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Academic Initiatives and Committees

Committee On Globalization And Social Change (CGSC)

The Committee on Globalization and Social Change at The Graduate Center is an inter- disciplinary working group composed of a core group of CUNY faculty interested in reflecting on globalization as an analytic category for understanding social change as well as on the intersecting social changes commonly associated with the category globalization.

Endangered Language Initiative

The Endangered Language Initiative aims to promote the scientific study of endangered languages in the areas of teaching and research, and is also dedicated to educating the public and broader scientific community about the study of endangered languages.

Futures Initiative

The Futures Initiative is dedicated to creating and inspiring new methods of interdisciplinary and collaborative learning and pedagogy in order to stimulate institutional changes in higher education. Drawing upon and catalyzing the energy of CUNY faculty and students, the Futures Initiative seeks to explore new models for empowering the next generation of college professors to teach and engage in research most effectively in our modern age. The Futures Initiative encourages peer-to-peer pedagogies that support open and connected forms of learning, experimentation, and multimedia publication. Housed at The Graduate Center and extending throughout the CUNY system, the Futures Initiative serves as a model for innovation and aims to inspire public reinvestment in higher education and in our collective future as a society.

Graduate Center Digital Initiatives (GCDI)

Graduate Center Digital Initiatives draws together a broad array of digital projects at The Graduate Center that incorporate technology into the core research and teaching missions of the University. Featured project clusters and areas of strength include the digital humanities, digital pedagogy, networked scholarly communication, data mining and visualization, open access journals, spatial humanities and social sciences, network analysis, and digital archives. Taken together, these initiatives explore the ways in which traditional scholarly activities are being reshaped by the tools and methods of data-driven inquiry.

Initiative For The Theoretical Sciences

The Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences (ITS @ The Graduate Center) provides a home for theoretical research in the sciences that cuts across a wide range of subjects but remains unified by the search for a mathematical description of the world around us.

Intellectual Publics

Intellectual Publics provides a multifaceted forum for cutting-edge scholarship across the humanities and social sciences as well as advice on how to best articulate and publish such work. We present the ideas and approaches that engage the most visionary thinkers of our time through talks and conversations for an audience invested in the ideas themselves.


The PublicsLab has two broad goals. The first is to ensure that The Graduate Center’s humanities doctoral programs prepare students for careers both within and outside of academe. The expertise required for humanistic inquiry is vital to understanding the world around us. Through fellowships, internships, workshops, and curriculum enhancement, we strive to pro- vide students with skills and opportunities that will allow them to thrive in academic and non- academic professions. The second goal is to encourage doctoral students and faculty to engage in scholarship that is accessible to the public, deepens our understanding of burning issues, and might even spur social change. The PublicsLab seeks to incubate and promote socially engaged learning and creative, community-based research, and to attract scholars who are com- mitted to generating new knowledge that contributes to the key issues of our time.