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Village Voice Puts Environmental Justice Right Upfront; Quotes EPSM’s Ana Baptista

Staring out from the front cover of The Village Voice's May 4th-10th edition is a haunting photo of young Faith Garner, age six. The photo, posed by The Village Voice, emphasizes the severely high rate of health issues faced by residents of Newark's Ironbound, in part due to the hundreds of trucks that pass through ...
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Students and Professors Reflect on TPP, TTIP Trade Agreements Following Rules, Rights, and Resistance Conference

Analyses surrounding two recent international trade agreements have intensified at SGPIA after an audience of nearly 200 people gathered at The New School on April 29 for the Rules, Rights and Resistance Conference: The Battle Over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). 18 leading academics and advocates from the ...
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Equity For Children Hosts Urban Inequities and Children Conference

Equity for Children recently hosted a conference in partnership to address key challenges in identifying urban childhood inequities from birth to five years; how to gather, measure and translate evidence about this issue into action ...
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SGPIA Alum Alexandra Vasquez Receives Fulbright Award to Colombia

SGPIA alum Alexandra Vasquez was two weeks deep into a summer-long housing development project with the International Field Program (IFP) in Colombia when she realized she wanted to return to the country one day to live and work more extensively. Alexandra’s goal will soon become a reality; she recently accepted the 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Student ...
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SGPIA Mini-Talk: Professor Jonathan Bach Explores Past & Future Prospects of the EU

In 2001, when SGPIA was created, the European project seemed to be on the ascendancy with the creation of a common currency. Today, the failed response to economic shocks, the ongoing refugee crisis, and recent terrorist attacks in Belgium and France all raise questions about the viability of a unified Europe. In this 90 second ...
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Environmental Justice Takes Center Stage On Earth Day

Reports of water contaminated by lead, copper, and E. coli in Flint, Michigan dominated national headlines early this year, and became a focal point for outrage around the issue of environmental racism. Then in March, closer to home, reports surfaced of elevated levels of lead in the drinking water at public schools in Newark, New ...
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EPSM on Grist.org: 5 Cool Careers for People with a Master’s in Sustainability

Do you see yourself more as a Special Agent Green or an Earth Warrior? Check out our EPSM program on Grist.org, a "source of intelligent, irreverent environmental news and commentary that’s been around since 1999, when the internet was made of rubber bands." The best part about having a master’s degree in sustainability is that ...
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Hollywood Cold War Symposium Bridges Gap Between Politics and Culture

Media has an innate ability to construct identities, both for ourselves and for the “other.” Given Hollywood’s exceptional role as an American primary cultural institution, its power in this construction is not to be underrated, although it often is. Representations of a friend or a foe that flow through Hollywood usually fit a formulaic equation ...
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Event Preview: The Battle Over TPP and TTIP Trade Agreements (April 28 & April 29)

Rules, Rights, and Resistance: The Battle Over TPP and TTIPOne day conference at The New SchoolApril 29, 2016, 9am - 6pm, Reception to FollowThe Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011Cast as “trade agreements," a momentous re-writing and consolidation of the basic rules governing the global economy is being pursued across the globe ...
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Professor Sheba Tejani Speaks at UN Conference on Trade and Development

SGPIA Professor Sheba Tejani spoke today at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) side event at the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The event addressed the gender dimension of trade and global value chains. Professor Tejani's participation in the event today follows her recent publication in Feminist ...
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Beirut Syndrome Spreads Grassroots Media at The New School

Last June, Beirut Syndrome, an online publication based in Lebanon, ran a piece on the “Symptoms” section of its website. The “symptom” started with a photo of a simple, white sign tied to a door. “Apartment for Rent,” the sign announced in bold, underlined letters. The final line of the apartment’s description popped out in ...
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Alum Sabrina Quaraishi Summarizes 4 Stages of the Microcredit Movement

How has microcredit changed over the past 15 years? SGPIA Alum and Director of Bankers Without Borders at The Grameen Foundation Sabrina Quaraishi describes the movement's development in four waves. Sabrina's 90-second summary is part of a collection of 20 mini-talks from a Celebration of SGPIA at 15. Sabrina Quaraishi from New School International Affairs ...
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Professor McCandless (5th from right) presents at The World Bank's Fragility Forum panel "Safeguarding Inclusivity and the Role of Civil Society in Conflict Affected States"

Professor Erin McCandless Participates in Peace and Development Dialogue

When the United Nations adopted Agenda 2030 last September, it brought for the first time issues of peace into the development framework. Of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that Agenda 2030 pledges to achieve over the next fifteen years, Goal 16 seeks to ensure peaceful, just and inclusive societies, access to justice, and accountable ...
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Student Spotlight: Ella Colley Explores How Interactive Media Can Support Communities in Ilha Grande, Brazil

A cursory Google search of Ilha Grande, an island south of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, reveals words like pristine, untouched, and paradise. But mass tourism attracted to the island's beaches and forests has threatened the very ecology and community culture that make the island so compelling. A group of International Field Program (IFP) students spent ...
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How to Advance Gender Equality? Engage Men and Boys, Says SGPIA Alum Leyla Sharfi

International Women's Day offers an opportunity to reflect on the gender equality agenda—its progress and achievements over the last decade, and the work that remains in order to close the social, economic, cultural, and political disparities that persist for many women around the world. To mark International Women's Day, SGPIA is sharing a "mini talk" ...
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Vote Now! New School Students Challenge Their Creativity at TEDC’s Climate Hackathon

Cast your vote for the best 'climate hack!' In its first ever Climate Hackathon, the Tishman Environment and Design Center challenged The New School students, including several EPSM students, to use their training and creativity to bring about sustainability on campus. Teams collaborated on projects ranging from data visualization and Internet of Things, to activism ...
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Ana Baptista Quoted in Articles About Passaic River Clean Up

TEDC Associate Director and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice Dr. Ana Baptista was quoted in news sources regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s March 4 announcement to partially clean up the Passaic River, one of the most contaminated bodies of water in the country.Officials said companies that either polluted the river or inherited the liability of ...
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Student Samy Nemir Olivares Publishes Article on Black Lives Matter in Huffington Post

SGPIA student Samy Nemir Olivares’ article Black Lives Matter: Black History in the Making was featured in the Huffington Post last Monday, February 29. In the article, Samy reflects on the Black Lives Matter movement and how it presents a demand for dignity and a recognition of humanity among all minority groups. His words are ...
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Black History Month at Milano: Bridging the Gap and What’s Next!

Milano concluded its celebration of Black History Month with last Friday’s Bridging the Gap event where students from across the university came together for a facilitated discussion on issues affecting the Black Diaspora including colorism, classism, identity politics and the commodification of ‘black culture.’ ...
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Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr Speaks at Human Rights Council’s 50th Anniversary of International Covenants

Last Tuesday, March 1, the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights was marked by a panel discussion at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr joined the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and five other expert panelists in the discussion that focused on the universality, indivisibility, interdependence, and ...
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