The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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Join GC Digital Initiatives in March for workshops, office hours, and user group meetings

In March, GCDI will offer workshops on topics such as: how to use Audacity for recording and editing interviews and oral histories, building websites with WordPress, constructing and manipulating digital maps, and an introduction to doing computational research with HathiTrust–the largest set of digitized books in the world.

We are also excited to share that this semester we have increased the number of open office hours available to students, faculty, and staff. We are also offering User Group meetings for R and Python every Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 PM in the Digital Scholarship Lab (room 7414), where students, faculty, and staff are welcome to stop by, ask questions, practice skills, and learn with others. To see the new schedule of office hours, workshops, and events, please visit our calendar at

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming workshops and office hours!

Using Audacity for Interviews, March 4th, 2020—6:30-8:30pm
Audacity is a free and open-source audio editing and recording software. In this workshop, we will discuss best practices for audio recording and learn how to use Audacity to get audio files prepared for archiving, hosting, and sharing. No prior knowledge is required.
Register HERE


Building Websites with WordPress on the Commons, March 11th, 2020—6:30-8:30pm
Join us for a hands-on workshop about building websites on the CUNY Academic Commons. Whether you want to use the platform to build a professional or portfolio site, a site for your project, or a course site or resource, this workshop will help you get started. We’ll review different templates and layout options, various methods for adding and organizing content, and ways to style and customize content. We’ll also discuss options for social media integration and what your responsibilities are when it comes to making your site accessible. In addition to highlighting the opportunities of the platform, we’ll discuss some of the limitations, and other options.
Register HERE


How to Change the Spatial Boundaries of Your Data Using QGIS, March 18th, 2020—6:30-8:30pm
Census data is distributed in specific geographies, such as census block groups and census tracts. It is common for researchers to have study areas that do not correspond to these predetermined geographies. This workshop will teach participants how to determine more accurately the demographics of a custom study area, through the implementation of a Cadastral-based Expert Dasymetric System (Maantay et al., 2005). This system disaggregates demographics from census block groups and reaggregates it in new geographic areas, taking into account land use and distribution of residential unit.
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How Not to Lie with Maps, March 25th, 2020—6:30-8:30pm
While most mapmakers do not intentionally try to lie, it’s impossible to display objective knowledge with maps since mapmaking requires processes of simplification, categorization, omission, and technical limitations. This workshop will draw on feminist GIS and critical cartography to discuss approaches that recognize the subjective and performative nature of mapmaking, while working to reduce dangerous and faulty assumptions and provide greater transparency to the audience.
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Working with HathiTrust Data, March 31st, 2020—6:30-8:30pm
Visualizing data effectively is an important component of any research project, from initial data exploration to the final research product. The same data can tell many stories, and this workshop will give you the tools to uncover them. Using the incredibly popular ggplot2 package in R, you will learn how to make reproducible data visualizations of a variety of data types. By the end, you will have the necessary skills to forge your own way forward. This is an intermediate workshop for people who have some experience working with R and RStudio.
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.

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