Dr. Sholette’s “The Art of Activism and the Activism of Art”

Earth and Environmental Sciences Doctoral Program
Presents a Lecture by
Dr. Gregory Sholette

Queens College

“The Art of Activism and the Activism of Art”

Professor Sholette presents an excerpt from his forthcoming book The Art of Activism and the Activism of Art, in which he focuses on the problem of representing collective social agency in itself, a phenomenon that even when imaged or photographed, remains furtive, glimpsed in snippets, or suppressed beneath narratives promoting individuality and personal freedom. Apart from a few exceptions, the image of the communal body as such remains willfully absent from view or consideration within mainstream visual art and art history, belonging instead to what Katherine McKittrick calls the “psychic-unimaginable,” an uncategorizable presence involving the bodies of colonized and enslaved peoples, and expanded here to include revolutionary mass actions such as slave uprisings.  At the same time, how can any artist refuse the effort to bring this other social agency into view? After all, it is a goal that has consumed artists from Courbet to today’s social art practitioners, as much as it has consumer capitalism’s marketeers and data collectors. All of which begs the question: how do art activists picture the social, and does this endeavor aim to repair a broken archival imaginary?


April 15, 2021 4:15-6:15 p.m. EST

Cindi Katz is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Colloquium—Dr. Gregory Sholette

Time: Apr 15, 2021 04:10 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Gregory Sholette is a New York-based artist, writer, activist and a co-founder of Social Practice Queens (SPQ) that he co-directs with Professor Chloë Bass. His art explores issues of artistic labor, historical representation and political resistance, and his critical writing documents and reflects upon several decades of activist art. Sholette’s projects include “Reworking Labor,” Sullivan Galleries, Chicago (2019); Lost In Europe, Open Space gallery, Vienna (2018); Dark Matter Games in Venice, Italy (best 2017 exhibition wrote Manuel Borja-Villel for Artforum, Dec. issue), and the one-person exhibition DARKER at Station Independent Projects NYC (2017). Active with Gulf Labor Coalition he was a co-founder of the collectives Political Art Documentation/Distribution (PAD/D: 1980-1988), and REPOhistory (1989-2000). A former Mellon Fellow at the CUNY Center for the Humanities he guest edited a special 2019 double issue of FIELD Journal of Socially Engaged Art with over thirty global reports focusing on “Art, Anti-Globalism, and the Neo-Authoritarian Turn.” His publications include the books Art As Social Action (with Chloë Bass, Skyhorse Press, 2018), Delirium and Resistance (2017, Pluto Press); Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture (2010, Pluto); It’s the Political Economy, Stupid (2012, Pluto); Collectivism After Modernism (U. Minn., 2006); and The Interventionists (2004, MIT), and contributes to FIELD, Artforum, October, Afterall, Text zur Kunst, Hyperallergic, Frieze, e-flux and Johns Hopkins ASAP journal. Sholette holds a PhD in History and Memory Studies from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2017), he is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program in Critical Theory (1996), Graduate of University of California San Diego (1995), and The Cooper Union School of Art (1979), and Bucks County Community College (1974), served as a Curriculum Committee member of Home WorkSpace Beirut education program and is an associate of the Art, Design and the Public Domain program of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Environmental Psychologists Responding to COVID: Re-creating Assignments in a Context of Global Crisis (April 30th)

Environmental Psychologists Responding to COVID: Re-creating Assignments in a Context of Global Crisis

We are approaching April 30th and would like to invite you all to a collective moment of exchanges in the event Environmental Psychologists Responding to COVID: Re-creating Assignments in a Context of Global Crisis organized by Erin Lilli and Fernanda Vidal and sponsored by TLH – Transformative Learning in the Humanities. As you will see we have 10 environmental psychologists from NY, Canada, and Brazil sharing their assignments and projects adapted to address the pandemic.

For more information and to register please visit this  link.




Presentations include EP scholars Jennifer Pipitone, Valkaria Duran-Narucki, Eve Klein, Tomo Imamichi, and Chris Hoffman.




EP Student Javier Otero Peña Shares Research on Parks in Gentrifying NYC Neighborhoods

Please join us TODAY for our PSRG Network Event, Residents’ feelings towards park renovations in low-income gentrifying neighborhoods: Latest findings of an ethnographic study in NYC, presented by Javier Otero Peña.

