Welcome Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues,


I am very pleased to introduce the CUNY/New York Times in College 2012 calendar, “The Unforgiving Economy.” Published in the aftermath of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, it is a timely look at the economic history of the United States, helping readers to understand the patterns of economic growth and crises in our nation’s history.

ChancellorMatthew Goldstein, 
CUNY Chancellor.

The calendar describes not only past periods—such as the Great Migration, when many African-Americans left the “Jim Crow” South for job opportunities in northern cities, only to find new and different forms of racism—but looks to the future, toward a global economy that will be increasingly driven by innovation, new ways of delivering services, and a more highly educated citizenry.


The City University of New York is committed to helping students meet new economic challenges. We are working creatively and diligently to encourage programs and practices that support students’ efforts to graduate in a timely way and prepare them to compete in the world economy.


The concept and development of the 2012 “Unforgiving Economy” calendar, Web site and smart phone app have been guided by CUNY Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Board Secretary Jay Hershenson and LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow. Their vision has been realized by Richard K. Lieberman, director of the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives and professor of history at LaGuardia Community College, and his colleagues at the archives, Associate Project Directors Steven A. Levine and Stephen Weinstein, and Assistant Project Director Tara Jean Hickman. The project has received valuable input from some of the University’s finest scholars, whose participation underscores the integrity of the content. The calendar’s one-of-a-kind images were sourced from both the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives and The New York Times photo archives.


For more than 30 years, the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives has produced exemplary calendars and lesson plans on a variety of subjects, including the history of the New York City Council and the origins of public housing. For the past seven of those years, the archives has produced the CUNY/New York Times in College calendar projects, consisting of printed calendars, websites and curricula focused on the following topics: voting rights and citizenship, women’s leadership, immigrants, city life, freedom, public higher education, and health.


The commitment of the calendar’s sponsors has been particularly important. CUNY offers special thanks to JPMorgan Chase Chairman and C.E.O. Jamie Dimon, President Kimberly Davis of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Senior Vice Presidents Leonard Colica, Michael Nevins and Timothy G. Noble, and Vice President Kim Jasmin.

We are deeply appreciative of our ongoing partnership with our esteemed colleagues at The New York Times in College for making the calendar widely accessible, facilitating the curricular elements and providing access and publication rights to The New York Times archival photos. With the help of The New York Times in College, accessible online at, CUNY is collaborating with faculty, administrators and students in states nationwide. In particular, we want to acknowledge and thank these Times colleagues: Felice Nudelman, executive director, education; A. Craig Dunn, partnership director, education; Stephanie Doba, Newspaper in Education manager; and Diane McNulty, executive director, corporate communications.


Thanks are also due to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. Their historic support and funding of the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives and its calendars and curricula have helped the archives to preserve history and make it available and accessible to the public.


“The Unforgiving Economy” is a work of scholarship, enabling us to understand the history of the U.S. economy and the struggles for justice. The University takes great pride in the partnerships that allow the calendar to bring this history of the economy to life.


Matthew Goldstein,
CUNY Chancellor