Pausing to Reflect

By Katina|June 19, 2017|Reflection|0 comments

This has been… a big year. While the Futures Initiative team and I formally reflect on the past year through the exercise of writing and designing our annual report, and while we plan for an unusual year ahead, I’d like to take a moment and offer a more personal reflection as well. In working on our annual report, I and others on our team have been struck by how much the

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Welcome, 2017-2018 Postdoc and Graduate Fellows!

By admin|June 19, 2017|Announcements|0 comments

The Futures Initiative delighted to welcome several new members of our team in 2017-2018: Frances Tran, Postdoctoral Fellow and Interim Associate Director Frances Tran is a Post-Doctoral Fellow and the Interim Associate Director for the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research draws on Asian American and multiethnic science and speculative fictions for the insights they provide into new modes of sensing, un-learning, and becoming that articulate pedagogies

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Final Projects from Students in “The Arts of Dissent” at Queens College

By Danica Savonick|May 19, 2017|Announcements, Reflection, student-centered pedagogy|0 comments

This semester students in my ENG 241 course at Queens College took what they learned and co-created their own “arts of dissent”: original websites, videos, timelines, lesson plans, poetry, photography, and drawings. (I’ve included the rationale for this assignment at the bottom of this post.) Want to know what Queens College students think about 2017? They think stereotypes about immigrants are inaccurate & dangerous, that Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric should

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CUNY-Wide Undergraduate Leadership Opportunity

By admin|May 19, 2017|Announcements, Peer mentoring|0 comments

APPLY BY MAY 31! Thanks to generous funding from the Teagle Foundation, the Futures Initiative will once again be able to offer CUNY undergraduate students a unique opportunity to become Futures Initiative Leadership Fellows. This year, up to 25 undergraduates from across the CUNY campuses will begin their fellowship by participating in a day-long workshop: the Undergraduate Leadership Institute (Wednesday, August 9 at the Graduate Center). After completion of the

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Why WordPress? Take Control and Build Your Own Course Site

By Michelle Renee Morales|May 15, 2017|Tech Tip|0 comments

At every education level, teachers spend hours prepping and planning. For educators, the highest priority items when mapping out a semester often include creating learning goals, lessons, and assignments. It is completely understandable that the last thing any professor would like to do before the semester begins is learn a new tool. However, gone are the days where teachers use red pens and grading books to submit their student’s grades on paper. Now,

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How to Export Your FI Site

By Michelle Renee Morales|May 1, 2017|Tech Tip|1 comments

This tutorial walks users through how to export your FI WordPress site. First we will break down the differences between having an FI child site and hosting your own site with WordPress.org. The biggest reason why you should consider exporting your site, is if you wish to have more control over your site.   Futures Initiative WordPress Site WordPress.org Site Only FI web developers can download themes You can download

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Announcing: Rethinking Higher Education for the Knowledge Economy

By admin|April 28, 2017|Announcements|0 comments

A new Futures Initiative course taught by Ann Kirschner, Dean Emerita of Macaulay Honors College and University Professor, CUNY; and Gilda Barabino, Dean and Berg Professor, Grove School of Engineering, City College, CUNY NEW YORK, April 24, 2017—In the Fall of 2017, students across CUNY and New York City will have a unique opportunity to take a course on the future of higher education from two of America’s most innovative

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How to Create a Discussion Forum using WordPress & BuddyPress

By Michelle Renee Morales|April 25, 2017|Tech Tip|

This tutorial will walk you through how to add a discussion forum to your WordPress page. Discussion forums are a great way to facilitate conversations on your site. If you’re using your FI site for a course you are teaching, forums are the perfect way to hold a discussion with your class online. Not to worry, forums can be both private and public! In order to build a forum on

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How to Work with Images in WordPress

By Michelle Renee Morales|April 17, 2017|Tech Tip|

This tutorial gives tips on how to work with images. To begin, log into your site’s dashboard, create a new post, and add an image to it. If you are having difficulty with this step see our post on How to Add Media. You should now see a post with an image displayed, like so: If you click on the image, you can set the image’s alignment and text wrapping

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Bystander Intervention Training

By Mike Rifino|April 6, 2017|Announcements, Events of Interest, FI Events, Of interest|

Wednesday, April 26 | 5 PM to 7:30 PM EDT, The Graduate Center, Room 9206 |  RSVP  As a continuation of our recent University Worth Fighting For event titled, “Global Perspectives on the Fight for Higher Education,” we contend that such efforts must not only be theoretical and limited to the classroom, but it must also be lived, practical and embodied. To that end (and continuation), we will host a Bystander Intervention/(De)escalation training on

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