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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: Lperrotta@gc.cuny.edu

 

 

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

April 4 | Careers for Humanists in Research, Education, and Outreach

Thursday, 4 April 2019, 5:00–7:00pm

Art History Lounge, Room 3408

This event is co-sponsored by the PublicsLab, the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development, the Department of Art History, and the Department of History.

Four humanities PhDs (including two alumni of The Graduate Center!) working at the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) will discuss possible career trajectories for humanities PhDs, including soft money positions, the relationship between academic and non-academic jobs, and how to manage the varied commitments entailed by pursuing a graduate degree. As a team, they are responsible for building the Center’s public profile through archival research, digital storytelling, institutional and educational outreach, and organized partnerships with donors, scholars, and foundation practitioners. Panelists were trained in various academic disciplines, and embarked upon distinct paths in pursuit of the doctorate and an alt-ac career.

For more information about panelists, please visit the PublicsLab website.

A panel discussion and Q&A will be followed by the chance to mingle and network. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP.

Upcoming GCDI Workshops and Events

Talk: “Youngmin Kim: Digital Humanities in Asia” Wednesday March 13th, 2019 6:30-8:30pm

Join us as we hear from Youngmin Kim (Professor of English, Distinguished Research Professor at Dongguk University, and Jack Ma Chair Professor of Ma Yun Education Fund at Hangzhou Normal University) discuss the current status of digital humanities scholarship in Asia. His talk will consider digital humanities as participant in the 4th Industrial Revolution transforming itself into an “expanded field” and reminding us of the three V’s in the Fourth Wave of the Industrial Revolution: Volume, Velocity, and Variety (one can add more: Variability and Complexity now). Following Richard Howitt’s application of the concept of the “scale” to representation of “glocalization,” Kim invokes a double movement of the local and the global which contextualizes “the simultaneous and contested shift up-scale towards the global and down-scale to the local as a response to changing economic, political and cultural pressures.” Consequently, he argues, one might “zoom-in and zoom-out” (or “turn closely and go away distantly”) of the object of “DH in Asia,” which, can be seen in the next 2019 JADH-Osaka conference theme of “Localization in Global DH” in “wider East Asia region.”

Register HERE

 

Talk: “What Can You Do with a 3D Reconstruction of Ancient Rome?” Thursday, March 14th, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm

The Rome Reborn project is an international initiative, launched in 1996, to create a 3D reconstruction of ancient Rome in AD 320, shortly before the capital of the empire was moved to Constantinople. This year was chosen because it represents the peak of the urban development of the ancient city. The model took 22 years to complete. In August 2018, it was finally made available to scholars and to the general public through the VR publisher Flyover
Zone Productions. (To see the project visit www.romereborn.org). This talk is will draw out the project’s scientific uses as a tool of discovery, taking as point of departure is the claim that a reconstruction of a complex city like ancient Rome is a case in point of Aristotle’s famous claim that “the whole is not a heap but something other than the sum of the parts.” The presentation will feature 3 virtual reality case studies: the alignment of two monuments seen from a fixed position (the relationship of the Montecitorio Obelisk to the Ara Pacis); the dynamically changing viewsheds available to the visitor in the densely-packed Roman Forum (the visit of Constantius II to Rome in AD 357); and, as noticeable in a series of bird’s eye views, the application of organic, as opposed to geometric, urban planning and land use in the entire cityscape. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program.

Register HERE

 

Workshop: “Graphic Design for Websites” Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

“Graphic Design for Websites” will emphasize the basic elements and principles of graphic design in relationship to front end web design aesthetics. Students will be exposed to various examples and applications for WordPress based websites (on the CUNY Academic Commons and beyond). The workshop will also introduce and apply a myriad of Open Education Resources on design, techniques, and software. Hands on exercises will be explored.

Register HERE

 

Workshop: WordPress II: Customizing, Stylizing, and Integrating with Social Media, Thursday, March 21, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

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 colors across the site using the Customizer function. We will not be covering how to create a WordPress site during this workshop, so we recommend that you come with a WordPress site with some content to begin. WordPress sites can be created for free using the CUNY Academic Commons. Instructions can be found here: https://commons.gc.cuny.edu/register/. You can also use OpenCUNY: https://opencuny.org/wp-signup.php.

Register HERE

March workshops in the library

To register for the workshops, please click on the title of the event and use the RSVP button on the event page.

Research for Master’s Students

March 13, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

In this workshop we will discuss research at a graduate level. Topics to be covered include searching for resources, choosing a topic, evaluating sources, and formatting a paper. Attendees will come away with strategies for taking their research to the next level.

Zotero on Your Laptop

March 20, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join us for a hands-on introduction to managing citations with Zotero, a free and open source research tool that makes organizing your research and creating bibliographies a breeze. Please bring a laptop with you, and make sure you can install software on it, so our instructors can help you get started on your own devices.

– Learn the basics of Zotero

– Install Zotero on your laptop

– Create a Zotero account

– Place citations into your Zotero account

– Create a bibliography using Microsoft Word plug-in

Archival Research

March 27, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Please join us for “Archival Research: The Basics.” We’ll explore the fundamentals 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.

