Opportunity, Extra Credit for Attending and Writing About City Tech Events

This Thursday, Nov. 19, there are three big events hosted by City Tech that I wanted to let you all know about.

Also, you may earn extra credit that can take the place of a missed weekly writing assignment or be applied to a major project grade. To earn the extra credit, write an email to me that includes a 250-word or more summary of who you heard speak and what you learned from them. The events take place at different times of the day, so you can catch parts of each. You don’t have to stay for the whole event, but please invest enough time to get something out of the events that you do attend.

Even without the extra credit, I would like to encourage you all to take part in events–even virtual ones–at City Tech. I can speak from my own experience about how transformative these experiences can be.

Event 1: The Fifth Annual City Tech Science Fiction Symposium

This is the big event that I help organize each year. We have Science Fiction writers, scholars, and students talking on the theme of “Race and Science Fiction.”

To join this virtual event, follow the instructions for registering to attend the Zoom Webinar at the top of the program located here.

Event 2: Conversation with New York Times Journalist Annie Correal

Please join us for New York Times journalist Annie Correal’s visit with the City Tech community. Correal will be discussing her trajectory as a writer and the story behind her 2017 article “Love and Black Lives, in Pictures Found on a Brooklyn Street.”

Thursday, November 19, at 1:00
Introduction: Mr. Kenny Joseph, Construction Management Major

Respondent: Dr. Emilie Boone, Art Historian, African American Studies Department

Moderator: Dr. Caroline Hellman, English Department

All are most welcome.  Please share widely!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 811 4776 3239
Passcode: 680059

Event 3: 18th Annual City Tech Poster Session

The 18th Annual City Tech Poster Session will held on November 19 from 12:30 pm to 4 pm

This year the Poster Session will be online via the ZOOM and OpenLab Platforms.
1) The opening of the Poster Session and one-minute Oral Presentations will start at 1 pm via ZOOM 
Link: https://zoom.us/j/6986910931?pwd=TUhkMFAvNkY0c1pQQ0dmTis2WkQwdz09
Meeting ID: 698 691 0931
Passcode: Poster
  2) Posters are accessible online starting November 19, 2020 via the OpenLab platform
Attached please find the Program and Book of Abstract of the 18th Poster Session.

Opportunity, Self-Paced Learning with Lynda.com

As I discuss in week 10’s lecture, Lynda.com is free for anyone to access with a New York Public Library Card, which is free, too! Lynda.com is a resource of educational training videos about everything from communication skills to high technology. Access it with your NYPL card number and pin number here.

Opportunity: Postcrossing

Postcrossing.com home page.

If you’d like to get more practice with writing and connect with other people around the world, I would like to recommend postcrossing.com. Postcrossing is a postcard exchange service–they give your address to someone in the world who will write you a postcard and they give you a different person’s address to send a postcard to. The only costs involved are the price of postcards and stamps ($0.35 domestic and $1.20 international). This is a low stakes way to practice your writing while receiving fun, educational, and cool postcards from all around the world.

Opportunity: Submit Your Writing to City Tech Writing

As I discuss in this week’s lecture, it’s important for anyone making claims about being a “good communicator” to provide evidence for this in their resume and job application portfolio. One great way to do this is to win writing competitions and/or getting published. City Tech Writer is one such venue to potentially get published in. They are accepting student writing until the deadline of Nov. 15 for consideration. It’s prestigious to have your work selected. Details with the submission link is here.