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In November, a highly controversial policy that compromises free speech on GQzOaIRAiHvwRqo-556x313-noPadCUNY campuses will be up for vote by the CUNY Board of Trustees. This Body is not representative of CUNY students or faculty in voice or vote. Over the last few years, they have passed numerous policies misaligned with the goal of the CUNY to provide affordable, high quality college education to the People of New York. Now, freedom of expression is in question. The proposed policy will significantly limit the ability of students and faculty to protest tuition hikes, curriculum changes, and more. Violation of this policy is subject to punishment, including disbandment form the institution as a whole.

The good news is that students, faculty and staff have been doing outstanding work rallying the community around these issues:

+ Currently, there are almost 1,00 signatures on a petition. Please sign and share widely.

+ At the October meeting, the Doctoral Students’ Council unanimously passed a Resolution Against the “CUNY Policy on Expressive Activity”. Also, there are an number of events being organized on CUNY campuses.

+ Over the next three week, there are a number of events planned leading up to the November Board of Trustees Meeting.

What can you do?

CUNY students, faculty, and staff can play an invaluable role to join these upcoming events, sign the petition, share testimonies at the Nov 18 BoT public hearing, and build for the Nov 25 city-wide mobilization. On a chilling note, the potential passage of this “Policy on Expressive Activity” may send a message to all NYC schools to stifle our abilities to free speech, assembly, and exchange of materials. Please reply with how you can offer concrete support via events participation/arts materials/public writing/social media/flyering/campus & community outreach & mobilization/etc. CUNY folks urgently need your solidarity at this time.

Upcoming Events

Defense (N4-8) – 2 suspended CCNY student organizersare scheduled for disciplinary hearings on Friday, Nov 8th.  There is a 9am rally, an hour before their hearings begin, at City College in front of the North Academic Center. More info here.

Education (N11-15) – Students/faculty teach-ins across CUNY (details/dates forthcoming), and several groups will co-host a “Take Back CUNY!”, 4-7pm, event on Friday, Nov 15 at the Graduate Center, RSVP and share.
Action (N18-22) – CUNY Board of Trustees 4pm public hearing on Monday, Nov 18, at Baruch College’s Vertical Campus.Students/faculty speak-outs across CUNY (details/dates forthcoming).

Monday, Nov 25, city-wide mobilization – Several CUNY student organizations, in dialogue with the PSC, are calling for a CUNY studentswalk-out/PSC members participation: Early afternoon rally outside CUNY Central offices on 42nd st, march to Madison Square Park for a NYC education convergence, march to Baruch College Vertical Campus for actions inside/outside Board of Trustees 4pm business meeting.

All Student Meeting

Join us on Friday, October 25 at 12:30PM in room 5409. Lunch will be served!

We would like to introduce all the new student representatives, hear your feedback about the program and share news about all the changes going on in our department.

Join us next Friday at 12:30-2pm in room 5409.  Food will be served, including Kosher food.

Tentative Agenda

  • Representative Introductions
  • Agenda Review
  • Professor Haralick Q&A
  • Committee reports from the student reps
  • CS Lab Renovations
  • DSC Budget
  • Annual Workshop Planning
  • Program Student Association

Have Feedback? Something to add?

Feel free to email any of the representatives with questions or feedback at any point.  The student representatives include:

Sayed Ali Ahmed
David Brizan
Kenneth Ezirim
Tayfun Pay
Dara Pir
Jordan Salvit
Allan Zelener
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Special Issue: Media and Methods for Opening Education

Submissions due on 10/20

Issue 5 of The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy

Editors: Gregory T. Donovan and Suzanne Tamang

JITP welcomes work that explores critical and creative uses of interactive technology in teaching, learning, and research. For Issue 5, we are seeking submissions under the theme of “Media and Methods for Opening Education.” This theme invites submissions that critically and creatively consider both media and methods that open up traditional educational settings to more democratic and diverse modes of learning and knowledge production.

We are particularly interested in papers that express intriguing and promising ideas, demonstrate new media forms or educational software tools, or focus on research methods for opening education. Possible submission topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The development, implementation, and/or evaluation of pedagogical practices that draw on Open Education Resources (OER).
  • Explorations of Open Access, Open Source, and/or Open Data initiatives that address matters of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability.

  • Critical considerations of corporate or proprietary media in pedagogical practices.

  • Feminist media and methodologies for challenging patriarchal structures in education.

  • Analyses of both the educational media and practices of civic movements such as the Free University, Occupy Data, or CryptoParty.

  • Hackathon methodologies: tools and practices.

  • Critical and participatory approaches to facilitating MOOCs.

