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Fieldnotes from Brazil: Mayra Cotta De Souza on the Political Assassination of Marielle Franco, Rio’s fist queer black council woman

This piece is a letter from Mayra Cotta de Souza, a New School for Social Research PhD student in Politics, TCDS Alumnus, former TCDS Program Associate, and dear friend. Friends, Colleagues and Comrades, I am writing to share a devastating piece of news from Brazil: Marielle Franco, the first queer black woman from the favela […]

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Fieldnotes from Poland: My Country is Turning Fascist by Tomasz Kitlinski

This article was originally published by longtime TCDS Associate and friend, Tomasz Kitlinski, on LUBLIN – Poland’s premier makes claims about “Jewish perpetrators” in the Holocaust; my government loses its honour by enforcing a law which bans free speech on Polish involvement in the Shoah; misogyny, homophobia, anti-abortion and anti-refugee sentiment are rampant here. March 2018 […]

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Fieldnote from Poland: Democracy in Crisis as Government moves to take control of supreme court

Since we are in Poland, in the midst of the major crisis concerning the dismantling of the major institutions guarding the democratic system of the country, we want to share with you analysis by Poland’s Helsinki Foundation: —————– On Wednesday late evening, the MPs directed to the Parliament the draft law amending the Act on […]

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TCDS Alumnus Abu Bakarr Bah Publishes Book on International Security and Peacebuilding

TCDS is proud to announce that Abu Bakarr Bah, Alumnus of our Democracy & Diversity Institute, and Associate Professor of Sociology at Northern Illinois University recently published a new book on International Security and Peacebuilding in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. His newest book, published earlier this year by Indiana University Press, focuses on how today’s wars, including the […]

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Video: TCDS Alumnus Ábel Ravasz, Plenipotentiary for Roma Communities in Slovakia

We were delighted to be joined by TCDS Alumnus Ábel Ravasz for our Open House in April of 2017. In this short interview, Ábel talks about his fascinating work as Plenipotentiary for Roma Communities in Slovakia! You can contact Ábel at    

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Video: Adam Michnik on the Situation of the Central European University

Dear TCDS Alumni & Friends, As you probably know, or may have seen in our previous post ‘A Letter From Budapest: Central European University Facing Death Sentence’, the Central European University in Budapest is under attack. During our Open House we were honored to have Adam Michnik as a guest and took the opportunity to […]

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Letter from Budapest: Central European University Facing Death Sentence

As many of our New School friends and alumni are also alumni and students of the Central European University in Budapest, we are eager to share with you this letter from Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector of  CEU.  You can sign the petition to save the university here. “Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, and Friends, […]

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Letter From St. Petersburg: Save the European University at St. Petersburg! #SaveEUSP

On March 20th, 2017, a Russian arbitration court revoked the teaching license of the European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP). We, the students and alumni of the EUSP, strongly disagree with the court’s decision and the assessment of the university’s work by the state educational watchdog agency (Rosobrnadzor).  The EUSP is a leading Russian graduate […]

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Letter from Russia: A Statement from the Public Sociology Laboratory on the Closure of the European University, St. Petersburg

PS Lab is a team of young social scientists from Russia, many of whom are PhD or MA students in social or political sciences or alumni of the leading Russian and European universities (European University in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, European University Institute in Florence, Italy, National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Russia). For a […]

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TCDS Alumna Mariana Prandini Assis published in the Guardian on new Austerity meausures in Brazil

We would like to share a recent piece ‘Brazil is in crisis. And once again, the poorest will bear the burden’, published in The Guardian, by TCDS alumna, and NSSR PhD Candidate, Mariana Prandini Assis which describes new austerity measures in Brazil being pushed through by the country’s un-elected president Michel Temer. Assis notes the […]

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