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Media update, Dec. 17 thru Jan. 18

Here’s a roundup of the stories about Wagner College that appeared in the public media over the winter break:

Dec. 20, El Mercurio (Ecuador) — This Spanish-language daily newspaper in Ecuador published a story profiling volunteer efforts to build housing for the poor. Among the volunteers were members of Wagner College’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Dec. 24, Newsday — “N.Y. GOP is Fighting Demographic Tide,” an op-ed essay by Joshua Spivak, a senior fellow at Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform.

Dec. 29, — “Just a Flesh Wound: Many shrug off scandals and come back to win,” another op-ed essay by Joshua Spivak

Jan. 2, Staten Island Advance — “A Year of Art at Wagner College Gallery,” by Advance arts editor Michael J. Fressola, reviewed the current exhibition at the Wagner Gallery in the Union by husband-and-wife artists Nancy Bonior, a painter/draftsman and Steve Foust, a sculptor.

Three pieces were published on the kickoff program for SI-350, the commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the European settlement of Staten Island, co-chaired by Wagner College history professor Lori Weintrob.

  • New York 1 reporter Joe Malvasio previewed the kickoff event in a Jan. 3 story.
  • On Jan. 5, Staten Island Advance reporter Stephanie Slepian previewed the SI-350 kickoff program.
  • A Jan. 10 Advance article by John Annese recapped the kickoff event.

Wagner College theater professor Michele Pawk, a Tony Award-winning actress, has played the female lead over winter break in the Off-Broadway drama, “A Small Fire,” by Adam Bock. Three pieces were prominently published in connection with the play:

  • A personal Q&A with Prof. Pawk, written by Matthew Blank and dated Jan. 4, appeared on the Playbill website.
  • New York Times theater writer Christopher Isherwood gave a strong review of “A Small Fire” in the Jan. 7 issue.
  • John Lahr’s review of “A Small Fire” appeared in the Jan. 17 issue of The New Yorker, complete with a signature New Yorker caricature of Prof. Pawk and her stage colleagues.

“A Small Fire” is playing in the Playwrights Horizon Mainstage Theater (416 W. 42nd St., Manhattan) through this Sunday, Jan. 23. For details, tickets, a video trailer and actors’ interviews, visit the theater’s website.

On Sunday, Jan. 9, the New York Times Education Life quarterly supplement featured a story by retired Times Book Review Editor Charles “Chip” McGrath on the pioneering work of Wagner College professor Miles Groth to open up a new academic discipline, “male studies.”

The next day, Jan. 10, a piece written by Prof. Groth entitled “An Overheard Conversation” was published on the Voice for Men website.

An effort spearheaded by Wagner College Government & Politics professor Douglas Haugen was featured in a front page story by Stephanie Slepian in the Jan. 10 issue of the Staten Island Advance.

The Jan. 10 issue of The New Yorker featured an article, “Meet Dr. Freud,” that cited one of our trustees, Dr. Warren Procci ’68, who serves as the president of the American Psychoanalytic Association. (See p. 56)

On Jan. 14, Advance columnist Carol Ann Benanti observed the “celebrity birthday” of our own President Richard Guarasci. Many happy returns, Dr. Guarasci!

Jan. 18 — We received word today that “The Man Who Saved New York,” last year’s best-selling political biography of former New York state Gov. Hugh L. Carey, has been excerpted on the website of the Gotham Center for NYC History, a CUNY Graduate Center program founded by the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Michael Wallace. The book was written by Seymour P. Lachman, former state senator and current director of Wagner College’s Carey Institute for Government Reform, and Robert Polner, former Newsday political reporter and current public affairs officer for NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.


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