Monthly Archives: April 2023

The Spring 2024 application will open in early July.

FEA invests in deserving U.S. undergraduates who are least likely to study abroad. More than 100 volunteer reviewers read applications each cycle. In partnership with them, we consider financial need, demographic factors, and academic plan and preparedness to decide our scholarship recipients.

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The Globalization of Manga and its Role in Libraries by Jillian Rudes

Come join Jillian Rudes, a New York City public school librarian who started the webinar series Manga in Libraries. Since its founding, Rudes has been traveling the country presenting at conferences and hosting workshops, she also recently published the book Manga in Libraries: A Guide for Teen Librarians to educate librarians all over the world about the importance and value of manga in libraries. Focusing on the social-emotional needs of teens, Rudes has launched an initiative to inspire manga librarians everywhere to build manga collections that empower and celebrate readers.

Event Title: The Globalization of Manga and its Role in Libraries
Speaker: Jillian Rudes
Date/Time: Thursday, April 27th from 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm
Venue: VC12-116 *The venue has been changed!
*Need to register to join the event.

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Japanese Cinema and Society: The Industrial Spy Boom in the 1960s by Dr. Tomoyuki Sasaki (Globus Lecture Series)

The Japanese Program invites Dr. Tomoyuki Sasaki who discusses the 1960 Japanese films and the shifting society in the decades. The talk is based on his recent book Cinema of Discontent: Representations of Japan’s High-Speed Growth (SUNY Press, 2022).

The lecture takes places during Dr. April Gorzke’s course CMP/AAS/FLM4907 Film and Moving Image Culture in Japan. Those who are interested in joining the talk, please register for the event by responding the Google Form below.

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Sam Pollard Film Festival

Dear colleagues ,

Welcome back from spring break! The Harman Program has some great events coming up this week and next with our current writer, eminent documentary filmmaker Sam Pollard who graduated from Baruch exactly 50 years ago, in 1973. 

On Thursday, April 20, there will be a 5 pm buffet reception for Sam that students are warmly invited to partake in, followed by a 6 pm reading and conversation , introduced by Emerita Professor Bridgett Davis.

On the 24th and 25th of April, the Baruch Performing Arts Center will host a small festival featuring four of Sam’s films, along with interviews with Sam by Professor Erica Richardson (April 24) and Prof. Shelly Eversley (April 25). 

The attached flyers have the details; please circulate them as widely as you like. These events may be of particular interest to your students who are about to graduate since Sam will be the speaker and will receive an honorary doctorate at Baruch’s spring commencement at the Barclay Center. 

Warm regards to all, and many thanks for your help spreading the word about these events,

Esther Allen

Director, Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program 

Baruch College, City University of New York

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Alvin Hall coming to Baruch!

Hello Baruch colleagues,

Something has come together so fast that I don’t even have a flyer for it yet, but I wanted to let everyone know as soon as possible that on April 20, same day as Sam Pollard’s Reading and Conversation later that evening, the Harman Program  is sponsoring a talk and lunch with author and podcaster Alvin D. Hall — a very big name in bestselling personal finance books, podcasts and even children’s books, who recently published a nonfiction memoir Driving the Green Book, A Road Trip Through the Living History of Black Resistance which came out of a very successful podcast he did with the same title. 

I had booked a different Harman Fellow but a couple of weeks ago she confirmed she was unable to make it. I happened to meet Alvin through a mutual friend, and he happens to live near Baruch, and was telling me about his new book, and suddenly this all came together. 

The Harman Fellow lunch events are capped at 20 students so it’s not a huge publicity endeavor — but if you can think of any students who might like to have lunch with him on the 20th, please tell them to RSVP to

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