Theater for the people
The Working Theater, a group with a mission of presenting plays accessible and relevant to working people, is currently performing The Block by acclaimed playwright Dan Hoyle, known for his journalistic style. Next month, members of the PSC will host a theater party featuring a performance of the play, which is based on two years of conversations and interviews with residents of Hoyle’s South Bronx neighborhood. The party will take place on Tuesday, June 7, at 7 pm, as part of the Manhattan showing of the play at Urban Stages on 259 West 30th Street. For tickets and information, contact Steve Leberstein at [email protected], or Marcia Newfield at [email protected]. For more information about the play, go to the Working Theater website.
Brooklyn College’s new president
The CUNY Board of Trustees appointed Michelle J. Anderson to lead Brooklyn College as the school’s 10th president. Anderson, a professor and dean at the CUNY School of Law, oversaw the growth of the law school as it strengthened its public interest mission and moved to a new state-of-the-art building in Long Island City. Having led the law school since 2006, Anderson will assume her new role on August 1. Outgoing Brooklyn College President Karen L. Gould is retiring.
A number of notable speakers will address new CUNY graduates at college commencements this presidential election year. First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at the City College commencement on Friday, June 3. Speakers at other CUNY commencement ceremonies include US Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro at York College, US Senator Chuck Schumer at Bronx Community College, Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile at Medgar Evers College and Arianna Huffington, cofounder and editor of the Huffington Post, at Hunter College.