CAP 200 Readings/ Videos

Unit 1 Beauty

“What is Beauty (8.1.1)” (5-10 min.),

“Capturing the Beauty of Everyday Life in the Bronx” (10-15 min.),

“A Darwinian theory of beauty” (15 min.),

Nehemas “Beauty and Judgement,” and

Hostos CAP handout “What is Beauty?”

Please note: If you cannot open “Capturing the Beauty of Everyday Life in the Bronx,” please sign up for a FREE New York Times subscription. Click on the “Resources” tab and go to “Library.”

In Class: The Danger of a Single Story, Chimananda Adiche

Unit 2 Urban Development and Planning

The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro, Ch. 37 “One Mile”

Supplemental Materials: Photo of Professor Gerald Meyer at City Hall, letter from

Professor Peter Roman to NY Governor Carey

“The Changing Landscape,” in The Bronx by Evelyn Gonzalez

“Hostos Community College:  Battle of the Seventies” by Ramón J. Jiménez,

“Save Hostos: Politics and Community Mobilization to Save a College in the Bronx–1973-1978”, and

Unit 3 Arts and Culture

From Mambo to Hip Hop, Directed by Henry Chalfont (50 min.)

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop by Jeff Chang

Chapter 4 :”Making a Name: How DJ Kool Hero Lost His Accent and Started Hip-Hop”

Chapter 5 “Soul Salvation: The Mystery and Faith of Africa Bambaataa”

“The Story of Marvel’s First Queer Latina Superhero” (19 min.),

“The Next Big Thing is Coming from the Bronx, Again” (19 min.), and

Unit 4 Environment and Health

“A Teacher Growing Green in the South Bronx” (19 min.),

Majora Carter’s “Greening the Ghetto” (19 min.),

The Bronx: Dying from Lack of Nutritious Foods | HuffPost Voices,

How the Bronx is Fighting Food Insecurity During a Pandemic – NY City Lens,

The South Bronx, Plagued by Obesity, Tops a Hunger Survey – The New York Times ( (Hostos students can get a free subscription to The New York Times),

‘Asthma alley’: why minorities bear burden of pollution inequity caused by white people | New York | The Guardian, and

“Gentrification and the South Bronx: Demographic and Socioeconomic Tran” by Lawrence Cappello ( (download the article)

Unit 5 Education and Activism

11/14 (in class): “How Students of Color Confront Imposter Syndrome”

11/21: South Bronx Battles Ch. 8 “The Bronx Was the Last Place”

11/28 (in class): Decade of Fire