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The in-person program is by invitation. The virtual program is open to the public.

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 | Check-In
Arrivals and Breakfast
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 – 11:30 AM |
PIT-UN Thematic Working Groups
Concourse Level Meeting Rooms

Discussion Leaders

  • Francine Berman, UMass Amherst
  • Michael Delli Carpini, UPenn
  • Susan Graham, UC Berkeley 
  • Nigamanth Sridhar, Cleveland State

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Discussion Leaders

  • Tithi Chattopadhyay, Princeton
  • Robert Krueger, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Yunus Telliel, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Ellen Zegura, Georgia Tech 

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Discussion Leaders 

  • Stephen Kleinschmit, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Doreen Edwards, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Michael Pires, Ohio State

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Discussion Leaders 

  • Anind Dey, University of Washington
  • Erhardt Graeff, Olin College of Engineering
  • Ashlyn Jaeger, Stanford University
  • Sally Wallace, Georgia State

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Proshansky Auditorium | Live Stream (General Public)
10:30 AM -12:15 PM |
What Is PIT-UN? Past, Present, Future

Discussion Leaders: Afua Bruce, New America, Katharine Lusk, Boston University, and Sylvester Johnson, Virginia Tech

The speakers will reflect on the changes, and the landscape of how PIT-UN moves forward, and direct the narrative about what PIT-UN is. We'll explore funder engagement, working groups, and big-picture dreams.
Ask questions during the event: https://bit.ly/WhatIsPITUNQA
Proshansky Auditorium | Live Stream (General Public)
Join the Live Stream
11:15 AM – 11:30 AM | Break
Concourse Lobby
11:15 AM - 1:30 PM |
Student Poster Session
Concourse Lobby
Concourse Level Meeting Rooms
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM |
Regional Working Groups: Implementation Planning from Thematic Sessions
Concourse Level Meeting Rooms

Discussion Leaders

  • Francine Berman, UMass Amherst
  • Michael Delli Carpini, UPenn
  • Tithi Chattopadhyay, Princeton
  • Robert Krueger, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Yunus Telliel, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Doreen Edwards, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Erhardt Graeff, Olin College of Engineering

Discussion Leaders

  • Ellen Zegura, Georgia Tech
  • Sally Wallace, Georgia State

Discussion Leaders 

  • Nigamanth Sridhar, Cleveland State
  • Stephen Kleinschmit, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Michael Pires, Ohio State

Discussion Leaders 

  • Susan Graham, UC Berkeley
  • Anind Dey, University of Washington
  • Ashlyn Jaeger, Stanford University
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
Concourse Level Meeting Rooms

Discussion Leaders

  • Robert Domanski, Director of Higher Education, NYC Government Tech Talent Pipeline
  • Kendra Krueger, STEM Outreach and Education Manager, ASRC Illumination Space, CUNY
  • Shawn Rhea, Director of Media Relations and Community Outreach for the Sciences, ASRC Illumination Space, CUNY
  • Arber Ruci, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, New York NSF I-Corps Hub at CUNY
  • Luke Waltzer, Director, Teaching and Learning Center and STEM
  • Pedagogy Institute, CUNY Graduate Center

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Discussion Leaders

  • Ann Fiddler, Open Education Librarian, CUNY
  • Kristin Hart, University Dean of Libraries and Information Resources, CUNY
  • Susan Imberman, Computer Science, College of Staten Island
  • Devorah Kletenik, Computer and Information Science, Brooklyn College
  • Andrew McKinney, Open Education Coordinator, CUNY
  • Megan Wacha, Scholarly Communications Librarian, CUNY

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Discussion Leaders 

  • Dylan Fox, Head of Community & Outreach, XR Access
  • Kristen Gillespie-Lynch, Psychology, College of Staten Island
  • Sinead O’Brien, Postdoctoral Fellow, College of Staten Island
  • Walei Sabry, Product Manager for Associate Accessibility, Walmart
  • Kate Sonka, Executive Director, Teach Access   

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Discussion Leaders 

  • Ingrid LaFleur, curator, artist, afrofuture theorist, pleasure activist, and founder of The Afrofuture Strategies Institute (TASI)
  • Dwana Franklin-Davis, CEO, Reboot Representation
  • Anne L. Washington, Assistant Professor of Data Policy, NYU

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Discussion Leaders

  • Julian Brave NoiseCat, Artist and Keynote Speaker
  • Noha Hazzazi, Computer Science, Howard University
  • Mihir Kshirsagar, Tech Policy Clinic, Princeton University
  • Andrea Guifarro, PIT@CSI Student, College of Staten Island/CUNY BA 

Students interested/involved in PIT at our member institutions are encouraged to join our student Discord for exclusive virtual access to this session.

