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Nov 17 | Film Screening

CUNY J-SCHOOL HOT DOCS Presents a CUNY-Wide event for CUNY students, faculty and staff

Directed by Laura Poitras
Followed by a Q&A with
Academy Award winning director, Laura Poitras

THIS FRIDAY, November 17, 2017, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
219 West 40th Street, btw 7th and 8th Aves.
Room 308
RSVP Required

How much of your own life are you willing to risk?

Laura Poitras, Academy Award winning director of CITIZENFOUR, returns with her most personal and intimate film to date. Filmed over six years, RISK is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high stakes election year and it’s controversial aftermath.

Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Capturing this story with unprecedented access, Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle.

In a new world order where a single keystroke can alter history, Risk is a portrait of power, betrayal, truth, and sacrifice. Executive Produced by Sam Esmail, creator of Mr. Robot.

Presented by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism,
Documentary Program’s HOT DOCS Screening Series.
It is a CUNY-wide event, open to all CUNY students, faculty, and staff. 

Due Dec 4 | Call for Applications: GC Digital Fellowship in Design and Web Development

Call for Applications – GC Digital Fellowship in Design and Web Development

Based in the GC Digital Scholarship Lab, the GC Digital Fellows Program operates as an in-house think-and-do tank for digital projects, connecting Fellows to digital initiatives throughout The Graduate Center. The GC Digital Fellows utilize a team-based approach as they explore creative solutions for collaboratively developing and implementing projects and activities to support GCDI’s core missions.

GC Digital Initiatives seeks to add a new fellow for Spring 2018 who is interested in design and website development. Candidates should have a digital portfolio of design projects to share and interest in working on website development. Ideally, candidates might have also have experience with HTML, CSS, and/or WordPress and the CUNY Academic Commons ( Candidates should have proven experience working in highly collaborative settings, be strong communicators, and demonstrate interest in teaching workshops and creating tutorials to help other students and faculty learn about design.  Continue reading Due Dec 4 | Call for Applications: GC Digital Fellowship in Design and Web Development

Nov 15 | Culture Capture: A Screening of The Violence of a Civilization Without Secrets

Please join the Center for the Humanities on Wednesday, November 15th at 6:30 pm for Culture Capture: A Screening of The Violence of a Civilization Without Secrets,” a screening and discussion with filmmakers Adam and Zack Khalil and artist Jackson Polys on their recent collaboration The Violence of a Civilization Without Secrets in the James Gallery at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Anne Spice (Anthropology, The Graduate Center, CUNY) will respond to the film’s provocations from an anthropological perspective and towards a decolonial praxis with recent political actions in mind.  

Co-sponsored by the Doctoral Students’ Council at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and the James Gallery.

Invitation to the 2017 CUNY Instructional/Information Technology Conference

TO:                      The CUNY Community
FROM:                 Brian Cohen
RE:                      Invitation to the 2017 CUNY Instructional/Information Technology Conference
DATE:                  November 14, 2017
I am delighted to extend to you and your colleagues this invitation to attend the 16th Annual CUNY IT Conference, which will take place this year on Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1 at John Jay College. I hope you will join me in attending. Registration is free for members of the CUNY community and is also critical for gauging capacity. You can find an overview of the Conference, the full program and the keynotes, and the link to registration at
The theme for the conference is “Instructional/Information Technology at CUNY: Opening Access.” Presentations address “access” in its multiple meanings, ranging from economic access to higher education to ADA compliance to open course materials and more. The result is a program rich in thoughtful approaches and useful information.
As with prior conferences, there will also be two keynotes this year. The Thursday afternoon keynote (just before the CUNY Technology Awards) will feature Safiya Umoja Noble of the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication, who will address “Navigating the Affordances and Consequences of the Internet for Education.” The mid-day Friday keynote speaker will be Anthony Picciano, from the Graduate Center’s Urban Education Ph.D. program, and author of Online Education Policy and Practice: The Past, Present, and Future of the Digital University. He will reflect on instructional technology at CUNY over the course of his career and its potential in coming decades.
The Conference begins with check-in at 12 pm on November 30, followed by two sets of concurrent presentations, Safiya Umoja Noble’s keynote at 3:30 pm, and the CUNY Technology Awards presentation at 4:30 pm. On December 1, registrants are welcomed with a continental breakfast at 8:30 am, followed by concurrent sessions at 9:30 am, remarks by the Chancellor and keynote by Anthony Picciano at 10:45 am, lunch, two more sets of concurrent sessions, and then the end-of-day drawing for prizes offered up by the vendors.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Brian Cohen


Due Nov 27 | Applications for DSC Social Media Correspondent position

Job Announcement: DSC Social Media Correspondent

Applications due: Monday, November 27, 2017 at 11:59PM

The Doctoral Students’ Council seeks candidates for the position of Social Media Correspondent.

The Social Media Correspondent will help promote the events, announcements, and activities of the DSC, its affiliates, and its chartered organizations by utilizing various social media platforms.The correspondent will also coordinate with the DSC steering committee officers to help disseminate timely news related to issues concerning the DSC and students of the Graduate Center at-large. The Social Media Correspondent will also provide suggestions to steering officers for social media usage that will make better use of these technologies moving forward.

Duties of the Social Media Correspondent may include:

Live-tweeting of DSC plenaries; mobilizing students via social media for public hearings or forums where administrative decision-making on behalf of students takes place; keeping students abreast of vital GC deadlines; publicizing for DSC affiliates and chartered orgs

The position is temporary and will end on July 30th of  2018. The rate of pay is $20/hr for 3 hours of work per week, up to a maximum total of $2500. The rate will be paid as 1099-Misc income bi-weekly.

Successful candidates should have familiarity and experience using multiple social media platforms as well as a working knowledge of the structure of the DSC, its various affiliates, organizations, and types of events.

Interested candidates should forward a statement of intent and 1-page cv/resume documenting relevant experience to the DSC Co-Chair for Student Affairs, Charlotte Thurston (, by Monday, November 27, 2017.

Nov 17 | Film release by Hong Sangsoo

On The Beach At Night Alone by South Korea master filmmaker Hong Sangsoo will open on November 17th at the Film Society of Lincoln Center[] and the Metrograph[].

View the new theatrical trailer[] and more on On the Beach At Night Alone[].

Art imitates life in this quietly devastating masterpiece from Hong Sangsoo. Kim Minhee (The Handmaiden, Right Now, Wrong Then) — in the role that won her the Silver Bear for best actress in Berlin—plays Younghee, an actress reeling in the aftermath of an affair with a married film director. Younghee visits Hamburg then returns to Korea, but as she meets with friends and has her fair share to drink, increasingly startling confessions emerge.


“Poignant and witty… a fascinating sublimation of autobiography into Hong’s precise creative terms.”- Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“As gut-wrenching, funny, and formally freewheeling as anything in recent cinema” – Dan Sullivan, Film Comment

“Hong’s most compelling character to date, which is appropriate, as he knows her best of all.” – Jordan Cronk, Cinema Scope

“As Hong sees it, life is about the bits in-between. It’s a contradiction of sorts, longing for the sublime while celebrating the everyday, but then perhaps therein lays the beauty.” – Rory O’Connor, The Film Stage

“Exceptional” and “Exciting.” – Jessica Kiang, The Playlist