Globe and Mail: “Catastrophic loss, and the resilience of the human psyche

Professor Anthony Mancini was mentioned in a Globe and Mail article regarding the resilience of the human psyche after trauma and loss.

Professor Anthony Mancini was mentioned in a Globe and Mail article regarding the resilience of the human psyche after trauma and loss. From the article:

While anecdotes are perfect ways to transmit the human dimension of catastrophes, they’re hardly scientifically sound ways to measure their impact. An exhaustive review of the research literature by Professor Bonanno and two colleagues (Maren Westphal of Columbia, and Anthony Mancini of Pace University), published last November, shows that although individuals vary in their reactions to natural disasters, resilience is the human norm.

Tokyo, Japan after the earthquake and tsunami (Picture taken from Globe and Mail)

NEWS ADVISORY: Pace Athletics and Campus Activities Team Up for Japan Relief Drive

The Pace University Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Student Development and Campus Activities (SDCA) office will hold a clothing drive and bake sale to aid the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, March 23, 2011- The Pace Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Student Development and Campus Activities (SDCA) office will hold a clothing drive and bake sale to aid the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Until April 8, there will be large bins in both the Goldstein Fitness Center lobby and outside the Student Activities office in the Kessel Student Center for clothing donations. In addition, SAAC, Student Activities, the Accounting Society and Pace staff will have a bake sale on Tuesday March 29 and Wednesday March 30 in the Kessel well during common hours raising money for the relief effort in Japan.

All donations are appreciated and welcome. For more information, contact Zach Dayton (914)773-3271 zdayton@pace.edu or Caitlin Kirschbaum (914)773-3212 ckirschbaum@pace.edu.

NEWS RELEASE: Left Forum Convenes at Pace NYC March 18-20

“Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and the Middle East uprising” is one of the current topics up for discussion starting tonight when the Left Forum—the largest annual conference in the US of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, and the interested public —convenes in New York City at Pace University. The conference runs through Sunday, March 20.

Fresh, often controversial ideas on Middle East, anti-labor moves, health care, to be aired at Pace University this weekend

Cornel West, Malalai Joya, Barbara Ehrenreich to keynote largest US conference of left and progressive scholars and activists

Cornel West

Left Forum convenes at Pace University downtown Manhattan campus March 18-20

NEW YORK, NY, March 18, 2011– “Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and the Middle East uprising” is one of the current topics up for discussion starting tonight when the Left Forum—the largest annual conference in the US of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, and the interested public —convenes in New York City at Pace University. The conference runs through Sunday, March 20.

Other topical “tracks” of linked presentations include “Public sector labor mobilizes nationwide”and“Transforming healthcare.”

Plenary speakers opening the forum tonight at 6:30 are:

  • Cornel West, Culture critic and d distinguished professor, Princeton University
  • Barbara Ehrenreich, author of “Nickel and Dimed”
  • Laura Flanders, best-selling author and; host of GRITtv
  • Paul Mason, BBC Newsnight economics editor.

Other plenary speakers include

  • Malalai Joya, former member of Afghan parliament
  • John Nichols: author of ”The ‘S’ Word,” correspondent for The Nation
  • Carlos M. Vilas, Universidad Nacional Lanus, Argentina, Editor, Latin American Perspectives.

All events take place at Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus, One Pace Plaza (Spruce St, just east of City Hall, between Park Row and Gold St). Media admission by press pass.

Portions of the event are being streamed and broadcast during the weekend, by freespeechtv.com.

The three-day conference will bring together 700 speakers, 200 panels, and over 3,000 participants. The theme is “Toward a Politics of Solidarity.” Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, and Jesse Jackson were last year’s keynoters.

Rollback of social democracy achievements?

This year’s forum is taking place “as the people of Egypt and Tunisia overthrow their dictators, and students and workers from Greece to France and England challenge the rollback of social democracy’s greatest achievements,” a statement from the organizers points out.

The diversity of topics ranges from local environmental struggles to analysis and reports from around the world on new forms of solidarity, labor militancy, and transformative democratic uprisings.

In the history of the forum, the statement adds, “never before have so many people organized so many panels, debates, round tables, themed panel tracks, and activist workshops.”

Speakers from Canada to India

Other speakers come from a broad, non-sectarian left of scholars, labor activists, anarchists, students, and movement organizers from around the world, including Greg Albo (York University, Canada), Luciana Castellina (Il Manifesto, Italy), Andrea Cely (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia), Bogdan Denitch (Brac, Croatia), Carlos Esquer (Sindicato Mineros, Mexico), Raquel Garrido (Party of the Left, France), Timothy Hall (UK), Zhidong Hao (University of Macau), and Sang-Hwan Jang (Gyeongsang National University, South Korea).

Also Ian Camilo Cintrón Moya (Union de Juventud Socialista-Puerto Rico), Gautam Navlakha (Economic and Political Weekly, India), Sowore Omoyele (Sahara Reporters, Nigeria), Victor Alverez Rodriquez (Centro Internacional Miranda, Venezuela), Ariel Salleh (University of Sidney, Australia), and Albert Scharenberg (Freie Universitaet, Berlin).

The speakers and panels are listed on www.leftforum.org, a site that also has registration information. The conference fee ranges from $20 to $60 for from one to three days.

“Violence and social misery”

Cornell West, in a statement, noted a “right that is on the march—for free market fundamentalism, an aggressive militarism, and escalating authoritarianism. It is a triumphant Right that attacks the social democratic policies that are the achievements of the Left.”

The Left is broad, he says, including people concerned about “structural violence… exploitation at the work place, institutionalized contempt against gay brothers and lesbian sisters, hatred against peoples of color, and the subordination of women.”

