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May 24 | TLC Grading Social

12-4pm, room 3318

Dear GC Community,

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

The Teaching and Learning Center is here to offer support. Join us on Thursday, May 24th from 12-4pm in room 3317 for our “Grading Social.” We will provide food, drinks, 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.

Check out this past post “Grading Tips from the TLC” on Visible Pedagogy and watch @GCTLC #amgrading on Twitter for more grading tips (and share your own!) starting Monday, May 21.

If you’re planning to stop by, even for a little bit, please RSVP here by Monday May 21 so that we know how much food to order.


Your colleagues at the TLC

May 11 | O, Earth! by Casey Llewellyn: A Staged Reading

Please join the Center for the Humanities on Friday, May 11th for “O, Earth! by Casey Llewellyn: A Staged Reading” at 7:00 pm in the Martin E. Segal Theatre at the Graduate Center, CUNY. This staged reading of O, Earth!, a play written by Casey Llewellyn is led by Baruch College students Zeynep Akca, Roberta Cooper, Reuven Glezer, Ruth Ostrow, and Dana Spataru, and in collaboration with Baruch’s GLASS (Gender, Love, & Sexuality Studies) student organization, and is mentored by Janet Werther and facilitated by Debra Caplan. O, Earth! transposes Thornton Wilder’s Our Town to a contemporary LGBTQ+ context, asking who lives (and dies) in “our” towns, and what queer legacies we hope to leave on this earth. Click here to join or share on Facebook.   

May 16 | The Digital GC: End-of-Year Showcase

4:15 – 6:30 pm in the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

Are you using digital technologies in your research? Are you interested in learning about digital initiatives at the Graduate Center? The Digital GC: End of Year Showcase is an annual celebration of students’ digital scholarship and pedagogy at the Graduate Center. Come learn about learn about the Praxis seminar class’s final projects and the Provost Digital Innovation Grants, as well. It’s an excellent time to make connections with other students at the GC working on digital projects and methods and who are experimenting with new technologies to help query, interpret, and publish their research. Curious about the projects students are working on to complete their Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate? Want to know more about what kinds of projects students undertake in the New Media Lab? All of these will be represented at the Showcase, offering you a one-stop overview of much of the work being done across the Graduate Center.

The GC Digital Showcase is open to the public, and we are excited to announce that it will also be livestreamed to view online.

More information HERE

May 29 | Race for Profit: Black Homeownership and the End of the Urban Crisis

Robert Fitch Memorial Lecture
Keeanga-Yamhtta Taylor [aas.princeton.edu], Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University
3:30pm, LaGuardia’s Main Stage Theater
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes on Black politics, social movements, and racial inequality in the United States. Her book From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket Books, 2016), is an examination of the history and politics of Black America and the development of the social movement Black Lives Matter in response to police violence in the United States. It won the 2016 Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book. Her articles have been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Jacobin, New Politics, The Guardian, In These Times, Black Agenda Report, Ms., International Socialist Review, and other publications.

Taylor’s research examines race and public policy including American housing policies. Dr. Taylor is currently working on a manuscript titled Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s, which looks at the federal government’s promotion of single-family homeownership in Black communities after the urban rebellions of the 1960s. Taylor looks at how the federal government’s turn to market-based solutions in its low-income housing programs in the 1970s impacted Black neighborhoods, Black women on welfare, and emergent discourses on the urban “underclass”. Taylor is interested in the role of private sector forces, typically hidden in public policy making and execution, in the “urban crisis” of the 1970s.

Dr. Taylor will be introduced by Doug Henwood. Henwood edits the Left Business Observer, is a contributing editor of The Nation, and hosts a radio weekly program called “Behind the News.” His latest book is My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets The Presidency.


Links of interest:

From Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor,  Introduction and Chapter 6 [dropbox.com], in From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.

From Bob Fitch: Chapter 1, “The Fire this Time,” [dropbox.com] in Assassination of New York.


You may RSVP via  https://www.facebook.com/events/606990432994318/ [facebook.com]



May 3 | Teaching and Learning with New Majority Students: Lessons Learned from the CUNY Humanities Alliance

Thursday, May 3 | 12:15 to 2 PM | The Graduate Center, Room C201

RSVP at bit.ly/TeachingCUNYHums

Join The Futures Initiative and the CUNY Humanities Alliance for a discussion about community college student-centered teaching and learning in the humanities and social sciences! In this roundtable discussion, Graduate Teaching Fellows will discuss their experiences and what they have learned through their participation in the program, which combines faculty mentorship, professional development workshops and resources with the opportunity to design and teach a course during three semesters at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY.

Our roundtable of speakers are all Mellon Graduate Teaching Fellows with the CUNY Humanities Alliance, and will include:

  • Kahdeidra Monét Martin (Urban Education)
  • Jenn Polish (English)
  • Micheal Angelo Rumore (English)
  • Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie (Music)
  • Inés Vañó García (Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages)
  • Alison Walls (Theatre)

The discussion will be moderated by Kitana Ananda, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for the CUNY Humanities Alliance and the Futures Initiative.


