The Digital GC: May 1 – 5, 2017

In an ongoing effort to surface and share relevant events, publications, workshops, and opportunities that may be of interest to “The Digital GC” community, GC Digital Initiatives posts regular updates each Monday to our blog.

If you would like for us to share information about an upcoming event, workshop, or other announcement relevant to the Digital GC community, you can submit your information through the Digital GC Submission Form.

New @ the Digital GC

We are excited to share an upcoming event hosted by the GC Teaching and Learning Center next week: Teach@CUNY Day on Monday May 8th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM!  The event is open to students, faculty, and staff from across CUNY, but Graduate Center Teaching Fellows are especially encouraged to attend.  The event includes an opening morning plenary by CUNY’s Executive Vice Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz and Graduate Center President Chase Robinson, and then keynote addresses by Maura Smale (NYC College of Technology) & Mariana Regalado (Brooklyn College), and Natalia Ortiz (GC, Urban Education).  Following the plenary will be more than a dozen workshops on a range of approaches to thinking about and working in CUNY’s classrooms. The workshops will be facilitated by GC students and invited CUNY faculty and staff. Detailed schedule here and link to register here!

The GC Digital Fellows’ website features a post on maker spaces and accessibility by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh titled, “Multifaceted Access: Modeling Possibility in Maker Spaces with Arduino.” Are you “more comfortable writing essays than wiring circuits?” Mary Catherine walks through how maker spaces can help us think through our academic projects and quandaries, even for those of us with little or no experience in physical computing. For example, “Arduino’s hands-on circuiting shows us that information always has an embodied, material component.”  And in Mary Catherine’s own work, “Arduino-based projects give [her] space to think through concepts of information, digitality, and materiality, and test them in an experiential way.”  Feeling a bit more inspired to dabble in physical computing now?  Check out the GC’s Maker Space and visit during our Monday Maker Hours on alternating Mondays from 4:00 to 6:00 PM  in the Digital Scholarship Lab – the next is May 1st!

Also, check out a new featured project on the GC Digital Fellows’ website, “Exploring the local impact of the NEH – NEH Impact Index” – a follow-up project to ” Visualizing the Local Impact of the NEH“- in light of Trump’s recent federal budget announcement.   Where and what kinds of projects receive funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)?  Patrick Smyth walks through the GC Digital Initiatives’ new project, NEH Impact Index, which makes visible the impact of the NEH on local communities and cultural institutions. Check it out here!

GC Digital Initiatives Resources

The GC Digital Initiatives offer a wide range of resources to support your interests in scholarly communication, digital scholarship and research methods, digital humanities, and digital pedagogy. Have a question? Want to try something new? Interested in finding a community of resources using a similar digital tool? Here are some of the GC Digital Initiatives resources that you can take advantage of this week.

Monday Maker Hours
When: alternating Mondays from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, next is May 1
Where: The Digital Scholarship Lab, Graduate Center Room 7414

GC Digital Fellows Office Hours
When: Tuesdays from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Where: The Digital Scholarship Lab, Graduate Center Room 7414

Python Users’ Group (PUG)
When: Wednesdays 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Where: The Digital Scholarship Lab, Graduate Center Room 7414

GCDI Digital Project Working Groups
When: The next Text Analysis Working Group will meet Monday, April 24, 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Where: The Digital Scholarship Lab, Graduate Center Room 7414
The next meeting of the GIS Working Group will be announced soon.
Interested in participating? Sign Up!

Workshops & Discussions @ The GC

The GC Digital Fellows of GCDI and many of our partners across the GC offer workshops related to our mission to promote a Digital GC. Here’s what’s planned this week:

GC New Media Lab General Meeting, presenting: José Luis Orbegozo from CUNY TV’s Short Docs series and Erik Wallenberg
When: Tuesday, May 2, 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Where: GC New Media Lab, Room 7388.01

GC Library Workshop: Google Scholar Profiles & You
When: Tuesday, May 2, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Where: GC Library Basement, Room C196.03

Events Nearby

There’s so much going on in the NYC area. Here are just a few of the events that caught our eye.

The Frick Collection Digital Art History Lab Lectures: Using Computed Weave Maps to Gain Art-Historical Insight from Vermeer’s Canvases, talk by Dr. C. Richard Johnson, Jr.
When: Tuesday, May 2, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: the Music Room of the Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street, New York, NY
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, please contact

Data & Society: Adrian Chen and “The Moderators”: Screening + Social
When: Wednesday, May 3, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Where: Data & Society, 36 West 20th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY

International Center for Photography (ICP) talk by Dr. Alice Marwick and performance by the MemeFactory: Is My Truth Your Truth?
When: Wednesday, May 3, 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Where: International Center for Photography Museum, 250 Bowery, New York, NY

University of Alberta: Worldwide Live-Streamed Conference on Digital Media in a Post-Truth Era
When: Thursday, May 4, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM MDT
Where: The event will be live-streamed worldwide – more information here.

Cornell University: Digital Spaces: A Digital Humanities Symposium
When: Friday, May 5, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Where: Cornell University, Olin Library, 7th Floor, 161 Ho Plaza, Ithaca, NY

Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy: Ethics of Computer Science Research
When: Friday, May 5, 9:00 AM – 1:45 PM
Where: Princeton University, Frist Campus Center, Muti-Purpose Room B, Frist Lane, Princeton, NJ
The conference will also be live-streamed here

Calls for Participation & Funding Opportunities

IRADAC/Schomburg Digitization Fellowships (Offered to level II or III CUNY Graduate Center Ph.D. students with primary research interests in any aspect of the African Diaspora, Fall 2017/Spring 2018, $10,000 stipend)
Deadline to apply:  May 5th, 2017, by 4:00 PM EST
For additional information please contact: Zee Dempster, Assistant Director of the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC) at

Join the GC Teaching and Learning Center for TEACH@CUNY Day (May 8, 2017, in New York, NY)
Registration is currently open. Students, faculty, and staff from across CUNY are encouraged to register, even if they can only attend for part of the day.

Call for Participation: Future Perfect Conference, hosted by Data & Society Research Institute’s Speculative Fiction Reading Group (June 15-16, 2017, in New York, NY)
Applications due: May 12, 2017

Google Public Policy Fellowship (award amount: $7,500)
Applications due: 12:00 AM midnight EST May 26, 2017

Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching (HILT) Training Institute June 5-9, 2017 in Austin, Texas)
Registration is currently open. HILT is a 5-day training institute on Digital Humanities theory, practice, and culture.

HASTAC & James Madison University’s 2017 Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop (June 12-18, 2017 online via Slack)
Registration is currently open. The workshop is free and open to anyone interested in feminist research.