Please join the Center for the Humanities on Friday, April 7th from 10am to 4pm for “Activism in Academia” in the Martin E. Segal Theatre at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

“Activism in Academia” is an interdisciplinary, day-long symposium discussing the value of political and apolitical work—in our classrooms, on our campuses, and in our scholarship—as it relates to activism within underrepresented communities.

COORDINATORS: Dhipinder Walia & Olivia Loksing Moy (Lehman College, CUNY)


10:00 a.m. Words for Social Change: Empathy & Literature

11:30 a.m. Faculty Roundtable: Diversifying the Curriculum: A Conversation with English Department Chairs

12:30 p.m. Lunch Reception

1:00 p.m. Student Panels: Activism, Authority, and Ethics in the Black-Authored Text Religious Representation & Secularism in the Classroom

2:30 p.m. Activist Histories & Pedagogies



Emanuele Castano (The New School)
Talia Schaffer (Queens & CUNY Grad Center)
Olivia Loksing Moy (Lehman)
Eva Chou (Baruch)
Renata Kobetts Miller (City College)
Joyce Harte (BMCC)
Ellen Tremper (Brooklyn)
Allison Pease (John Jay)
Paula Loscocco (Lehman)
J. Bret Maney (Lehman)
C. Lionel Spencer
Nadia Floyd
Sheema Alamari
Alegna Santos (Lehman)
Ndeye Fatou Coundoul (Lehman Muslim Students Association)
Jorge Matos Valldejuli (Hostos)
Andrea McArdle (CUNY Law School)
Maria Brinkmann (CUNY Law School)
Joseph North (Yale University)


Please find our full program and more information about our panelists at

Sponsored by the Office of Recruitment and Diversity; the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY; the Lehman College Department of English; and the Lehman College City and Humanities Program. This symposium was made possible by a Diversity Projects Development Fund grant.


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