Category Archives: Seminars/Workshops

Oct 24 | TLC Workshop: Teaching with Images

Teaching with Images
10/24, 4-6pm, Room C-201

Images are everywhere, all the time, but often we do not give those images much more than a glance, a scroll, a swipe, or maybe a comment. Images can help us and our students think about and better know the world around us. No matter our discipline, using images in our teaching can offer new and exciting ways to engage with texts, explore concepts, and imagine perspectives.

This workshop will explore the pedagogical possibilities of intentionally and deeply engaging images alongside course texts and other content, while helping students develop a visual imagination and vocabulary. We will take a fresh look at how to effectively use images in a Powerpoint or other presentation software, and also discuss how to use images in relation to teaching and learning with art, digital media, and student-produced images like collage, memes, and video. We will then think through and practice some of the ways that images can assist instructors to create community, facilitate learning, and foster student engagement.

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Library Workshops for October

Welcome to the Library! (Thursday 10/11, 6:30–8:00 pm)

Jump-start your library research with pointers from the GC librarians. Learn how to use the library website; develop effective search queries; access electronic resources on or off campus; determine the best database for your research; and find archival and primary sources. In addition, you’ll learn the basics of citation management.

Zotero on Your Laptop (Tuesday 10/16, 1:00–2:30 pm)

Learn how to use this excellent, open-source citation management software. We’ll teach you how to install Zotero on your laptop; sign up for a Zotero account; add citations to your account; and create a bibliography.

Archival Research: The Basics (Thursday 10/18, 6:30–8:00 pm; Wednesday 10/24, 3:30–5:00 pm)

We’ll explore the basics of archival research in this workshop, including defining what archives are and how they are arranged. We’ll also discuss where and how to look for sources and go over what to expect when you visit an archival repository or conduct research from afar. Bring your laptop to follow along.

Schooling Google Scholar: Optimizing Your Google Scholar Profile (Tuesday 10/23, 1:30–3:00 pm)

You’re probably familiar with using Google Scholar to search for scholarly literature. But did you know Google Scholar also includes researcher profiles, which researchers themselves can edit and enhance? Come learn how to claim your researcher profile, make your entries as correct and complete as possible, and interpret the citation metrics it provides. We’ll also show you how to enrich your profile with links to the full text of your scholarly works. (Spoiler: You can add items in CUNY Academic Works to your profile!)

To sign up for the workshops, go to the workshops post on the library blog and click on the RSVP links.

GC Digital Initiatives: October Workshops

Workshop: “Finding Data for Mapping: Tips and Strategies” Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:30pm

Ever wonder what it takes to make elegant maps and infographics that show sociodemographic, political, and other types of information in powerfully succinct ways? Want to learn more about how these maps are made? Where does the data come from? In this workshop we are going to go through the steps it takes to make a map. We will talk about tips and strategies you can use to find the data you need, to make sure you have the right kind of data, and to begin building a map of your own.

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Workshop: “Sound: Recording, Sourcing, Editing, Sharing” Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:30pm

Does your research involve sound? Would you like to learn more about digital tools for recording, editing, and sharing audio files, as well as finding new sound sources? This workshop will review some hardware, software, techniques, and concepts that are useful to scholars working with sound – be it music, voices, soundscapes, or otherwise.

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Workshop: “Understanding (&) Building on the Web with HTML/CSS” Monday, October 22nd, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:30pm

What’s a website? How does it work, and how can I build one from scratch? This workshop will address these basic questions and more as you begin building on the web. This workshop will introduce participants to HTML and CSS, the two languages used to write nearly 80% of all websites (whose markup language is known). By the end of this workshop, students will have a better understanding of how the web works, and will have the tools to begin creating sites on the web from scratch!

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Workshop: “Understanding Machine Learning” Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:30pm

Machine learning is ever more present, both as a tool in many areas of academic research and as a technology that shapes modern society, an impact that is in itself a subject worthy of study. In this workshop we will start from the basics on what is a machine learning, model, its components and some key concepts to understand research in machine learning. The workshop will offer hands on examples of some machine learning models with the popular scikit learn toolkit (a python toolkit included in anaconda). I will also introduce concepts related to the problematics around machine learning in today’s world (model transparency, bias, etc).

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Oct 4 | TLC Workshop: Gaining Comfort with Public Speaking

Thursday, October 4
4-6pm, Room C201

Some people consider public speaking scarier than death. It also happens to be something that we must do regularly in the academy, including in our roles as instructors. Whatever our level of mastery in our academic discipline, how we say things and the particular contexts in which we speak impact the efficacy and clarity of our communication. Though public speaking is integral to our work, we rarely get feedback on how we interact and present. We also rarely have occasion to think about the bodily and affective aspects of engaging with an audience.

