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What: Guerrilla Radio meets Motherhood?

When: April 30 – May 2, 2015

Where: Online at

Why: The digital humanities aim to make visible and discernible work in the humanities through mediums and tools that empower communities with information.

As part of the DH Praxis class pioneered by Mathew Gold and Stephen Brier at CUNY, The Graduate Center, students look to create new projects that challenge existing modes of education while creating cool new tools that aid students in their search for information.

The spring semester praxis class, lead under the tutelage of Luke Waltzer (Baruch) and Amanda Hickman (School of Journalism) has identified four worthy projects that are currently being spearheaded over the next 15 weeks, culminating with a presentation to the Provost on May 19th.

One of those projects is CUNYcast, a rogue radio network whereby students can capture content from classes, events, and even protests. The brainchild of masters’ candidate James Mason, CUNYcast’s small team also includes Julia Pollack and Martha Joy Rose who on track to earn their master’s in Digital Humanities and Mother Studies respectively.

The Annual Academic M.O.M. Conference in its 9th year is being hosted on April 30th at The Graduate Center with Barbara Katz Rothman giving the keynote: Women as Fathers. “This just seemed like the perfect opportunity to let people know about two great initiatives,” says Rose, founder of the Museum of Motherhood in NYC. Both the idea of guerrilla radio at The Graduate Center, and the fact that Mother Studies, a completely new field of inquiry, would be fostered and allowed to flourish, says so much about the spirit of adventure and the excitement of learning at CUNY.

CUNYcast is a live online radio website offering students an opportunity to stream audio using original content from classes, lectures, and projects. CUNYCast’s aim is to empower a DH guerrilla broadcast community. The team hopes to launch its first all day broadcast at the conference this year, so those who cannot attend can at least listen online.

For more information contact: Martha Joy Rose – Outreach Coordinator

CUNYcast Press Release 2015

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Updates on CUNYcast Progress & Tutorial

Exciting to share our report in class last week. The google slide show is posted online here for anyone who missed it.

Now that we know we can create actual working audio our task continues to be sorting out the specifics.

This week CSS for the Airtime widgets was successfully updated and our webpages went live. Also Julia has a lead on some original ambient music that does not require licensing. We’d like to be able to have stuff playing all the time, even if we only have a few casters to start.

Our security certificate is now 100% working and the url to links seamlessly. Audio connections still have to be resolved and that will be James’s focus this week.

Join us Tuesday night, March 31st at 6:30 in room 4108 at the GC. “Shout it out” if you know anyone else who would like to attend for a 45 minute “Introduction to CUNYcast” on Tues. to learn the basics and find out more. Questions:

Full Weekly Blog at the Academic Commons is up – LINK

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The CUNYcast Commons Group is Now Open to All…..

We started this project in earnest weeks ago. But, looking back to March 1st when we posted our second process report for the DHpraxis class (after we went from a four person team to a three person team), we have definitely made headway. (Bad Shark. Go Away).

We are ready to start opening up the group to others who may be interested: 1. in signing up to produce future CUNYcasts, 2. techie-types who may want to submit their opinions as we build out this platform (Speak now or forever hold your peace). We are currently working in Bootstrap to configure our WordPress site and hope to launch by the week of April 1st (But, don’t hold us to it).

Today our site template went from this:


To this:


Next we have to wrestle with remedying the code for the header on the new pages:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang=”en”>
<meta charset=”utf-8″>
<meta http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=edge”>
<meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width, initial-scale=1″>
<title>Starter Template for Bootstrap</title>

<!– Bootstrap –>
<link href=”css/bootstrap.min.css” rel=”stylesheet”>
<!– HTML5 shim and Respond.js for IE8 support of HTML5 elements and media queries –>
<!–[if lt IE 9]>
<script src=”“></script>
<script src=”“></script>
<!– Custom styles for this template –>
<link href=”starter-template.css” rel=”stylesheet”>



<nav class=”navbar navbar-inverse navbar-fixed-top”>
<div class=”container”>
<div class=”navbar-header”>
<button type=”button” class=”navbar-toggle collapsed” data-toggle=”collapse” data-target=”#navbar” aria-expanded=”false” aria-controls=”navbar”>
<span class=”sr-only”>Toggle navigation</span>
<span class=”icon-bar”></span>
<span class=”icon-bar”></span>
<span class=”icon-bar”></span>
<a class=”navbar-brand” href=”#”>CUNYcast</a>
<div id=”navbar” class=”collapse navbar-collapse”>
<ul class=”nav navbar-nav”>
<li class=”active”><a href=”#”>Home</a></li>
<li><a href=”#tutorials”>Tutorials</a></li>
<li><a href=”#pedagogy”>Pedagogy</a></li>
<li><a href=”#process”>Process</a></li>
</div><!–/.nav-collapse –>

<div class=”container”>

<div class=”starter-template”>
<h1>Bootstrap starter template</h1>
<p class=”lead”>Use this document as a way to quickly start any new project.<br> All you get is this text and a mostly barebones HTML document.</p>

</div><!– /.container –>

<!– Bootstrap core JavaScript
================================================== –>
<!– Placed at the end of the document so the pages load faster –>
<script src=”“></script>
<script src=”../../dist/js/bootstrap.min.js”></script>
<!– IE10 viewport hack for Surface/desktop Windows 8 bug –>
<script src=”../../assets/js/ie10-viewport-bug-workaround.js”></script>


Welcome to our world. The CUNYcast Commons Group is now open to all…..

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How to Succeed Even if You Fail

Spring semester 2015. Our Digital Humanities class broke into class teams. We were only mildly anxious. Like the television show, “Shark Tank” which features new pitches for products and services each week, we were convinced our ideas were sound and that we could excel. The thing was, within just a few days we started to drown. Instead of devouring the material and spitting it back out for human consumption, we started sinking in a sea of possibilities. No tech geeks on our team. Just dreamers. That didn’t stop us from grabbing at every idea that seemed to float.

But, wait, our group of four people diminished to only three by week two. Man down. He disappeared and dropped the class (we wished him well). The three of us had to take a good hard look at the CUNYcast concept and decide what would assure our chances of survival. (Think of the music to Jaws playing underneath these words).

We took our overblown idea of a RSS-feed calendar linked into the CUNY system, that would record remotely via an app, after two afternoons of staring at code and realizing that by the time the project was due, we’d maybe have gotten through a couple of introductory tutorials. There was no way any of us would be coding experts in 12 weeks.

We trimmed the fat. Bit back with strength and vigor, and began on the current instantiation of CUNYcast: a live online radio website offering students an opportunity to stream audio using original content from classes, lectures, and projects. Our professors urged us to aim outside the box and empower an entire DH guerrilla broadcast community at the Graduate Center. Reporting in on week 4 and things are going swimmingly. We’ve gelled as a team and we’re optimistic.

We are not afraid anymore – even if we should be. You can view our class process report on the DHpraxis Blog, March 1, 2015.
~ M. Joy Rose reporting in for “Outreach” on behalf of James Mason; Developer, and Julia Pollack; Designer

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