Author Archives: Kalle Westerling

Recap: Queer Pedagogies and Pedagogy for LGBTQ Instructors and Allies

By Kalle Westerling|September 15, 2017|Event Recap|0 comments

On September 11, I was thrilled to host this semester’s first event in the Futures Initiative’s signature series The University Worth Fighting For: “Queer Pedagogies and Pedagogy for LGBTQ Instructors.” The event was co-sponsored by The Futures Initiative and CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies, both housed at The Graduate Center, CUNY. For the past couple of years, I have been on staff for both of these organizations, and I

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2015-2016 Annual Report

By Kalle Westerling|September 1, 2016|Announcements|1 comments

The Futures Initiative’s second year brought renewed opportunities to advance equity and innovation in higher education. Working closely with students, faculty members, librarians, and staff members at the Graduate Center and across CUNY, the Futures Initiative focused on using innovative approaches and student-centered pedagogy to develop structures of equality in higher education and to use technology thoughtfully to connect with others who share these goals. Because the program is housed

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Design Principles

By Kalle Westerling|March 17, 2016|Reflection|0 comments

On February 24, I led an internal workshop at The Futures Initiative on Design Principles, where I tried to capture both some fundamental principles for design in general, but also how to use our internal branded materials. We are using certain fonts, certain colors, and graphic elements, and I wanted to make sure to incorporate that into the slides that we went through. The slides have been made available below. Design principles

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Digital Humanities in Theatre and Performance Studies

By Kalle Westerling|February 9, 2016|Uncategorized|0 comments

In November, I attended ASTR (American Society for Theatre Research), an incredibly inspiring conference in the field of theatre and performance studies. The theme of the conference this year was “Debating the Stakes in Theatre and Performance Scholarship,” and panels ranged from debating food in performance (the steaks in theatre and performance…) to the politics of performance. This past year or so I’ve been accepting and coming out in all

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Self-Evaluating a First Semester of Technologically Teaching Speech

By Kalle Westerling|January 15, 2016|student-centered pedagogy|0 comments

As we started the Mapping the Futures of Higher Education “experiment” last semester, there were so many productive conversations happening around critical thoughts about technology, ideas for student-centered learning exercises, and models for collaboration in and beyond the classroom. However, I felt somewhat disconnected from the conversations we were having during the sessions and the reflections in between—all because I wasn’t teaching a class. The ideas discussed every week were

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GC Digital Initiatives Fall 2015 Speaker Series

By Kalle Westerling|October 28, 2015|Events of Interest|0 comments

The GC Digital Initiatives recently announced their Fall 2015 Speaker Series, and all of us Fellows will surely be coming to a lot of those events, and we think you should join us for them. Read more about them and RSVP via the links below. “TBD:” A Talk by Wendy Chun Wednesday, November 18th, 6:30-8:30pm. The Skylight Room. The Graduate Center. Increasingly, it would seem, the future is already known,

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Recap: Peer Mentoring and Student-Centered Learning

By Kalle Westerling|October 20, 2015|Event Recap|1 comments

On September 24, 2015, our second installment of the University Worth Fighting For series took place, facilitated by Kandice Chuh (GC Professor of English and one of our Faculty Fellows) and Hilarie Ashton (GC English PhD student, instructor at Queens College, and FI Graduate Mentor). The conversation started with introductory remarks from Chuh, who related the conversations about classrooms to the much larger setting of cultural inequality, contemporary issues of

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Mentoring Workshop

By Kalle Westerling|June 10, 2015|FI Events, Mapping|0 comments

Thanks to generous support from CUNY Central, The Futures Initiative will host a two-day mentoring workshop this summer. Graduate and undergraduate students from the Mapping the Futures courses will work together to develop peer leadership skills and further explore student-centered learning, creating a network of student support across the CUNY campuses. Graduate Leaders Hilarie Ashton, GC, English Rachel Oppenheimer, GC, MALS and LaGuardia CC Natalie Oshukany, GC, Music Undergraduate Mentors

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HASTAC Scholars’ Pedagogy Project

By Kalle Westerling|January 29, 2015|Pedagogy Guide, Research|0 comments

HASTAC has just published its Pedagogy Project, which started about a year ago when several professors asked for specific suggestions on digital or collaborative projects they could do with their students. Fiona Barnett then asked the HASTAC Scholars to provide specific assignments, in-class exercises and other projects. The response was awesome — over 80 specific and proven suggestions to shake up your syllabus! The Pedagogy Project is organized into nine

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You are invited to the Futures Initiative Welcome Party!

By Kalle Westerling|December 3, 2014|FI Events|0 comments

You are cordially invited to the Futures Initiative Welcome Party on Tuesday, December 9 from 3:00-5:00 at The Graduate Center, CUNY in rm. 3314. Chat with Futures Initiative fellows and staff about the Futures Initiative over wine and snacks. Learn about what we’ve done so far, what our plans include, and how you can get involved. Please RSVP here: