Ad Astra Newsletter: Issue #1 2024 (published on Mar 19, 2024)
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“Star Trek: The Reunion of Old Friends” by Helmut Eppich

Helmut Eppich is a remarkable artist and illustrator, whose cosmos-themed paintings are displayed throughout the college. His expertise spans various realms, but what truly sets him apart is his profound knowledge of all things related to Star Trek. A true Trekkie, Helmut possesses an unparalleled understanding not only of the episodes themselves but also of the intricate stories behind the production of this iconic series. In this captivating piece that he has crafted and illustrated, Helmut generously shares his passion for the Star Trek universe.

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Ad Astra Newsletter: CRSP Special Edition (published on Mar 18, 2024)
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“What The Thunder Said” and What We Say Back

by Claire Wilgus (English and American Literature). The work was done as a part of the CRSP program at Guttman Community College/CUNY, under the supervision of Dr. Ria Banerjee.

Claire's reading of T.S. Eliot's well known poem offers a relevant perspective regarding humanity’s impact on the environment. The article positions the 20th century poem as speaking to current climate change concerns, enforcing the ability of literature to remain relevant a century after its publication.

Ad Astra Newsletter: Issue #3 2021 (published on Dec 06, 2021)
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“COVID-19 and My Neighborhood Jackson Heights” by Edda Monique Ottilie Proenca Hobuss

Why did the coronavirus devastate Jackson Heights, turning it into “the epicenter of the epicenter” in a matter of days in early 2020? What lessons can we learn from the darkest days in this community’s history? A LaGuardia student who lives there, Edda shares her experiences and addresses these questions by analyzing COVID-19 and public health data. The work was done under the tutelage of Dr. Ting Man Tsao.

Cover Image: Hreedoy Anirban Khandakar, from LIFE ENDURING-DURING A PANDEMIC (website).

Ad Astra Newsletter: Issue #2 2021 (published on May 26, 2021)
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Hafez's “The Lost Joseph”

recited by Dr. Maria Entezari

A reference to Prophet Joseph’s Surah in the Quran, this poem beautifully unveils how patience, tolerance, forgiveness, faith, and belief in God can open doors for us and help us to overcome all hardships. In this poem, Hafez wants to tell us that with hardship there is also ease if we do not lose our hope.

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Ad Astra Newsletter: Issue #1 2020 (published on May 27, 2020)
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“Los Heraldos Negros” by César Vallejo

The great Peruvian poet César Vallejo speaks to us about how we, as humans, go through painful experiences, some so profound, we cannot begin to explain or understand them. We share this poem to express our solidarity to all of those who have lost loved ones.