Climate Action Week @ The New School

CAWThe New School demonstrates our commitment to climate action and our solidarity with people converging on New York City for the historic People’s Climate March on September 21 with a week-long series of events focused on climate change. As a leader and official endorser of the March, The New School’s Climate Action Week includes a diverse set of programming directed towards the university and wider community for enriched learning and engagement opportunities, scholarship, innovation and creativity, solidarity and collective action, and highlighting New School’s values around climate justice and action. Click here for the full schedule of events.


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“On the Run”: Urban Surveillance & New School Courses

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“On the Run” book cover, and author Alice Goffman

The War on Drugs has spawned an expansive network of policing as a unique feature of the urban landscape. This outgrowth was the focus of the 2014 Nathan Levin Lecture on Public Policy titled, “Surveillance City: The War on Drugs in Urban Neighborhoods.” The talk featured Alice Goffman whose book “On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City” has inspired a range of critiques of urban surveillance and its literature in The New Yorker, Times Higher Education,and The New Inquiry. The New School conference partnered Alice Goffman with Jamelle Bouie a writer from Slate, and New School Urban Policy professor Jeff Smith to discuss Goffman’s book. In the extensive interview below Professor Smith describes the significance of the conversation and how it parallels coursework he will helm in the fall.

Interview conducted by Benjamin Ndugga-Kabuye

Why do you think it is important to understand urban surveillance in the American city?

The nation’s mass incarceration crisis demands that we understand the root causes of why so many people end up ensnared in the system. That’s something you can’t grasp without understanding our nation’s pervasive urban surveillance net.

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Faculty Spotlight: Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

International Affairs Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, was recently mentioned in the OXFAM article, From Poverty to Power, for her Power of Numbers’ project, coordinated with Alicia Ely Yamin.


The papers will be published a special edition of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities (gated), but there is an ungated version of the synthesis paper.“The synthesis paper is about the most damning thing I’ve read on the MDGs” says Duncan Green in Oxfamblogs of the Power of Numbers research project.

Drafts of the other ‘Power of Numbers’ papers are here, covering income povertyhungereducationfull employmentgender rights,child mortality,  sexual and reproductive healthHIV/AIDSthe Citywater and sanitation, and global partnership. 

The findings of the Project do not contradict the consensus assessment of the positive effects of the MDGs in highlighting the importance of poverty reduction, and the focus on human well-being as urgent global priorities in the twenty-first century. Nonetheless, the power of numbers inherent in these goals produced multiple indirect and often unintended consequences, which also deserve attention in light of the construction of a post-MDG development agenda.


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Progressive Pupil Curates Activism Row at AFROPUNK Music Festival This Month

DAngelo-1Brooklyn – The 10th AFROPUNK music festival August 23 and August 24 in Commodore Barry Park, will feature critically acclaimed musicians including D’Angelo, Meshell Ndegeocello, Alice Smith, Unlocking the Truth, as well as Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. In between performances, audience members will have a chance to learn about local community organizing in an interactive educational space called “Activism Row.”

“In light of the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, it is extremely important to show young people that they can constructively, peacefully amplify their voices to create change,” says Dr. Robin J. Hayes, a curator of the exhibition and professor at The New School. “The organizations that are part of Activism Row focus on building solutions to the most urgent problems facing communities of color today.”

Voter registration and educational activities will be available free of charge to all AFROPUNK festival attendees. Activism Row will feature installations created by Progressive Pupil, which “makes Black studies for everybody” by making digital media and documentary films, Girls for Gender Equity, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), the People’s Climate March and Milk Not Jails.

Hayes, who directed the forthcoming documentary Black and Cuba, also made a trailer for the event called Activism Lives, which is available on YouTube. “This short film addresses a question I am asked quite often, which is ‘What does Activism do?’” says the scholar/filmmaker. “Activism Row and the film show millenials that community organizing is not a mystical phenomenon of the past but a welcoming tradition that continues now.”

Progressive Pupil and AFROPUNK are requesting support for Activism Row through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, through which they are offering thank you gifts for donations including VIP tickets to the festival, AFROPUNK t-shirts and personal thanks from MCs onstage. Community members are encouraged to follow Activism Row on social media through the hashtag #ActivismLives.

Event Details:
Activism Row at AFROPUNK FEST 2014
August 23-24, 2014
Commodore Barry Park, Park Avenue between Navy and N. Elliott Place, Brooklyn
Near F York St, A/C High St, BQR DeKalb Ave B69 and B57
Contact: Claudie Mabry 347/494-1972

Images and Credits
Activism Lives courtesy Progressive Pupil
D’Angelo (attached) courtesy AFROPUNK FEST
Sharon Jones (attached) courtesy AFROPUNK FEST

EPSM Students Present at New York State Solid Waste & Recycling Conference

Green&Go picnic (1)Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management students, Laura Merli and Devashree Saha recently presented their research project, “Green and Go” at the 2014 New York State Solid Waste & Recycling Conference at the Sagamore May 18th-21st. This research was funded by an award from The Green Fund and was advised by part-time EPSM faculty member, Dr. Konstantine Rountos. Laura graduated in May, and currently works as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at the Product Stewardship Institute in Boston. Devashree served as the President of the Sustainable Cities Club in the Spring 2014 semester, and has one semester left at Milano.

Green and Go was launched in April in the cafeteria in the new University Center.


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