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Introducing our Summer Blogger: Ayesha Sharma

Ayesha Sharma, a rising Junior at Bates College, has joined the Urban Democracy Lab staff as our summer blogger.  Watch out for her dispatches from New York City in the coming weeks.  Ayesha describes herself as follows:

“I’m a second generation Indian-American studying Anthropology and Gender Studies at Bates College. I’m most intellectually and emotionally driven by inequality affecting a variety of humans and non-humans. While difficult to name a few, some of the impacts of broad and problematic systems which trouble and motivate me are emotional violence, and the loss and robbery of personal identity through forced assimilation. I use they/them and she/her pronouns. ”

Welcome, Ayesha!

 

Book Talk — Dreams Deported: Immigrant Youth and Families Resist Deportation

DreamsDeported160513From our friends at 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers:

Join us for a panel discussion of the immigrant rights movement and the book Dreams Deported: Immigrant Youth and Families Resist Deportation, edited by Kent Wong and Nancy Guarneros. Dreams Deported: Immigrant Youth and Families Resist Deportation is a UCLA student publication featuring stories of deportation and of the courageous immigrant youth and families who have led the national campaign against deportations and successfully challenged the president of the United States to act.  Continue reading

April 19 – Gallatin Global Writers presents Amira Hass, Global Faculty in Residence

From our friends at the NYU Gallatin Global Writers program:

“Neither Terror Nor Intifada: Reflections on the Lone-Wolf Stabbings”

Gallatin Global Writers, a Writing Program series, highlights contemporary international authors and the diverse literary traditions and cultures from which their writing arises.

Award-winning Israeli journalist and Global Faculty in Residence Amira Hass will read from her work and discuss writing as social action.

Hass joined Haaretz, Israel’s oldest newspaper, in 1989 and has been the paper’s correspondent for the Occupied Territories since 1993. Her book Drinking the Sea at Gaza: Days and Nights in a Land under Siege (Holt, 2000) is an account of the three-year period during which she lived in Palestinian enclave of Gaza. Her other books include Reporting from Ramallah: An Israeli Journalist in an Occupied Land(Semiotext(e)/Active Agents, 2003) and Diary of Bergen-Belsen: 1944–1945 (Haymarket Books, 2009).

Apr 19, 2016 | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1 Washington Place

**April 19 is the date of the New York presidential primary elections. Please vote early in the day.**

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April 14 — The University Worth Fighting For: Teaching as Social Justice

teachingsocialjusticeFrom our friends at The Futures Initiative:

Join us online or in person for “Teaching as Social Justice” on Thursday, April 14 at 1 p.m. 

Part of the University Worth Fighting For series, this discussion will take up critical questions of how teaching address the unequal distribution of resources, wealth, privilege, and opportunity along axes of race, gender, sexual orientation, and ability.  We are thrilled to host special guests including Dr. Ruthie Wilson Gilmore, Dr. Prithi Kanakamedala and Dr. Anne Balsamo.

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Gallatin Teaching-with-Technology Symposium

Poster_11x17The Urban Democracy Lab’s Rebecca Amato will be a panelist at the following event:

A showcase of the innovative teaching and learning projects funded by Gallatin’s Teaching-with-Technology Grants. From interactive digital exhibits, archives, and maps, to immersive design portals, to bioluminescent “data scapes,” all of our projects push the boundaries of learning spaces, while fostering student engagement and expanding the learning community into the public sphere. Recipients include Rebecca Amato, Stephen Duncombe, Louise Harpman, Mitchell Joachim, and Jack Tchen. Continue reading