November is CUNY Month Features Campus Tours, Exciting Events

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November is CUNY Month, The City University of New York's annual celebration that features campus tours, information sessions, open houses, financial aid workshops, cultural events, lectures, art exhibits, performances, book talks, workshops for veterans and immigrants, and special events throughout the University.

“November is CUNY Month, a good time to learn about the high quality and affordable educational opportunities at CUNY,” said Chancellor James B. Milliken. “We have 24 campuses in all five boroughs, a world-class faculty and more student award-winners than ever. We offer associate degrees to Ph.D.s in one system, one city, one state. And 80 percent of our graduates leave with no debt. They chose CUNY. I hope you will, too.”

Prospective undergraduate students can sign up for a campus tour at senior and community colleges at www.cuny.edu/cunymonth; click on “tour a campus.” The website describes about how to apply to the University and how to get financial aid, which enables two-thirds of CUNY students to attend tuition-free. It also has information about student housing.

The University includes 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the CUNY School of Public Health.

The best way to get a feel of our campuses is to walk the grounds, talk with students, faculty and staff, see the facilities and find out which campus is the right fit for you. All of our campuses are part of the energetic and vibrant life of New York City, yet each college has a unique feel and something different to offer.

The CUNY Month website also highlights the nationally recognized Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) initiative, which has helped help more than half of its students earn community college degrees within three years; that’s more than double the usual rate, and many ASAP graduates go on for bachelor’s degrees, as well.

Here is a look at a selection of the many events happening around the University during CUNY Month in November, many of which are cost-free:

CUNY Month includes numerous events for immigrants on campuses and in communities. For details, see www.cuny.edu/citizenshipnow.

Nov. 10, New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs Presents a Community Conversation regarding issues impacting veterans in New York State. FREE

Nov. 11, “Fighting for Democracy: Dominican Veterans from WWII,” exhibit highlights the experience of Dominican veterans in World War II, tracing their stories from their arrival to the United States, their incorporation into the war and their post-war experience. CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Archives and Library, City College, NAC 2/202. RSVP for opening 6:30-8:00 p.m. Exhibit runs through March 31. FREE.

Nov. 13, “A Thousand and One Journeys: The Arab Americans,” a documentary film, CUNY Graduate Center, FREE.

Nov. 13 and 14, a play, “What Are You Afraid Of?” When LaGuardia students embark on a journey of exploration, examining the subject of fear by telling their own stories in their own words, what might happen? LaGuardia Community College, FREE.

Nov. 14, Puerto Rican songstress Choco Orta returns to New York, offering a tribute to the great contralto and stateswoman Ruth Fernández, Hostos Community College, prices vary.

Nov. 15, Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India, Lehman College, prices vary.

Nov. 15, “They Write the Songs,” afternoon of songs written by some of today's biggest names and rising talents, Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs, reception follows, Baruch College, $25 in advance, $30 at door.

Nov. 16, David Remnick, New Yorker editor and author of Obama biography “The Bridge,” CUNY Graduate Center, FREE but reservation required.

Nov. 16, 23, 30, “As We Are – Disability: Portraits of a Community,” photo portraits of members of CUNY’s disability community by Roger Sherman, Baruch College, William and Anita Newman Library, second floor, FREE.

Nov. 18, “Author and Activist: The Daniela Gioseffi Story,” documentary film about civil rights activist, Calandra Institute, Queens College, FREE.

Nov. 19-Dec. 16, Printmaking, Drawing, and Sculpture Exhibition, College of Staten Island, Building 1P, student art gallery, FREE.

Nov. 20, TEDxCUNY, “Borders and Belonging,” Macaulay Honors College. FREE.

Nov. 20, Jacqueline Woodson, the author of “Meth Moon,” “Brown Girl Dreaming” and more than 30 books for children and young adults, at a daylong event, City College of New York, FREE.

Nov. 20, Kevin Nadal, author of “Filipinos in New York,” Asian American Research Institute, 25 West 43rd Street, Room 1000, between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan. FREE, but registration required.

Nov. 24, “What We Bring: Immigration & the Arts,” a diverse lineup of performing artists and historians celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Immigration Reform Act and its impact on contemporary American culture. Performances by Colombian vocalist and cuatro player Johanna Castañeda and harpist Vidal Garzón; Gambian kora player and jail (praise singer) Alhaji Papa Susso; and members of the Central Asian group Ensemble Shashmaqam. CUNY Graduate Center. FREE, but registration required.