NEWS RELEASE: Pace Joins with Other Science Coalition Universities, Columbia and NYU, to Honor Lowey

Pace joined with fellow Science Coalition universities Columbia and NYU to honor Congresswoman Nita Lowey for her role in supporting issues related to global health and biomedical research, consistently advocating for robust federal support for targeted research initiatives. (Left: Dr. Jonathan H. Hill, Associate Dean, Pace University, Sean Solomon, Director of Lamont-Doherty, Congresswoma Nit Lowey and Dr. Kurt Becker, Associate Provost for Research, New York University.)

The Science Coalition presented Congresswoman Nita Lowey with its Champion of Science Award in recognition of her strong commitment to funding the basic research that keeps the United States and the state of New York at the forefront of scientific and medical discovery and technological innovation. The award was presented jointly by officials from three Science Coalition universities, Columbia, NYU, and Pace, at an event at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York.

“I would like to thank Congresswoman Lowey for her leadership and ongoing support in Congress, in particular in the area of higher education research funding, she is a true Champion of Science,” said Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman. “Without her voice it would be a challenge for Pace students, who represent the great middle class of American education and the aspiring heart of America, to assume leadership roles that are essential to creating jobs, stimulating the economy and keeping America competitive.”

Read the full press release here.

NEWS RELEASE: Political Science Professor Matthew Bolton Presented Statement on Disarmament to UN General Assembly

Political science professor, Matthew Bolton, PhD, addressed the United Nations General Assembly First Committee, on behalf of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working on disarmament, peace building and humanitarian issues.

On behalf of global civil society organizations, political science professor calls for disarmament and arms control “driven by the needs and rights of people most affected by armed violence.”

New York – A Pace University New York City political science professor, Matthew Bolton, PhD, addressed the United Nations General Assembly First Committee, on behalf of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working on disarmament, peace building and humanitarian issues.

“We call for an approach to disarmament that is driven by the needs and rights of people most affected by armed violence, not by the discretion of states and organizations most responsible for it,” said Bolton to representatives of the 193 UN member states, as well as UN agencies and NGOs. The First Committee has responsibility for disarmament and international security.

The NGO statement, endorsed by 11 organizations, congratulated states on “some noteworthy progress” in recent international discussions on the elimination of nuclear weapons, the recent Security Council resolution on small arms and light weapons as well as the Arms Trade Treaty, signed by over 100 states since June.

Members of the Pace University community played an important role in the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in July 2012 and March 2013. Bolton was an advisor to Control Arms, the civil society coalition advocating for a “bulletproof treaty” and numerous students interned or worked with the campaign.

Despite these developments in global policy-making on controlling weapons, however, Bolton asserted that “now is not the time for resting on laurels.” The NGO statement identified numerous concerns, including the abuse of the consensus rule in disarmament forums, exclusion of meaningful civil society participation, lack of equal opportunities for women in decision-making and the marginalization of the voices of victims and survivors of armed violence.

“Creativity and new human-centered approaches must be a requirement for all states advocating nuclear disarmament, conventional arms control and reduced military expenditure,” said Bolton, reading the NGO statement. “We can and must replace stalemate and watered-down outcomes with alternatives that advance human security and social and economic justice.”

In addition to teaching classes on international politics, Bolton also leads Pace University’s New York Model United Nations program. Last weekend – 25-27 October – 25 Pace students participated in the National Model United Nations conference in Washington DC, representing Argentina, Denmark and Kenya in simulations of the First Committee and other UN decision-making bodies.

Pace was recognized by the conference with four awards, for students’ excellent diplomatic skills, public speaking abilities and political savvy. Given their success, Bolton asked his students for their advice on how to deliver his statement at the actual United Nations. “They were happy to oblige,” said Bolton.

Bolton is an expert on global disarmament policy. He is author of Foreign Aid and Landmine Clearance: Governance, Politics and Security in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Sudan (I.B. Tauris, 2010) and a forthcoming travelogue Political Minefields (I.B. Tauris, 2014). He has written widely on the politics of landmines, cluster munitions, the Arms Trade Treaty and fully autonomous military robotics (“killer robots”). His recent lecture on the politics of landmines and military robotics is available on the Pace University’s iTunes U account.

Located only two express subway stops from the iconic United Nations complex on the East River, Pace University’s scholars actively engage with global policymaking debates. This June, Pace hosted an expert symposium on Robotic Weapons Control, and the university has partnered with the UN Commission on the Status of Women to create workshops on global policies that affect women and girls.

