Milano Alumn Jesica Santos Covers the Central African Republic’s Judicial System and New Special Criminal Court for The Huffington Post


Milano alumn Jesica Santos’s piece in the Huffington Post covers the recent decision by the Central African Republic’s (CAR) Transitional Council to adopt a law that will set up a hybrid judicial mechanism, the “Special Criminal Court” (SCC), to investigate and prosecute individuals responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in its territory since 2003. Santos writes:

“While this development undoubtedly represents a step forward towards justice for victims at a time of transition, it is certainly not the first accountability attempt for such crimes given that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has already opened investigations in the country. And the question a lot of international observers may be asking is: does this SCC undermine the already-operating ICC in CAR or, rather, reinforce its efforts at the national level?”

Read the full article here.



GPIA Student Laura Nitz Receives New Challenge Grant for The North School

laura nitz blog postGPIA student Laura Nitz has received a $5000 grant from New Challenge in order to strengthen The North School’s capacity and permanence.  They aim to do this by expanding their current 3D printing studio into an integrated co-working and maker space, which will develop into a tech incubator.  The space that they’ve chosen, known locally as The School House, is an iconic 16000 sq foot structure in Callicoon, NY – the rural, Western New York town that serves as their home base.  The North School is a creative consultancy focused on design- and education-driven approaches to economic development.  They prioritize working with stakeholders on their community projects, but making The School House in Calicoon is part of their effort to grow in stability and scope.  Click the following link to learn more about Nitz’s work with The North School.


Professor Ana Baptista Speaks About Environmental Justice on The Green Hour

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Professor Ana Baptista of Milano’s Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program spoke to the radio show the Green Hour on July 13.  She spoke about environmental justice (and injustice) during the program, which focused on the environment and environmental justice in light of Pope Francis’ recent call to protect the natural world.  Click here to learn more about Professor Baptista’s segment, and here to access the discussion in podcast format.





Milano PhD Phillip Plotch discusses new book on Tappan Zee megaproject on NPR

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Milano PhD, Phillip Plotch, has just published his first book, Politics Across the Hudson: The Tappan Zee Megaproject through Rutgers University Press.The book looks at the history of inaction and inertia in public planning; contrasted with the very active Robert Moses (and Governor Andrew Cuomo) approach of minimal transparency and closed-door decision making. Throughout his research he has interviewed more than a hundred key players, and accessed countless internal government documents.

For more information on Politics Across the Hudson, please see, or visit WNYC for a video and a radio interview. 




Tania Lee, GPIA Alumna and ICT4D Specialist, Discussed NGO Data Security at InterAction’s Forum Workshop

Tania LeeTania Lee, a GPIA alumna who concentrated in Conflict and Security, is an ICT4D (Internet Communications Technology for Development) specialist. Prior to GPIA she received a B.A. in Feminist Studies and Politics then helped to establish a tech and engineering consultancy that focused on promoting women of color in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) jobs and worked for a local government agency in New York as a software development project manager. She was drawn to The New School because of its ‘unique commitment to social justice’ and GPIA in particular due to a desire for her ‘work to have a global focus.’ She recently left a position with the International Rescue Committee as an ICT (Information Communications Technology) for Programs, Program Officer and began a position with Caktus Group as an SMS (Short Message Service) and Web Product Manager. At the end of June Tania presented at InterAction’s 2015 Forum Workshop series on a workshop panel titled ‘The Next Big Scandal? International NGO Data in the Age of Edward Snowden, Facebook, & WikiLeaks.’ The workshop highlighted the real risks in the data lifecycle, examined the legal frameworks surrounding data protection and ownership, and trained attendees on a few free tools and approaches to mitigate these threats. In this interview Tania discusses her work and perspectives concerning NGO data and security.



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