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April 12 | “What is ‘Public’ about Our Public University?”

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.

April 25 | Monuments as History / Art / Power

6 p.m., Martin Segal Theatre
The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue

Historians, art historians, community activists, and artists discuss the ongoing reevaluation of public monuments in New York City and across the country. This interactive presentation will focus on the J. Marion Sims monument to explore how we can understand Sim’s medical research and experimentation on enslaved women, the artistic and activist responses to his memorialization, and future possibilities for remembering this difficult history.

Harriet Senie, Professor of Art History, Graduate Center, CUNY
Deirdre Cooper Owens, Assistant Professor of History, Queens College, CUNY
Marina Ortiz, Founder and President, East Harlem Preservation
Doreen Garner, Artist, “White Man on a Pedestal”
Moderator: Arinn Amer, Co-chair, CUNY Public History Collective

Presented by The Graduate Center’s American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, The Gotham Center for New York City History, The CUNY Public History Collective, and Center for the Humanities. This event is the first in a series supported with funds from Humanities New York and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

April 28 | The Practice of Pedagogy at NYU SCA

The Graduate Student Committee at the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis is pleased to announce the schedule for this year’s symposium, The Practice of Pedagogy.

The Practice of Pedagogy is a one-day, interdisciplinary symposium bringing together scholars from American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Critical Indigenous Studies. The discussion will center pedagogical practice and knowledge work in social movements, decolonization, and resistance at the university level. Building on the questions raised by the 2017 American Studies Association conference, “Pedagogies of Dissent,” this symposium will explore the responsibilities of educators who are committed to political and social transformation. This event has been generally cosponsored by the Native Studies Forum at NYU.

10:30: Breakfast

11:00 – 12:30: ASA President Roundtable with Kandice Chuh, Lisa Duggan, and Roderick Ferguson

12:30 – 12:45: NYU Graduate Student Organizing Committee Presentation

12:45 – 1:30: Ethnic Studies, Third World Studies, and Decolonial Pedagogy with Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Nick Mitchell, and Gary Okihiro

1:30 – 3:00: Coffee Break

3:00 – 4:30: Movement Building for Ea: Sovereignty and Life in Hawaii Workshop with Noelani Goodyear-Ka’ōpua

Free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Please RSVP at thepracticeofpedagogy.eventbrite.com[thepracticeofpedagogy.eventbrite.com]

See you all there, and please share widely with your networks.

April 11 | Challenging the School Readiness Agenda in Early Childhood Education

Presented by the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education
Provocative Inquiries in Urban Education (PIUE)
Lecture Series, Spring 2018: Listening to Alumni
Challenging the School Readiness Agenda in Early Childhood Education /
Talk and Book Launch

Presenter: Dr. Miriam Tager, UEd alum
Wednesday, April 11th, 6:30–8:30pm
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Room 4202, Urban Education Lounge


Talk Description: 

The pressure to sort children within the first weeks of school is so great that teachers are unknowingly perpetuating this exclusionary process without noticing that these children are usually low-income Black children. Furthermore, they are not differentiating between Black populations and therefore are perpetuating a color-blind discourse. This reveals one of the key problems of the American school system, including early childhood programs, which is the continuing practice of structural racism. This book controversially challenges the American neoliberal agenda of school reform based on standardized testing and combats these ongoing deficit practices in the early childhood classroom.

April 10 | Translanguaging as Critical Inquiry and Pedagogy

Presented by the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education

Provocative Inquiries in Urban Education (PIUE)
Lecture Series, Spring 2018: Listening to Alumni

Translanguaging as Critical Inquiry and Pedagogy

Presenters: UEd alums: Dr. Carla España and Dr. Luz Herrera,
and Cristian Solorza, UEd Doctoral Student

Tuesday, April 10th, 6:30–8:30pm
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Room 4202, Urban Education Lounge

Talk Description:

We are reimagining urban education, specifically the education of emergent bilinguals, by using translanguaging as a way to center students’ community language practices, and generally validating students’ identities, experiences, and ways of being through the use of culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogical practices (C(L)SP). We are also reconceptualizing bilingual education and calling for a decolonization of bilingual education by employing a C(L)SP framework. Translanguaging pedagogy pushes us to reconceive schooling by validating our students’ entire linguistic repertoires. How does this disrupt schools, pedagogy and our role as educators?

