Arizona State University to Join the Graduate Center as New HASTAC Leader

By Katina|December 1, 2016|Announcements|0 comments

Press Release Cross-posted from hastac.org November 11, 2016 Duke University, Durham, NC — The Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) announced today that Arizona State University has been selected as HASTAC’s new institutional partner. Starting July 1, 2017, ASU will join the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), in leading and administering HASTAC, including its state-of-the-art Drupal-based online social network and the 15,000-member HASTAC community

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Announcing the First Annual Lennihan Arts & Sciences Grant Winners

By Katina|November 30, 2016|Announcements|0 comments

Dr. Louise Lennihan Arts and Sciences Grants Awarded to Seven GC Students The Futures Initiative is delighted to announce that the first annual Dr. Louise Lennihan Arts and Sciences Grants will be awarded to seven outstanding doctoral students at the Graduate Center. The grant recipients were chosen by a six-person selection committee from a pool of 66 highly competitive applications across many fields. Thanks to a generous gift from Curtis Wong, recipient

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Event Recap: Media Blackness

By Danica Savonick|November 16, 2016|Event Recap|2 comments

On Monday, November 14 the Futures Initiative hosted “Media Blackness,” an engaged conversation about the rendering of blackness in, across, and through multiple forms of media. The discussion included multiple perspectives on the intersections of blackness and aesthetics in film, television, digital media, and beyond. Panelists include Cathy N. Davidson (CUNY Graduate Center), Shelly Eversley (Baruch College), Racquel Gates (College of Staten Island) and Michael Gillespie (City College). The event was co-sponsored

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The Election Clapback Syllabus: A Teach In/Learn In Sponsored by the Futures Initiative

By Danica Savonick|November 10, 2016|Uncategorized|0 comments

The Futures Initiative is sponsoring a Teach In/Learn In on Tuesday, November 15, 11-1 in room 3317 to address issues of relevance to our students in the wake of this year’s election. Please bring ideas, syllabi, lesson plans, assignments, actions, and art. How do we create a space for CUNY students to talk about the election? All are welcome to participate in a constructive, activist conversation and interdisciplinary syllabus-building collaboration.  Begin contributing

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Event Recap: Enacting a Different STEM

By Michelle Renee Morales|November 6, 2016|Event Recap|1 comments

Gender and racial gaps continue to be a serious issue in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). This past Monday, October 31st, the Futures Initiative held its second event in The University Worth Fighting For series, focusing on STEM education by discussing multiple perspectives on working against structural barriers to support equity and social justice in STEM, both in academia and industry. We were lucky to have expert panelists Jill

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Nov 14: Media Blackness

By Mike Rifino|November 4, 2016|FI Events|0 comments

Monday, November 14 | 12 PM to 2 PM EST | http://bit.ly/Media-Blackness | #fight4edu | RSVP Description  Join the Futures Initiative on Monday, November 14 from 12-1 for “Media Blackness,” an engaged conversation about the rendering of blackness in, across, and through multiple forms of media. The discussion will include multiple perspectives on the intersections of blackness and aesthetics in film, television, digital media, and beyond. Panelists include Cathy N. Davidson (CUNY Graduate Center), Shelly Eversley (Baruch College), Racquel Gates (College of Staten Island) and Michael

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Practicing what we preach?

By Katina|October 20, 2016|Reflection|0 comments

Today, our Futures Initiative team—graduate students, postdoc, and staff—will be taking a step back to consider how we are doing relative to our stated programmatic goals. The two things that I find most important about this temperature check are (1) that the suggestion came from within the group, not from administration; and (2) that we’ll be pausing to evaluate not only our public-facing work, but also the quieter, less visible

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Hacking Digital Accessibility

By Jessica Murray|October 13, 2016|Announcements, Events of Interest, Reflection, Research|0 comments

I often feel fortunate to live in New York City and I’m privileged to be able to easily access experiences and information as I make my way through the city. From an outside perspective, I also understand the barriers that people with disabilities face on a daily basis. My research interests have been primarily focused on obstacles in the built environment that impact the mobility of people with physical disabilities,

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Oct 31: Enacting a Different STEM: Building Equitable Futures Beyond “Diversity”

By Mike Rifino|October 10, 2016|FI Events|1 comments

Monday, October 31 | 1 PM to 3 PM EDT | bit.ly/fight4edu-live | #fight4edu | RSVP Co-sponsored by HASTAC, GC Digital Initiatives, the Software Studies Initiative, the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity, and America Needs You. Description Join the Futures Initiative on October 31st from 1-3pm for Enacting a Different STEM: Building Equitable Futures Beyond “Diversity.” The discussion will include multiple perspectives on working against structural barriers to support equity and social justice in STEM, both in

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Dr. Louise Lennihan Arts & Sciences Student Grant Competition

By Danica Savonick|October 6, 2016|Announcements|0 comments

The Futures Initiative is pleased to announce the first annual Dr. Louise Lennihan Arts & Sciences Grant Competition. Thanks to a generous gift from Curtis Wong, recipient of an honorary degree from the Graduate Center in 2016, as well as a matching grant from Microsoft, the competition honors Dr. Lennihan for her extraordinary service on behalf of students and faculty at the Graduate Center. Four (4) micro-grants in the amount of $500 for

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