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.

On September 11-12 Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr moderated a session on Women and Global Development  at the Women and Girls Rising conference at the Ford Foundation and Roosevelt Institute, a conference convening policy makers, activists and academics to discuss women’s rights, featuring Hilary Clinton, John Podesta, and many others. More information on this exciting conference and access to live webcast here.



Student Tanya Diallo Welsh Envisions Trauma Sensitive Therapy in Post-Conflict Areas

Tany_Pic for blogTanya grew up in Côte D’Ivoire and moved to the US in 1999 to complete high school. After high school she received a scholarship to NYU where she studied political science and African studies. Upon graduating she worked in higher education as an admininstrative aide and program coordinator while moonlighting as a yoga and meditation teacher. She also has an extensive history of volunteerism with various organizations whose work supports human rights and dignity such as the School for Compassionate Action, Madre Inc. and Ancient Song Doula Services. She applied to The New School’s Graduate Program in International Affairs to gain more experience and knowledge in the international arena and has just started her second year in the program.




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Climate Action Week Kicks Off with “Disruption”

BM MJ Climate Action Week handout (Front)Climate Action Week @ The New School kicked off on September 7 with the preview event: the premier of the environmental documentary Disruption.

Joel Towers, Executive Dean of Parsons the New School for Design gave opening remarks, followed by a brief introduction to the movie by filmmakers Kelly Nyks (an alumnus of The New School) and Jared P. Scott of PF Pictures. A panel discussion following the film was moderated by Jamie Henn, Strategy and Communications director of 350.org. Panelists Keya Chatterjee, Director, Renewable Energy and Footprint Outreach, WWF, Eddie Bautista, Executive Director, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, and Ricken Patel, Executive Director, Avaaz.org were all interviewed in the film. Professors Charles Allison, Associate Professor of Practice in Finance at Milano, and Jean Gardner, Associate Professor of Social-Ecological History and Design at The School for Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School for Design were on the panel as well.

The New School hosted the marquee event as Disruption was screened at over 700 locations on 6 continents in an effort to build awareness and excitement leading up to the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21.


Disruption_New_School_Slide_2 REVISEDThe film unpacks the question ‘why have we done so little, when we know so much?’ by weaving together commentary and insight from some of the most renowned voices on climate change today including James Hansen, Naomi Oreskes, Senator Barbara Boxer, Bill McKibben, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Naomi Klein, Elizabeth Kolbert, Rajendra Pachauri, Justin Gillis, Michael Mann, among others.

The film takes an unflinching look at our unique moment in history – of tipping points and thresholds – as the first generation to feel the impacts of climate change and the last generation that can do anything about it. Taking the message of meaningful action beyond the climate choir, Disruption expands the understanding of climate change to encompass a broad range of social justice issues including equality, resource scarcity, independence and autonomy.

Ultimately, Disruption forces us to confront the greatest challenge of our time – whether we will be able to collectively learn from our past to save our future.




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.


Be sure to use #TNSClimateAction on all related social media posts! For any questions or to get involved email climateaction@newschool.edu.



“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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