Everyone deserves access to parks of quality. In an effort to make cities more just, local authorities in many cities around the world are investing in public spaces in neglected, low-income and highly dense neighborhoods. However, studies show that such investments may contribute to increasing land values and rents (Crompton, 2005), and as a paradoxical consequence, population in these areas shifts, and the low-income residents for whom the renovations were intended end up displaced to other areas of the city (Gould & Lewis, 2017). It is unclear whether this threat of displacement is known by residents, and whether the degree of gentrification in the area changes how residents perceive park renovations and investment in their neighborhoods. Do they welcome the changes or are they wary of improvements allegedly intended for them? This study is an ethnography of parks renovated in low-income gentrifying neighborhoods in New York City, from an urban environmental justice perspective. Using Rapid Ethnographic Assessment Procedures (Low et al., 2005), residents and users of four parks in minority-majority neighborhoods at different stages of gentrification were interviewed about their feelings towards renovations and neighborhood change itself, with an emphasis on procedural and interactional justice, and on identifying potential mixed feelings.

Event information

Friday, April 9, 2021 / 12p ET / On the Web


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Javier Otero Peña is a PhD candidate in Environmental Psychology from Caracas, Venezuela. Javier is the Student Advisor for the M.S. in Data Analysis and Visualization at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He is also a research associate at the Public Space Research Group, and a research assistant for the PARCS study in the CUNY School for Public Health. His dissertation looks at park use, park renovations and place attachment in New York City.
Javier’s field research paper studied the politicization of public spaces through a participatory mural in East Harlem. He was a GC Digital Fellow from 2016-2020. In 2016, he took part in the CUNY-Humboldt University Summer School in Berlin, and in 2017 he participated in the Digital Humanities Research Institute in Victoria University, Canada. He was a Digital Humanities Research Institute Fellow in 2018-19, and received the Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant in 2017 and 2019.
Javier holds a Master in Environmental Policies and Sustainable Development, and taught a class on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean at the Paris Catholic University. He also studied Urban Planning and Management at UCV, and Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries (UNITAR). Javier worked as a consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme for three years.
Research interests: public space,  urban environmental justice, place attachment, arts, culture & identity, sustainability & climate change action, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Gathering of Critical Transnational Inquiry

Gathering of Critical Transnational Inquiry

Please click here for more info: Gathering of Critical Transnational Inquiry

TESANDA is a transnational interdisciplinary network of scholarship and pedagogy born during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Linking educators, scholars, and academics across borders, TESANDA has a collective of folks engaging in interdisciplinary transnational work focused on justice and equity. TESANDA was initiated by EP student Chris Hoffman, EP faculty member Dr. Michelle Fine, Dr. Peiwei Li, and Dr. Barbara Dennis.

TESANDA aims to:

  • Building a network of colleagues in the U.S. and transnationally to share references, methods, experiences on research within and across national borders.
  • Elevate examples of research from the Global South to integrate into our teaching and our literature reviews.
  • Strengthen opportunities from colleagues outside the U.S. to apply for grants that will enhance their local work.
  • Evolve and collaboratively publish a platform for thinking through transnational ethics
  • Deepen cross-cultural psychology (both scholarship and teaching) with a commitment to decolonizing knowledge.
Our second gathering of a collective of scholars, educators, and activists from across disciplines and borders is around the corner! You can still sign up to reflect, listen, share, and plan as we move towards solidifying solidarities and dismantling oppressive power structures. Please fill out this form! 
Eight scholars have lended their voices to begin our discussions, including:
-Puleng Segalo
-Adreanne Ormond
-Urmi Dutta
-Angela James, Ifeoma Deca, & Caitlin Govender
-Katia Henrys and Sedef Ozoguz
Please make some time to check these out before the event!
You can access their videos at:
Our event is TUESDAY APRIL 6th at 2 PM EST. To sign up, please go to this form! 
We know this time may not work for you, so we hope to use our SLACK Channel to keep discussions going! Please log onto our SLACK channel to discuss and share before and after the event! Similarly to our first TESANDA event we will be hosting asynchronous conversations on slack. Members of the Uganda Peace Project will be facilitating the dialogues in English. You will find a welcome message and link to the videos already in place. To participate asynchronously please join the channel using the invitation link below. Please introduce yourself and meet members of the Uganda Peace Project. If you are already a member of the TESANDA channel we look forward to your engagement in the conversation. We will have discussion prompts posted by Sunday April 4 and we anticipate facilitating the dialogues through April 13. Here is the invitation to join  the TESANDA Slack channel: https://join.slack.com/t/tesanda/shared_invite/zt-nii8axsl-3uwgWD5I5BYXMzinp0k5gA. For those already members, here is the link for the channel:

Welcome EP First Years!

Welcome to our First Years in the Environmental Psychology Program!

Nicolette Dakin is a dual doctoral student in the Environmental Psychology and Critical Social/Personality Psychology programs at the CUNY Graduate Center.  After graduating summa cum laude with her BA in Psychology from Purchase College, Nicolette went on to complete a Master of Social Work at NYU. Prior to beginning her doctoral education, Nicolette worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing therapy and harm reduction counseling.

