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F: 2017 Fall Schedule

Meets on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 2:30 pm in the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, room 5401.

Schedule for Fall 2017 semester

Date Speakers and Topics
September 27 Katherine Entigar, Urban Education; “Agency, Subjectivity, and Contestation: Seeking Silence and Ambiguity in a Mixed Methods Pilot Study with Adult Immigrant Student-Contributors in a Nonprofit ESL Organization
October 11 John Casey, Center for Nonprofit Management and Strategy, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College; “Why Do Millennials Mock Nonprofits?”
October 25 Wenjuan Zheng, Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center; “Civil Society and Social movements under Authoritarian Regimes: Pro-democracy Social Movements in Hong Kong and Their Unintentional, Paralyzing Effects on Chinese Civil Society
November 8,

at 12.30

Heath Brown, John Jay College (NB: meets at 12:30 pm); “Civil Society against the State: Mobilizing to Undermine Institutions
November 13 and 14 Senior International Fellows, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, final presentations
November 29 Anna Zhelnina, Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center; “Emotions of Inaction: Why does some discontent remain quiet?
December 13 Trang Kelly, Social Welfare, CUNY Graduate Center; “How Do Civil Society Organizations Cope with the Durability of Authoritarian Regime in Vietnam?


20 minutes will be devoted at the start of each workshop to present materials for discussion to the group.

Presenters are welcome to distribute a paper in advance. If a paper is shared, the presenter will have 10 minutes to present and then we’ll appoint a discussant to provide feedback for 10 minutes before opening it up for wider discussion. Otherwise, the full 20 minutes will be allotted for presentation.

Practitioners are also welcome to attend the workshop and to present in order to receive feedback from an academic audience. They will also be allotted 20 minutes to present a case study or the challenges in their work.

All presenters should also prepare a few questions or specific areas on which they seek feedback from this audience.

Any presentation materials should be printed out in advance (we have printers/copiers at the Center’s office.)

Definition of terms

We use civil society in an inclusive way, to include not just institutionalized NGOs and nonprofits, but associations, informal social movements, foundations, community philanthropy, giving circles, advocacy and activism. Any way in which private individuals collaborate and cooperate in solidarity with one another. Given that the group is cross-disciplinary in nature, we’ll aim to define terms in each presentation and discussion, and keep an ongoing glossary.