Monthly Archives: November 2014

New Openings at OATS

Attention Draper Students:

Kimberly Brennsteiner (Draper Alum, Class of ’07) is the director of programs at a great (and growing) nonprofit called OATS (Older Adults Technology Services). They are growing quickly and are seeking diverse, creative, and flexible trainers. Kimberly says, “I’m always happy to have another Draperite around – we tend to be creative and hardworking!”

The job description and responsibilities are included here:

Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), a rapidly expanding nonprofit organization, seeks smart and flexible trainers to teach computer classes to senior citizens at its pioneering center, Senior Planet Exploration Center, as well as in community-based technology labs around the five boroughs. This position is a unique opportunity for a passionate and dedicated individual. Using a proven curriculum, trainers teach classes to seniors, sometimes with assistance from volunteers and other interns. Classes typically meet twice a week and cover topics such as basic computing, Microsoft Office applications, trending technologies, social media and many more.

This position requires solid proficiency in common software applications and devices, but even more important is a great personality for working with older adults. A successful candidate will possess a high degree of patience, flexibility, creativity, and problem-solving ability, along with a sense of humor and a strong commitment to social change. Spanish language proficiency is a major plus.


  • Teaching computer classes and other technologies using the OATS curriculum and approach
  • Coordinating with site staff
  • Site visits
  • Creating a comfortable and supportive learning environment
  • Collecting surveys and evaluations
  • Data entry in Salesforce database
  • Supervising volunteers
  • Maintaining professionalism at all times
  • Ability to travel throughout all five boroughs around New York City


  • Excellent teaching, speaking and communication skills
  • Competence with computers, the internet, and common technologies/devices a must
  • Ability to communicate technical information clearly
  • Experience working with seniors, youth, or human-service organizations
  • Flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor
  • Regular email and cell phone contact
  • Ability to work independently and as a training team
  • Superior time-management skills
  • Spanish language or Mandarin/Cantonese proficiency a plus

Schedule is flexible. Evening hours are possible. Car is a plus as it makes traveling easier, but is not a requirement. Hourly rates range from $25-$30hr., and commensurate with experience. We are a New York City based nonprofit with a small staff that is dedicated, supportive, and friendly. We are looking for someone who is excited about our mission to harness technology to change the way we age and has potential to grow with us over the long term.

More details and instructions on how to apply can be found here:


2015-16 Humanities Initiative Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship

in Partnership with the New York Council for the Humanities


The Humanities Initiative at New York University and the New York Council for the Humanities announce the call for applications for the 2015-16 Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship.

The Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship was developed in partnership by the Humanities Initiative at NYU and the New York Council for the Humanities to bring humanities scholarship into the public realm, to encourage emerging humanities scholars to conceive of their work in relation to the public sphere, to develop skills for doing so, and to strengthen the public humanities community in New York State. The yearlong Fellowship will provide training in the methods and approaches of public scholarship and will support the exploration of the public dimensions of the Fellow’s own scholarship in partnership with a community organization that serves public audiences.

Click here to learn more about this fellowship.

CFP Announcement – 10th VCS Graduate Conference, “Drawing Together: Solidarities, Pictures, and Politics”


“Solidarity” recalls notions of inclusivity, activism, and movement. Adopted from the French solidarité in the early 19th century, the word continues to indicate the communal union of interests or aspirations, as well as collective responsibility. From its use by labor unions to its association with socialism and communism, solidarity has historically been made to bear a sense of the political. We recognize in the powerful images of recent events a renewed need to assess strategies of togetherness, both historical and contemporary. We propose this topic with the aim of critically engaging pictures and their power to mobilize both differences and commonalities. Can we envision solidarity outside the pursuit of common political aims? Can we find common ground amidst different struggles?

We invite scholars, artists, and activists to draw upon our understanding of solidarity and the visual dimensions in which solidarity is organized in social movements, represented in art and activism, and studied in and out of the academy. Possible topics might include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Artistic practice in political movements (labor, civil rights, climate change)
  • Tactics and strategies of historical and contemporary grassroots movements
  • Media images, hashtag #solidarity, spectacle
  • Protest songs, union anthems, “The Internationale,” “Solidarity Forever”
  • Armchair activism, “slacktivism,” and the ethics of involvement
  • Documentation of collectivity, alternative journalism
  • The politics of love and kinship

We invite individual submissions as well as pre-constituted panels (of 3-4 presenters) in the form of 300 word abstracts (for 20-minute paper presentations) and 100 word bios for each presenter, to be sent to byFebruary 15, 2015. Please see our website for the most up-to-date information:

Select presenters may be invited to revise presentations for publication at InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal of Visual Culture (

About the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester:

AESS 2015 Conference – Call for Proposals Now Open!

AESS 2015 Conference



We are pleased to invite you to submit a proposal to lead a session at the 2015 annual meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) held on 24-27 June 2015 at University of California at San Diego!


AESS is now accepting proposals for individual paper and poster presentations, as well as proposals for full panels, workshops, discussion symposia, and mealtime roundtables in which all (or a substantial number of) scholars have already agreed to participate (see descriptions below).  AESS will make every effort to group individual presentations together as thematic sessions.




Proposal Deadline: January 16, 2015.






The theme for the conference is “Confronting Frontiers, Borders, and Boundaries.”  The conference theme will allow AESS to showcase its interdisciplinary strengths on this vitally important topic, including such issues as transboundary pollution, environmental equity and representation, international connections and collaborations, and teaching across disciplines.  In addition, the theme and location of the conference offer a chance to examine the health of our oceans and the role of California and other laboratories for innovative environmental policymaking.


Questions to be explored include:


  • What are the roles of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences in helping to confront boundaries and borders that impede our ability to address serious environmental problems?  How can interdisciplinary fields such as Environmental Studies and Environmental Sciences contribute effectively to these endeavors?
  • Trans-border problems are frequently connected to questions of equity and social justice. What new perspectives help us address these questions across different scales or types of borders?
  • What is being explored with regard to environmental degradation issues, such as air pollution and water pollution, that are trans-boundary and trans-border?  Are there any updates, for example, on characterizing the long-range transport of air pollution, such as urban air pollution across the North Pacific, or African dust across the Atlantic?  Are there case studies of marine ecosystem pollution and mitigation, and trans-border watershed ecology?
  • What is the current status of international collaborations on investigating environmental problems on a regional and global scale, such as joint field projects or workshops?
  • What should the dialogue with our students and the general public look like in discussing border and boundary issues?
  • What pedagogical approaches are most effective in discussing these issues?
  • How can we partner with communities, governments, NGOs, the media, to generate more effective frameworks and solutions to addressing boundary and border challenges?


As always, we invite proposals that speak to the conference theme or otherwise advance the mission of AESS: to encourage interdisciplinary approaches to environmental research, teaching, and problem-solving.



Please visit the AESS 2015 Conference Website for more information on how to submit a proposal!



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