You Can Go Home Again
On Thursday, September 12, The Brooklyn
College Alumni took a tour of their alma
mater and oh, what sights we have seen!
In 1930, with the merger of the downtown
Brooklyn extensions of City College for Men and
Hunter College for Women, Brooklyn College became
the first co-educational liberal arts college in New
York City. Modeled after Thomas Jefferson’s plan
for The University of Virginia, plans for the college
were drafted to be located on 26 acres (costing
$1.6 million) in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.
Construction started in 1935 in the throes of The
Great Depression and was completed in two years
by workers enlisted from the W.P.A.
It was in the original four buildings, Boylan,
Ingersoll, LaGuardia and Roosevelt Halls, that our
alumni studied and attended classes to get their
degrees. Have there been changes? In 60 years for
some, many! Additional buildings have been constructed
and new disciplines put in place to serve the
needs of the 17,000-plus undergraduates and 3,000-
plus graduate students. An off-campus dormitory
on Farragut Road now houses Brooklyn College
and other qualified CUNY students and the recently
constructed Tow Center for the Performing Arts has
replaced The Gershwin Theatre.
Changes and differences, absolutely. Yet some
things remain the same. The vastly diverse student
body that passed before our eyes from all nations
and ethnicities (speaking 100 different languages)
had a familiar look that we recognized: the look of
“Women in the Castle” – Hadassah Book Club’s October Selection
This New York Times bestseller by Jessica Shattuck is an engrossing
novel that deals with three German war widows whose husbands
were part of a failed secret plot to assassinate Hitler. Follow their
story as each woman deals with the fallout of her personal life and
the devastation around her differently.
HERE’S WHAT THE CRITICS SAID:
"Shattuck’s characters represent the range of responses to fascism. Her achievement
— beyond unfolding a plot that surprises and devastates — is in her subtle
exploration of what a moral righteousness like Marianne’s looks like in the aftermath
of war, when communities and lives must be rebuilt, together.” – Mary Pols, The
New York Times
“The book offers a never-before seen perspective of Germany during the Nazi
period.” – NPR
“’The Women in the Castle' pleads the case for humanity as both dreadful and
beautiful." – Carrie Callaghan, The Washington Independent
"Shattuck is a genius at character development and narrative description."
– Judith Reveal, New York Journal of Books
Arlene Augenbraun and Bern Rosenthal will lead the discussion.
All lovers of books are welcome to attend and join our lively,
informative Migdal/Hadassah Book Discussion group.
Discussion Wednesday, October 30, 2pm –
purpose and determination to get to a better place.
Our trip ended with brief stops at The Brooklyn
Navy Yard and DUMBO (Down Under The
Manhattan Bridge Overpass), two very interesting
and historic areas worthy of further exploration.
Join us to find out what’s going on in our neighborhood
and KTBCC (Keep the Brooklyn College
A few Brooklyn College Fun Facts:
• FDR laid the cornerstone for the Brooklyn
• In 2015, The Brooklyn College Barry Feirstein
Graduate School of Cinema opened, making this
the first public graduate film studio in NYC and the
only public graduate film school to have its classes
located on a working film lot (in collaboration with
• Some well-known students and alumni are
Alan Dershowitz (who "got in by the skin of his
teeth"); Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm; Senators
Bernie Sanders and Barbara Boxer; and Al Sharpton.
Other notables include Pulitzer Prize winner Frank
McCourt and actor Jimmy Smits.
A SEMINAR ON MEDICARE AND
SOCIAL SECURITY 2020
Tuesday, October 29, 11am
Towers on the Green
Expert representatives from
Social Security and Medicare will
provide information on:
• Your Medicare Choices and
• You will find out about what's
covered by Part A and Part B
• Medicare Supplemental
Insurance (Medigap) Policies
• Getting help in paying for your
• How to sign up for E Medicare
• And Much More
Please join us for this important
meeting. Refreshments will be
served following the seminar.
BROOKLYN COLLEGE ALUMNI & FRIENDS
Save the Date: Wednesday, October 23, 11:00am
Topic: Music through the Ages
Performance by Judy Greenberg
All are welcome to attend!
6 NORTH SHORE TOWERS COURIER ¢ October 2019