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Mar 26 | TLC Workshop: Classroom Communication as Praxis

Classroom Communication as Praxis

Tuesday, March 26, 3-5pm, Room C201

When intentionally practiced, communication can empower and validate students in our classrooms. This workshop will apply classroom communication theory and scholarship to our own approaches to intentional classroom communication. Guided by the process-based inquiry of the TLC’s Open Focused Inquiry Series, three Graduate Center student instructors will share a newly-developed activity or assignment and discuss how it reflects the thinking they’ve done about talking, listening, questioning, and responding in the classroom. Then, all participants will collaboratively work to articulate short-and long-term goals for improving aspects of intentional classroom communication, and identify forums through which to continue these conversations at the TLC and beyond.

In Session I of the OFIS, we focused on unpacking, questioning, and considering the impact of our four key terms: listening, responding, questioning, and talking, and generated a series of questions and three lines of inquiry. In Session II, we considered these points of inquiry alongside and through selections from bell hooks’ Teaching to Transgress, and the digital resource “Teaching by the Case Method.” In Session III we connected the explorations made in the previous sessions to activities in the classroom, focusing on how our own classroom practices invite and impede communication.

To register for Session IV, click here. Please consider bringing an assignment or activity that you use or plan to use in your class as well as a laptop. Refreshments will be served.

Session IV is the fourth in a four-part Open Focused Inquiry Series that examines how we do (or do not) use intentional communication practices to encourage students as learners, interrogators, and producers of knowledge. This group draws from the scholarship of teaching and learning and our own experiences as graduate student instructors to explore the theory and practice of dynamic, intentional classroom communication. To learn more, and for participation options, click here

Due April 10 | Applications for Archives & Performance Fellowship

A year-long interdisciplinary fellowship experimenting with research and performance approaches to understand stories and histories of the Penobscot River and watershed

APPLICATIONS DUE: April 10, 2019
FELLOWSHIP PERIOD: May 2019-May 2020

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What possibilities emerge when we look at social repair and environmental care as public, creative acts? The Archives & Performance Fellowship is a paid, year-long opportunity for four Fellows that follows the tradition of Wabanaki Guiding, connecting Native and non-Native people to place through experience, language, and story. Fellows will experiment with research and performance approaches to understand stories and histories of the Penobscot River and watershed. They will collaborate to create new work, inspired by their learning, that addresses ecological recovery and social justice. Fellowship activities will be led by Penobscot Nation partners and will center indigenous knowledge and experience.

The Fellowship year will include a regular check-in schedule, workshops and skill-shares, two intensives that immerse Fellows in research and performance methods, and a public performance and/or presentation of work created. This work may take many forms including but not limited to narrative play scripts, research papers, multi-media and video-based performance, spoken word, movement-based work, music and songwriting, cross-genre journals and/or any combination of forms and formats. Fellows will receive a $1500 stipend, dramaturgical/research support, connections with the broader In Kinship community, photo and video process documentation, and space to present their work. Continue reading Due April 10 | Applications for Archives & Performance Fellowship

Paid Part-Time Summer Opportunity for STEM student, Office of Career Planning and Professional Development

The Office of Career Planning and Professional Development at the Graduate Center is seeking to hire part-time summer assistance to continue the work of the Enhancing STEM Career Development project, funded by the CUNY Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Programs via the Career Success Initiative. (You can read more about this initiative here:

This person would assist with:

Researching and contacting employers

Building and maintaining a website for the initiative

Helping to scale program content via the production of recorded videos, podcasts, and other web-based resources

Minimum qualifications:

Currently enrolled in a GC graduate program in a STEM field

Strong communication skills

Collaborative and collegial

Comfortable working both independently and in teams

Knowledge of social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook.

Proficient in Excel, Outlook, and Adobe Pro.

Experience with WordPress and website creation

Interested students should send a resume and a cover letter to by Wednesday, March 27.

GC Digital Initiatives Upcoming Workshops and a Talk

Workshop: “WordPress II: Customizing, Stylizing and Integrating with Social Media” Thursday, March 21st, 2019 6:30-8:30pm

This workshop will involve a conceptual and technical discussion of how to integrate social media with your WordPress site. We will discuss how you can customize and style your site – including changing the layout of the site by choosing a different theme, adding functionality with plugins, customizing menus, changing your site header or coloring across the site using the Customizer function and custom CSS, and modifying the basic structure of the site by building a child-theme. Since we will not be covering how to create a WordPress site during this workshop, we recommend that you come with a WordPress site that has content that you can work with during the workshop – even if it is only a practice site.

Register HERE


Talk: “A Stroll Through the Dark Web” Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 6:30-8:30pm, Room 3317

Matt Goerzen will give a brief rundown of the history, applications, and aspirations of the “dark web” and its infrastructure. The talk will involve a cursory tour of the TOR network and consider a number of contemporary artworks and digital artifacts in its characterization of this fabled place. The talk will touch on artist interventions like Random Darknet Shopper by Mediengruppe Bitnik, radical (and often vaporware) social experiments, and artifacts from mailing list archives, and other communities. Matt Goerzen studies cultures of anonymity, and the technologies that enable them. His current project is to establish a cohesive framework for discussing media vulnerabilities by importing terms-of-craft from computer security research. He is a Researcher on the Media Manipulation project at Data & Society.

This talk is co-sponsored by the ITP Certificate program and the GC Digital Initiatives program.

