Category Archives: Upcoming Events


May 16 | The Aesthetics of Toxicity, Vieques: Presentation and discussion on Sound, Media, and Violence in the Caribbean

 (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

(Moderated by Maria Edurne Zuazu)

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 6:30pm
The James Gallery, The Graduate Center, CUNY


The artists Allora and Calzadilla have spent over a decade in creative response to the destruction and attempted reconstruction of the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, which was subject to bombing and weapons testing by the US Navy between 1941 and 2003. Their work includes a series of video/soundscape engagements with memory, violence and marginalization. But as they suggest, the videos are also characterized by ambivalence and oscillation, “suspended somewhere between disaster and progress, oblivion and memory, grief and hope.” This presentation explores the media and aesthetics of toxicity, following Allora and Calzadilla to seek the tones and registers through which we can comprehend Vieques’ past and present.


Alejandra Bronfman is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Latin American, Caribbean and US Latino Studies at the University of Albany-SUNY. Her third book, Isles of Noise: Sonic Media in the Caribbean (University of North Carolina Press, 2016), records unwritten histories of broadcasting and sonic technologies in early twentieth century Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti. Her research interests include histories of sound, environment and toxicity, and the material nature of communications networks in the Caribbean.

Sponsored by the Film Studies Program, the Music Program, the Cinema Studies Group, and The James Gallery

May 14 | 2019 GC Digital Showcase

GC Digital Showcase

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at 6:30-8:30 pm

Martin E. Segal Theatre, 365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

Are you using digital technologies in your research? Are you interested in learning about digital initiatives at the Graduate Center? The GC Digital Initiatives End-of-Year Showcase highlights student research, teaching, and digital projects across the #DigitalGC community. Student presentations this year will feature semester-long projects produced by the M.A. in Digital Humanities Digital Praxis Seminar class, as well as independent projects by doctoral students and a new collaborative project using public datasets. The Digital Praxis Seminar is a two-course sequence that introduces students to the landscape of digital humanities tools and methods through readings, discussion, lectures, and hands-on workshops.

Join us to hear about ongoing GC student work, including the Data for Public Good Project, and the Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants. ​The event will also panel of students representing the New Media Lab, the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program, and the M.A. in Digital Humanities program. The panel will discuss the challenges and rewards of working with digital methods. The Showcase is open to all, and is an excellent way to learn about a wide range of opportunities, resources, and research projects at The Graduate Center.

Please join us for a reception to follow in room 5307.


Matthew K. Gold, Ph.D.
Director, M.A. Program in Digital Humanities & M.S. Program in Data Analysis and Visualization /
Associate Professor of English & Digital Humanities /
Advisor to the Provost for Digital Initiatives, CUNY Graduate CenterPresident, Association for Computers and the Humanities [] | @mkgold

Lisa Marie Rhody, PhD
Deputy Director of Digital Initiatives |
Director, Digital Fellowship Programs
Director, Digital Humanities Research Institutes |
The Graduate Center, CUNY | @lmrhody

May 13-14 | Screening Performance, Performing Screens Conference

It’s less than a month until the Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association 2019 conference Screening Performance, Performing Screens: New Projections in Theatre and Media, to be held Monday, May 13 and Tuesday, May 14 at the Graduate Center, CUNY. The highlight of the two-day event is a keynote speech from theatre and performance studies scholar Sarah Bay-Cheng (Bowdoin College) at 7:30 pm, May 14th in the James Gallery.

Please consider also attending:

  • Opening remarks by professor Edward Miller (The Graduate Center and College of Staten Island) and the opening performance starting from 6:30pm on Monday May 13 at the Martin E. Segal Theatre.
  • Paper and lecture performance panels beginning on Monday afternoon, May 13, and throughout the day on Tuesday, May 14.
  • An afternoon of screen-centric performances on Tuesday May 14, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the Martin E. Segal Theatre.
  • A pre-conference focusing on performance pedagogy and the interactive technology beginning at 1pm and running until 4pm on Monday May 13. For more information, check here.

