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Wednesday, 9 September 2009
NY400 - Holland on the Hudson


NY celebrates the 400th Anniversery of Henry Hudson's exploration of the Hudson River.

From Harlem to Brooklyn and Broadway to Amsterdam Avenue, the Dutch influence on New York City life is all around us. The Dutch and the City not only share a history; today groundbreaking Dutch designers, fashionable artists and innovative architects continue to inspire many New Yorkers. As you walk around the city, you’ll find Dutch contemporary art, architecture and design are everywhere!

Often inspired by the Dutch masters yet guided by a contemporary vision, contemporary Dutch painters and sculptors are at the forefront of the New York art scene. Marlene Dumas  and Aernout Mik exhibited at MoMA and the museum is currently showing works of Dutch conceptual artists from the sixties and seventies. The Museum of the City of New York hosts the exhibition Dutch Seen, with twelve Dutch photographers (including the legendary Rineke Dijkstra) whose work captures New York City.

Fashionistas are strutting down the city streets wearing Dutch fashion designers like Viktor & Rolf, Blueblood and Gsus. Since 2007, the highly successful denim brand G-Star shows at New York Fashion Week and has become the talk of the town.

Dutch design can also be found at the Prada Flagship store, designed by architect Rem Koolhaas, and at the recently opened Droog Design Store. Moss Gallery in Soho exhibits many Dutch designers such as Marcel Wanders, Hella Jongerius, Studio Job and Claudy Jongstra. Claudy’s felt designs are also part of the Fashioning Felt exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Also on display at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, is Design for a Living World, featuring contemporary designs inspired by nature and considerate of its resources by Dutch designers Hella Jongerius and Christien Meindertsma, among others.

Another cool example of Dutch design in the streets of New York is the façade of the recently opened Museum of Arts and Design. It features a custom-designed glazing created by Royal Tichelaar Makkum, one of the oldest companies of the Netherlands. This mixture of past and present, of classic craftsmanship and contemporary design, exemplifies the history and the future the Dutch and New York share.

Looking ahead to the future, Dutch architect Florian Idenburg’s designs strive for a greener New York. His 'Green Roofs' project is a promising example of the integration of architecture, innovation and sustainability. The West 8 landscape architects & urban planners bring another exciting project to look forward to. They are designing a sustainable and unique park for the 21st century on Governors Island. Last but not least, is the New Amsterdam Pavilion, designed by renowned architect Ben van Berkel, as part of the NY400 celebration. The pavilion will be erected at The Battery in downtown Manhattan, as a nod to the future as well as to our shared history.

Posted by draweiner at 1:19 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 9 September 2009 1:41 PM EDT
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
National HIV Testing Day - June 27th


National HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is an annual campaign produced by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA-US) to encourage at-risk individuals to receive voluntary HIV counseling and testing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 180,000 to 280,000 people nationwide are HIV-positive but are unaware of their status. HIV counseling and testing enables people with HIV to take steps to protect their own health and that of their partners, and helps people who test negative get the information they need to stay uninfected.

Across the country, thousands of HIV counseling and testing sites, state and local health departments, and community-based HIV/AIDS service providers will participate in NHTD events, by holding health fairs, providing community and media outreach, hosting special testing-related events or operating extended hours.  Some of these events may be scheduled in the days and weeks surrounding NHTD. Campaign materials including posters, for use by these groups have been developed by NAPWA and are available for order or to download.

NHTD organizers will also reach out to communities at increased risk of HIV infection, including African American and Latino populations, both of which are disproportionately affected with HIV when compared to other demographic groups in the United States.  The campaign also highlights this Web site, which allows users to locate HIV testing sites in their area.

Founded in 1983, the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) is the oldest national AIDS organization, as well as the first network of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world. NAPWA believes in making a difference in the lives of its constituents by providing information and resources; telling our collective stories in HIV from the past, present, and future; and being the trusted independent voice of people living with HIV. NAPWA is intimately aware that early diagnosis makes a world of difference in an HIV-positive person’s quality of life. During National HIV Testing Day, NAPWA works with communities to reduce AIDS social stigma through public messages and culturally-appropriate education materials.

Support of some NHTD activities is provided by federal and corporate sponsors.

Media that wish to obtain more information on NHTD should contact Takirra Winfield, Director of Media Affairs at NAPWA, 240-247-1025, Email: TWinfield@napwa.org.

To learn more about how to participate in NHTD, visit the NAPWA HIV Testing Day Web site, http://www.napwa.org/public/programs/nhtd.php or e-mail nhtd@napwa.org.

