Knowledge as a Tool for Agency: My Introduction

By Mike Rifino|July 29, 2015|Reflection|2 comments

Hi! My name is Mike Rifino and I am a Futures Initiative Fellow studying for my doctorate in Human Development at the CUNY Graduate Center. In what follows, I wish to reflect on my transformative experience I had as a CUNY undergraduate student (both at LaGuardia after transferring to Hunter College) that has ignited my passion for scholarship in human development at the intersection of learning, especially in contexts of

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Graduate Fellowships for Immigrants and Children of Immigrants

By Danica Savonick|July 29, 2015|Of interest|0 comments

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans offers Graduate Fellowships, which provide up to $90,000 in support for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in any field at any institution in the United States. Application materials and full eligibility requirements can be found on their website. The application deadline is November 1, 2015.

Minority Achievement Gap in Math

By Katina|July 27, 2015|Events of Interest, Of interest|0 comments

[The following post is by Evan Misshula, Spring 2015 Futures Initiative Teaching Fellow. It is cross-posted from his website.] It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul. ~ Sofia Kovalevskaya Respecting our students helps them (and us) Linked below is an excellent but long presentation on the gaps in minority achievement in mathematics and the reasons for their persistence from the Mathematical Association of America.

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Universities Are No More Illusory Than Journalists: Rsp to Kevin Carey and NYT

By Cathy Davidson|July 27, 2015|Reflection|3 comments

[Cross-posted from HASTAC. This post was corrected after useful tweets from Kevin Carey and others. Special thanks for those. All errors, of course, remain the author’s.] Yesterday Kevin Carey wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times in which he argued that the recent academic and athletic scandal at the University of North Carolina could happen because, basically, universities are “illusions.” There is no real oversight of what happens

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The Humanities as Survival Skill

By Cathy Davidson|July 15, 2015|Reflection|1 comments

[Cross-posted from HASTAC] A few months ago, I had to move a bookcase from my apartment to my office.  It is only about a twenty minute walk but it is hard enough to walk through all the tourists on Fifth Avenue, let alone move a bulky object down the sidewalk.  The door to my office building at the Graduate Center faces directly onto the Empire State Building.  So I called

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Attending Knowledge on Revolutionary Terms: Anti-Colonial Futures in Higher Education

By Allison Guess|July 14, 2015|Reflection|0 comments

I came to the Graduate Center a year ago to begin my PhD in Geography. Excited about walking in, what I identify as my indisputable calling, I found out very quickly, that there was a universe of things I would need to know. There remained to be so many books (and other texts) that I would need to both read and re-read, paradigms I would need to study, merge, operate

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Digital Media & Learning Keynote: Nichole Pinkard on “An Ecological View of Equity”

By Katina|July 7, 2015|Events of Interest, Of interest|0 comments

Students and friends of the Futures Initiative won’t want to miss this extraordinary keynote by Nichole Pinkard, founder of the Digital Youth Network. Given at the 2015 Digital Media and Learning conference, which focused on the theme of Equity by Design, the talk explores what we mean by equitable education and how we measure our progress towards it. Watch Nichole Pinkard’s keynote, “An Ecological View of Equity: Reframing Our Understanding

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