Category Archives: Academic Events


Jan 22 | Writing Support Session

Write Now: open session for getting your writing done

Monday,  01/22/2018, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Writing over break?

Working on your dissertation, class assignments, job materials, conference presentations, or anything else?

Bring your work and write alongside other GC students.  Drop by any time during our 4-hour window.

A Graduate Writing Consultant will be available for one-on-one help.

Coffee & snacks will be provided.

Please RSVP here.

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. 

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


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

CUNY Academy events

Opportunities for faculty

Opportunity for undergraduates

  • Please nominate eligible undergraduates for the The Lane Cooper Dissertation Fellowship. The nomination deadline is 9 AM on November 1. This award provides a scholarship grant of up to $17,000 for the 2017-18 academic year to a CUNY undergraduate who has completed the sophomore year. The award is meant for a student who aspires to become a college or university professor of the humanities. The donor, Professor Lane Cooper, specifically mentioned the following priority subject areas: (a) Greek (b) Latin (c) English Language & Literature, especially in the periods of Old & Middle English and (d) Philosophy & History, including both ancient and medieval.

October and November CUNY Academy Events:

  • The Fulbright program in Italy: Innovative Programs Through Partnerships. A talk by Paola Sartorio, Executive Director, the Fulbright Commission in Italy. 6 PM on Friday November 10, 2017. The event is at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of CUNY at 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10036. This event is cosponsored by the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College, CUNY and by the Greater New York Chapter of the Fulbright Association. It will be hosted by Prof. Manfred Philipp. Please RSVP to
  • The Enclave Literary Series – Spain in New York: Iberian Literary Creation in the Big Apple, Friday, November 10, 2017, in the Graduate Center, Room 9204 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. This event is hosted by Professors Nora Glickman and Alejandro Varderi.
  • “Moral Constitution: Elizabeth Cary’s The Tragedy of Mariam and the Color of Blood” presented by Professor Kimberly Anne Coles from University of Maryland. Thursday, November 16, 2017, in the Graduate Center, Room 9205, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.The event is cosponsored by The Center for the Study of Women & Society  and hosted by Prof. Susan O’Malley.
  • The Enclave Literary Series – Caricatures, Democracy and Resistance, Friday, December 8, 2017, in the Graduate Center, Room 9204 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. This event is hosted by Professors Nora Glickman and Alejandro Varderi.

Please support the work of the CUNY Academy.
Become a member or simply contribute.

Manfred Philipp

Oct 27 | Invitation to Pedagogy Day 2017: Cross-Pollinating Research and Teaching

The 8th Annual Pedagogy Day conference with the theme “Cross-Pollinating Teaching and Research” will be held on October 27th, 2017 at The Graduate Center. The morning session will take place in the Segal Theater on the ground floor of The Graduate Center. Lunch and the afternoon session will take place in room 6304.01 of The Graduate Center.

The conference program can be found on the event website:
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Oct 20 | Dependency and Instruction, Expanded Cinema: Carolyn Lazard, Park McArthur, and Constantina Zavitsanos

Friday, October 20 at 6:30pm, Martin E. Segal Theatre

Carolyn Lazard, Park McArthur, and Constantina Zavitsanos will experiment with a mix of live interactions and recorded materials—including video, instructional scores, and documentation of art works—while discussing how their work responds to apparatuses of capture. These apparatuses include cameras, healthcare, Western biomedicine, credit, and accounting.

Expanding the definition of expanded cinema, this presentation will consider forms of work that encourage their audience to perceive what surrounds and supports a work’s frame but is generally held outside it. This includes everything from recording devices themselves to the audience, labor, and material conditions that make framing possible. Fundamental to the question of being framed is asking why the frame’s supports are valued as surplus.

Posing a different logic, this event responds to the use of instruction in each artists’ work, as they engage audiences in a relationship of dependency, invalue, and indefinite duration.

Co-sponsored by the Film Studies Certificate Program and the Mediating the Archive Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.