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NYMAPS Collaborative Symposium

On January 20-21, 2015 the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership hosted the 7th annual NYMAPS Collaborative Symposium. Entitled ‘Engaged Scholarship: Fulfilling the Promise of the Public University’, the symposium raised the challenges and possibilities of engaged scholarship, practiced with a commitment to solidarity, in which communities traditionally researched and spoken for, collaborate in academic research to ask their own questions, challenge inequalities, and engage the struggle for a more just world. The symposium offered opportunities to learn about traditional and non-traditional data driven projects, and time for symposium participants to workshop projects with the broader group, while receiving guidance from keynote presenters Michelle Fine and María Elena Torre.

Learn more about the symposium here!

Launch of Marilyn Gittell Digital Archive

CUNY Graduate Center is pleased to announce the launch of the Marilyn Gittell Digital Archive. The digital archive honors Dr. Marilyn Gittell’s contributions to the public school reform and community control movements of the 1960s, focusing on her scholarship about the people, politics and possibilities of educational justice in New York City.  This website serves as a resource for Marilyn Gittell’s scholarship on participation in education as well as her life and work more broadly.  

Morris Justice Project

In 2011, neighborhood mothers in the Morris Avenue section of the South Bronx who were outraged by the NYPD’s treatment of their sons, connected with researchers from the Public Science Project, John Jay College, and Pace University Law Center who were interested in studying and challenging unjust policing. The mothers and researchers got together and recruited additional community members to join a collaborative research team, now known as the Morris Justice Project, to document experiences with police. Continue reading

Critical PAR Summer Institute

The Public Science Project’s 4th Annual Summer Institutes on Critical Participatory Action Research are designed to introduce the theory, methods, and ethics of critical PAR to graduate students, faculty, and members of community-based organizations AND provide an environment of collective learning and development. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their current work, research interests, and projects to the institutes to share with others and develop during the course of the week. To give us a sense of what you wish to bring and hope to learn at the institutes, please submit a brief statement of interest answering the questions outlined below. Applications are due January 6th, 2014

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An Evening in Honor of Marilyn Jacobs Gittell

On Tuesday, November 26th, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY GC) will host an event in honor of the life and work of Marilyn Jacobs Gittell, a Political Scientist from New York City whose work, grounded in participatory action research (PAR), focused on cities, urban politics, public policy, and social justice. The event will bring together Professor Gittell’s colleagues and partners in this work, students she trained, as well as students currently studying the “Ocean-Hill Brownsville controversy” – a Brooklyn-based social movement, one of the most controversial of its time, that moved governance of neighborhood schools to the African American communities whom the schools purported to serve. This evening of celebration will also serve as the official unveiling of the Marilyn Jacobs Gittell Archive and the launch of a new hub at CUNY GC. Continue reading