Tag Archives: NYU

Doctoral Research in Education in Emergencies

9 Sep

A quick, quick followup to last week’s post: INEE’s online discussion series on “Teaching Education in Emergencies” continues this week with posts by The Brookings Institution’s Allison Anderson (former director of INEE), Harvard’s Sarah Dryden-Peterson (a huge inspiration for my own research) and none other than NYU’s own Amy Kapit!

Amy provides some wonderful insights into a few lessons-learned while conducting her doctoral research and collecting data in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Her reflections touch on the utility of qualitative methodologies and the plethora of doctoral research opportunities in the field of education in emergencies, while highlighting some innovative research coming out of NYU’s IE Program. I also particularly liked her piece because it addresses a key factor for me personally in deciding to delay my entrance into a doctoral degree program: the benefits of solidifying connections in the field prior to conducting doctoral research. Keeping my personal focus on forced displacement in East Africa in mind, studying with Amy helped me and many others in IE realize the importance of having a strong network of practitioners in our regions of interest prior to beginning data collection, which many of us are now using our entry/mid-level career paths to do. We at HREC all wish her the best as she finishes up her doctoral work! Give it a read, and check out the other online blog posts and discussions over on INEE’s website – and don’t forget to keep an eye out for Dr. Dana Burde’s post on September 23rd!

On that note, for those of you starting your Fall semester at NYU or Columbia (or anywhere!), I highly recommend looking into a training seminar on “INEE’s Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery.” It’s a great community in which to be involved, and it may just change the course of your graduate studies…

Additionally, Allison Anderson makes mention of INEE’s academic space on its website – this is a growing resource to see what other academics are researching in the field of EiE, and also a great resource for submitting your own research down the road.

Okay, so that wasn’t a quick, quick followup.

From Nauru to NYU: Picks of the Week(s)

24 Jun

Will new Nauru asylum centre deliver Pacific Solution?

The BBC recently became the first media org to gain access to the detention centre set up (or commissioned) by Australia in Nauru. This could be viewed as an important step towards transparency, and certainly the journalist is plenty critical of the whole Australian refugee policy, but I find the whole ‘opening up’ of the centre to be deeply suspicious. The reason that the media is being let in is to try to shift debate, and to cast Australian policy as a merciful and humanitarian, even as it imprisons refugees indefinitely.

Today Marks 20 Year Anniversary of Order that Closed “H.I.V. Prison Camp” at Guantánamo

This one is kind of cheating: I work with the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, and for the past week we’ve been focusing on an oft-forgotten chapter in the history of Guantánamo Bay.

In 1991 the U.S. Govt. began detaining Haitian asylum seekers at Guantánamo. The parallels between the plight of these detainees, and the current detainees at GTMO is striking. The parallels between the case of the Haitians and asylum seekers detained at Nauru by the Australian Govt. are equally so.

Objects of the Journey

Vela hosts work by a bunch of fantastic writers, but it is the power of images rather than words that made this article stand out to me. Undocumented immigrants face a whole host of troubles before they even make it to the U.S., and the way they are preyed upon remains for me one of the most terrible aspects of the Drug War as it has recently been fought in Mexico and Central America. This photo essay documents the undocumented, and does so in a concerned, compassionate way.

Yale, NYU sacrifice academic freedom

I love me some NYU bashing, and I couldn’t agree more that NYU is expanding globally so fast that it really has no idea at what cost (lack of academic integrity and quality of education seem obvious possibilities). However, I’m mostly including this link because I take issue with the sanctimonious tone of the article. Separating the world into free and unfree nations, and denying the possibility of freedoms being won in ‘unfree’ nations seems incredibly simplistic. The idea that the U.S. is a bastion of freedom and virtue rings pretty false, given recent revelations about surveillance, and the House’s decision to allow indefinite detention of citizens.

Web art by Josh Begley

I first learned of Begley’s work through his site that documented every single drone strike by the U.S., but have found his other projects equally compelling. The satirical edge to his activist art is really refreshing, as is the scope of his documentary projects (such as documenting the entire history of the race question on the U.S. census).

New name, new look, same do-gooders

7 Apr

Last summer a bunch of us grad students got together on a tiny Manhattan patio behind a bar slinging cheap cans of beer. Amidst the usual grizzles and grumbles of student life, we decided to start two initiatives.

One was the League of Discerning Do-Gooders (the name came later), a blog that would allow us to keep in touch, develop ideas, and keep a general online presence, which seemed a useful thing to have given that we were all about to be heaved onto the job market. If you’re reading this there’s a good chance you’re familiar with the League. If so, thanks for reading, subscribing and commenting, and do not be alarmed! The League is not going anywhere.

The other initiative was the Human Rights and Education Colloquium, a monthly meeting at NYU where grad students could share and discuss their research into anything vaguely related to the themes of the Colloquium.

The League and the Colloquium were always closely connected. All of the contributors to the League have also presented at the Colloquium. Until now, however, there has never been any official connection between the two initiatives.

With most of us now having departed NYU, and a good few of having departed – or about to depart – NYC, we wanted a way to maintain the collaborative spirit of the Colloquium. So we’ve decided to merge League and Colloquium into a single online entity.

Presenting… the Human Rights and Education Collaborative. All of the contributors, posts and topics you knew and loved from the League of Discerning Do-Gooders, and hopefully a bunch of fresh content and energy from the Human Rights and Education Colloquium.

We’ve redesigned the blog, we’ve given it a new name and new web address (be sure to save this new one: https://hrecollaborative.wordpress.com). The mission and scope of the blog has also changed a bit – there’ll be more about that to come.

We hope these changes will allow us to build a stronger presence on this site. Stay tuned for more of the discerning do-gooder stuff, as well as some new ideas, and hopefully some new faces (or whatever the text and pixel equivalent of a face is).

And as always, please join our discussion. Leave a comment, introduce yourself, subscribe to email updates. Get collaborative.