NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge and the Social Science Research Council invite you to a discussion of Seeing the World: How US Universities Make Knowledge in a Global Era, with authors Mitchell L. Stevens, Cynthia Miller-Idriss, and Seteney Shami. The event will be moderated by Ann Morning with critical remarks from George Steinmetz. U.S. research universities have long endeavored to be cosmopolitan places, yet the disciplines of economics, political science, and sociology have remained stubbornly parochial. Despite decades of government and philanthropic investment in international scholarship, the most prestigious academic departments still favor research and expertise on the United States. Why? Seeing the World answers this question by examining university research centers that focus on the Middle East and related regional area studies. Drawing on candid interviews with scores of top scholars and university leaders to understand how international inquiry is perceived and valued inside the academy, Seeing the World explains how intense competition for tenure-line appointments encourages faculty to pursue “American” projects that are most likely to garner professional advancement. At the same time, constrained by tight budgets at home, university leaders eagerly court patrons and clients worldwide but have a hard time getting departmental faculty to join the program. Together these dynamics shape how scholarship about the rest of the world evolves. At once a work-and-occupations study of scholarly disciplines, an essay on the formal organization of knowledge, and an inquiry into the fate of area studies, Seeing the World is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of knowledge in a global era.
On 5 April 2018, UVC Director, Dr. Tatiana Carayannis, spoke on a panel at the International Studies Association (ISA) Conference in San Francisco, California on the effective approaches for academic engagement with think tanks and policy makers. Under the theme "Power of Rules and Rule of Power" this round-table facilitated a discussion for those interested in and concerned with the policy impact of their academic research. On the following day, she also presented her newest paper "Prevention: The Challenge of Theory and Practice" with co-author, Sabrina Stein of the Conflict Peace and Prevention Forum, during the ISA's themed workshops on Conflict Prevention in the 21st Century.
Measure of America’s Sarah Burd-Sharps will speak at the National Association of Workforce Boards Annual Forum about Measure of America’s collaboration with the San Diego Workforce Partnership to address youth disconnection in San Diego.
On March 20, CPPF organized a closed-door, off-the-record briefing on Venezuela for the UN Department of Political Affairs, to discuss the prospects for the upcoming presidential elections in Venezuela in May 2018.
Co-director Kristen Lewis will speak about Measure of America’s latest disconnected youth research at the Philadelphia Youth Network’s sixth National Reengagement Plus! Convening. The convening is sponsored by the National League of Cities and will focus on strategies to reengage young people disconnected from school and work.
On 16 March 2018, the Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC) program organized a Central Africa Policy Forum on current developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with featured speaker Sylvain Saluseke of the Congolese pro-democracy youth activist group, LUCHA. The meeting, held at the Security Council Report and in the margins of Security Council debates on the mandate renewal of the UN mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), brought together representatives from UN country missions, the UN Secretariat, NGOs, and researchers. LUCHA or Struggle for Change (Twitter: @luchaRDC) is a non-violent, non-partisan citizen's movement formed in 2012 and based in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Neither a classic NGO nor a political party, Lucha has mobilized in innovative ways to ensure young people’s voices are heard in DRC. Sylvain Saluseke, a businessman and activist, was held by Congolese security forces for over a month in 2015 for his work with the movement.
Kristen Lewis participated in "New Data on Youth Disconnection: State of Opportunity Youth in San Diego County," a webinar unveiling the latest numbers on disconnected youth in San Diego calculated by Measure of America. The data is part of a collaboration between the San Diego Workforce Partnership and Measure of America to assess youth disconnection, set goals and track progress in the county.
Please join us at The New School's Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies for an upcoming debate between Michael Dawson (University of Chicago) and Nancy Fraser (The New School) on the relationship between Race and Capitalism. The conversation will center on two distinct themes, "Black Politics and the Neoliberal Racial Order" and "Expropriation and Exploitation in Racialized Capitalism." The debate will be followed a meeting of graduate students interested in the Race and Capitalism Network. The work of Race and Capitalism is supported in part through a partnership with the Scholarly Borderlands Initiative.
Co-director Sarah Burd-Sharps will participate in a panel organized by NYU’s GovLab for NYC’s Open Data Week, along with representatives from the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, Viacom, and the Sunlight Foundation. The “If You Build It, Will They Come? A Case for Demand-Driven Data” panel will discuss the demand for open data.
In 2017, the Measuring College Learning panel in Art History convened to lay the groundwork for establishing a framework of essential concepts, competencies, and potential avenues for an assessment tool in the introductory course in Art History. The panel, composed with the help of the College Art Association (CAA), will be featured in a session at the CAA's 2018 Annual Conference. The session is designed as an opportunity to share this draft document with CAA members, solicit feedback and suggestions, and respond to questions from the community.
CPPF, in partnership with the International Peace Institute (IPI), hosted the launch of a joint report on drugs, sustainable development, and the drive for policy coherence. The event, which took place on February 22, centered on how drug policy can help or hinder member states’ efforts to achieve the SDGs. The forum also examined the findings following a year of work by a group of researchers and policy makers—convened by CPPF and IPI—on ways in which the drug policy agenda overlaps with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). CPPF Program Manager Sabrina Stein, who co-authored the report, was a member of the panel. During her remarks, she addressed the concern that drug policy has not been developed in concert with the SDGs, and described six concrete recommendations from the paper that would enable this mutual consideration. The paper is available on the CPPF and IPI websites.
On 16 February 2018, CPPF convened a small, off-the-record meeting on Mali at the request of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). The meeting brought together senior UN policymakers, both in New York and Bamako, and a number of experts working in and on Mali, to brief the team charged with the Independent Strategic Review of MINUSMA. The discussion took stock of the current state of implementation of the peace agreement, the deteriorating security conditions and their implications for MINUSMA’s work, as well as challenges and opportunities for the future of MINUSMA.