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

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|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|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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Professor Ofelia García’s Remarks Upon President Emmanuel Macron’s (of the Republic of France) visit to the Graduate Center

By Allison|September 28, 2017|Announcements, Of interest, Reflection, Uncategorized|0 comments

Last month on September 20, 2017, Futures Initiative Faculty Fellow, Professor Ofelia García of Urban Education and Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, offered her remarks upon President Emmanuel Macron’s (of the Republic of France) visit to the Graduate Center. Read Dr. Ofelia Garcia’s full speech below:   “Buenas tardes Monsieur le président, Madame Macron, Monsieur Blanquer and distinguished guests, Au nom du Graduate Center de l’ Université de la ville

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The Top Three Things I’ve Learned as PhD Student

By kashema|August 9, 2017|Reflection|0 comments

One of my colleagues sent me this article by Te-Erika Patterson about why so many graduate students quit their studies. The various reasons include health and interactions with faculty. I have heard of students getting ulcers and other digestive ailments, throughout the semester. I also have suffered with my own ailments. From what I have gathered, attaining a Ph.D is more than just reading and completing assignments—it is also political.

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