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Dec 20 | TLC Grading Social

It’s the time of the semester where deadlines are coming fast and furious. For Graduate Center student instructors, grading student work can be overwhelming, isolating, and—even in successful courses—a bit maddening.

The Teaching and Learning Center is here to offer support. Join us on December 20th from 12-4pm in room 3317 for our first “Grading Social.” We will provide food, drinks, and camaraderie as instructors work through stacks of papers, blue books, and blog posts. Need a second or third eye on a assignment? We can provide those too.

If you’re planning to stop by, even for a little bit, please RSVP at this link so that we know how much food to order: https://goo.gl/forms/UPiZVPypf2bVGC5g2

Either way, check out this recent post “Grading Tips from the TLC” on Visible Pedagogy: https://vp.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2017/12/12/grading-tips-from-the-tlc/


Your colleagues at the TLC

Announcing ISSUE 10 of SHIFT: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture

Dear colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce that Issue 10 of SHIFT: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture is now live!

SHIFT Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture

Issue 10: In the Seam[shiftjournal.org]

co-edited by Elizabeth Lee and Andrea Nitsche-Krupp

with Kaylee P. Alexander, Rachel Boate, Jane Boyes, Kristina Molin Cherneski, Ariana Panbechi and Jonah Marrs

Issue 10 of SHIFT, an institutionally mobile peer-reviewed graduate journal currently hosted by the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, brings together articles that address an array of objects and eras: the sonic interventions of a tape recorder, a socially critical fin de siècle self-portrait, the Paisley patterns of a cotton shawl, the gold-accented ceramics of a Persian interior, and a little traffic light man who outlived the Iron Curtain. The home page features an original project and artwork by Jonah Marrs, and can be visited at https://shiftjournal.org/[shiftjournal.org]

Descent from the Cross: James Ensor’s Portrait of the Symbolist Artist[shiftjournal.org]

Kaylee P. Alexander

East-West Relations at a Crossroads: German Reunification and the GDR Ampelmännchen[shiftjournal.org]

Rachel Boate

Reading Sound and the Body in Krapp’s Last Tape[shiftjournal.org]

Jane Boyes

“Likely to Continue as Fashionable as Ever”: Kashmiri Shawls, Luxury, and the British Empire[shiftjournal.org]

Kristina Molin Cherneski

Intersecting Identities: Cultural and Traditional Allegiance in Portrait of an Emir[shiftjournal.org]

Ariana Panbechi

Clickspace: Visualizing Computer Processes Through Time-Lapse Representation[shiftjournal.org]

Jonah Marrs


Warmest regards,

Elizabeth Lee and Andrea Nitsche-Krupp
Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture

Job Opportunities

The Department of Communication and Media Arts at Marymount Manhattan College seeks adjunct instructors for the spring 2018 semester to teach COMM 230 Cultural History of Media and COMM 312 Digital Cultures.  The successful applicant must have a graduate degree (MA, MFA, or PhD), practice student-centered teaching, and be eligible to work in the United States. The current adjunct rate per class is $3,532.  Marymount Manhattan is a four year liberal arts college located at 71st street between 2nd and 3rd. We are open to hiring one instructor for both classes, and we are open to hiring two instructors. The sections we have to offer are as follows.

  • COMM 230 02 Cultural History of Media, Tuesday/Thursday 10-11:21 AM
  • COMM 312 BL01 Digital Cultures, Tuesday 8:30-9:51 AM (half online/half traditional classroom instruction)


Dec 12 | Urban Education Lecture Series

GC Student funding available for digital projects

Graduate Center students,

As this semester winds down and you plan for the next, please note that the New Media Lab is now accepting applications from all Graduate Center students for spring 2018. Students working on research-related digital projects in the lab are eligible for stipends (amount based on time spent in the lab) in addition to awards supporting travel (up to $300); teaching, history, public health, and social justice ($500); and digital dissertation components ($1000). The lab provides reserved work stations, each with a new Mac or PC, adjustable sitting-standing desk, and non-florescent lighting.

