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Only a Few Days Left to Vote for University Student Senate!

The University Student Senate would like to encourage all Milano students to participate in the 2016 Senate Elections! ...
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Highlights from Human Rights and Development Books Launch

Last Monday, January 25, the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs celebrated the recent publication of three books on the theories and practices of human rights and development. SGPIA Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr co-authored two of the books titled Food Security in South Africa: Human Rights and Entitlement Perspectives and Fulfilling Social and Economic ...
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Alumni Spotlight: Ben Silverman Takes on Climate Change

Our latest Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management alumni spotlight is Benjamin J. Silverman, currently serving as a CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow in Oakland, California (more on that later).While at Milano, Ben dug deep into important university affairs, strategically using his position as the University Student Senate’s New School for Public Engagement representative and USS Co-Chair. Wanting ...
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Garry Waller, Peter Lucas, Mark Monroe, Alison Klayman, Nanfu Wang, Michael Shade, and Nathan Halpern attend the 'Hooligan Sparrow' Premiere on January 22 in Park City, Utah. Source: Getty Images

Professor Peter Lucas’ Film Hooligan Sparrow Premieres at Sundance

SGPIA Professor Peter Lucas was in Park City, Utah over the weekend to celebrate the January 22 premiere of Hooligan Sparrow, a documentary that highlights a spectrum of human rights issues in China. Professor Lucas served as Creative Producer of the film alongside Director Nangfu Wang, who followed activist Ye Haiyan (also known by the ...
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Alec Gershberg Publishes a Letter to the Editor in the New York Times

Recently Alec Gershberg, Chair of Milano's Urban Policy Analysis and Management Program, wrote a letter to the editor in response to Darren Walker's December 17th piece in the New York Times. Dr. Gershberg's letter begins to address some shortcomings of the tax code and the position in which tax reform places nonprofit leaders. His letter ...
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Milano Congratulates Fall 2015 Grads!

This week the Milano School held a graduation reception celebrating all of its Fall 2015 semester graduates. SPE Dean Mary Watson, herself a Milano faculty, Milano Dean Michelle DePass, GPIA Founder Michael Cohen and program chairs joined faculty and staff in greeting students, alumni, family and friends for an evening of conversation and words of ...
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EPSM Chair Ana Baptista Talks Toxics on WNYC

Dr. Ana Baptista was recently featured in WNYC's investigative series, Dirty Little Secrets, regarding the lack of accountability in cleaning up toxic pollutants. Check out the article (and the radio piece) and learn more about how pollution affects New Jersey's poorest communities in the WNYC repost below: Agent Orange, the chemical used to clear the ...
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SGPIA Celebrates Fifteen Years and Honors Founding Director Michael Cohen

A crowd of over 225 SGPIA students, alums, and faculty packed the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center last Friday night to celebrate fifteen years since the inception of the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs (SGPIA), and to pay tribute to its founding director, Michael Cohen. Mary Watson, Executive Dean of the ...
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SGPIA Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr Authors New Book

SGPIA professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr has released a new book titled Food Security in South Africa: Human Rights and Entitlement Perspectives. The book investigates social and economic policies that would fulfill the right to food—a critical issue considering that over 20 years after the end of apartheid, millions of South Africans remain food insecure. The book ...
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Milano Assistant Professor Rachel Meltzer Op-Ed: “Why Support Small Businesses? It’s More Than the Economy, Stupid!”

Assistant Professor of Urban Policy Analysis & Management, Rachel Meltzer, recently posted an Op-Ed to City Limits on the importance of supporting small businesses. In her piece, Meltzer maps out 5 key benefits of the uplifting and support of small businesses on the local level, writing that “Certainly, we need to think about public interventions ...
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Milano Spotlight On: New Black School

With: Student Member Shannon Smith (Media Studies)Interviewer: Milano Communications Assistant Diari Dieye (GPIA)DD: Please describe what you do for the New Black School.SS: “I’m a student member of the organization. I help oversee general members, board members and coordinate events and activities that allow New Black School student to network and interact with people that ...
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Milano Recognized by NASPAA for Social Justice Initiatives

Earlier this year, the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy received recognition from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) in the form of their annual Social Equity Award ...
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Milano Professor Erica Kohl-Arenas Launches New Book: The Self-Help Myth

Milano was proud to host a series of events to celebrate the publication of Management Professor Erica Kohl-Arenas’ dedicated, robust and timely research on the evolution and future of philanthropy. Her book, The Self-Help Myth: How Philanthropy Fails to Alleviate Poverty was showcased in a sneak preview at Milano’s Alumni Networking Event on Wednesday, December ...
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Milano and The New School Rank High Among Schools In Student Ratings of Programs that Teach International Relations

The New School has just been ranked 6th out of 25 of the nation’s best universities that offers graduate International Relations studies by GraduatePrograms.com. This list was generated from student reviews, rankings and testimonials on their experiences regarding a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network ...
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Alumni Spotlight: Devashree Ghosh, Advocate for Clean Energy & Waste Reduction

Devashree Ghosh earned her Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (EPSM) from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School in Spring 2015. Before coming to The New School, this recent alum worked to reduce factory-related operating costs through energy efficiency and water conservation projects in Special ...
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Urban Policy Professor Darrick Hamilton on the Black Boycott of Black Friday

On November 27th, the Daily Beast published a piece called "The Black Boycott of Black Friday," on activists urging Black Americans to Boycott Black Friday as an exercise of their economic power in the country. The Daily Beast spoke with Darrick Hamilton, Associate Professor of Economics and Urban Policy and Director of Milano Doctoral Program, ...
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International Field Program Student Ashley Buchalter Featured in Future Cape Town Magazine

"How can mapping strengthen civil society?" asks the online magazine Future Cape Town in the title of a recent article that highlights the work of International Field Program (IFP) student Ashley Buchalter. As part of her experience with the IFP Cape Town "Urban" site, Ashley spent the past summer sifting through several years' worth of ...
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TEDC Considers Alternate Road to Paris

On November 16, the Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC) and Global Urban Futures Project held a panel discussion about the historic COP21 Climate Summit and its implications for the future. This event, “The Alternative Road to Paris: Examining the UN Climate Summit,” hosted diverse panelists with a range of perspectives on the upcoming climate ...
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Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr Gives Keynote Speeches on the UN 2030 Agenda

With the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the global conversation has turned to implementation strategies. SGPIA Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr has been contributing to the debates, arguing that it is up to academics and civil society to continue to advocate for transformative goals such as reducing inequality and expanding ...
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Milano Students Learn Politics of Propaganda by Personifying Politicians

Did you happen to catch a glimpse of Fidel Castro, Taylor Swift or Pope Francis on The New School campus last week? On Thursday, October 29, these personas all convened in SGPIA Professor Nina Khrushcheva’s Media and Politics of Propaganda class to address one another on a topic of their choice. Of course these weren’t ...
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