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Mar 29 | TLC Workshop: Social Reading and Writing with Online Annotation Tools

March 29, 1-3pm
Room 9206

Are you looking for ways to improve your students’ close reading skills or to kickstart class discussion by asking students to annotate readings online as a group before they come to class? Are you trying to find (new) strategies for peer review or collaborative writing projects? Or are you designing a hybrid or online course and looking for ways to move reading and writing online? Continue reading Mar 29 | TLC Workshop: Social Reading and Writing with Online Annotation Tools

April 28 | 2017 Edwin Booth Award Ceremony

The Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association invites students and faculty to the 2017 Edwin Booth Award ceremony.

On Friday, April 28, 2017, acclaimed actor, playwright, performance artist, director, producer, and singer-songwriter Taylor Mac will be honored with the 2017 Edwin Booth Award, given by the doctoral students at the CUNY Graduate Center to “an individual or organization that has had a significant impact on theatre and performance in New York.” The DTSA nominated Taylor for this honor prior to the acclaimed run of 24-Decade History of Popular Music at St. Ann’s Warehouse, which was a major event of 2016. (“One of the greatest experiences of my life” – Wesley Morris, New York Times.) Last month, 24-Decade History was named the 2017 recipient of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History and Taylor has also been recently honored with the Doris Duke and Herb Albert Awards.

This year’s presentation of the Edwin Booth Award will be held in the Proshansky Auditorium at the Graduate Center in association with GC Public Programs and the Martin E. Segal Center. Scheduled guests and performers include MC Salty Brine, 24-Decade’s music director Matt Ray and costume designer Machine Dazzle, Tigger!, Heather Christian, and Paul Zimet & Ellen Maddow. Frank Hentschker, Executive Director of the Segal Center, will interview Taylor and CUNY Professor Sean Edgecomb will speak, as will current students in the program.

Admission is free. We recommend that students and faculty wishing to attend this year’s Booth Award reserve tickets soon: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taylor-mac-and-friends-2017-booth-award-ceremony-registration-31459491185[eventbrite.com]

Mar 23 | GC Digital Initiatives Data Visualization Workshop

Workshop: “Visualization 2”  Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 – 6:30-8:30pm

Have you learned some Python and now want to learn how to make pretty pictures out of your data? This workshop is a deep dive into making graphs using the matplotlib visualization library. We’ll cover the basics of making pie charts, bar graphs, line and scatter plots, heatmaps, and putting data on maps using matplotlib & basemap and spend some time on how to make them pretty.

This workshop will be hosted by GC Digital Fellow Hannah Aizenman.

Register HERE

Mar 31 | Navigating NYSHIP workshop

Navigating NYSHIP workshop, March 31, 2-3:30pm, in Room 5409


Trying to use NYSHIP insurance for the first time, or re-enrolling after a gap? Confused about what to tell providers’ offices when they ask for your insurance–or about how to even read that blue-and-white card? Have you been on NYSHIP for a little while, but still have questions about claims, how to find providers, or what steps to take to make sure the procedures you need are covered?


The Navigating NYSHIP workshop is back with information about your health insurance options, health and wellness services throughout NYC, how to get the most out of your NYSHIP insurance and avoid common pitfalls, and which doctors come highly recommended by other GC students.

This workshop will be led by Scott Voorhees (NYSHIP liaison) and Elise Perram (contact for non-NYSHIP insurance). We invite your participation in this workshop, so if you have a NYSHIP area of expertise (or a health insurance area of expertise) that you wish to contribute, please send an email to wellness@cunydsc.org

May 2 | Annual Wellness Festival

Mark your calendars –Tuesday May 2nd is the

Annual Wellness Festival!!

Join us on the GC Concourse Level from 10am – 4:30pm

Services include:

  • Guided Meditation (11:15-11:45am)
  • Massage Therapy
  • Rapid HIV Testing
  • Acupuncture
  • Blood Pressure Screenings
  • Cholesterol & Glucose Testing
  • Vision and Hearing Tests
  • Dental Evaluations
  • NYSHIP Information
  • Nutritional counseling

and much more…!

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4/3 | “Spring Symposium: Pedagogy, Research, Social Change”

Please join faculty and students from this year’s team-taught courses, Futures Initiative Peer Mentors, and the Humanities Alliance for our Spring Symposium: Pedagogy, Research & Social Change. As the final event in this year’s University Worth Fighting For series, this daylong symposium will celebrate work that connects student-centered learning to institutional and social change.

Where: The Graduate Center, CUNY, Skylight Room (9100)
When: Monday, April 3, 10am – 6pm

Space is limited, so please RSVP here if you hope to join us.

Schedule of Events on April 3

10:00 – 10:10 | Welcome & Introductions

Welcome by Cathy N. Davidson

Opening remarks by Master of Ceremonies Kalle Westerling

10:10 – 11:00 | Dimensions of Childhood

Experience interactive stations based on thematic concepts related to the social construction of childhood designed by faculty and students from Martin Ruck and Erika Niwa’s “The Social Construction of Childhood.”

11:10 – 11:30 | The Future of Sexual Health Care in the US: Issues Worth Fighting For

Diana Romero and Ananya Mukherjea discuss their course, “Social Inequality & Health Disparities,” including points of political priority for leading the ongoing struggle for robust sexual and reproductive healthcare provision in the US.

