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Black Workers and the Rise of Precarious Employment in the U.S.
Mar 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Kea Fiedler Spring Colloquium presents:

Black Workers and the Rise of Precarious Employment in the U.S.

Presentation by: Ofronama Biu

Workers in nonstandard employment arrangements–those that are on-call, temporary, or contract-based–are more susceptible to poverty. Precarious jobs offer fewer employment protections, lower pay, and are less likely to provide benefits such as health insurance and retirement coverage. These growing trends have implications for workers who tend to be in the most vulnerable positions in the labor market.

American jobs have been mostly segregated since the middle of the 20th century. Black women and men have been systematically crowded into low wage occupations (such as sales) and crowded out of high wage occupations (such as management), even when they have the requisite educational requirements for the jobs. Given that occupational crowding exists based on wages, this work tests the hypothesis that Black workers are also overrepresented in precarious employment.

This presentation will explore the existing research on occupational crowding and how Black women and men are under or over-represented in nonstandard work in today’s labormarket. Ultimately the goal of the research is to understand how precarious employment impacts other aspects of the social safety net for vulnerable workers.

The Colloquium is a space where scholars and students of the Public and Urban Policy doctoral program share their ongoing research with The New School community. It is organized by the Public and Urban Policy Doctoral Student Assocaition and co-sponsored by The New School University Student Senate and the Milano Dean’s Office.

Webinar | Mindfulness Based Leadership Development @ Online
Mar 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Can mindfulness and contemplative practice provide a framework for effective leadership development? In this webinar, Dr. Poonamallee will provide and overview with examples and results of mindfulness-based leadership development initiatives.


How mindfulness and other contemplative practices can develop a more interconnected sense of self, foster collaboration, create more inclusive communities, and develop more effective leadersWhat neuroscience has to do with it all The mindfulness-based leadership development model I have developed and implemented and its impact on prosociality, sustainability orientation, and emotional and social intelligenceHow you can implement this model to your organizationsWEBINAR PRESENTER:

Dr. Latha Poonamallee is Professor and Chair of Management at the New School’s Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment. A long-term practitioner of mindfulness, she has developed her own blend of leadership development program combining state of the art neuroscience discoveries and ageless wisdom of contemplative practice. She is also the co-founder of a neuroscience startup that uses artificial intelligence to develop predictive analytics for brain health.

Upcoming webinars in our Milano Management Lunch and Learn series will explore:
Evaluation Design, Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Noon EDT
Pathways to inclusive entrepreneurship, May 8, 2019 at Noon EDT

If you missed our February webinar Foundation Fundraising for People of Color, you can watch it here.

Presented by the Milano School’s management programs at The New School

The Future of Data Justice: Community Power and Data-Driven Systems
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am

What unique challenges do members of marginalized communities face when dealing with data-driven systems? What strategies and solutions safeguard them against pervasive forms of surveillance? To answer these questions, Digital Equity Lab, based at the Milano School of Public Policy at The New School, hosts Our Data Bodies (ODB) for a public discussion on March 28th based in Charlotte’s, Detroit’s, and Los Angeles’ most marginalized urban neighborhoods, ODB has been in the field since 2015, consulting with community members about their experiences with data collection and data-driven systems. Its recently published Digital Defense Playbook: Community Power Tools for Reclaiming Data speaks to the future of data justice. To celebrate ODB and this work, this public panel will discuss inequality, privacy, surveillance, and data profiling; data justice research; community safety, and health.

Seeta Peña Gangadharan
Assistant Professor at London School of Economics and Political Science; Visiting Scholar, School of Media Studies, The New School; Affiliate, Data & Society Research Institute; Affiliated Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School; co-lead, Our Data Bodies Project (ODB); Principal Investigator, Justice, Equity, and Technology (JET). Seeta is a Filipino-Indian mother and research justice organizer, born in New Jersey and currently living and teaching in London.