  • Engaging local communities in public research and/or education through civic media.

  • Interactive platforms and practices that queer traditional educational boundaries between teacher/student as well as inside/outside the classroom, unfixing these binaries so as to reconsider our norms and what they leave unsaid.

  • Critical appropriations of queer, feminist and/or radical praxis to address ITP matters such as universal access.

  • Visualizing research products for diverse publics.

  • Best practices for collaborating in heterogeneous spaces.

  • Anti-disciplinary approaches to problem solving and the public domain.

In addition to traditional long-form articles, we invite submissions of audio or visual presentations, interviews, dialogues, or conversations, creative works, manifestos, jeremiads or other scholarly materials. All submissions are subject to an open review process. Submissions received that do not fall under the specific theme of Issue 5, but do fall under the broader theme of JITP, will be considered for publication in a future issue.

Important Dates

The submission deadline for the Spring 2014 issue is October 20, 2013. When submitting using our Open Journal Systems software, under “Journal Section,” please select the section titled “Issue 5: Special Issue.” Submission instructions are below.

About the Journal

All work appearing in the Issues section of JITP is reviewed independently by two scholars in the field, who provide formative feedback to the author(s) during the review process.

We intend that the journal itself — both in process and in product — serve as an opportunity to reveal, reflect on, and revise academic publication and classroom practice. All submissions will be considered for our Behind the Seams feature, in which we publish dynamic representations of the revision and editorial processes, including reflections from the participants.

Research-based submissions should include discussions of approach, method, and analysis.  When possible, research data should be made publicly available.  Successes and interesting failures are equally welcome (although see the Teaching Fails section below for an alternative outlet). Submissions that focus on pedagogy should balance theoretical frameworks with practical considerations of how new technologies play out in both formal and informal educational settings. Discipline-specific submissions should be written for non-specialists.

Tool Tips, Teaching Fails, Assignments, and Book Reviews sections operate under a publish-then-peer-review model. Submissions for these sections are accepted on a rolling basis (please see the short section guidelines below for more information).

As a courtesy to our reviewers, we will not consider simultaneous submissions, but we will do our best to reply to you within 2-3 months of the submission deadline. All work should be original and previously unpublished. Essays or presentations posted on a personal blog may be accepted, provided they are substantially revised; please contact us with any questions at

What’s better than FREE stuff?

September 10th, 2013 | Posted by Suzanne in annoucements | discounts | misc - (0 Comments)

Microsoft offers CUNY Graduate Center students licenses for a variety of their software programs including:

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Windows 7

SQL Server 2014

Windows 8

Microsoft Kinect Windows SDK

And over 100 other software packages!

More information on the DreamSpark program can be found here.   Contact David Kapur in IT if you have any problems logging in.

[reposted from the Philosophy program’s website: CFP: 17TH ANNUAL CUNY GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE: THE SENSES DUE 1/1/14


The Senses: The 17th Annual Graduate Student Philosophy Conference
Philosophy Program, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
April 25th and 26th 2014
Keynote Speakers: Tim Bayne (University of Manchester) and Fiona Macpherson (University of Glasgow)
Conference Organizers: Zoe Jenkin (CUNY), Kate Pendoley (CUNY), and David Neely (CUNY)
Deadline for Submission: 1 January 2014
Notification of decisions will be sent by March 1 2014. Please send any questions to

The Theme:
The senses play a crucial and pervasive role in both our everyday experience and in debates across diverse areas of philosophy. These include perceptual and cognitive architecture, consciousness, aesthetics, and epistemology, among others. Philosophers who have dealt with the topic of the senses range from Aristotle to Moore to Grice to McDowell, yet many issues still remain to be explored. The following questions are offered as suggestions for contributions:
• How should we individuate the senses? Is there a clear distinction between perception and cognition? If so, how should we draw the line?
• What is the nature of the contents of sensory experience (rich or sparse, conceptual or non-conceptual, representational or not)?
• To what extent are the sensory modalities made up of informationally encapsulated, domain-specific modules? To what extent do sensory states interact with each other and with cognitive states like beliefs, desires, fears, and moods?
• Is vision different from the other senses in a fundamental way? If so, what are the implications of this difference for theories of perception, content, and justification?
• What is distinctive about the bodily senses, such as proprioception and interoception? Do they enable agentive awareness, and if so, how?
• Does sensory experience have a privileged epistemological role? Do experiences provide justification in virtue of their phenomenology or in virtue of the detection capacities they endow?
• How do the senses function in the perception and appreciation of art, and can features of this role help us to define and characterize aesthetic experience?
We will give preference to submissions on the topic of the senses, but we will consider submissions in any area of philosophy. We encourage submissions that engage empirical research, especially in neuroscience and psychology. Please send the following to in two separate documents, in either .doc or .pdf format
1) A cover letter including the author’s name, university affiliation, contact information, title of paper, topic area, word count, and an abstract of no more than 250 words.
2) A paper prepared for blind review. Submissions should not exceed 4,000 words and should be suitable for a 40-minute presentation.

