-based information services. Preceding his tenure at the USHMM, Dr. Marwell was the Executive Director of the JFK Assassination Records Review Board from 1994-1997.

He has also served as an expert witness and consultant to the governments of Canada and Australia on several war crimes prosecutions, and was a member of the Interagency Working Group for Nazi War Criminal Documents. He is a member of the U.S. Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Dr. Marwell is a graduate of Brandeis University with a B.A. in English and of the State University of New York at Binghamton with a Ph.D. in Modern European History. Dr. Marwell is married and the father of two sons.


John Torpey is professor of sociology and history at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and (from January 2014) Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center. He is the author or editor of eight books: Intellectuals, Socialism, and Dissent: The East German Opposition and its Legacy (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1995); The Invention of the Passport: Surveillance, Citizenship, and the State (New York: Cambridge UP, 2000; French, Portuguese, and Japanese translations); Documenting Individual Identity: The Development of State Practices in the Modern World (edited with Jane Caplan; Princeton: Princeton UP, 2001); Politics and the Past: On Repairing Historical Injustices (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004); Old Europe, New Europe, Core Europe: Transatlantic Relations after the Iraq War (edited with Daniel Levy and Max Pensky; Verso, 2005; Japanese and Chinese translations), Making Whole What Has Been Smashed: On Reparations Politics (Harvard UP, 2006; Japanese translation forthcoming); The Post-Secular in Question (co-edited with Philip S. Gorski, David Kyuman Kim, and Jonathan van Antwerpen; New York: New York University Press, 2012); and, with Christian Joppke, Legal Integration of Islam: A Transatlantic Comparison (Harvard UP 2013). In addition to many book chapters and reviews, his articles have appeared in Theory and Society, Journal of Modern History, Sociological Theory, Sociological Forum, Political Power and Social Theory, Journal of Classical Sociology, Contemporary Sociology, Genèses: Sciences sociales et histoire, Journal of Human Rights, Dissent, Contexts, openDemocracy, Frankfurter Rundschau, The Nation, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Professor Torpey has taught, lectured, or done research in some 35 countries, including Japan, Turkey, South Africa, Namibia, and throughout Europe and North America. His work has been translated into nine different languages. He has held fellowships from the German Marshall Fund, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). In Spring 2010, he was Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the Karl-Franzens-University in Graz, Austria. During 1995-1996, he was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and in 1992-1993, he was the James Bryant Conant Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University.


Eric D. Weitz is dean of humanities and arts and professor of history at the City College of New York. He was previously on the faculty of the University of Minnesota, where he was Distinguished McKnight University Professor of History and the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair in the College of Liberal Arts. Trained in modern European and German history, his work in recent years has extended to the history and politics of international human rights and crimes against humanity. He received his Ph.D. from Boston University in 1983. Weitz has been the recipient of many fellowships and awards from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Council for Soviet and East European Research, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others.  His major publications include Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy (2007; second expanded edition 2013), A Century of Genocide: Utopias of Race and Nation (2003), and Creating German Communism, 1890-1990 (1997), all with Princeton University Press. Weimar Germany was named an "Editor's Choice" by The New York Times Book Review, and was included in the "Year in Books" of The Financial Times (London) and "The Best Books of 2007" of The Independent (London). It has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, and Chinese. In 2006 Weitz initiated a book series with Princeton University Press, Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity. He is currently writing, A World Divided: A Global History of Nations and Human Rights from the Age of Revolution to the Present.


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When & Where

The City College of New York
160 Convent Ave
New York, NY 10031

Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

The mission of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership is to transform students, faculty, communities, and the traditional university experience by adopting problem-based approaches to education. By promoting the values of service, engagement, and leadership, we enable our students to energetically address the challenges of the 21st century. By fostering creative and public scholarship, we ensure that our faculty produces and disseminates scholarship that is both relevant and in-touch. 


The school, located in historic Harlem at The City College of New York, addresses pressing global issues such as expanding rights and democracy, community stability and health, economic growth and national wealth creation and promoting education and the general betterment of those in need. The school focuses its research and teaching activities on fostering solutions that further equality, prosperity, stability, and peace for the whole people—in Harlem, in New York, and around the globe. 
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