by Matthew Cotter
Governors Island, located in the New York Harbor just off the southern tip of Manhattan, is a unique resource of the City of New York, offering access to nature and buildings that represent multiple periods of New York City history.
CUNY is planning a collaboration with the Governors Island Trust to make the island available for learning and research opportunities this coming summer and fall. The office of Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Vita Rabinowitz is offering an opportunity to any faculty and staff who might be interested in fostering research and educational initiatives that use the island as a laboratory for learning and sharing, particularly in one of these three focus areas:
- Arts and Culture (including public art, historic and architectural preservation, adaptive reuse, building renovation, etc.)
- Environmental Science, Stewardship, and/or Sustainability
- Smart Cities (including energy, infrastructure, coastal resilience, recreation, public health, hospitality, etc.)
There’s particular interest in projects that could bring classes of CUNY students and faculty to Governor’s island—not only creating a unique learning and research experience for CUNY students and their mentors, but a special chance to showcase CUNY for the 800,000 tourists who visit the island every year.
If you are interested in participating in this project, please send a brief, one-page description of a project to involve the island in your research and/or teaching to Assistant Vice Chancellor Rachel Stephenson, by February 28, 2018. College-wide collaborative proposals should also be submitted in this form, by this date.
Matthew Cotter is the Executive Director of the University Faculty Senate.
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