Nicolette is interested in advancing policy and visions of social justice through mixed methods research, particularly participatory action research (PAR). Her research interests are focused on emergent threats rooted in legacies of colonialism and neoliberalism, and how impacted communities are adaptively responding.

She is currently working under Dr. Brett Stoudt on a PAR project with Communities United for Police Reform which is exploring questions around policing and visions of community safety.

Shokran Rahiminezhad is a Ph.D. student in the Environmental Psychology Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
He has a background and professional experience in Urban Design, with a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning and Design, and a Masters in Social Studies. He mainly works on public space, the public sphere, everyday life, social change, and social movements. Geographically, he is focused on MENA and South Caucasus regions.




Irina Shirobokova is a PhD student at the Environmental psychology program. She is specializing in political anthropology, urban geography and transdisciplinary research with the focus on spatial justice, uneven development, collaborative methods and embodied knowledge production.

She holds BA in sociology and MA in political geography from Saint Petersburg State University. She started her career as a part of the interdisciplinary team Urban Lab engaging with various research and urban planning projects from neighborhood scale to strategic development of the cities.

She was a research fellow in Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig, Germany, 2016 and at the New School for Social Research, New York, 2019.

She is Research fellow at the Center for Independent Social Research (CISR), St. Petersburg since 2011 https://cisr.pro/en/team/irina-shirobokova/

She is currently a leading researcher and coordinator of the international art-science project Female Arctic devoted to women visibility and empowerment in Russian industrial Arctic. It is a collaborative project developed jointly with different initiatives in Russian Arctic and Nordregio (international research center for regional development and planning in Nordic countries), https://nordregio.org/research/female-arctic-empowering-young-women-in-the-industrialized-russian-north-femarc/

She is a part of ERA.NET research project Estates After Transition that studies recent urbanization processes in post-socialist housing estates in Germany, Estonia and Russia https://www.estatestransition.org/.

She is also a part of two research projects dedicated to uneven geographical development: Enhancing liveability of small shrinking cities through co-creation with University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany, Aalto University, Finland, Institute of Geography Russian Academy of Science and Urban Margins, Global Transitions: Everyday Security and Mobility in Four Russian Cities, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, CISR.

Teaching EP in Response to COVID

Congratulations to current Environmental Psychology students Erin Lilli and Fernanda Blanco Vidal for receiving a grant to fund a gathering of EP educators to share newly created or adapted assignments that critically examine the lived experience of our students during COVID pandemic. Environmental Psychologists Responding to COVID: Re-creating Assignments in a Context of Global Crisis and it will be co-sponsored by Transformative Learning in the Humanities (TLH). 

This event will take place on Friday, April 30th from 11 AM to 2:30 PM. Presenters will be focusing on assignments/projects created or adapted to address the COVID crisis in a critical and meaningful way that privileges the student-experience. More details to come!

Please click here to reserve your spot!

Please email Erin Lilli (elilli@gradcenter.cuny.edu) and Fernanda Blanco Vidal (fblancovidal@gradcenter.cuny.edu) for more details!

EP Alum Dr. Jason Douglas Digs into COVID Disparities

Dr. Jason A. Douglas and a team of researchers (Lawrence Brown, Angel Miles Nash, Emmanuel John, Georgiana Bostean) received a rapid-response project grant for research into the disparities in care during COVID-19. Titled “Viral Pandemic Health Disparities: An Examination of Social and Environmental Determinants of COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality in New York and Los Angeles,” Professor Douglas and Chapman University students together study the environmental inequities that minority groups in both cities face during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Dr. Jason A. Douglas is an assistant professor of public health in the Department of Health Sciences within Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Leveraging community-based participatory research frameworks, Douglas works with community-based organizations and residents in underserved Black and Latinx communities to investigate social and environmental determinants of public health disparities.

His current research examines COVID-19-related health disparities, food and housing insecurity-related health disparities, the nexus of crime and violence and legal drug retail locations (e.g., tobacco shops, liquor stores), public park and physical activity disparities in underserved communities, and community organizing practices for advancing health and wellbeing. In his community-engaged research, Douglas has developed and adapted innovative participatory methods for public health, including structured observation and neighborhood mapping approaches for examining novel public health challenges.

Douglas completed his environmental psychology doctoral training at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, wherein he worked with children from underserved communities in New York City and forest-fringe community residents in Jamaica to examine social and environmental inequities that challenge community health and wellbeing. He then honed his participatory research practice through a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded postdoctoral research fellowship in the Psychology Applied Research Center at Loyola Marymount University, where he worked with a national cohort of community-based organizations to evaluate community organizing strategies and practices for addressing health, education, and built environment disparities in underserved communities. He extended these research practices as an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at San José State University before joining Chapman University.

