Author Archives: Danica Savonick

Final Projects from Students in “The Arts of Dissent” at Queens College

By Danica Savonick|May 19, 2017|Announcements, Reflection, student-centered pedagogy|0 comments

This semester students in my ENG 241 course at Queens College took what they learned and co-created their own “arts of dissent”: original websites, videos, timelines, lesson plans, poetry, photography, and drawings. (I’ve included the rationale for this assignment at the bottom of this post.) Want to know what Queens College students think about 2017? They think stereotypes about immigrants are inaccurate & dangerous, that Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric should

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Event Recap | Spring Symposium: Pedagogy, Research, Social Change

By Danica Savonick|April 4, 2017|Event Recap|0 comments

  On April 3, 2017, faculty and graduate students from this year’s team-taught courses, Futures Initiative Peer Mentors, and the Humanities Alliance gathered for this daylong symposium celebrating their work that connects student-centered learning to institutional and social change. Public Google Doc with notes Storify of tweets Photos 10:00 – 10:10 | Welcome & Introductions Welcome by Cathy N. Davidson Opening remarks by Master of Ceremonies Kalle Westerling After FI

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Spring Symposium: Pedagogy, Research, and Social Change

By Danica Savonick|March 14, 2017|FI Events|1 comments

The University Worth Fighting For Spring Symposium: Pedagogy, Research, and Social Change Monday, April 3 William P. Kelly Skylight Conference Room 10 – 6 Public Google Doc Join faculty and students from this year’s team-taught courses, Futures Initiative Peer Mentors, and the Humanities Alliance for this daylong symposium celebrating their work that connects student-centered learning to institutional and social change. Please RSVP here. This is especially important if you will

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Race in the Classroom: Workshops on Exploring the Impact of Race and Racism on Teaching

By Danica Savonick|February 15, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

RACE IN THE CLASSROOM…… Workshops on Exploring the Impact of Race and Racism on Teaching Wednesday, March 15th, 5:30-9PM Meet in Rm. 5414 Refreshments served from 5:30-6:00PM Are you a GC student who teaches or plans to? Do you want to explore the ways in which you’ve been racialized? Are you curious how this racialization affects the way you teach? If so, join us for an evening of workshops facilitated

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“So what do we do now?” Lessons from the AAC&U 2017 Annual Meeting

By Danica Savonick|January 30, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

At whose expense are service learning and diversity courses effective? Can U.S. education policy stop telling poor students what to do (and instead provide them with resources and opportunities)? How can we avoid reproducing oppressions in our social justice work in education? These are just some of the difficult and important questions addressed at this year’s AAC&U Annual Meeting, “Building Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education.” Without a doubt,

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Event Recap: Media Blackness

By Danica Savonick|November 16, 2016|Event Recap|1 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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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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American Literature, American Learning Recap 4/20

By Danica Savonick|May 4, 2016|Reflection|0 comments

American Literature, American Learning Wednesday, April 20 Homework ASSIGNMENT Revise and expand your abstract by April 17. Aprox. 250 words. Rough draft of your chapter due May 2 READINGS (Mostly) American Literature Emily Dickinson, “In a Library,” “I Died for Beauty,” “Success,” “Through the Dark Sod—as Education” Walt Whitman, “An Old Man’s Thoughts of School” William Butler Yeats, “Among Schoolchildren” ee cummings “since feeling is first” Robert Frost, “The Road

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American Literature, American Learning Recap 4/13

By Danica Savonick|April 28, 2016|Reflection|0 comments

American Literature, American Learning Wednesday, April 13 Homework Readings Giroux, Henry. “Introduction.” Theory and Resistance in Education. 1983. Godrej, Farah. “Neoliberalism, Militarization, and the Price of Dissent: Policing Protest at the University of California.” The Imperial University: Academic Repression and Scholarly Dissent. Ed. PIYA CHATTERJEE AND SUNAINA MAIRA. Minneapolis and London: University of Minneapolis Press, 2014. Shahjahan, Riyad A. “From ‘no’ to ‘yes’: postcolonial perspectives on resistance to neoliberalhigher education,”

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