Event Recap: Teaching and Learning with New Majority Students: Lessons Learned from the CUNY Humanities Alliance

By Kitana|May 10, 2018|Event Recap|0 comments

Notes | Photos | Video (forthcoming) | #fight4edu On Thursday, May 3, 2018, the Futures Initiative hosted a roundtable discussion on Teaching and Learning with New Majority Students: Lessons Learned from the CUNY Humanities Alliance, the final event of this year’s Thursday Dialogues series. The event brought together colleagues from departments and programs across the GC, including the Futures Initiative, the Teaching and Learning Center, and the CUNY Humanities Alliance, as well as

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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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Event Recap: Futures Initiative Spring Forum–“Publics, Politics, and Pedagogy: Remaking Higher Education for Turbulent Times”

By Frances|April 13, 2018|Event Recap, FI Events|0 comments

Links: Video Recording of livestream – Coming soon! | #fight4edu Note to readers: The Futures Initiative would like to extend our deepest admiration and thanks to Dr. Frances Tran, Postdoctoral Fellow and Interim Associate Director of the Futures Initiative. Frances worked tirelessly to craft and organize this forum, guide faculty members and students in shaping their sessions, coordinate all of the logistical details with our team, and see the event through

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Writing Retreats: Community, consultations, and coffee!

By Katina|February 5, 2018|Announcements, Event Recap, FI Events|0 comments

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our first Writing Retreat. The room was friendly but focused, and even included a spontaneous Scrivener/Zotero workshop in a nearby office. We hope you will join us for our next retreat on Monday, March 5 from 1-4 p.m. in The Graduate Center’s room 3317. One-on-one consultations will be offered by the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development; bring your questions and work-in-progress

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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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From Dissertation to First Book with Ken Wissoker and Kalle Westerling

By Kalle Westerling|November 27, 2017|Event Recap|0 comments

In the Thursday Dialogue, “From Dissertation to First Book,” Ken Wissoker (Editorial Director of Duke University Press and Director of Intellectual Publics at the Graduate Center) in conversation with Kalle Westerling (Futures Initiative Fellow) discussed best practices for doctoral students who intend to turn their dissertations into books. Drawing on Ken’s long-standing expertise in academic publishing, the conversation touched on a variety of topics: What is the difference between a

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Revolutionizing the University

By Christina|November 9, 2017|Event Recap|1 comments

On Monday, November 6, 2017, we gathered in the Elebash Recital Hall at the Graduate Center, CUNY, for “Revolutionizing the University” with Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Futures Initiative Cathy N. Davidson, and Anya Kamenetz, Senior Journalist for NPR. Below are some highlights from the event and their conversation. Kamenetz: “I asked you a question about education and you immediately turned it into social change.” Davidson: “Exactly”  

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Pedagogy Day 2017: Futures Initiative Total Participation Workshop

By Jessica Murray|November 6, 2017|Event Recap, Pedagogy Guide, student-centered pedagogy|0 comments

On Friday, October 27, 2017, my colleague Mike Rifino and I led a Total Participation Workshop as part of Pedagogy Day. Twenty participants engaged in an experiment to see what we could accomplish by using technology as a tool for collaboration and co-constructing knowledge among faculty and graduate student teachers to create a WordPress site in less than an hour. At the beginning, we were all a little nervous. After

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Event recap: Mentors to Leaders

By Mike Rifino|October 30, 2017|Event Recap|0 comments

On September 28th, the Futures Initiative hosted its second event of the Thursday Dialogue series with a panel discussion that focused on the Futures Initiative Undergraduate Leadership program. The purpose of this panel discussion was to reflectively explore, from its first implementation to the present, how has the Undergraduate Leadership evolved. This panel brought together the Directors, current Leadership fellows, and Futures Initiative Graduate Fellows and faculty in a self-reflective discussion

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