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Sept 7 | The Performance of Blackness in Contemporary Brazil, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic

Please join The Center for the Humanities on Thursday, September 7th at 6:00pm for “The Performance of Blackness in Contemporary Brazil, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic” in the Martin E. Segal Theatre at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Join Abigail Lapin Dardashti, Fabiana Lopes, Dadland Maye, and Marcos Teixeira de Souza for a panel discussion exploring the performance of blackness in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Brazil and its transnational resonance with black cultural producers in other Latin American countries. (more…)

CLAGS Fall Semester 2017 Events

Queer Pedagogies
Mon, Sept 11| The Graduate Center, CUNY | C204
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Register Here

A conversation for educators who are LGBTQ or allied, moderated bu María R. Scharrón-del Río (Associate Professor, Brooklyn College, CUNY), Kalle Westerling (Ph.D. Candidate and Futures Initiative Fellow, the Graduate Center, CUNY), and Stephanie Hsu (Associate Professor, Pace University). Hear from other educators (graduate, undergraduate, and K-12), share practical resources, and fortify your heart for teaching at this inaugural event of CLAGS’s Queer Pedagogy Network, cosponsored by the Futures Initiative. (more…)

May 4 & 5 | Freedom: a Mellon-Sawyer Symposium

May 4, 2017 – The Graduate Center, CUNY, May 5, 2017 – New York Public Library, Schwartzman Building

In what ways does an engagement with the concept of FREEDOM complicate, if not trouble , our understanding of colonial histories, individualism, sovereignty, the public sphere, liberalism, nationalism, republicanism, contemporary and post-colonial politics? (more…)

Apr. 27 | Inside Voices: An Oral History Exhibition

Faculty and students are invited to an upcoming student showcase at Columbia University, Inside Voices[oralhistory.columbia.edu], a multimedia pop-up exhibition free and open to the public on Thursday, April 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.

This event employs a wide range of interactive formats and stories based on interviews conducted by student in 2016 cohort of Columbia University’s Oral History MA program. It will take place in the Union Theological Seminary Social Hall (3041 Broadway at W 121st Street).

Inside Voices will help kick off a long weekend of oral history programming in New York, alongside the 2017 Oral History and the Mid-Atlantic Region Conference, Oral History & The City[oralhistoryandthecity.org] (April 27-30, 2017), co-sponsored by OHMA.


April 25 |”Betsy DeVos & Federal Education Policy”

The PhD Program in Urban Education is pleased to host a panel session:

“Betsy DeVos & Federal Education Policy”


Joel Spring, David Bloomfield, and Audra Watson, Graduate of Cohort 11.


Urban Education Community Room, 4202,

4:15 to 6:15 PM



April 5 | Behind the Camera, Covering the Image: Caroline Key and Shelly Silver

Wednesday April 5th, 7:00 pm, Martin E. Segal Theatre

This event features a selection of films and videos by Caroline Key and Shelly Silver; each uses forms of occlusion to recover vulnerable, untranslatable, or invisibilized layers of social material.

Caroline Key will screen her film Speech Memory, which questions the entanglement of immigration, cultural assimilation, and inheritance through her father’s account of his father, a deaf Korean who grew up in Japan during its occupation of Korea; and an excerpt of her documentary, Grace Period, about the Yeongdeungpo district sex workers in Seoul and their collective resistance to government crackdown on their labor. (more…)

April 3 | “Spring Symposium: Pedagogy, Research, Social Change”

Please join faculty and students from this year’s team-taught courses, Futures Initiative Peer Mentors, and the Humanities Alliance for our Spring Symposium: Pedagogy, Research & Social Change. As the final event in this year’s University Worth Fighting For series, this daylong symposium will celebrate work that connects student-centered learning to institutional and social change.

