Robert Moses Residency; Alumni Reception Mark 40th Anniversary of LIC

By AmyRuth Tobol, associate dean, Long Island Center

December 28, 2011

Robert MosesIn celebration of the Long Island Center's 40th anniversary, and the 40th anniversary of the completion of the Long Island Expressway, the center will host a Robert Moses Residency on March 2-3, 2012.

The Friday, March 2 evening keynote speech and following alumni-recognition event will be open to the public and alumni.

Moses, pictured at left, has been called the "master builder of mid-20th-century New York City, Long Island, Rockland County and Westchester County."

Schedule of Events:

Friday, March 2, 7 p.m.: Keynote lecture by Dr. Lee E. Koppelman, who worked with real estate developer Robert Moses as head of the Long Island State Park Commission. The event will be held at Carlysle on the Green in Bethpage State Park, and will be followed by a reception honoring four decades of college alumni. Students participating in the weekend residency can participate at no charge; alum and others will be charged a small fee, to be determined.

Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.: Long Island and Robert Moses Residency. The day will include meetings with study groups and two panel discussions, one on Jones Beach and one on controversies surrounding Robert Moses. Also scheduled is an informal get-together. Students interested in this 4-credit residency must register for one of four study groups offered in the January term:

  • Long Island and American History: mentor, Ann Becker
  • Immigration: Promises and Challenges: mentor, Silvia Chelala
  • The Crabgrass Frontier: 40 Years in the Suburbs: mentor, Barbara Kantz
  • Robert Moses: The Epic Struggle between Tradition and Progress: mentor, KD Eaglefeathers

Students will be charged regular tuition and fees, including a $60 residency fee which will cover Friday and Saturday meals and events.

For more information, contact Amy Ruth Tobol, associate dean, at

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