May 4 | Post Grad (Center): Engaging Publics with a PhD

From the Office of Career Planning & Professional Development


Dear Students,

We have been busy working on an NEH challenge grant, Next Generation Humanities PhD, which we were privileged to receive, as one of a select number of institutions​, for the 2016-17 academic year. Our project, The New PhD: A Renaissance of Public Engagement, is an attempt to develop resources and foster programmatic changes that will prepare students not only for careers on the tenure track but in professional spheres beyond, where they might put the expertise of a humanities or humanistic social science PhD to work in professions that engage different publics. To cap off our efforts, on May 4, 2017,​ we will host a town hall meeting, Post Grad (Center): Engaging Publics with a PhD,  which will bring together Graduate Center faculty, students, and alum such as yourself for panel discussions, networking, and a keynote address. Continue reading May 4 | Post Grad (Center): Engaging Publics with a PhD

Extended deadline to May 2 | Altfest Graduate Internship Program, Summer 2017

Altfest Graduate Internships

The Graduate Center Office of Career Planning and Professional Development facilitates partnerships with local institutions to host graduate student internships. The opportunities are meant to encourage graduate students to explore diverse career options, while developing skills and experience that will advance their career goals.

Candidates are encouraged to have their application materials reviewed through the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development before applying. Continue reading Extended deadline to May 2 | Altfest Graduate Internship Program, Summer 2017

April 25 | Publicizing Your Research: Building, Communicating, and Branding Your Academic Identity

Tuesday, 04/25/2017
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Graduate Center, Room C202

If you haven’t published yet, don’t worry, there are other options for you! Digital media technologies have become increasingly important in academic life, offering new opportunities and new challenges to get your academic voice heard outside of peer-reviewed journals.

Digital technologies provide academics an array of platforms on which to share their work, broaden its reach and impact, gain recognition, and engage broader audiences. This panel event brings together prominent public-facing academics across fields to discuss best practices for GC students to cultivate, communicate, and connect their research to diverse stakeholders in innovative ways. Continue reading April 25 | Publicizing Your Research: Building, Communicating, and Branding Your Academic Identity

Soft Skills: James Gallery exhibition and public programs

Exhibition Reception: Wed, Apr 19, 2017, 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM | The James Gallery

Pairing artworks from the 1970s with contemporary practices, “Soft Skills” critically examines interpersonal capacities like communication, cooperation, empathy, and flexibility, framing them as modes of feminized performance—and moreover, as work. Early feminist art often troubled the threshold between artifice and authenticity, using devices like masquerade and fictive personae to denaturalize the relationship between subjectivity and gender. This exhibition draws parallels from that groundbreaking work to more recent art from the U.S. and Canada, historicizing their connection in light of the transformation of labor practices in those countries over the past four decades. Together, the works on view demonstrate role-play and self-management as both feminist performative strategies and imperatives of post-Fordist labor. Continue reading Soft Skills: James Gallery exhibition and public programs

April 7 |”Activism in Academia”

Please join the Center for the Humanities on Friday, April 7th from 10am to 4pm for “Activism in Academia” in the Martin E. Segal Theatre at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

“Activism in Academia” is an interdisciplinary, day-long symposium discussing the value of political and apolitical work—in our classrooms, on our campuses, and in our scholarship—as it relates to activism within underrepresented communities. Continue reading April 7 |”Activism in Academia”

April 20 | Alumni Panel on Entrepreneurship

Careers in Entrepreneurship

Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Room C197

Graduate Center alumni have created a dizzying assortment of successful businesses demonstrating that PhD skills are transferable to avenues outside of academia. At this panel discussion on entrepreneurship you’ll learn from recent alumni how to apply your skills toward opening and running your own business or nonprofit, what challenges you might face and how to overcome them, and why entrepreneurship might be the right path for you.

Please register to attend here.


Jennifer Bernstein, PhD English, Founder and President, Get Yourself into College, Inc.

Maya Hess, PhD Criminology, Founder and CEO, Red T

Yonatan Reinberg, PhD Anthropology, Co-founder and Lead Developer, Social Ink

GC Digital Initiative Workshops

Workshop: “Cleaning Data with OpenRefine”  Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 – 6:30-8:30pm

Data cleaning is an important step in any data-driven research project. Often data is harvested from diverse sources such as the web, databases, spreadsheets, text files, and countless other places. Before it is cleaned, “messy” data can suffer from a host of problems, including inconsistent encodings, formats, and missing values to name just a few. This workshop will explain how to clean a dataset using OpenRefine. OpenRefine is a tool designed to make the task of data cleaning easy. We will learn how to use OpenRefine as well as talk generally about the process of data cleaning.

