Category Archives: Seminars/Workshops

May 22 | TLC Grading Social

Wednesday May 22, Room 3317, 1-5pm

Dear GC Community,

It’s the time of the semester where students’ final work is piling up as we’re rushing to finish our own projects. For Graduate Center student instructors, grading student work at the end of the term can be overwhelming, lonely, and—even in successful courses—frustrating.

The Teaching and Learning Center is here to offer support. Join us on Wednesday, May 22nd from 1-5pm in room 3317 for our “Grading Social.” We will provide coffee, sweets, and camaraderie as instructors work through stacks of papers, blue books, blog posts, etc. Need a second or third eye on a assignment? We can provide those too.

Write Now: A Writing Meetup

Launch your end-of semester writing with our open writing sessions over Spring Break – information below.

 We hope to see you there!

 The Staff
The Writing Center
The Office of Career Planning & Professional Development
The Graduate Center, CUNY

Date(s) – Tuesday, April 23, 2019 – Thursday, April 25, 2019
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

CUNY Graduate Center, room 3317

Writing over spring break? Working on your dissertation, class assignments, job materials, conference presentations, or other writing?

Launch your end-of-semester writing with our Write Now writing sessions!

Come write alongside other GC students—we provide the space, coffee, and snacks; you bring your work. We’ll be offering Write Now sessions on three days, five hours per day: Tuesday, April 23, through Thursday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day. Pop in and out as you desire! A Graduate Writing Consultant will be on call for any questions you have about your work. Optional writing strategies, goal-setting, and group check-ins will be available for those interested.

If you plan to drop in at any point, please RSVP here.

Ethical Ed Tech Edit-a-Thon and Upcoming UX workshops

Inaugural Edit-a-Thon for Ethical EdTech
Tuesday, April 2, 2-5pm, room 3317

Calling educators, students, technologists, designers, polemicists, and curious others! Join us for our first edit-a-thon event to help build Ethical EdTech into a tool that can powerfully counter the corporate-surveillance marketers. Help others find useful, ethical, educational tools relevant to their needs. Organized by former GC student Erin Glass.

Co-Sponsored by the MA Program in Digital Humanities, GC Digital Initiatives, The Teaching and Learning Center, and the Futures Initiative

For more information:

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ITP skills labs for April

WordPress-friendly Visualization Tools for Teaching and Research | Monday, April 8 | 6:30-8:30PM | Julie Fuller

Interested in how you can create visualizations and display them on a WordPress site for use in your teaching or research? Join us to learn about free, online tools for mapping, timelines, image display, and possibly more. Participants will have time during the session to experiment with the tools and have collaborative discussion about ideas for incorporating one or more in their own work.


Creating Interactive Text w/ Twine | Monday, April 15 | 6:30-8:30PM | Carlos Hernandez

In this workshop, we will explore practical aspects of designing a choose-your-own-adventure style interactive text. We will use Twine, a free, online tool for creating choice-based games. No prior programming experience will be required. We will cover not only the “how” of using Twine, but also a bit of the “why,” in terms of game design in general and game-based learning in specific.

April 4 | Information Session with the U.S. Census Bureau

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Graduate Center, Room 7209

In advance of the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people for temporary jobs across the country. These positions provide the perfect opportunity to earn some extra income while helping your community. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine each state’s representation in Congress, as well as how certain funds are spent for schools, hospitals, roads, and more.

Representatives from the Census Bureau will be at the CUNY Graduate Center to do a presentation about the Field and Office positions currently available, as well as answer questions about the application process.

Both full- and part-time positions (with flexible hours) are available.

 Important: To be eligible for a 2020 Census job, you must have a valid Social Security number and be a U.S. citizen. (Complete job qualifications are available on the 2020 Census website.)

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

April 3 | TLC Workshop: Balancing Teaching and Research as a Graduate Student

Wednesday April 3, 6-8pm
Room 9207

Do you struggle to balance the demands of teaching and research? Committing to both while making steady progress towards your degree presents a range of opportunities but also comes with some challenges. Balancing teaching and research requires its own kind of intentional, ongoing effort–for instance, how do you handle necessary lesson planning when you’re in the middle of writing? Add to this the ticking clock of your funding coming to an end and it’s easy to feel like something’s gotta give.

This workshop will offer strategies to help you balance your responsibilities as a teacher and a graduate student as well as offer resources and support to help you identify and plan for your goals. Topics to be covered include intentional planning of your research and teaching agendas, writing every day (or not), managing class preparation, and dealing with procrastination. You will leave this workshop with a plan to achieve your own goals. And maybe even some nights and weekends off.

Please register for this conference at

April 12 | Workshop on Gender Development, Expression and Play

Gender Development, Expression and Play

-Learn about gender development in young children

-Develop strategies to facilitate expansive gender performances and to create inclusive classrooms that support a variety of gender expressions

-Discuss ways to resist the perpetuation of harmful gender stereotypes

Sponsored by: The Child Development and Learning Center


Date: Friday April 12th
Time: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Place: Room 7209

Registration is necessary. To register for the workshop email:



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

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