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Posted by Jim Wunsch, email@example.com I wanted to alert subscribers, especially in the New York metropolitan area to an event: "The Fall and Rise of New York City:1971-96" Saturday, November 16 from 9:30 AM to noon at The Great Hall, Cooper Union (Take the #6 Lexington Ave. local to Astor Place.) To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Empire State College (SUNY) is hosting this retrospective on the city. It is free and open to the public. Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani has promised to speak and will doubtless emphasize "the rise of New York." There will be a slide show drawn from the soon-to-be published book of Bronx photos by photojournalist Mel Rosenthal. I will moderate a discussion with: former deputy mayor and congressman Herman Badillo, Village Voice senior editor Wayne Barrett and professors Jan Rosenberg (LIU), Fred Siegal (Cooper Union) and Walter Stafford (NYU). This panel represents a broad range of political opinion so it could be a lively discussion. I am prejudiced, but the subject could hardly be more interesting: From 1970-80, NYC lost 800,000 people. Arson and vandalism destroyed 100,000 apartments and the historic core of the city's economy--shipping and manufacturing--seemed headed for oblivion. In the 1980s when the stock and real estate markets seemed to be turning the economy around, the city was obliged to confront crack and AIDS. The miracle is not simply that the city stands, but that it remains the most influential in the world. (Is that true?) For New Yorkers--there are a million on public assistance--the specter of the seventies hangs over us. Could the city go broke again? Could the Bronx reignite? Those are some of the questions we will be considering, The Great Hall --the beautifully restored auditorium where Lincoln's 1860 campaign took off--seats 900. Bring your friends and neighbors. As for out-of-towners, we have been referring alumni and students to the Seaport Inn. 212-766-6600. Hope to see you. Jim Wunsch Empire State College jwunsch@sescva .esc.edu