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Alumnus Edwin Torres named NYC Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Affairs

EdwinEdwin Torres, formerly associate director at the Rockefeller Foundation, will join Mayor de Blasio’s Administration as Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Affairs. He will be serving under the new Commissioner for Cultural Affairs, Tom Finkelpearl. The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs is the largest local cultural funding agency in the United States.
 
During his time at Rockefeller Foundation, Torres helped make New York a nationally-recognized leader in wage-theft prevention; helped prevent the evictions of hundreds of public housing residents; helped place hundreds of low-income residents in jobs; and advanced paradigmatic change such as the collective impact approach for homelessness-prevention and crime-reduction.
 
Under his leadership, The Rockefeller Foundation’s support for culture has helped supply over $800,000 in goods and services to art-making through on-line barter; increase artists’ earned income by 150%; triple the rate of participation in New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) residential energy-efficiency programs in Brooklyn; influence NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development to partner with applicants and residents as well as NYC’s design community to develop new communication tools and services; and advance paradigmatic change such as that of naturally-occurring cultural districts.
 
Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Torres was Director of External Partnerships for Parsons the New School for Design. He has also served on the Arts and Culture team at The Ford Foundation. Mr. Torres holds a Master of Arts in Art History from Hunter College and a Master of Science in Organizational Change Management from The New School.
 

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A New Publication by Professor McCandless

IMG_0481Part time faculty, Dr. McCandless has a new publication out in the December/January Volume 4 Issue 1 of GREAT insights magazine. Her article is entitled: “Cautions against Conflation: Peacebuilding and Statebuilding as Distinct and Complementary Policy Agendas.” She critiques the tendency of conflating these agendas in international affairs, and makes the case for their distinctness to be nurtured in scholarship, policy and practice as a means of ensuring the important contributions of both are understood and realized.

 

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Racial Discrimination in America on the United Nation’s Radar

GPIA student and New Context contributing writer, Mai Perkins recently published an article to The New School’s International Affairs journal wh2015–25-International-Decade-for-People-of-African-Descentich highlights  the increasing amount of attention given to racial discrimination in the US  by the United Nations.  The article notes several controversial cases that were brought to the limelight over the past year and a half.  All of these cases were characterized by young black men and teenagers being aggressively confronted by police officers, resulting in their deaths.  The mothers of two young men who were killed by police in Florida went to Geneva, Switzerland to call attention to what they believe to be systemic racial discrimination in the US.  The UN appear to be paying close attention to the rise in popular sentiment in the US against police actions.  As Mai points out in her article, “The U.N. Committee Against Torture in Geneva, a 10-member watchdog committee, condemned police brutality and excessive use of force in the United States, particularly against minority groups and people of color”. 

 

Cities across the US have seen organized protests denouncing the violent manner in which police have been conducting themselves, especially against people of color.  LA, Oakland, Chicago, DC, and New York City had some of the largest protests and the largest of them all is planned for this Saturday in NYC.  The UN will likely be monitoring the progress of the national debate on racial discrimination in the US as the national dialogue continues to spread.

2013 Uganda IFP Team Launches E-Book

Kampala-UgandaThe 2013 Uganda IFP team conducted thorough research while interning in the capital city of Kampala during the Summer of 2013.  8 out of 12 IFP participants interned at Slum Dwellers International, a community based organization that works in the informal settlements to help promote income generating activities, women’s rights and sustainable urban development.  Like the internships, the research focused on sustainable, inclusive urban development in a city that is growing rapidly, and one that is confronted by the myriad of issues issues provoked by urbanization.  The book highlights the challenges that rapid urbanization presents to existing social, economic and political structures, and identifies opportunities for improvement through strategic intervention.  Other internship sites included: The World Bank, M-Lisada Orphanage and Uwezo Uganda.

GPIA Professor Bob Buckley, Ph.D Teaching Fellow Achilles Kallergis and Parsons Professor Doreen Adengo and several Ugandan partners who helped make the IFP possible; all contributed to the coordination of the IFP, as well as the production of the book itself.  Another notable contributor to the book is GPIA alum Skye Dobson, who just finished a stint as Program Officer of Shack and Slum Dwellers International in Kampala.  The book was launched in the first week of December and is available here in PDF form.

Well done Uganda IFP 2013!

 

 

Nina Khrushcheva and Peter Baker Discuss Russia and US Foreign Policy

 

Milano Professor Nina Khrushcheva and The New York Time’s White House correspondent Peter Baker sat down at The New School on earlier this week to discuss Russia and US foreign policy and relations. The event was recorded and you can view it in it’s entirety below.

You also view Professor Khrushcheva’s interviews on Putin’s State of the Nation Address on Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty and BBC Newshour-her interview begins at the 36 minute mark.
 
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