Teaching Environmental Psychology Critically: Laurie Hurston on Open Education

Teaching Environmental Psychology Critically:
Open Education with Laurie Hurson

All are invited to attend the Teaching Environmental Psychology Critically will be a focus on different ways to improve our teaching by using Open Educational Resources. Since we all, at some point, have to create a syllabus  and define readings and assignments, this meeting will be a great opportunity to think about those issues more broadly. We will have a workshop with our dearest Laurie Hurson who is an EP Candidate and also an Open Educational Technologist.

For those who are part of the CUNY system, please check below and attached for instructions to Register at the Commons. This will help you to follow parts of the workshop with a concrete space to play around in.  It would be best if you could register prior to the meeting, but if you can’t, please still come to the meeting and we will figure it out. If you are not part of the CUNY system, do not worry–we will have plenty of conversations and options in this meeting with you as well.

Zoom Information 

When: Mar 19, 2021 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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NOTE: We are developing a more focused contact list of attendees and interested folks for these meetings and in the future will not be sending these emails to the broader listservs. If you would like to receive these emails, please add your contact information here.

Laurie Hurson is a PhD Candidate in the CUNY Graduate Center’s Environmental Psychology program. Her research and work weaves together ecological approaches to learning, digital/physical space, pedagogy, and critical university studies. Laurie’s dissertation explores students’ learning ecologies and how these resource networks shape student learning and engagement. Laurie also completed her Masters thesis at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her project examined processes of simplistic and minimalist living.
Laurie has a background in faculty development programming and educational technology and works as an Open Education Technologist within the GC’s Teaching and Learning Center. Prior to working with the GC TLC, Laurie was a Hybrid Coordinator at Baruch College’s Center for Teaching and Learning, an Instructional Technology Fellow at Macaulay Honors College, and the Coordinator for Planning and Development of OpenCUNY.org.
In collaboration with Dr. Shelly Eversley (English, Baruch College), Laurie helped develop EqualityArchive, an OER focused on the history of sex and gender equality in the United States. She teaches Principles of New Media at Baruch College.

Nandini Bagchee’s Assembling the Community Archive THIS THURSDAY @ 4:15

Come hear Professor Nandini Bagchee share her experience of documenting place based stories and assembling the community archive THIS THURSDAY March 18th at 4:15 PM EST 

Associate Professor Nandini Bagchee is the director of MS Architecture Program and Associate Professor at City College of New York. Nandini Bagchee, founded Bagchee Architects in 2005. She is licensed to practice architecture in New York State.  Prior to starting her own firm, Nandini worked with architectural firms in New York and with the international practice of Herzog and De Meuron on the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis.  Her architectural work has been exhibited in galleries such as the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. In 2009, she received grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to coordinate an architectural competition for the project, “Peace Pentagon: A Call to Action”. This project, intended to garner community support was presented to a public audience in the form of an exhibition in four different venues in April 2010. Nandini Bagchee is a Full Time Assistant Professor at the Spitzer School of Architecture in New York. She coordinates and teaches undergraduate design studios and seminars on Urbanism in the Middle East and Asia. She has presented her work and lectured at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and the BNCC Architecture College in Pune. Nandini Bagchee holds a Bachelors degree from the Cooper Union and a Masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

EP Student Reilly Wilson shares her research on Adventure Playgrounds

Reilly Bergin Wilson, with the City University of New York, will be presenting From Minneapolis to NYC: Neglected Histories of Adventure Playgrounds in the United States as part of the event ADVENTURE PLAYGROUNDS: A DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE.

It is scheduled for March 15, 2021 from 5:20-5:35 PM CET / 11:20-11:35 AM EST

The full event is runs 3:00p-6:00p CET and can be found live on YouTube.

Please visit this link for more details.

Reilly Bergin Wilson Reilly is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and research associate at the Children’s Environments Research Group. She was awarded a Masters by Research with Distinction in Geography from the University of Leeds for her thesis, Who Owns the Playground: Space and Power at Lollard Adventure Playground (1954-1961), funded through a US-UK Fulbright Commission University of Leeds Partnership Award. She also holds an Honors B.A. in Geography from Temple University, for which she conducted funded research in Bosnia-Herzegovina on playground privatization. Currently, Reilly is conducting archive research in attempt to construct a critical history of New York City adventure playgrounds, as well as working with a collective to open a (de)construction adventure playground in Brooklyn, NY, the first of its kind in New York City in forty years.
Research Interests: play environments built for/with young people, social reproduction, childcare, children’s mobilities, the production of space, social constructions of waste, and geographies of the recent past

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