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Kitty GenoveseThe infamous 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese will be remembered as part of the Evening of International Psychology and Poetry Performances program Wednesday night at Brookdale Community College.  

Each year for the past couple of decades, faculty members at Brookdale Community College have teamed for a project with an unusual name: the Evening of International Psychology and Poetry Performances, the 19th annual edition of which takes place inside BCC’s Warner Student Life Center on April 30.

A forum for students and educators to share poetic work that “reflects courage, wisdom, or temperance,” the free public event has historically showcased readings in both English translation and a variety of original languages. And when the 7 pm program commandeers the SLC building’s Navesink Room on Wednesday, it will celebrate the spirit of the “everyday heroes” who walk among us.

At the same time, the event will mark a grim anniversary, with special appearances by two men with a living connection to one of the most infamous tragedies in modern American history.

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Press release from Brookdale Community College 

KittyGenovese2This spring marks the 50th anniversary since a 28-year-old girl named Kitty Genovese (pictured) was stabbed, sexually molested and killed outside her Queens apartment, while 38 observers failed to call for help. On Wednesday evening, April 30, Genovese’s brother William — along with Robert E. Sparrow, the last living attorney involved in the trial — will speak at Brookdale Community College  as students, faculty, and psychologists come together to honor 30 everyday heroes within and outside the campus. The awards are part of the 19th Annual Evening of International Poetry Performances.

Known as the World’s Quiet Hero awards, the honors are affiliated with the Heroic Imagination Project led by Dr. Philip Zimbardo, best known for his social psychology experiment at Stanford Prison.  Honorees are selected based upon Zimbardo’s definition of a hero; “a regular person doing an extraordinary thing.” Zimbardo believes there are many heroes in our communities, and that everyday heroism must be acknowledged.

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