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GPIA’s Media & Culture (MC) concentration aims to equip students with a critical reading and understanding of media’s role in international politics as well as provide them with a practical basis.  Courses survey current and sweeping changes to the media environment (blogging, social media, Wikileaks, media activism), debates about the relevance of “old media debates,” and the consequences of these changes for US mainstream media as well as consumers and media advocates, propaganda, political campaigning, the relation between photography and human rights, and US media discourses on key regions (the Middle East) as well as explore the relation between culture and politics (e.g. Global Soccer, Global Politics). More practically orientated courses teach students skills in documentary film, photography and the use of social media. MC pays equal consideration to the role of state and private institutions, with attention to their positive and negative influences on the media in both democratic and non-democratic societies.

 

Alumna Allie Esslinger Launches Online Streaming Service

AllieAllie Esslinger is a 2010 graduate of the GIPA program and concentrated in Media Studies and Governance & RIghts. During her time at The New School she took classes across the Political Science and Media departments and completed a Practicum with the Cities Alliance. Throughout the final years of GPIA, Allie was working with various production companies throughout the CIty, building off the hands-on classes she was taking. Allie is the founder of Section II, a recently launched online streaming service and production company focused on lesbian-related films and series. Section II is dedicated to the better representation of queer women in popular culture and launched a beta site in February, which allows for rentals and downloads of feature films, web series, and shorts.

 

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Looking Back at Women’s History Month at Milano

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Dean Michelle Depass, Associate Dean Mary Watson, International affairs Professors Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Lily Ling  and others discuss the role of women in international affairs, management and urban policy.

In March Milano celebrated Women’s History Month by engaging students, alumnae, faculty, and staff in conversations about women’s role in challenging orthodoxy, workplace leadership, and the media.

On March 14 the panel discussion entitled “Feminist Critique: Contributions to International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy highlighted and debated the unique contributions of feminist perspectives in pursuing alternative analyses, frameworks, and movements in the theory and practice of international affairs, management and urban policy. Participants shared their views on identity, economics, toxic waste, drones, and more.

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Students, alumnae, faculty, and staff discuss successes and remaining challenges for women in the workplace and society at large.

On March 20 over sixty people came together to answer the question “Where do women sit at the table?” Featured speakers included: Shana Brodnax (NPM ’02) Senior Manager at Harlem Children’s Zone; Meesha Rosa (URB ’08) Director of Corporate Board Services at Catalyst; Lorena Ruiz (GPIA ’14)  Associated Producer at MSNBC; and Gina Luria Walker, PhD,  Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at The New School for Public Engagement, and the discussion was moderated by Courtney Locus (OCM), Lisabeth Tremblay (EPSM), and Sharon Reid, Assistant Director of Milano Career Services. The guest speakers shared their person experiences climbing the ladder of success and reflected on gender gaps in leadership and pay, communication and negotiation strategies, advocacy and women’s workplace relationships with each other, defying social and career norms, and diffusing the other B-word: bossy!

 

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NPM Professor Robin Hayes’ New Film “Black and Cuba” Premieres Friday

Black and Cuba 2Directed by Nonprofit Management Professor Robin Hayes, “Black and Cuba”, premiers Friday at the Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles. It follows a diverse group of street-smart students who are outcast at an elite Ivy League university, and band together to adventure to Cuba to see if revolution is truly possible. While filming their poignant encounters with AfroCuban youth, the American travelers question if either nation is post-racial or color blind. This documentary combines edgy archival footage and hip hop styled narration with exuberant scenes of island life to uncover renewed hope for equality and human rights.

Dr. Hayes says, “During this journey, my fellow students and I were confronted with stark realities that challenge romantic notions about post-racial prosperity and color-blindness in both the US and Cuba. However, realizing that AfroCubans and African Americans continue to have experiences of inequality in common renewed our hope that we can make a difference. With Black and Cuba, I aim to stimulate a vibrant international discussion that encourages audiences with a variety of perspectives to see themselves as agents of change.”

 

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The Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention

logoDo you think you have an idea to prevent mass atrocities? USAID wants to pay you to hear about them! Visit the website (here) to find out more about how to enter and compete for cash prizes. This is also a great way to build a resume.

 

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Youth Media Curriculum

Organization:  TBD

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Students participating in the Cape Town, South Africa IFP hope to have 3-4 short documentaries (10-12 minutes each) produced by youth about their lives. Per IFP faculty Sean Jacob’s suggestion, these documentaries will focus on the politics of post-apartheid cultural memories and identities, and may work with South Africa’s “Born Free Generation” – youth born after 1990 that were not exposed to formal apartheid government. Another possible avenue will be to focus content around public health issues, specifically HIV-positive youth.

This project hopes to achieve the following objectives:

1. Maintain/develop infrastructure, networks and relationships in Cape Town to create a sustainable site for New School students to return to each summer.

2. Promote the videos as (human rights) advocacy pieces – finding outlets and festivals to help make their stories visible. The MTV youth-curated youth media festival will be a big part of this step. Entrance into festivals could also open up scholarship opportunities for the students.

3. Work with first year GPIA students to train them as interns for Reel Lives to promote The New School’s philosophy of combining practice with theory. Also prepare the fellow students for IFP work in either Cape Town or Rio.

4. Figure out ways to incorporate the new content from Cape Town (and possibly Rio as well) with curriculum Reel Lives is currently developing with Scholastic. We would also like to think about ways to facilitate cultural exchange through the sites and content.

5. Continue internship work at Reel Lives to develop a one-on-one mentoring program to match New School students with Reel Lives students.