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Ecomodernism: A Call for More Technology to Address Climate Change

Blog post written by Professor Rick McGahey, Director, Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management, and SCEPA Faculty Fellow A provocative new document on global environmental challenges says that “climate change and other global ecological challenges are not the most important immediate concerns for the majority of the world’s people. Nor should they be.” Is this just ...
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Urban Policy Alumna Justine Gonzalez

Justine Gonzalez began her career in criminal justice advocacy as an investigator with The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, a holistic public defense practice. There she learned about many of the collateral consequences of court involvement. Later, she worked with The Henry Street Settlement as a Success Mentor for chronically absent high school students, a ...
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New Issue of the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development

Volume 10 Issue 1 of the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development is now available. This special issue is entitled: “Vertical Integration: A Dynamic Practice Promoting Transformative Peacebuilding.” Scholarship and practice in areas of both peacebuilding and development have long been concerned with the question of how to maximise efforts at different levels and use resources ...
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Urban Policy Alumnus Ben Kleinbaum

As Vice President at Capalino+Company Ben Kleinbaum has represented national trade associations, premier private schools, developers, and some of New York's largest not-for-profit institutions. Since joining the firm four years ago, he has helped his real estate clients win approvals to develop more than 1,000,000 square feet of residential, commercial and educational space. He has ...
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Dean Michelle DePass To Visit California

Next week, Dean Michelle DePass will be headed to San Francisco and Los Angeles to to connect with alumni, admitted students, prospects, and others! The New School's President David Van Zandt will also be making the trip, along with faculty members from around the university. See below for event details, and to RSVP: AN EVENING ...
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Professor Sean Jacobs Offers his Thoughts on Jon Stewart’s Replacement

The headline on a commentary piece published by Professor Sean Jacobs on Fusion last week reads Trevor Noah is funny but he’s no Jon Stewart, South Africans say. In the article Professor Jacobs examines Trevor Noah's ability to live up to the hype that has been created, pointing to one blogger's claim that “Trevor Noah ...
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Alexandra Bell, International Affairs Alumna, Discusses Her Job at State

Upon graduating from The New School, Alexandra held various positions including nuclear policy research assistant at the Center for American Progress, project manager at the Ploughshares Fund, and public and congressional affairs advisor in the Department of State Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance. Presently, she is Director for Strategic Outreach in the Office ...
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Women’s History Month: Cherchez La Femme

As a follow-up to our exhibit in February "Romancing True Power: D20" (and as a shout out to Women's History Month) Milano students Tolani Elumade, Jansyn Thaw, and Yiqing Wang organized "Cherchez la Femme," a conversation about powerful female political leaders around the world. First Lady, Trophy Wife, the Mrs. --these are labels that may ...
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Milano School Representation at South by Southwest 2015

Nonprofit Management Alumna and Marketing & Publications Director at The Nonprofit Technology Network Joleen Ong covered Milano Faculty Aaron Hill's presentation at South by Southwest in Austin Texas. In Professor Hill's hands-on session, participants worked with open data from the City of Austin to create prototypes that visually represent public data and invite exploration and ...
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Student Op Ed: Mind Over Trigger

By Dorit Avganim The views and opinions presented in this piece are that of the author’s and not necessarily The New School. It’s rush hour on the subway and the way a man is eyeing me has my stomach in knots. He doesn’t look ‘like me’, meaning his NYC tapestry segment (laptop and latte? trendsetter? ...
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International Affairs Alumnae Aarti Virani and Mala Kumar to be Panelists at South Asian Women’s Creative Collective Literary Festival

GPIA alumnae Mala Kumar (Paths of Marriage) and Aarti Virani (Vogue India, WSJ) will be featured on separate panels Saturday, April 4th as part of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) two-day interdisciplinary literary festival, Emerge: New Mediums, New Voices held at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor (btwn ...
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Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr Speaks at the UN on Post-2015 International Development Agenda

Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr has been contributing to several of the many events in the Post-2015 Agenda setting process. February 20 – At the Statistical Commission Seminar on nationally owned monitoring framework for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) organized by the UN – she argued that holding governments to account with a single one size fits all ...
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Associate Dean Nina Khrushcheva on Putinism in Russia

Associate Dean of Milano, Nina Khrushcheva, authored a piece published in Reuters, injecting realism into overly optimistic projections by some that recent protests might eventually sweep Putin out of office ...
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GPIA Conflict & Security Concentration: Immigration, Identity, & Islam Panel

GPIA Conflict & Security Concentration: Immigration, Identity, & Islam Panel

Join the Conflict and Security Concentration of the Graduate Program in International Affairs and the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility as we host a panel discussion on: Immigration, Identity, and Islam: Making sense of Europe's Public Debates in the light of Charlie Hebdo and the “Islamization of Europe. The Charlie Hebdo events in Paris ...
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New Publications from Professor Joseph Heathcott

Borderlands: Traveling the Brooklyn-Queens Divide The Architectural League of New York’s magazine Urban Omnibus featured a recent photodocumentary project by Joseph Heathcott, Associate Professor of Urban Studies. Heathcott’s article, titled “Borderlands: Traveling the Brooklyn-Queens Divide” appeared in the January 14th edition on line. It reports on a two-year effort by Prof. Heathcott to study the ...
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Community Development Finance Lab Continues Work in Ohio

Last year's partnership between Milano's Community Development Finance Lab, Parsons Urban Design program, and the Robbins Theater in Warren, Ohio is continuing this year. Working closely with Milano alum Melissa Holmes, Finance Lab students are offering financial planning services as Parsons students lend their design expertise. Students from both programs recently visited Warren, Ohio to ...
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OLA Hosts Public Lectures: Struggles for Inclusion in Brazil and Peru

The Observatory on Latin America (OLA) of the New School and the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) are pleased to invite you to: STRUGGLES FOR INCLUSION IN BRAZIL AND PERU President Néstor Kirchner FellowshipPublic Lecture by President Néstor Kirchner Fellows 2014-2015 Waste Pickers and Environmental Management in BrazilDaniela Gomez MetelloBrazil The production and disposal ...
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Professor McCandless Participating in United Nations Expert Meetings on Developing an Indicator Framework

Dr. McCandless is attending UNDESA Expert Group meetings on indicator framework for the post-2015 development framework this week. Over the last several years, she has been engaged with various specialist networks working to infuse peace, security, governance and justice concerns into the new framework (“goal 16”). UN discussions are presently focused around indicators, and Dr ...
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Nora Rahimian

GPIA Alumna Nora Rahimian Leverages Hip Hop to Inspire Social Change

“It is when people feel something and relate to it that they are moved to change their behavior. This is reinforced by the special relationship between artist and audience.” –Nora Rahimian Nora Rahimian is a 2012 graduate of the International Affairs program at The New School and attended the Liberia IFP, where she began managing ...
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New Challenge

New Challenge Symposium Wednesday, March 4

New Challenge Symposium Wednesday, March 4 from 5 - 8 p.m. Theresa Lang Center, 55 West 13th Street New Challenge is The New School's ideas competition for students who are committed to creating innovative approaches to addressing social and environmental challenges on a local or global scale. The New Challenge Symposium gives students who enter ...
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