GC Fall 2013 Data Mining Lecture Series Schedule

August 27th, 2013 | Posted by Suzanne in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

SEPTEMBER 27, 2013, 12 Noon @ The Graduate Center, Room 6112
How to see 2 million Instagram photos? Visualizing patterns in art, films, mass media, and user-generated content.
Speaker: Professor Lev Manovich, The Graduate Center, CUNY

OCTOBER 11, 2013, 9 AM to 5 PM @ The Graduate Center, Room 4102
Workshop on Sequence Analysis and Traminer.
Speaker: Mr. Alexis Gabadinho, Scientific Collaborator at the University of Geneva

OCTOBER 25, 2013, 12 Noon @ The Graduate Center, Room 6112
Featurizing Text: Converting Text into Predictors for Regression Analysis.
Speaker: Professor Robert Stine, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

NOVEMBER 22, 2013, 12 Noon @ The Graduate Center, Room 6112
Optimal Dissemination on Graphs: Theory and Algorithms.
Speaker: Professor Hanghang Tong, City College, CUNY

Every two years IEEE Intelligent Systems acknowledges and celebrates 10 young stars in the field of AI as “AI’s 10 to Watch.”  This year, that list includes CUNY’s very own Professor Heng Ji! Her research interests focus on natural language processing, especially on cross-source information extraction and knowledge base population. Ji has a PhD in computer science from New York University. She received a Google Research Award in 2009, an NSF CAREER award in 2010, and the Sloan Junior Faculty award and IBM Watson Faculty award in 2012.

Read more about the list of innovators, and more about Dr. Heng Ji, who is currently transitioning to a new position at Renesslaer Polytechnic University as the Edward G. Hamilton Development Chair and Associate Professor.

Postdoc Opportunities

July 26th, 2013 | Posted by Suzanne in jobs - (0 Comments)

*** Postdoctoral position at Institute AIFB, KIT, Germany ***

Several fully funded Doctoral Researchers & one Postdoctoral Researcher position @ Institute AIFB, KIT, Germany. Researchers are hired as scientific staff, for two years, with renewal possible.

For detailed information concerning skills, application documents and the application procedure, click here.

*** Postdoctoral position at TTI-Chicago ***

A postdoctoral position is available at TTI-Chicago on topics at the intersection of machine learning and speech processing. The ideal candidate will have completed (or be about to complete) a PhD degree in computer science, electrical engineering, machine learning, statistics, speech and language technologies, or a related field, and strong mathematical and experimental skills. The main duties of the postdoc will be his/her research activities in collaboration with his/her supervisor and other collaborators at TTI-Chicago and beyond; opportunities for teaching and advising may also be available if desired.

To apply, or for additional information, please contact Prof. Karen Livescu at kli… To learn more about related research at TTI-Chicago, click here.

The projected starting date is Fall 2013, with some flexibility. There are no restrictions on citizenship. The position is open until filled.

Location: CUNY Graduate Center
Time: Sat 10-6pm and Sunday 12-6pm
Room: 5409

**Please be sure you have registered below. The building is open, but we will be in an area that requires you check in with security, and show a valid form of ID**

Data Anywhere Workshop: participants will learn how to configure and secure a UNIX server for hosting open (or private) data sets. Step-by-step instructions will be provided for installing a variety of software packages and participants will become familiar with web applications such as nginx, mongodb, and flask. Also, we’ll be covering a bit of Python, and covering some basics of nosql.

This is an intensive workshop is open to participants of any level, including zero! Most important is the desire to learn. The workshop is open to the CUNY community.

More info on Data Anywhere can be found on

Register by submitting the form here.

Free beer, pizza, swag & shots of BLACK VODKA (whatever that is)!

This presentation by Monty Widenius, father of the MySQL & MariaDB databases, will cover:

  • Brief intro – the MySQL/MariaDB story
  • MariaDB new features (that are not in MySQL)
  • Comparisions to MySQL
  • MariaDB and NoSQL
  • What we are working on just now in MariaDB
  • Why MariaDB is guaranteed to be free
  • How you can be part of developing MariaDB

At AppNexus on 23rd st, NYC
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