11:35 – 12:00 | Connecting Graduate Education and Community College Teaching

Through the Humanities Alliance, CUNY is developing new ways for doctoral programs and community colleges to work together to amplify humanities education, and support equitable access to and diversity within higher education. Elizabeth Alsop and Kitana Ananda will address the opportunities and challenges of connecting graduate education with student-centered community college pedagogy.

12:10 – 1:00 | Education as Liberation, Education as Forming Publics

In the doctoral seminar “The Public and Publics,” students, co-instructors Amy Chazkel and Setha Low, and the visiting scholars they have brought into the class have inquired into the meanings and uses of the concept of the public as an analytical construct in both scholarship and in political life, past and present. Doctoral students Miranda Fedock, Matthew Finck, and Claudia Crowe will lead a discussion that brings these questions to bear on the theme of education, in two senses: education as forming publics, and education as a public resource. They will use the classic liberationist text, Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1968), and the field of critical pedagogy that it largely inspired, as an entry point.

1:00 – 2:00 | Lunch

Vouchers provided; RSVP required

2:10 – 3:00 | Fostering Connection, Renewal, and Leadership through Peer Mentoring

Join the undergraduate Futures Initiative Peer Mentors from across the CUNY campuses and Peer Mentoring program directors Lauren Melendez and Mike Rifino for this interactive session to discuss how peer leadership can help students in a dispersed commuter system like CUNY foster connection and promote student success.

3:10 – 4:00 | Student-Centered and Active Learning

This highly interactive session will feature mini-lessons for teaching psychology to undergraduates, designed by graduate students in Patricia Brooks and Jill Grose-Fifer’s “Seminar and Practicum on the Teaching of Psychology.”

4:10 – 5:00 | Teaching Race, Gender, and Intersectional Theory

This interactive session led by graduate students in Cathy Davidson and Michael Gillespie’s course “Teaching Race and Gender Theory in the Undergraduate Classroom” will highlight the ways that race, gender, and intersectional theory can be introduced in general education humanities courses and also modeled in the world beyond. Graduate student participants will be joined by undergraduates from Medgar Evers College.

5:00 | Closing remarks by Katina Rogers

5:00 – 6:00 | Reception (Room 3317)

How to Join Us



April 6 | Alumni Mentoring Roundtable

Thursday, April 6, 2017
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Kelly Skylight Room, 9100, Graduate Center

When it comes to the job hunt, it’s often not what you know, it’s who. Our GC alum find great jobs inside and outside the academy. These are people you should know. On April 6th, you can meet nine of them at our Alumni Mentoring Roundtable.

Attend and you’ll have an opportunity to ask alumni working in an array of fields about how they started out in their career, get tips about how you might do the same, and find out what they like and find challenging about the jobs they now hold. Continue reading April 6 | Alumni Mentoring Roundtable

Mar 16 | State in Time Workshop: The Crisis of Oppositional Politics Today

Thursday, March 16th, 2017, 6:30 PM , The James Gallery at the Graduate Center, CUNY

Please join us this Thursday, March 16th at 6:30 pm for State in Time Workshop: The Crisis of Oppositional Politics Today in The James Gallery at The Graduate Center, CUNY. This workshop opens up a space to discuss the upsurge of mobilizations in response to Trump, Brexit and the rise of far-right nationalism across the globe by asking: What do oppositional politics and resistance mean and look like during a time when Trumpism and its European bedfellows are colonizing the notion of radical change and being anti-establishment, taking meaning to its very limit? How can and do we need to interrogate, rethink, and rejuvenate practices of “critique” and “resistance,” of being “radical,” “in opposition,” and “in solidarity”? What unexpected and complementary strategies and actions could be developed? Where might common cause be found between bitterly divided communities, insulated in geographical, political and cultural echo chambers, who are each convinced of “being right” and view one another with increasing suspicion and anger? How can a broader movement be created by determining not only what it is fighting against, but also what it stands for? What is the role of art and imagination in this process? Continue reading Mar 16 | State in Time Workshop: The Crisis of Oppositional Politics Today

Mar 16 | GCDI Intro to Python Workshop

Workshop: “Introduction to Python Programming”  Thursday, March 16th, 2017 – 6:30-8:30pm

Python is a programming language that can be used for a wide range of tasks, including collecting and analyzing data in a variety of formats, building web applications, and much more. It is an extremely popular programming language for academic researchers because of its flexibility and adaptability. In this workshop, we will learn the basic of working with the Python programming language. This workshop is designed for Python beginners; a prior knowledge of programming is not required.

This workshop will be hosted by GC Digital Fellow Rachel Rakov.

Register HERE

Deadline Mar 31 | AAS / CUNY Summer Digital Fellowship

Under the auspices of the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) and The Graduate Center Digital Initiatives (GCDI) program, a summer fellow is sought to transform ten early American literary text from PDF to TEI-encoded XML. These text have been published on Common-place: The Journal of Early American Life’s Just Teach One and need to be encoded according to the AAS TEI schema. Just Teach One, edited by Duncan Faherty (CUNY Graduate Center) and Ed White (Tulane University), aims to recover neglected or forgotten texts for teaching and studying early America. AAS manages the production of the site, and AAS Digital Humanities Curator Molly Hardy oversees the TEI-encoding of the texts. Continue reading Deadline Mar 31 | AAS / CUNY Summer Digital Fellowship