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Media and Culture


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.



Women’s History Month: Cherchez La Femme

1As a follow-up to our exhibit in February “Romancing True Power: D20″ (and as a shout out to Women’s History Month) Milano students Tolani Elumade, Jansyn Thaw, and Yiqing Wang organized “Cherchez la Femme,” a conversation about powerful female political leaders around the world.

First Lady, Trophy Wife, the Mrs. –these are labels that may come to mind when thinking about women connected to powerful political leaders. But the women discussed in “Cherchez La Femme” were powerful women in their own right, each a force to be reckoned with in the male dominated world of politics. As contradictions to traditional female roles, the women featured in the conversation stood as dynamic examples of feminism, female agency, and ‪#‎dickpower‬.

Or not. We’ll let you be the judge.

We would like to thank our Associate Dean, Nina Khrushcheva and Professor Yasmine Ergas of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University for leading the conversation.

Please continue to follow Milano School for more engaging topics on politics and social justice. And check out this booklet of powerful ladies.

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England is Paradise? The Meaning and Making of English Football 1985-2014

Watch the November 19th Media and Culture Concentration event that welcomed David Goldbatt to discuss his newly released book The Games of Our Lives, a masterly portrait of contemporary Britain through the lens of soccer.








Alumna Allie Esslinger Launches Online Streaming Service Focusing on Lesbian-Related Films and Series

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.




Looking Back at Women’s History Month at Milano


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.


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!



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.”