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Collaboratory Centennial Symposium: 100 Years of Scholar Activism

November 16 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm EST

Join us in celebrating and critically reflecting upon 100 years of Scholar Activism at The New School, along with Imagining America, and peers across universities, communities and disciplines.

With growing socio-economic inequality, dispossession, racism, threats to freedom of expression and civil rights protections for marginalized communities, the current political moment reminds us of the critical importance of grounding scholarship and learning in the lived experience and expertise of communities.

Grassroots groups, cultural organizers, movement leaders and activists have historically been at the frontlines in response to global issues, and led the production of knowledge that is fundamental to the creation of a more just and sustainable world. What are examples of non-extractive and interdisciplinary practices that leverage this expertise, and address pressing issues of equity, access, accountability and impact? What is the role and relevance of academic-community collaboration at this turning point, and what does the future require from scholars, activists, and institutions of higher education?

Spaces fill up quickly and are limited – sign up as soon as possible to book your spot!

PANELISTS

David Carroll, Faculty, Media Design, Parsons

Mindy Fullilove, Faculty, Urban Policy and Health, Schools of Public Engagement (Milano)

Lisa Honaker, Dean, Stockton University School of Arts & Humanities

Erica-Kohl Arenas, Faculty, UC Davis & Faculty Director, Imagining America

Frances Lucerna, Executive Director, El Puente

Geeta Mehta, Faculty, Columbia University, Founder/ President of Asia Initiatives & Co-founder, URBZ

Ron Shiffman, Faculty, Pratt Institute Graduate School of Architecture & Founder, Pratt Center for Community Development

Michele Kahane (Moderator), Faculty Director, Collaboratory & Faculty of Professional Practice, Schools of Public Engagement (Milano)

 

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION TOPICS & FACILITATORS

The Great Hack: Holding Companies Accountable for Data Crimes through Public Advocacy & Media by David Carroll, Faculty, Media Design, Parsons

Offense + Dissent: History of Public Engagement & Scholar Activism at The New School by Julia Foulkes, Faculty & Historian, Schools of Public Engagement

Engage Media Lab + Creatively Speaking : Stories of Participatory & Inclusive Media by Peter Lucas, Faculty, Schools of Public Engagement; Yara Al-Nouri. Media Studies MA program & Kushal Phatarpekar, Media Management MS program

Organizing Scholar Activists & Supporting Movement Projects: Examples from Trans-local Feminist and Right to the City Struggles by Manisha Desai, Faculty of Sociology and Asian and Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut, International Network of Scholar Activists & Jackie Smith, Faculty of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, International Network of Scholar Activists

Informal Settlements & User Generated Cities: Why not Self-gentrify? by Geeta Mehta, Faculty, Columbia University, President of Asia Initiatives & Co-founder, URBZ; Jesse Hirakawa, Student, Columbia University & Matias Echanove, Co-founder, URBZ & The Institute of Urbanology

Tar Sands Songbook: Using Music, Storytelling and Performance to Advance Environmental Justice and Literacy by Tanya Kalmanovich, Faculty, Mannes School of Music, violist, ethnomusicologist, and author & Cleo Reece, Member of Fort McMurray First Nation & Co-chair, Keepers of the Athabasca

1 + 1 = 3 in Express Newark : Generating a Third Space for Arts, Entrepreneurship and Social Justice through Academic-Community Collaborations by Anne Englot, Co-Director of Express Newark & Faculty, Architecture & Humanities, Rutgers University; Victor Davson, Co-Director of Express Newark, Artist & Founding Director of Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art & Peter Englot, Senior Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Chief of Staff at Rutgers University

Environmental Justice & Design Equity: Building Place-based Academic Community Relationships across Decades by Ron Shiffman, Faculty, Pratt Institute & Founder, Pratt Center for Community Development & Juan Camilo Osorio, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning

Collaborative Monitoring & Evaluation with Women’s Self- Help Groups in Ethiopia by Mark Johnson, Assistant Professor of Practice, Schools of Public Engagement & Yosef Akalu, Consortium of Self-help Approach Promoters, Ethiopia

400 Years of Inequality: Remembering the Past to Organize for a Just Future by Mindy Fullilove, Faculty of Urban Policy & Health, Parsons

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project : Collective Data Visualization & Critical Cartography to Document Dispossession and Resistance by Manon Vergerio, Alumni, School of Design Strategies, Parsons & Urbanist- Organizer & Rob Robinson, Activist, member of National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, Take Back the Land national movement, UN Human Rights Network

