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What's So Great About Queens? October 4th Conference Featuring Best-Selling Author Robert Sullivan Makes the Case for AMerica's 4th Largest City

--The Culminating Event in the College's Year-Long 75th Anniversary Celebration Will Examine the Borough’s Culture, Ethnicity, History, Literature, and Landscape--

Quintessential Queens: Celebrating America's Fourth Largest City
is an all-day conference that celebrates the borough of Queens and the 75th anniversary of Queens College of the City University of New York. Presentations by experts from many fields will cover the borough’s evolution and defining events; landscape and natural places; unprecedented population diversity; neighborhoods; its place in the larger context of American history, literature and popular culture; and predictions for its future. New York Times best-selling nonfiction author Robert Sullivan will deliver the keynote address. For a full conference agenda and to register, visit:

Friday, October 4, 2013, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

LeFrak Concert Hall, Music Building, Queens College, Flushing, New York

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$20. Includes lunch and a closing reception featuring the “Foods and Music of Queens.”

Background: Standing alone, the borough of Queens with its population of more than two million would be America's fourth largest city. Yet, as one of New York's five boroughs, it doesn't always receive the recognition it deserves for its vitality, diversity, and cultural heritage. Quintessential Queens: Celebrating America's Fourth Largest City will be a spirited look at the place of Queens in the world, the nation, and the city. The borough’s first public college, Queens College has long enjoyed its position as an intellectual and cultural center and proudly hosts this landmark event.

As it celebrates its 75th year, Queens College remains committed to providing a premier liberal arts education to bright, ambitious students of all backgrounds. Once again, the school has been named one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College offers outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. To learn more, visit


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