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Feb 16 | TLC Community Event to Support International Student Instructors

Community Event to Support International Student Instructors

Friday, February 16, 1-3pm

Last Fall, the Teaching and Learning Center conducted a survey of international students at the Graduate Center which revealed that three-quarters feel that the relationship between instructors and students at CUNY is markedly different than in their home country. Nearly two-thirds reported feeling that instructional methods were similarly unfamiliar. Over the past year, TLC staff have sought to better support the more than one thousand GC students who are registered as international students. This programming has included workshops, a focused inquiry group, and the survey mentioned above. (more…)

GC Digital Initiatives: Workshops and Events for February 2018

Workshops and talks: “NYC DHWeek 2018” February 5 – 9, 2018

DHWeek is a celebration of the Digital Humanities in New York City and features networking sessions, a DH community meeting, open workshops offered across the city, and social events. This year DHWeek offers another amazing year of workshops and talks for all skill levels.

Schedule and Registration HERE

Workshop: “Data Analysis with R” Thursday, February 8th, 2018 – 6:30-8:30pm

R has become an indispensable tool for academics in a range of disciplines for analyzing data. Many users come to it though with limited programming experience which can often lead to many more headaches than anyone should reasonably suffer. This workshop attempts to make R a bit less painful. Fortunately the past few years have seen a flowering of open source packages that have tried to do just that. We will learn about some of these packages and how they can be incorporated into our projects. Though this workshop does not require you already know R, it makes more sense for those who have already begun using it or are considering using it for a future project. (Co-sponsored with NYC DHWeek).

This workshop will be hosted by GC Digital Fellows Tahir Butt and Hannah Aizenman.

Register HERE

Workshop: “Python 201” Thursday, February 15th, 2018 – 6:30-8:30pm

Once you’ve learned to use basic Python syntax and programming concepts, what next? This workshop will address intermediate programming concepts that become critical as one moves from writing short scripts to more sophisticated programs. Topics will include programming paradigms such as functional and object-oriented programming, how to manage virtual environments, and structuring and sharing projects that use multiple files.

This workshop will be hosted by GC Digital Fellow Patrick Smyth.

Register HERE

Workshop: “Digital Identity and WordPress” Wednesday, February 21st, 2017 – 6:30-8:30pm

The purpose of this workshop is to help you establish a digital academic identity while becoming familiar with the WordPress platform. We will focus on utilizing the CUNY Academic Commons, helping you establish your digital CV, a blog, or both. We will focus on organization and design, including theme editing, managing content, custom menus and image use. We recommend that attendees come prepared with their CV (digital format preferred) and / or a blog idea or sample blog post. If you are not already a member of the CUNY Academic Commons, we recommend that you sign up before the workshop.

This workshop will be hosted by GC Digital Fellow Kristen Hackett.

Register HERE

Talk: “Field-Recording: Beyond Your Ears” Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 – 6:30-8:30pm

In this talk, Zach Poff – New York area media artist, educator, and maker-of-things – will introduce “expanded” recording techniques using D.I.Y transducers to reveal hidden sounds, sonify non-acoustic phenomena, and challenge the assumption of the human listening subject recording “in the field.” We will explore contact mics (which respond to the vibrations of objects), binaural mics (for 3D audio), hydrophones (for underwater listening), synesthetic light-to-sound conversion, VLF radio, and ultrasound. We will listen to examples of sound art, music, and installation works where expanded recordings provoke conversations about subject-hood and “post-human” listening, taking into consideration how the work is diffused into space (via traditional and specialized speaker designs, soundwalks, broadcasting, live-streaming, etc). These techniques are quite accessible for those with more curiosity than money, so he’ll share his resources to help you build transducers for your own work. Bring a sound recorder if you would like to probe CUNY GC’s hidden soundfields. This workshop is part of the GCDI Sound Series #GCDIsound.

This workshop will be hosted by Zach Poff.

Register HERE


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.

Registration Now Open – Zotero Workshop for International Students

Join the Graduate Center Library and the Office of International Students at the Zotero Workshop for International Students on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM in Room C196.05. This 1.5 hour introductory workshop will give you the basics of how to use Zotero.

Zotero is a free, open-source research tool that helps you collect, organize, cite, and analyze research and share it in a variety of ways.

Zotero collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and really anything else. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you’re looking for with just a few keystrokes.

Workshop Date: Friday, February 23, 2018

Time: 12:00 -1:30 PM

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

** Bring your laptop to the workshop for assistance with installing Zotero**

Space is limited for this event. RSVP required:   https://goo.gl/forms/hlmjVtrZwLsHDqV42


Feb 6 | TLC Workshop – Teaching with the CUNY Academic Commons and WordPress

Join staff from the Teaching and Learning Center on Tuesday 2/6 from 6:30-8:30 pm in Room 9207 for a workshop on how to teach with WordPress. WordPress is a web-based publishing platform that, when used in college courses, can facilitate a variety of writing and multi-modal assignments and can help faculty harness the power of networks in and across their teaching. WordPress seamlessly integrates a variety of web applications in ways that empower students and instructors to take full advantage of the open web, while also offering granular privacy and design controls that allow educators to build the kinds of digital teaching and learning spaces they want. (more…)

Registration Now Open: Post-Completion OPT Workshops

Dear Students,

Are you an F-1 international student about to complete your program of study at The Graduate Center or the School of Journalism?

Are you considering working in the United States after you complete your program of study?

Attend an OPT workshop to learn about Post-Completion OPT, a temporary employment authorization in the United States available to F-1 students. During the workshop you will learn how OPT may be utilized after graduation and the application process.

RSVP at: https://goo.gl/forms/kSWhW77gPlHRePkF3


Spring Workshops at The Graduate Center Library

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Writing Retreats with the Futures Initiative

The Futures Initiative will be hosting writing retreats beginning Monday, February 5 from 1-4pm in room 3317 (and continuing on roughly the first Monday of each month). This is a great opportunity for students to work on their dissertations or other writing projects with a community of peers. All are welcome. Thank you for sharing this with your students.

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.

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