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2:45 PM – 3:00 PM | Break
Join the Live Stream
Proshansky Auditorium | Live Stream (General Public)
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM |
Keynote Speaker: Julian Brave NoiseCat (Live Stream)
Vice president of policy and strategy for Data for Progress and a fellow of the Type Media Center

Talk Title: “Red Herring”

In Sitka, Alaska, Indigenous peoples, and commercial fishermen are locked in a fight over one of the last remaining herring fisheries in the North Pacific. Herring are one of the most important fish in the ocean. They feed everything — salmon, whales, seals, sea otters, sea lions, seagulls, eagles — and humans, too. For the Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, and other coastal Indigenous nations, herring eggs are a delicacy exchanged and eaten at ceremonial feasts. For the fishing fleet, herring eggs are a valuable commodity sold for top dollar at Japanese markets.

Based on a chapter from his forthcoming book We Survived the Night, writer Julian Brave NoiseCat tells the story of Indigenous technologies, traditions, and movements shaping the future of an ecosystem.
Proshansky Auditorium | Live Stream (General Public)
Proshansky Auditorium | Live Stream (General Public)
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM |
Public Interest Technology University Network Challenge Grantee Reveal

Andreen Soley, director of PIT, New America will be joined by PIT-UN designees to announce the 2022 grantees.
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 Departure
Ferry Leaves from Manhattan (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 | Check-In
Arrivals
Snug Harbor Botanical Garden and Cultural Center
Tattfoo Tan Sculpture: New Earth – Apocalypse Knowledge Advancement Unit
10:00 AM - 10:25 AM |
Land Acknowledgement & Welcome

  • Land Acknowledgement: Member of the RedHawk Native Council

  • Welcome: Dr. Timothy Lynch, Interim President, College of Staten Island, CUNY and Jessica Vodoor, President & CEO, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden
  • Tattfoo Tan Sculpture: New Earth – Apocalypse Knowledge Advancement Unit
    Harbor Room, Learning Center, Newhouse Galleries, Building P, and Winter Garden
    10:30 AM - 11:45 AM |
    Concurrent Group Sessions
    Harbor Room, Learning Center, Newhouse Galleries, Building P, and Winter Garden

     Join the artist Tattfoo Tan on a reflective walk to the cemetery of historical Sailors’ Snug Harbor to experience how we can remain connected to our environments and histories in a tech-saturated world. Participants will walk silently to the location and share their reflections on the way back. Comfortable clothes and walking shoes are highly recommended. The 1.5-mile walk will be at an easy pace, but participants should expect some uneven paths and some slightly challenging terrain.

    Discussion Leaders

    • Dr. Dan McCloskey, professor, College of Staten Island, CUNY
    • Efren Andaluz III, muralist/media artist
    • Dontaé Hawkins, performer, director, producer, artist
    • Gerald Bryson, co-founder, Sgt@Arms, Amazon Labor Union (ALU)

    Join artists, scholars, and activists to discuss not just the future of work but also the future of the worker. How do we monetize labor in non-exploitive ways? Can NFTs and cryptocurrency empower artists to have more control over how their art is distributed? As workplaces become a hybridization of humans and machines, how do we organize for health and safety on the job?

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    Discussion Leaders

    • Alexandra Shoneyin, visual storyteller, community spacemaker, founder of Forest Avenue COMEunity Fridge
    • Bianca Carpio, member of Forest Avenue COMEunity Fridge
    • Justin Baker, AmeriCorps alum, a community leader in sustainable agriculture

    Using food justice as a focus, local activists from the Forest Avenue COMEunity Fridge will lead a discussion on how to best elevate localized community-driven mutual aid projects. 

