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Mina Rees Library | Week of April 19, 2021 | Workshops & Events

The Mina Rees Library is excited to share the below events: please feel free to share widely. Towards a Critical, Decolonized Pedagogy: An Interactive (Re)Visioning is part of Transformative Learning in the Humanities, an initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.



Do I Want to Use Scrivener for My Dissertation?

April 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am


Maybe you’ve heard from friends or colleagues how great Scrivener is. Maybe you’ve tried it yourself but aren’t sure whether it’s really the thing for you. Join us for an overview and discussion on this multi-faceted manuscript maker; we’ll talk about linking research materials, organizing collections, organizing text, and much, much more. Bring your observations and questions!


Evaluating Journals and Avoiding Predatory Publishers

April 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm


This workshop will help users evaluate and compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of multiple journals, as resources to be used as well as potential targets for their own publications. We will also talk about how to identify and avoid predatory and unethical publishing practices. This workshop is part of the Science Research Workshop Series. It is geared to science students and faculty but open to all.


Towards a Critical, Decolonized Pedagogy: An Interactive (Re)Visioning

April 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz (NYU), Veronica Arellano Douglas (University of Houston Libraries), and Emily Drabinski (Graduate Center) will bring workshop participants into active conversation about a critically engaged, student-centered pedagogy. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on specific examples – moments when they sensed a shift in students’  understanding, and the associated context or framework that lead to that moment. We will bring the often theoretical concepts of critical, decolonial pedagogy into concrete focus, clarifying our own teaching practices as educators. This event is open to the public, and part of Transformative Learning in the Humanities, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Visions of Open: Digital Humanities & Archival Praxis

April 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm


This roundtable features the work of four Graduate Center students/alumni whose projects use CUNY-created open platforms to engage intersections of open pedagogy, the digital humanities, and archival praxis. August Smith (Sociology) and Daniel Valtueña (LAILAC) will share their experiences of the Mina Rees Library’s Open Pedagogy Fellowship. Wendy Barrales (Urban Education) will describe her work on the Women of Color Archive. Riah Lee Kinsey (MALS/DH) will share from their 2017 capstone, “Beyond the Vale,” which explored the history of Kinsey’s enslaved ancestors in antebellum North Carolina.

This event is co-sponsored by the Mina Rees Library, the CUNY Academic Commons, Manifold, and the M.A. Program in Digital Humanities Program.


Showcase | Annotated & Critical Open Resources in Action 

May 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Five Graduate Center doctoral students (below) will present their work creating extensive guides, comprised entirely of openly-licensed resources. These works focus on raciolinguistic profiling and police violence; feminist media approaches; pandemics in historical context. We encourage those to attend who are curious about OER, open resources, and the process of curation (within and beyond the context of a course).


– Raciolinguistic profilings: police violence against Latinx communities in the US

Tania Avilés (LAILAC).

– Care + Narrative: Feminist Media Approaches in Pandemic Times

Nicole Cote (English)

– Tracking Police Violence in the United States

Brian Mercado (Sociology) & Angela LaScala-Gruenewald (Sociology)

– The Human Impact of Pandemics

Maria Salazar (Philosophy)​