School of Humanities and Social Sciences

A Reading With a Rising Star

A two-time alumnus and new literary darling returns to Brooklyn College to discuss the groundbreaking novel he first workshopped in the M.F.A. program.

Native Tongues

Native Tongues

A new Brooklyn College professor explores African-American English, and finds a campus where the cultural and linguistic diversity speaks her language.

A Fortuitous Find

Numismatist and historiographer Liv Yarrow tells about how images struck on a coin helped her advance her research on the Roman Republic.

Telling History Through Coins

Classics Professor Liv Yarrow has been co-directing a project that will allow numismatists, historians, and the like to access a giant database of coin die to expand their scholarship on the Roman Republic.

A “Career” of Giving Back

A “Career” of Giving Back

Teanu Reid ’16 began supporting her school and fellow students shortly after she arrived at Brooklyn College. She has continued giving back and engaging with her alma mater as she works on her Ph.D. at Yale.

Finding the Researcher Inside

Finding the Researcher Inside

Samori Harris dives deep into issues surrounding race and the criminal justice system.

Their Next Meal

Their Next Meal

Sahil Chaudry ’21 investigates the confluence of food insecurity and climate change.

Erasing the Single Story

Erasing the Single Story

Journalist, author, and creative writing M.F.A. student Wadzanai Mhute is intent on flipping stereotypes on their head and showing the world a more nuanced picture of her native Zimbabwe.

Alumni Authors Earn American Book Awards

Alumni Authors Earn American Book Awards

Ocean Vuong ’12 and De’Shawn Charles Winslow ’11 ’13 M.F.A. Recognized for Their Contributions to Multicultural Literature

Calling All COVID Scholars

Calling All COVID Scholars

Faculty members join forces to create an archive for the college community’s tales from the pandemic.

A Newspaperman’s Progress

A Newspaperman’s Progress

Landing at The New York Times right after earning his bachelor’s degree, reporter and writer Derek Norman ’17 has grown to believe that, as a journalist, bearing witness to the human experience is a duty and a privilege.

Literary Scents

Literary Scents

Award-winning author and perfumer Tanaïs says that at the intersection of writing and creating fragrances are deeper stories to be told of culture and politics.

Sustainability and Sustenance for All

Sustainability and Sustenance for All

Brooklyn College student Galilea Matias’ study of water quality in Mexico’s poorer neighborhoods spurred her to consider further research in sustainability and gained her a job with a local CSA helping to improve nutrition in New York City neighborhoods with less access to fresh farm produce.

Matthew Freedman ‘99

Matthew Freedman ‘99

Matthew Freedman had his students in mind when he won a prestigious Fulbright Distinguished Teaching Award this year, enabling the Hudson Valley–based high school English teacher to study education in Finland.

On Writing and Their Latest Books

On Writing and Their Latest Books

Helen Phillips’ The Need finds Molly, a paleobotanist and mother of two, in a fight…
Literary Lights

Literary Luminaries

“There is something quite powerful about having a creative writing program in a city, and…
A Literary Full Circle

A Literary Full Circle

At a time when they are both receiving accolades, authors Helen Phillips ’07 M.F.A. and De’Shawn Charles Winslow ’11, ’13 M.A. meet on campus to reflect on their beginnings in the Brooklyn College creative writing program and how far they have come.

Faculty Expert: Ken Gould

Faculty Expert: Ken Gould

On the Importance of a Humanities Education in a Changing World