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A Sit-In at the GC Library: ‘68 Revisited
Nov 16th, 1:00 to 4:30 pm
We’d like to invite anyone who’s interested to plan with us the upcoming event at the Ground floor of the library that will take place on Monday November 26th.
We hope that making the entrance floor available for student political organizing and discussion (even if it’s for one day) will strengthen our sense of community, help promote student causes, and introduce new voices as well as new ears to the conversations. Please check out the attached flyer for some more information.
We are in the process of thinking and designing the event, which will necessarily be somewhat under-organized. We see it as a critical homage to, rather than a nostalgic celebration of, the 1968 sit-ins, and in this spirit, we’re aiming to assemble a wide range of people and organizations who are invested in the political status of universities and the student body in particular. We need you, and we need your help. The event is extremely inclusive, and we’d like to spread as wide a net as possible in hope of forging new alliances – or hosting new debates.
We’ll hold an organizational meeting on November 16th, from 1:00-4:30, room 5409. (*Non-CUNY people are welcome. Although it will be necessary to show identification at the front desk in the GC lobby for the planning event (to enter the 5th floor), the public event at the library will not require identification).
Come speak, come listen, invite others — and come think and plan the event with us!
Socially Conscious Pedagogy and Hashtag Syllabi
Thursday, November 15th
Hashtag syllabi have become a popular and public means of organizing and educating around complex social issues as they arise and in their immediate aftermath. Most of these projects result in lists of articles, books, films, television shows, and other texts curated to help a public learn more about a topic or theme at the heart of a political or cultural event. They are often crowd-sourced by scholars, activists, educators, and artists in response to events that urgently require new knowledge to understand, facilitate better conversations and deeper thinking, or better inform political action. Model hashtag syllabi include #Fergusonsyllabus, #Standing Rock Syllabus, Charlottesville, Black Lives Matter, The 2017 Women’s March, Beyonce’s Lemonade, Solange’s A Seat at the Table.
While the work of creating these syllabi has increased the circulation of important and relevant resources, we wonder how the thinking at the heart of these projects might be even better situated and used in our teaching. How might looking at the how these syllabi are constructed help us critically engage with the difficult topics of our time? How might this work become more usable in research and teaching across CUNY?
Building upon and connecting to last year’s programming on developing a socially conscious pedagogy, which Teaching and Learning Center Fellow Sakina Laksimi-Morrow has written about here, the TLC invites guests to join us on November 15th to explore how hashtag syllabi help can educators think about the role of activism in their work. We’ll discuss how and why hashtag syllabi emerge, what they’ve done well and not so well, and how we might make the thinking that’s gone into creating them more visible and usable in our teaching during these challenging times.
Please RSVP for this event at http://cuny.is/tlc-registration.
Communicating Through Questions
Wednesday, November 14th, 4 PM-6 PM
We ask our students questions on our syllabi, in classroom discussions, in brief hallway encounters, on their essay assignments and exams. Too often, though, questions we ask in class seek only to assess content comprehension and miss the full potential of questioning as a pedagogical tool. Probing, thoughtful questions can help students develop their critical thinking skills, surface connections between their own experiences and course content, and enrich our classroom environments.
This workshop will build attendees’ awareness and skill at asking strategic questions that serve a variety of purposes: setting a tone of inquiry and openness, inviting students to express their thoughts, opinions and uncertainties, and illuminating underlying assumptions. We will talk through categories of questions, types of answers, and motivations and attitudes associated with questioning in the classroom from the perspectives of both students and teacher. This workshop will encourage questions! We will use roleplay, and draw from both published literature on questioning and the experiences of participants.
Please RSVP at http://cuny.is/tlc-registration
Nov 13 | Teaching as an International Student: Power, Professional Relationships, and Pedagogical Strategies Workshop
You are invited to register for the Teaching as an International Student: Power, Professional Relationships, and Pedagogical Strategies workshop presented by the Teaching and Learning Center at the Graduate Center.
Teaching as an International Student: Power, Professional Relationships, and Pedagogical Strategies
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, Room C201
Teaching as an international student can be challenging. As international graduate students, we often don’t know what to expect when we first step into the classroom as teaching fellows or adjuncts. We might have questions about our students’ lives, their cultural and academic backgrounds, and about the American university system in general and CUNY more specifically. We might be unsure about how to interact with students in the classroom or during office hours or how to give feedback and grade student work. And for many of us, the prospect of teaching as a non-native speaker of English is a daunting one.
Join colleagues from the Teaching and Learning Center for a workshop where we will share and explore strategies that can help graduate student instructors to better address these challenges. We will discuss communicating with students, how to practice mindful pedagogy, and how to navigate power-laden professional relationships (both inside and outside of the classroom). The goal of the workshop is to develop concrete and effective teaching practices by building on the experiences and knowledge of participants and to provide prospective and experienced international teachers with tools and community to support meaningful and fulfilling classroom experiences with their students.
Are you writing academic papers for the first time in awhile? Are you looking ahead to the end of the semester? Have you forgotten what to do or how to do it?