Where: The Graduate Center, CUNY, Skylight Room (9100)
When: Monday, April 3, 10am – 6pm

Space is limited, so please RSVP here if you hope to join us. (more…)

Invitation to: Launch Party for the Graduate Center’s Urban Education Program’s Online Journal: TRAUE’s Special Issue: #BlackLivesMatter: Conversations Across

Launch Party for the Graduate Center’s Urban Education Program’s Online Journal: TRAUE’s Special Issue: #BlackLivesMatter: Conversations Across Educational and Community Spaces
WHEN: Friday, March 31, 2017
WHERE: Graduate Center’s Urban Education Program Lounge, 4th floor, Room: 4202
Located at: 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10016
TIME: 5-8pmPlease RSVP hereCome celebrate and experience the launch of the Urban Education Program’s graduate student online journal, “Theory, Research, and Action in Urban Education” (TRAUE)’s newest issue!

On March 31, 2017 TRAUE’s Special Issue: #BlackLivesMatter: Conversations Across Educational and Community Spaces will be available at: https://blmtraue.commons.gc.cuny.edu

Past issues of TRAUE are available at: https://traue.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

–TRAUE Co-Editors:
Sakina Laksimi-Morrow, Robert Robinson, José Alfredo Menjivar and Sara Vogel

TRAUE Call For Papers:
#BlackLivesMatter: Conversations Across Educational and Community Spaces

#BlackLivesMatter is this generation’s social justice call-to-action founded by three queer women of color. It articulates the narratives and counter-narratives of Black people and blackness in the United States, and the way that these resonate across the exceedingly blurry lines of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class. #BlackLivesMatter is the empowerment of silenced voices to join, disrupt and even change the conversation in different spaces. #BlackLivesMatter is about unapologetically confronting the institutional level racism that perpetuates historically rooted inequality on Black and Brown bodies.

This contemporary engagement in #BlackLivesMatter is not divorced from a historical trajectory. In 1903, W.E.B. Du Bois asserted, “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line” (Du Bois, 1903/1994). Nearly a century later, Cornel West contended that “the problem of the 21st century” remained “the problem of the color line” (West, 2001). Today, in the age of social media, images of state violence against Black men, women and trans people pervade the media landscape, evoking images of sanctioned violence. Keeanga Yamahtta Taylor reminds us that “the past is not yet the past” (Taylor, 2015) and that “officers have a license to kill–and a consistent propensity to use it (Taylor, 2015). In the current media terrain, the color line proves to be a persistent thread of the Black experience in the United States.

This special issue of TRAUE invites readers to lend their voices to an ongoing conversation about race and racism in the United States through a diverse array of forms and approaches. We invite articles, reviews, policy briefs and notes from the field as well as short stories, poems, open letters and photographs. We seek to anthologize diverse perspectives and experiences by engaging topics of identity as it intersects with educational institutions.

TRAUE is an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal published by doctoral students and recent graduates of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. We encourage graduate students and recent graduates to submit studies in progress, as well as findings from completed research and reflections on practice. TRAUE’s mission is to develop and share tools for imagining and enacting sustainable, systemic educational and social equity. Submissions to this journal should advance social and educational equity, be emerging ideas with emerging theoretical grounding.

All submissions and inquiries to TRAUE can be directed to urbanedTRAUE@gmail.com


Interdisciplinary Initiative by the Mathematics Department at GC

Letter from Enrique Pujals:

Having been inspired by the interdisciplinary spirit and collaboration across disciplines, I would like to call attention to an initiative of the Math Department at the GC, coordinated by Enrique Pujals, that will take place throughout the current Spring semester.

Entitled, “Dynamical Systems: Ideas in Applications”, the idea is to bring together top minds whose work both spans and brings together the fields of neuroscience, mathematics, physics, biology and economics.  (more…)

Mar 16 | State in Time Workshop: The Crisis of Oppositional Politics Today

Join the Center for the Humanities on Thursday, March 16th at 6:30am-8:30pm for State in Time The Crisis of Oppositional Politics Today in The James Gallery at The Graduate Center, CUNY. This workshop opens a space to rethink key concepts that in the era of Trumpism feel exhausted and in crisis – e.g. “critique” and “resistance,” being “radical,” “in opposition,” and “in solidarity”– so as to create a rejuvenated conceptual framework that addresses the urgent demands and complexities of our current crisis.

See the full description on the Center for the Humanities website.

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