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Program

Day 1: Friday, Oct. 28

Held at the CUNY Graduate Center, Day 1 will bring together PIT-UN designees and grantees for a full day of thematic workshops centered on PIT-UN initiatives and goals, with the aim of strengthening the network by measuring impact and ensuring equity, sustainability and the growth of PIT across all member colleges and universities.

Additionally, the day will feature plenary sessions with a keynote speaker, a celebration of the year’s Network Challenge grantees, an event for press, and special events for PIT-UN presidents and provosts. An evening cocktail reception will follow.

CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue/34th Street & Fifth Avenue)

The UNConvening, Staten Island

Day 2: Saturday, Oct. 29

The Day 2 UNConvening is organized by the College of Staten Island St. George and hosted at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Staten Island.

Day 2 will apply public interest technology to cultivating solutions related to racial equity, climate justice, and food justice. Special opportunities will emerge for engagement around the restoration, recovery, and sustainability of vulnerable communities and landforms. Our event will be organized as an “unconference,” using organizing strategies related to Open Space Technology. The structure and guidance toward engagement in Day 2 will evolve in the time that leads up to the event.

Attendees will be invited to participate in immersive and interactive activities, including workshops, exhibits, demonstrations, and tours. Day 2 will highlight the work and perspectives of local students, scholars, artists and community activists.

Day 2 will engage local community partners and highlight PIT@CUNY as defined by a commitment to social justice, racial equity, and community empowerment. We will maintain antiracist principles at the heart of our event. With an aim to make the most of the cultural space, our hosts at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden will offer exclusive programming that showcases the venue’s beauty through various engagements where attendees can explore relationships between humans and nonhumans, technologies and natural environments, and academia, activism and art.

AGENDA

All times are EST

Friday, Oct. 28 | CUNY Graduate Center, Manhattan

Graduate Center Concourse Level
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Arrivals & Check-In
Graduate Center Concourse Level
Proshansky Auditorium | Live Stream (General Public)
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Welcome Remarks/Introduction to the Day
Speakers:
  • Andreen Soley, Director of Public Interest Technology, New America
  • Dr. Tamera Schneider, Associate Vice Chancellor and University Vice Provost of Research, CUNY
  • Dr. Katie Cumiskey, Dr. Effie MacLachlan, and Dr. Lara Saguisag, Convening Organizers, CUNY
Proshansky Auditorium | Live Stream (General Public)
Concourse Level Meeting Rooms
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
  • Development of PIT-UN Policies, Mission, Values, and Goals
  • The Role of Partnerships Inside and Outside the Network
  • Strategies for Sustaining PIT Successes
  • Scaling Projects, Amplifying PIT-UN Influence: Societal Impacts, Ethics, and Norms
  • Concourse Level Meeting Rooms
    11:15 AM – 11:30 AM
    Break
    Concourse Level Meeting Rooms
    11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
    Regional Working Groups: Implementation Planning from Thematic Sessions
    • PIT-UN Member Institutions (North)
    • PIT-UN Member Institutions (South)
    • PIT-UN Member Institutions (Mid-West)
    • PIT-UN Member Institutions (West)
    Concourse Level Meeting Rooms
    12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
    Lunch
    Concourse Level Meeting Rooms
    1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
    PIT-UN Affinity Areas Workshops: Measuring Impact, Ensuring Equity, Prioritizing Sustainability & Growth
    • PIT Pedagogy, Curriculum, Credentials, and Career Pipelines: Opportunity Gaps and Inclusive Practices
    • Open Everything: Open Educational Resources, Open Access, and Ethical Uses of Educational Technologies | Live Stream (General Public)
    • “Born Accessible”: Accessible, Inclusive, and Non-Extractive Technologies
    • Centering Diversity and Inclusion: Building PIT from an Afrofuturist Perspective
    • PIT in Action: PIT Students Take the Lead
    Concourse Level Meeting Rooms
    2:45 PM – 3:00 PM
    Break
    Proshansky Auditorium | Live Stream (General Public)
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Keynote Speaker
    Julian Brave NoiseCat, 11th Hour Fellow, is vice president of policy and strategy for Data for Progress and a fellow of the Type Media Center
    Proshansky Auditorium | Live Stream (General Public)
    Proshansky Auditorium | Live Stream (General Public)
    4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    PIT-UN Network Challenge Grantee Reveal
    Proshansky Auditorium | Live Stream (General Public)
    230 Fifth Rooftop
    5:30 PM
    Cocktail Reception
    230 Fifth Rooftop

    Saturday, Oct. 29 | Snug Harbor
    Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Staten Island

    All times are EST.

    Pier 79 (West 39th Street and 12th Avenue)
    8:44 AM
    Ferry Leaves from Pier 79 to Staten Island
    Pier 79 (West 39th Street and 12th Avenue)
    Snug Harbor Botanical Garden and Cultural Center
    9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Arrivals & Check-In
    Snug Harbor Botanical Garden and Cultural Center
    Tattfoo Tan Sculpture: New Earth – Apocalypse Knowledge Advancement Unit
    10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Welcome & Land Acknowledgment Ceremony
    Tattfoo Tan Sculpture: New Earth – Apocalypse Knowledge Advancement Unit
    Harbor Room, Learning Center, and Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art
    10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    Concurrent Group Sessions
    • NFTs, Blockchains, & The Future of Money and Labor
    • Black Media Initiative
    • Food Justice: Community Fridges as Examples of Mutual Aid
    • “Home” in Times of Vulnerability and Increased Mobility
    • Artist Talk with Tattfoo Tan: NEAKA in a Tech-Saturated World
    Harbor Room, Learning Center, and Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art

    THE UNConvening | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm on the South Meadow

    Concurrent Food Truck Lunch, Performances on Main Stage, Exhibition Visits and Interactive Workshops

    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    Concurrent Interactive Workshops and Tours
    Group Sessions:
    • Satsang with Tattfoo Tan: Technology of the Soul
    • Gallery Talk with Kathy Westwater
    • #AfricanBurialGroundsMatter
    • The Black Box: An Immersive Experience

    Join the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor for a tour to learn how compost is made across New York City, and how we can turn organic waste into an environmental resource.

    Learn about urban farming and its challenges at one of New York City’s largest in-soil farms.  We’ll discuss the issues associated with sustainable agriculture, the importance of equitable food access, and different farming techniques which have positive ecological impact.

    Experience the first authentic scholar’s garden built in the United States.  Based on the classical Ming Dynasty period, the Garden presents the four essential elements of the traditional garden:  rocks, water, plants, and architecture. 

    Main Stage | Live Stream (General Public)
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Closing Celebration Led by Ingrid LaFleur
    Main Stage | Live Stream (General Public)
    4:30 PM
    Departures Begin

    Speakers

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