All posts by Rukshana Jalil

Part-time Jobs at Big Onion Walking Tours

Big Onion Walking Tours ([]) is seeking qualified graduate students who are interested in leading walks focusing on the vibrant social, cultural, and political history of Manhattan & Brooklyn. Big Onion is designed to offer flexible, year-round, part-time work for graduate students that can operate around academic commitments.   Continue reading Part-time Jobs at Big Onion Walking Tours

Sep 26 | The Future of Public Education? Searching for The Public Good Amid Gentrification, Privatization, and Inequality

Participants: Diana Cordova-Cobo, Lauren Fox, Abbey Keener, Dominic Terrel Walker, James Wallert, Amy Stuart Wells, Juontel White

Tuesday, September 26th, 7:00 PM, Proshansky Auditorium

Join us for an evening of conversation with The Public Good Project (Teachers College, Columbia University) and Epic Next Theatre Ensemble on promoting and preserving diversity in urban public schools threatened by gentrification.

Public schools are often the best institutions to bring people together across racial, ethnic and cultural lines for peace and reconciliation. But in New York City, as in hundreds of global cities, where the gentrification of historically working class or poor urban communities of color by upper-class white people has become the norm, public schools easily become the epicenters of cultural and political conflicts. Because gentrification agitates unhealed wounds of systemic segregation while fostering the material and cultural loss of long-time residents’ homes, the public schools in these contexts regularly embody struggles over who has the right to the city and the private resources that gentry families bring. It is within this context that public schools have the potential to either heal or further divide.  Continue reading Sep 26 | The Future of Public Education? Searching for The Public Good Amid Gentrification, Privatization, and Inequality

Fellowships at The Met – Applications Now Open!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art welcomes applications from scholars of art history, archaeology, conservation and related sciences, as well as from scholars in other disciplines whose projects are interdisciplinary in nature and relate to objects in The Met’s
collection. The tremendous diversity of fellows’ projects reflects the historic and geographic diversity of the Museum’s collection. The community of fellows becomes immersed in the intellectual life of the Museum and takes part in a robust program of colloquia, roundtable seminars, research-sharing workshops, behind the-scenes tours of exhibitions, conversations with Museum staff, and visits to the curatorial and conservation departments. Fellows form long-lasting professional relationships as they discuss research
questions, look closely at objects, and share the experience of living in New York City.

Applications are open now for 2018–2019 Fellowships. Please visit for more information.

Deadlines for all application materials (including letters of recommendation):

Art History Fellowships – November 3, 2017
Museum Education and Public Practice Fellowship – November 3, 2017
Curatorial Research Fellowships – November 3, 2017
Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowships – November 3, 2017
Leonard A. Lauder Fellowships in Modern Art – November 3, 2017
Conservation and Scientific Research Fellowships – December 1, 2017

Sep 22 | After Kathy Acker: Chris Kraus in Conversation with Anne Boyer & Ariana Reines

Friday, September 22nd, 6:30 pm
After Kathy Acker: Chris Kraus in Conversation with Anne Boyer & Ariana Reines
Elebash Recital Hall

Chris Kraus will read from and describe the research process behind her new biography After Kathy Acker, on the life, myth, and influence of avant-garde artist, writer, and counter-cultural heroine Kathy Acker. Kraus will be joined in conversation with poets and scholars Anne Boyer and Ariana Reines.

The event will be introduced by Gabrielle Kappes, editor of Kathy Acker: Homage to Leroi Jones & Other Early Works.

Kraus approaches Acker both as a writer, and as a member of the artistic communities from which she emerged in After Kathy Acker. At once forensic and intimate, Kraus traces the extreme discipline and literary strategies Acker used to develop her work, and the contradictions she longed to embody. Using exhaustive archival research and ongoing conversations with mutual colleagues and friends, Kraus charts Acker’s movement through some of the late 20th century’s most significant artistic enterprises. Acker died of untreated cancer at an alternative clinic in Tijuana when she was 50 years old, but as Kraus argues, the real pathos of Acker’s life lies in the fact that by then she’d already outlived this ideal.

Sponsored by The Center for the Humanities & Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Initiative 

Oct 4 | Documentary Screening and Discussion-Ecuadorian immigration in NYC

Please join us for a screening of “If You Could Walk in My Shoes,” an official selection of the 2016 Workers Unite! Film Festival about the life of an Ecuadorian immigrant family in NYC. The screening will be followed by commentary from the film director, Ricardo E. Causo.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
The Graduate Center, CUNY
6-8pm, Room C-202
See the “If You Could Walk on My Shoes”
Trailer and Facebook
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Sep 21| LinkedIn 101: Getting to Know the Basics

Please register for LinkedIn 101: Getting to Know the Basics.

Thursday, September 21, 12:00 p.m.

LinkedIn is one of the most popular online professional resources that exists today. If you haven’t joined yet or know how to use the tool, you’ll want to start with the basics. Join this webinar to gain a broad overview of LinkedIn and its various features that can be used for networking, job searching, and personal branding. Note that this webinar is best for people who have had very little or no exposure to LinkedIn. Future webinars will go into more depth about the platform.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Ongoing Challenges of Graduate School Life Group

Wellness Center, Student Counseling Services

Sometimes class work is the least of the graduate student’s burdens.  Balancing school, work, family and friends, coping with feelings of isolation or competition, navigating relationships with faculty, sustaining focus and motivation, living on a tight budget and making progress toward your degree are just a few of the unique and complex issues of graduate school life.  Talking with other students in the same boat can help!  This discussion and support group will address these and many other concerns that come up as you go through your academic training.  The group meets on Mondays at 3:00PM for an hour.

If interested, please complete a Request for Services form at the Wellness Center in room #6422 of the Graduate Center.  The form has also been attached here for your convenience; email and fax is acceptable. You will be contacted within a few days by one of the group leaders. If interested, please contact us by September 29th.

SCS Request for Services form current

Oct 4 | Time Management & Goal Setting Strategies for Graduate Students

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Room #C201
Katie Eiges, PhD

This FREE Workshop will provide you with an overview of principles for effective time management & goal setting based on the most up to date research. It will teach you how to apply these strategies in order to maximize study time, effectively prioritize work and improve efficiency.

Please note that no food or beverage will be allowed during this workshop.

Registration is MANDATORY for this workshop.  To register stop by the Wellness Center Student Counseling Services in Room 6422 to fill out a workshop application. The application has also been included here for your convenience, email and fax is acceptable.  For more information please call (212) 817-8731.  You must have your student ID with current validation sticker available to present.