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One year ago today Hurricane Sandy slammed into the New York metropolitan region after devastating many islands in the Caribbean. Nearly three hundred people died in the New York area as a result of the storm, and an estimated $68 billion of damage was done to communities in the region. In addition to this terrible toll, Sandy raised troubling questions about the future of cities in general and New York City in particular in the face of climate change. Today, one year later, questions about how to build urban resilience in the face of the multifarious challenges of climate change are much debated. What can we learn from post-Sandy reconstruction efforts about how to build more resilient cities? Contributors to this dossier, edited by Ashley Dawson, weigh in about the legacy of Hurricane Sandy.
The latest version of the DSM, the American Psychiatric Profession’s official guide, was released this May, to a chorus of controversy. Is the manual a ruse for Big Pharma, promoting the medicalization of benign human variation? Or does it provide necessary validation to individuals who genuinely suffer from psychiatric disabilities? Moving beyond a Good DSM/Bad DSM dichotomy, the essays in DSM-CRIP present a broad diversity of reactions, issuing from a range of crip and feminist perspectives, to the complex questions raised by the DSM5. Editors: Merri Lisa Johnson and Anna Mollow.
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Education outside of the traditional classroom is on the rise. Again. New non-traditional learning scenarios are emerging in many academic disciplines, spurred on by DIY culture, a tidal wave of student debt, and changes in technology. These texts document the actions and intentions of the educators, artists, scholars, organizers and activists from 13 projects and programs. Prepared for a two-part workshop and colloquium in April 2013, this dossier will be the foundation for a year long seminar series at the CUNY Graduate Center.