Poet’s Café



THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2023 | 12-2PM


Activism is a commitment to fostering equitable and democratic communities where everyone flourishes. Being an activist means getting involved and taking actions toward social justice. Art has always had a connection with activist movements. Often, art is created to spread information and awareness.

Bronx-based spoken-word artist Rob Vassilarakis (Simply Rob) was disowned by his family at the age of 17 for being gay and blazed his own path of creativity and activism. His life experiences led him to work with at risk youth focusing on issues of sexual identity and HIV / AIDS education and prevention. 

Vassilarakis is also a founding member of El Grito de Poetas, an all-Latino poetry collective. Vassilarakis will be performing poetry and discussing his life and professional experiences as an activist and educator.

Funding for this event was made possible by a grant by the CUNY LGBTQI+ Consortium.

Please see the attached flyer.

For questions: Contact janet.robertson@bcc.cuny.edu  Writing Center Director

Writing Center Contest

The Spoken Word Club

in collaboration with the Writing Center

and the LGBTQI and Resource Room

Present: A Writing Contest


    Planting the Seeds of Change

Write a poem, short story or essay that addresses your thoughts or feelings about any of the following words or ideas; your relationship with any of these words or ideas:

  • Activism, Justice
  • What is justice?
  • What role can you play in an unjust society?
  • What is your Utopia?
  • Empowerment?
  • Agency?
  • Making a difference:
  • Is there a person who has inspired you to make a difference?


Submit all work to:


Deadline for submission is April 26 @ 8pm


Winners announced at the Poet’s Café featuring  Simply Rob: April 27:  12-2 (club hours):

 Sage Hall Room 100

Questions? Janet.robertson@bcc.cuny.edu, or dayana.sanchez@stu.bcc.cuny.edu


BCC Writing Center in Collaboration with BCC CTLT and the BCC Library present


To Chat or Not to Chat?

Generative Artificial Intelligence: What is it, and what is it good for?

Join the discussion.  In-person or online 

 April 20: 2pm-4pm

The Writing Center, Sage Hall Room 100


Jack Kenigsberg

Jack Kenigsberg, Writing Center Director, Hunter College

Jack Kenigsberg is the Acting Coordinator of the Rockowitz Writing Center at Hunter College and an adjunct lecturer in the English Department where he teaches Composition and Linguistics. He received his MA in TESOL from Hunter College.

Also presenting:

James Noguera, English Department adjunct lecturer and Writing Center tutor

Mark Lennerton, BCC CTLT Director

Jacob Adler, BCC Metadata/Cataloging Librarian

Robert Lupo, BCC Professor, Chemistry Department

Jan Robertson, BCC Writing Center Director

Kenisha Thomas, BCC Academic Resources Coordinator, Symposium Moderator


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