Spring 2019 Brown Bag Schedule

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Brown Bag Spring 2019 Schedule


Feb 27: Kandice Chuch: On Pedagogies of Liberal Humanism, or, Against the Defense of the Humanities

March 6: EP Advanced student Panel: All but the Dissertation: Sharing of Perspectives and Experiences

March 13: Committee Meetings

March 20: Susan Opotow, Brian Davis, Cristina Onea, Karyna Pryiomka, Patrick Sweeney: New York After 9/11: Collaboration, Critical Psychology, & the CUNY Connection

March 27: Steve Moga: Cognitive Maps and Landscape Studies

April 3: Silvia Mazzula

April 17: Wendy McKenna and Suzanne Kessler: Where Do Ideas Come From and Where Do They Go: Part II

May 1: Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani: Contested City: Art, Public History, & Urban Renewal (Beings at 12:30)

May 15: Environmental Psychology Presentation Day

May 15: End of Year Party @5 PM

None of the Above: Book Talk

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None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators

Shani Robinson and Anna Simonton

February 13th 6 PM to 8 PM

Room 4202 at the CUNY Graduate Center

In None of the Above, Robinson and Simonton explore how racist policies and practices cheated generations of Black children out of opportunities long before some teachers tampered with tests. Examining the corporate education reform movement, hyper-policing in Black communities, cycles of displacement and gentrification, and widening racial and economic disparities in Atlanta, they reveal how the financially powerful have profited from privatization and the dismantling of public education. Against this backdrop, they cast the story of the cheating scandal in a new light, illuminating a deeply flawed investigation and a circus-like trial spun into a media sensation that defied justice.

Shani Robinson is an alumna of Tennessee State University and taught in Atlanta Public Schools for three years. She’s currently an advocate for trouble youth and their families.

Anna Simonton is an independent journalist and an editor for Scalawag magazine. Her work has been published by The Nation, In These Times, and AlterNet, among others.

Green space, health and gentrification: For whom is the green and healthful city?

When: February 14th 11:30AM-1:00PM

Where: CUNY School of Public Health (55 W 125th Street). 6th floor. Conference Room 628. (First go to 7th floor to get visitor ID).

Green space, health and gentrification: For whom is the green and healthful city?

With exposure to urban green space demonstrated in past studies to benefit human health, cities have recently focused on increasing access to parks and other open spaces as a public health intervention, particularly for historically underserved communities such as among minority residents and residents with low socioeconomic status. I will present the results of a recent analysis of sociodemographic data drawn from the US Census bureau, green spatial data from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and health data from an annual surveillance survey of New York City residents. Our research asks whether neighborhood gentrification status matters when considering the health benefits of green space exposure, and whether the benefits of such interventions are received equitably across racial and socioeconomic groups. Results indicate that structural urban public health interventions, such as the creation of green space may not benefit all residents equally. Our findings further highlight the importance of evaluating and conceiving of urban structural urban interventions, such as the creation of green spaces, in the context of other urban processes affecting the distribution of and access to resources in cities, such as gentrification.

Helen Cole, DrPH, is a post-doctoral researcher with the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability, affiliated with the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the department of epidemiology and public health of the Medical Research Institute of the Hospital del Mar. She holds a Doctorate in Public Health from the City University of New York Graduate Center and an MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in urban health, health equity and community health. Drawing from the fields of sociology, critical geography, and urban planning, her work challenges traditional public health perspectives by questioning and evaluating the long-term social justice impacts of structural urban interventions (e.g., the potential for green/environmental gentrification resulting from urban greening). Her current work explores whether, and how, healthier cities may also be made equitable, placing urban health interventions in the context of the broader urban social and political environments.

EP Faculty Member Susan Opotow’s New York After 9/11

New York After 9/11
EP Faculty member Susan Opotow and Zachary Baron Shemtob, Editors

