The practice of change through art is about collaboration and community, and it starts with seeing. That was the main takeaway from “How Artists Lead the Way,” the latest panel in The Graduate Center, CUNY’s CHANGE series, held on October 21. Introduced by Bianca C. Williams, associate professor of anthropology at The Graduate [...]
Ruth Milkman, professor of sociology at The Graduate Center and at the School of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY, moderated the third and final panel of the Coalitional Democracy Conference. In her opening remarks she traced the transformation of the labor movement from a sometimes conservative, domineering, or solitary actor to one that came to include groups previously seen as threats, such as immigrants and environmental organizations, or the blue-green alliance.
Professor John Mollenkopf from the Political Science program at The Graduate Center, CUNY moderated the second panel of the Coalitional Democracy Conference on coalitions and political parties. He set the stage by describing the particularities of the two-party system in the U.S., which make it difficult to forge majority coalitions in a period of deep elite polarization and latent conflict between social and economic groups, perhaps especially within the Democratic Party.
The first panel focused on the “Theory and Practice of Coalitions.” The panel was moderated by Dara Z. Strolovitch, who began by recognizing the expansive roots of these ideas in Black feminist work of the 1970s and 1980s. The panelists then set the stage for the rest of the conference by discussing the challenges of agenda-setting and issue inclusion, differences in coalition design on the right and the left, identity conflicts internal to organizations, and the role of popular political culture more generally in forging or foreclosing democratic coalitions.
The Graduate Center’s CHANGE series last week addressed “Climate Action After COVID-19.” The pandemic has provided us with a glimpse into a cleaner future because of changed, mainly reduced, transportation and consumption modes. But will these patterns last? Are they enough? Is simply going back to some status quo ante [...]
Last night’s conversation in The Graduate Center’s CHANGE series focused on how to make education more equitable. It’s an issue of particular urgency for the United States, as our democracy depends on informed, socially mobile citizens. Graduate Center Professor Carla Shedd (Sociology and Urban Education), author of Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice, [...]
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the U.S. workforce with layoffs, reduced hours, diminished earnings, and loss of health insurances. It has also it exposed deep inequalities around race and gender lines. Last night, as part of its CHANGE series, The Graduate Center gathered leading scholars and writers for [...]
On September 16 we kicked off a range of new CHANGE Fall 2020 online events in the frame of The Promise and Perils of Democracy project, and more than 1.000 people joined us from all over the world. CHANGE is a series in which we invite leading thinkers on ways [...]
What is the future of democratic societies? How do we become more democratic, establish fairer systems, equal access to education, culture, standards of living? How do we achieve participation in democracy itself? What does democracy cost? Over the course of the Spring 2020 semester, "The Promise and Perils of Democracy" [...]
In 2019, a turbulent last year of the decade, complete with major implications for democracy such as climate change and increasing inequality, the "The Promise and Perils of Democracy" project was in full swing. Our events highlighted issues as the role of justice in democracies and the judiciary in the [...]