 

 

Open Classroom Month, March 9-April 11th

The Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center’s Open Teaching Initiative is pleased to launch the Open Classroom Month. Designed to help prepare and familiarize Graduate Center students with CUNY’s undergraduate classrooms as well as a range of instructional models, Open Classroom Month invites Graduate Center students to visit classes taught by experienced CUNY faculty. Observing how other instructors develop and implement lessons, manage discussions, utilize classroom space and technology, and mix instructional methods can help Graduate Center student instructors evolve as teachers, and, for those just starting out in the classroom, can help demystify college instruction.

Numerous faculty from a variety of CUNY campuses and disciplines have generously agreed to open their classes from March 9th-April 11th. To browse the complete list of open classes, please visit http://cuny.is/open-teaching. You can view Open Classes by campus or by teaching method keyword. Participating instructors have provided a brief description of their teaching practices and what you can expect to experience during the class visit.

We encourage Graduate Center students to visit as many classes and explore as many instructional methods as they can: visit classes both in and outside your discipline; use Open Classroom Month as a way to familiarize yourself with the student body, classrooms and logistics of multiple CUNY campuses, as well as as an opportunity to see instructional methods that you plan to use, already use, are hesitant to incorporate, or that may even be completely new.

To sign-up to visit a class, click the “sign-up to visit” link and use the Doodle Poll scheduler to see all available dates and times. Please be certain that any sessions you select fit your schedule, including commute time to campus and navigating the classroom. The day before you visit the class, please send the instructor a brief email to let them know you’ll attend.

You will need to sign-in at the front desk of each campus using your Graduate Center ID card, so please budget time to do so. Make sure that you’re able to arrive at least five minutes early to the course, and, if you can, introduce yourself to the instructor. Participating faculty have generously opened three spaces/visit in each class session, so be sure to sign-up as soon as possible and/or remove yourself from the sign-up if your schedule changes. The Teaching and Learning Center will notify each instructor to expect your visit. Maps to each CUNY senior campus can be found here.

If you would like to sign up without your name being public, or if you have any questions, please send an email both tlc@gc.cuny.edu and avra.spector@gmail.com.

Thank you for your interest in Open Teaching Month, and we sincerely hope you’ll be able to take advantage of this opportunity!

Deadline Mar 11 | Apply to Participate in the TLC’s Socially Conscious Pedagogy Focused Inquiry Group

2019 Socially Conscious Pedagogy Focused Inquiry Group

Are you interested in pedagogies that address a variety of oppressive and marginalizing forces in the university classroom? Participants in the Teaching and Learning Center’s 2019 Developing a Socially Conscious Pedagogy Focused Inquiry Group will build on previous SCP work by researching, reading, discussing and writing about higher education pedagogies that are self-reflexive, responsive and subversive of hegemonic social and educational practices. Expanding on work around educator positionality, this group will examine academic and non-academic texts with the goal of co-creating a “self-care tool kit” for Graduate Center students teaching at CUNY. We will gather, curate and reflect on tools and strategies (intellectual, emotional, spiritual and logistical) used by college educators to empower and sustain their teaching practice as educators of color and/or for students of color.

Participants will be asked to attend a total of 6 meetings between the beginning of April and the end of June (bi-weekly) in which we will first research, read and discuss texts that center the voices and experiences of educators and students of color. We will then meet in June for two working sessions in which we will co-create a toolkit.

To submit an application for this Focused Inquiry Group, please include a CV and respond to the following prompt in approximately 3-500 words:

How does your positionality (or positionalities) in the classroom inform how you design your courses? What elements of your identity and personal history show up in your pedagogical practices?

Participants must be able to meet on a Monday or Tuesday, commit to 6 one-hour long sessions, and contribute writing to a common deliverable (the toolkit). Selected participants will receive a $500 stipend. Selections will be determined based on the clarity of the connection between positionality and teaching practice, as well as to ensure that there is a diversity of disciplines and/or lenses represented.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 11th by 6pm via an email to tlc@gc.cuny.edu.

If you have further questions please email slaksimimorrow@gradcenter.cuny.edu

ITP Program March Talks and Labs

Talk: “A Stroll Through the Dark Web”

Date: Tuesday, March 26 | 6:30PM

Location: Room 3317

All are welcome; advance registration through Eventbrite is appreciated: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-stroll-through-the-dark-web-tickets-57643334766

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. Continue reading ITP Program March Talks and Labs

Mar 1 | Incorporating Cultural Content in the Language Classroom

Friday, March 1, 2019
4:00 – 6:00pm, Room 9207

Many language instructors enter the classroom for the first time without knowledge of language acquisition principles. They are often asked to design their classes based on a textbook that doesn’t speak to students’ experiences and fails to appeal directly to them. New instructors often feel pressured to teach following a grammar-oriented approach that seems to leave little room for practical language skills.

These issues and others have emerged as part of a year-long inquiry into the challenges of teaching languages at CUNY facilitated by the Teaching and Learning Center. Join participants in our Focused Inquiry Group to discuss strategies for balancing grammatical and cultural content to create engaging language learning environments. We will examine different source materials, from textbooks to movies, music videos and Open Educational Resources (OER), and will offer concrete ideas on how to adapt these materials to the needs of various classes. We’ll explore selected language acquisition frameworks, such as Task-based learning and Implicit vs. Explicit Knowledge, that can allow faculty to use culturally relevant content while meeting class goals. Participants are invited to bring any instructional materials that they use. All language instructors are welcome.

RSVP here: http://cuny.is/tlc-spring-19.