By breaking down and exploring some of these components of public speaking, we can better understand the nerves and fear that arise around this act. Such understanding can serve as a foundation for improving our ability to communicate clearly and effectively in the classroom and beyond.

Join staff from the Teaching and Learning Center on Thursday, October 4th, from 4:00p-6:00p in Room C-201 for an interactive workshop: Gaining Comfort with Public Speaking. We will look at public speaking in a variety of classroom settings, explore strategies for getting comfortable, examine the different elements of public speaking (such as mannerisms), and think through their relationship to context and audience. This will all be done with an eye towards helping attendees become more comfortable speaking in the classroom.

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Extended deadline Fri, Sep 28: Call for CUNY Participants: Theater Works! Performance/Playwriting Workshop on Caregiving at CUNY

Application Deadline: Friday, September 28, 2018, 11:59pm.

Due to the overwhelming response to the first TheaterWorks! on Caregiving at CUNY workshop in Spring 2018, the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY in collaboration with Working Theater and PSC-CUNY, is pleased to announce a Fall workshop/performance series. This free 12-week playwriting and performance workshop is open to CUNY faculty, staff, graduate students, and retirees who are PSC-CUNY or DC37 members involved with the care of an elderly, ill, or disabled family member and who are looking to write about the care relationship, the labor involved, and/or its impact on their life and work. The workshop will be led by writer/performer Joe White and is organized by Kathlene McDonald as part of “The Labor of Care Archive: Caregiver Narratives from CUNY and its Communities” Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.

TheaterWorks! workshops teach performance and writing skills to working people. Participants write their own short plays based on their work and caregiving experiences. The workshop will begin with theater exercises aimed at uncovering the dramatic potential of everyday stories. As the workshop progresses we will explore the humor, exasperating challenges, and deep connections of our lives. In a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, TheaterWorks! participants will write their own short plays. The workshop will end with a performance of participants’ work in which you will perform your work and perform them before an invited audience, alongside professional actors and with the guidance of professional directors. All levels of writers are welcome.

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Sep 26 | TLC Workshop: Expanding Your Pedagogical Toolkit

Expanding Your Pedagogical Toolkit
Wednesday, September 26, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Graduate Center, Room 6496

Looking for new and creative instructional practices to enliven your classroom? Interested in learning new ways to structure your students’ engagement with course materials?

Energetic class discussions and meaningful activities help connect emerging thinking to the reading students are doing. A supportive classroom community can reduce anxiety about learning, and create space for reflection and intellectual engagement. These are essential components for courses that we wish to resonate well-past the final exam. The goal of this workshop is to help build and expand your pedagogical toolkit with a range of activities that assist in facilitating these kinds of experiences in our classrooms.

We will look at a collection of classroom activities with a variety of pedagogical goals, and discuss their use and potential across disciplines. Participants will leave with specific classroom activities, along with ideas about how to incorporate them into their teaching.

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Please click here for the Fall 2018 TLC workshop plan.

GC Digital Initiatives September Workshops and Events

Workshop: “Digital Academic Identity and WordPress I”
Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:30pm

The purpose of this workshop is to help you establish a digital academic identity while becoming familiar with the WordPress platform. We will focus on utilizing the CUNY Academic Commons, helping you establish your digital CV, a blog, or both. We will focus on organization and design, including theme editing, managing content, custom menus and image use. We recommend that attendees come prepared with their CV (digital format preferred) and / or a blog idea or sample blog post. If you are not already a member of the CUNY Academic Commons, we recommend that you sign up before the workshop.

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Workshop: “Lexicon of DH”
 Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:30pm

With the remarkable array of digital tools available, it can be difficult to determine which ones you’ll really need, particularly when you’re in the research stage. Perhaps you only vaguely understand what “digital humanities” is. This workshop will give an overview of digital humanities methods and will address how you find the tools for you. We’ll discuss the genres and lexicon of DH from text analysis to geospatial mapping and review some of the many online resource directories and resources at The Graduate Center. Feel free to come with your project ideas and questions.

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Workshop: “Introduction to Programming with Python”
Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 – 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.

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Faculty Job Search Workshops

Fall is upon us and the academic job market is in full swing. We are pleased to offer the following series of workshops to support our students as they begin their searches for faculty positions and postdocs.  Please forward the information below to interested students.


Jenny Furlong, Director, Office of Career Planning & Professional Development
Luke Waltzer, Director, Teaching & Learning Center

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