April 11 | West African Manuscripts round table

Please join us at New York University’s Tamiment Library (10th floor, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Sq. South) on Wednesday, April 11, 6:30-8:00PM (doors open at 6pm) for a round table on issues relating to early West African manuscripts.

A fundamental source for the history of West Africa lies in rich archival collections, most famously the manuscript libraries of Timbuktu. Documents from the Mali and Songhai Empires and the centuries before European colonial rule offer a vital window into the region’s complex ties to the wider Muslim world, and to cultures and polities in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

Ousmane Kane (Harvard) and Michael Gomez (NYU) will discuss their recent work reassessing the religious and political history of West Africa, research which relied heavily on the documentary evidence to be found in such collections. Alexandra Huddleston is a photojournalist who spent part of her childhood in Mali, returning there in 2007 to document the traditional custodianship of manuscript collections in Timbuktu, before they were dramatically spirited out of the city for protection from advancing insurgents in 2013.

The participants will discuss their experiences with West African documents, as well as the challenges of consulting and protecting these renowned archives of human history. Geared toward a general audience, the event welcomes those interested in African, Islamic, and medieval history, as well as librarians and archivists concerned about the preservation of threatened cultural heritage collections. Copies of the speakers’ publications will be available for purchase.

Event is open to the public. RSVP not required but would be appreciated; register here:


(Co-sponsored by New York University’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, the departments of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, History, and Africana Studies, and the Medieval & Renaissance Center, with support from Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science.)

April 13 | Sing, Muse: Literary, Theoretical, and Historical Approaches to Ancient Music

May 1 | (Re)addressing Urban Education Literacy, Curriculum and Pedagogy

Provocative Inquiries in Urban Education (PIUE)
Lecture Series, Spring 2018: Listening to Alumni

(Re)addressing Urban Education Literacy, Curriculum and Pedagogy

Presenters: Dr. Maria Akinyele and Dr. Altovise Gipson-Colon, UEd alums
Tuesday, May 1st, 6:30–8:30pm
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Room 4202, Urban Education Lounge

Talk Description:
This talk explores sociocultural aspects of urban education within the frameworks of teacher pedagogy and teacher narrative. We will discuss how teachers’ experiences have affected their conceptions and enactments of historical literacy and culturally relevant pedagogy, and its effects on academic achievement and student perceptions of instruction. We will also place our focus on teacher narratives in music and social studies learning communities to highlight the racial and artistic tensions that emerge within urban spaces and among teachers of color. We hope to reimagine ways that educators can do culturally relevant pedagogy within contemporary structures of schooling.

Mar 22 | Sponsored Migration: The State and Puerto Rican Postwar Migration to the United States w Dr. Edwin Meléndez

March 22, 2018, 6-8pm
Skylight Room, 9th Floor


A book talk and discussion with:

Dr. Edgardo Meléndez, author , Professor of Africana and Puerto Rican/ Latino Studies, Hunter College

Dr. Teresita Levy, Associate Professor, Latin American, Latino, and Puerto Rican Studies, Lehman College

Dr. Carlos Vargas-Ramos, Research Associate, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College (more…)

CUNY Academy – News March 2018

Last week the CUNY Academy received funds to support travel awards for part-time faculty who present or chair at a conference. The Academy thanks Enid Stubin of Kingsborough Community College and the UFS, Evangelos Gizis, our Board Chair and former Provost of Queens College, and Kay Conway, Chair of the UFS, for their efforts to establish this program.

Funds are available for travel already completed, back to July 1, 2017, going forward to May 1, 2018. Applications must be submitted before Sunday April 15.  (more…)

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