Publics, Politics, and Pedagogy: Remaking Higher Education for Turbulent Times

Wednesday, March 28 | GC Skylight Room (9100) | 9:00am – 6:00pm | RSVP
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The Futures Initiative is pleased to invite you to attend our spring forum on “Publics, Politics, and Pedagogy: Remaking Higher Education for Turbulent Times.” Part of our “University Worth Fighting For” series, this event is an opportunity to think through the unique intersections between interdisciplinary research, pedagogy, equity, and institutional change. We hope that you will join us for a series of roundtables and interactive workshops featuring faculty and students involved in our team-taught courses, the CUNY Undergraduate Leadership Program, and Humanities Alliance to address topics ranging from the current states and stakes of higher education to the relationship between aesthetics, politics, and citizenship.

Featured speakers include: Gilda Barabino, Claire Bishop, David Caicedo, Katherine Chen, Colette Daiute, Cathy N. Davidson, Shelly Eversley, Ofelia García, Amita GuptaWendy Luttrell, Ruth Milkman, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Rosario Torres-Guevara, and many more, including graduate and undergraduate students across CUNY. There will be a reception to follow.

Program Schedule: 

Time Session
9:00AM Breakfast
9:30AM Opening Remarks, Provost Joy Connolly
9:45AM Higher Education at a Crossroads (Faculty Roundtable)

  • Gilda Barabino (City College, Grove School of Engineering)
  • Katherine Chen (City College and The Graduate Center, Sociology)
  • Ofelia García (The Graduate Center, Urban Education and Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages)
  • Ruth Milkman (The Graduate Center, Sociology)
  • Rosario Torres-Guevara (Borough of Manhattan Community College, Academic Literacy and Linguistics)

Respondents: Sylvia Beltran and Michelle Gabay, graduate students from Ann Kirschner and Gilda Barabino’s “Rethinking Higher Education for the Knowledge Economy” course.

11:00AM Rethinking the Future of Learning, Knowledge, & Career Pathways (Student-led Session)

Facilitators: Christina Katopodis, Michelle Morales, Mike Rifino

Participants: Sylvia Beltran, Michelle Gabay, Oriana Elisa Gonzales, Khanh Le, Megan Moskop, Samina Shahidi, Larry Ling-Hsuan Tung

12:00PM Public Art in the City + Lunch (Student-led Session)

Participants: Jessi Li, Liz Naiden, Julian Phillips, Nathan Sinai Rayman, Cory Tamler, Pedro Felipe Vintmilla

1:30PM Student-Centered Leadership and Pedagogy in Higher Education (Student-led Session)

Facilitators: Kaysi Holman, Lauren Melendez

Participants: Jenny Bruno, Amina Cunningham, Alexis Edwards, Sandep Kaur, Kahdeidra Monét Martin, Alison Walls

2:30PM Break
2:45PM Pedagogies of Citizenship (Faculty Roundtable)

  • Claire Bishop (The Graduate Center, Art History)
  • David Caicedo (Borough of Manhattan Community College, Psychology – Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice)
  • Colette Daiute (The Graduate Center, Psychology)
  • Cathy N. Davidson (The Graduate Center, English and Founding Director of the Futures Initiative)
  • Shelly Eversley (Baruch College, English)
  • Amita Gupta (City College, Teaching, Learning & Culture and Early Childhood Education)
  • Paul Ramirez Jonas (Hunter College, Art)
  • Wendy Luttrell (The Graduate Center, Urban Education, Critical Psychology, Sociology)
4:00PM Belonging and Exclusion (Student-led Session)

Facilitators: Allison Guess, Kashema Hutchinson, Jessica Murray

Participants: Francine Almash, Daniel A. Carlson, Damele E. Collier, Dahlia Constantine, Regina Crotser, Flora de Tournay, Aminata Diop, Sudhashree Girmohanta, Jyoti Gupta, Kayla F. Morse, Charlene Obernauer, Doris Porto, Ben Raphael, Luis Zambrano

5:00PM Reception, Room 3317


If you have any questions about this event, please contact Frances Tran, Postdoctoral Fellow and Interim Associate Director of the Futures Initiative, at


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