Thursday, April 12th, 6:30 pm
The James Gallery

The City University of New York defines itself as “the nation’s largest urban public university.” But what does it mean to be a “public” institution in an era of increased privatization and public/private partnerships? As the use of the term “public” has become a catchall, what does “public” mean and look like in practice at the Graduate Center, across CUNY, and in higher education in general? This town hall provides a forum for members of the Graduate Center, CUNY and the broader community to share and exchange ideas about the current use and potential future uses of public space within the Graduate Center, CUNY. The evening will open with brief comments from students, faculty, and community partners engaged with projects addressing these questions and will then open up to collective discussion and brainstorming.

Speakers include:
Inés Vañó García, Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures; Deshonay Dozier, Environmental Psychology; Jessica Murray, Human Development/Psychology; Keith Wilson, the Center for the Humanities; Johanna Miller, New York Civil Liberties Union; Amir Farjoun, Theatre and Performance;Brett Stoudt, Psychology Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, New York Civil Liberties Union, the Futures Initiative, the Teaching and Learning Center, and the Doctoral Students’ Council at the Graduate Center, CUNY.