The discussion will address questions such as:

  • What does it mean to teach the humanities at a community college? How do doctoral students translate their specialized research into their teaching of introductory and general education courses?
  • What kinds of connections have been forged between community college faculty, doctoral students, and undergraduates in the first two years of this program?
  • What are the lessons of this program so far for doctoral education and the future of the professoriate, at the Graduate Center and beyond?


About the program:

The CUNY Humanities Alliance is dedicated to training Ph.D. students in the most successful methods for teaching humanities courses in some of the country’s most diverse undergraduate classrooms, while creating new opportunities and pathways for the “new majority” of students in today’s community colleges. The program is a partnership between the Graduate Center and LaGuardia Community College, with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Co-sponsored by the CUNY Humanities Alliance. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

May, 2018 – CUNY Academy Events

May, 2018 “CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences” Events:

  • The Abraham S. and Paulette Smith Eisenstadt lecture on U.S. History – “Herbert H. Lehman:  A Man of Conscience in the Political Arena” presented by Professor Duane Tananbaum. Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in the Graduate Center, Room 7113 , from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. This event is hosted by Professor Manfred Philipp. This is a change in date.


  • The Enclave Literary Series – Book Presentation by Latin American Writers, Friday, May 4, 2018, in the Graduate Center, Room 8301 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Contemporary Latin American authors will present their latest books and will talk with the audience about their work and their creative process. Writers include the Cuban poets Magali Alabau and Manuel Adrián López. This event is hosted by Professors Nora Glickman and Alejandro Varderi.


  • CUNY Academy’s Symposium on War and Imprisonment, Friday, May 11, 2018, in the Graduate Center,  Skylight Room from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. This event is hosted by Professor Sarah Danielsson.


The Academy’s Travel Awards for Assistant, Associate Professors and for part-time faculty are all closed. We hope to reopen them in the Fall for conferences that take place on July 1 2018 to May 2019. Due to the nature of the New York State fiscal year, we cannot provide travel awards to conferences that take place in the month of June. International travel must, whenever possible, be on a US flag carrier. Due to a state executive order, travel is not supported to North Carolina and Mississippi.


Please support the work of the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences.
Become a CUNY Academy member or simply contribute.


April 27 | How to Publish in Academic Journals

April 16 | Book Reading & Discussion by Antoine Idier, PhD

Book Reading & Discussion by Antoine Idier, PhD – Director of Studies and Research at the Paris-Cergy National Graduate School of Arts (ENSAPC)

Monday April 16, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, The Graduate Center Room 9206-9207.

Antoine Idier’s  2017 book The Lives of Guy Hocquenhem: Politics, Sexuality, Culture resurrects an important and complex twentieth-century thinker. Idier argues that Hocquenghem had several entwined identities—militant, journalist, philosopher, and novelist.  A dynamic presence on the French political and intellectual scene, he was an early, maverick theorist of what would later be known as Queer Theory, the author of the influential 1972 theoretical work Homosexual Desire, a member of the Homosexual Front of Revolutionary Action (FHAR), and a wide-ranging polemical writer. In addition to offering the first full-scale biography of Hocqhenghem, Idier’s book rethinks the history and legacy of May ’68 in France and the implications of Hocquenhem’s radical ideas for contemporary discussions of politics, sexuality, race, and the family. Drawing on original source materials and numerous interviews, The Lives of Guy Hocquenhem explores a fascinating figure and his diverse body of works through a lively, interdisciplinary approach that draws on sociological, philosophical, and literary perspectives.

Antoine Idier wrote his doctoral thesis on Guy Hocquenghem under the direction of Didier Eribon at the University of Picardie-Jules Verne in 2015. The thesis formed the basis of his biographical study, The Lives of Guy Hocquenghem: Politics, Sexuality, Culture. (Fayard). He is the Director of Studies and Research at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts in Paris-Cergy. He has published Les Alinéas in the Closet: The Repeal of the Crime of Homosexuality, 1977-1982 (Cartouche, 2013).  He wrote the preface to Guy Hocquenghem’s book, A Dream Journal (Vertical, 2017).

April 16 | Black Women in the Public Sphere: Black Women in Higher Education

Exploring African American women as a potent force within American politics, culture, and society, this new series serves as a platform where visionary black female leaders can discuss their work and how the country might move forward in these complicated times. We begin with higher education, welcoming two high-profile college presidents-Valerie Smith of Swarthmore and Karol Mason of John Jay-for the first of these important dialogues. Moderated by Robert Reid-Pharr, distinguished professor of English at the GC and director of the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean.

April 16, 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Elebash Recital Hall
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

RSVP: Public Programs/Eventbrite
The event is free and open to the public.

April 12 | Dr. Geneva Gay: Cultural Responsive Education: A Necessity for Equity and Excellence

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