Research Centers and Institutes
Brookdale Center on Healthy Aging and Longevity
2180 3rd Ave @ 119th Street, NYC 8th Floor
New York, NY 10035
Executive Director: Jean Callahan, JD, MSW
Brookdale Center on Healthy Aging and Longevity at Hunter College advances successful aging and longevity through research, education, and evaluation of evidence-based models of practice and policy. In July 2011, Brookdale Center moved into its new home in East Harlem, NYC at the corner of Third Avenue and 119th Street. Brookdale Center shares this new state-of-the-art campus with both the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College (formerly the Hunter College School of Social Work) and the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College (formerly the Hunter School of Public Health). Brookdale Center takes a leading role in the development of evidence based “best practices” to advance the health and wellbeing of a new generation. Brookdale is breaking new ground in aging services by connecting and integrating the applied fields of gerontology with health policy. Brookdale Center serves as a critical bridge between gerontological education, research, policy, practice and advocacy, and is recognized nationally today as a major center of excellence.
Center on Community and Urban Health
425 E. 25th Street, West Building, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Executive Director: Beatrice J. Krauss
Center for Community and Urban Health at Hunter College works with service providers and communities to design and evaluate health interventions that will improve the lives of underserved populations. The Hunter College Center for Community and Urban Health (formerly the Hunter College Center on AIDS, Drugs and Community Health) was founded in 1988 to respond to the growing public health crises that were devastating New York City’s low-income communities, especially AIDS (the advanced stage of HIV infection) and problematic substance use. However, many members of our client population, or their immediate family and/or friends, have multiple co-occurring conditions, of which the above are only two. In fact, in 2004, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene published a policy paper, “Take Care New York: A Policy for a Healthier New York City,” which identified ten priority areas for health interventions. Therefore, in 2005, the Center changed its name in order to reflect these health realities, with the expectation that still other health conditions are likely to emerge in the future as community concerns.
Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Co-Directors: Andrew Burgie
The Hunter College Center for Occupational and Environmental Health was established in 1986 to improve workplace and environmental health by assisting worker and community efforts to understand and ameliorate hazardous conditions. The center conducts training classes to assist labor unions, government agencies and other groups to strengthen their capacity to respond to workplace hazards; assists communities in addressing urban environmental concerns; and sponsors graduate student internships in occupational and environmental health.
Current areas of interest and study include asbestos, lead poisoning, hazardous waste and materials, asthma, air pollution, ergonomics and public health policy. The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health is funded by federal and state grants, labor unions and private foundations.
The Center for Study of Gene Structure and Function
315 Hunter North; http://genecenter.hunter.cuny.edu/
The Center for Study of Gene Structure and Function (Gene Center) was established in 1985. It is a consortium comprised of 53 research faculty who are biologists, chemists, psychologists, physicists as well as a bio-anthropologist and an urban public health scientist. The Gene Center now has a designated cohort of 19 biomedical researchers who focus on increasing the translational/clinical potential of their research in cancer, mental health, and community engagement to help reduce health disparities. The remaining members pursue broader biomedical research goals. The Gene Center is a founding partner with the Clinical and Translational Science Center, a multi-institutional research consortium headquartered at Weill Cornell Medical College. The Gene Center is supported by a major grant from the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Program of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (formerly from the National Center for Research Resources), an agency of the National Institutes of Health. The City University of New York and Hunter College provide institutional support to the Gene Center.
The Gene Center primarily supports research in the following three core areas:
Cancer, including detection and therapeutics innovation in treatment for prostate and breast cancers
Neurobiology/behavior, including addiction and neuroprotection as well as diagnosis of stress disorders
Disease Prevention using telehealth e-platforms to serve the underserved
State-of-the-art core research facilities include:
Digital Bioimaging with Confocal Microscopy
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
The Gene Center contributes to research advances in diseases that disproportionately affect minority populations - such as stroke, drug addiction, cancer and AIDS. Gene Center scientists have received distinguished awards such as the Ameritec Prize for Paralysis Research and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for their outstanding research in these areas. A major goal is to develop outstanding faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and summer undergraduate research fellows from underrepresented groups.
The Center for Puerto Rican Studies
(Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños)
Administrative Office: 1429 Hunter East; (212) 772-5688
Director: Edwin Meléndez, Ph.D.
The Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños/Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) is a university-based research institute whose mission consists of two components. One is to collect, preserve and provide access to archival and library resources documenting the history and culture of Puerto Ricans. The other is to produce, facilitate and disseminate interdisciplinary research about the diasporic experiences of Puerto Ricans and to link this scholarly inquiry to social action and policy debates. The other is to collect, preserve and provide access to archival and library resources documenting the history and culture of Puerto Ricans. To complement these core activities, Centro sponsors a year round program of educational and cultural activities.
History Founded in 1973 by a coalition of faculty, students and community leaders, Centro seeks to achieve its mission by working closely with a network of education, research, archival, advocacy and community-based partners. Centro has been housed at Hunter College since 1983; however, it is a CUNY-wide research center. Centro staff guide and mentor Latino and other students, assist and advise community organizations and other research institutions and serve on local, national and international committees concerned with issues of social, economic, educational and cultural policy. In addition, CUNY faculty and staff with interests in Puerto Rican and Latino studies are invited to affiliate with Centro, where they utilize its extensive resources. Centro has been a founding member of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) since 1989. The IUPLR, currently composed of 23 affiliate centers, is the most extensive consortium of Latino research centers in the United States.
