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Applications open for the January GC Digital Research Institute

Generously supported by the Provost’s Office, the GC Digital Research Institute guides an interdisciplinary cohort of graduate students, faculty, and instructional staff as they learn foundational technical skills that can aid–and even extend–their scholarship.

Faculty who have participated in past GCDRIs have told us: “The GC DRI presented hugely valuable tools that I plan to continue to use. I definitely will pass these digital skills to my students.”

Students have commented: “Not only did we learn great digital research tools, but we gained access to a network of people at the GC who are interested and/or have knowledge about digital methods. I learned about the workshops available, the Digital Fellows, and got to know people in other disciplines who made me think about my work in unique ways.”

We look forward to working with a new cohort this January!



Lisa and Matt​



Nov 15 | TLC Workshop on Open Teaching

3-5pm | C204

Often, teaching and learning are confined to private spaces: our classrooms, offices, and the emails we share with students. Both students and faculty have much to gain from opening their classrooms and making their work more visible to and engaged with broader publics.

In this TLC workshop, we’ll consider the possibilities of open teaching, and explore approaches that allow instructors and their students to engage with wider audiences. In particular, participants will think through experiential learning opportunities in and around the city, using open educational resources, incorporating open digital tools or platforms (such as the CUNY Academic Commons) in their teaching, and participating in public conversations about their classroom practices. Because openness is often facilitated by digital technologies, this workshop will also address concerns about copyright and attribution in student work, and critically consider the implications of our work for student data and privacy.

To RSVP for this workshop, click here: https://goo.gl/forms/HeNwAB0o5oD061w72.


Nov 8 | Talking about Your Research

Wednesday, 11/08/2017
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Graduate Center, room 7209

Whether you are applying for a faculty position or a postdoctoral fellowship, you will need to be comfortable talking about your research in your job hunting materials, in networking situations, and in interviews. Plan to attend this workshop to learn some pointers on this topic as well as to have the opportunity to practice a short response to the unavoidable prompt “Tell me about your research.”

Please register to attend here.

Nov 13 | Off-Campus Employment Workshop, CPT (F-1) and Academic Training (J-1), Registration Now Open

Are you considering working in the United States while you are enrolled in your program of study?

Are you a currently enrolled F-1 or J-1 international student at The Graduate Center, School of Journalism, or the School of Public Health?

Attend the Off-Campus Employment Workshop for International Students to learn about Curricular Practical Training (F-1) and Academic Training (J-1), a temporary employment authorization in the United States available to eligible F-1 and J-1 students.

During the workshop you will learn how CPT and AT may be utilized before graduation, eligibility requirements, and the application process.

Workshop Date:

Monday, November 13, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM  –  12:00 PM
Location: The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, 9th Floor, Room 9204

Please sign up by completing the online registration form: https://goo.gl/forms/clUGI1KfXxHSVpeE2

Nov 14 | Post-Completion OPT Workshop, Registration Now Open

As part of International Education Week 2017, the Office of International Students is offering a Post-Completion OPT workshop for F-1 Students on Tuesday, November 14th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in room 9205.

Registration for the workshop is now open.  To sign up, please complete the online registration form at: https://goo.gl/forms/1GHey3G65fPSqaH72

Upcoming GC Digital Initiatives Workshops, Skill Shares, and Events

Workshops, events, and “skill shares” being offered by GC Digital Initiatives this month. 

These workshops will introduce participants to using Twitter as an academic,  GitHub for version control and collaboration, and simple-to-use tools for project management and collaboration. At our informal Skill Share, we’ll discuss creative, humanities-driven approaches to data visualization. This month’s events include co-sponsored events spotlighting visiting scholars, as well as digital humanities projects from across CUNY.


Workshop: “Twitter for Academics” Monday, October 30th, 2017 – 6:30-8:30pm

Topics to be discussed and demonstrated include deciding who to follow and for what reasons, strategies for using tagging and hashtags, harnessing the power of media stats on blogs and articles, creating Twitter lists, live tweeting, frequency of tweets, social media aggregators and notifications to streamline workflow, and balancing personal and professional content.