This workshop will be hosted by GC Digital Fellow Jeremy March.

Register HERE

Workshop: “Visualization 3”  Thursday, April 20th, 2017 – 6:30-8:30pm

Interactive web based visualizations are becoming ever more integral to sharing research to the world at large and they are largely created using the D3.js library. In this workshop, we learn about the d3 data model and its conceptualization of graphics. We will then learn how to build and customize some simple graphs in D3.js. Participation in previous workshops not required.

This workshop will be hosted by GC Digital Fellow Hannah Aizenman.

Register HERE


About the Workshops and the GC Digital Fellows Program: 

Part of GC Digital Initiatives and based in the GC Digital Scholarship Lab, the GC Digital Fellows Program operates as an in-house think-and-do tank for digital projects, connecting Fellows to digital initiatives throughout The Graduate Center. Digital Fellows utilize a team-based approach as they explore creative solutions for projects that can be implemented in a collaborative fashion. In the process, the Program helps build out “The Digital GC” — a vision of the Graduate Center that incorporates technology into its core research and teaching missions.

For more information, contact us here.

Deadline April 14 | CFP: Activism and the Intersectional Internet

Activism and the Intersectional Internet: Power and Resistance

A half-day symposium hosted by the GC Digital Fellows

May 17, 2017, The Martin E. Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY


Deadline for submissions: Friday, April 14th, 2017

The GC Digital Fellows invite submissions for inclusion in a half-day symposium on digital activism that brings together designers, software developers, community organizers and scholars to discuss the possibilities and limitations of digital activism — past and present — and its relationship to offline grassroots efforts. From social media networks to e-mail to websites, the Internet and digital technologies are deployed both as a tool to organize and amplify activists’ resistance efforts, as well as a site of state and corporate control and surveillance.

Continue reading Deadline April 14 | CFP: Activism and the Intersectional Internet

May 2-3: “In Black and White: Photography, Race, and the Modern Impulse in Brazil at Midcentury” Conference

This conference investigates Brazilian modernist photography, its relationship to race, and its place within a dynamic international network of images and ideas.  Click here for more details.


Tuesday, May 2, 6–8pm: Keynote Panel

The Celeste Bartos Theater, The Museum of Modern Art (4 West 54 Street)

Roberto Conduru (Rio de Janeiro State University); Helouise Costa (Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Universidade de São Paulo); Heloísa Espada (Instituto Moreira Salles, São Paulo); Sarah Hermanson Meister (The Museum of Modern Art)

Moderator: Edward Sullivan (Institute of Fine Arts, NYU)

Admission is free but pre-registration is required. Please click here to confirm your attendance.

Wednesday, May 3, 9:30am–6:00pm

Martin E. Segal Theater, The Graduate Center, CUNY (365 Fifth Avenue)

9:30am–9:45am Opening Remarks

9:45am–11:45pm International Photographic Networks in Brazil and Beyond

Lucas Menezes (Université Paris 1—Panthéon Sorbonne); Marly Porto (Universidade de São Paulo); Marcio Siwi (New York University); Alise Tifentale (The Graduate Center, CUNY); Moderator: Claudia Calirman (John Jay College, CUNY)

1:00pm–2:30pm Reversing Spheres of Influence: The Artists of Foto Cine Clube Bandeirante

Ana Cândida de Avelar (University of Brasília); Adrian Anagnost (Tulane University); Paula V. Kupfer (Independent Scholar); Moderator: Harper Montgomery (Hunter College, CUNY)

3:00–4:30pm Race and Circulation in the Urban Sphere

Monica Bravo (Yale University); Danielle Stewart (The Graduate Center, CUNY); Abigail Lapin Dardashti (The Graduate Center, CUNY); Moderator: Anna Indych-López (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

4:30–6:00pm Reception

The conference is organized by Abigail Lapin Dardashti, Museum Research Consortium Fellow, MoMA and Ph.D. Candidate, CUNY, and Sarah Hermanson Meister, Curator, Department of Photography, MoMA.

Co-sponsored by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art ; and at The Graduate Center: the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC); Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC); the Rewald Endowment of the Ph.D. Program in Art History; Dominican Studies Group; the Feminist Studies Group; and the Postcolonial Studies Group.

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