To apply to work at the lab, submit a brief project description, work plan, and your CV at https://newmedialab.cuny.edu/get-involved/student-application/.

Award and stipend details are at https://newmedialab.cuny.edu/stipends-awards/. Current and previous project descriptions can be viewed here: https://newmedialab.cuny.edu/projects/.

Lab projects range widely and include both digital presentations of research—using websites, videos, maps, and more—and analysis with a variety of digital and digitally assisted tools. Joe Kirchhof, student project/technical advisor in the lab, is available to answer questions at jkirchhof@gc.cuny.edu.

We look forward to hearing from you,


Andrea Ades Vásquez
New Media Lab Managing Director / Multimedia Producer

Associate Director, American Social History Project / Center for Media and Learning
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 7301.12
New York, NY 10016

Deadline Feb 15 | Applications for CUNY/Schomburg Archival Dissertation Fellowship


Printable pdf of this posting here: 2018-19 CUNY Schomburg Dissertation Fellowship Guidelines and Instructions 12.7.17

Deadline for Applications: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 5pm

The Schomburg Archival Dissertation Fellowship will be awarded to a student in any field of the humanities or social sciences who will significantly gain from an academic year in residency at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.  While in residence fellows will participate in bi-weekly seminar meetings of the Schomburg Scholars-in-Residence Program and will receive access to office space and a computer.  Of particular interest are interdisciplinary dissertations that treat some significant aspect of the African Diaspora, including the culture and history of African Americans, and that draw from the specific collections of The Schomburg Center.  Fellows will deliver a public lecture about their projects in the spring of the award year.  The Schomburg award provides a financial aid fellowship of $25,000 and covers in-state tuition. (more…)

Adjunct opportunity at Marymount Manhattan College

The Department of Communication and Media Arts at Marymount Manhattan College seeks adjunct instructors for the spring 2018 semester to teach COMM 305 Race, Class, and Gender in Media. The successful applicant must have a graduate degree (MA, MFA, or PhD) and practice student-centered teaching. The current adjunct rate per class is $3,532.  Marymount Manhattan is a four year liberal arts college located at 71st street between 2nd and 3rd. We are open to hiring one instructor for both sections, and we are open to hiring two instructors. The sections we have to offer are as follows.

  • COMM 305 02 Monday/Wednesday 8:30 to 9:51 AM
  • COMM 305 03 Tuesday/Thursday 5:50 to 7:11 PM

Please read the course description below. A syllabus will be provided, but instructors have flexibility to teach to their strengths provided they adhere to the course description and learning goals.

Interested applicants should contact Peter Schaefer at pschaefer@mmm.edu.


This course explores how issues of race, class, sexuality, and gender are mediated by, and organize our experience of, film and television from technological specifications to issues of narrative and political economy. We will approach these issues through two critical lenses. First, we will encounter the core theoretical concepts developed by film and media scholars, Marxist activists, and pioneers in the fields of critical race theory, queer theory, and third-wave feminism. Second, we will investigate how these and other concepts have been taken up, modified, and challenged by popular critics, lay audiences, and fan subcultures in order to both embrace and deconstruct the media they consume.





Spring 2018 Professional Development Seminars

Students may register online for these courses, they are listed in the course schedule under “Professional Development”.  Course numbers and registration codes are listed below.  The courses are 0 credits and do not appear on student transcripts; they are free of charge and open to all matriculated Graduate Center students.


PDEV 79400  Advanced Spoken English: Teaching and Presentation Skills

GC:  Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. TBA, 0 credits, [38082]

This course is designed to help students improve their spoken English in a variety of academic and casual settings through guided instruction of American-style conversation and direct instruction of spoken English fluency and pronunciation skills.  Additionally, students will be instructed in the standard methods and style of teaching and presenting for the American university classroom.  Students will also be discussing and learning about American culture via themes and topics that are relevant to the students’ interests.


