Greetings!

By Sujung|August 1, 2018|Reflection|0 comments

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

By Christina|May 24, 2018|Reflection|1 comments

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,

By Frances|May 10, 2018|Reflection|0 comments

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

By Jessica Murray|April 16, 2018|Reflection, Research|0 comments

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

By kashema|April 16, 2018|Event Recap, Reflection|0 comments

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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OUR LIVES MATTER!

By Damele|February 7, 2018|Reflection, student-centered pedagogy|13 comments

                                                                                      2017 Fall 2150 students taking a picture in front of the colorful Our Lives Matter Index cards they created. The poignant and transformative things they wrote is the

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Event Recap: MLA Presidential Plenary #StatesOfInsecurity

By Christina|January 5, 2018|Event Recap, Reflection|0 comments

The Modern Language Association conference this year has already proven to be more politically engaged, at least in my experience, than the previous year. I heard Lauren Klein discuss the #MeToo movement and what’s at stake in the Digital Humanities, I spoke with Emily Brooks at the HASTAC meetup who shared with me that most readers of Harry Potter are anti-Trump, and I connected my paper on Thoreau’s Democratization of

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FI Grad Fellows: Where Are They Now?

By Katina Rogers|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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New Beginnings

By Katina Rogers|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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