The New Media Lab
The New Media Lab (NML) works with Graduate Center doctoral students and faculty from a variety of academic disciplines to conceive and create groundbreaking multimedia projects based on student and faculty scholarly research. With ongoing support from CUNY, the New Media Lab has become a dynamic environment in which projects funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, and other private and public sources demonstrate new approaches and methods of merging digital media, scholarship, and learning.
Located in room 7388.01 at the CUNY Graduate Center and run under the auspices of the American Social History Project / Center for Media and Learning, NML researchers:
- work across academic disciplines to produce scholarly digital media projects
- analyze Internet and other digital media usage in the educational, social, and commercial sectors
- construct interactive environments that explore ways of visualizing the arts, humanities, and sciences
- digitally archive and analyze a wide range of data
- participate in public programs that address the critical intersection of knowledge and technology
- are offered stipends and eligible for research awards including the NML digital dissertation award.
The NML is committed to a vision of new technology based on open access to ideas, tools, and resources. Our goal is to integrate digital media into traditional academic practice, challenging scholars to develop fresh questions in their respective fields using the tools of new technology. With ongoing support from CUNY, the New Media Lab has become a dynamic environment in which projects funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, and other private and public sources demonstrate new approaches and methods of merging digital media, scholarship, and learning.
Resources offered to NML researchers
The New Media Lab is equipped with twelve high-end workstations running Mac OS and Windows. Every machine has Adobe’s Creative Suite Master Collection installed, making available a wide variety of design, layout, image editing, and video production tools. Final Cut Pro is available on Mac, and ArcGIS is available on Windows. Open source software can be added to any computer.
The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning has a dedicated web server server at the Graduate Center, which can be used by New Media Lab students for hosting their web projects. The server is capable of hosting a wide array of software. Some of the more common packages that students have used include WordPress, Omeka, and Drupal.
Digital and legacy audio, video, and art scanning
The NML has a dedicated video editing Mac with Final Cut Pro X and Adobe’s Creative Suite Master Collection. The machine is connected to decks for digitizing audio and video materials from DVCam, Mini-DV, VHS, Betacam SP, U-Matic, Hi-8, and audio cassette. We also have microphones, a tripod, and lights for shooting and producing high quality video. We have a medium format art scanner, capable of scanning large images as well as slides and negatives at true 2400dpi resolution.
The Lab is equipped with a large monitor that is used for presenting projects at meetings. The monitor is also equipped with a blue-ray DVD player, and other players can be arranged on an as-needed basis.
We hold general meetings that are open to the Graduate Center community in addition to other less formal discussions that focus on individual projects. We will meet at the times below using Zoom. Contact Joe Kirchhof to be added to the meeting announcement email list, where full details will be shared.
Create your digital project related to your dissertation or academic research at the New Media Lab. Apply for a position by submitting the student application.