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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Revolutionizing the University

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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Revolutionizing the University: Cathy N. Davidson in Conversation with NPR’s Anya Kamenetz

Revolutionizing the University: Cathy N. Davidson in Conversation with NPR’s Anya Kamenetz

By Frances|October 26, 2017|FI Events|0 comments

Monday, November 6 | 6:30 PM | The Graduate Center, CUNY (365 Fifth Avenue) Elebash Recital Hall Founding Director of the Futures Initiative and Distinguished Professor Cathy N. Davidson discusses her new book, The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux (“relevant and fascinating for both the consumers and the producers of higher education” –  Inside Higher Ed). Speaking with Anya Kamenetz (NPR), Davidson demonstrates how our current system, developed in

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A New Member of the Team

By Christina|September 12, 2017|Announcements|0 comments

I hope your semester is off to a good start! I am thrilled to join the Futures Initiative Fellows this year and it already has been such a wonderfully packed, enriching beginning to the semester just a few weeks into classes. The event that Frances Tran organized, Pedagogies of Dissent for Asian American Studies, has got me thinking about how the tools and methodologies of Asian American Studies can deepen my literary

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Cathy Davidson featured in Binghamton University magazine

By Danica Savonick|August 10, 2015|Of interest|0 comments

Professor Cathy Davidson is featured as an important alumna in Binghamton University’s magazine, especially for her work as a “mover, shaker, [and] educator.” Thomas Frazier writes: Ask Cathy N. Davidson about the state of education, and she will tell you that while today’s students are the first generation of the 21st century, they’re still being trained for the 20th century. For much of her career, Davidson, MA ’73, PhD ’74, hasn’t

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Cathy Davidson’s Keynote at X International Seminar

By Lisa|February 18, 2015|Announcements|0 comments

  Futures Initiative Director Cathy Davidson was one of the keynote speakers for the UNESCO Chair in Education and Technology for Social Change X International Seminar was held at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona, December 1-2, 2014. Cathy Davidson’s talk was entitled “Changing Higher Education from the Classroom Up,” and it is now available to watch online here. The other talks and demos of the X International Seminar are available here. 

Futures Initiative Director Cathy Davidson will be Keynote Speaker at 13th Annual CUNY IT Conference

By Lisa|November 7, 2014|Announcements, Events of Interest|0 comments

The 13th Annual CUNY IT Conference will be taking place on December 4th and 5th at John Jay College this year. Cathy Davidson, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Futures Initiative, will be giving the Opening Keynote at 3:30pm on December 4th. See the full program here.   CUNY IT Conference 2014 Overview Change is the new constant, but some (big) changes are more like shifts: shifts in practice and

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The End of Higher Education: A Discussion About Purpose

By Lisa|September 30, 2014|Announcements, Of interest, Reflection|0 comments

Futures Initiative Director Cathy Davidson discussed The End of Higher Education with Mike Wesch and Randy Bass as part of the Connected Courses Kick-off Live Event on September 15th. As shrinking budgets, skeptical publics, and rising alternatives continue to threaten the end of higher education, we host this conversation as a contemplation of what the end – or purpose – of higher education should be. We will also reflect on

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Futures Initiative Director Cathy Davidson discusses Technology Distraction on NPR

By Lisa|September 30, 2014|Announcements, Of interest|0 comments

Listen to Futures Initiative Director Cathy Davidson talk on the NPR Show To The Point here. Who’s in Charge: You or Your Smart Phone? Drivers tell pollsters they know it’s too dangerous to text while they’re at the wheel, but about one third admit they do it anyway. Now there’s persuasive evidence that we don’t have as much choice as we tell ourselves. Matt Richtel reports for the New York

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“Mapping the Futures of Higher Education” Profs Cathy Davidson and William Kelly S 2015

By Cathy Davidson|September 28, 2014|Mapping|0 comments

Mapping the Futures of Higher Education This is the first course offered by the new Futures Initiative, team-taught by Director Cathy N. Davidson and former Graduate Center President William Kelly. The course is designed for second, third, or fourth year graduate students who are teaching during S 2015 at one of CUNY’s colleges or community colleges. Professors Cathy N. Davidson and William Kelly IDS 70200 Spring 2015, Tuesday 4:15-6:15 PM

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