Reflections on Trauma Narratives after Roxane Gay & Katia D. Ulysse

Reflections on Trauma Narratives after Roxane Gay & Katia D. Ulysse

On November 8, 2018, members of the CUNY community gathered at the Graduate Center for “Roxane Gay in Conversation with Katia D. Ulysse,” moderated by Tami Navarro. In conversation, Navarro asked the authors to speak to writing about trauma. As Catherine Malabou theorizes in Ontology of the Accident: An Essay on Destructive Plasticity (2009, trans. 2012), “We must allow for the impossibility of flight in situations in which an extreme tension, a pain

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Leading by Example

As the co-director of the Undergraduate Leadership Program at Futures Initiative, it is important for me to have a certain level of transparency with the Leaders. Although I am a private person, I do lower my guard for the Leaders to let them know that they are not alone and not everything is alright. Last year, returning Leader, Cherishe and I had a heart-to-heart about balance and navigating racist situations

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Classrooms as a Sphere of Possibility: Workshopping Pedagogy and Social Justice

On September 13, The Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York hosted a public event entitled, Classroom and Social Justice: Why Start with Pedagogy. As an exit ticket, we asked the audience to briefly write about why they were interested in this topic. We received critical and impressive responses that were related to the participants’ personal experiences as students or teachers or that pertained

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Greetings from a New Member of the FI team

Hope all of you are surviving the usually hectic first week of a new semester and are gradually settling into a new schedule of work-life balance. My name is Siqi Tu, a new graduate fellow of the Futures Initiative, and the web developer/research analyst of the team. I am also a PhD candidate in sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. I started to get involved with FI team upon accepting

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Greetings!

I’m Sujung Kim, the 2018-2020 Mellon postdoctoral fellow for the Futures Initiative and Humanities Alliance. I’m so excited about joining this wonderful team. I received my Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I specialize in critical pedagogy of higher education and community colleges. Grounded in such pedagogy, cultural studies, critical interculturalism, critical race theories, transnationalism, and globalization and higher education, my research and teaching

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Revolutionary Office Meetings

Pedagogy is something we take with us when we leave a classroom, and it’s something (as I learned this year at the Futures Initiative) that we can bring into office meetings to make them fresh, interesting, and invigorating. Who looks forward to office meetings? I do. During my first year at FI, I shook off my office blues and engaged in 100% participation with my colleagues at every meeting. I

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To the Futures Initiative,

To the Futures Initiative,

This year has passed by in a whirlwind of emails and events, planning sessions, meetings, and conferences, interviews, sudden trips, and all of those big and small life moments in between. Still, with summer right around the corner and the promise of lazy beach days to come, I want to press pause to reflect and take in what this year, what being a part of this program, has meant. I’ve

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Our ride with Andy Byford, NYCT President

Our ride with Andy Byford, NYCT President

In January of this year, a group of scrappy subway activists hatched a plan to make a splash at the NYCT Committee Meeting, delivering a gift for the incoming New York City Transit president, Andy Byford, who is in charge of the subways, buses, and Access-A-Ride. The Rise and Resist Elevator Action Group, founded by Jennifer Marie Bartlett in April of 2017, has been staging rallies and protests to gain public awareness of

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Event Recap: Understanding the IRB, Part II

For a many of us, the IRB process is one of those things that seems to be looming over our studies. For this Thursday Dialogue, Marianna Azar, the GC Human Research Protection Program Manager, originally planned to explain the new changes to the IRB, however, they were not implemented (they are tentatively slated for June 2018). Instead Marianna addressed eight common myths about the IRB. I must admit that the

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