Celebrate the Achievements of Our Faculty Fellows!

To kick-off the start of the Fall 2017 semester, The Futures Initiative would like to take some time to celebrate the many accomplishments of our brilliant and dedicated Faculty Fellows!

Futures Initiative Faculty Fellow Claire Bishop, Professor of Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, has been named a fellow in residence by the Center for Ballet and the Arts (CBA) at New York University. Bishop will study Merce Cunningham’s Museum Events, produced between 1964 and 2012.

Futures Initiative Faculty Fellow, Katherine K. Chen, Assistant professor of Sociology at City College of New York, just published an invited op-ed about Burning Man at fortune.comRead Katherine’s full op-ed here.

Futures Initiative Founding Director, Cathy N. Davidson published The New Education:  How To Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux (Basic Books). The book has been reviewed in The New York Times, the New York Post, Washington Post, and Inside Higher Education. Davidson has also published “Learning Outcomes to Change the World,” in Inside Higher Education, August 28, 2017.

Futures Initiative Faculty Fellow Ofelia GarcíaProfessor in Urban Education and Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages at the CUNY Graduate Center, co-edited, with Tatyana Kleyn, Associate Professor of Urban Education, Translanguaging with Multilingual Students: Learning from Classroom Moments (Routledge 2016)

Futures Initiative Faculty Fellow Michael Gillespie, Associate Professor of Film in the Division of Humanities and the Arts at City College of New York, has been named a Faculty Fellow in the Committee on Globalization and Social Change at the Graduate Center. He has also published a number of essays recently, including: Cinema Notes/American Letters.” (Co-authored with Elizabeth Reich and Courtney Baker), in ASAP/J (The open-access platform for the Association for the Study of the Present Journal) (June 2017); “I and I Survive: Notes on Film Blackness in the 21st Century [Anmerkungen zu Film Blackness im 21. Jahrhundert].” Kolik Film 27 (March 2017); and “One Step Ahead: A Conversation with Barry Jenkins.” Film Quarterly 70.3 (2017): 52–62.

Futures Initiative Faculty Fellow Paul Ramirez Jonas, Associate Professor of Art at Hunter College, has a current exhibition at the New Museum (until September 17th), Half-Truths. In November, Atlas, Plural, Monumental (Dancing Foxes 2017), a monograph on his work will be published, featuring texts by Dean Daderko, Bill Arning, Shannon Jackson, and Claire Barliant.

Futures Initiative Faculty Fellow Setha Low, Professor in Psychology, Earth and Environmental Practices, and Anthropology, and Director of the Public Space Research Group at the Graduate Center, published Spatializing Culture: The Ethnography of Space and Place (Routledge 2017). 

On a final note, we also wanted to congratulate Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the Graduate Center, for receiving the Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award for her “dedication to and excellence in mentoring” from the American Studies Association’s Minority Scholar’s Committee. We have been so lucky to feature Professor Gilmore in our “University Worth Fighting For” event series in the past, not to mention, how her research and teaching aligns deeply with the Futures Initiative’s mission to promote greater equity, inclusion, and innovation in higher education.


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