Alumna Mala Kumar Launches Book: “The Paths of Marriage”

Mala KumarMala Kumar is a 2010 M.A. international affairs graduate of the GPIA program, concentrating in development. During her time at The New School, she co-founded the student organization, Association for International Development [AID], and was an India China Institute student fellow. After graduating, she worked as a Programme Officer on the African Risk Capacity of the UN World Food Programme. Mala’s first book, The Paths of Marriage, is scheduled to be released on 1 October 2014. The novel is about three generations of women from 1950s India to present-day NYC, and their battles of discrimination from the outside world and from each other.



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25 Years after Tianamen: Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests Unfold

Photo taken by Mai Perkins at the July 1st March in Hong Kong. During two months in Hong Kong this summer, I marched in solidarity with demonstrators at two historic protests: the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square on June 4th and the annual July 1st Protest Rally March. Protesters by the thousands gathered in Victoria Park to take part in candlelight vigils, staged performances and peaceful singing en masse.

Student activists who had died in 1989 advocating for democracy in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square were memorialized. On July 1st, I along with other New School students, in Hong Kong as part of the International Field Program,conducted video interviews with protesters asking,

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Alumni in the News: Jenny Rejeske quoted in the New York Times

Alumna Jenny Rejeske was recently quoted in the New York Times. In response to the Obama administration’s announcement that it planned to terminate health insurance for 115,000 people on Oct. 1 because they had failed to prove that they were United States citizens or legal immigrants eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, Jenny said, “It is unduly harsh to terminate coverage while there are still technical problems with the federal system for verifying citizenship and immigration status. And there has not been adequate notice to people who speak languages other than English and Spanish.”

Jenny graduated from the Nonprofit Management program in 2008. She currently works as a health policy analyst at the National Immigration Law Center.



Dr. Erin McCandles Publishes in “Building Peace”

IMG_0481Dr. McCandless has recently published a short piece on “Non-state Actors and Competing Sources of Legitimacy in Conflict-Affected Settings,” in the “Latest Insights” section of “Building Peace” – an online forum for peace and security hosted by the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

All are encouraged to tweet and retweet about this blog – either through web-link or through twitter, a September 17 post on: @BPForumMag

This short piece summarizes research that Dr. McCandless, with the support of New School GPIA students and former students, undertook in the lead up to an important United Nations workshop on the social contract in fragile and conflict states in January of this year. Zoe Meroney, Darya Shaikh, Nicolas Rodriguez, Laurent Nicourt, Lilia Minkox, and Ayu Rahmawati engaged in this research.

Dr. McCandless will continue developing this research with Studley grant support, in the form of a book and policy dialogue project, being undertaken with the University of Denver, and in alliance with the United Nations Development Program.



Alumna Mary E. Robbins Published in Huffington Post

fotoAlumna Mary E. Robbins recently co-authored an article for the Huffington Post on violence against women in post world cup Rio. The article, entitled In Brazil, the World Cup Is Over But the Sexual Violence Continues, points to increasing incedence and continual patterns of rape and sexual violence in Brazil, and suggests better responses from the justice sector and increased prevention efforts are the keys to reducing the trend.

Mary is a graduate of the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs and a Program Officer at Instituto Promundo.



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