Keynote 2016


Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of your College Classroom will Improve Student Learning

Technology is changing higher education, but the greatest value of a physical university will remain its face-to-face (naked) interaction between faculty and students. Technology has fundamentally changed our relationship to knowledge and this increases the value of critical thinking, but we need to redesign our courses to deliver this value. The most important benefits to using technology occur outside of the classroom. New technology can increase student preparation and engagement between classes and create more time for the in-class dialogue that makes the campus experience worth the extra money it will always cost to deliver. Students already use online content, but need better ways to interact with material before every class. By using online quizzes and games, rethinking our assignments and course design, we can create more class time for the activities and interactions that most spark the critical thinking and change of mental models we seek.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. José Antonio Bowen

José Antonio is President of Goucher College. Bowen began his teaching career at Stanford University in 1982 as the Director of Jazz Ensembles.  In 1994, he became the Founding Director of the Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (C.H.A.R.M.) at the University of Southampton, England. He returned to America in 1999 as the first holder of the endowed Caestecker Chair of Music at Georgetown University where he created and directed the Program (now Department) in Performing Arts. He was Dean of Fine Arts at Miami University, before moving to SMU in Dallas in 2006 to become Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts and Algur H. Meadows Chair for 8 years (ending with a No. 1 ranking for the School of Music in USA Today in 2014).

He has written over 100 scholarly articles for the Journal of Musicology, the Journal of the Society for American Music, The Journal of Musicological Research, Performance Practice Review, 19th-century Music, Notes, Music Theory Spectrum, the Journal of the Royal Musical Associations, Studi Musicali, the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and in books from Oxford and Princeton university presses. He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Conducting(Cambridge University Press, 2003) and received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship. He contributed to Discover Jazz (Pearson, 2011) and is an editor (along with David Baker, Dan Morgenstern, John Hasse, and Alyn Shipton) of the 6-CD set, Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology (2011). He has a TED talk on Beethoven as Bill Gates.  READ MORE

FireSide Chat

Fireside Chats will provide some insight into the character and resilience of our CUNY community. Vita Rabinowitz, Rocio Rayo, Carlos Advincola Jr. and Raquel Melendez will share pivotal moments in their academic or professional careers that challenged them to find creative solutions to achieve success.

Dr. Vita C. Rabinowitz


Vita C. Rabinowitz is Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost at The City University of New York. Since her service this role began in July 2015, she has worked to advance university priorities related to college readiness, degree completion, and workforce development as well as performance management and assessment, among other areas. She has also established CUNY’s Office of Faculty Affairs, which aims to work collaboratively with colleagues across the university to ensure that faculty are supported and recognized for their essential contributions to students, the University, and their disciplines. For nearly a decade prior to her current appointment, Dr. Rabinowitz served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Hunter College, where she spent 37 years as a dedicated faculty member and also served as the co-founder and co-director of the Gender Equity Project.  Dr. Rabinowitz received her master’s and doctoral degrees in social psychology at Northwestern University.

M.A. Rocio Rayo

Rocio Rayo is interested in the historical and political aspects of the relationship between the United States and Latin America, particularly in Central America. Rocio graduated from high school in 2000 and began working as a runner for a criminal defense attorney. She worked her way up to become a paralegal, but realized that without a college degree further professional growth opportunities would be unlikely.

Rocio enrolled at Hostos Community College in the fall of 2009, and recognized the valuable role that community colleges play in making higher education available to the poor, the working class, and people of color. She works at Hostos as a writing tutor. Rocio is the proud mother of Amir, her nine year old son. She persistently strives to find ways to manage her educational, political, professional, and family life.

Rocio transferred to City College in the fall of 2011. After graduating from City College, she plans to pursue her doctoral degree in history. Rocio is a City College Fellow, and received the Kaye Scholarship and the Weston Scholarship. She was given an award for academic excellence from the political science department in spring of 2012.  Rocio graduated from City College with her B.A. and M.A. in History in June 2014.

Rocio is currently an adjunct lecturer at Hostos Community College, as well as, Executive Director of Colmena Design, a game design company focuses on social justice and educational gaming.  Colmena Design, previously known as the Hostos Hive Cooperative, came together alongside 2012 Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year Rees Shad to work on the book Einstein & the Honeybee, a textbook introducing high school and college students to game design. The goal was to create an affordable and engaging narrative-based exploration of game development, iterative design, and how games can make a difference in the world.
This collaboration established a foundation of cooperative development that has continued through several projects since and is part of what makes us who we are, a unique company that has a focus on not only creating games and curricula, but also on making a positive change in our communities.

Carlos Advincola


Carlos Ramon Advincola Jr., born on July 23, 1989 in Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, New York, was always told by his parents that he was born with a piece of paper in one hand and a pen in the other. Since the third grade, Carlos has been infatuated with writing stories, in the back of his mind seeing himself becoming a New York Times Bestselling Author. Entering his final semester of Hostos Community College, majoring in Liberal Arts and Humanities, the oldest of four boys, of who attend the same college as well, is planning on publishing his fourth book this year. Throughout his time in Hostos, Carlos has served as a senator in the Student Government, being an Emerging Leader in the Hostos Leadership Academy, founded the Advertising Club, and many others. The 26 year old has repeatedly stated that God brought his family and him to Hostos for a reason, and so far he feels right at home.

Raquel Melendez


Raquel Melendez, being brought up in a community with limited opportunities helped me understand the value of obtaining an education and the importance of making a difference through my actions. Currently, I am a sophomore at Hostos Community College majoring in Liberal Arts and will be pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in International Studies. I am intrigued by the prospect of studying abroad, learning new languages and being exposed to diverse cultures.
As a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Hostos Student Leadership Academy and Honors program, I’ve had the pleasure of volunteering with non-profit organizations such as Bronx is Blooming, New York Food Pantry, and Part of the Solution, by cleaning local parks and servicing economically disadvantaged communities with food distribution. Through actively participating in school service activities, I have experienced the power in helping others and wish to learn more about careers that focus on advocating for the underserved.

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