CUNY at the Turning Point


New York City College of Technology, the City University of New York campus where I teach, has now spent more than a decade a decade improving itself on the cheap. When I first taught here in 2001, it was a joke of a college, seen by many as undeserving of the name. Now, its faculty (over half hired within the last ten years) publish regularly and teach the diverse student population deftly and with dedication. The students have improved, too: For their final, my Law Through Literature students were each asked to select a passage from the “Grand Inquisitor” chapter of Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov and use it as a jumping-off point for a discussion of their own philosophies of the law. When I joined the full-time faculty in 2006, such an assignment would have proved disastrous.

But, as I said, the change has been effected on the cheap. And…

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