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Virtual Think-Pair-Share at #remixthediss

Virtual Think-Pair-Share at #remixthediss

Tomorrow, Friday, October 10, at 4 pm, we'll be hosting What Is a Dissertation?  New Models, Methods, Media, an interactive panel discussion with livestreaming, live tweeting, and distance partners from Victoria, BC (Canada) to Uruguay---and even including the University of Wisconsin center where famed comics artist Lynda Barry is in residence. 


We'll also be doing a virtual and a face to face Think-Pair-Share exercise.  After the panelists finish, rather than the typical Q and A where one overly-articulate person can dominate the entire discussion, we're going to challenge those in the actual audience and those at our distance virtual locations and anyone else who is watching to engage in a guided Think-Pair-Share exercise and then to "share" the results in a Google Doc that we will make available to the public and share in the website we build from all the media and social media for this event.

For Think-Pair-Share all you need is something you can write on and with--and share with one other person and then, if you have a laptop, that you can share with the world on our Google Doc.  You can learn more about Think-Pair-Share here.  I'll be giving the TPS question prompt after the panelists finish.

Below, you will find a bookmark (designed by the inimitable Futures Fellow Kalle Westerling) with the coordinates for the event.  Below that, a schedule of the event.  Join the conversation!  




Here is the very simple format for our event:

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

#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



Intros, set up, settling down:  4:00-4:10  EST   Chair: 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


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 #Remixthediss hashtag


  • 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 #Remixthediss website for the project, including video of the event, the Google Doc Q and A, visuals provided by the panelists, and other materials.

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