Milano Welcomes Scholar-in-Residence Frank J. Omowale Satterwhite

OmowaleWe are pleased to announce that Frank J. Omowale Satterwhite has joined the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy as a Scholar-in-Residence.

Omowale is an acclaimed community-building specialist with more than 30 years of experience providing technical support and building capacity for social change in communities of color as well as other underserved communities. He now serves as president of Leadership Incorporated, a non-profit firm that provides capacity-building services in communities across the nation. He has provided technical assistance to more than 1,200 organizations in 43 states during his career. Omowale’s previous experience includes serving on the faculty of Oberlin College where he developed the first African-American studies program and as President of Applied Management and Organizational Services.

Omowale has a Ph.D. from Stanford University, an MA from Southern Illinois University and a BA from Howard University. He has also received numerous awards for his vast professional and public service, including a Kellogg Foundation National Fellowship, and other awards and community service awards from the National Council of Negro Women, Peninsula Community Foundation and KQED Television.

Please join us in welcoming Omowale to Milano. His office is located in room 605 at 72 5th Ave.



Professor Alberto Minujin interviewed by the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty, University of Bergen, Norway

Alberto-Minujin In an interview published in September 2014 by the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP) at the University of Bergen, Norway, GPIA Part-time faculty, Alberto Minujin speaks about the main causes of poverty and the strategies and policies needed to eradicate it.

Professor Minujin teaches Children, Rights, Poverty, Equality and Evaluating Development Impact in the Spring 2015 semester. He also runs the International Summer Field Program (IFP) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is the Executive Director of Equity for Children, an impact driven advocacy and social change initiative at Milano focused on children’s rights and wellbeing.



Faculty Spotlight: EPSM Professor Ana Baptista Featured in the Huffington Post

anaEnvironmental Policy and Sustainability Management Professor Ana Baptista was recently featured for bringing “a passion to her work, and the knowledge of how living in a specific locale can impact health.” Professor Baptista has long been an advocate for alternative energy production as a solution to the problems of pollution associated with the production and use of fossil fuels. Baptista grew up in the Ironbound in New jersey, and continues to advocate for policies that will lead to cleaner air, waters, and soil in the area. One of the main drivers of her efforts is the understanding that “children of color are the most at-risk victims of pollution.”




GPIA Alumna Ashlee Tuttleman Designs Social Impact Programs Increasing Profits for Rwandan Coffee Farmers

Ashlee_Tuttleman Ashlee Tuttleman is a 2012 graduate of the M.A program in International Affairs at The New School. She has extensive experience in East Africa working in product and program development, supply chains and human-centered design. Prior to Milano, Ashlee worked in the private sector for eight years in organizational change management, project management and marketing.  Most recently, Ashlee became the Social Enterprise Project Manager at Sustainable Harvest Rwanda, where she designs and implements social impact programs that improve information exchange among coffee origins and along the coffee supply chain. Programs she designs reinvest premiums earned through coffee processing back to the farmers.




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Romancing True Power: D20-Co-curated by Milano Associate Dean and Prof. Nina Khruschcheva

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February 12 to 26, 2015

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

66 Fifth Avenue New York

The D20 – modeled after the G20 group of the most industrialized nations – is a selective list of leaders from present and recent past, across continents and political systems, who, in some way, represent many people’s ideal of strong power – a true power. We call it Dick power. What are the various aspects of history, culture or geography that have allowed, indeed in many cases cultivated, this dicktatorial leadership style? Why are so many of us enamored with power and the excesses that go with it? What is so attractive, even seductive, about this dicktatorial way of life? Why do we romance it?

Our exhibition Romancing True Power investigates the human reaction to an idea of power that is autocratic, authoritarian, dictatorial. This is a power undoubtedly present in dictatorships but can be equally be found in democracies. This exhibition is an invitation to re-imagine power by looking at dicktatorial constructs, their typology, and their trappings. These trappings including parades, salutes, group photographs, national currencies and stamps, formal and informal busts, and other memorabilia – official collectibles and pop-culture trinkets such as mugs and t-shirts, which are on exhibition. The trappings also include intangibles such as perception, support, posturing, and self-promotion, all of which will be explored as well.

Through the exploration of video, photographs, text, and architectural installation, we ask: Is dictatorship a product of geopolitics or of personalities?  Of political economies or of psychologies? What are the shared traits that unite these leaders? How do they manifest their strength? What exactly is true power and why are we fascinated by it?

Each person’s Dick list is highly subjective; a thousand spectators may choose a thousand dicktators. According to Alan Axelrod and Charles Phillips’ Dictators & Tyrants (1994), a biographical dictionary of absolute rulers, there have been at least 600 autocratic, authoritarian, or dictatorial leaders and would-be leaders throughout world history. You must have your own favorite. As such, we also invite you to PYOD (Pick Your Own Dick). Who is on your D20 list?


Panel: Radical and Reactionary: The Extremities of Authoritarianism

Bobby Ghosh with curators Nina Khrushcheva and Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss

Wednesday, February 18, 6:00pm – 7:00pm; followed by reception 7:00pm – 8:00pm 

The Bark Room (Orientation Room), 2 W. 13th Street New York

Guest: Bobby Ghosh, Managing Editor of Quartz, CNN Global Affairs Analyst, formerly World Editor, TIME

Curators: Nina Khrushcheva, Associate Professor of International Affairs and Associate Dean at Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy, The New School

Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, Ph.D., Founding Principal of NAO, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP and Lecturer at Penn Design


Concept:  Nina Khrushcheva / The New School

Exhibition Design: Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss with Joachim Hackl / NAO

Research Associate: Yiqing Wang-Holborn / The New School

Editorial Contribution: Beth Pappas / The New School

The exhibition is partially funded by the Milano School and Milano’s Studley Faculty Research Fund.

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