Pace University has a 60-year history of excellence in regional, national and international Model United Nations conferences and encourages its students to develop the skills and capacities needed to thrive as global citizens. Drawing students from around the world, Pace has numerous academic programs related to international affairs, including political science, peace and justice studies, global Asia studies, international management, Latin American studies, modern languages and cultures, women’s and gender studies and environmental studies.

Contact:

Matthew Bolton, PhD
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Pace University
1 Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038

+1 (212) 346 1828

mbolton@pace.edu
http://politicalminefields.com
@politicalmines

Journal News (video): “Mean Girl Cattiness: She Was Born With It?”

. . . The findings of the study—that women use relationships to navigate life and get ahead—is nothing new, said Dr. Jennifer A. Powell-Lunder, an adjunct professor of psychology at Pace University.

. . . “Indirect aggression”—otherwise known as gossiping, backstabbing and shunning—is a technique women have perfected through the ages, and have employed as an effective competition strategy, claims Tracy Vaillancourt, a professor of psychology at the University of Ottawa, in a report published in the Canadian journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B last month.

“Females prefer to use indirect aggression over direct aggression (i.e. verbal and physical aggression) because this … maximizes the harm inflicted on the victim while minimizing the personal danger involved,” according to the report. “The risk to the perpetrator is lower because he/she often remains anonymous.”

The findings of the study—that women use relationships to navigate life and get ahead—is nothing new, said Dr. Jennifer A. Powell-Lunder, an adjunct professor of psychology at Pace University.

“Whenever studies like this come out, we tend to make generalizations, and yes, women use relationships to get ahead,” said Powell-Lunder, a co-author of the book, “Teenage As a Second Language: A Parent’s Guide to Becoming Bilingual. “The survival of the fittest for men is based on physical prowess. Even in the businesses world, men who show they are fierce and strong with their voice and body language are revered. For women, it’s more about learning to negotiate systems through relationships to get where they need to go. And unfortunately, that has its negatives.”

Watch the video on Journal News blog The Hall Monitor.

 

Broadway World: Tony Winner John Doyle Named Pace Performing Arts’ Musical Theater Artist-in-Residence

Broadway World published an article on Pace Musical Theater artist-in-residence John Doyle.

Broadway World published an article on Pace Musical Theater artist-in-residence John Doyle.

From Broadway World:

Scottish director John Doyle is Pace Performing Arts Musical Theater Program’s second artist-in-residence. The unique Artist in Residence program within the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences is made possible through an anonymous endowed gift.

Doyle, whose inventive re-staging of Sweeney Todd earned him a Tony Award, will work with faculty members at Pace Performing Arts Musical Theater program throughout this academic year to teach a variety of master classes and critique student projects, including vocal performance, song interpretation, the process of composition and the creative process. Doyle will give a public lecture in spring 2014, in which he will explore the creative process of directing musical theater.

To read the full article, click here.

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Journal News: Westchester exec race: Astorino, Bramson tangle for last time (video)

. . . “What’s important is not just cutting taxes and cutting programs but having a plan to better the county,” said Sam Fandrich, a graduate student at Pace University and a panelist for the debate hosted by the League of Women Voters of Westchester and Pace.

. . . “What’s important is not just cutting taxes and cutting programs but having a plan to better the county,” said Sam Fandrich, a graduate student at Pace University and a panelist for the debate hosted by the League of Women Voters of Westchester and Pace.

Watch the video of the debate on LoHud.com

 

Huffington Post: “Janetta Rebold Benton: Medieval Scholar, Modern Wit”

Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton, Distinguished Professor of Art History at Pace University is currently giving a series of lectures titled ART HISTORY ALIVE: France’s Fascinating Art at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in lower Manhattan.

Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton, Distinguished Professor of Art History at Pace University is currently giving a series of lectures titled ART HISTORY ALIVE: France’s Fascinating Art at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in lower Manhattan.

Read the interview on Huffington Post.

China Daily USA: “A day of Chinese cultural exchange at Pace University”

China’s Nanjing Normal University joined the Confucius Institute at Pace University in Manhattan to host a day of cultural exchange that celebrated the partnership and friendship between the two institutions. (left: the campus of Nanjing Normal University)

China’s Nanjing Normal University joined the Confucius Institute at Pace University in Manhattan to host a day of cultural exchange that celebrated the partnership and friendship between the two institutions.

Read the article in China Daily USA.

