Chet Jordan, Assistant Professor at Guttman Community College, and Anthony G. Picciano, Professor of Urban Education at Hunter College, the CUNY Graduate Center, and the CUNY School for Professional Studies, held a March 29, 2018, Q&A interview with Gotham blog editor Nick Juravich about the book they co-authored: CUNY’s First Fifty Years: Triumphs and Ordeals of a People’s University.
About the book CUNY’s First Fifty Years:
Providing a comprehensive history of The City University of New York, this book chronicles the evolution of the country’s largest urban university from its inception in 1961 through the tumultuous events and policies that have shaped it character and community over the past fifty years. Reflecting on its uniqueness and broader place in U.S. higher education, Picciano and Jordan examine in depth the development of the CUNY system and all of its constituent colleges, with emphasis on its rapid expansion in the 1960s, and the end of its free tuition in the 1970s, and open admissions policies in the 1990s. While much of CUNY’s history is marked by twists and turns unique to its locale, many of the issues and experiences at CUNY shed light on the larger nationwide developments in higher education.
About The Gotham Center:
The Gotham Center is a university-based research and educational center, devoted to advancing scholarly and public understanding of New York City’s rich and living past. The organization was founded in 2000 by Mike Wallace, Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, after his landmark work Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, co-authored with Edwin Burrows, won the Pulitzer. For nearly twenty years, it has been the one academic institution devoted exclusively to promoting this critical field of study.