Posted by draweiner at 7:44 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 2 June 2009 8:12 AM EDT
Thursday, 4 September 2008
MCNY - LEC BlackBoard Help
Topic: MCNY

The Title V/Learning Enhancement Centre is keen to provide services for our students early in the term to help them with Blackboard log-in issues etc.  Ryan Lunenfeld, our educational Technologist will be hosting three workshops to assist students with specific Blackboard related concerns. [Dates and times listed below]. Kindly let your students know they can drop-in in any time during the allotted workshop times.

If they are unable to make it to these walk-in workshop sessions, they can also email Ryan Lunenfeld at RLunenfeld@mcny.edu to schedule an appointment. 

Thanks for your cooperation in announcing this in your classrooms. In addition, an email regarding these Blackboard workshops is also being sent to all student accounts. We will also be distributing flyers to students notifying them of upcoming LEC workshops.


Wednesdays, September 10,   3:00-5:00   PM            Location: Room 12V

Saturday, September 13th,     12:45-4:30 PM              Location: Room 12V

Thursday, September 18th,     3:00-6:00 PM               Location: Room 12V

Posted by draweiner at 5:58 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 2 June 2009 8:13 AM EDT
Monday, 1 September 2008
Constitution Day - Is it Unconstitutional?
Topic: Constitution Day


Constitution Day is September 17. Educational institutions receiving funding through the U.S. Department of Education are required to hold educational programs pertaining to the Constitution (find the original announcement in the Federal Register <http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/retrieve.html> volume 70, page 29727).

Is Constitution Day Unconstitutional? Check out the  American Constitution Society Blog at http://www.acsblog.org/bill-of-rights-unconstitutional-constitution-day.html


Posted by draweiner at 12:54 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 2 June 2009 8:13 AM EDT
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
World Population Day 11 July 2008
Topic: Events

World Population Day 11 July 2008

In 1968, world leaders proclaimed that individuals have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and timing of their children. Forty years later, modern contraception remains out of reach for hundreds of millions of women, men and young people.

This year’s World Population Day reaffirms the right of people to plan their families. It encourages activities, events and information that will help make this right real – especially for those who often have the hardest time getting the information and services they need to plan their families, such as marginalized populations and young people.

When people can plan their families, they can plan their lives. They can plan to beat poverty. They can plan on healthier mothers and children. They can plan to gain equality for women. Plan to support World Population Day this year!

Plan to beat poverty. Plan to gain equality. Plan to beat maternal death.

Posted by draweiner at 5:18 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 2 June 2009 8:14 AM EDT
Friday, 18 January 2008
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - February 7, 2008

The mission of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is to build the capacity and increase awareness, participation and support for HIV prevention, care and treatment among African Americans. February 7, 2008 marks the eighth year of this annual event.

The primary goal of NBHAAD is to motivate African Americans to get tested and know their HIV status; get educated about the transmission modes of HIV/AIDS; get involved in their local community; and get treated if they are currently living with HIV or are newly diagnosed.


Posted by draweiner at 3:47 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 2 June 2009 8:15 AM EDT
National Wear Red Day - February 1, 2008
Topic: Events

National Wear Red Day —February 1, 2008 is a day when Americans nationwide will wear red to show their support for women's heart disease awareness.  This observance promotes the Red Dress symbol and provides an opportunity for everyone to unite in this life-saving awareness movement by showing off a favorite red dress, shirt, or tie, or Red Dress Pin.

Posted by draweiner at 3:10 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 2 June 2009 8:15 AM EDT
Saturday, 5 January 2008
Living Wage Resource Center
Topic: Resources

Welcome to ACORN's Living Wage Resource Center website. What you will find here is a brief history of the national living wage movement, background materials such as ordinance summaries and comparisons, drafting tips, research summaries, talking points, and links to other living wage-related sites. (Please also visit www.raisewages.org for the latest on minimum wage ballot initiatives across the country).

Posted by draweiner at 4:42 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 2 June 2009 8:15 AM EDT
Thursday, 22 November 2007
Clothesline Project at MCNY

Has anyone had a chance to visit the MCNY Clothesline Project on the 12th floor? We can thank Pat Gay and the Mentor Program for bringing this though provoking project to our school.

If you want to learn more about this national movement to raise awareness about domestic violence you can go to The Clothesline Project.
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Posted by draweiner at 12:02 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 4 June 2008 8:44 PM EDT
Monday, 24 September 2007
Research Resources on Turnitin

Has anyone noticed that at the bottom of the page on Turnitin there is a link to "Research Resources"?


Check it out. 

Posted by draweiner at 4:03 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 24 September 2007 4:06 PM EDT

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