-- Ongoing Celebration Includes Special Exhibitions, Concerts, Readings, Lectures and Other Public Events --
FLUSHING, N.Y., October 5, 2012 — Queens College was founded on the vision of people like Mayor LaGuardia and Judge Charles Colden, who lobbied for a public college in the growing borough, and the college’s first president, Paul Klapper. On October 11, 1937, the first day of classes, he noted: “We are the pioneers of a new institution. We have no history to look back to, but we can look forward to progress.”
Over the course of 75 years, the college has educated thousands of students, many who have achieved great success and renown in the arts, sciences, business, education, and government. True to President Klapper’s words, Queens College has enjoyed continual progress since its founding. Every year QC is featured in the Princeton Review The Best Colleges guidebook, and last year the Education Trust cited the college as one of only five U.S. colleges that does a commendable job of educating low-income students. QC has earned these accolades because of the quality of its faculty and its commitment to providing a rigorous education to its students, many of whom are first in their families to earn a college degree.
Queens College is marking its 75th anniversary with a yearlong celebration. A lineup of events commemorating the anniversary– many of which are public – will include special art exhibitions, concerts, celebrity comedy and theater performances, and readings by noted authors.
“The anniversary affords us an opportunity to acknowledge the national and international contributions of our faculty and graduates,” says QC President James Muyskens. “We look ahead to our next 75 years and the continuing, vital role the college will play in educating future generations.”
On Thursday, October 11 when the college officially turns 75, a variety of activities for the campus community will take place to mark this milestone. The day will conclude with an academic convocation in LeFrak Concert Hall that will feature prominent individuals from QC’s past and present, including former presidents Saul Cohen and Shirley Strum Kenny.
All-Star Comedy with Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Cosby
Evening Readings Series in its 37th Year
Edward Albee, Tom Wolfe, Joyce Carol Oates, and other award-winning writers will share their work with interviewer Leonard Lopate when the renowned QC Evening Readings resume on October 30 in LeFrak Hall. For tickets: http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/qcer/ticket.html
A Musical Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch
The college will mark the passing of alumnus Marvin Hamlisch at a concert by the QC Orchestra on November 4 at Lefrak Hall. Hamlisch, the multi-award-winning composer of such classics as A Chorus Line and The Way We Were, was to have conducted the concert himself; but it will now be a tribute to him and his well-known work. For tickets: https://qcolbox.choicecrm.net/InternetTicketing/Templates/QCOL/home.html?prod=mhmc
Also in Colden, on December 8 the QC Choral Society and Orchestra will perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.” The work has been described as life-affirming, powerful and popular, following in the glorious tradition of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
A Diamond Jubilee of Exhibitions
“Pictures of the World” will showcase the extraordinary photos taken by students on their study abroad journeys around the globe. Current students and alumni have begun submitting their photos, and the best 30 will be chosen through an online contest. These photos will be exhibited at the college and later will be onpermanent display throughout the campus.
The QC Art Center will hold a group exhibition, “College: Art & Commentary by QC Alumni, 1937 – 2012,” that will depict through traditional and non-traditional media what the QC experience has meant to former students. The exhibition will be held from November 1 – December 21.
Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY), founded in 1937, is dedicated to the idea that a first-rate education should be accessible to talented individuals of all backgrounds and financial means. Its more than 20,000 students come from over 170 nations and speak scores of languages, creating an extraordinarily diverse and welcoming environment. Located on a beautiful, 77-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. This year Princeton Review’s The Best 377 Colleges ranked the college fourth in the nation for “Lots of Race/Class Interaction.” The college opened its first residence hall in August 2009. More info on Queens College at www.qc.cuny.edu.