The University Worth Fighting For

Once again in 2018-2019, the Futures Initiative will partner with HASTAC to offer events, webinars, and Twitter chats designed to tie student-centered, engaged pedagogical practices to institutional change and social justice. We will pay special attention to race, gender, diversity, equity, and inequality—and to rethinking the higher education we so urgently need now. These events connect to a collection of team-taught courses to be offered at the Graduate Center in 2018-2019.

2018-2019 Events

Classrooms and Social Justice: Why Start with Pedagogy? 

September 13, 2018 | 12-1pm | Segal Theater

Speaker: Cathy N. Davidson, Racquel Gates, Christina Katopodis, and Siqi Tu

Google Doc Video
Equity, Health, and Learning: Social Determinants of Academic Success

November 1, 2018 | 12-1pm | 9204

Google Doc Video
Fall Symposium: Who is Included? Restructuring Our Work and Our World

December 6, 2018 | 4-6pm | 9205-9206

Google Doc Video
Hip-Hop Pedagogy

February 14, 2019 | 12-1pm | 9207

Google Doc Video
Reinventing critical interculturalism: Cultures and languages in the classroom

March 7, 2019 | 12-1pm | 9207

Google Doc Video
Spring Symposium: Race Studies Across the Curriculum

April 9, 2019 | 4-6pm | The Skylight Room

Google Doc Video

2017-2018 Events

September 7, 2017: Pedagogies of Dissent for Asian American Studies (September 7)

Speakers: Kandice Chuh, Frances Tran, Dorothy Wang

Google Docs Video
Queer Pedagogies and Pedagogy for LGBTQ Instructors (September 11)

Speakers: Stephanie Hsu, Jenn Polish, María R. Scharrón-del Río, Kalle Westerling

Google Docs Video
Mentors to Leaders (September 28)

Speakers: Lauren Melendez, Mike Rifino

Google Docs Video
Understanding the IRB, Part I (October 18)

Speakers: Marianna Azar, Jessica Murray

Google Docs Video
Revolutionizing the University: The New Education (November 6)

Speakers: Cathy Davidson, Anya Kamenetz

Google Docs Video
From Dissertation to First Book (November 27)

Speakers: Ken Wissoker, Kalle Westerling

Google Docs Video
Landing an Industry Job by Leveraging Your Academic Experience (December 7) Google Docs Video
Co-Creating Social Change (February 14)

Speakers: Eduardo Vianna, Mike Rifino, Francisco A. Medina, Sukhrob Abdushukurov, Courtney Cameron, Lucia Dikaczova, Marianna Fervenza, Thiago Lucena, Araminta Poole

Google Docs Video
Professionalizing your Online Identity (March 1)

Speaker: Christina Katopodis

Google Docs Video
Understanding the IRB, Part II (March 15)

Speakers: Marianna Azar,Kashema Hutchinson

Google Docs Video
Publics, Politics, and Pedagogy: Remaking Higher Education for Turbulent Times(Spring Forum; March 28) Google Docs Video
Writing for the Public: An Op-Ed Workshop (April 19)

Speaker: Tanya Domi

Google Docs Video
Teaching and Learning with New Majority Students: Lessons Learned from the CUNY Humanities Alliance (May 3)

Speakers: Inés Vañó García, Kahdeidra Monét Martin, Jenn Polish, Micheal Angelo Rumore, Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie, Alison Walls

Google Docs Video

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2016-2017 Events

Racism, Xenophobia, Populism: The Miseducation of the Public
September 20, 2016 | 3-5pm | Skylight Room
Speakers: Jessie Daniels, Mary Phillips, Linda Sarsour
Google Doc Video
Enacting a Different STEM: Building Equitable Futures Beyond “Diversity”
October 31, 2016 | 1-3pm | 9204-9205
Speakers: Jill Bargonetti, Gillian Bayne, Andrew Rosenberg, Sara Vogel
 Google Doc Video
Media Blackness
November 14, 2016 | 12-2pm | 9204-9205
Speakers: Cathy Davidson, Shelly Eversley, Racquel Gates, Michael Gillespie
Google Doc Video
Accessibility, Mobility, and Design
February 8, 2017 | 2-4pm | Skylight Room
Speakers: Sara Hendren, April Coughlin
Google Doc Video
Global Perspectives on the Fight for Higher Education
March 6, 2017 | 2-4pm | Skylight Room
Speakers: Marianna Poyares, Zandi Radebe, Cleopatra Funzani Mtembu, Zee Dempster, Eve Tuck, Arianna Martinez
 Google Doc Video
Spring Symposium
April 3, 2017 | 10am-5pm | Skylight Room
 Google Doc N/A

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Details will be announced on the Futures Initiative and HASTAC websites

All are welcome to contribute to this conversation. Each month, we’ll tackle a different theme. Graduate and undergraduate students from CUNY, Duke, the community of HASTAC Scholars, and other partner institutions will host a Twitter chat one hour prior to each event to encourage debate and actions on these timely topics. We will share details on the Futures Initiative and HASTAC websites about how to participate in each event and conversation that we host.

Are you organizing an event that relates to any of the themes we’ll cover this year? Or something that addresses the spirit of the series as a whole? Tell us about it so that we can help publicize it and make it a part of the University Worth Fighting For. Higher Education is under attack on many fronts—and yet it also needs massive transformation. This series looks in both directions at once, renewing support for education as a civic good while also advocating educational reform.

We believe in higher education. Join us as we engage with and amplify these key issues in the classroom and beyond.

2015-2016 Events

Towards a Pedagogy of Equality Google Doc Forum Video
Peer Mentoring and Student-Centered Learning Google Doc Forum Video
Teaching the Humanities as a Survival Skill Google Doc Forum Video
On and Off the Tenure Track: Careers Paths and Hiring Practices Google Doc Forum Video
Ideas in Circulation: Open Scholarship for Social Justice Google Doc Forum Video
Measuring What Counts: Credentials or Learning? Google Doc Forum Video
Teaching as Social Justice: Equity, Diversity, Race Google Doc Forum Video


Additional 2015-2016 events sponsored by the Futures Initiative: 


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