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What Is a Dissertation? New Models, New Methods, New Media

Friday, October 10, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Dissertation Event Poster#remixthediss
When: October 10, 4.00-5.30pm (EST)

Where: English Department Lounge (Room 4406), The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, NY NY 10016

Livetreamed:  The event will be livestreamed  here.

Livetweeted:  It will be  live tweeted (#remixthediss) by Futures Initiative and CUNY DHI fellows.

Google Doc:  The Fellows, HASTAC Scholars, and any other interested parties are invited to contribute to an  open public Google Doc of digital dissertations.

Join:  You are invited to join and contribute to HASTAC’s Digital Dissertation Group.

******** SCHEDULE

Intros, set up, settling down:  4:00-4:10  EST
 Cathy N. Davidson, Distinguished Professor and Director, Futures Initiative and HASTAC@CUNY
Panelists:  4:10-5:00:  Each panelist speaks for 5-10 minutes
Jade E. Davis, Communications, University of North Carolina
Dwayne Dixon, Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
Gregory T. Donovan, Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University (PhD, Graduate Center, CUNY)
Amanda Licastro, English, Graduate Center, CUNY
Nick Sousanis, Teachers College, Columbia University FOCUS:. Each panelist will feature:

  • non-text-based components of the dissertation
  • what he/she was able to accomplish by going beyond the conventional dissertation format
  • what tools or media were chosen and for what purpose, with what result and success
  • KEY: what institutional rules either allowed or had to be changed to permit the acceptance/completion of the dissertation.
  • lessons learned: how this dissertation and the institutional decisions can serve as a model to others

5:00-5:15   Audience at the GC and virtually will be invited to engage in a Think-Pair-Share excercise:  “What are your three most pressing questions for the panelists?” We will prepare a Google Doc in which those onsite and online can enter their most pressing questions. 5:15   Q and A–including via Tweets from virtual participants using the #Remixthedisshashtag Post-Panel:

  • Panelists will be asked to take 20 minutes to write answers to as many of the questions on the Google Doc as possible.
  • Virtual Partners will be invited to add the contents of their event–questions, comments, details, to the online documents.
  • Futures Initiative Fellows and Digital Humanities Fellows will create a #Remixthedisswebsite for the project, including video of the event, the Google Doc Q and A, visuals provided by the panelists, and other materials.


Friday, October 10, 2014
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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English Department Lounge (Room 4406)
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, 10016 United States
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Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz is an Assistant Professor and Head of Reference at the Graduate Center Library.