Announcing 2020-2021 Futures Initiative Team-Taught Courses!

We are delighted to announce the slate of team-taught courses to be offered by the Futures Initiative in 2020-2021. Each of these courses exemplifies equity and innovation, and promotes the Futures Initiative’s goals of increasing faculty diversity and establishing robust peer mentoring among faculty members across the CUNY system. Spanning many content areas, the courses emphasize creative, student-centered pedagogy and interdisciplinarity in their methods.

Black Diasporic Visions: (De)Constructing Modes of Power
Prof. Javiela Evangelista (African American Studies, City Tech)
Prof. Carla Shedd (Urban Education, The Graduate Center)

Constructing History: Architecture and Alternative Histories of New York
Prof. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis (MALS, The Graduate Center)
Prof. Jason Montgomery (Architectural Technology, City Tech)

Science & Diplomacy: What Scientists Can do on a Global Stage
Prof. Mandë Holford (Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry; Hunter College and The Graduate Center)
Prof. Shirley Raps (Biology, Hunter College and The Graduate Center)

Cities and Disaster: Past, Present, and Future
Prof. Cary Karacas (Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Graduate Center; Political Science and Global Affairs, College of Staten Island)
Prof. Robin Kietlinski (Sociology, LaGuardia Community College)

Pedagogies of Black Visual and Expressive Culture: Film, Contemporary Art, Music, Literature, Comics, Performance
Prof. Cathy N. Davidson (The Futures Initiative, English, and Digital Humanities, The Graduate Center)
Prof. Michael Gillespie (Media and Communications, City College; Art History, Film, and English, The Graduate Center)

Equity, Elitism, and Higher Education
Prof. Matt Brim (Queer Studies and English, College of Staten Island)
Prof. Katina Rogers (Futures Initiative and Digital Humanities, The Graduate Center)

These six courses represent a wider disciplinary range than ever before, with faculty from African American Studies, Architectural Technology, Biology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, English, MALS, Media and Communication Arts, Queer Studies, and Urban Education.

This year’s faculty fellows have appointments at the Graduate Center as well as City College, City Tech, Hunter College, LaGuardia Community College, and the College of Staten Island. We will share course descriptions and days/times as the year approaches.


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