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    Discussion Leaders

    • Laura Del Prete, a non-profit subject matter expert, Deputy Director, National Alliance of Mental Illness (NJ): NAMI NJ
      Dr. Carlos Genatios, Director of Engineering, Technology, and Design, Miami Dade College
      Dr. Rebecca Hardin, Associate Professor (with tenure) of Environment and Sustainability, and Faculty Director for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability, or SEAS
    • Dr. Julie Ju-Youn Kim AIA, Associate Professor (with tenure) and the Director/Founder of Flourishing Communities Collaborative, Georgia Tech

    A civil engineer, an architect, a nonprofit subject matter expert, and a scholar in digital innovation for decolonized sustainability will lead a discussion around the sustainability of “homes” in times of great disasters. How can the impact of these disasters be reduced? How can we engage with efforts that expand equity for those who lack resources? In what ways can technology enhance adaptation to crises and assist in times of increased mobility and fragile/threatened infrastructure?

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    In this guided tour, we will explore the historical, architectural, and design innovations of the landmarked 19th century Main Hall building, which served as the main dormitory for the residents of Sailors’ Snug Harbor, while also recontextualizing these histories through the lens of contemporary art. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the current exhibitions, Kathy Westwater, “PARK Ephemera”; Julia Forrest, “Transcendence”; and Jaclyn Burke, Ify Chiejina, Jodi Dareal, Debbie Roxx, and Arrianna Santiago, “Here We Are: Young, Black, and Indigenous Women in the Art World.” During this tour, we will also consider the untold and/or underrepresented cultural stories that surface through interdisciplinary, curatorial practices that center care, collaboration, and community. This tour will be led by Melissa West, Vice President of Curation, Visual and Performing Arts, and Shawnakay Salmon, Arts Production and Gallery Manager.

    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

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    South Meadow | Live Stream (General Public)
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM | All Eyes on the Meadow Stage

    We will gather on the South Meadow for the opening of the UNConvening that will include artistic performances on the stage. We also invite you to enjoy lunch from the food truck adjacent to the stage areas.
    South Meadow | Live Stream (General Public)

    Opening Ceremony led by Segunda Quibamba

    Listen to podcast: https://bit.ly/segundaquibamba

    South Meadow | Live Stream (General Public)
    12:40 PM - 1:15 PM | Welcome
    South Meadow | Live Stream (General Public)
    Lobby of Building P (South Meadow) and Building G’s Dance Studio
    1:00 PM - 2:45 PM | Exhibitions Open

    Feel free to visit the exhibits that center on our themes of climate justice, racial justice, and food justice.

    FEATURED EXHIBIT: Live Painting with Andaluz the Artist

    Deejay Khalil spins, Speak Outs from Morning Sessions
    Lobby of Building P (South Meadow) and Building G’s Dance Studio

    Listen to podcast: https://bit.ly/Andaluz_iNTeLL

    Efren Andaluz III, better known as Andaluz The Artist, was born on October 8, 1986 in Queens, NY. Growing up in the cultural melting pot of Richmond Hill Queens he was introduced to an array of beliefs, backgrounds and multi-cultured people. Being half Dominican and half Ecuadorian his latino upbringing focused on family and work ethic. A major part of

    growing up in the boom bap borough of Queens was the influence of Hip-Hop culture. This love for Hip-Hop was heightened by the fact that Efren grew fond of the graffiti tagged walls in his neighborhood. Graffiti, one of the four elements of Hip-Hop, would play a major part in his future art style. Andaluz The Artist has created murals and art pieces honoring many figures, heroes and cultural icons. He will create an original piece during our event to capture the themes of our work together and to help us set an agenda for the future.

    PIT@CSI Student, Samantha Wilkinson has created an immersive art piece called “The Black Box” to represent the mystery of artificial intelligence. Participants will view a co-creative process that attempts to reveal the unseen in machine learning and the production of collective knowledges that embody the unknown and unexplainable, something that is familiar to artists and the artistic process. These pieces represent the themes of the UNConvening and be enhanced or changed by all those that interact with the objects and space.

    Visit the lobby of Building P to explore exciting PIT@CSI student-led exhibits related to the themes of our gathering. Explore local projects related to community food justice. Engage with an opportunity to take a comprehensive risk index to contemplate your risk related to disaster threats (in partnership with Miami Dade College). Discover a unique student project related to the discovery of African Burial Grounds and the use of QR codes to support youth engagement in public history.

