The End of Higher Education: A Discussion About Purpose

By Lisa Tagliaferri|September 30, 2014|Announcements, Of interest, Reflection|0 comments

Futures Initiative Director Cathy Davidson discussed The End of Higher Education with Mike Wesch and Randy Bass as part of the Connected Courses Kick-off Live Event on September 15th. As shrinking budgets, skeptical publics, and rising alternatives continue to threaten the end of higher education, we host this conversation as a contemplation of what the end – or purpose – of higher education should be. We will also reflect on

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Futures Initiative Director Cathy Davidson discusses Technology Distraction on NPR

By Lisa Tagliaferri|September 30, 2014|Announcements, Of interest|0 comments

Listen to Futures Initiative Director Cathy Davidson talk on the NPR Show To The Point here. Who’s in Charge: You or Your Smart Phone? Drivers tell pollsters they know it’s too dangerous to text while they’re at the wheel, but about one third admit they do it anyway. Now there’s persuasive evidence that we don’t have as much choice as we tell ourselves. Matt Richtel reports for the New York

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Welcome to all our New Virtual Partners

By Kalle Westerling|September 30, 2014|FI Events|0 comments

We want to extend a welcome to all of our virtual partners for the upcoming event “What Is a Dissertation? New Models, Methods, Media”: Hybrid Pedagogy; Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center; Studio for New Media at Iowa State University; The Image Lab at University of Wisconsin; Simpson Center at the University of Washington; Sherman Center for Digital Scholarship at McMaster University; Maker Lab and ECTL at the University of Victoria in

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“Mapping the Futures of Higher Education” Profs Cathy Davidson and William Kelly S 2015

By Cathy Davidson|September 28, 2014|Mapping|0 comments

Mapping the Futures of Higher Education This is the first course offered by the new Futures Initiative, team-taught by Director Cathy N. Davidson and former Graduate Center President William Kelly. The course is designed for second, third, or fourth year graduate students who are teaching during S 2015 at one of CUNY’s colleges or community colleges. Professors Cathy N. Davidson and William Kelly IDS 70200 Spring 2015, Tuesday 4:15-6:15 PM

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Initial reflections on the Futures Initiative

By Danica Savonick|September 25, 2014|Reflection|0 comments

“We can’t fail. When your goal is to transform higher education, you can’t really succeed—so that means you can’t really fail. Everything we do will be interesting.” – Cathy Davidson   Unlike entering an established educational institution, where the forms and norms precede you, beginning work with the Futures Initiative felt like an aleatory encounter. There were no scripts here, Java or otherwise.   One of my favorite experiences was

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CUNY Soars: Reported by the Daily News

By Lisa Tagliaferri|September 23, 2014|Announcements, Of interest|0 comments

The Daily News reports that a record number of students are enrolling across the CUNY campuses, pursuing an affordable education. Please also see Cathy Davidson’s blog post, The Eighty-Five Percent: Or, Why CUNY is New York’s Best Kept Secret, as she discusses the large percentage of undergraduates who have no student loan debt within the CUNY system, as well as her interest in public education and her vision for its

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Mapping the Universe and Other Small Things: Curtis Wong, at GC Oct 3

By Cathy Davidson|September 17, 2014|FI Events|0 comments

“Mapping the Universe and Other Small Things: The Quest for Story-Based Exploratory Learning.” Curtis Wong, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research October 3, 10 am. Science Center, Room 4102 Graduate Center, CUNY Seating limited (no reservations) Abstract: This talk deconstructs a number of critically acclaimed interactive media projects across vastly different topics ranging from music, art, astronomy, history, economics, cultural history, physics and data visualization to reveal a common information architecture mapping

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What Is a Dissertation? New Models, Methods, Media

By Lisa Tagliaferri|September 16, 2014|FI Events|0 comments

What Is a Dissertation? New Models, New Methods, New Media #remixthediss — this event will be livestreamed and live tweeted) When: October 10, 4.00-5.30pm (EST) Where: English Department Lounge (ROOM CORRECTION 4406), The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, NY NY 10016 Virtual partners and participants welcome! (See THIS POST for 4 ways to become a virtual partner.) This Forum showcases recent and current doctoral students whose dissertations exemplify innovative,

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4 Ways to Be a Virtual Partner in “What Is a Dissertation?”

By Lisa Tagliaferri|September 16, 2014|FI Events|0 comments

Our goal in “What Is A Dissertation?” (aka: #remixthediss) is to showcase, celebrate, and model what it takes to not only produce an innovative dissertation but how to enact the institutional change required to have one approved by your university. That means knowing institutional rules, having the right mentors, being willing to explain yourself in terms of existing structures, goals, and aspirations and how your work moves those along, etc.

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