Register HERE


Workshop: “Finding the Right Tools for Mapping” Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 6:30-8:30pm

If you’re thinking about making a map, but you’re not sure what software or services to use, this workshop is for you! We will review popular mapping tools and compare the pros and cons of each one, including functionality, price, and accessibility.

Register HERE

Workshop on Exploring Career Paths

Exploring Career Paths: How to Find Your Professional Fit (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
4:00 pm – 5:30 p.m., Graduate Center, Room 7209

Exploring Career Paths: How to Find Your Professional Fit (STEM)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
4:00 pm – 5:30 p.m., Graduate Center, Room 7209

About the Workshop

What’s the best way to explore and research different career paths? What career options exist beyond academia? This workshop introduces the employment landscape and how you might find your fit therein. We’ll talk about what other PhD and MA/MS students have gone on to do, and whether making similar choices would be right for you. Participants will have the opportunity to assess their values, skills, and interests, and discuss how these apply to various career paths. We will also discuss other career assessment tools and resources available to GC students and alumni.

Please fill out our event registration form to let us know you’re coming.



QRCC Spring 2019 Appointments

The Quantitative Research Consulting Center (QRCC) ( provides students, post-docs, and faculty greater resources for statistical support in quantitative and empirical research. The QRCC provides support for researchers at any stage of research in four main areas: (1) project/research planning, (2) statistical data analysis, (3) statistical software programming, and (4) writing.

The QRCC center is located in 3204.04 and has new appointment slots for the spring semester:

Mondays (with Kalina) – 12:00PM or 1:00PM

Fridays (with Deepali) – 12:00PM, 1:00PM, 2:00PM, or 3:30PM

Additionally, you can stop by the open office hours between 2PM-3PM on Mondays.

You can view our calendar at to look for available time slots. If a time is available on the calendar, nothing is listed for that slot. In order to make an appointment, please email us at

Looking forward to seeing in the spring semester!

QRCC team

Summer Internship – The Rockefeller Foundation

Students planning to apply should email Jennifer Furlong ( at the Office of Career Planning & Professional Development by March 27th.

Summer Internship Program 2019 (Graduate Students)

We value our Interns and want to invest in and mentor future leaders who will grow personally and professionally and create impact in the philanthropic sector. As an Intern at The Rockefeller Foundation you will have the chance to contribute to our initiatives through engaging, meaningful work assignments.

Opportunities in New York City:
Innovative Finance: The PRI Team originates, executes and manages impact investments on behalf of the Foundation. Candidates should have an interest in the development finance and impact investing fields.
US Jobs: The Jobs Team works on economic mobility in the US. Interested candidates should have a background in economic or community development, workforce issues, the future of work, labor organizing, social service delivery, economic opportunity policy, or similar.
Innovation (Data & Tech): The Innovation Team works on leveraging data and technology for greater impact and increased equity. Candidates should have an interest or background in data or computer science, statistics, AI/ML, or other technology-related fields.
Food: The Food Team is focused on how we can sustainably nourish the world with dignity and equity. Candidates should have a strong interest and experience in this specific area of philanthropy with strong project management, research, and analytical skills.
Power: The Power Team focuses on ending poverty and transforming livelihoods. The team is currently working on a refreshed strategy for the next 3-5 years. Interested candidates should be excited to take on varied research tasks and learn about different aspects of the energy sector.

 Currently enrolled in a graduate program in one of the following areas: business, finance, public policy, government, international development, or a related discipline.
 Interest or experience working in the nonprofit sector.
 Strong research and analytical capabilities; able to synthesize large volumes of research and data to guide strategy.
 Collaborative, innovative, eager to learn, and interested in how Foundation’s create and execute strategies working alongside partners.
 Must be authorized to work in the United States.

 This is a paid internship that begins June 3 and ends August 16.
 Please visit the ‘Careers’ section of our website at to apply for this position (Summer Internship). You must submit a cover letter and clearly state which opportunity you are interested in and why you’d like to work for The Rockefeller Foundation. Please also indicate how you heard about this opportunity.

The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, the Foundation ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.
The Rockefeller Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Summer Intern Program 2019 One Page

Peer Review and Writing Accountability Groups 3/20-5/1 or 4/2-5/14

Sign up for GC Peer Review! Spread the word to your friends, classmates, and chartered orgs!

Are you a student working on an article, dissertation or master’s thesis? Do you want more structure for your writing process and feedback on your writing this spring? Are you looking for a friendly, small-group setting to workshop your works in progress? We want you for our GC Writing Services’ Peer Review Writing Groups! We’ll meet to share writing, provide feedback, offer mutual support, exchange tips on process, and help each other meet accountability goals. Students will share work and feedback on a rotating basis. Peer critique helps students develop methods to assess and revise their own work outside of the workshop.

You are eligible if you are currently working on an article, dissertation materials (prospectuses, chapters), or a master’s thesis.


  • Running
    • Tuesdays, April 2 – May 14, 6–8pm OR
    • Wednesdays, March 20 – May 1,  3–5pm (Participants attend either all Tuesday sessions OR all Wednesday sessions.)
  • Meetings will be held in room 3312.
  • We ask that each participant read and respond substantively (~2 pages) to about 20 pages of peer writing each week, and contribute 10 pages for peer critique every third week. Each participant should also plan to be present at each meeting.
  • Email with questions
  • Sign up here.