Register HERE


Event: “Type, Paper, Glass, & Screws: Reading Surfaces & the Materialities of Communication.” Friday, November 3,2017, 4:00-6:00 PM, Room 4406 English Student Lounge

the surfaces we read are meant to disappear behind the content they bear. But what, and who, is available to readers who pay attention to the material dimensions of the devices we read? Whether an eighteenth-century newspaper or a twenty-first century iPhone, the surfaces from which we read are present to us, and they put our bodies in relation to others. In this talk, I read the print work of the eighteenth-century enslaved printer Primus Fowle (1700-1791) and the poetry of Foxconn laborer Xu Lizhi (1990-2014) and argue that they use non-alphabetic elements of texts like broken type or loose screws to orient readers to the many kinds of people and kinds of work that mediate texts across time, space, and archives. Co-sponsored with English. Contact information: http://www.gc.cuny.edu/english.


Event: Thomas Caswell “Introduction to Visualization in Python Using Matplotlib.” November 1, 2017, 3:00 – 4:00 PM, Room 9207 

Matplotlib is the most widely used visualization library in Python. There are two entry points into the library: the pyplot API which mimics MATLAB (widely used in engineering disciplines) and the object-oriented (OO) API. This talk will cover the high-level architecture of matplotlib, demystify the components of an image, explain what backends are and how they work, and offer pointers to more resources for learning Matplotlib. This event is cosponsored with Computer Science and does not require any registration. More information available at: https://gcdi.commons.gc.cuny.edu/event/introduction-to-visualization-in-python-using-matplotlib/.


Workshop: “Why Academics <3 GitHub” Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 – 6:30-8:30pm

While academic work can certainly be a solitary affair, much of our work is collaborative in nature. Sane solutions to collaborating on computers do exist. You might have already used Google Docs to collaborate on a paper or a presentation. In fact, collaboration tools can actually help us in our independent efforts too. If you ever have lost a night of sleep after deleting a section of a paper only to later realize you actually could have still used, then you know the hell that is controlling versions of a document (or code source). This workshop will introduce participants to GitHub: a set of tools that helps solve the problems of controlling versions of files and collaborating on projects where multiple individuals might be editing the same file at the same time. We will cover the basics of working with Git repositories, the issue tracking and project management tools available on GitHub, AND create a website on GitHub. All in under 2 hours. Satisfaction guaranteed. No refunds, only store credit.

Register HERE


Workshop: “Intro to Tools for Collaborative Research” Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 – 6:30-8:30pm

This workshop is designed as a gentle introduction to using widely available (and FREE!) digital tools for collaborative work. We will explore how a few simple-to-use tools can be effectively wielded to manage your project, from communication, to workflow management, document storage, and collaborative editing. In practicing with these tools, we will discuss techniques for streamlining your project protocols and reducing the effort it takes to keep your work organized. If you’ve ever said to yourself: ‘I can’t find the latest version of that document!’, ‘What is Google Drive?’, ‘Where is my Dropbox?’, or ‘There has to be an easier way to schedule these meetings!’, then this workshop is for you! This workshop is designed for all levels of comfort and experience using digital tools (if you use MS Word or Gmail, then you can do this!) – no previous experience required!

Register HERE


Skill Share: “Data Viz, Where Data Meets Design”  Thursday, November 9th, 2017 – 12:00 – 1:30pm

This Skill Share will be a review/summary/conversation about the workshop of the same name that was offered at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Victoria, Canada, in June 2017. We will have an opportunity to briefly look at some visualization tools of different types and hopefully spark your inspiration to do similar visualizations with your own research.

Skill Shares take place in Room 7414 of the Digital Scholarship Lab from 12:00 – 1:30 PM. They are free and open to everyone at the GC.


Event: “CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative Lightning Talks” Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Rooms 9206/9207

Curious to see the depth and breadth of digital humanities projects across CUNY. Join students, faculty, and staff as they offer 3 minute introductions to their digital humanities projects-in-progress, accompanied by 3 slides. There will be ample time for questions and conversation following presentations. If you are interested in presenting your own project but have not had an opportunity to sign up, the deadline has been extended until November 10. Just fill out the form, and we’ll be in touch: https://goo.gl/forms/eLgUUJb6e2pOWoRr2. The event is FREE and open to all. For questions or comments, please contact Lisa Rhody at lrhody@gc.cuny.edu.


