Call for 2018-2019 Futures Initiative Graduate Fellows

By Katina|December 12, 2017|Announcements|0 comments

Good news! The Futures Initiative is seeking three Graduate Center doctoral students in any field for 2018-2019 fellowships. Applications are due January 19, 2018. These are one-year positions, renewable for up to three years. We are seeking three new fellows for 2018-2019: a HASTAC Scholars Director, a Communications Specialist, and a Research Analyst/Web Developer. We aim to build a team that is diverse in every way. Doctoral students who have

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Final Thursday Dialogue of the 2016 Fall Semester

By Michelle Renee Morales|November 30, 2017|FI Events|0 comments

Please join the Futures Initiative at our final Thursday Dialogue of the fall semester. Title: Landing a Industry Job by Leveraging your Academic Experience Date and time: 12/7/2017 Time: 12 p.m. Event location: 9207 Event contact: Michelle Morales – mmorales@gradcenter.cuny.edu Description of dialogue: This semester’s final round table discussion of the Thursday Dialogue series will be an informal conversation about the transition from academia to industry. The discussion will be

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FI Grad Fellows: Where Are They Now?

By Katina|November 28, 2017|Reflection|0 comments

With 2017 drawing to a close, the Futures Initiative team has been looking back and looking forward. Many of our graduate fellows have completed their fellowships and moved onto other roles; we are incredibly proud of their accomplishments and look forward to following their future careers! Michael Dorsch, Ph.D. Candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences: As one of the inaugural Futures Initiative Graduate Fellows, Michael spearheaded research-based projects like the

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From Dissertation to First Book with Ken Wissoker and Kalle Westerling

By Kalle Westerling|November 27, 2017|Event Recap|0 comments

In the Thursday Dialogue, “From Dissertation to First Book,” Ken Wissoker (Editorial Director of Duke University Press and Director of Intellectual Publics at the Graduate Center) in conversation with Kalle Westerling (Futures Initiative Fellow) discussed best practices for doctoral students who intend to turn their dissertations into books. Drawing on Ken’s long-standing expertise in academic publishing, the conversation touched on a variety of topics: What is the difference between a

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Revolutionizing the University

By Christina|November 9, 2017|Event Recap|1 comments

On Monday, November 6, 2017, we gathered in the Elebash Recital Hall at the Graduate Center, CUNY, for “Revolutionizing the University” with Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Futures Initiative Cathy N. Davidson, and Anya Kamenetz, Senior Journalist for NPR. Below are some highlights from the event and their conversation. Kamenetz: “I asked you a question about education and you immediately turned it into social change.” Davidson: “Exactly”  

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New Beginnings

By Katina|November 8, 2017|Reflection|0 comments

After my daughter was born in 2014, I couldn’t believe how hard it was to avoid clichés when everything was so startlingly new to me. She was growing so fast, I felt so much joy and so much exhaustion, I worried about diaper rash and breastfeeding and the state of the world. Thoughts of health and growth and happiness and safety—just like every new parent, ever. So many things I

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Pedagogy Day 2017: Futures Initiative Total Participation Workshop

By Jessica Murray|November 6, 2017|Event Recap, Pedagogy Guide, student-centered pedagogy|0 comments

On Friday, October 27, 2017, my colleague Mike Rifino and I led a Total Participation Workshop as part of Pedagogy Day. Twenty participants engaged in an experiment to see what we could accomplish by using technology as a tool for collaboration and co-constructing knowledge among faculty and graduate student teachers to create a WordPress site in less than an hour. At the beginning, we were all a little nervous. After

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Event recap: Mentors to Leaders

By Mike Rifino|October 30, 2017|Event Recap|0 comments

On September 28th, the Futures Initiative hosted its second event of the Thursday Dialogue series with a panel discussion that focused on the Futures Initiative Undergraduate Leadership program. The purpose of this panel discussion was to reflectively explore, from its first implementation to the present, how has the Undergraduate Leadership evolved. This panel brought together the Directors, current Leadership fellows, and Futures Initiative Graduate Fellows and faculty in a self-reflective discussion

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Revolutionizing the University: Cathy N. Davidson in Conversation with NPR’s Anya Kamenetz

By Frances|October 26, 2017|FI Events|0 comments

Monday, November 6 | 6:30 PM | The Graduate Center, CUNY (365 Fifth Avenue) Elebash Recital Hall Founding Director of the Futures Initiative and Distinguished Professor Cathy N. Davidson discusses her new book, The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux (“relevant and fascinating for both the consumers and the producers of higher education” –  Inside Higher Ed). Speaking with Anya Kamenetz (NPR), Davidson demonstrates how our current system, developed in

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Event Recap: Understanding the IRB, Part I

By Jessica Murray|October 18, 2017|Event Recap|0 comments

Our Thursday Dialogue on October 12 about the complexities of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) regulatory framework turned into a very informative, interesting, and lively discussion. Marianna Azar, Graduate Center HRPP Program Manager, and Seth Schimmel, HRPP Program Assistant shared their knowledge and application of the federal guidelines, recent history of changes to the CUNY IRB structure, the transition from IRBNet to IDEATE, common reasons that protocols are returned, and

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