Final Projects from Students in “The Arts of Dissent” at Queens College

By Danica Savonick|May 19, 2017|Announcements, Reflection, student-centered pedagogy|0 comments

This semester students in my ENG 241 course at Queens College took what they learned and co-created their own “arts of dissent”: original websites, videos, timelines, lesson plans, poetry, photography, and drawings. (I’ve included the rationale for this assignment at the bottom of this post.) Want to know what Queens College students think about 2017? They think stereotypes about immigrants are inaccurate & dangerous, that Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric should

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Call for Proposals: 2017-2018 Courses (CLOSED)

By Katina|September 8, 2016|Announcements|1 comments

Call for Proposals: Futures Initiative 2017-2018 Courses **Application period has closed. Please watch for a new CFP in Fall 2017 for 2018-2019 courses.** Focus: Diversity, Interdisciplinarity, and Innovative and Engaged Graduate Student Teaching Methods Structure: Team-Taught Graduate Courses with CUNY Colleagues Enhancements: Faculty Research Funds, Program and Technological Support, Pedagogy Workshops Fields:  All Fields Welcome Due Date: November 1, 2016 Proposal Submission Form Once again in 2017-2018, the Futures Initiative is pleased to

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Special Journal Issue on Linguistic Diversity Published by Futures Initiative Students

By Katina|July 5, 2016|Announcements|0 comments

We are delighted to announce that graduate students in the Fall 2015 Futures Initiative course on Global Perspectives on Language and Education have published a collection of their work in Bellaterra Journal of Teaching and Learning Language and Literature. The special issue, “Linguistic Diversity, Equity, and Pedagogical Innovation in Higher Education,” was edited by students Demet Arpacik, María Cioè-Peña & Benjamin Kinsella, with Maryann Polesinelli & Esteban Rodríguez. The monograph reports on the results of a series

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On Building a Community in the Classroom

By Ryan Donovan|March 10, 2016|Pedagogy Guide, Peer mentoring, Reflection, student-centered pedagogy|0 comments

This blog is a reflection on implementing strategies and tools I learned as a student in the inaugural course offered by the Futures Initiative in Spring 2015 at The Graduate Center/CUNY. Though my students gave me permission to write about their experiences, I have intentionally obscured any identifying details.   In the second week of the semester, my students were assigned to give introductory speeches to the class. As this is

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Announcing Teagle Grant to Support “Liberal Arts for the New Majority”

By Katina|March 2, 2016|Announcements|0 comments

The Futures Initiative is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new project funded by a grant from the Teagle Foundation: “Liberal Arts for the New Majority.” This multi-layered peer mentorship program will reconnect liberal arts teaching and learning with the mission of public higher education and the needs of what has been called the “new majority” of undergraduate college students, while also supporting graduate students’ development as both teachers

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Three Job Opportunities at the Graduate Center, CUNY with the Humanities Alliance

By Katina|December 9, 2015|Announcements|0 comments

We are delighted to announce three job opportunities at the Graduate Center, CUNY. These positions are part of the Humanities Teaching and Learning Alliance, a new, Mellon-funded collaboration between the GC and LaGuardia Community College. Please share this announcement widely. With generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Center and LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY) will establish the Humanities Teaching and Learning Alliance,

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Futures Initiative Spring 2016 Courses – Enrollment Opens December 4!

By Katina|December 2, 2015|Announcements|0 comments

In the 2015-2016 academic year, the Futures Initiative is offering five team-taught courses in a number of different disciplines, reaching as many as 90 graduate students and 1,800 undergraduates. The courses will be taught by CUNY faculty based at the Graduate Center as well as Brooklyn College, City College, LaGuardia Community College, Lehman College, and Queens College. The focus across all of the courses is Diversity, Access, and Equity Across

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Job Opportunity: Deputy Director, Humanities Alliance (GC/LAGCC)

By Katina|December 1, 2015|Announcements|0 comments

Position Title:             Deputy Director (Administrative Executive Associate) – Humanities Alliance Job ID:                           14027 Compensation:           Commensurate with experience and qualifications Closing Date:              December 30, 2015 Position Details: The Graduate Center (GC) defines the standard of contemporary graduate education: rigorous academic training and globally significant research. It is recognized for outstanding scholarship and

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Why We Started HASTAC: Changing Learning, Institutions, and Society for Social Justice

By Cathy Davidson|November 28, 2015|Reflection|0 comments

HASTAC since its inception has had several pillars (and the Futures Initiative, for CUNY and the Graduate Center), embodies those as well.  HASTAC has been a “free and open community” from the beginning, open to anyone who signs onto the website and observes our principles of respect and contributes to our wide-ranging areas of interest embodied, in the most general way, by the slogan:  “Changing the Way We Teach and

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Recap: Teaching the Humanities as a Survival Skill

By Lisa Tagliaferri|October 22, 2015|Event Recap|0 comments

Working together with the GC Teaching and Learning Center, and LaGuardia Community College, this session of The University Worth Fighting for was convened by:   Cathy N. Davidson, Director, The Futures Initiative and Co-Director, The Humanities Teaching and Learning Alliance, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Eduardo Vianna, Professor, Psychology, LaGuardia Community College and one of our Futures Initiative Faculty Fellows Mike Rifino, doctoral student, Human Development, and Futures

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