An estimated 2 billion people around the world watched the catastrophic destruction of the World Trade Center. The enormity of the moment was immediately understood, and both news coverage and history of the catastrophe quickly took on global proportions–less understood has been the effect on the locus of the attacks, New York City, not as a seat of political or economic power, but as a community; not in the days and weeks afterward, but in the months and years. This period of tumultuous change offers important insights about New York today and holds important lessons for the future. New York After 9/11 offers insightful and critical observations about the processes set in motion by September 11, 2001.
This interdisciplinary collection brings together credible experts from diverse fields to discuss the long-term recovery of New York City after 9/11. Editors Susan Opotow and Zachary Baron Shemtob collect the work of experts in architecture and design, medicine, health, community advocacy, psychology, public safety, human rights, law, and mental health to look back on the aftereffects of that tragic day in key spheres of life in New York City. With a focus on the themes of space and memory, public health and public safety, trauma and conflict, and politics and social change, this comprehensive, respectful account of how 9/11 changed New York sets out to answer three questions: What were the key conflicts that erupted in 9/11‘s wake? What clashing interests were involved and how did they change over time? And what was the role of these conflicts in the transition from trauma to recovery for New York City as a whole?
Contributions discuss a variety of issues that emerged in this tragedy’s wake, some immediately after and others in the years that followed, including the incidence of PTSD among first responders, the building of One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Museum, the over-policing of Muslim communities, and changes to the building code to help with sudden evacuations. Many of the behind-the-scenes events described offer a nuanced and vivid account of issues as they unfolded over time and across various contexts, dispelling simplistic narratives of an extended and complex period. Illuminating a city’s multifaceted response in the wake of a catastrophic and traumatic attack, New York After 9/11 illustrates recovery as a process that is immense, multivalent, and ongoing.
New York After 9/11 elucidates the ways that professionals and practitioners in New York City have responded, on the ground, to the traumatic events of September 11 in the years since. This useful anthology offers perspectives from security and safety experts to mental and public health professionals to architects to community advocates, providing texture and complexity to the story of how 9/11 changed the city within the long shadow of its aftermath.”
Marita Sturken, author of Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero

Contributors: Anne Hilburn, Ari Lowell, Ariel Durosky, Brian Davis, Charles Jennings, Cristina Onea, Daniel Libeskind, David Prezant, Diala Shamas, Guillermina Mejia, Hirofumi Minami, Karyna Pryiomka, Kimberly Flynn, Lait Helpman, Michael Crane, Micki Siegel de Hernández, Norman Groner, Patrick Sweeney, Xi Zhu, Yuval Neria

Susan Opotow is a Professor at the City University of New York, where she is a core faculty member of sociology at John Jay College and psychology at the Graduate Center.

Zachary Baron Shemtob is a practicing lawyer and former Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Central Connecticut State University.

PSP Book Series!

All are welcome to Spring 2019 Public Science Project Book Series Events!

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These events include:

None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators
Shani Robinson and Anna Simonton
6-8 PM (Room 4202)


New York After 9/11
Editors: Susan Opotow and Zachary Baron Shemtob with contributors Diala Shamas and Charles Jennings6-8 PM (Room 6304.01)


Psycurity: Colonialism, Paranoia, and the War on Imagination
Rachal Liebert with Sonia Sanchez and Donald Brown
5-7 PM (Room 6304.01)


3/11 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Trans and Were Afraid to Ask
Brynn Tannhill with Tanya Domi
5-7 PM (Room C198)


5/23 Dissident Knowledge in Higher Education
Michelle Fine (EP Faculty Member), Marc Spooner, Joel Westheimer, Sandy Grande
6-8 PM (Room 6304.01

Book Launch 2/21 Anthropology and the City!


Come join us for a panel discussion celebrating the new book The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and the City (edited by Setha Low)

Thursday 2/21 @ 5:30
The Graduate Center, CUNY Science Center
Room 4102
Prof. Setha Low (GC EP Professor) will chair a panel discussion on engaged urbanism, with Jeff Maskovsky, Aseel Sawalha (Fordham), and Tom Looser (NYU) speaking on their contributions to the book. Reception follows in Room 4304.

400 Years of American Inequality with Dr. Fullilove 2/20

The CUNY Graduate Center’s Environmental Psychology program welcomes


Mindy Fullilove, M.D.

for her presentation

400 Years of American Inequality

CLICK HERE for Fullilove Poster with details

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019    11:45- 2 PM

Room 6304.01

Informal Q&A and discussion to follow


Welcome Back Meeting! 1/30

Please join Environmental Psychology for our first meeting for 2019!

Welcome Back Poster (Spring 2019)

A Conversation about Applied Research Positions

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A collaborative conversation among graduates and students of the Basic and Applied Social Psychology (BASP), Critical Social and Personality Psychology (CSP), Environmental Psychology (That’s us) and Public Science Project!

April 1st, 2019

6 PM – 8 PM

Room 6304.01

Featuring our own alum Bijan Kimiagar!


Also featuring CSP alumni Sabrica Barnett, and current CSP student Talia Sandwick!



Winter Party 2018

The Critical Social/Personality and Environmental Psychology programs at the CUNY Graduate Center is throwing a winter party!
Please see the attached poster for details!

We are also doing a “potluck style” dessert spread, so please bring what you can!

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