“Getting the Best Recording (within your budget) for your Interview” – written by GC Digital Fellow Di Yoong

With permission granted, I highly recommend this article from GC Digital Fellow  Di Yoong: "Getting the Best Recording (within your budget) for your Interview" Here's a highlight  – "should you decide that you are interested in trying out a dedicated digital recorder, the Graduate Center library offers TASCAM audio recorders to loan for use. As of now (Oct 2019) GC students and alumni are welcome to” borrow them. Enjoy! Brought to you by Marilyn Weber, Academic Program Coordinator for the M.A. Program in Biography and Memoir    

Bridgett Davis on “The Numbers”

Listen to Bridgett Davis, author of The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers.e interviews on a recent podcast on The Criminal. Professor Davis teaches at Baruch College and will teach a course for BAM in Fall 2020. Here's a desciption for the podcast: When Fannie Davis and her family moved to Detroit in the mid-1950s, they hadn’t prepared themselves for how hard it would be. They had trouble finding steady work. So, Fannie found a way to take care of her family. She started small, but built a robust and lucrative operation… a business that a lot of people knew about but no one talked about.  

Call for Papers: 2020 PCA/ACA Annual Conference—Biographies Area

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference will be held on Wednesday April 15 through Saturday April 18, 2020 at the Downtown Marriott Hotel on Market Street in Philadelphia, PA. Scholars from a wide variety of disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests. The Biographies Area is soliciting papers that examine the connections between biography and popular culture. Papers and full panel presentations regarding any aspect of popular culture and biography are encouraged. Potential topics might include: – Biography and entertainment, art, music, theater – Biography and film – Biography and criminal justice – Television programs about biography – Biography and urban legends – Biography and folklore – Biography and literature – Scholarly Biography – Controversial Biography – Psychoanalysis and Biography – Historical Biography – Political Biography – Autobiography   Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. The deadline is November 1, 2019.   Proposals must be submitted on the conference website.    

Fall 2019 conference presentation support for master’s students

Student Affairs will again be providing a modest amount of conference presentation support for master’s students presenting at professional/scholarly conferences between June 1 – December 31, 2019. This is a program available to all master’s level students who have completed no more than eight semesters. Students will be eligible for up to $300. The application deadline is October 18, 2019 and all applications will be reviewed at that time. Further detailed instructions are on the attached application. (more…)

GC Digital Fellows Fall 2019 Office Hours

We are writing to let you know about the fall schedule for the Graduate Center Digital Initiatives (GCDI) Office Hours. The GCDI Fellows are here to help provide support for students’ digital projects and digital research methods. One way that they do this is by holding office hours each week. All Graduate Center students are welcome to drop in without an appointment to ask for help on their digital projects, on anything from theoretical concerns to more practical issues and technical obstacles. Fellows can answer questions about a variety of digital methods, like mapping, text analysis, archiving, publishing, and working with sound, images, and more.
For more on what to expect from GCDI office hours and how to make the most of the experience, check out this helpful blog post. For the dates and times office hours, visit our calendar. Office hours are held in the GC Digital Scholarship lab in room 7414.
About 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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2020-21 Fellowships at the New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society offers several long- and short-term fellowships during the academic year.  Fellowships are open to scholars at various times during their academic careers. Visit nyhistory.org/library/fellowships for instructions and application checklists for each fellowship. The application deadline for all fellowships is January 3, 2020. Fellowship Descriptions (more…)

Annalyn Swan

  Annalyn Swan has taught life-writing—biography and memoir—at the Graduate Center since 2014. A graduate of Princeton University and King’s College, Cambridge University, she has co-authored two biographies of artists with her husband, the art critic Mark Stevens. The first, de Kooning: An American Master, won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the National Book Critics Circle award and was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2005 by The New York Times.The second, Francis Bacon will be published in the U.S. by Knopf in November 2020 and subsequently in the U.K. (Collins) and Italy. In Spring 2020, she will teach BAM 70300 - Approaches to Life-Writing on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 pm. Course description follows: Ever since Plutarch brought Alexander the Great blazingly to life in his seminal Lives (2nd century CE), people have loved to read—and write—biographies. Approaches to Life Writing will be an exploration of the art and craft of the genre. What do great biographies have in common—and how do they differ? How are scenes set, facts organized, context provided? How novelistic can a biography be? And is there, finally, such a thing as “truth” in biography or autobiography, or a “definitive” account? From biography as gossipy inside edition (Boswell’s The Life of Samuel Johnson), to biography as irreverent debunking (Lytton Strachey’s Eminent Victorians), to contemporary biography and memoir, we will explore the many ways a writer can tease out the “figure under the carpet,” as Leon Edel, the great biographer of Henry James, put it. For those who wish to do so, this is also a course about practicing the art ourselves. For the final paper, in lieu of a more conventional essay, students will have the opportunity to write an autobiographical chapter, or else research and write a chapter of a biography.