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Deadline to apply Jan 14 | The Moth Storytelling Workshop & StorySLAM on Caregiving at CUNY

Application Deadline: Monday, January 14, 2019, 11:59 PM.

The Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY in collaboration with The Moth College Program, is pleased to announce a storytelling workshop for CUNY students or alumni who are family or paid caregivers for the elderly, ill, or disabled and who are looking to tell their stories of juggling work, family, school, and caregiving obligations. This workshop 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.

During this one-day workshop, participants will learn principles of Moth storytelling, brainstorm stories of their own, and share those stories with one another. They will learn the secrets of great storytelling, find the story they want to tell, and connect with peers. At the end of the workshop, participants will celebrate with a StorySLAM—a chance to share the stories they have been working on with peers, friends, and The Moth fans.     (more…)

Donate your books to the DTSA!

Hello Graduate Center friends and colleagues,

We’re holding our annual book sale to raise funds for the Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association! The DTSA is the recognized program student association for the PhD Program in Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center, and funds raised from the book sale are used to help us fund our Professionalization Events, the Booth Award, our student conference, and our many co-sponsored events with the Theatre Program.

We will have a table in the Graduate Center lobby just outside of the Library on Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 29 from 11:00am to 5:00pm. We’ll be selling books, homemade baked goods, and DTSA tote bags.

But we need your help — DONATE your old books!

If you have any books that are taking up space in your own collections, we will gladly take them off your hands. Book donations need not be academic or theatre related. In fact, contemporary fiction books were our best sellers last year! There are two boxes in our departmental lounge, room 3111, under the table next to the bulletin boards. You can stop by to make donations anytime between now and Tuesday 11/27. (After that, please feel free to drop off donations at our book sale table.)

Please consider donating to our cause, and we hope to see you at our sale!

Cory Tamler
PhD Student in Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center
President, Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association

DSC Participatory Budget Initiative: Proposals Due Nov. 15, 2018 (Deadline approaching!)

The Doctoral and Graduate Students’ Council (DSC) is pleased to announce the second round of an initiative to fund student-led projects and promote budgetary transparency within the Graduate Center CUNY. Please see the information below regarding the process and eligibility for submitting a proposal for the DSC’s Participatory Budget Initiative. The deadline to submit is November 15, 11:59 PM. (more…)

Call for Contributors, Visible Pedagogy, 2018-2019 — Funded Opportunity

Visible Pedagogy
Call for Contributing Writers and Guest Editors
Fall 2018

The Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) is seeking contributors to its blog, Visible Pedagogy. We are looking for both contributing writers and guest editors for the current academic year who are committed to exploring teaching and learning at CUNY and beyond. Authors will write a series of posts over the remainder of the academic year on a topic they define, and Guest Editors will curate a series from authors they recruit.

The choice of topic is open, but the proposed series of posts should be linked by some unifying theme or rationale. Writers are welcome to consider the TLC’s 2018-2019 workshop tracks (Aesthetics, Mindfulness, Community, and Planning) in proposing topics, but we are also interested in areas not covered by current TLC programming. For instance, new instructors might reflect on the challenges of teaching for the first time, while more experienced ones might think more deeply about a particular aspect of pedagogy, including methods, approaches, or technologies. Writers may also consider a particular question or challenge within higher education to explore in relation to their classroom practices. Applicants are encouraged to look at the past series of topics covered by our contributing writers.

Authors must be interested writing for a general audience in higher education and be willing to engage with the TLC Staff in the editorial process. Basic familiarity with Google docs and WordPress are preferred. Interested applicants should email the materials below to Visible Pedagogy Editor Kaitlin Mondello at tlc@gc.cuny.edu by Friday, October 19.

Application procedures for the two programs are below.

  1. Contributing Writers

Selected writers will commit to writing, revising, and publishing 4 blog posts of approximately 500-750 words between November 2018 and May 2019.

Please email a merged pdf or Word doc. with the following materials:

  • a 250-500 word description of your proposed series of posts, its rationale, and your reasons for wanting to write it
  • a sample of your non-or-para academic writing (preferably, a previous blog post or other public-facing writing on a digital platform), not to exceed 1500 words
  • a brief 2-page CV
  • a syllabus from a course that you are teaching (or plan to teach), or a sample assignment or other teaching artifact
  1. Guest Editors Series

Visible Pedagogy is piloting a Guest Editors program. To apply as a guest editor, you should follow the same guidelines above for contributing writers, including proposing a series of related posts around a specific topic, BUT rather than author all four posts yourself, you will recruit three other writers to write one post each on your topic. These writers must meet the same eligibility requirements as other contributing writers. You will be responsible for writing your own introductory post to the series and to work with the other three writers on their posts for continuity and quality. Groups of more than four will be considered if there is a desire to co-edit or co-author. This pilot program is modeled on proposing a conference panel or guest editing a special edition of a journal, and is designed to give graduate students additional experience and practice with these forms, as well as to examine a single topic from multiple perspectives.

