Studying Staten Island
In March, the College of Staten Island hosted a conference, Staten Island in American History and 21st-Century Education, at which 16 Wagner professors presented papers and chaired sessions alongside local historians, curators, archivists, and faculty from Cornell, Harvard, and many other institutions.
Several Wagner faculty members highlighted Staten Island’s connections to U.S. history, such as history professor Rita Reynolds, who spoke about the Civil Rights Movement, and education department chair Stephen Preskill, who addressed Staten Island in the life of the Catholic social activist Dorothy Day.
In addition, Wagner history professor Lori Weintrob, co-chair of Staten Island 350, is co-editor of a 350th anniversary commemorative history, Discovering Staten Island (History Press, 2011). This volume collects descriptions and photos of hundreds of history-rich Staten Island locations. Read an excerpt about a famous Wagner alumnus.