    South Meadow | Live Stream (General Public)
    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM | DJ Performances
    South Meadow | Live Stream (General Public)
    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM |
    Concurrent Group Sessions and Tours
    • Satsang with Tattfoo Tan: Technology of the Soul (Dance Studio, Building G): As Thoreau put it, “Technology is an improved means to an unimproved end.” This activity explores the relationship between technology and the inward self. Participants will sit together and dive into the philosophy of nonduality and get to know the Self. Comfortable clothing is highly recommended. Participants should expect to remove their shoes and sit on the floor. For an introduction to this activity, we encourage you to listen to this episode on Radio Free Brooklyn featuring Tattfoo Tan.
    • #African Burial Grounds Matter and the Importance of Black Media (Building P Lobby and Winter Garden)

      Discussion Leads
      *Dana Amihere, AfroLA Founder/Executive Director
      *Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston, Founder & President EquanomicsGlobal, Co-founder @AfricanGravesMatter
      *Debbie-Ann Paige, Public Historian, Doctoral Student – EdD in Community-Based Leadership, CSI/CUNY, creator/developer – Staten Island African American Heritage Tour App
      *Yamilet Vasquez, PIT@CSI student, CUNY Research Scholar
      *Deondre Williams, Graduate Student – Masters in Mental Health Counseling, CSI/CUNY, Lab Coordinator – CUNY PIT Lab

      Please join local activists, media scholars, and students as they lead discussions on the significance of remembering and how technology can be used to activate historical memories and imaginations. Special emphasis will be placed on the importance of Black media as a vehicle for engaging the next generation of oral historians and content creators.

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    • NYC Compost Project: Join the NYC Compost Project hosted by Snug Harbor for a tour to learn how compost is made across New York City and how organic waste can be turned into an environmental resource.

    • Heritage Farm: 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 that have positive ecological impact.

    • New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden: Experience the first authentic scholar’s garden built in the United States.  Based on the classical Ming Dynasty period, it 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 (Live Stream)
    Main Stage | Live Stream (General Public)

    iNTeLL: Born and raised on Staten Island, the eldest son of U-God, from the Wu-Tang Clan, had an upbringing that was far from normal. iNTeLL, of 2nd Generation Wu, is an international artist who has traveled to Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and elsewhere, touring and spreading the message of raw hip-hop and keen lyricism. With an educational background in filmography and a love for songwriting and production, this student of the art stays broadening his spectrum as a self-sufficient enterprise for hip-hop and entertainment. 

    2nd Generation Wu carries on their parents’ legacy. iNTeLL brings a classic approach with magnanimous rhyme schemes and poignant delivery, weaving you into the curves of each word of his sound. He is a true entertainer spewing passion with every move and is an act you definitely won’t want to miss.

    Moondance is a meditation that travels the cosmic realms in order to achieve deep relaxation. Inspired by the Black oystermen of Sandy Ground, within the meditation the oyster becomes a portal into the divine feminine illuminating the cyclical nature of life. For the duration of the meditation you will be invited to sit, or lay down, whichever is the most comfortable position, so please bring items that will help you relax. 

    Ingrid LaFleur has enlisted artist Jasmine Murrell to embellish her costume and the Brooklyn-based dance company Renegade Performance Group will be accompanying LaFleur during her meditation. 

    Jasmine Murrell is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary visual artist who employs different mediums to create sculptures, installations, photography, performance, land art, and films that blur the line between history and mythology. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the African-American Museum of Art, and the International Museum of Photography. Murrell has been a resident artist at the Bronx Museum AIM fellowship program, Baxter St. Gallery workspace, BRIClab contemporary art residency, and Block Gallery workspace. Her work has been included in the book MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, and in The New York Times, Ebony, Time, Hyperallergic, and several other publications.

    Renegade Performance Group (RPG) is a Brooklyn-based dance company founded in 2007 by artistic director André M. Zachery. RPG creates innovative artistic projects grounded in Black and African Diaspora aesthetics and expressions through theatrical, immersive and site-specific performance as well as film, multimedia and technology. Under RPG, André collaborates with artists of all genres on projects that stretch performance presentation to engage a new generation of audiences through performance, media, and culture. For this collaboration with Ingrid LaFleur, RPG will perform an excerpt of a work-in-progress entitled Respiration.

    P1 Parking Lot
    4:15 PM | Departures Begin
    P1 Parking Lot

    Live Stream

    Speakers

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