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    Witnessing the end of apartheid through a former diplomat’s eyes

    Former Greek ambassador Loucas Tsilas spoke at Godwin-Ternbach Museum in Klapper Hall on Nov. 12 to reflect on his time in South Africa during the end of apartheid. The lecture was a part of the Short Course on South Africa series, which coincides with the Year of South Africa at Queens College. Tsilas’ talk highlighted the historical lessons from the dark period in the country’s history. “It is so refreshing and thought-provoking to discuss these issues,” Tsilas said. In South Africa, apartheid, which divided society by race, was implemented in 1948 and dismantled in the beginning of the 1990s after pressure from international countries and resistance from inside the country.…

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    Author attends dramatic reading of his anthology recounting survival during the Holocaust

    The Center for Jewish Studies and the Queens College Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance presented a dramatic reading of “Inmate #1818″ on Nov. 6 at the Rosenthal Library with Bernard Otterman, the author, in attendance to discuss the stories. Otterman and his family moved to the U.S. from Germany after living through the horrific experience of being imprisoned in Nazi labor camps. A doctor in the natural sciences, he recently released a collection of stories exploring the experiences of Jewish prisoners in the ghettos and labor camps called “Inmate #1818.” It tells the story of a young Jewish boy moving away from the ghetto and being smuggled into a…

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    Brooklyn Museum explores the art of high-heeled shoes

    A shoe lover’s dream is brought to life at The Brooklyn Museum’s “Killer Heels” exhibition. From the high platform Chopines of 16th century Italy to the glamorous stilettos on today’s runways, the exhibition looks at the high-heeled shoe’s diverse history and its lasting place in popular culture. “Killer Heels” explores fashion’s most alluring accessory. Loved by some and despised by others, high heels are perhaps one of the most intriguing articles of fashion. However, women were not the first to wear them. High heels were first worn in the West by aristocratic men at the end of the sixteenth century. Women quickly adapted the style and heels became essential to…

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    A marvelous time to be a comic book fan

    Comic books have been around since the 1920s when many iconic characters were created such as Batman, Captain America and Spiderman. Hollywood continues to have a unique relationship with these characters through film and television. The two biggest comic book publishers, Marvel and DC, have been splitting fans for years. When live-action movies based on characters from each company started to be released, fans became even more divided on a never-ending battle of which one is superior. DC produced two Superman movies in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Batman had two successful outings with “Batman” and “Batman Returns” only to be followed by the panned “Batman and Robin.” It…

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    Club Spotlight: IAMTHATGIRL starts a new chapter at QC

    IAMTHATGIRL, a national non-profit organization, was founded in 2008 by Alexis Jones and co-founder Emily Greener to address the growing need for community amongst girls and young women by helping to build self-esteem and realize their full potential. This semester Queens College students started their own chapter of IATG. President Monica Roman, a junior studying English and political science in addition to being a Student Fellow at the Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding, explained how she got involved with establishing IATG at QC. “Late last year, I began to notice that there was a real lack of women’s oriented groups on campus. Considering how Queens College is always hailed as one of the ‘most…