GPIA Conflict & Security Concentration: Immigration, Identity, & Islam Panel

Join the Conflict and Security Concentration of the Graduate Program in International Affairs and the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility as we host a panel discussion on:
Immigration, Identity, and Islam: Making sense of Europe’s Public Debates in the light of Charlie Hebdo and the “Islamization of Europe.
The Charlie Hebdo events in Paris led to heated arguments on the freedom of speech, integration, and Islam. Large demonstrations in Germany as expressions of a fear of Muslim asylum-seekers and an “Islamization of Europe” put a spotlight on perceived threats to cultural and national identity and what this means for multicultural practices. Further, second-generation immigrants joining armed conflicts in the Middle East pose challenges for several European countries and discussions about belonging and allegiance.
The panel highlights what these and other current events mean for narratives of immigration and refugees in Europe. The conversation will center around what it means to frame immigration and refugees as a security rather than social issue for debates surrounding multiculturalism, immigrant integration, international borders, and the radicalization of political parties and will take place at 6:30pm, March 12th at the Hirshon Suite (55 W 13th Street, 2nd Floor.)
Join the discussion with New School faculty, Andreas Kalyvas (Department of Politics), Michel Agier (Zolberg Institute/EHESS, Paris), and Elizabeth Onasch (Department of Sociology), moderated by Daniel Naujoks (Milano School/GPIA).
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Emma at We look forward to seeing many of you there!

New Publications from Professor Joseph Heathcott

JosephBorderlands: Traveling the Brooklyn-Queens Divide
The Architectural League of New York’s magazine Urban Omnibus featured a recent photodocumentary project by Joseph Heathcott, Associate Professor of Urban Studies.
Heathcott’s article, titled “Borderlands: Traveling the Brooklyn-Queens Divide” appeared in the January 14th edition on line.  It reports on a two-year effort by Prof. Heathcott to study the 21-mile boundary between Brooklyn and Queens. In November 2013, the Queens Museum of Art showcased the project in an installation of photographs and maps titled “BQBorderlands.”


The Bold and the Bland: Art and Redevelopment
The journal CITY: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action recently published Joseph Heathcott’s article on the demolition of the 5 Pointz graffiti building.  The editors of CITY are featuring the article with free downloads until April.  The article is titled “The Bold and the Bland: Art, Redevelopment and the Creative Commons in Post-Industrial New York.” Heathcott is an Associate Professor of Urban Studies.
Coffee and Globalization
Professor Heathcott published a long-form essay titled “Coffee, From the Kitchen Table to the Global Stage” in the January 2015 issue of The Montreal Review.
Professor Heathcott studies the metropolis and its diverse cultures, institutions, and environments within a comparative and global perspective. His main interest is in the public role of scholarship and teaching, and the civic engagement of students and teachers in the world around them. He is also a compulsive peripatetic, amateur archivist, and collector of LPs, post cards, old radios, books, and found objects.


OLA Hosts Public Lectures: Struggles for Inclusion in Brazil and Peru



The Observatory on Latin America (OLA) of the New School and the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) are pleased to invite you to:


President Néstor Kirchner Fellowship
Public Lecture  by President Néstor Kirchner Fellows 2014-2015  

Waste Pickers and Environmental Management in Brazil
Daniela Gomez Metello

The production and disposal of solid waste represents one of the planet’s main environmental problems. Reducing and recycling waste while also focusing on the social and economic inclusion of people whose income depends on this work is a step towards sustainability. The Brazilian experience shows the balancing of economic viability, environmental sustainability and social justice.

Ms. Gomez Metello holds a PhD in Production Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janiero. She is an adviser and coordinator of the Interministerial Committee for Social and Economic Inclusion of Waste Pickers (CIISC) in the General-Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic.


Women in Municipal Elections in Peru
Beatriz Córdova Aquino
The principles of equality and plurality are main tenets of democracy, yet the struggle for the inclusion of disadvantaged groups continues in the 21st century. What are the limits of electoral participation for women in Peru and elsewhere today? The Peruvian case shows that policies beyond universal suffrage and an electoral gender quota system are necessary to end political exclusion.

Ms. Córdova Aquino received a Master in Governance and Electoral Processes from the Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset in Spain. She currently works for the Center of Electoral Processes Operations (COPE), monitoring the activities planned towards Peru’s Regional and Municipal Elections.


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Professor McCandless Participating in United Nations Expert Meetings on Developing an Indicator Framework

Dr. McCandlDrErinMcCandless (1)ess is attending UNDESA Expert Group meetings on indicator framework for the post-2015 development framework this week. Over the last several years, she has been engaged with various specialist networks working to infuse peace, security, governance and justice concerns into the new framework (“goal 16”). UN discussions are presently focused around indicators, and Dr. McCandless is drawing on her two years serving on the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS) / “New Deal“. Technical Working Group on Indicators in efforts to influence the process. This Indicator Working Group was mandated to develop indicators to measure the Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals (PSGs), and after extensive political and technical dialogue at global and national levels, produced a list of “Common Indicators” around these goals.

McCandless is representing the Civil Platform on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS) – the body coordinating and supporting civil society engagement in the New IDPS process. This week she is spearheading inputs around goal 16 and wider efforts to mainstream peace/governance/justice perspectives into the overarching framework. Her current thinking (and that of CSPPS) on these issues can be found here.

She will be speaking on this topic at a stakeholder dialogue on “Measuring Goal 16: Building on Experience” involving the UN, member state representatives and civil society, on March 2, at the United Nations Quaker Office.

Dr. McCandless also sits on the UNDP experts virtual network group of experts working on goal 16.

She has also published on this topic in Global Governance journal.




GPIA Alumna Nora Rahimian Leverages Hip Hop to Inspire Social Change

Nora RahimianNora Rahimian is a 2012 graduate of the International Affairs program at The New School. Prior to earning her M.A., Nora worked with perpetrators of violence to develop community-based peacebuilding strategies. She continued this work while at The New School and on the International Field Program (IFP) in Liberia where she began work on the Liberian Prison Project, a 2012 New Challenge Award Winner. After graduation, Nora returned to Liberia to start a community-led violence prevention and intervention program that trained nontraditional community leaders as Conflict Transformers and established alternative education spaces for out-of-school youth.



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