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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Event Recap: Understanding the IRB, Part I

By Jessica Murray|October 18, 2017|Event Recap|0 comments

Our Thursday Dialogue on October 12 about the complexities of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) regulatory framework turned into a very informative, interesting, and lively discussion. Marianna Azar, Graduate Center HRPP Program Manager, and Seth Schimmel, HRPP Program Assistant shared their knowledge and application of the federal guidelines, recent history of changes to the CUNY IRB structure, the transition from IRBNet to IDEATE, common reasons that protocols are returned, and

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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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Event Recap: Pedagogies of Dissent for Asian American Studies

By Frances|September 14, 2017|Event Recap|0 comments

On September 7, 2017, the Futures Initiative launched our new Thursday Dialogues series with a roundtable discussion on “Pedagogies of Dissent for Asian American Studies.” Although it was a slightly more formal affair than most of our Thursday Dialogues will be, we had occasion to celebrate the start of the Fall semester by welcoming Kandice Chuh (Professor of English and American Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center) back from her yearlong sabbatical,

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Event Recap: Undergraduate Leadership Institute

By kashema|September 2, 2017|Event Recap, FI Events|1 comments

On August 9th, the Futures Initiative hosted its Summer Leadership Institute for the 2017-2018 Futures Initiative Undergraduate Leadership Program, which was generously funded by the Teagle Foundation. Take a look at the full agenda of our workshop, and see the full photo set on Flickr. The workshop started with a pre-recorded message from our Founding Director, Dr. Cathy N. Davidson, welcoming the incoming cohort of Leadership Fellows and offering insight

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Recap: Futures Initiative’s Bystander Intervention Training

By Allison Guess|June 29, 2017|Event Recap|0 comments

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 5-7:30pm, the Futures Initiative held a Bystander Intervention Training as a continuation of our recent University Worth Fighting For roundtable discussion, “Global Perspectives on the Fight for Higher Education.” This hands-on, practical workshop was an important counterpart to the initial discussion, since efforts towards transformation must not only be theoretical and limited to the classroom, but also lived, practiced and embodied. In my role

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