“Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story”

In celebration of the exhibit in the Library Rotunda, Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American, the CSI Library and Hillel at CSI invite you to a film screening of “Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story” on Thursday, Apr. 18 in the Library Theatre (Building 1L, Room 103) from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.

The film traces Jewish Americans’ involvement in the sport from the game’s earliest days, through the war years, to today’s All-Star games. It examines how legendary player Sandy Koufax pioneered rights for players, and Hank Greenberg’s support of Jackie Robinson. The film demonstrates how Jews shaped baseball, and baseball shaped them. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, this film follows Jewish America’s love affair with baseball and how it sheds new light on our national pastime. The film includes interviews with Al Rosen, sports historian Maury Allen, celebrity enthusiasts Larry King and Ron Howard, and all-stars Shawn Green and Kevin Youkilis, as well as a rare interview with baseball legend Sandy Koufax.

This is a CC CLUE event.


The Circle in the Square: Legendary Cyphers at CSI

Come rap with us this Thursday, Apr. 18, from 12:15pm to 4:45pm, the American Studies Program, Office of Recruitment and Admissions, and the Center for Global Engagement, with support from the Campus Activities Board, will present “The Circle in the Square: Legendary Cyphers at CSI.” Students can earn CLUE credit for attending either Part I or Part II. For more information, contact the American Studies Program: bill.bauer@csi.cuny.edu.

The proposed schedule of this multi-location event is as follows:


12:15pm – 2:30pm: The fountain behind the Center for the Arts (Building 1P)

  • In the event of light, intermittent rain: Amphitheater near the back entrance to 1P
  • In the event of heavy: West Lounge on the 2nd floor of 1P


2:30pm – 3:45pm: Recital Hall (Building 1P, Room 120): Workshop, Panel Discussion, Q&A

3:45-4:30 pm: Atrium of 1P: Light reception

Legendary Cyphers will initiate the cypher so others can build off their energy. After Part I (the outdoor portion of the program), which Legendary Cyphers will lead at the fountain behind 1P, we’ll all move to the Recital Hall (1P-120), where Legendary Cyphers will conduct a master class on the art of rapping, freestyling, and community participation through hip hop. Afterward, they will lead a Q&A to discuss what makes the cypher such an important expression of African American culture and how doing hip hop is a multidimensional lifestyle that is founded on unity. They will end with one last cypher, closing the event with a verbal jam session that you won’t forget.

You can find videos of Legendary Cyphers leading their weekly cypher in Union Square Park on YouTube. There’s even a video of their last appearance at CSI two years ago.

Narcan Overdose Prevention Training

A Narcan Overdose Prevention Training will be held on Monday, Apr. 15 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm in the Campus Center (Building 1C) Green Dolphin Lounge.

Participants will learn how to recognize and respond in the case of an overdose and will receive a free overdose prevention Narcan kit.

Please join us. No registration is needed.

This event is sponsored by Health and Wellness Services, the NYC Department of Health, and the Office of Joseph C. Borelli, Council Member, District 51.


CSI Spring Blood Drive

The CSI Spring Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 16 from 11:30am to 5:30pm and Wednesday, Apr. 17 from 8:30am to 2:30pm in the Campus Center (Building 1C) Green Dolphin Lounge.

Donating blood is easy and our blood supply relies exclusively on the generosity of volunteer blood donors. There is no substitute for human blood. Most people qualify as a volunteer donor, even if they are taking medications. Please remember to eat and drink before donating and bring a photo ID.  Thank you.

“Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American”

The College of Staten Island Library, in partnership with Hillel at the College of Staten Island, is proud to present an exciting, multimedia exhibit entitled Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American. This traveling exhibit has been generously loaned from the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, PA. It will be on display in the Library Rotunda from April 15- May 15.

Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American is about the central role that our national pastime has played in the lives of American minority communities as they sought to understand and express the ideals, culture, and behaviors of their homeland—or challenge them. It is the first large-scale exhibition to weave together the history of U.S. sport, leisure, and national identity with the history of Jewish integration into American life. Fascinating artifacts and digital interactives immerse visitors in the story of how Jews and others have navigated American culture and addressed the ongoing challenges of life in the United States. The exhibit also features some of the New York’s renowned baseball stars and legendary stadiums.

Faculty who are interested in incorporating the exhibit in the classroom should visit the Curriculum Guide.

Stay tuned for upcoming events.