Tawana Petty
Data Justice Coordinator and Community Researcher for the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP), member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition (DDJC), board member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, co-founder and editorial board member of Riverwise Magazine Collective, founder and director of Petty Propolis, and co-lead of the Our Data Bodies Project (ODB). Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty is a mother, anti-racist social justice organizer, author, and poet, born and raised in Detroit, Michigan.

Tamika Lewis
Tamika Lewis (They/Them/BLU) is Black Queer mother, artist, researcher, and community organizer who is focused on advancing Black, Queer People of Color, and marginalized communities towards liberation through the dismantling of capitalism and all its forms of currency. Originally from New York City, they now reside in Charlotte, N.C. where they have spent the past 5 years focused on building the capacity of frontline organizations through their work with Blueprint NC and Black led multi-sectoral movements locally, nationally, and internationally as the Co-Director of North Carolina’s Black Leadership and Organizing Collective. Co-Director North Carolina Black Leadership and Organizing Collective. Internet Freedom Fellow (2019), Data 4 Black Lives Opening Panelists (2019).Our Data Bodies Project; The Majority; Blueprint NC; Movement For Black Lives.

Mariella Saba
Mariella Saba is grounded and moved by her roots from Palestine to Mexico. She was born and raised in this occupied land in Los Angeles, where she dedicates her life in healing and organizing to contribute to our intergenerational & interconnected struggles for freedom, joy, love, dignity, justice, liberation y mas. Grateful to love queerly and to begin my journey in motherhood with baby Yoali. Co-founder and organizer with Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and FAMILIA: Trans Queer Liberation Movement amongst other organizations; co-lead, Our Data Bodies.

Kim M Reynolds
Film and Media Postgraduate Student and tutorial leader at University of Cape Town, freelance producer at Afropunk and previously Lincoln Center (public programming department), student organizer and community organizing around Black Lives Matter, freelance writer of social and political commentary in VICE, Teen Vogue, Media Diversified, Black Youth Project, Africa is a Country. Both research and community organizing interests are at the intersection of politics and art. Kim is a Black queer woman organizer and race scholar from Ohio currently based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Moderated by Greta Byrum

Greta Byrum reimagines the way we design, build, control, and govern communications systems. As Co-Director of the Digital Equity Laboratory at The New School, she builds digital justice through applied research, community projects, and policy strategy. Previously Byrum built the Resilient Communities program at New America, where she developed and led Resilient Networks NYC, an initiative bringing training, tools, and equipment for storm-hardened wireless networks to NYC’s flood zones. Greta is the co-chair of the NY Counts 2020 Tech & Tools Committee, and serves on the board of the Metropolitan New York Libraries Council.

Presented by The New School’s Digital Equity Lab at the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment and Our Data Bodies.

The Future is Global: Role of The New School
Apr 16 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The Global Platform committee invites you to a round table discussion to celebrate the launch of the Global at The New School website.

The future of the world will be increasingly ‘global’. Change will not be a homogeneous linear trend of increasing integration but rather, globalization will take multiple forms and proceed in different directions, generating different types of interactions and conflicts between peoples, geographies, politics, and societies. We are at a hinge moment. It is time for new thought and action, theory and praxis. What will be the role of The New School?

Moderated by Mike Cohen, Professor of International Affairs, The New School.


Introduction by Tim Marshall, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, The New SchoolJoel Towers and Timon McPhearson on the environmental justiceDiana Ayton-Shenker on human rightsCaren Kuoni and Jaskiran Dhillon (TBC) on gendersSheba Tejani on inequalitiesSakiko Fukuda-Parr and Sean Jacobs on decolonizing knowledgesAlex Aleinikoff on migration and mobilityReflections and website launch by Mary Watson, Executive Dean, Schools of Public Engagement

Global at The New School is a working group that seeks to recognize and bring together the heterodox approaches to and theories of global and international studies at The New School.

The Global at The New School website will gather and represent in one place the diverse array of faculty and student work.

A reception will follow the event from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

Presented by Julien J. Studely Graduate Programs in International Affairs at the School of Public Engagement

Fighting Fakes: News Literacy in the Digital Age
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 16 @ 8:00 pm

Join the Milano School for Policy, Management, and Environment and learn how to identify good sources, solid facts, and verifiable information.