Dec 11 | Program Student Association Info session

Want to learn how to better organize the students in your program? There is going to be a  Program Student Association Info session next MONDAY, December 11th, 5:30-7pm, in room 5409.  Join members of the Governance Task Force of the Doctoral Students’ Council to learn about Program Student Associations (program student governments which the DSC recognizes as the official voice of students in their programs) and how you can use them to organize around issues relevant to your program.

Learn more about PSAs at the DSC website as well: http://cunydsc.org/program-student-associations/

Charlotte Thurston
Co-Chair for Student Affairs
Doctoral Students’ Council
Room 5493 | 212-817-7881

Deadline Jan 12 | Applications for Mellon Fellowships at the Humanities Institute, New York Botanical Garden




The Humanities Institute, a research division within the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at The New York Botanical Garden, is pleased to offer a full-time, residential Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for 2018 for current Ph.D. students or recent post-doctoral researchers. Candidates are invited to submit a proposal for independent research in the environmental humanities.

Fellows will conduct research that involves innovative interdisciplinary approaches to areas such as landscape and garden design; urban planning and social history; cultural anthropology; the history and philosophy of botany; botanical exploration; and arts and illustration, with a primary focus on areas of inquiry that connect nature to the human experience. Specific collections at NYBG should also be taken into consideration as part of the research topic. Recipients will be given full access to the unique, historical collections of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, the Archives, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, and the Living Collections, including the 250-acre historic landscape. Recipients are also encouraged to take advantage of the cultural and educational resources of New York City.

Eligibility: Current Ph.D. candidates and recent post-doctoral researchers (no more than four years since graduation) who would like to further their studies in a large, international plant-based research center. Students from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities are encouraged to apply.

Tenure of Fellowship: Nine months (tenure can be activated as early as April 1, 2018, and no later than September 6, 2018). Deferral of a student’s Mellon Fellowship is not permitted. Fellowships at NYBG’s Humanities Institute are full-time residential awards that place great emphasis on the exchange of ideas among fellows and the spirit of community within the larger institution. Fellows are expected to devote themselves fully to their studies, and give a presentation about their own research. They are also requested to participate in the Humanities Institute’s activities, including symposia, colloquia, and workshops, as well as important lectures and exhibits held Garden-wide.

Fellowship award: $42,000 (forty-two thousand U.S. dollars), plus health benefits. Fellows are also eligible for a Travel stipend during their tenure to conduct research directly related to their project (travel maximum three weeks, arranged in consultation with the administrative manager).

How to apply:
The application must be submitted as a single document—Microsoft Word or PDF file—to: HIfellows@nybg.org. Letters of recommendation, in PDF file format, must be submitted directly from the recommender to the Humanities Institute Research Coordinator, Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, at vsellers@nybg.org. All applications will receive an e-mail acknowledgement of receipt. If you have further questions, please contact the Humanities Institute Research Coordinator, Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, at vsellers@nybg.org.

Applications should include:

  • Complete curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications.
  • Project proposal, including a 2–3 page (max. 750 words) statement that provides an overview of the project you plan to include with an explanation of your research’s significance in the field and the manner in which it will contribute to new scholarship in the environmental humanities.
  • Copy of your Graduate Transcripts.
  • Tentative schedule of work to be accomplished during the fellowship.
  • Three letters of recommendation to be sent electronically by the recommenders.
  • The Deadline for all application material, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, is January 12, 2018.
  • Applications, to be written in English, must be submitted electronically by 5 p.m. (EST), January 12, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted. Three letters of recommendation are required for all applicants. Awards will be announced by March 1, 2018.

Upon acceptance of the fellowship, applicants will discuss their academic year plan (a period of nine months)—including their schedule for residence in New York/New York Botanical Garden, and their specific contribution to the Humanities Institute and related institutional projects—with the Humanities Institute Research Coordinator.

Housing for Fellows: Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements, but suggestions will be provided.

Health Insurance for Fellows: A comprehensive Health Benefit package is offered in addition to the fellowship payment (details of coverage to be finalized in consultation with Human Resource Dept.).

Learn more about the Humanities Institute at nybg.com/humanities[nybg.convio.net]

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