Return to academic writing with the first workshop in our Final Paper series. In “Write Like an Academic,” Graduate Writing Consultants will lead participants in a discussion of academic style and argumentation.
Please sign up here to attend: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe6TIyffVNbkcy9bX4yKACmo4x4_KjOVnHU-G7HzQq4-1XoDw/viewform
This workshop will be followed by four others, which participants are encouraged to attend:
November 20 “Ways to start” – Bring your intros, abstracts and outlines
November 27 “I didn’t write over break” – Shut up and Write session
December 4 “The Draft” – Bring your in progress drafts for peer review
December 11 “The Final Push” – Shut up and Write session
Keep your eye out for future session announcements!
Nov 16 | Registration is open for the Life After F-1 & J-1 Status with Immigration Attorney Michael J. Goldstein
Dear International Students,
Are you interested in working in the United States after your F-1 or J-1 status is over? Do you have questions about other legal status options in the United States that will allow you to work?
On Friday, November 16th, immigration attorney Michael J. Goldstein will be at the Graduate Center to discuss H1B, O-1, TN and other employment based legal status options in the United States. We hope you will be able to join us on November 16th at 3:00 PM in room 9206.
Space is limited. Please RSVP for the workshop at https://goo.gl/forms/gFRiOcjgo0nk01T63
Interested in attending any of the other events during IEW 2018? Information and RSVP links for all of the IEW 2018 events are available at: https://www.gc.cuny.edu/Prospective-Current-Students/Current-Students/International-Students
Manifold Scholarship invites CUNY teachers to learn how to publish open educational resources and materials on Manifold, a digital platform for scholarly publishing. Participants will learn how to turn a Google Doc into a polished publication or create a mobile-friendly version of a public domain text.
Manifold Digital Fellow Jojo Karlin will lead a quick intro on putting projects onto the free, open-source CUNY instance of Manifold ( http://cuny.manifoldapp.org ) so that teachers can create common texts where they and their students can collaboratively highlight and annotate their readings. Check out titles already available: The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, Pride and Prejudice, The Scarlet Letter, or the Futures Initiative’s Structuring Equality and the Teaching and Learning Center’s Teach@CUNY Handbook.
When: Thursday, November 15th at 6:30pm
Where: Room 5307
Who: Faculty and Staff and Students interested in making online, annotatable books — no experience necessary.
If you are interested but cannot attend, please email Jojo Karlin (email@example.com) and sign up for the Manifold mailing list. You can also follow @manifoldscholar on Twitter, join the community Slack channel, and see updates on Github .
Zotero on Your Laptop: The Basics
Thursday, November 7, 2:30 PM
Learn how to use this excellent, open-source citation management software. We’ll teach you how to install Zotero on your laptop; sign up for a Zotero account; add citations to your account; and create a bibliography.
Fake Journals and Conferences: What to Know About the Faux
Monday, November 12, 1:30 PM
As a researcher, you are eager to publish your work in journals and present at conferences. But don’t let your eagerness allow you to be fooled by fake (often called “predatory”) journals or conferences. These low-quality outlets exist for the sole purpose of profit, not for the dissemination of peer-reviewed research. Indeed, they frequently lie about their peer review practices and engage in other forms of deceit. Come learn how to spot these bad actors, and how to critically evaluate any journal or conference before submitting a paper or proposal.
Intro to Grant Research
Thursday, November 13, 2:30 PM
Join us for a hands-on demonstration about accessing grant resources. Our Grants Liaison librarian will provide a demo using the databases Pivot, GrantForward, Grant Advisor Plus, Foundation Center Directory, and Foundation Center Grants to Individuals Online, followed by a Q&A about the search process.
Using HathiTrust for Textual Analysis
Thursday, November 14, 11:00 AM
The HathiTrust Research Center now provides full access to the all 16.7 million items in the HathiTrust corpus, including items protected by copyright, for data mining and computational analysis for all HathiTrust partner libraries. This workshop will help you get the most out of the Graduate Center Library’s affiliation with HathiTrust.
Schooling Google Scholar: Optimizing Your Google Scholar Profile
Thursday, November 14, 2:30 PM
You’re probably familiar with using Google Scholar to search for scholarly literature. But did you know Google Scholar also includes researcher profiles, which researchers themselves can edit and enhance? Come learn how to claim your researcher profile, make your entries as correct and complete as possible, and interpret the citation metrics it provides. We’ll also show you how to enrich your profile with links to the full text of your scholarly works. (Spoiler: You can add items in CUNY Academic Works to your profile!)
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Graduate Center, room 9206
About the Career Panel
“Independent schools pride themselves on providing a unique educational experience for students—one that is robust and mission-driven, tailored to low student-to-teacher ratios and more personalized learning with high-quality teachers.” – Matt Balossi and Natalia R. Hernández, “Hiring and Retaining Great Independent School Teachers”
Teaching in an independent school can be a thoroughly rewarding career path for PhD graduates who enjoy teaching and mentoring younger students. Graduate Center alumni are particularly attractive to independent schools because they have prior teaching experience and demonstrated expertise in their field.