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Speaking to Media: Tips from Broadcast Journalist Dalia Thamin

We have a treat for you this week: a media series guest post by broadcast journalist Dalia Thamin apropos of the recent media training workshop offered by the SGS and Communications Dept. Dalia is a Cultural Studies MA student who

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Grad Students Networking with Grad Alumni on LinkedIn

This month at Gradifying it’s social media month. Our orientations to social media are varied; without outing any of us, I’ll say that some of us find it perfectly natural to tweet and others of us are at least mildly

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Family Fun

Portrait of the kids as young artists. (Sorry for the clunky pun, James Joyce)

In this last post on our series on warm season fun in Kingston, I’m going to dedicate our time to family activities for grad students who have children. At An Clachan,* one of the Queen’s-owned graduate apartment complexes, many, if

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A Conference Q&A: How Do Selection Committees Choose?

Today we’re closing out our conference series (apropos to my own conference, Engaging Boredom, having happened yesterday) with a Q&A about the application and selection process with Dr. David Murakami Wood (Sociology; Surveillance Studies Centre/Cultural Studies), Dr. James Miller (Religion/Cultural

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A Conference Interlude

We apologize for the delay in our regular posting schedule due to a hiccup, but before we return to regular programming later tonight, here’s a useful conference theme interlude. We can’t cover everything of relevance to conferencing but here’s a

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The Conference You Wish Existed – A DIY Approach

I’ve been involved in conference planning before but this time is the first that I’ve actually come up with a conference that I wanted to make happen. It required me to take a chance on believing that “if you build

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#CAF Crisis = #Work/Life Imbalance

A still from Modern Times 1936. According to the official Charlie Chaplin website, copyright belongs to Roy Export SAS. http://www.charliechaplin.com/en/contacts/articles/134-Reproduction-Copyright-of-Chaplin-images

This month we’re talking about work/life balance. Have you ever noticed that the formulation of this proportion (some work, some life – probably more work, but entitlement to at least some life) refers to the personal scale of individual experience?

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Roundtable: Time-to-Completion Tips

Unplug the router, or, if you're feeling nostalgic for Office Space, smash the router.

On the heels of Dissertation Boot Camp we’ve decided to finish out the month by each answering the same question: In a lot (most?) of programs PhD students are often later than expected graduating. What has been the most useful

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I Can Get In, I Can’t Get Out: A Final Reflection on Dissertation Boot Camp

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Boot Camp has become like my phantom limb. Or else maybe I’m like some worker who has risen at the same time every day for 40 years and keeps getting up, getting dressed, and going through the motions of a

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On the Virtues of Peer Pressure or, Great Expectations

Did I say liveblogging? Well, yesterday I wrote all day and then went to the gym, made it home, ate, attended to a few details of home administration, and promptly fell asleep. Sleepblogging. I’ve accidentally left my notes from yesterday

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