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Marija Šajkaš

From Belgrade to New York: An interview with Alum Marija Šajkaš

Marija Šajkaš (pronounced as Maria Say-kash) is an SGPIA alum who is a communications and political consultant based in New York City. Her expertise lie in media, immigration, and transitional justice in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Marija also works as a foreign correspondent for a Belgrade-based weekly publication and her first novel was just ...
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Professor L.H.M Ling

“Why is there no learning by the state?” – SGPIA Prof L.H.M. Ling

The latest issue of the Georgetown Journal for Asian Affairs features a fascinating interview with SGPIA Professor L.H.M. Ling. Professor Ling is a pioneer in critical International Affairs theory whose work has pioneered the theoretical framework of Worldism. In this interview, which seeks to widen the discussion of International Affairs theory, Prof Ling takes us ...
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Laura Nitz capturing 360 B-roll of the Aegean Sea in Lesvos, Greece. Photo Credit: Bianca Rogers

SGPIA Student Group creates a Virtual Reality Film on Migration

Brought about by a mutual interest in social impact, a group of final semester SGPIA Media and Culture students have created a collective, viewpoints360.org, to make a Virtual Reality/360 film about migration. Their film will focus on DIY aid and self-initiated aid groups assisting in relief and resettlement efforts for the refugee crisis in Europe ...
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SGPIA Professor Michael Cohen attended the Vatican Workshop on the Human Right to Water

On Friday, February 24, 2017, Pope Francis addressed the Vatican Workshop on the Human Right to Water in Rome. He insisted that the right to safe drinking water is a basic human right requiring deliberate action and a central place in the framework of public policy. “The questions concerning the right to water are not ...
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Mapping Local Opposition to New York State’s Fracking Infrastructure Boom

by Stephen Metts During the Fall 2016 semester session of Milano's Practicum Option, one project group worked with adjunct faculty member Stephen Metts to develop an interactive map for locating community opposition to fracking infrastructure taking hold across the Northeast Region of the United States. Immediately proximate to a massive shale gas play known as ...
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Milano Student tells Immigrant Stories

Milano Student Shagana Ehamparam produced an amazing story and podcast as part of Professor John Rudolph's class on "Telling Immigrant Stories". The work is entitled: "Goalllll! The Changing Face of Ice Hockey" and addresses how hockey welcomes immigrant communities. Check her article and podcast here. Shagana is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Urban Policy ...
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Opinion: We Need A Moderate SCOTUS

An opinion piece by SGPIA alum, Rose Worden On Wednesday, November 9 2016, my sister and I commiserated over the phone. The unfathomable election of Donald Trump as President had somehow come to pass. So much felt uncertain, but we saw the Supreme Court vacancy as an issue with high stakes and long-term consequences that, ...
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Dorit Avganim

Is Democratic Participation a Luxury?

by Dorit Avganim Staring down the gauntlet of the next few years under Trump, I’ve been reflecting on the last time I felt this out of place in my own country. On 9/11, I was 21, Bush was in power, and the country was setting itself up for the long war in Iraq. In response, ...
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Cecilia Martinez

Cecilia Martinez joins Milano Faculty

Cecilia Martinez has joined the Milano faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management. Dr. Martinez holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Energy Planning from the University of Delaware, an M.P.A. in Public Administration from New Mexico State University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University. She is a recognized ...
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Money Stories 2.0

Participate in a research project with professor Lisa Servon, designed to get a better understanding of the ways people manage their finances. We've been collecting stories about consumers' experiences with financial products and services. Check out our tumblr for a sample of what we've heard. Here's how you can help! Share your story and get ...
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Roxy Paine’s Dinner of the Dictators exhibited in the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center in Manhattan

Dinner of the Dictators: SGPIA-inspired Audio accompanies Roxy Paine’s Installation in New Parsons/Lang Exhibition

by Kaitlyn Lynes Parsons School of Design and the Food Studies program at Eugene Lang College are currently running a joint exhibition in the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries through early January 2017. As a response to Roxy Paine’s Dinner of the Dictators, an art piece centered around the meals of twelve infamous dictators, the ...
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SGPIA alum Jerry Rengel, recently named among Huffington Post's 40 under 40: Latinos in Foreign Policy

“Dare Mighty Things” – A Conversation with Alum Jerry Rengel

Jerry Rengel is a first generation Ecuadorian American who was recently named among Huffington Post’s “40 under 40: Latinos in Foreign Policy”. He graduated in 2014 from the SGPIA at The New School, and now works as a media relations specialist for NASA. Jerry agreed to an interview detailing his unconventional career path and success, ...
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Professor L.H.M. Ling

Professor L.H.M. Ling is “re-thinking borders” in her new book.

For the majority of the world, international politics is seen through a Western/ Westphalian framework. Most would not be able to explain what that means, but have an intrinsic understanding of the world using the “West” as a reference point and countries – or nation-states – as the primary way to identify themselves and relate ...
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New School Faculty Members Confront Environmental Injustices

Michelle DePass, Mindy Fullilove, Mia White, Maya Wiley, and Ana Baptista spoke about environmental justice on a recent panel hosted by the Tishman Environment and Design Center. In 1991, 300 activists gathered at the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, with the goal of redefining environmental issues to reflect social, ...
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EVENT: Fighting for Social Justice in Latin America

The New School Observatory on Latin America (OLA) and Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) will host the President Néstor Kirchner Fellowship (PNK) Public Lectures on November 15, 2016 at The New School. The annual public lecture will be given by the 2016/2017 President Néstor Kirchner Fellows Isabella Esquivel Ventura (Mexico) and Sergio Miranda Hayes ...
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SGPIA student Melissa De La Cruz in Quito, Ecuador for the Habitat III Conference in October 206

A Student Perspective of the Habitat III Conference

Melissa De La Cruz is in her final year of the SGPIA program, concentrating in cities and urban justice. She was one of the 15 students from 12 different countries included in the delegation representing The New School (TNS) at Habitat III – the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. She has recently ...
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Professor Darrick Hamilton and Milano PhD Student Rachel Atkins report on “Color of Wealth in the Nation’s Capital”

Professor Darrick Hamilton and Milano PhD Student Rachel Atkins, along with Kilolo Kijakazi, Mark Paul, Anne E. Price and William A. Darity Jr, co-authored a report on the "Color of Wealth in the Nation's Capital" that explores the historical wealth gap between black and white residents in the region of Washington, D.C. The report is ...
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The New School Delegation of Students and Faculty Participate in Habitat III Conference

The New School has sent a delegation of students and faculty to participate at Habitat III - the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador from October 17 to 20, 2016. This conference is the 3rd conference organized by the UN on this subject, the last one being in June ...
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2017 IFP & UNSS Applications Open

https://vimeo.com/68694147 Since its inaugural class in 2002, over 900 students have participated in the signature International Field Program (IFP) of SGPIA. Designed to extend learning beyond the classroom, the IFP gives students first-hand field exposure to a wide range of perspectives and ideas through a combination of field trips, guest speakers, professional internships, faculty-supervised projects ...
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Alumna Donna Maione at the July Milano Alumni Ambassadors Retreat

Milano Alumni Ambassador Spotlight: Donna Maione (OCM ’15)

Alumna Donna Maione (OCM '15) has been a Milano Alumni Ambassador since she graduated. Donna is a Change Management Consultant focused on sustainability, closed loop design, and the circular economy with more than 20 years developing and designing creative process improvements in the apparel sector as well as designing clothing for national brands. In her ...
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