Event: Johanna Devaney “Automatic Music Performance Analysis and Comparison Toolkit” Thursday, November 16, 2017 — 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Part of the GC Digital Initiatives Sound Series, Dr. Johanna Devaney will introduce and teach her open-source software, Automatic Music Performance Analysis and Comparison Toolkit. Join us to learn about developing music software and to try out this toolkit for examining intervals between notes, tempo and relative dynamic level between notes, frequency and vibrato, and other aspects of performed sound.

Johanna is Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Cognition at The Ohio State University and the specialty chief editor for the Digital Musicology section of Frontiers in Digital Humanities. This event is free and open to the public; however, RSVPs are encouraged.




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.


Matthew K. Gold, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English & Digital Humanities

Advisor to the Provost for Digital Initiatives, CUNY Graduate Center

Vice President/President-Elect, Association for Computers and the Humanities

http://cuny.is/mkgold | @mkgold


Lisa M. Rhody, Ph.D.

Deputy Director of Digital Initiatives

Director of Digital Fellowship Programs

lrhody@gc.cuny.edu | lisarhody.com | @lmrhody





Nov 16 | Library Resources for International Students Workshop – Registration now open!

Not from a country with the same type of libraries as the U.S.?

Not sure how to use the library’s resources?

Join us at the Library Resources for International Students Workshop on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM in Room C196.05.

This 1 ½ hour introductory workshop will give you the basics of how the databases, interlibrary loan, and other resources interact.

* Find ways to get the articles you want with little trouble or anxiety.

* Get books from other places with little trouble.

* Learn about Zotero, a citation management tool.

* Learn about the benefits of MaRLI and how you can borrow books from NYU and Columbia.

* CLICS: what is it, do I need it?

* College and Research Libraries: what it is and how it can help you.

* Ideas on how to manage your downloaded articles.

* OneSearch: when should I use it?

… and any other questions you may have (just ask)


Workshop Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Location: The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, Room C196.05


RSVP at: https://goo.gl/forms/48KTrSy8xjE7El0d2

Nov 15 | The Job Search Process in the United States for International Students Workshop – Registration is now open!

Are you an international student Interested in finding a job in the United States?

Are you uncertain of how to navigate the job search process in the United States?

Attend the Job Search Process In the United States for International Students Workshop to gain the skills necessary to enter the professional workforce in the U.S.!

During the workshop you will learn how to…….

* Look for internships and jobs in the United States

* Write strong cover letters and resumes that get noticed by employers

* Build your professional network

* Understand U.S. workplace culture

* Practice interview techniques

Sponsored by the Career Planning and Professional Development Office

Workshop Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Location: The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 6496

 Please sign up by completing the online registration form at: https://goo.gl/forms/iRE7A6rM3kOlIS3T2


This workshop is being held as part of International Education Week 2017.

Oct 31 | TLC Workshop: Accessibility

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | 10:30a-12:30p
Room 9204
with Jessica Murray and Louis Olander

While many instructors think of accessibility in relation to disability, accessible course design benefits all students. In this workshop, we will investigate what it means to create accessible classes, and consider the challenges and opportunities involved in designing and delivering learning experiences that are inclusive of all students.

In particular, we will discuss making course materials accessible, digital accessibility, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and consider strategies for shaping syllabi, lesson plans, assignments, and assessment with questions of access in mind.

Participants are encouraged to bring a lesson plan or assignment they’d like to make more accessible, which we can workshop with the group.

Register for this workshop at https://goo.gl/forms/q8aQ93rin7Noaco13

Nov 9, 30 | Grant Writing Workshop

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will be offering the following grant writing workshops – designed to outline the grant proposal submission process at the Graduate Center and help students prepare competitive proposals for pre-dissertation funding.


November 9, 2017: NSF Dissertation Research Grant -This workshop provides tips on writing a competitive application to the National Science Foundation – DDRG Program.  It is open to students of all disciplines funded by NSF.

November 30, 2017: NSF Dissertation Research Grant (repeat)

All workshops will be held in the GC Science Center Room 4102 1:00-3:00pm

Seating is limited so please RSVP to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs – rsp@gc.cuny.edu – if you plan to attend.

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