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.



Milano Fall 2014 Orientation Schedule

Milano Orientation Poster (2)Click here for the full schedule. Incoming students can RSVP here.

Monday, August 18

Milano School Welcome Reception, 6:00-8:00 pm

Tuesday, August 19

Milano Meet and Greet Tours, 12:00-2:00 pm

Doctoral Program Welcome Lunch, 12:30-2:30 pm

Milano Graduate Program Orientations, 6:30-8:30 pm

Wednesday, August 20

Milano Student Alliance’s Hang Out On The High Line, 4:00-6:00 pm

Mini Math Session I, 6:00-8:00 pm

Thursday, August 21

Introduction to Milano Career Services, 10:00am-12:00 pm

Student Meet and Greet Lunches, 12:00-2:00 pm

Introduction to the Milano Partnership Hub, 4:00-5:00 pm

Mini Math Session II, 6:00-8:00 pm

Friday, August 22

Surviving Your First Semester, 4:00-5:30 pm

Milano Student Alliance Fall Mixer, 6:00-9:00 pm

Thursday, September 4

Milano Fall Festival, 6:00-8:00 pm



Faculty Spotlight: Rick Wolff on Real Time with Bill Maher

The New School is proud to announce Assistant Professor Rick Wolff will be appearing on this Friday’s edition of Real TiRichardWolff(c)DonUsnerme with Bill Maher on HBO. Those with access to HBO can tune in live this Friday, July 25 at 10pm.
With or without a subscription, you can tune in for the live “Overtime” segment that airs on the web at 11pm.
Other guests on the show will include Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! and noted defender of reason Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Faculty Spotlight: Nina L. Khrushcheva

ninaNina L. Khrushcheva is an Associate Professor in the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, and a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute, where she directs The Russian Project. She previously taught at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and is the author of Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics and The Lost Khrushchev: A Journey into the Gulag of the Russian Mind.

Khrushcheva is also  the great-granddaughter of Nikita Khrushchev; her mother was his granddaughter. Yet Nina grew up calling the one-time Soviet leader “Grandfather” because her real grandfather, Leonid, had been written out of the family history. Her book, “The Lost Khrushchev” explains what happened, and rebuts a smear which arose after the Soviet Union’s collapse: that Leonid, in truth a brave wartime pilot, had been a traitor. Khrushcheva has been in the media spotlight recently for her commentary on issues and conflicts in Russia.

In an interview on Ronan Farrow Daily on MSNBC, Nina answers the question, “How much longer can a power that hands out the hardware to shoot down commercial airliners, murdering hundreds of innocent people play the role of legitimate world power?” 

Her book, “The Lost Khrushchev,” is reviewed in an article in The Economist: Lost in Translation.

In “The Silver Fox of Dictatorship and Democracy” in Project Syndicate, Khrushcheva offers commentary on Eduard Shevardnadze as “one of the most corrupt politicians his country ever saw.”

In her article, “Inside Vladimir Putin’s Mind: Looking Back in Anger” Nina argues, “at the risk of sounding simplistic, one comparison still cannot be overlooked in addressing Putin’s vindictiveness, and that is to Joseph Stalin.”

In a video on Bloomberg Business Week, “Putin Will Blame Ukraine for Conflict: Khrushcheva,” Professor Khrushcheva discusses the mixed signals coming from Vladimir Putin who is seeking a cease-fire with Kiev, yet amassing troops along the border.



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