Full schedule and presenter information can be found at We look forward to seeing you in May at the conference! Please share it widely!

May 3 | End-of-Year 90s Karaoke Pizza Party

The MALS Student Association will be hosting an End-of-Year 90s Karaoke Pizza Party to celebrate our upcoming graduates and the end of this school year. The party will be on Friday, May 3rd at 7:00 pm in Room 5409.

All Graduate Center students are welcome to join us!  Pizza, cupcakes, snacks and drinks will be provided.

Kathryn Alessi, Jelena Begonja, Damaly Gonzalez

MALS Program Representatives

June 6 | LGBTQ Pride Month: A Conversation with Cheryl Dunye

6:30 pm, Elebash Recital Hall

Cheryl Dunye emerged as part of the “queer new wave” of young filmmakers of the 1990s. Often set within a domestic or personal context, her stories foreground issues of race, sexuality, and identity. Dunye’s work is defined by her distinctive narrative voice, a hybrid of documentary and fiction that has been dubbed “Dunyementary” style. She has made over 15 films, including The Watermelon Woman, HBO’s Stranger Inside, The Owls, and My Baby’s Daddy. Dunye has directed for many episodic series, including Ava Duverney’s Queen Sugar, Dear White People, and David Makes Man.

At the event, Dunye will receive the annual José Muñoz Award. The award, named after a beloved professor of cultural studies and queer studies at NYU and former CLAGS board member, is given in honor of LGBTQ activists who have promoted queer and trans studies and visibility in their work. Previous recipients include Janet Mock, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Patrisse Cullors.

Presented by GC Public Programs and  CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies.

May 9 | Film Screening of Pioneers: First Woman Filmmakers

The Cinema Studies Group is proud to present “Pioneers: First Woman Filmmakers,” a screening of short films by directors like Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Zora Neale Hurston, Lule Warrenton, Marion E. Wong, and Mabel Normand”.

Featuring: special guest speaker, Kate Saccone, project manager of the Women Film Pioneers Project.

In the early decades of cinema, some of the most innovative and celebrated filmmakers in America were women. Alice Guy-Blaché helped establish the basics of cinematic language, while others boldly continued its development: slapstick queen Mabel Normand (who taught Charlie Chaplin the craft of directing), action star Grace Cunard, and LGBTQ icon Alla Nazimova. Unafraid of controversy, filmmakers such as Lois Weber and Dorothy Davenport Reid tackled explosive issues such as birth control, abortion, and prostitution. This crucial chapter of film history comes alive through the presentation of a wide assortment of films, carefully curated, meticulously restored in 2K and 4K from archival sources, and presented with new musical scores.—Editorial Review

Curated and Moderated by Elyse Singer, Theatre and Performance Ph.D. Program.

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5:30pm, May 9, 2019
Room C-197, Concourse Level
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 5th Avenue

Cinema Studies Group, a DSC chartered organization at The Graduate Center


April 5 | Dis-Ease Film Screening with Mariam Ghani

Through 2018, Mariam Ghani, an artist, writer, and filmmaker, was the Wellcome artist-in-residence at the Graduate Center, CUNY and the New York Public Library. While in residence at the Graduate Center, she and a multi-disciplinary team of graduate student assistants (Harry Blain, Juliana Broad, Eileen Clancy, Jacob Clary, Josh LaMoreChristian Lewis, and Dilara O’Neil) conceptualized researched and produced a film, entitled Dis-Ease, about illness, metaphors, contagion, isolation, and the consequences of a century-plus of waging “war on disease” using archival materials from the collections of the New York Public Library, New York Academy of Medicine, and Wellcome Collection, London. Part of Ghani’s film is included in the exhibition Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis, which opened in September 2018 at the Museum of the City of New York (ends April 28, 2019).

The Graduate Center will host a screening of the full version of Dis-Ease, followed by a panel discussion with Mariam Ghani and her team of graduate research assistants. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required; click here to RSVP.

Co-sponsored by Wellcome, as part of Contagious Cities; the New York Public Library, and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY