The University Worth Fighting For

By Katina Rogers|August 3, 2015|Announcements, FI Events|

Once again in 2018-2019, the Futures Initiative will partner with HASTAC to offer events, webinars, and Twitter chats designed to tie student-centered, engaged pedagogical practices to institutional change and social justice. We will pay special attention to race, gender, diversity, equity, and inequality—and to rethinking the higher education we so urgently need now. These events connect to a collection of team-taught courses to be offered at the Graduate Center in 2018-2019.

2018-2019 Events

  • Classrooms and Social Justice: Why Start with Pedagogy? (September 13)
  • Social Determinants of Student Health (November 1)
  • Fall Symposium: Who is Included? Restructuring Our Work and Our World (December 6)
  • Hip-Hop Pedagogy (February 14)
  • More is More: Interculturalism in the Classroom (March 7)
  • Spring Symposium: Race Studies Across the Curriculum (April 9)

2017-2018 Events


2016-2017 Events

Racism, Xenophobia, Populism: The Miseducation of the Public
September 20, 2016 | 3-5pm | Skylight Room
Speakers: Jessie Daniels, Mary Phillips, Linda Sarsour
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Enacting a Different STEM: Building Equitable Futures Beyond “Diversity”
October 31, 2016 | 1-3pm | 9204-9205
Speakers: Jill Bargonetti, Gillian Bayne, Andrew Rosenberg, Sara Vogel
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Media Blackness
November 14, 2016 | 12-2pm | 9204-9205
Speakers: Cathy Davidson, Shelly Eversley, Racquel Gates, Michael Gillespie
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Accessibility, Mobility, and Design
February 8, 2017 | 2-4pm | Skylight Room
Speakers: Sara Hendren, April Coughlin
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Global Perspectives on the Fight for Higher Education
March 6, 2017 | 2-4pm | Skylight Room
Speakers: Marianna Poyares, Zandi Radebe, Cleopatra Funzani Mtembu, Zee Dempster, Eve Tuck, Arianna Martinez
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Spring Symposium
April 3, 2017 | 10am-5pm | Skylight Room
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Details will be announced on the Futures Initiative and HASTAC websites

All are welcome to contribute to this conversation. Each month, we’ll tackle a different theme. Graduate and undergraduate students from CUNY, Duke, the community of HASTAC Scholars, and other partner institutions will host a Twitter chat one hour prior to each event to encourage debate and actions on these timely topics. We will share details on the Futures Initiative and HASTAC websites about how to participate in each event and conversation that we host.

Are you organizing an event that relates to any of the themes we’ll cover this year? Or something that addresses the spirit of the series as a whole? Tell us about it so that we can help publicize it and make it a part of the University Worth Fighting For. Higher Education is under attack on many fronts—and yet it also needs massive transformation. This series looks in both directions at once, renewing support for education as a civic good while also advocating educational reform.

We believe in higher education. Join us as we engage with and amplify these key issues in the classroom and beyond.

2015-2016 Events

Towards a Pedagogy of EqualityGoogle DocForumVideoStorify
Peer Mentoring and Student-Centered LearningGoogle DocForumVideo
Teaching the Humanities as a Survival SkillGoogle DocForumVideoStorify
On and Off the Tenure Track: Careers Paths and Hiring PracticesGoogle DocForumVideoStorify
Ideas in Circulation: Open Scholarship for Social JusticeGoogle DocForumVideoStorify
Measuring What Counts: Credentials or Learning?Google DocTwitter ChatVideoStorify
Teaching as Social Justice: Equity, Diversity, RaceGoogle DocTwitter ChatVideoStorify

Additional 2015-2016 events sponsored by the Futures Initiative: