Powell School’s New Breakfast Series: “Conversations with City”

Conversations with City is a dynamic and stimulating addition to event programming at the Powell School. The series serves as an open forum for experts, policymakers, community leaders, and others attempting to meet the major challenges of the nation and the world.

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by Dee Dee Mozeleski, Director of Development, Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

The driving mission behind the Powell School at the City College of New York is to be a leading center for social research, expertise, learning, and leadership. An important part of this ongoing effort is to disseminate research and public policy information to concerned audiences, particularly those working to redress social, political or economic disparities. So it is with great enthusiasm that we officially announce our new series of public breakfast talks, Conversations with City.

Conversations with City is a dynamic and stimulating addition to event programming at the Powell School. The series serves as an open forum for experts, policymakers, community leaders, and others attempting to meet the major challenges of the nation and the world. Continue reading “Powell School’s New Breakfast Series: “Conversations with City””

Dean Spade’s ‘Critical Trans Politics’

n his book, Normal Life, Spade uses critical race theory, women-of-color feminism, and other intellectual traditions to analyze the role of law reform in contemporary queer and trans politics. He examines the poverty, violence, criminalization and immigration-enforcement facing trans populations, and questions the utility of anti-discrimination law and hate-crimes laws for addressing these harms. He proposes that a critical trans politics is emerging that rejects law reform as a goal and engages tactically with legal work as it attempts to dismantle apparatuses of racialized-gendered violence like prisons and borders and build alternative structures that meaningfully address contemporary conditions of poverty and violence.

Dean Spade will visit City College Monday, October 28.  Photo: Johanna Breidling.
Dean Spade will visit City College Monday, October 28.
Photo: Johanna Breidling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you aren’t yourself an LGBTQ person or activist, you’d be forgiven for believing LGBTQ rights movements begin and end with marriage rights.

Marriage equality debates have dominated public discourse related to LGBTQ civil rights. And many activists claim it is to the exclusion of crucial policy discussions addressing struggles many LGBTQ people face—particularly youth, people of color, the economically challenged, and those who identify as gender non-conforming, intersex, or transgender.

Dean Spade, a lawyer and transgender rights activist, was focused on addressing the vulnerability of these intersecting populations when he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a legal aid organization, in 2002 with the mission to help transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming people who are low-income and/or people of color. He recognized the high levels of poverty and over-incarceration among these communities and directly addressed the correlation between economic injustice and gender discrimination. Continue reading “Dean Spade’s ‘Critical Trans Politics’”

The Powell School: Building Mission and Meaning

Even before moving into the details of merging the Colin Powell Center and Division of Social Sciences, I had some ideas about what it meant to become a school. A school would have a presence and identity more powerful and unified than separate departments and programs. A school would be an institution with specific and publicly discernible commitments and capacities. A school would have a mission—both on campus, and in the life of our city and nation. Children in the neighborhoods around City College and across the globe will be able to point to our campus and say, “The Powell School is there. That’s where I’m going to go.”

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by Vince Boudreau, Director, Colin Powell Center

In the weeks leading up to the inauguration of the Powell School this past May 2nd, I spent time asking certain questions of myself and virtually anyone else who would listen: What does it mean to become a school? What should it mean to teach and study at the Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, and to reside near it in the adjacent neighborhoods of Harlem and Washington Heights? How should campus life change in response to this new institution in our midst?

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Putin Rebrands Himself a Peacenik

Vladimir Putin has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

This just happened.

Yet I began writing this article before the formal announcement of his nomination, because the glory campaign was set in motion soon after (or with) his incredible (in the sense that it was beyond belief) open letter to Americans in the New York Times—placed by his U.S.-based PR firm, Ketchum. The letter, in case you missed it, concerned the situation in Syria, and had the Russian Prime Minister calling on pro-intervention Americans to set aside their misguided Arthurian “might for right” mantras. And, by the way, we should all take a look at our nation’s God Complex.

Putin at the World Economic Forum. Courtesy World Economic Forum, Creative Commons license.
Putin at the World Economic Forum. Courtesy World Economic Forum, Creative Commons license.

By Amanda Krupman

Vladimir Putin has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

This just happened.

Yet I began writing this article before the formal announcement of his nomination, because the glory campaign was set in motion soon after (or with) his incredible (in the sense that it was beyond belief) open letter to Americans in the New York Times—placed by his U.S.-based PR firm, Ketchum. The letter concerned the situation in Syria, and had the Russian President calling on pro-intervention Americans to set aside their misguided Arthurian “might for right” mantras. And, while we’re at it, we should all take a look at our nation’s God Complex.

Continue reading “Putin Rebrands Himself a Peacenik”