The fall will be devoted to the development of the series, which will be published in the spring. The VP editor and TLC staff will work closely with the Guest Editors and their contributing writers. Editors and writers may be from the same department, but interdisciplinary perspectives are welcomed. Guest editors should secure commitments and topics from their contributing writers PRIOR to submitting the application to the TLC. While the submission materials should follow the same guidelines as for contributing writers (from the guest editor(s) only), please include the names, disciplines, and topics for each contributing writer in your application for a Guest Editor series.

Criteria for Selection

All applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The clarity, creativity, and feasibility of the proposed series
  • The style and quality of the writing
  • The originality of the viewpoint(s) being represented
  • The role of the proposed series in the balance of perspectives and disciplines on the blog

To qualify, all applicants must be enrolled at the Graduate Center during the Fall 2018 semester. This opportunity is open to both Doctoral and Masters students. Contributing writers will be paid an honorarium of $500 ($125/post for 4 posts); guest editors will be paid $250 total for their own introductory post and editorial work with contributing writers; contributing writers working with a Guest Editor will be paid $125 (for one post). All funds will be disbursed as a lump sum as financial aid. In addition, writers and editors will have the chance to participate in public conversations about teaching at CUNY; to share their work with a community of fellow instructors; and to contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning in an open and networked space.

Selected writers and editors will be asked to meet with TLC Director, Luke Waltzer, and Visible Pedagogy Editor, Kaitlin Mondello, in the fall to discuss the series and determine a publishing schedule.

About VP

Visible Pedagogy is a blog dedicated to advancing and expanding conversations about teaching and learning at CUNY, edited by the staff of the Teaching & Learning Center at The Graduate Center, and collaboratively authored by CUNY faculty, staff, and students.

We are interested in both the theory and practice of teaching and learning. Our “Reflective Practice” series brings these ideas together as CUNY instructors reflect critically on ideas, issues, or challenges they’ve encountered in their teaching careers and their classrooms.


Call for Objects! Call for GC Student Assistants!

Call for Objects!

Tue, Oct 16, 2018 – Wed, Oct 17, 2018,
12:00 PM – 06:00 PM
The James Gallery and The Object Library, The Graduate Center, CUNY

On the first floor of The Graduate Center, our newly designed Object Library offers both material objects and books as starting points for knowledge. Somewhere between a traditional library and a sculpture gallery, this new space will display selected objects alongside curated books on core research themes. The visitor will be able to sample scientific knowledge and the latest thinking in the humanities in a relaxed environment with a focus on material culture.

365 Things is the participatory launch project of The Object Library, inviting all-comers to contribute one thing to go on open display. Beginning empty, we ask the Graduate Center, CUNY community and friends to make this first exhibit together in our inaugural Bring-a-Thing-a-Thon event on October 16–17.

You are invited to “show and tell” an object of interest or significance to you, perhaps related to your research, or your personal history, or social experience: one gifted object to share on our gridded walls, installed here in the form of calendar months.


Call for CUNY Graduate Center Student Assistants!  

We are seeking five current CUNY Graduate Center students from five different departments to help set up, organize, and run the intake process for the Object Library’s 365 Things project in the James Gallery on Tuesday and Wednesday Oct. 16–17. Prospective assistants must commit to work both of these days, plus a couple of planning meetings (date TBD), during the hours of 12 to 6 p.m. We are offering a set stipend of $300 each. Qualified candidates will:

  • Like stuff
  • Like people
  • Like being involved in public projects
  • Be useful and versatile with technology (computer and digital camera skills preferred)

Interviews will take place on the morning of Wednesday and Thursday, October 3-4, and afternoon of Friday, October 5. Please submit a brief résumé, and a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, ability to commit to the project dates, and the times you are available for an interview to cjordan@gc.cuny.edu.

DROP OFF: October 16-17, 12-6pm


ADDRESS: The James Gallery, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue



CUNY Graduate Students: Paid research opportunity with The CUNY Institute for State & Local Governance (ISLG) APPLY ASAP

The CUNY Institute for State & Local Governance (ISLG) is seeking enrolled CUNY graduate students to aid in research for The Volcker Alliance’s Truth and Integrity in State Budgeting report.

