GCAS Announces our 2017 Visiting Fellows
The Global Center for Advanced Studies is proud to announce our 2017 Visiting Fellows. These fellows represent the values we hold dear to our organization and mission: social justice, critique, and optimism about creating a new and hopeful world.
Boris Franklin works closely with Chris Hedges and is a Public advocate and educator who is currently studying at Rutgers University. He has guest lectured at GCAS twice at the Democracy Rising Workshop in Brooklyn, New York and at the Democracy Rising: Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania.
She inspires others to use the internet as a powerful tool for organizing toward direct democracy, equality, and justice for all.
She is a relentless organizer of culture and capital who communicates complex ideas in such a way that they launch and inspire social movements.
Winnie is co-founder of People for Bernie Sanders, an international grassroots organizing community where Sanders supporters can network and coordinate outreach efforts, both online and off.
She and her team at People for Bernie created and popularized the viral political hashtag: #FeelTheBern. The Sanders campaign has since widely adopted the meme.
Prior to helping Bernie Sanders win the Internet, she facilitated the launch of what became the largest crowd-powered disaster relief effort in history. Occupy Sandy, a grassroots network that emerged to provide mutual aid to communities affected by Superstorm Sandy, trained and dispatched more than 60,000 volunteers who provided over 300,000 meals, remediated over 1000 homes, and distributed over a million dollars’ worth of donated supplies.
She is a founding organizer of Occupy Wall Street, the people powered movement against social and economic inequality. Occupy Wall Street began on September 17, 2011, in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City’s Wall Street financial district. The occupation quickly received global attention and spawned a worldwide movement.
Alex Gil, PhD- is Digital Scholarship Coordinator for the Humanities and History at Columbia University. He collaborates with faculty, students and librarians on a number of technologies in humanities research, pedagogy and scholarly communications. Current projects include Ed, a digital platform for minimal editions of literary texts; the Open Syllabus Project; the Translation Toolkit; sx archipelagos, and, In The Same Boats, a visualization of trans-Atlantic intersections of black intellectuals in the 20th century. He is co-founder of the Global Outlook::Digital Humanities initiative, the Columbia Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities, and the Studio@Butler.
Christiana Moschou is a social activist, a researcher and a theatre director. She was born and raised in Athens, where she received formation on theatre in education, drama, and psychology and participated in various theatrical groups and projects about conflict resolution through art and awareness raising. She extended her studies in Prague where she developed a course on the origins of theatre based on role-playing. She moved to Thessaloniki for her master’s degree where had the opportunity to work as stage manager and director’s assistance at the National Theatre of Northern Greece, and conducted a research about children’s diversity and social inclusion through theatre. Since 2014 She came to the state of Veracruz in Mexico to research social representations of elementary teachers and she continued her research on democratic education. During her stay in Mexico she staged performances about community empowerment, social protest and gender equality and imparted several workshops at rural communities, universities and organizations.
Academics: Christiana Moschou is a PhD candidate at a joint doctoral program between the Educational Research Institute of Veracruz State University in Mexico and the Faculty of Fine Arts, School of Drama at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. Her dissertation is on Democratic Education through Community Theatre and is directed by Dr. Anaya and Dr. Ritsatou. She holds a master´s degree in Psychopedagogy of Inclusion from Aristotle University and two bachelor’s degrees from University of Athens, one in Theatre Studies and one in Philosophy-Pedagogy- Psychology, major in Psychology. She has published articles on social inclusion of disability through theatre, social representations and the theatre as a medium of change, community theatre and storytelling, democratic interaction in community theatre courses. She was granted with the scholarship of Erasmus and attended a semester at Faculty of Philosophy and Arts in Charles University in Prague, and the scholarship of excellence by the Mexican ministry of foreign affairs. Currently her PhD is funded by the National Council of Science and Technology in Mexico.