Identifying with the Left “means that you are willing to fight against, and to try to understand the sources of social misery at the structural and institutional levels, as well as at the existential and personal levels,” and to “defend people against the brutality of a globally expansive and predatory capitalism.”

About Pace University

For 105 years, Pace University has produced 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 New York City and Westchester County, New York, 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. www.pace.edu

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Media contact: Julian de Mayo, Media@leftforum.org, (212) 817-2002, demayoj@gmail.com, cell 917-873-6296

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TV Tokyo: “Dictionary of Money” – Arbitrage (Episode 18); Bid-Ask (Episode 20)

TV Tokyo, one of the major TV networks in Japan, features a weekly business news program called “Dictionary of Money.”

The purpose of the program – which has approximately 10 to 15 MILLION viewers nationwide – is to educate its audience about the U.S. economy and New York City as the financial center of the world.

Lubin School of Business Professors are becoming “regulars” with recent guest appearances by:

* Iuliana Ismailescu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Finance, who discussed “Arbitrage” (the practice of taking advantage of a price difference between two or more markets).

* Aron Gottesman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance, who explained the concept of “Bid-Ask” (essentially the difference in price between the highest price that a buyer is willing to pay for an asset and the lowest price for which a seller is willing to sell it).

Dr. Iuliana Ismailescu simplifies “Arbitrage” for Dictionary of Money’s almost 15 million viewers, by explaining:

* What is it?
* How does it work?
* Is it risk-free?
* Who/What is an arbitrageur?

http://www.m2j.co.jp/sukusuku/money_jiten/20101031.html

Dr. Aron Gottesman, on the subject of “Bid-Ask,” discusses:

* Where and how is this used in the market/NYSE etc.
* Who bids, and who asks.
* Defines what roles they play.
* Gives examples of how the process works.

http://www.m2j.co.jp/sukusuku/money_jiten/20101114.html

Click on the links, then the forward arrow to the bottom left of the TV screen, to learn more about these topics.

University of Hiroshima in Japan Seeks Relationship with Pace for Exchange of Educational Programs

The Prefectural University of Hiroshima, Japan, equivalent to a state university in the United States, will formally announce tomorrow that it is seeking an international relationship with Pace University that would involve an exchange of training and educational programs.

MEDIA ADVISORYContacts: Cara Halstead Cea, Pace University, cell 914-906-9680, chalstead@pace.edu Lorraine Monaco, Michaelian Institute, 914-422-4305, lmonaco@pace.edu

Hiroshima and Pace Universities to seek relationship via White Plains visit Tuesday morning, March 3

White Plains Mayor Delfino, County Executive Spano also will meet Japanese delegation

WHITE PLAINS, NY, March 2 — The Prefectural University of Hiroshima, Japan, equivalent to a state university in the United States, will formally announce tomorrow that it is seeking an international relationship with Pace University that would involve an exchange of training and educational programs.

The Japanese institution will also be discussing the similarities and differences among public/private partnerships in Japan and the United States with officials from the City of White Plains and Westchester County.

At all meetings, officials will exchange gifts and be available for photographs.

• From 11:00AM to 12:00PM Tomio Yoshikawa, Assistant to the President of the University of Hiroshima, will meet with Michael A. Genito, Director of Pace University’s Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management. The Institute is at 1 Martine Avenue, third floor, in White Plains. Media admission by press pass.

The Pace discussion also will include Pace professor Farrokh Hormozi, Chair of the Department of Public Administration in Pace’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, and other Pace professors and officials. Mr. Yoshikawa will be accompanied by Mr. Ryuichi Kohama, the Director for the Japan Local Government Center in New York City of US/Japanese relationships involving metropolitan government in the Tokyo area.

Possible Hiroshima/Pace connections, Genito says, range from exchange visits of municipal and other government officials who are connected to Michaelian’s studies of current government issues, to reciprocal course work, intensive language instruction and distance learning arrangements.

• At 1:15PM Mr. Yoshikawa will meet with White Plains Mayor Joseph Delfino at City Hall. Over the past ten years the city has undergone extensive redevelopment in close partnership with private-sector companies; Mayor Delfino visited Japan a few years ago to make a presentation on the economic development of White Plains.

• At 2:30PM the delegation will proceed to the Michaelian County Office Building to meet with County Executive Andrew Spano. The meeting will take place in Conference Room B on the 9th floor. Also attending will be Mae Carpenter, Commissioner of Sr. Programs and Services, Camille Murphy, Director of the Office for Women, Grant Mitchell, Commissioner of Community Mental Health, Daisy Yau, Director of the Office for Asian-American Affairs, and Scott Fernqvist, Special Assistant to the CIO for Global Strategy & Economic Development.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for us and our colleagues in Japan,” Genito said, “and with today’s technology the exchange of ideas and learning provides us both with a university without walls or borders.”

The Michaelian Institute has considerable experience with Japan.

This week Michaelian is preparing five government officials from Japan for 10-day internships with municipal governments in Westchester. The placements are part of a program Michaelian has conducted every year since 1992 in partnership with the Japan Local Government Center. In addition to their internship, the group will spend six months in intensive language training at Pace’s English Language Institute and take courses in public administration and American government.

The interests of this year’s senior “interns” range from government work with neighborhood associations to the roles governments can play in discouraging obesity.

The programs are designed to enhance the officials’ knowledge of how local governments in the United States operate and how they address critical problems and issues, as well as to enhance intercultural knowledge and understanding.

The Michaelian Institute also provides research studies and special training for governments, not-for-profits, and businesses that do business with the government and not-for-profit sectors. Pace University has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) program for those interested in pursuing or enhancing a career in government, not-for-profit, or health care.