The Invention of Failure

By Cathy Davidson|January 23, 2015|Reflection|0 comments

Last night at the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge at Duke University, Professor Cathy N. Davidson presented a workshop on “The Invention of Failure.” She addressed a number of issues: what is the relationship between the assembly line mechanics of “making the grade” and “grading” as a summative practice of assessment in higher education? What is the role of “failure” as a concept in formal education in general and in

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Photo Essay of Futures Initiative Syllabus Building Workshop

By Lisa|January 23, 2015|Class Recap|1 comments

The Futures Initiative hosted its first workshop of the Mapping the Futures of Higher Education course this past Thursday, January 22nd. A number of the graduate students who will be in the class, which begins on February 3, brought in their own syllabus that they will be teaching in the undergraduate colleges. The students in our inaugural course are from across the disciplines as well as the CUNY campuses. During

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Gender Bias in Academe: An Annotated Bibliography of Important Recent Studies

By Danica Savonick|January 23, 2015|Research|0 comments

Danica Savonick and Cathy N. Davidson Overview The often unconscious and unintentional biases against women, including in academe, have been well documented in the autobiographical writings of authors such as Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Patricia Williams, and bell hooks. But is the experience they document merely “subjective”?  Several recent social science research studies, using strictly controlled methodologies, suggest that these first-person accounts of discrimination are representative, not simply anecdotal. The

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