Thursday, September 24, 2009


Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU presents
An Ethics of Betrayal:
The Politics of Otherness in Emergent U.S. Literatures and Culture
Book Talk with Crystal Parikh

Moderated by Ann Pellegrini

Thursday, September 24, 2009
NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor

immediately online at or email: or call 212-992-9653.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

In An Ethics of Betrayal, Crystal Parikh investigates the theme and tropes of betrayal and treason in Asian American and Chicano/Latino literary and cultural narratives. In considering betrayal from an ethical perspective, one grounded in the theories of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, Parikh argues that the minority subject is obligated in a primary, preontological, and irrecusable relation of responsibility to the Other. Episodes of betrayal and treason allegorize the position of this subject, beholden to the many others who embody the alterity of existence and whose demands upon the subject result in transgressions of intimacy and loyalty. In this first major comparative study of narratives by and about Asian Americans and Latinos, Parikh considers writings by Frank Chin, Gish Jen, Chang-rae Lee, Eric Liu, Américo Parades, and Richard Rodriguez, as well as narratives about the persecution of Wen Ho Lee and the rescue and return of Elian González. By addressing the conflicts at the heart of filiality, the public dimensions of language in the constitution of minority "community," and the mercenary mobilizations of "model minority" status, An Ethics of Betrayal seriously engages the challenges of conducting ethnic and critical race studies based on the uncompromising and unromantic ideas of justice, reciprocity, and ethical society.

Crystal Parikh is Assistant Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis and English, and Ann Pellegrini is Associate Professor of Performance Studies and Religious Studies at NYU.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis.

Brock Review call for submissions

The Brock Review is seeking submissions for an upcoming general issue (Volume 11, Number 1). Articles that focus on any research topic in the Humanities will be considered for publication, but articles addressing interdisciplinary topics are especially encouraged. Creative pieces will also be considered for publication in this issue.

Deadline for submissions to this general issue is September 30, 2009, and submission guidelines can be found on the journal website --

Contact info:
J. Keri Cronin, PhD
Editor, The Brock Review
Department of Visual Arts
Brock University
500 Glenridge Ave.
St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Nonprofit internship opportunities

Dear students, please see below for a letter from Bill Pfeiffer,
Director of the Office of Civic Engagement,
regarding internship opportunities in nonprofits.



Dear Student,

The NYU Community Fund Internship Program is seeking interns to work during the fall semester on specific community service projects within nonprofits in lower Manhattan that receive financial support from the NYU Community Fund.

If you are considering a career in public service, non-for-profit management, or grassroots organization administration, this is an excellent opportunity to build your resume and help your community!

Most placements require 4-plus hours per week that can be conveniently scheduled around your classes. Please note that this is a non-paid, non-credit internship that rewards the participants with valuable knowledge and experience, as well as an opportunity to help those who need it the most.

Internships are available in the following areas: environment, historic neighborhood preservation, education, care for the elderly, the needy and for people with disabilities, child care, performance, and alternative education.

We will be holding an information session next Friday, September 25 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm in Room 414, CAS Silver Center. Please reply to if you would like to reserve a spot at this session. Once your email is received, you will be sent a full description of the internships available this semester. If you are unable to attend, please email to the address below to arrange a meeting with a member of the Community Fund staff.

Thanks and I hope you can make it on Friday.

Bill Pfeiffer
Director, Office of Civic Engagement
(212) 998-2097

The participants of the Community Fund Internship Program for Fall 2009 include the following nonprofit organizations:

Art in General

Bailey House

Chelsea Opera

Downtown Music Productions

Educational Alliance

Friends House

George Jackson Academy


LaGuardia Corner Gardens

LIFT (Legal Information for Families Today)

Manhattan Land Trust

Metropolitan Playhouse (Parsifal’s Productions)

New York City Rescue Mission

New York Nativity

Reproductive Health Access Project

Resources for Children with Special Needs

The Children's Aid Society

The Church of the Village

The New York Foundling

Third Street Music School Settlement

University Community Social Services, Inc.

University Settlement and The Door


News from the Draper Student Organization

DSO News

*Contact Myong at with questions or RSVP for any of the items below

1) Events this week:

DSO Salon / weekly socials
[every] Wednesday 9pm
at Grassroots Tavern
20 St. Marks Pl.

DSO Open Forum / informal discussion / refreshments provided

Thursday 8:30-9:15pm
KJCC Room 109, 52 Washington Sq. S.

2) Fall Semester schedule is up on the DSO Forum blog:

Follow us on the blog, or request to join the DSO listserv.

3) For students writing the masters thesis this semester:

Join the Thesis Writers group for writing and morale support! Please respond ASAP for more details.

4) DSO is looking for help behind-the-scenes:

We need extra minds and hands to run DSO. Commitment can range from picking up food for one event, to hosting a Forum Series or session, to initiating a new event to meet student needs. Please respond with your interests and availability.

Middle Eastern Literatures lecture series

Comparative Approaches to Middle Eastern Literatures
A lecture series organized by the Arabic Literature Colloquium

Monday, September 28
"Surviving Images: War, Memory and Trauma in Lebanese and Iranian Cinemas"
Kamran Rastegar

Assistant Professor of Arabic, Tufts University
Hagop Kevorkian Center Library

Monday, October 12
"A Letter Named Jīm"
Michael Beard

Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Dakota
1st Floor Great Room, 19 University Place

Friday, October 30
"A Genre Without Borders? The Arabic Ghazal and its Persian Cousin"
Dominic Parviz Brookshaw
Lecturer in Persian Studies and Iranian Literature, University of Manchester
Hagop Kevorkian Center Library

Monday, November 16
"Thou Shalt Not Translate Me"
Abdelfattah Kilito

Professor of French and Arabic Literature, Université Mohammed V, Rabat
1st Floor Great Room, 19 University Place

All events are free and open to the public.


Sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, with funding and support from the Humanities Initiative.

Additional support provided by the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Brio Literary Journal call for submissions

Now accepting submissions!

Brio (a comp. lit. journal) is now accepting submissions of visual art, poetry, prose, and critical essays for its 2009-2010 edition. Submit 1, 2, or 10 to Open to all members of the NYU community.

Also, help us create our new cover design! (Email for more details)

Deadline for all: 11-30-09

Brio also has a presence on facebook - feel free to visit.