An article from the NY Post reporting the large numbers of students now choosing to attend CUNY (and other public colleges) costing far less than the privates, reminded me what a joy it was for me teaching philosophy at Brooklyn College to such able students from all over the world as well as NYC. Brooklyn was a ‘port of entry’ college that drew new arrivals to this country as well as NYC residents whose families had only come here a few generations ago.

One of my most brilliant students, son of a Nigerian police officer, moved on from us to become a distinguished doctor. We have a number of excellent honors programs that bring able students together. Many of our students go on to first order graduate and professional programs. Our tuition just went up to about $5,000 annually which is a tremendous saving over private colleges with far less to offer. And we have drawn a good number of internationally recognized scholars who like living in NYC and our students so eager to learn.

I really recommend to students and their families trying to obtain the best possible education that they check out their local public colleges. They, too, vary in quality, but some have rich resources to offer that will not be found elsewhere. We live now increasingly in an interconnected world and direct experience and friendships with fellow students from all over can be real assets. Many of our student marriages are also marriages between different cultures. America is becoming a nation of such people — not simply the Western Europeans to which we were earlier restricted by our bigoted immigration codes.

Come and visit on days which are set aside for public viewing and see for yourself what you might most profitably encounter with us.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent 212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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