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HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is an interdisciplinary community of humanists, artists, social scientists, scientists, and technologists changing the way we teach and learn.  Our 16,000+ members from over 400+ affiliate organizations share ideas, news, tools, research, insights, pedagogy, methods, and projects—including Digital Humanities and other born-digital scholarship—and collaborate on various HASTAC initiatives.

Founded in 2002, HASTAC is reputed to be the world’s first and oldest academic social network with annual pageview counts approaching the half-million mark. HASTAC is governed by a dynamic, interdisciplinary Steering Committee, and its leadership and administration is shared between Arizona State University and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Learn more about HASTAC’s leadership and administration here.

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Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Futures Initiative and HASTAC are deeply honored to be part of a visionary $3.1 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant dedicated to humanities education at the nation’s community colleges and introductory humanities education for the “new majority” of college students entering universities in the U.S. today.

Read the press release.

Team-Taught Courses

Each year, the Futures Initiative holds a CUNY-wide competition to select Faculty Fellows to team-teach interdisciplinary graduate courses. The aim of these courses is to support diversity, equity, and student-centered interdisciplinary learning at the graduate level, to strengthen faculty diversity at the Graduate Center, and to establish robust peer mentoring among faculty members across the CUNY system.

Learn more about these unique courses.

Liberal Arts for the New Majority: Undergraduate Leadership and Peer Mentoring Program

Supported by the Graduate Center, CUNY Central Office, and the Teagle Foundation (2016-2018)

This multi-layered leadership and peer mentoring program reconnects 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 and learners.

Read the project announcement.

Dr. Louise Lennihan Arts and Sciences Grants

Thanks to a generous gift from Curtis Wong, recipient of an honorary degree from the Graduate Center in 2016, as well as a matching grant from Microsoft and anonymous donations from GC faculty members, this student grant program awards $500 micro-grants to Graduate Center students for research or travel related to scholarship at the intersections of humanities, arts, science, and technology. The competition honors Dr. Louise Lennihan for her extraordinary service on behalf of students and faculty at the Graduate Center.

Read about past award winners

 The University Worth Fighting For

The Futures Initiative partners with HASTAC to offer events, workshops, and Twitter chats designed to tie student-centered, engaged pedagogical practices to institutional change and social justice. We pay special attention to race, gender, diversity, equity, and inequality—and to rethinking the higher education we so urgently need now.

We believe in higher education. Join us as we engage with and amplify these key issues in the classroom and beyond.University Worth Fighting For

Mapping the Futures of Higher Education

In Spring 2015, Futures Initiative Director Cathy Davidson and Graduate Center President Emeritus William Kelly taught Mapping the Futures of Higher Education, a radically interdisciplinary graduate class and network of undergraduate classes involving more than 365 students across ten CUNY colleges. Though the subject matter varied from one class to another, all used peer pedagogy to achieve the best student outcomes while also building a strong community. Learn more…

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