GC Digital Initiatives’ September workshops and new brownbag “Learn-along” series

We are delighted to announce there are three workshops offered by GC Digital Initiatives this month. We are holding a workshop that will introduce participants to programming with Python, a workshop that will cover how to create an online presence for your academic identity and create a website with WordPress, and a workshop that will introduce participants to a range of tools useful for Digital Humanities projects.

In addition to workshops this semester, we will be hosting a series of brownbag and learn-along sessions in the Digital Scholarship Lab (7414) every other Thursday, beginning this week from 12-2 PM on topics about digital technology, research, and scholarly communication. Discussions are meant to be open, informal, and participatory. This week the topic will be “Email, Listservs, Courses, Oh My!: Managing Your Scholarly Workflow.” See more information below, and please join us!

Workshop: “Introduction to Python”  Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 – 6:30-8:30pm

This workshop introduces the fundamentals of programming using Python, a language popular in both academia and industry. Topics will include basic programming concepts such as loops, variables, and conditionals, installing and importing libraries, and creating simple scripts. No previous programming experience is necessary.

This workshop will be hosted by GC Digital Fellows Rachel Rakov and Jeremy March.

Register HERE

Learn-along: “Email, Listservs, and Courses, Oh My!: Managing Your Scholarly Workflow.Thursday, September 14th, 2017 – 12:00 – 2:00 pm in room 7414, The Digital Scholarship Lab

This is the first in a brownbag series sponsored by the GC Digital Initiatives and GC Digital Fellows. “Learn-alongs” are open-ended conversations about topics of interest to graduate students, faculty, and staff on a wide range of topics. Discussion this week will cover our individual “scholarly workflow.” We all have an enormous amount of work to do, but very few people have perfect solutions for managing it all: from email to meeting notes to research goals, how do you manage everything in your inbox? How do you get things done? Do you use paper and pencil? Do you use software like “things” or “Wunderlist” or “Todoist”? How do you keep track of what you’ve done and what you need to do? Conversations are designed to share the challenges we all face and the solutions we’ve come up with along the way. The objective is to leave with new ideas not solutions. Discussion will be hosted by Lisa Rhody and is free and open to everyone at the GC. No prior registration is required.

Workshop: “Establishing a Digital Academic Identity & Intro to WordPress”  Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 – 6:30-8:30pm

The purpose of this workshop is to help you establish a digital academic identity while becoming familiar with the WordPress platform. We will focus on utilizing the CUNY Academic Commons, helping you establish your digital CV, a blog, or both. We will focus on organization and design, including theme editing, managing content, custom menus and image use. We recommend that attendees come prepared with their CV (digital format preferred) and / or a blog idea or sample blog post. If you are not already a member of the CUNY Academic Commons, we recommend that you sign up before the workshop.

This workshop will be hosted by GC Digital Fellows Patrick Sweeney and Kristen Hackett.

Register HERE

Workshop: “The Lexicon of DH”  Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 – 6:30-8:30pm

With the remarkable array of digital tools available, it can be difficult to determine which ones you’ll really need, particularly when you’re in the research stage. Perhaps you only vaguely understand what “digital humanities” is. This workshop will give an overview of digital humanities methods and will address how you find the tools for you. We’ll discuss the genres and lexicon of DH from text analysis to geospatial mapping and review some of the many online resource directories and resources at The Graduate Center. Feel free to come with your project ideas and questions.

This workshop will be hosted by GC Digital Fellows Jojo Karlin and Kelsey Chatlosh.

Register HERE


About the Workshops and the GC Digital Fellows Program: 

Part of GC Digital Initiatives and based in the GC Digital Scholarship Lab, the GC Digital Fellowship  operates as an in-house think-and-do tank for digital projects, connecting Fellows to digital initiatives throughout The Graduate Center. Digital Fellows utilize a team-based approach as they explore creative solutions for projects that can be implemented in a collaborative fashion. In the process, the Program helps build out “The Digital GC” — a vision of the Graduate Center that incorporates technology into its core research and teaching missions.

For more information, contact us here.


Matthew K. Gold, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English & Digital Humanities
Advisor to the Provost for Digital Initiatives
Director, CUNY Academic Commons
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Lisa Rhody, PhD
Deputy Director, Digital Initiatives
Director, Digital Fellowship Programs
Director of Research Initiatives, CUNY Academic Commons
The Graduate Center, CUNY
lrhody@gc.cuny.edu | @lmrhody