 

NEWS ADVISORY: Confucius Institute at Pace University and China’s Nanjing Normal University to Host Chinese Culture Day on Tuesday, October 8 with a Job and Study Abroad Fair, Academic Symposium, and a Performance of Music and Dance

The Confucius Institute at Pace University and Nanjing Normal, its partner institution in China, will host a Chinese Cultural Day on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 11 AM – 6 PM, on the downtown New York City campus at 1 Pace Plaza in the Student Union (B-Level, 3 Spruce Street, New York).

 

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Confucius Institute at Pace University and China’s Nanjing Normal University to Host Chinese Culture Day on Tuesday, October 8 with a Job and Study Abroad Fair, Academic Symposium, and a Performance of Music and Dance  

NEW YORK, NY, October 1, 2013 – As a significant part of a weeklong visit by a large delegation from China’s Nanjing Normal University to a number of schools of higher education along the East Coast, the Confucius Institute at Pace University and Nanjing Normal, its partner institution in China, will host a Chinese Cultural Day on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 11 AM – 6 PM, on the downtown New York City campus at 1 Pace Plaza in the Student Union (B-Level, 3 Spruce Street, New York). 

The event will feature a Job and Study Abroad Fair, an Academic Symposium featuring faculty from Nanjing Normal University and Pace University, and a Music and Dance performance spotlighting students from Nanjing Normal.  In addition to representatives from Pace and Nanjing Normal, also expected to attend are Education Counselor Cen Jianjun and Consul Chang Quansheng from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York.

After a high-level meeting in the morning between leaders from Pace and Nanjing Normal (including from Nanjing – Vice President Miu Jiandong and Director of the Foreign Affairs Division, Gao Liping, and from Pace – Provost Uday Sukhatme and Dean of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Nira Herrmann), the event will commence with the Job and Study Abroad Fair.  The fair will last from 11 AM – 3 PM and will focus on employment, research, and study abroad opportunities at Nanjing Normal University.  Concurrently, starting at 2 PM, Pace faculty with expertise on China and faculty from Nanjing Normal University will engage in a multi-cultural dialogue touching on topics such as Literature, Economics and History.  Wrapping up the day’s events, from 4:30-6 PM, will be the student performance, which will include such gems as Uyghur folk music, Tajik folk dances, traditional Chinese instrumental music, and Western classical music. 

 The event is free and open to the public but anyone who wishes to attend is encouraged to RSVP to either ci@pace.edu or 212-346-1880.  Details about the Confucius Institute at Pace University can be found at www.pace.edu/confucius

About the Confucius Institute at Pace University

Located at the financial, civic, and cultural center of Manhattan, The Confucius Institute at Pace University is the first university-based institute of its kind in New York City. Founded in partnership with Nanjing Normal University and China’s Phoenix Publishing and Media Group, Pace’s Confucius Institute integrates pedagogical, scholarly, and professional expertise to promote the learning of Chinese language and culture and to facilitate cross-cultural understanding between people in the United States and China

About Pace

Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, N.Y., enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

About Nanjing Normal University (NNU)

With more than 110 years of history, the renowned NNU, the Pace CI’s educational partner in China, is ranked in the top tier of institutions of higher learning in China, according to the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.  Enrolling over 20,000 students, NNU is renowned for its study abroad programs, scientific and educational research, and beautiful campus.  NNU is also one of the few bases in China for teaching Chinese as a foreign language, a field which the university has had a long and in-depth involvement with. 

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

 

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Playbill: “Pasek and Paul’s Dogfight Enters the Ring With College Students at Pace University”

The 2013 Lucille Lortel Award-winning musical Dogfight — an unlikely love story between a clumsy waitress and a Vietnam-bound soldier that features a pop-rock score by rising theatrical songwriters and Tony Award nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul — will be given its first staging, following its Off-Broadway premiere, Oct. 2-9 at New York City’s Pace University.

The 2013 Lucille Lortel Award-winning musical Dogfight — an unlikely love story between a clumsy waitress and a Vietnam-bound soldier that features a pop-rock score by rising theatrical songwriters and Tony Award nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul — will be given its first staging, following its Off-Broadway premiere, Oct. 2-9 at New York City’s Pace University.

Read about it in Playbill.

TheStreet.com (video): “Congress Is ‘Responsible Enough'”

With a looming government shutdown, Pace University’s Farrokh Hormozi tells TheStreet’s Joe Deaux that Congress will reach an agreement.

With a looming government shutdown, Pace University’s Farrokh Hormozi tells TheStreet’s Joe Deaux that Congress will reach an agreement.

Watch the video.