• Arts & Entertainment

    Margaret Atwood showcased for final Evening Readings of the semester

    Margaret Atwood visited Queens College on Nov. 12 for the final installment of the fall 2013 Evening Reading Series. She read a passage from her latest book “MaddAddam” and was interviewed by Leonard Lopate. The audience got a sense of Atwood’s dynamic personality early into the reading when she described her informative, complimentary introduction by Evening Readings director, Joe Cuomo as a “trip through Wikipedia.” She captured the audience’s attention immediately by using humor and maintained the attention as she read part of “MaddAddam,” the third installment of a speculative fiction trilogy. Speculative fiction is a literary genre consisting of fiction with supernatural, fantastical or futuristic elements within it. Throughout…

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    Norman Rush visits QC as part of the Evening Reading Series

    Norman Rush visited Queens College on Oct. 8 to read the opening pages from his latest novel, “Subtle Bodies,” followed by an interview with Leonard Lopate. Rush began with a joke about the many compliments he received in the introduction by the series’ director, Joe Cuomo and by humbly thanking the crowd for attending the reading. As he began reading the first few lines of his novel, the audience was engaged with the story that he was beginning to tell and listened as it unfolded. The novel deals with many serious topics such as death, friendship, love, marriage and relationships but also has many comedic elements. Rush said the themes…

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    Evening Reading featuring Colum McCann

    Colum McCann began his time on stage as part of the Evening Reading Series on Sept. 24, by complimenting the success and writers connected to the series, explaining that he is proud to be a part of the CUNY system as a professor at Hunter College. When reading excerpts from his latest novel, TransAtlantic, the crowd listened with quietly and intensely. Occasionally, there was a gasp and murmuring in the crowd when he read a particularly shocking or poignant section of the text. More often, however, the audience laughed at his many jokes and personal anecdotes, due to his lively and friendly personality. In TransAtlantic, McCann writes from the perspective…

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    Queens College ranks 37 on recent survey of graduates’ return on investment

    Queens College ranked number 37 in terms of their return on investment, according to “Is College Worth it?” co-authored by former secretary of education, William J. Bennett and David Wilezol, which analyzed 3,500 colleges nationwide. ROI is calculated by dividing the return of an investment, in this case the salary of a job received after graduation, by the cost of the investment or tuition. The result is then expressed as a percentage or ratio. The book cited PayScale, a company that researches and compares salary data, where QC achieved an annual ROI of 7.6 percent and a ranking of 37 in its surveys, topping some of the county’s most well-known and revered schools, such as…