Inside the CUNY Graduate Center: A Dissertation Showcase

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023

6:30 pm

Hybrid (see description for details)

Open to the Public

Come celebrate our students and join them in a reception with food and drink after the event!

13 participants in the 2023 Dissertation Showcase
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Admission Price

Free; Reservations Required


This program is offered as both an in-person and livestream event. Choose one:



This is a hybrid event, taking place in-person at the CUNY Graduate Center, Elebash Recital Hall, and online via zoom. 

Don’t miss this fun, fast-paced event celebrating new research taking place within the CUNY Graduate Center community. In the sixth annual showcase, selected doctoral candidates will make short presentations, describing their dissertations in three minutes each. They will share innovative scholarship — in language for a general audience — across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. A prize will be given to the student who does the best job translating his or her research for the public, chosen by a panel of judges, and viewers will decide on the Audience Choice Award. Join us in person or online to hear fresh ideas and support our graduating students.

Topics include the school-to-prison pipeline for students with disabilities, cassette tapes in Argentina’s independent music scene, how Chinese-English bilingual speakers face discrimination, the rise and fall of NYC’s Transport Workers Union, signals that predict when quiet volcanoes will erupt, the idea of apocalypse in political thought from Hobbes to Keynes, and many others across a wide spectrum of disciplines.


Navena Chaitoo, Criminal Justice
Agustina Checa, Music - Ethnomusicology
Stanley Chen, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
Melanie Fessinger, Psychology
Marc Kagan, History
Hyun Kyung Lee, Music
Angela Murolo, Criminal Justice
Stella Nwogugu, Nursing
Adashima Oyo, Social Welfare
Jane Quinn, Urban Education
Samantha Tramontano, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Asher Wycoff, Political Science
Kasey Zapatka, Sociology

A video of this event will be posted a few days later on our YouTube Channel.

Please contact Jimmy Cok at in advance for CART services or any additional accessibility requests or concerns for in-person events.​ This event will be livestreamed, and closed captions will be provided.


CUNY attendees must show proof of vaccination by presenting a valid CUNY Access Pass through the CLEARED4 health validation platform upon entry. Non-CUNY visitors will need to show proof of ID by presenting a valid government-issued photo document. See the full Building Entry Policy for more information.