Being a better news consumer in the digital age is critical! As everyone struggles to deal with information overload and the difficulty in determining the authenticity of news reports, it’s more important than ever to learn critical thinking skills that can help us find trustworthy information. This workshop aims to teach us how to identify fact from fiction, news from opnion, and how these skills are important to a democratic society.

On Tuesday, April 16th, join us for a hands-on workshop led by Stony Brook University’s Center for News Literacy. Learn how to fight fake news, and why becoming a more discerning news consumer can change individual lives and the life of the country.

*laptops and smart phones are encouraged for this workshop!

Presented by the Milano School for Policy, Management, and Environment at the New School’s of Public Engagement

Henry Cohen Lecture | Restore and Repair: A New Social Contract to Decolonize Our Institutions
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm

How do we tackle the devastating harms of criminalization imposed on communities of color that continue, among other things, to prevent us from creating an inclusive democracy? The movement for restorative and transformative justice in schools offers a path forward. Parents and students have built an alternative framework to repair and restore relationships and decolonize how our institutions work. Please join this conversation on how we can move from social control and criminalization to inclusive democracy and liberation.

Speakers will include:

Zakiya Sankara-Jabar, Dignity in Schools Campaign (moderator)

Tafari Melisizwe, Dignity in Schools Campaign

Anne Looser, Teachers Unite & Movement of Rank and File Educators (M.O.R.E.)

Dermott Myrie, M.O.R.E. nominee for UFT president

Andrea Colon, Rockaway Youth Task Force

This event is presented jointly by the New School Henry Cohen lecture series and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative Michael Ratner Roundtable series. It is part of a larger conversation being advanced through the New Social Contract project. The project seeks to build a collective new understanding of ourselves as a country in order to face the challenges revealed, as the fragile veneer of our democracy has been pulled back. It also focuses on community- and social movement-driven solutions to our deepest problems and argues that the many transformative solutions already being practiced at a smaller scale provide the scaffolding for a new social and economic model that can define our future. You can read or download the New Social Contract at

Hosted by Milano School for Policy, Management, and Environment

Indigenous Resistance and the Crisis of Mother Earth: Paths to Climate Justice – Day 1
Apr 22 @ 6:15 pm – Apr 22 @ 8:15 pm

This first panel opens a space for indigenous leaders and organizations from across the Americas to share their struggles and achievements in the face of a changing climate.

Around the world, indigenous communities and movements are revitalizing indigenous knowledge and ways of organizing to defend lands, restore communal self-determination, and protect Mother Earth as they confront (neo)colonial, patriarchal, capitalist and state projects that undermine indigenous territories and drive Anthropocene crises like climate change and biodiversity loss.

Two panels will be held; the first on April 22nd and the second April 23rd.

The event will be moderated by Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment Professor Leonardo Figueroa Helland and will feature indigenous environmental activists from Mesoamerican, North American and South American communities in conversation with each other and the audience.

Presented by Amazon Watch, The Shipibo Conibo Center and New School’s Tishman Environment and Design Center

Indigenous Resistance and the Crisis of Mother Earth: Paths to Climate Justice – Day 2
Apr 23 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This second panel seeks to foster critical reflection on the responsibility of academia in relation to the front-line communities and movements directly confronting the drivers and agents of our planetary crisis. The panel will be moderated by New School for Social Research Professor Abou Farman.

Around the world, indigenous communities and movements are revitalizing indigenous knowledge and ways of organizing to defend lands, restore communal self-determination, and protect Mother Earth as they confront (neo)colonial, patriarchal, capitalist and state projects that undermine indigenous territories and drive Anthropocene crises like climate change and biodiversity loss.

Two panels will be held; the first on April 22nd and the second on April 23rd.

These conversations will be held during Earth Week and parallel to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Presented by Amazon Watch, the Shipibo Conibo Center and The New School’s Tishman Environment and Design Center