CSI/Verrazzano Student Anes Ahmed Selected Critical Language Scholarship Program

Anes Ahmed

Anes Ahmed of the Verrazzano School Honors Program and a graduating senior, has become CSI’s first student to be selected to participate in the Critical Language Scholarship Program, a nationally competitive program that provides students with the opportunity to study a critical-need language in an immersive environment.

This summer, Ahmed will spend ten weeks studying Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) via a language learning site based in Meknes, Morocco. Typically, students travel to the host country to engage in intensive language and cultural studies; however, due to the pandemic, the program will again be conducted remotely this year.

He applied to the CLS Program to further his fluency in MSA, as he aspires to be a professor of Arabic Literature as well as an author of his own creative works. After graduation with his BA in English Writing from CSI, he is seeking to enter an MFA program through which he will hone his creative writing skills. His eventual goal is to diversify literature in the classroom by exposing students to Arabic and Arabic American writers, as well as to translate the works of Arabic authors to help bring their works to a wider audience.

Ahmed has furthered his writing skills throughout his time at CSI by serving as a contributor and editor for the campus publication, The Banner. He has also authored poetry and short stories through his participation with PEN America, a non-profit organization that advocates for creative free expression, which led to performance of his poetry at the PEN World Voices Festival in 2019. He has additionally performed his work at the Tell It Slant Poetry Festival and the Poet’s Passage, and has published his creative writing via literary publications including Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine. Most recently, Ahmed was featured as a speaker at CUNY’s 2021 TEDx Talk.  

He has also served as a Junior Senator on the CSI Student Government, and was a Disaster Relief Participant in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria via the CUNY Cultural Corps, where he aided communities in rebuilding homes. Over the past year, Ahmed has devoted his time to assist The Olive Writers in Casablanca, Morocco, an organization that provides disenfranchised youth with resources and training to develop their creativity through the literary arts.  

By Michele Callahan

Women’s History Month Event: Mar. 23

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the CSI Library, in collaboration with the Office of Student Life, invites you to an online event, “A Centennial Legacy: Voting Rights in View of the 19th Amendment.” This CC CLUE event will take place on Tuesday, Mar. 23 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Our guest speaker (and CSI alumna) Gabriella Leone, History Archives Manager at the Staten Island Museum and curator of the exhibition Women of the Nation Arise! Staten Islanders in the Fight for Women’s Right to Vote, will reflect on the legacy of grassroots activism for women’s suffrage. Learn about the tactics suffragists employed to claim their right to vote and bring about political change in their community. Consider how their commitment to sparking civic engagement and political participation still resonates today.

Register in advance online.

Learn more on our News and Events blog.

I hope to see you there.

By Amy F. Stempler

Color of Hockey: Arlette still stirring as Devils national anthem singer (Features CSI alumna Arlette Roxburgh)

NHL.com – Lou Lamoriello knows a thing or two about hockey talent. He’s apparently a pretty good musical talent scout, too.

The then-president and general manager of the New Jersey Devils was walking down Second Avenue in Manhattan in 1998 when he was drawn into a restaurant where he discovered Arlette, a Trinidad-born singer who was performing in perfect Italian.

Read more at NHL.com.

By Editor

“Polina” Screening

Join us as we screen the fourth film in the Tournées Film Festival, Polina, on Thursday, Mar. 12 in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P), Room 223 at 2:30pm.

We hope you can see some terrific film making while attending a CLUE event.

Look forward to seeing you.

By the Tournées Festival Team, the Department of Media Culture, and the Department of World Languages and Literatures

Tournées Film Festival: “Mrs. Hyde”

Join us as we screen the second film in the Tournées Film FestivalMrs. Hyde, on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 10:10am in Building 5S, Room 125. More information is available online.

We hope you can see some terrific film making while attending a CLUE event.

Look forward to seeing you.

By the Tournées Festival Team, the Department of Media Culture, and the Department of World Languages and Literatures

“The Competition,” Screening February 20

Join us as we screen the first film in the Tournées Film Festival, The Competition, on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 2:30pm in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P), Room 223. More information is available online.

We hope you can see some terrific film-making while attending a CLUE event.

By the Tournées Festival Team. the Department of Media Culture, the Department of World Languages and Literatures