Student-led Social Justice Organizing: Activist Partnerships from Classrooms by Frank Morales, Episcopal Priest and Housing Rights Activist & Masoom Moitra, Alumni & Faculty, School of Design Strategies, Parsons & Architect- Community Urban Planner

Africa is a Country: A Site of Criticism, Analysis and New Writing about Africa and its Diaspora by Sean Jacobs, Faculty of International Affairs, Schools of Public Engagement & Founder-Editor of Africa is a Country & Anakwa Dwamena, Contributing Editor of Africa is a Country; Editorial Staff member of The New Yorker

Community Engagement 101: Building Adaptive Curriculum to Prepare Faculty for Equitable & Inclusive Collaborations by Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo, Associate Dean & Faculty of Integrated Design, Parsons & Evren Uzer, Faculty of Urban Planning, Parsons

48 Blocks Atlantic City: Urban Revitalization, Public Arts, Education & Belonging through Partnerships by Lisa Honaker, Dean, Stockton University School of Arts & Humanities & Joseph Sramaty, Executive Assistant to the Provost at Stockton University School of Arts & Humanities & Performer-Director

Institutional Systems Change Champions: Higher Education Administrators as Scholar Activists at LaGuardia Community College by Francesca Fiore, Vice Dean, Schools of Public Engagement & Marsha Oropeza, Scholar- practitioner- administrator, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

Healthy Materials Lab: Health- centered Design through Reciprocal Capacity Building in East Harlem & Beyond by Alison Mears, Faculty of Architecture, Parsons & Director, Healthy Materials Lab & Burgess Brown, Journalist, Urbanist & Researcher

Why Aren’t We Sanctuary?: Institutional Irresponsibilities & Supporting Immigrant Families by Abou Farman, Faculty, The New School for Social Research; Ravi Ragbir, Director, New Sanctuary Coalition & Jordan Dunn, Graduate Student, The New School for Social Research

Civic Liberal Arts Program: How can Universities Support Faculty & Community Scholars with Co-Teaching? by Jane McNamara, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives

Freedom of Speech Seminar: Co-curation through Radical Partnerships at the Vera List Center by Carin Kuoni, Director/chief curator of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics & Obden Mondésir, Oral History Project Manager, Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn

Architecture of Full Participation: Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Change by Susan Sturm, Faculty, Columbia Law School & Founding Director of the Center for Institutional and Social Change

Faculty and Staff Learning Community (FLSC): Anti-oppression Pedagogies in Action by Carrie Neal, Faculty, Parsons, Administrator and Artist, Member of FSLC Organizing Group

Creativity, Community & Collaboration: Transformations & Global Paradigm Shifts in the Fashion Industry by Yvonne Watson, Associate Professor, at Parsons in the School of Fashion

Environmental Justice Movement Fellowship Program: Supporting Repertoires of Contention for Just Transitions by Ana Baptista, Faculty of Professional Practice & Director, Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC) & Molly Greenberg, PhD Candidate, Schools of Public Engagement & Research Associate, TEDC

Global Urban Futures : Learning Networks of Scholars & Activists to Transform Conversations around Policy by Lena Simet, Coordinator GUF, Teaching Fellow, Phd Candidate, Schools of Public Engagement

Creating an Inclusive Economy : Pathways for Impact Entrepreneurs by Michele Kahane, Faculty of Management, Co-faculty director of Impact Entrepreneurship; Anthony Meyer, Grad Student, Organizational Change Management, Founder, Leading Changemakers & Nicole Lau, Alumn, Urban Policy, Founder, Urban Made Project

Imagining America (IA): Cultural Organizing & Scholar Activism across Boundaries by Erica Kohl-Arenas, Faculty Director, IA & Faculty of American Studies, University of California, Davis & Kal Alston, Chair of IA National Advisory Board

Manifesto Making Workshop: Embodying Scholar Activism in this Political Moment: Rob Robinson, Activist, member of National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, Take Back the Land national movement, UN Human Rights Network; Jackie Smith, Faculty of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, International Network of Scholar Activists; Imani Gayle Gillison, Artist, Performer & Director, Theater of the Liberated

CURATORS

Masoom Moitra, Collaboratory Co-Director, Community Planner & Faculty, Parsons

Michele Kahane, Faculty Director, Collaboratory & Faculty of Professional Practice, Schools of Public Engagement

Visit the Collaboratory Digital Knowledge Hub for more information and highlights from past symposia.

This event is co-sponsored by Imagining America, The New School Collaboratory, and the Executive Dean’s Office at the Schools of Public Engagement.