FYI posts are brief announcements, reminders, updates, and shout-outs. They cover successes, happenings, and advances at the Graduate Center.

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February 1, 2023

Prof. Jason Kandybowicz

Prof. Jason Kandybowicz was invited to deliver a plenary talk at Annual Conference on African Linguistics 54 at the University of Connecticut, June 12-14, 2023.  The title of his talk is: “Escaping African ‘Islands". 
See here for more.


February 1, 2023

Prof. Nancy Stern

Prof. Nancy Stern co-organized the 13th International Columbia School Linguistics Conference at Columbia University from January 18-20, and gave a paper there entitled "Teaching Bill French: Comparing a Construction Grammar account of ditransitive clauses with the English System of Degree of Control"

January 25, 2023


Prof. Miki Makihara organized a symposium titled "Discourse and the Construction of Political Subjectivities: Perspectives on Lebanon, Chile, Rapa Nui, Morocco, Puerto Rico, and Mexico", February 3, 2023, at the Graduate Center. 
Diane Riskedahl (Anthropology, Graduate Center)
Tania Avilés (Universidad Católica de Temuco, Chile)
Mata-U'iroa Atan (Rapa Nui, Easter Island)
Becky Schulthies (Anthropology, Rutgers)
Carmín Quijano (LAILaC, Graduate Center)
Closing: Oswaldo Zavala (LAILaC, Graduate Center)
Moderated by Miki Makihara (Queens College & Graduate Center)
The event is co-sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures, and the Ph.D. Program in Anthropology, and in collaboration with the M.A. Program in Middle Eastern Studies.  RSVP: 

January 5, 2023

Professor Irina Sekerina to Teach in Belgium for Spring 2023

Prof. Irina Sekerina will be teaching 2 Masters-level courses (Feb. 14-April 26, 2023) at University of Ghent (Belgium).

The program is called Erasmus Mundus M.S. Program in Clinical Linguistics (

  1. Bilingualism
  2. Eye-Tracking in Language Research
January 4, 2023

Dissertation Proposal: Xuan Wong

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: online (Zoom)
Thesis: MultiCLU: A General Framework for Multi-Stage Context Learning and Utilization

Zoom meeting details:
Meeting ID: 844 7580 5100
Passcode: 139509

December 29, 2022

CDC Announces Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement from Air Passengers Entering the United States from the People’s Republic of China

Source: Centers for Disease Control

Starting at 12:01 AM ET on January 5, 2023 all air passengers two years and older originating from the PRC will be required to get a test (such as a PCR test or an antigen self-test administered and monitored by a telehealth service or a licensed provider).

More information will be made available by CDC in the coming days. For a list of authorized tests, check here.

Read the full CDC article

December 11, 2022

Second Exam: Yudan Li

Date: Wednesday, December 14th, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: online (Zoom)
Thesis: Reinforcement Learning and its Applications

Zoom meeting details:
Meeting ID: 876 1394 2415
Passcode: 059600

December 9, 2022

Alumni Win Society for Music Theory Awards

Congratulations to Graduate Center Music program alumni Noriko Manabe (Ph.D. Music, ‘09) and Philip Stoecker (Ph.D. Music ’03), who were honored with awards at the recent Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory.

Manabe, an associate professor at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance, received the Outstanding Publication Award for her article “We gon' be alright? The ambiguities of Kendrick Lamar's protest anthem” Music Theory Online, 25(1).

Stoecker, chair of the Department of Music at Hofstra University, received the Outstanding Multi-Author Collection Award for co-editing (with Edward Venn) the book Thomas Adès Studies. Among other essays, this award-winning collection featured the article  “Sonic Allegory in Adès’s The Exterminating Angel" by CUNY Professor Yayoi Uno Everett.