Apr 14: Teaching as Social Justice

Thursday, April 14 | 1 PM to 2 PM EDT #fight4edu |#teach4justice | RSVP

WHERE: The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue
Room: 9204-9205
WHEN: Thursday, April 14, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM EDT
CONTACT INFO: futuresinitiative [at]; (212) 817-7201

How can teaching address the unequal distribution of resources, wealth, privilege, and opportunity along axes of race, gender, sexual orientation, and ability? Join us at the Graduate Center on Thursday, April 14 from 1-2pm EDT in room 9204-9205 for an open, livestreamed workshop on the relationship between teaching and social justice.


  • Prithi Kanakamedala, Assistant Professor of History at Bronx Community College, CUNY. Prithi’s work as a Public Historian includes the major exhibit Brooklyn Abolitionists which examines anti-slavery activism in early Brooklyn. She has worked with the Brooklyn Historical Society, City Lore, Brooklyn Historical Society, Weeksville Heritage Center, and the Museum of the City of New York.
  • Anne Balsamo, Dean of the School of Media Studies and Professor of Media Studies at the New School, and co-founder of FemTechNet. Dr. Balsamo’s work includes projects like The Aids Memorial Quilt, a memorial designed to foster healing, raise awareness, and inspire action around HIV/AIDS.
  • Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics and Professor of Geography and Earth and Environmental Sciences at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Dr. Gilmore’s work traverses a wide range of social justice topics, from racial and gender inequality to the environment and the criminal justice system.

Invited Respondent:

  • Allison Guess, Futures Initiative Fellow and PhD student in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Allison’s research and community development interests include deliberate Black land constructions, Black people’s relationships to those lands and places, specifically as they relate to (voluntary reverse) migration, racial capitalism, anti-Black racism and collective liberation.


  • Danica Savonick, Futures Initiative Fellow and PhD candidate in English. Danica’s research focuses on aesthetic education and intersectional feminist pedagogy, especially in relation to the fights for free public higher education in the U.S, in order to explore how pedagogical praxis can help materialize social justice.

This workshop is the seventh in the The University Worth Fighting For, a series of workshops that tie student-centered, engaged pedagogical practices to institutional change, race, equality, gender, and social justice.

The workshop will be livestreamed at

Twitter Chat
The live event will be preceded by a Twitter chat from 12-1pm EDT. The conversation will be moderated by Simone Browne, Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness, which examines surveillance with a focus on biometrics, airports and borders, slavery, black mobilities and creative texts. Use the hashtags #teach4justice and #fight4edu to join the discussion on ways that education can catalyze social activism and agency.

Learn more about the series

More details at


The Futures Initiative
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309