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All on-campus events are free and open to the graduate student community. To sign up for any of the Navigating the American Experience workshops, please RSVP to

Library and Technology Services offers a workshop series for graduate students, focusing on research software programs and literacy skills. To sign up, go to:

Graduate Student Activities

Women's Self Defense Workshops
Monday March 16 and Friday March 20 12:30 - 1:30 Gosman MPR
 In response to the disturbing trend of sexual misconduct on college campuses, the Graduate Student Association Senate is hosting two self-defense classes that are for women only.  All Brandeis female staff and students are welcome to attend, but please remember space is limited. Please RSVP to

Navigating the American Workplace: How should I dress? Where should I eat?

Friday, March 20th 12 noon
Graduate Student Center, Kutz Hall

Please email and indicate which program you'd like to attend. A light meal will be provided, so we'll need to know who's coming!

Writing a Successful Statement of Teaching Philosophy

March 27th, 12-1
Graduate Student Center, Kutz

Faye Halpern, Visiting Professor of English, will lead a discussion of both the conventions of this genre and how much job committees care about them. We will look at a teaching philosophy rubric developed by the teaching and learning center at Michigan; and evaluate a few examples of these statements. We'll also spend some time brainstorming ideas about our own teaching to get us started (or further along with) our own statements. This is a brown bag lunch, but desserts, fruit, coffee and tea will be available. Please RSVP to

Sex and Sexuality Symposium
The seventh annual SASS Conference, a series of panelists presenting their research and papers related to the fields of gender, sex and sexuality will take place on April 16, 2015 at the Intercultural Center. We are hoping to have a panel of graduate students presenting their own research and have attached a submission form for anyone interested. Lunch will be provided for all panelists. Any questions, please email Bethany Clark at Thank you! Please use the link below to submit:

Library and Technology Services Workshops

More sessions on each topic, with great new content, including: 
  • Using Special Collections & Primary Sources
  • LaTeX for Beginners
  • Using Government Information
  • Introduction to R (a free, open source software used for statistical analysis)
  • Data Visualization Series
  • Research Data Management Series
We're also holding two bootcamp-style workshops for Stata and Excel over the February winter break. These extended sessions will include guided hands-on experience.
To sign up and see our full listings, go to this form: 
If you have any questions, please contact Gina Bastone at

Data Visualization Series

Visualization can help us to quickly find patterns as we consider datasets either large or small. Exploring research materials using a range of different tools might enable a glimpse at a trend, the formation of a meaningful cluster — or can quickly drive us back to discovery. Over the semester, we’ll review a range of different software packages that enable dynamic graphic displays, meaningful maps, or exhibits that can support the teasing out of complex questions, whether you work with quantitative variable-dependent information or in a richly qualitative and context-dependent field.  Good for: Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, all levels.

NOTE: These Thursday sessions generally take place in the Goldfarb Vershbow Classroom.

3/5  Timelines
We're all familiar with the display of events that starts at the top of a page and runs to the bottom. Have your own running list of important dates? Turn your chronological list into an easy to create and use interactive online timeline. images and links, movies and music can all be added to make an elegant interface.
3/19  Maps
There are several tools that can help students or faculty easily leap into geo spatial thinking - or data as connected to land, longitude and latitude.  We'll take a look at three 'lightweight' tools that can help to move anyone towards meaningful map-making if an investigation of some of the more intensive or monstrous software programs are part of a future plan of study (or are perhaps not even on the horizon).
4/2  Trees
Treemaps, classification and regression trees, tree map charts, or WordTrees -- all name a set of analytical displays that can be used to picture a hierarchy of terms or decision trees. If you have a small data set -- too small to run another form of regression -- or if you are trying to chart text - this fun session will introduce you to a perhaps almost magical set of tools. See:

RSVP form: