Author Archives: Cathy Davidson

FI Director Cathy Davidson Welcomes New Graduate Center Students in 2016 Convocation Address

By Cathy Davidson|September 28, 2016|Announcements|0 comments

WELCOME! It is an honor and a delight to welcome you all to a new academic year and, especially, to welcome you who are just joining us as members of our community at the Graduate Center and the vast community that is the City University of New York. For me, personally, it is a special honor to offer this welcome on behalf of the faculty since it means I’m no

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CUNY Undergraduate Peer Mentoring Program: Applications Due June 3

By Cathy Davidson|May 27, 2016|Announcements|0 comments

Dear CUNY Faculty, Graduate Students, and Undergraduates, Thanks to generous funding from the Teagle Foundation, we will be able to offer thirty (30) undergraduates from across the CUNY campuses a two-day workshop (July 27-28 at the Graduate Center). After completion of the Futures Initiative Peer Mentoring Workshop, students will then have the opportunity to become official Futures Initiative Peer Mentors at their respective colleges, helping to provide resources, advice, and

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Closing the Tech Gender Gap: #WiTNY

By Cathy Davidson|March 31, 2016|Announcements|0 comments

It has been very exciting to watch the unveiling of an important new program, Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York (WitNY).  This partnership between CUNY (City University of New York), Cornell Tech and Verizon strives to increase the number of young women studying and working in technology.  The percentage of women now graduating with technology degrees is less than 1%.  That’s intolerable. HASTAC, the Futures Initiative, FemTechNet and

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Why We Started HASTAC: Changing Learning, Institutions, and Society for Social Justice

By Cathy Davidson|November 28, 2015|Reflection|0 comments

HASTAC since its inception has had several pillars (and the Futures Initiative, for CUNY and the Graduate Center), embodies those as well.  HASTAC has been a “free and open community” from the beginning, open to anyone who signs onto the website and observes our principles of respect and contributes to our wide-ranging areas of interest embodied, in the most general way, by the slogan:  “Changing the Way We Teach and

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$3.15 M Mellon Grant Focusing on the Humanities, Community Colleges, and Next Generation Graduate Training

By Cathy Davidson|October 20, 2015|Announcements, Reflection|2 comments

We at the Futures Initiative and HASTAC are deeply honored to be part of a visionary $3.1 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant dedicated to humanities education at the nation’s community colleges and introductory humanities education for the “new majority” of college students entering universities in the U.S. today. Beginning in fall 2016, the Humanities Teaching and Learning Alliance will place 27 Graduate Center doctoral students at LaGuardia Community College,

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Getting Started 6: Contract Grading and Peer Review

By Cathy Davidson|August 26, 2015|Pedagogy Guide|0 comments

[Cross-posted from HASTAC] Part One: How Do I Get Started? A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing a Student-Centered Classroom Part I Part Two: It’s All About You Part Three: The Syllabus Part Four: Students Part Five: Collectively Writing a Constitution Part Six: Getting Started 6: Contract Grading and Peer Review   Why Student-Centered Learning Needs An Alternative Credentialing Mechanism This is the sixth in a series of blog posts I’m writing based on

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Getting Started 5: First Class: Collectively Writing a Constitution

By Cathy Davidson|August 26, 2015|Pedagogy Guide|1 comments

[Cross-posted from HASTAC] Part One: How Do I Get Started? A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing a Student-Centered Classroom Part I Part Two: It’s All About You Part Three: The Syllabus Part Four: Students Part Five: Collectively Writing a Constitution Part Six: Getting Started 6: Contract Grading and Peer Review   In this fifth in the series on getting started with student-centered, progressive, or open learning, I will talk about what it means

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Getting Started 4: Students (What if students are an obstacle to student-centered learning?)

By Cathy Davidson|August 26, 2015|Pedagogy Guide|3 comments

[Cross-posted from HASTAC] Part One: How Do I Get Started? A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing a Student-Centered Classroom Part I Part Two: It’s All About You Part Three: The Syllabus Part Four: Students Part Five: Collectively Writing a Constitution Part Six: Getting Started 6: Contract Grading and Peer Review   What do you do if one of your biggest obstacles to student-centered learning is the students?  This fourth post in my personal,

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Getting Started, Part 3: The Syllabus

By Cathy Davidson|August 6, 2015|Pedagogy Guide|3 comments

[Cross-posted from HASTAC] Part One: How Do I Get Started? A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing a Student-Centered Classroom Part I Part Two: It’s All About You Part Three: The Syllabus Part Four: Students Part Five: Collectively Writing a Constitution Part Six: Contract Grading and Peer Review   It takes a lot of confidence to trust your students. In this third entry in the series on how to get started with student-centered

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Getting Started, Student-Centered Learning, Part 2: It’s All About You

By Cathy Davidson|August 5, 2015|Pedagogy Guide|4 comments

[Cross-posted from HASTAC] Part One: How Do I Get Started? A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing a Student-Centered Classroom Part I Part Two: It’s All About You Part Three: The Syllabus Part Four: Students Part Five: Collectively Writing a Constitution Part Six: Contract Grading and Peer Review   If learning were the sole objective of schooling, it would make good, common sense to teach to the needs, requirements, experience, and interests of

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