The project will run from September 2018 to the end of April 2019, during which the chosen student(s) will be asked to provide deep research into the workings of various state’s budgets and the processes which craft them. Students will be asked to utilize multiple sources to obtain desired information, as well as articulate their findings in a manner that a general audience would understand. Students should be able to commit to working at ISLG’s Manhattan office for at least one hour each week, as well as completing assigned work by defined deadlines.

This is a paid position and a wonderful opportunity for anyone with an interest in and desire to learn more about the minutia and nuance of state budgets and government functions. ISLG will provide workshops to both train the student(s) for the project and provide a robust learning experience in local government.

Students will be paid a stipend of $6,000 total for the academic year, disbursed in equal payments over the course of the year. Payments are contingent on approval by ISLG project supervisors of the work produced.

Student Eligibility Criteria

  • Currently enrolled, full-time CUNY graduate student (Master’s or PhD level)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • At least one faculty referral
  • Available to come in for at least one-hour a week over the course of the Fall and Spring semesters and for additional workshops
  • Possess the self-motivation to work from home, when needed, and complete work by deadlines
  • Proper work authorization required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

To apply, click here: https://cunySUD.formstack.com/forms/islggradprojectapplication

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to those submitted in mid-September. In-person interviews will commence shortly after submission. Training for the accepted students will begin in late September.

For questions on the project, please reach out to Taylor Swabb at Taylor.Swabb@islg.cuny.edu.


The CUNY ISLG team

Deadline Sep 17 | Segal Center Call for Participants: “Performing Knowledge”

An all-day event on December 10th at the Segal Theatre in the Graduate Center, Performing Knowledge will feature presentations blending academic and artistic genres and forms of performance. Primarily, it asks what can knowledge feel or look like? What might the cognitive, but also emotional or aesthetic effects of knowledge be?

Political scientist Wendy Brown calls upon scholars to recover “what is ineffably moving, sublime, or meaningful in the humanities.” Performing Knowledge responds to this call – expanding it to include all disciplines – by reframing research and knowledge as happy human and intrinsically social occasions. Rather than working towards an ever-more immediate, entertaining and monetized access to knowledge-as-information, we intend to work with students and faculty to develop knowledge performances that accommodate and celebrate contradiction, that find their meaning in specific social contexts, and that may end with a question mark. (more…)

Deadline Aug 15 | Call for Participants: The Impact of Listening and Being Heard: Oral History, Archives, & Advocacy Workshop with Sady Sullivan

Call for Participants: The Impact of Listening and Being Heard: Oral History, Archives, & Advocacy Workshop with Sady Sullivan

Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 11:59 pm.

The Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY, in collaboration with The Laundromat Project (The LP) are seeking participants for “The Impact of Listening and Being Heard: Oral History, Archives, & Advocacy,” a free 8-week interdisciplinary workshop. Open to artists and the CUNY community, the workshop will use a lens of radical empathy to deepen our oral history practice and culminate in a publication and public event. The workshop will be led by Sady Sullivan during the 2018 Fall semester at the Graduate Center, CUNY and is part of The City Amplified: Oral Histories and Radical Archiving research team, generously supported by the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.  (more…)

Deadline Aug 15 | Call for Participants: The Impact of Listening and Being Heard: Oral History, Archives, & Advocacy Workshop with Sady Sullivan

Deadline: Wed, Aug 15, 2018

Description: We are seeking CUNY participants and artists for this free 8-week interdisciplinary workshop culminating in a publication and public event “The Impact of Listening and Being Heard: Oral History, Archives, & Advocacy,” in which we will use a lens of radical empathy to deepen our oral history practice. The workshop will be led by Sady Sullivan during the 2018 Fall semester at the Graduate Center, CUNY. With our eyes on the prize of a more equitable and peaceful future, we will focus on oral history as a tool for exploring the dynamic relationships of identity, voice, embodied knowledge, belonging, and becoming. This workshop will be useful to people at all levels of experience with oral history who want to reflect on self-care, care for our narrators/interviewees, and the role that sharing life histories plays in caring for our future. Through shared experiences such as Deep Listening (both Buddhist and in the spirit of Pauline Oliveros) and sound therapy exercises, we will strengthen our intuitive listening skills and explore collective (un)consciousness. (more…)

Mar 31 | Call for Participants – Prelude to The Shed: Schema for a School

The Shed, New York’s new multi-arts center designed to commission, produce, and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture will open in Spring 2019. Committed to commissioning new work by a range of artists, their building features versatile spaces for the broadest range of performance, music, visual art, multi-disciplinary work, events, and a free experimental lab for local artists and collectives. Before the building opens, The Shed is producing and presenting a series of new works and community engagement programs throughout New York City.   (more…)

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