Research Program As a university-based Puerto Rican research center, Centro staff and researchers are interested in a comprehensive understanding of the Puerto Rican diasporic experience in the U.S. and in relevant socioeconomic and historical aspects regarding Puerto Rico. Given its history and role within CUNY, the Centro is particularly interested in New York’s Puerto Rican and ethnic communities. The following are research areas of current interest and attention in the Centro: history and political economy, migration, race, class, gender and sexuality, education, community development, political and human rights, public policy and political participation and cultural and literary studies. This list reflects the current combination of staff strengths and expertise, as well as the academic, community and policy networks the Centro has developed. Given the changing needs in Puerto Rican communities, in academia and in the Centro’s staff, the areas of current interest are reviewed periodically.
The Centro Research Exchange program promotes institutional, faculty and student intellectual and scientific exchange with stateside academic institutions and in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Since its inception the program has focused on strengthening institutional links between the City University of New York and stateside higher education and research institutions through academic and cultural exchanges and scholarly collaboration. Centro has sponsored numerous resident scholars, including theses and dissertation, post-doctoral and junior faculty fellows. The Centro research Exchange programs have facilitated research and other academic/cultural activities for more than three hundred faculty and students.
Library and Archives The Centro Library and Archives is devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the history and culture of Puerto Ricans. Now in its new facilities at the Lois V. and Samuel J. Silberman Building in East Harlem (119th and 3rd Ave.), the collections include books, newspapers, periodicals, audio and video tapes, manuscripts, photographs, prints and recorded music. The library and archives provides services and programs to the scholarly community as well as the general public. The library and archives facilitates access to its holdings through mail and telephone services, City University’s online public catalog CUNY+, participation in national computerized databases and through the publication of finding aids. The library and archives promote the study of Puerto Rican history and culture through exhibitions and other public programs.
The Centro Library and Archives collects, preserves and makes available for research unique primary materials that document the history and culture of the Puerto Rican diaspora with a concentration on New York City. The holdings include personal papers, records of organizations and institutions, photographic collections, broadsides, programs and ephemera. Among the collections are the records of civil rights organizations, the papers of activists, writers, artists, scholars, educators and elected officials. A highlight of the holdings is the extensive records of the offices of the Government of Puerto Rico in the U.S. Special features of the Archives include its photographic holdings, art prints/posters by artists from New York and Puerto Rico and sound recordings of Puerto Rican popular music. Finding aids and guides are available for processed collections and are online on the Centro Web site.
Publications Founded in 1987, the CENTRO journal is one of the Centro’s most important links to the public. A multidisciplinary, bilingual, refereed publication that welcomes scholarly articles in the humanities and the social and natural sciences, as well as interpretive essays, interviews, fiction, reviews and art, CENTRO reflects developments in the field of Puerto Rican studies. Although primarily an academic publication directed at disseminating the body of scholarship on Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans, the journal retains elements of its earlier incarnation, publishing work in a variety of formats. The journal encourages a dialogue that compares Puerto Ricans with other ethnic groups, particularly other Latinos and African Americans. CENTRO is available by subscription or, as with all of our publications, directly from our offices.
Voices is the electronic magazine of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. Voices is a web-based platform to disseminate scholarly contributions about the Puerto Rican experiences in the United States to a general public. It encourages interactions among academics and between academics and our community and the general public. The magazine is asynchronous and updated regularly. centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/voices-e-magazinefront
Events Centro sponsors cultural and educational activities that contribute to the study and interpretation of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. We give priority to activities that support teaching and learning Puerto Rican Studies, develop and promote our archival collections, and that are useful to those in community organizations, public policy, and academia. Our speaker forums focus on scholarship in the social sciences, humanities, and performance arts.
For more information on current programs, events and other activities, please visit http://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu.
Performing and Fine Arts Venues
The Kaye Playhouse
Ground Floor Hunter North
68th Street, between Park & Lexington Aves.
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, a fully-equipped theater with 624 seats, boasts an elegant 1940’s design. It is home to a wide array of national and international events, including theatrical productions, dance performances, chamber music and opera, film/photo/television shoots, fashion shows, jazz concerts, lectures, corporate meetings, vocal concerts, and children’s shows.
The Kaye’s flexible and sophisticated sound and lighting systems enhance and improve the event experience for both performers and audiences. Each season, the Kaye Playhouse hosts over 200 events, bringing an eclectic mix of live performances to over 100,000 theatergoers annually.
Hunter North Lobby
The Assembly Hall is Hunter’s largest performance venue. With a seating capacity of 2,079, the hall hosts performances by the Hunter College Symphony, concerts, meetings, forums and a variety of other events. Anyone interested in reserving the Assembly Hall for an event should contact the Office of Central Reservations at (212) 772-4872.
The Frederick Loewe Theatre
Ground Floor Thomas Hunter
The Frederick Loewe Theatre is a black-box theatre that seats an audience of 110. It has the ability to accommodate proscenium or thrust stage productions and houses most of the Department of Theatre events. Box office: (212) 772- 4448; administrative office:(212) 772-4227.
Ida K. Lang Recital Hall
4th Floor Hunter North
The Lang Recital Hall, a 149-seat auditorium designed by the firm of Abramowitz Kingsland Schiff, opened in Spring 1995.
This state-of-the-art facility hosts jazz concerts, chamber music ensembles and film festivals and houses most of the Department of Music graduation and faculty recitals. Artists from throughout the world have performed at the Lang. Box office: (212) 772-4448; administrative office: (212) 772-4227.
The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, located at the 68th Street campus, Hunter West lobby, houses professionally organized exhibits that support the educational programs of the Art Department of Hunter College. The Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, located at 450 West 41st Street, is a 12,000-square-foot space used for large surveys, retrospectives and the MFA Thesis Exhibition. The entire exhibition program maximizes student and faculty participation to expand the parameters of the graduate programs in both fine art and art history. Main campus gallery: (212) 772-4991.